What does “Always Was, Always Will Be” mean to you?
“Always Was, Always Will Be” is not only a reminder for all of us to acknowledge and respect that these lands were never ceded; it’s a sign of immense pride for our ongoing physical and spiritual connections with these lands. This is something everyone can (should!) be proud of. But to get there, it’s gonna take a lot of education on your part! Learn the names of the lands you stand on, the local history, the local Elders, five words from that language, specific cultural sites to respectfully be aware of, and only THEN will you understand the meaning of the words “Always Was, Always Will Be”.
What is the significance of performing as part of NAIDOC week?
It is always an honour to perform as part of our annual NAIDOC celebrations, a week of Blak excellence across the fields. In any other year we would be celebrating this together, but for now we have each other online. For those that need to read this, write down the names of the artists you see during NAIDOC, and book them for something outside of NAIDOC.