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NAIDOC on the Peninsula 2014

NAIDOC on the Peninsula Festival Day, Sunday 6 July

NAIDOC on the Peninsula

Sunday, 6 July 2014, 10.30am to 4pm, free.

The Last Kinection
The Last Kinection.

See photos of the day on Flickr

Come and enjoy NAIDOC on the Peninsula as we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This annual festival day is presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the National Museum of Australia as part of a week of celebrations across Australia.  

Features local and national music and dance performances, community stalls, food, craft, games, films and tours.

11am – 3pm (inside National Museum of Australia) and 10.30am – 4pm (outdoor forecourt).


The busy performance schedule features some fantastic acts this year, with 10-year-old Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist Dean Brady and his singer songwriter dad Troy, multiple Deadly Award winning hip hop trio The Last Kinection and talented teen guitarist Chris Tamwoy from the Torres Strait.  

A black and white photo of Chris Tamwoy.
The lineup of performers includes guitarist Chris Tamwoy from the Torres Strait.

Program of performances

National Museum of Australia stage (Hall)

11–11.05am: Acknowledgement by Lorna Schmider-Woodcock

11.10–11.40am: Guitarist Chris Tamwoy

12–12.40pm: Rap workshop and performance by The Last Kinection

1.30–2pm: Singer Dean Brady


10.30am: Official speeches

11-12pm: Kids Zone acts including Johnny Huckle and Dean Brady

12.30–3.45pm: Troy Brady, The Riverbank Band, The Last Kinection, Hung Parliament and other acts

Please note performance times are subject to change.

More about the program on the AIATSIS website

Craft and games

Dugong floor sculpture timelapse

See our giant dugong floor mosaic take shape, as part of our 2014 NAIDOC on the Peninsula festival celebrations. Visitors added to the sculptures of these large marine mammals as they visited the National Museum of Australia’s First Australians gallery on 6 July 2014.

Discovery Island activities

Visit Discovery Island in our Hall, inspired by our new exhibition Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait, and join in our craft activities:  

  • weaving a colourful tropical fish
  • making a print of a tropical island paradise.    

11am – 3pm
Ideal for families with children aged 5 to 12

Weaving demonstrations 

Watch traditional weaving demonstrations and make a start yourself with guest weavers Allison and Hayley Hoolihan.    

11am – 3pm
Ideal for adults or families with children 8 years and above

Dugong mosaic

Add to our dugong floor mosaic sculpture while enjoying our free On Country and Lag Meta Aus exhibitions.   

11am – 3pm
Ideal for everyone
First Australians Focus Gallery

Indigenous sports and games 

Participate in some fun traditional Indigenous team games, many from the Torres Strait.  

Ideal for families with children aged 5 to 12
Amphitheatre (subject to weather)

Tours and exhibitions

Visit our stunning exhibition Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists, with free entry during NAIDOC Week. There's also a free tour of the Museum’s newest exhibition Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait, starting in the Torres Strait gallery at 1.30pm.

Our Open Collections section of the First Australians gallery will be open from 11am to 3pm to give visitors a special 'behind the scenes' glimpse of more than 2000 objects from the Museum's Indigenous collections.

Outside, meet members of the National Museum's Indigenous Network (MINmin) group and handle objects from the collection in our touch trolleys.

Two men talking to three children.
National Museum Indigenous Network (MINmin) staff members Tynan Waring and Simon Goode are joined by young visitors at the 2013 NAIDOC festival. Photo: Heidi Pritchard.


Two family friendly films will be shown in the Visions Theatre during NAIDOC day. 

The Sea, the Feather and the Dance Machine

Share the story of artist Ken Thaiday Snr, who makes stunning contemporary headdresses, as he takes us on a journey to Erub in the Torres Strait. Thanks to Creative Cowboy Films.

11.30am (71 minutes)
Visions Theatre

Ten Canoes (M)

The first movie entirely filmed in Australian Aboriginal languages, set in Arnhem Land. Narrated by David Gulpilil, it tells the story of a group of ten men hunting goose eggs in a time before Western contact.

1pm (92 minutes)
Visions Theatre 

The Museum Game

An in-gallery adventure game of resemblance using iPads. Come for a group adventure in the First Australians gallery. It's about exploring the world by making connections between objects on display. Be surprising; take a creative leap. Most importantly, be interesting to your competitors – that's how you win. Families can play as a team, maximum of 12 teams.  

Ideal for families with children aged 5 to 12
Meet at the Welcome Space, First Australians gallery.


Snacks inspired by the Torres Strait, a sausage sizzle and coffee cart will be available outdoors. Or come into the Museum for a warming coffee at our cafe. Broadbean Catering is offering a special NAIDOC day menu featuring native flavours, spices and sauces often used in traditional bush tucker food, all served with a modern twist.

Transport and parking

Help the environment and catch a bus to the NAIDOC on the Peninsula event. Route 934 will be running regularly throughout the day. Check the Action buses website.

Limited parking is available at the National Museum's car park. Parking on London Circuit at the end of Edinburgh Avenue is a short walk from the Museum.