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NAIDOC Week Fremantle 2017

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Join in the Celebrations for This Fremantle Event
Celebrate NAIDOC Week Across the City of Fremantle

The 2017 NAIDOC Week national theme is "Our Language Matters" and during this festival, there will be a range of workshops, classes and activities centred around storytelling, Nyoongar language, indigenous books and even stand-up comedy!

NAIDOC week - Our language matters

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated by all Australians from all walks of life.

This is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Opening Week
Celebrate NAIDOC opening week with the City of Fremantle at the Hilton PCYC.

Opening week

There will be a free launch event including a "Welcome to Country" by Sharon Calgarrat, followed by an opening speech from the Fremantle Mayor, Brad Pettitt.

The Struggling Kings will entertain with their unusual blend of acoustic and electric guitar, while the Willagee Koolanga Girls Dance Group will treat the audience to a traditional dance performance.

The opening event

There will also be a fashion showcase produced by the Noongar Arts Aboriginal Corporation of Western Australia and this will feature a catwalk parade of their most recent collection.

Finally, finish off the day with a "damper cook off" with enough of this delicious food to go around for everyone to sample! Food and drinks will be provided at the Hilton PCYC, who will be hosting a range of family friendly activities from giant board games to basketball workshops.

No bookings required, as this is a free non-ticketed event, and it is suitable for all ages.

NAIDOC National Poster Competition
And the winner for 2017 is ... Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman, Joanne Cassady.

As the winner, Ms Cassady will have her artwork, entitled 'Your Tribe, My Tribe, Our Nation' displayed on the 2017 National NAIDOC poster and will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Joanne Cassady - the winner

The competition called for artists to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of the 2017 National NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matters. Ms Cassady's artwork represents some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and nations across Australia.

This year there were more than 150 entries and the National NAIDOC Committee had rather a difficult time selecting just one winner. They eventually picked Ms Cassady's work as "The Committee felt that Ms Cassidy's artwork was not only eye-catching, but importantly carried an important message really highlighting the breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across our country."

There will also be an exhibition and sale of new Nyoongar Paintings, fused art glass, pottery and jewellery.

Image: Their Facebook page

Prominent Nyoongar artists have created fantastic works especially to celebrate this year's NAIDOC theme 'Our Languages Matter'. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the two weekends.

True Blue Australia Shop 101 Fremantle Markets, Cnr South Terrace & Parry Street, FREMANTLE

Friday, 30th June, to Sunday, 9th July, 2017

9 am to 6 pm


for more details or sales

Storytelling Making in Language
At this event you can hear stories: hear them, share them, make your own - in language.

Storytelling making in language

Some Nyoongar students will be sharing their books and helping you make your very own. You can then have it published on the spot and take home a copy to show off to your family and friends!

Tuesday, 5th and Thursday, 6th July

from 10.00 am to 11. 30 am

Tuesday at Fremantle PCYC
Thursday at Fremantle City Library


Word Search
Win one of 5 Winterworld Family passes by finding all the Nyoongar Words on the special bunting in shops around Fremantle.

Join in the fun with Wordsearch

There will be 20 shops you can hunt around in. The idea is that when you find a word, locate it on your word search and circle it clearly. Once you have completed all the 20 words required, fill in your details and post in the competition box at any of the 20 businesses listed.

Prizes will then be drawn on Monday 10 July, at 11 am.

You can download your copy of this fun activity for NAIDOC Week Word Search here or pick one up from any of the Fremantle businesses listed below:

WA Maritime Museum
New Edition Bookshop
Yarns on Collie
Endota Spa
Richard Smyth Wild Earth Images
Lucky Terrace News & Lotto
Fremantle Opals
Raw Kitchen
Fremantle Barber Co
Oz Australia, Raw Energy
Didgeridoo Breath
Anjel Ms
Velvet Sushi
Stable Hands

NAIDOC Skate Session
Winterworld has come to Fremantle and there is a dedicated NAIDOC week skating session all booked in! You can check out more about this event here.

Skate and watch snow fall!

Come on down to the ice skating rink or the skate park, to skate the afternoon away while the DJ entertains you and you can actually watch snow falling!

Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace. Fremantle

3rd July 2017

4.30 pm to 6.30 pm

From $5 to $24

Bookings for ice skating are essential, and you can get your tickets here.

Nyoongar Language Class
The 2017 theme for NAIDOC Week is "Our language matters" and the best way to get to know a culture is through learning the language.

Search for words

Sharon Gregory will be taking a Nyoongar language class for beginners and Sharon will help participants understand and delve into this local dialect and its culture.

The Meeting Place
245 South Terrace, South Fremantle

3rd July, 2017

4.30 till 6.30 pm

Just $35 per person

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 9432 9676, or book online here.

Weaving Workshop
Create some lovely works of art as well as some practical items, by learning to weave.

Learn to do creative weaving

Join artist Lea Taylor in a Nyoongar weaving class. Here you will learn different weaving techniques using a combination of natural fibres to create a unique piece. It will be fun as well as productive.

Weave some interesting items

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
12 Captains Lane, Fremantle

7th July, 2017

From 10:00 am til 2:00 pm

$68 per person

Bookings essential, and can be made by phoning The Meeting Place on 9432 9678

Indigenous Book Cubby
The Book Cubby is on loan from the State Library of Western Australia for NAIDOC Week.

The Book Cubby

It will be available for the following two weeks also in order to showcase indigenous books which are made right around Australia.

Fremantle City Library
8 William Street, Fremantle

Starting from 5th July, 2017, all day
as well as all day on:
6th July; 7th July; 8th July; and 9th July

This is a FREE event

Art Workshop
There will be an art workshop which will be run by Kerry King and this will be a Nyoongar cross-cultural art class.

Unique art classes

All materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary, so don't miss out on this one as it will be a unique opportunity to learn about this culture in drawing.

Learn this form of art

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
12 Captains Lane, Fremantle

8th July 2017

10 am till 2 pm

$58 per person

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning the Meeting Place on 9432 9678.

Sean Choolburra Live in the Heart of Hilton

This will be a family-friendly evening of great comedy and dance from one of Australia's best Aboriginal comedians.

Sean was born in Townsville, in Queensland and comes from a family of twelve siblings and his comedy style is created from a wide variety of lifetime experiences, stories, and observations.

"I always tell people 'We are the oldest storytellers in the world.' And that's pretty much what stand-up comedy is. It's storytelling."

Sean Choolburra

The Hilton PCYC (Police and Citizens Youth Club)
34 Paget Street

Friday, 7th July 2017

7 pm to 9 pm

Bookings for this are essential and these can be made by phoning 9432 9999 or online here.

$10 per ticket

History of NAIDOC
NAIDOC originally stood for "National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee", and this committee used to be responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Indigenous Australians - Image: By Cicely Binford - IMG_1232,

Each year, a different city hosts the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony, as well as the National NAIDOC Poster Competition, and the NAIDOC Awards recipients, which are chosen by the National NAIDOC Committee.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

This is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to Australia and to our society.
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Why? To help celebrate NAIDOC week, and learn and have fun
When: 2nd July to 9th July, 2017
Where: Fremantle
Cost: Some events free, some reasonable cost
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