The NAIDOC Perth Ball is one of the most anticipated nights on the Aboriginal social calendar.
In 2013 NAIDOC Perth will not be hosting a Ball, as Perth will be the national Focus City for NAIDOC and will host the National NAIDOC Ball, which is organised by the National NAIDOC Committee. The National NAIDOC Ball will occur on Friday 12 July 2013 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets will be just $85 each and sold in two instalments through Ticketek. The first release will be at midday (EST) on Monday 13 May, and the second release will be at midday (EST) on Monday 10 June 2013. Be quick, tickets sell fast. Please go to www.naidoc.org for more information.
In 2012, the NAIDOC Perth Ball was held at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on Friday 6 July.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on’ and to celebrate, NAIDOC Perth went 'Black Carpet' style with a spectacular display of Western Australia's most recognised Indigenous performers. The evening started with a 'Black Carpet' walk to the NAIDOC Perth Ball Cocktail Party in the main foyer and was followed by the formal dinner and entertainment in the main Ballroom.
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Black Carpet Walk: NAIDOC Perth officially welcomed guests to take the 'Black Carpet' walk to the main Ballroom in style and to have their Deadly photos taken.
Cocktail Party: The NAIDOC Perth Cocktail Party commenced at 6.30pm in the upstairs foyer overlooking the spectacular Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River). The Cocktail Party included a range of canapés, refreshments, a Tent Embassy Tribute of display boards, and the amazing voice of 2012 NAIDOC Perth Artist of the Year, Ulla Shay.
Welcome & Opening: The official opening of the Ball commenced with a welcome to country and spectacular Contemporary Cultural Dance Performance choreographed by 'So You Think You Can Dance' finalist, Sermsah (Suri) Bin Saab who performed with Indigenous students from WAAPA.
Ulla Shay (formally known as Candice Lorrae) is a young Australian Indigenous Singer/Songwriter that has grown up with a passion for music and performance. In May 2009, Ulla Shay received two awards at the ‘WA TOO SOLID Music Awards’ for ‘Female Artist of the Year’ and over all ‘Gold 'n' Solid’ award for 'Artist of the Year'.
John Bennett was born in Derby and is a member of the Bidyadanga community, located on the remote lands of Karajarri country between the Indian Ocean and the Great Sandy Desert in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. His songs offer a unique insight into John Bennett’s world: a journey into the remote and beautiful North West part of Australia. Songs full of yearning, too be home with his people and celebrations of important people in his life. “Wangkaja” the opening track of his debut album has recently won the WA Indigenous of the Year Award 2011. John was also nominated for WA Indigenous Act of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at this Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House for 2011.
Bartlett Brothers are a local Indigenous band made up of Jason and Phil Bartlett who create a soulful pop rock sound with soaring harmonies. Their music and lyrics are infused with themes of their heritage and country. Top 24 Australian Idol Jason Bartlett; Winner 2009 Best Male Vocalist Too Solid Awards 2009 Jason Bartlett; Winners WAM SOTY 2007; Winners WAM SOTY 2006; Nominated for WAM Best Indigenous Act 2007and 2008; Winners of the Next Big Thing Regional Finals 2006; Winner 2006 Next Big Thing Overall Best Vocalist Jason Bartlett; Winners NAIDOC Musicians of the year 2007
Jake and the Cowboys
Don’t be fooled by the name – there’s no Jake nor obvious western theme. A gifted lyric, definable vocal, melodic sound and a passion for performing define Jake and the Cowboys to a tee. Since forming in 2009, the Cowboys have been delivering a fresh brand of pop/folk/rock to various venues around the Perth music scene and have earned themselves a strong loyal following. With unique life experiences and culture provided from all 4 band members the Cowboys have notched up double WAMi nominations, performed at the One Movement for Music Festival, WAMi Festival 2011, The Australasian World Music Expo 2011
The Yabu Band
Since beginning at the age of five, multi-talented brothers, Delson and Boyd Stokes, known today as 'Yabu Band', have created a powerful, unique sound aptly described as Desert Rock/Reggae. The brothers are originally from Kalgoorlie, the Goldfields town bordered by the Western Desert from where they draw their heritage, culture and inspiration. Awarded nine national music awards including a Deadly Award, Yabu have performed at some Australia's biggest festivals including WOMADelaide, The Dreaming Festival, The Darwin Festival and the Woodford Folk festival. Their latest single, 'Petrol Paint & Glue' has been quoted, "One of the most sweetest-saddest ballads songs released in the English and Wongutha languages".