Some of Australia’s best hip hop artists have come together thanks to NITV, Elefant Traks and Bad Apples to produce an original song ‘Change the Date’, and an accompanying 360 degree VR experience.
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NITV Staff Writer

24 Jan 2017 - 9:26 AM  UPDATED 24 Jan 2017 - 1:17 PM

 

Click on the link below to download the 360 Change The Date video on SBS VR app:

Download the free track below:  

The song and VR experience form part of NITV’s #AlwaysWillBe project  – an array of programming and events on and in the lead up to 26 January that encourage a national discussion on what it means to be Australian today.

Through thought-provoking documentaries, films, news and current affairs, a podcast, public events and more, NITV invites all Australians to hear and interact with Indigenous perspectives on this national holiday.

It was not until 1994 that Australia Day was celebrated consistently across states and territories on 26 January, and for many Indigenous Australians this date marks a Day of Mourning with some asking, why not change the date?

Iconic Australian hip hop artists Nooky, Birdz (Nathan Bird), Urthboy (The Herd), Thundamentals (Tuka and Jeswon), L-Fresh the Lion, Tasman Keith, Ozi Batla, Kaylah Truth, Coda Conduct (Erica and Sally) and Hau (Koolism) share their views on why they think Australia should change the date of Australia Day.  

Read the lyrics of Change The Date
Here are the lyrics to the 'Change the Date' track
Some of the biggest names in Australian hip hop are calling out this controversial date. #ChangeTheDate is an innovative new track, debuting in 360 VR for NITV's #AlwaysWillBe

NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman, said: “As part of our role as Australia’s dedicated Indigenous broadcaster, NITV provides an important place for Indigenous voices to be heard on issues that matter to communities. For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the 26th of January is not a day for celebration, and in the lead up to and during the national holiday, NITV wants to encourage more discussion and debate about the date.”

The accompanying VR experience was conceived, produced and directed by an all-Aboriginal team, going to the heart of NITV’s role in empowering the next generation of Indigenous creatives.

The Change The Date project was produced in partnership with Start VR.

Discover more about Indigenous Australia with NITV's #AlwaysWillBe, an interactive line-up of truth, tradition and expression.