Arts Centre Melbourne will be celebrating Victorian NAIDOC Week with a range of digital content being released from July 5-12 as part of its Together With You initiative.

This VicNAIDOC offering includes archival performances of Jack Charles v The Crown, A Not So Traditional Story and an exciting Vic NAIDOC Concert; Always Was, Always Will Be, from Hamer Hall in partnership with Aboriginal Victoria, 3KND, VACCHO and Victoria Together.

Other features include recordings from Tell It Like It Is – First Nations Hip Hop Forum hosted by the Australian Music Vault, Australian Music Vault Long Play Series interviews with Dr Lou Bennett AM from Tiddas and legendary musician Archie Roach AM; as well as a range of stories which showcase the cultural impact of the First Nations community across the arts.


Jack Charles vs The Crown is a powerful one-man show that shines the spotlight on the incredible life of one of Australia’s treasures. Uncle Jack Charles is an actor, musician, potter and gifted performer who has also been homeless, an addict, a thief and spent time in Victoria’s prisons.

A Not So Traditional Story by Nathan Maynard delighted families last year when it was performance in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio.  This production comes from renowned Terrapin Puppet Theatre, and uses masks, shadow puppetry and physical theatre to tell an important story of culture, identity, bravery and friendship. This beautiful and funny production was written by award-winning playwright Nathan Maynard, a Trawlwoolway, Pakana/Palawa man from lutruwita/Tasmania.


If you enjoyed our VicNAIDOC Week 2020 digital program, we encourage you to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. Here are some great places to start: