Keep the Fire Burning: Blak,Loud,Proud
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2024 NAIDOC theme announced: Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud

by Freya Lucas

January 18, 2024

The theme for NAIDOC Week has been announced, honouring the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Held across the country from 7-14 July 2024, NAIDOC Week will celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.


“The resilience of mob, our shared experiences, collective memories and kinship is a source of tremendous pride,” National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Aunty Lynette (Dr) Riley said.


“We honour the flame of the fire, kindling the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.


“This year’s theme is a clarion call to continued unity and solidarity for all Australians to come together and celebrate.”


First Nations communities, registered businesses, early learning services, schools and local governments are all encouraged to apply for their share of the $1.7 million of allocated funding to run an activity or event that directly relates to the 2024 NAIDOC theme including;


  • arts based activities, including painting, dancing, crafts and storytelling;
  • family fun days and community activities;
  • cultural and Elders activities;
  • NAIDOC themed sporting activities or competitions, or
  • activities that actively promote Reconciliation.


“’Blak, Loud, and Proud’ encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world,” National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Steven Satour said.


“This theme calls for a reclamation of our narratives, an amplification of our voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.”


These grants and the application process are managed by the National Indigenous Australians Agency with two tiers available in 2024: small scale grants for up to $10,000 and large scale grants for between $10,001 and $50,000.


NAIDOC Week began in 1975 and provides an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.


For more information and to apply for a NAIDOC Local Grant, visit GrantConnect and submit an application before closing at 3pm AEDT on Thursday 22 February 2024.


For more information on the history of NAIDOC Week and to learn more about this year’s theme, visit the National NAIDOC theme page.

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