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Little boy getting his face painted with ochre paints
6 July 2016

NAIDOC Celebrations 2016

  • Perth Cultural Centre

As part of NAIDOC Week, the Perth Cultural Centre is hosting a special free event in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, cultures and communities.

Enjoy an afternoon of free family entertainment in the James Street Amphitheatre with performances by Jake and the Cowboys and a live broadcast by Noongar Radio. Olman Walley, an acclaimed Aboriginal dancer and digeridoo player will MC the event and open the celebrations with a traditional Welcome to Country. Tune in to 100.9FM to hear the afternoon’s music live across Noongar Radio.

Learn about Australia’s edible native bush plants and sample a range of bush tucker treats that are sure to thrill your taste buds with displays by:

  • Max’s Black – offering a range of sauces and chilli pastes that capture the flavours of Australia.
  • Bindi Bindi Dreaming – yummy delights including cakes, roo bites and crackers infused with traditional native herbs and spices.
  • Urban Indigenous – offering bush tucker tasting and ochre face painting.
  • Dale Tilbrook – taste a range of chutneys, relishes, jams, sweet sauces, oils and dukkah. Take home a little bush herb blend or sauce for later.
  • Tucker Bush - offering a range of Australian native plants with edible fruits, nuts, seeds or leaves. 

Head over to the Art Gallery of WA at 2pm for an Artsource Artist Talk: Typecast. Listen to senior Aboriginal artists Robert Hitchcock, Sharyn Egan, Norma Macdonald and Peter Farmer talk about their experience of forging a career in art. 

Don't forget to check out the First People | First Stories exhibition in the State Library of WA. Discover the significant achievements by our first peoples. These stories show the extraordinary ways in which Indigenous resilience has shaped Western Australia. 

The Blue Room Theatre production of Hobo starts on Tuesday, 5 July and runs until Saturday, 16 July. Hobo, supported by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is raw, crude and packed with humour, and takes a good look at what it means to be a man in an age of identity crisis. 

Following NAIDOC week you can catch Bangarra Dance Theatre's, OUR Land People Stories at State Theatre Centre from 20-23 July. 

The theme for the 2016 NAIDOC Week will be Songlines: The living narrative of our nation. Songlines are intricate maps of land, sea and country. They describe travel and trade routes, the location of waterholes and the presence of food. Through learning more about Songlines and how they connect people to Country and the Country to people – we celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

Don't miss the NAIDOC opening ceremony in Elizabeth Quay on Sunday 3 July. 

Dates and times

  • 6 July 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm

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