NITV to simulcast Sunrise Ceremony with SBS and Network 10

by Hannah Pemberton

John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking present The Point on SBS. Image: SBS

In a network first, NITV is proud to announce that this year it will be simulcasting the Sunrise Ceremony on January 26 with SBS and Network 10.


The two-hour ceremony, that takes place at North Head in Sydney from 6am, will be co-hosted by NITV’s John Paul Janke and Studio 10’s Narelda Jacobs, who will be joined by an array of influential panellists.


As part of the two-hour live television event, the nation will be invited to tune in and experience unique Indigenous perspectives, cultural performances and entertainment all encapsulated in NITV’s Sunrise Ceremony.


The panel will be made up of Lydia Miller, Wesley Enoch, Teela Reid, Marlee Silva and Pat Mau.


Guests will include Dr Casta Tungaraza, Sheikh Wesam Charkawi, Ngọc-Tuấn Hoàng, and the program will feature musical performances by Djakapurra Munyarryun, Kevin Yunupingu, Uncle Dennis Foley, Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dancers, Meuram Murray Island Dancers, Darren Compton, Mindy & Mitch Kwanten, Eric Avery, Mau Power and Mitch Tambo.


The ceremony will also be available on SBS On Demand.


In the lead up to the Sunrise Ceremony, Rachael Hocking and John Paul Janke will host the return of flagship current affairs program The Point on January 22 at 8:30pm, with a special edition panel show entitled Aussie, Aussie, Aussie? (Who the Bloody Hell Are We?)


The episode will explore Australian identity and where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories currently sit within the national psyche.


The panel will delve into how Australia can better entwine its colonial and migrant stories with the ancient spirit of this land and ask what we can learn from the oldest continuing civilisation on the planet in order to improve the lives of everyone who now calls Australia home.


From 7pm on Saturday January 25, NITV will air a live cross to The Vigil – a smoking ceremony that will take place from dusk to dawn through the streets of Sydney.


Hosted by Rae Johnston and Jack Latimore, the ceremony will give audiences a chance to reflect upon Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, as well as its colonial institutions and contemporary multicultural migration through live music, choral and poetry performances. Viewers will also be able to tune in via NITV’s social media accounts.


Monday January 20th kicks off the Always Was, Always Will Be programming slate, with the season premiere of Living Black Conversations. At 8.30pm, prolific reporter Karla Grant interviews Sydney Festival Creative Director Wesley Enoch about his life, inspirations, his love of storytelling and what the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing means for multicultural Australia.


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