The 20th Deadlys will be held on 30th September at the Sydney Opera House and promises not only to be a night of excellence and entertainment, but also a significant celebration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians, across the country.
The Deadlys organisers are planning a show that celebrates Indigenous achievement over 20 years. Past winners and present day contribution will come together in a spectacular that pays tribute to the talent, strength and breakthrough determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across music, sport, the arts and community.
The Deadlys are the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awards night on the national calendar, showcasing the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people right across Australia. They began as a first anniversary celebration for the Deadly Sounds radio show at Redfernâ€™s Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, and evolved into the national awards night Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians embrace each year.
â€œToday, the Deadlys achieves widespread media coverage, with broadcasts on SBS, Imparja and NITV, as well as a high presence online.Â Quite simply, the Deadlys is now the largest national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event on the calendar. We estimate that it reaches some 500,000 people,â€ Executive Producer and founder of the Deadlys, Gavin Jones says. â€œWe also directly engage with the Indigenous community through the nomination and voting processes, and last year received a record 95,000 votes.â€
Mr Jones says â€œThis year will be an unforgettable celebration, not only of achievements over the past year, but over 20 years.â€
Nominations for the 20th Deadlys are open now and close on 30th June 2014. So if you want to be a part of the 20th Deadlys, get those nominations in before 30 June and/or tell us who you think is Deadly in 2014 across music, sport, the arts, health, education, employment, cultural advancement, science and healing.