The First and Forever – A Celebration of Blak Excellence music festival will screen on ABC TV and ABC iView this month.

The event took place at The Gathering Place, Hanging Rock in Victoria, to celebrate contemporary First Nations culture and music. The line-up was co-curated by rapper, author and Bad Apples Music founder Briggs.

Briggs himself performed, as did Paul Kelly, Baker Boy, Budjerah, Jessica Mauboy, King Stingray, Sycco, Thelma Plum, Alice Skye, Busby Marou, Tasman Keith and Kobie Dee, among others.

The ABC broadcast will also feature backstage interviews, and will be hosted by Karla Ranby, Triple J’s Black Out producer and Gomeroi woman, as well as Tyrone Prynor, Triple J’s weekend lunch presenter and Torres Strait Islander man.

The show was produced by Mushroom Studios, and will start streaming on ABC iView from Thursday, Dec. 15. The TV premiere will be at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, while Triple J’s Blackout program will air the audio on radio at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18.

First and Forever – A Celebration of Blak Excellence was presented by Mushroom Group, the Victorian Government and Bad Apples Music. It was held at The Gathering Place, Hanging Rock, hosted by the Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung.