2019 NAIDOC Ball and Awards

In 2019 we proudly handled event production for Indigenous Australia’s premier gala event, the National NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony.


The National NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement by individuals and communities. Each year, the National event is held by a host city, with a theme set by the National NAIDOC Committee, supported (then) by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 33 Creative is proud to have delivered the event from concept through to production, with a dedication to enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers throughout the event.

A pinnacle event on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar, the approach we took to conceptually bringing the 2019 National NAIDOC Awards to life was one of pride and sophistication. From early design concepts we wanted to create an event that was warm, inviting and positive, showcasing the strength and success of our people, both for those in the room and those watching the live broadcast.

We drew inspiration from the artwork ‘Dhina’ by the wonderfully talented Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay, created to honour story and what has been, and celebrate what is yet to come. This artwork was reflected in stage theming, through to room dressing, the program and graphic animations on the backlit stage screens.

Our stage production included entertainment from Casey Donovan, Dan Sultan, Christine Anu, the Merindas and many more, supported by hosts Sean Choolburra and Elaine Crombie.

We worked closely with our client, their partners and event sponsors to deliver a live broadcast three course gala dinner event and show, enjoyed more than 1000 people.

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