NAIDOC week special broadcast on 774 ABC Melbourne

774 ABC Melbourne will celebrate NAIDOC 2016 next week with a focus on local Indigenous music, history, art and culture with a week of special programs, listener events, live-to-air musical performances and outdoor broadcasts.

Drawing on the Songlines theme of 2016, programs will be threaded together through music and performance, the highlight of which includes a tribute to the late, acclaimed Ngarrindjeri singer and songwriter, Ruby Hunter, on Wednesday evening 6th July.

From 9 – 10pm, soul singer Emma Donavon and her band The Putbacks will perform songs from Hunter’s debut album, Thoughts Within.

The program will feature interviews with Ruby Hunter’s life partner Archie Roach and other special guests, talking about her great legacy of songs, stories and inspiration.

It will be hosted by ABC’s Assistant Music Director for Local Radio and Double J, Jacinta Parsons, who is hosting Evenings from Monday 4th until Wednesday 6th July.

Over the three evenings the program will feature a variety of Indigenous contemporary and traditional music including performances from Emily Wurramurra, Benny Walker and more. On Tuesday evening 5th July, Jacinta Parsons will be joined by co-host Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company.

Continuing the NAIDOC week coverage across 774 ABC Melbourne, on Friday 8th July there will be back to back live broadcasts from the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

The broadcast kicks off at 1pm with the Friday Revue hosted by Brian Nankervis and Richelle Hunt. The program will feature well known actor Uncle Jack Charles (recently seen in ABC TV series, Cleverman) and live music from singer/songwriters Alice Skye and Gawurra. Heide’s head gardener, Dugald Noyes, will also join the program to talk about the magnificent scarred red river gum located at the site, called Yingabeal.

From 3pm, Drive’s Raf Epstein presents a NAIDOC themed program featuring live music by James Henry, a chat with the artist behind the latest exhibition, Sitelines, and all the favourite Friday segments including film reviews, music, news therapy and the unmissable Changing Tracks.

Throughout the week, 774 ABC Melbourne will feature interviews and a number of packages from station reporter, Clare Rawlinson, on local stories demonstrating the importance of language and Songlines in our local indigenous culture.

774 ABC Melbourne’s NAIDOC week program is part of the ABC’s wider NAIDOC celebrations across the nation, which recognises the great contribution Indigenous Australians have made to the community.

Full NAIDOC week broadcast highlights on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Songlines, Sunday 3 July 10am – noon.

Kicking off NAIDOC Week on Local Radio across Australia, Charlie King, sports broadcaster and Gurrindji man, and Maree Yoelu, from the Daly River region in the Northern Territory bring to life the meaning and cultural significance of songlines via live interviews and talkback.

Evenings with Jacinta Parsons, with co-host Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Tuesday 5 July 7 – 10pm.

Emma Donovan and the Putbacks perform the songs of Ruby Hunter as part of Evenings with Jacinta Parsons. Wednesday 6 July 9 – 10pm.

The Friday Revue with Brian Nankervis and Richelle Hunt, live from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Friday 8 July 1-3pm. ALL WELCOME.

Drive with Rafael Epstein, live from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Friday 8 July 3-6pm. For an overview of the ABC’s national NAIDOC Week highlights, visit here  daily for


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