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NAIDOC Family Day 2015

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The Town of Bassendean, in partnership with the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service is proudly presenting this year's NAIDOC Family Day event!

Held on Thursday 9th of July, 2015 at Ashfield Reserve, this FREE vibrant community festival showcases the rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in a fun family-friendly atmosphere.

Event-goers will be treated to a great programme of special events and activities, including traditional dance and song, free food, kids' entertainment and activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, cuddly animal farm, along with lots of information and giveaways.

Town of Bassendean Mayor, Cr John Gangell, said the Town was delighted to have a great line-up of performers as part of this year's NAIDOC Family Day celebrations and highlighted the importance of the event on the Town's annual event calendar.

Yung Marbuk is performing

"NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people" he said.

"The National theme for this year is 'We all stand on Sacred Ground, learn, respect & celebrate'. This year the theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea".

"The Family Day is targeted at both Indigenous and non Indigenous people to reflect the national theme and encourage greater understanding and appreciation of our cultural diversity", said Cr Gangell.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Live music & dance performances by Dennis Simmonds and the
    Maar Koodjal dancers
    , soloist David Pigram, young rapper Yung Marbuk, and the Baldja Boys.

  • The Derbal Yerrigan "Moorditj Healthy Lifestyle Zone", the Aboriginal Workforce Development's "Deadly Jobs Expo", and a host of other information stalls featuring a range of Indigenous and related organisations.

  • The "Dandjoo Koorliny" Reconciliation Walk and flag raising ceremony at the Town of Bassendean Administration Centre at 10.00am. Participants will then walk together in unity to Ashfield Reserve and to conduct the flag raising and Welcome to Country ceremonies and enjoy all the day's festivities.

  • Live broadcast throughout the day by 100.9fm Noongar Radio.

    All are welcome to attend this all ages event. It will be held in a smoke, alcohol and pet free environment.

    NAIDOC Family Fun Day 2015, will run from 10.30am to 3pm at Ashfield Reserve, cnr Fisher Street and Guildford Road, Ashfield.

    For further information on the NAIDOC Family Fun Day, log onto the Town's website or telephone Customer Services on 9377 8000.

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    When: Thursday 9th July 2015, 10.30am-3pm
    Where: Ashfield Reserve
    Cost: Free
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