A very significant week in Australian culture will soon be taking place, yes that correct we are excitedly talking about NAIDOC week.
For our readers who don’t have a strong understanding on the event, NAIDOC week traditionally takes places from the first Sunday in July to the following Sunday and celebrates and pays respect to Australia’s incredible indigenous culture. NAIDOC is an acronym that stands for the National Australian and Torres Strait Islander Observance Committee, and first started taking places in the 1970’s. This year due to the global pandemic, NAIDOC week had to be postposed and did not take place in July due to social distancing regulations. However, its not all bad news and the celebration of Australia’s unique indigenous culture will now be taking place in November !
So, with this good news in hand, we will now showcase the various cultural events located around Western Australia, where we as diverse communities can come together and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as all the vibrant aspects of Australia’s Indigenous culture.
- Stories of country ( 31st October – 15th November ) – Linton & Kay Galleries West Perth
Linton & Kay Galleries, located on Arberdeen street in West Perth will be showcasing authentic traditional indigenous artworks from all over the country, featuring artists such as Barney Ellaga, Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri and Kudditji Kngwarreye.
0.2 Djuki Mala , ( November 8, 2020 – 19:00 to 20:00 ) – at Newman Recreation Centre , Whaleback Arena
With origins coming from North East Arnhem Land, indigenous performing artists Djuki Mala will be showcasing their international hit production at the Newman recreation centre on the 8th of November. For those who have been fortunate enough to observe Djuki Mala at Fringe World shows over the years, It is a performance I would highly recommend attending as their phenomenal talent highlights a significant cultural part of Indigenous culture in an entertaining and captivating way.
0.3 NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony & Morning Tea ( November 10th 2020 ) – City of Busselton Administration Building
For those of our readers and fellow Western Australians located in the South West region, The city of Busselton will be holding a flag holding ceremony and morning tea, in honour NAIDOC week. The morning will involve a welcome to country by cultural custodian Zac Webb, and elder Gloria Hill, who will raise the aboriginal flag. There will also be a performance by the Wadan Warankiny choir who will sing songs in Noongar language. It is recommended that those wanting to attend RSVP with the hosts as there are limited spaces. Booking in can be done through the link below.
0.4 Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Rocky Bay ( 12th of November 2020 )
Come down and celebrate NAIDOC week at Rock Bay, located on McCab street in Mosman Park ! The afternoon will include welcome to country, the launch of the innovate reconciliation action plan ( RAP), activities in the garden, Moorditji dance as well as various arts and craft activities ! Make the most of the celebrations and RSVP your attendance with the organisers in the link below !
For more information on other NAIDOC events throughout WA and the country check out the NAIDOC website https://www.naidoc.org.au for other events and information on this incredible celebration .
Tag @perthhappenings when you attend one of the many incredible NAIDOC events the state has on offer !