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Indigenous Literacy Day, 6 September 2023

Celebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages


Wednesday 6 September 2023

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is proud to present a 15‑minute film celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day with stories and songs from remote Communities, hosted by the Sydney Opera House.

Following the film, viewers are invited to stay online for a 45‑minute livestream celebration directly from the Sydney Opera House, with a star‑studded team of ILF Ambassadors ‑ Jessica Mauboy, Justine Clarke, Gregg Dreise, Josh Pyke and more!


“Would you cuddle up with a jurru? Do you have a tjikiwan dog at home? And what would you do if you saw a sneaky Kyembal?" asks ILF ambassador Jessica Mauboy.

Jump on a virtual plane to Barunga in the Northern Territory, Rubibi (Broome) in north Western Australia and Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, to find out!

This is your chance to journey across the country into First Nations storytelling and learn some new words in Kriol, Yawuru and Thaynakwith languages.

You'll join a group of young, talented songwriters with their ILF mentor Justine Clarke, for a special performance of their song, Shordi Krik, at the Barunga Festival in the Northern Territory. Find out why life is sweet at Shordi Krik.

In Rubibi, your senses will tingle as you discover there are more than four seasons a year, and on the Cape York Peninsula, when you look, you will find…..what? You will have to wait and see!


After the film, enter the Sydney Opera House for a 45‑minute livestream celebration of storytelling and song with ILF super star Ambassadors, Jessica Mauboy, Justine Clarke, Josh Pyke, Gregg Dreise, and more!

This is an action packed, joyful performance, sharing books, stories, music, song, movement, illustrations and language. It's an engaging learning adventure for early learners, primary students and adults alike. Don't miss it!


At 10.30am (AEST) the 15‑minute FREE FILM premieres (meaning, it is available online for the first time), followed by a 45‑minute FREE LIVESTREAM from the Sydney Opera House.

Note: If you are running late or tune in slightly after 10:30 am (AEST), you can either continue to watch live from where the stream is at or pull back the timeline to the start at the beginning.

The entire one‑hour stream will be available to watch On Demand from 11.30am (AEST) onwards on the same link, so you can watch it on the same link, at your convenience.


Register to watch the free ILD FILM & LIVE STREAM here: Indigenous Literacy Day (

Indigenous Literacy Day 2023 is proudly produced and presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and sponsored by Lendlease and supported by Studio Gilay.


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