'TUTJU-PUNTU' AUTUMN CENTRE WOMEN'S CHOIR | LIL SPARKS & STATIC CREW
‘We Value the Vision: Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963’
The SmokeFree WA NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony 2013 will be themed around the significance of the Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963. This year will see Australian Music legend, Shane Howard (Goanna), country music singer/songwriter Theona Councillor, hip-hop artist Bryte, Tutju-Puntu Autumn Centre Women's Choir plus Kellerberrin dance acts; Lil Sparks & Static Crew.
To celebrate the Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963, several dance groups will perform a traditional Corroboree that will feature: Wadumbah, Kwarbah Djookian, Middar Dancers, Moorditji Dancers and Loza Torres Strait Island Dancers.
The day will kick off with a unique Opening Ceremony that will include a traditional Welcome to Country, the Unfurling of the Flags and a traditional Corroboree.
Apart from this year’s spectacular artist line up, the day will offer several children’s activities & rides, stalls, a Wellness Centre, traditional basket-weaving in our Artist in Residence marquee, food & beverage options plus a FREE sausage sizzle.
Shane Howard is a prolific Australian songwriter, admired and respected for his integrity and commitment to music. For more than 30 years his songs have continued to champion the cause of the common man, the environment and the injustices endured by Australia’s Aboriginal people. He writes universal songs of love and life and ‘combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions. While they are deeply evocative of Australia, a "spirit of place", Howard¹s songs have a global reach there are few contemporary musicians who have made such an enduring impact.
Bryte is an established Hip Hop artist based in Perth, Western Australia. Since his teenage days running around the streets of Brisbane as a graffiti artist, Bryte has made leaps and bounds towards bettering his life and establishing himself as a renowned MC. Bryte’s new album, ‘Bryte Side Of Life’ was released in April 2013 and has received rave reviews.
Theona Councillor is a Country Music singer songwriter from Port Hedland, Western Australia. Her new album entitled, ‘Cover Me’ is set to be released on June 29th 2013 and has already been highly received by the WA music industry.
Lil Sparks & Static Crew
These amazing new dance acts are from a little tiny town in Kellerberrin, Western Australia. They have been sponsored by CANWA and will make their début performance at the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony 2013.
Wadumbah brings the Dreaming stories of the very first Australians alive in a performance that’s authentic and spectacular. Wearing traditional Aboriginal costumes, enhanced by awesome Didjeridoo playing and the hypnotic rhythm of the tapping sticks, their skilful performers and traditional presentation will certainly entertain and enthral everyone.
Kwarbah Djookian meaning beautiful sisters in Noongah language is an Aboriginal women’s dance group who have been dancing together since late 2007. Based in Perth. Kwarbah Djookian feel privileged to share dances and songs that have been past on to them by their Elders. The group is passionate and proud of their culture and their performance is a spiritual experience that will take you to a special place and must not be missed.
Since the inception of ‘Middar Aboriginal Theatre’ in 1976 by Dr Richard Walley OAM and others, Middar has taken Noongar culture to 32 different countries and to live audiences of some 10,000,000 people! The original members of Middar learned the dances by watching animals in the surrounding bush, observing their movements and why they make these movements. This will be a special experience not to be missed.
The Moorditj Mob started in 2006, and is the name of a group of Aboriginal students who attend Wesley College as boarders and day-boys. This group of students will have you up on your feet.
Loza Torres Strait Island Dancers
Headed by James China, the Loza Torres Strait Island Dancers are based in Perth, Western Australia who performs traditional dancers from the Torres Strait Islands. Their traditional Island outfits give a unique insight to the traditional culture of the Torres Strait Islands.
Tutju-Puntu Autumn Centre Women's Choir
Ladies from the Autumn Centre in Perth will sing traditional language songs from their culture. Their name is from the Kukatja language and they will sing a hymn in four different languages. This small choir group are one not to miss.
NAIDOC Perth look forward to seeing our local Perth community at the event as we celebrate the official Opening Ceremony to NAIDOC Week 2013!
The 2013 NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony will occur on Sunday 7 July at Wellington Square, East Perth between 12pm and 4pm.
This Smoke, Drug & Alcohol FREE event is proudly Sponsored and Supported by:
Click for more information on the Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963.
If you would like to have a stall at the Opening Ceremony,
please download and complete the Stall Holder Expression of Interest Form.
For further information about the Opening Ceremony contact:
Event Manager: Jade Masters / 0409 085 065
Event Convener: Leah Bonson
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Keep an ear on Noongar Radio and listen for ads with regular updates weekly on Wednesdays at 12.15pm with a live broadcast of the NAIDOC Opening Ceremony on the big day.
For details of this event in 2012 click on the link below;