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Published June 13th 2018
Many events during this year's NAIDOC week festival
NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. Each year, they have a week as an Australian observance, and this year it will be from 8th to 15th July.
NAIDOC Week actually celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There are many events during this week and this is a list of some of them.
1. NAIDOC OPENING CEREMONY
This will be held on Sunday 8th July from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Supreme Court Gardens.
This ceremony officially opens NAIDOC week in Perth. There will be continuous performances by visiting and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, performers, community stalls, children's activities, traditional food and an Elder's marquee.
Join in during the school holidays while we celebrate NAIDOC Week. This will celebrate the diverse Aboriginal cultures of Western Australia, as well as the women in our communities who lead the way for future generations.
This year, the programme will feature amazing Aboriginal people who will share some of their culture with us. These will include:
Storytelling and sharing knowledge with Nyoongar Elder, Marie Taylor
Weaving workshop with prominent artist, Sharyn Egan
Workshop dance performance by Brianne Yarran
Community art mural with Kamsani Bin Salleh
Craft activities to learn about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
Touch table to get up close and hands-on with cultural heritage objects
Bring the whole family and friends and celebrate NAIDOC 2018 at the WA Maritime Museum! There will be free entry to WA Maritime Museum, which is at Victoria Quay, Fremantle. This will be held on 10th of July, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
3. NAIDOC AWARDS The annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of these people in their communities.
At these awards, there will be national winners appointed. We will learn about their journey, their stories and we will pay tribute to their achievements. These awards celebrate excellence, help to build a better future, and also reminds us of this nation's 65,000-year-old history.
The winners of the National NAIDOC Awards will be announced in the following categories:
4. CITY OF VINCENT NAIDOC FESTIVAL
This will be held on 9th July from 1.30 pm to 4 pm, at Hyde Park in North Perth.
There will be a huge line-up of free entertainment and activities, including:
• Welcome to Country with Elder May McGuire
• Smoking Ceremony with Vaughn McGuire
• Live music by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
• Interactive Noongar dance performance with Baldja Moort
• Headband workshop with Karla Hart
• Shoe and canvas painting with Jarred Franey
• Sand Mural by Acacia Collard
• Sand Yarning with Bec Garlett
• Urban Indigenous Community Canvas
• Reconciliation Community Consultation with Danny Ford
• Food from Kuditj Cafe & Veggie Mama
This free community festival is presented by the City of Vincent. To find out more, visit their website here.
5. NOONGAR STORYTIME WITH BEC GARLETT
This will be held on Tuesday 10th July, from 10 am to 11 am in the City of Vincent Library.
This is a free event, however, you must make a booking here.
Bec Garlett from Warlitj Productions will share stories of Noongar culture, tradition and language for children aged between 5 and 12.
6. ABORIGINAL ART WORKSHOP
This will be held on Friday 13th July, from 10 am to 11 am at the City of Vincent Library.
It will be given by Jade Dolman and is for ages 5 years plus. Jade will look at the meaning of colours and symbols in aboriginal art. Jade will also share stories of Noongar culture and language. Food is included and will be supplied by Bushfood Experience.
7. 2018 CHEVRON NAIDOC PERTH BALL
This will be held on 13th July, from 7 pm to 12 midnight, at the Crown Grand Ballrooms, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Perth.
This event is the finale to NAIDOC Week in Perth. The 2018 Ball is your opportunity to dress up, mix with friends, listen to and watch outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and performances.
You will be served a delicious three-course meal and drinks, ending the night with the Belle and Beau, Lady and Gentleman of the ball!
Also on during the evening will be:
Welcome To Country by May McGuire & Brianne Yarran.
Traditional dance performed by The Middar Dancers
Performances by Beryl Dick, Billy Narrier & The Patchups, and