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Celebrating NAIDOC Week. Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! 3–10 July 2022

24 June 2022

Help us create a deadly playlist for NAIDOC Week – you could win a UE Wonderboom speaker!

We’re gearing up for NAIDOC Week (3–10 July) – when we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – and nothing says celebration more than music.

Music and song has always been a deeply important part of Indigenous ritual and culture, with history ‘preserved and passed down through intricate song, dance, art and stories of the Dreamtime’.

Aboriginal songlines – known as navigational tracks – enable elders to ‘sing the landscape’, with research showing that up to 70 percent of Indigenous songs include knowledge about animals, plants and seasonality.

In a contemporary setting, Australia’s new wave of First Nations musicians are currently creating some of the most innovative tunes out there. From established stars like The Kid Laroi, Briggs, Thelma Plum, Gurrumul and Baker Boy to Emily Wurramara, Ziggy Ramo and Alice Sky, these artists are fusing the traditional and modern to tell stories of racism, identity, inequality, love and survival.

Keen to hear more from Indigenous artists? Triple J features Blak Out, a weekly First Nations show, every Sunday from 5–6pm.

Share your faves for our playlist!

**Congratulations to Gabby Wilson, who won the UE speaker after nominating ‘Hey Wanhaka’ by King Stingray.**

We’re creating a playlist of Indigenous tunes that we’ll play throughout NAIDOC Week. To be launched on Monday 4 July, you’ll hear it in Student Central and at cafes across campus throughout that week. You’ll also be able to download it for your study and party needs!

Even better, the first 100 students to submit a song will go into the draw to win an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 speaker (valued at $129), so hurry!

Just submit your favourite song using the form below and we’ll add it to our Spotify playlist. You’ve got until 5pm on Wednesday 29 June to tell us your go-to tune.

Any songs with explicit references or profanity will be excluded from the final playlist, so keep it clean!

There’s lots happening during NAIDOC Week, including Welcome to Country ceremonies on each campus. Have you registered for the free screening of Off Country or the basket-weaving workshop yet? Check our NAIDOC Week events page for all the info and take the chance to expand your understanding of this incredible culture.

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