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Lighting the Fires

25 January 2022 | 5–9pm | Free, bookings essential

Join us for a family-friendly evening of First Nations culture and performing arts. Events kick off at 5.30pm with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, followed by a talk by children’s entertainer Lucas Proudfoot, and traditional song and dance from the Muggera family. Then we'll wrap up the night with the rocking sounds of the Riverbank Band.

The Australia Day theme of Reflect, Respect, Celebrate brings together elders, artists and speakers to mark the day and show the way for the nation. We invite you to sit by the fire, listen and reflect on the Australian experience, from its ancient origins millennia ago to recent histories.

About the artists

Lucas Proudfoot

Lucas Proudfoot is a multi-platform storyteller, sharing stories through his music, books, live performances and TV appearances for over 20 years.

Cementing himself as one of the nation’s most versatile children’s performers, Lucas Proudfoot has been playing guitar, didgeridoo and stomp box to over 120,000 kids each year. He has been touring the country with his cultural show, Circular Rhythm, for over 10 years, delivering an entertaining and contemporary Indigenous Australian music experience.

A man with a guitar is on stage singing and waving his arms, while an audience of children wave their arms in unison.
Lucas Proudfoot

A proud member of the Tweed Coast Aboriginal and Islander community and Bundjalung nation, Lucas Proudfoot is committed to sharing stories with the intention of inspiring young people to learn more about Indigenous cultures.


Founded by Darren and Jax Compton in 2015, Muggera is a family group that prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism. The members of Muggera come from a long line of cultural leaders and world-class performers with a formidable respect for culture.

Group shot of First Nations peoples wearing traditional clothing and body paint.

All members of Muggera have been performing and sharing their culture for many years and have been guided by their elders over many decades.

Muggera has ongoing support from elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to share culture, establish Muggera Cultural Enterprise, and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia.

Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band

Dale Huddleston is a renowned singer, songwriter, artist and entrepreneur. The Riverbank Band was established in Canberra in 1994 as a country covers rock band. The band produced an album of original music in 1999, Simple Things, and in 2005 Huddleston released a solo album, Home is Where the Heart Is.

Musicians performing on stage with guitars.
Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band

The concert is presented jointly by the National Australia Day Council and the National Museum of Australia.

This event will be managed in line with the Museum’s Covid-19 safety plan and is subject to change at short notice. Large-scale events are ticketed to keep everyone safe. Unless we have reached capacity, tickets will be available at the door but we encourage you to book in advance.

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