Everyone is welcome to join with us to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the City of Armadale, at the annual NAIDOC Celebration Day gathering on Tuesday, 4 July.
This year there is an exciting new addition to the celebrations with the City partnering with Brothaboy to host a NAIDOC Youth Music Festival on the same day. From 3 to 8pm local youth can enjoy music with Hip Hop artist K-P, DJ EDUB and DJ Kidd Benny, a free sausage sizzle and other activities.
Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said that despite NAIDOC week’s cultural significance, this event is an all-inclusive celebration and an opportunity for all resident to take part in an array of activities.
“We are pleased to see a growing number of non-indigenous people attending our NAIDOC celebrations each year, as it demonstrates a willingness to learn more about the culture, history and achievements of our indigenous community members.”
This year’s NAIDOC theme is Language Matters which celebrates the preservation and revitalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages – the original languages of this nation.
“This free community event is a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with music, entertainment, food and information stalls providing loads of information on programs and services available to the community.”
There will be performances by a range of well- known local indigenous musicians including The Merindas, Hot Likwid, Lee West and Mungart Yongah Aboriginal Dancers.
“I encourage everyone to come along and experience the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures and enjoy the festivities of the day,” he said.
The City’s Seville Grove library also has a hands-on NAIDOC day activity, running from 11am to 3pm. Children can make a book to display in the Armadale Book Cubby and will receive a free copy of our locally produced book We Are Champion Children. Bookings are not required and the session is suitable for all the family.
The City of Armadale NAIDOC Celebration Day will be held behind the Champion Centre on the Bob Blackburn Oval and club rooms, Challis Road, Seville Grove from 10am to 3pm, followed by the Youth Festival from 3 to 8pm.