Not sure what to do this 26th of January? Head here to read why we won’t be having a backyard BBQ. Instead we’re using our time to acknowledge, elevate and celebrate our First Nations people.
This list has a line-up of events happening around Australia, but if you can’t get there, or there isn’t one happening near you, National Indigenous Television (NITV) has you covered with their live streaming of the Sunrise Ceremony.
The two-hour special network event (which will take place in Coolangatta, QLD) will invite audiences to deepen their understanding of Australia’s past, present and future as dawn breaks.
Hosted by NITV’s John Paul Janke and Narelda Jacobs, the program will feature a range of guests, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices such as Guyala Bayles, Rhoda Roberts and Amy McGuire. There will also be moving musical performances from Troy Cassar-Daley and Kev Carmody.
The event will be simulcast across NITV, SBS and Channel 10 from 6am on Tuesday, 26 January, as well as live on SBS On Demand.
Following the ceremony, there will be rolling news coverage from every corner of the country, hosted by Natalie Ahmat and Darren Mara via NITV News on air and Facebook Live, culminating in a wrap program NITV News: Day 26 hosted by Rae Johnston at 7:30pm.
After more amazing content? Be sure to check out miniseries, The Whole Table. Available on SBS On Demand, the three-part special features a round table discussion exploring Indigenous issues faced in the arts around the world. Hosted by Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, Top End Wedding), and helmed by panellists Wesley Enoch, Nakkiah Lui and Rhoda Roberts, each episode will invite different guests to the table to debate and better understand Indigenous affairs in the arts including Academy Award winner Taika Waititi and actor Miranda Tapsell.
On Monday 25 January, you can also join NITV for 24 hours of reflection and healing. You’re invited to tune into The Point: Vigil Special, live from Barangaroo, Gadigal Country. Marking the return of NITV’s flagship current affairs program for 2021, host Rachael Hocking will lead a conversation with a panel of Indigenous guests about the stories that define us as Australians and how we move forward as a unified nation. It will be broadcast live from 7:30pm on NITV and SBS On Demand.
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