Even with a national apology given and received, Indigenous issues remain high on the nation’s agenda, and deservedly so. The 14th Deadly Awards, organised by VIBE Australia, is a chance to celebrate the many achievements of Australia’s first people and highlight the good work that’s being done in the challenges that lie ahead.
Held at the Sydney Opera House on the evening of October 9, “The Deadlys” is a major event on the Indigenous calendar, showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence in music, sport, entertainment and community leadership.
Most awards are decided by popular vote, so it’s a chance for all Australians to speak out and let the whole country know who they think is “deadly”.
Jessica Mauboy will perform at this year’s ceremony
Among this year’s nominees are well-known talents such as Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Tammy Clarkson, Aaron Fa’aoso, Aaron Pedersen, Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Goodes, Lance Franklin and Greg Inglis.
In addition, 2008 Olympic athletes such as Benn Harradine (discus) Jade North (soccer) Patrick Mills (basketball), Rohanee Cox (basketball) and Stacey Porter (softball) have also been nominated.
Community leadership is an important part of the Deadly Awards and nominees in this category include those making a difference in education, medical research, human rights and health delivery.
Hosted by actor Luke Carroll, the 2008 Deadly Awards is a glamorous spectacle complete with red carpet walk and performances by sensationally-gifted musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Australian Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy, legend Jimmy Little and Black Arm Band member (and Deadly nominee) Ursula Yovich.
So tune in to SBS’s coverage of the 2008 Deadly Awards for all the glamour, excitement, talent and pride that Indigenous Australia has to offer.
To vote for your favourite nominee, go to www.sbs.com.au/livingblack/deadlys2008
PLEASE NOTE: The 14th Deadly Awards will screen immediately after the first episode of First Australians, a landmark SBS production that chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia, as told from the perspective of its first people.