Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020 Always Was Always Will Be
NAIDOC celebrations are held annually across Australia to celebrate and pay respect to the history, achievements and continuing culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We’ve listed a few events you can get involved in this NAIDOC Week to recognise and immerse yourself in the history and culture of this ancient land:
NAIDOC Library Challenge1 to 30 November | City of Perth Library | Free | perth.beanstack.org
This November, challenge yourself to learn more about the nations, language, stories and knowledge of Aboriginal Australians in celebration of NAIDOC Week. The City of Perth Library has a range of resources to help you explore this year’s NAIDOC theme: Always Was, Always Will Be.
Surprise and delight flower hand-out
6 November | iCity Kiosk, Forrest Place | All day | Free | visitperth.com
Visitors will be delighted by iCity Kiosk volunteers handing out Hookeriana (Banksia) to mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony
8 November | Supreme Court Gardens | 12 to 4pm | Free | visitperth.com
Featuring live performances, Aboriginal dancers, an Elders corner and community stalls, the NAIDOC Week opening ceremony is a celebration for all.
Council House Lights8 to 15 November | Council House Lights | From 6.30pm | Free
From 8 to 15 November, the City of Perth will be recognising the NAIDOC Week theme Always Was, Always Will Be by illuminating Council House in Aboriginal colours, including the theme words. Trafalgar Bridge will also be lit up in red.
Moorditj Bridyas - Solid Bosses10 November to 29 January 2021 | Council House | 8am to 5pm, weekdays | Free
As part of NAIDOC week celebrations, the City of Perth Elders Portraits will be displayed in a Council House exhibition entitled Moorditj Bridyas - Solid Bosses. Digital images of the portraits will also be displayed on the large screens at the City of Perth Library, Northbridge Piazza and the Yagan Square Digital Tower.
Untold Stories of Perth: Wongi mi bardup /Doing it our way10 November | Online podcast | Free | untoldstories.perth.wa.gov.au
Wongi mi bardup / Doing it our way is the latest episode of the City of Perth’s podcast ‘Untold Stories of Perth’ and features oral histories from the City’s Elders. The episode will be released during NAIDOC week to coincide with the opening of Moorditj Bridyas: Solid Bosses exhibition.
Aussie Yarns with Ron Bradfield Junior12 November | City of Perth Library | 6.30 to 7.30pm | Free | aussieyarns.eventbrite.com.au
Join the City of Perth Library to hear the intriguing and uplifting yarns of Ron Bradfield Jnr, a natural storyteller and proud Bardi man.
Opening of Kaal Yimniny13 November | Hay and Irwin Streets | 4.30 to 9.30pm | Free
The City of Perth will be opening its first ever Whadjuk named public space – Kaal Yimniny – on the corner of Hay and Irwin Streets. The new precinct is the first of its kind where pedestrians have right of way and motorists’ speed limits will be reduced to 20km/h.
NyumbiEvery Friday from 13 November | Yagan Square | 5.30 to 6.30pm | Free | yagansquare.com.au
The City of Perth is helping to bring Yagan Square to life with a free celebration of the world’s oldest living culture every Friday night. Entitled Nyumbi, locals and visitors alike will be able to immerse themselves in Perth’s rich Nyoongar culture through traditional song and dance. Let’s meet, connect and celebrate in the heart of Perth city.
Go Cultural ToursTuesday to Fridays and Sundays | Locations vary | Times vary | $$ | gocultural.com.au
Experience a traditional welcome to the land of the Whadjuk people which they have called home since the beginning of time. Hear the Nyoongar story, the first story of the Whadjuk people and ancient Dreaming stories passed down through countless generations.
Weaving with Weeds with Lea Taylor14 November | City of Perth Library | 11am to 12.30pm and 2 to 3.30pm | $20 | trybooking.com/BMAGR
Join award-winning weaver Lea Taylor to learn about the history of Aboriginal weaving and make your own bracelet at the City of Perth Library.
- 03 Nov '20