After the cancellation of the National NAIDOC Awards 2021 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), the National NAIDOC Committee and our key partners had been working towards a gala Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 3 July.
However, following the recent announcements by the NSW Premier and increasing health risk, we have had to take the unfortunate decision to postpone this ceremony.
NAIDOC Week will still be held from 4-11 July.
Restrictions on travellers returning from NSW and Greater Sydney meant that most NNC members, all Award finalists and most of our performers could not attend the Awards without a 14-day quarantine on their return.
Following discussions with all our partners and key stakeholders, we all was agreed the restrictions that are now necessary in NSW would have greatly affected the quality, structure and gala celebration of the Awards.
We’ll soon regroup with all our key stakeholders to look at a suitable date later in the year for an Awards Ceremony, hopefully well clear of COVID-19 clusters and one that can truly be a stunning NAIDOC Awards evening.
It is a timely reminder that Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a concern for communities around Australia and we all need keep our mob safe this NAIDOC Week by making sure our events and celebrations are held in a COVIDSafe way.