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What’s On NAIDOC Week 2019

This year, the NAIDOC week theme is Voice.Treaty.Truth. and celebrates Indigenous voices and culture. Voice.Treaty.Truth. were some of the key elements from the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This year is also the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages and Voice.Treaty.Truth. represents a need for greater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and traditional languages. This NAIDOC week is being celebrated all over Perth, with events running from 7-14 July.

NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony:

The Perth opening ceremony will include a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Whadjuk Noongar Elders, followed by performances by dancers, singers and a youth fashion presentation, as well as children’s activities, a sausage sizzle and community stalls.

When: Sunday, 7 July 2019, 12:00-16:00

Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

Cost: Free

NAIDOC Fremantle Opening Ceremony:

Opening with a Welcome to Country, community canvas, bush tucker tasting, face painting and recreation activities.

When: Sunday, 7 July 2019, 10am-14:00pm

Where: Fremantle PCYC, 34 Paget Street, Hilton

Cost: Free

Language Lessons at St Pats:

Join qualified LOTE teacher and Noongar woman, Sharon Gregory in a beginner’s class in Noongar language. Local band Dice Band will finish off the morning with music.

When: Thursday, 11 July 2019, 9:30am-10.30am

Where: St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, 12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle

Cost: Free

NAIDOC Family Fun Day:

This family fun day will include storytelling with Noongar Elder Marie Taylor, Torres Strait Islander workshop dance performance with Creative Connection, an art workshop with Kevin Bynder and a craft corner.

When: Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 10am-2:30pm

Where: Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle.

Cost: Free. Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply ($7.50-$15)

Djinda Kaatijin:

A mix of traditional Noongar dreaming stories and contemporary Indigenous storytelling exploring the importance of the stars.

When: Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11am & 1pm

Where: Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle.

Cost: Free. Maritime Museum adult entry fees apply ($7.50-$15)

Virtual Whadjuk:

Virtual reality adventure exploring Whadjuk Noongar culture and Perth landscapes prior to European settlement. Tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite here.

When: Sunday 7 July 2019 to Saturday 13 July 2019, sessions and time may vary.

Where: Yagan Square, Perth CBD

Cost: Free

The Dreaming Place:

Award-winning animated films based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling.

When: Monday, 8 July-Saturday 13 July 2019, 10am-15:00pm, daily screenings.

Where: State Library of Western Australia

Cost: Free


Image: The Dreaming Place

WINTERarts: Noongar Boodja

A 35-minute documentary film made by young Aboriginal people from Albany, WA exploring Menang Elders’ significant cultural places and the meanings behind Noongar names.

When: Wednesday 10 July 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Where: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley

Cost: Free. Register for tickets here.

Dance, Stories and Snags:

Acclaimed traditional Aboriginal dancer and didgeridoo player Olman Walley is performing a Welcome to Country and dance performance, followed by a morning of storytelling with respected elder Josie Boyle as she yarns about her life with song and art. Includes an emu or kangaroo sausage sizzle.

When: Monday 8 July 2019, 8:45am to 11:30am

Where: St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, 12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle

Cost: Free

Ngala Daa-Waangkiny:

An intimate Indigenous poetry performance alongside poetry and art installations.

When: Monday 8 July 2019, 13:00-14:30pm

Where: State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William Street, Perth.

Cost: Free. Register for tickets here.

Ngala Daa-Waangkiny:
Image: Ngala Daa-Waangkiny

Curator Talk: WA Now TJYLLYUNGOO/ Lance Chadd:

A combination of spirituality and cultural research on ‘connection to country’, in the Boorongurup by Indigenous artist Lance Chadd.

When: Saturday, 23 July, 2-3pm.

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia Concourse, Perth Cultural Centre.

Cost: Free. Find out more here.

 

Words by Dominique Chapman

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