Djeran Fest showcases indigenous cultures to Gosnells


Alicia Bynder (9), Liam Hayden (10), Kiara Bynder (4) and Leonie Bynder (11). Picture: Will Russell  d452006
Alicia Bynder (9), Liam Hayden (10), Kiara Bynder (4) and Leonie Bynder (11). Picture: Will Russell d452006

THE community will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as part of Djeran Fest.

Djeran Fest is named after one of the six Noongar seasons and gives people of all cultural backgrounds an opportunity to learn more about Noongar traditions and engage with local services that have a mental health focus.

As part of Djeran Fest, a free screening of the family movie Inside Out will be held on Friday, April 15 at Centennial Pioneer Park, Gosnells.

The City has partnered with Langford Aboriginal Association (LAA), RUAH Community Services and the local Aboriginal community, with funding from the Department of Social Services, for the event which includes live cultural performances, roving entertainment, displays of traditional skills and community stalls.

Inside Out, which will screen at 7.30pm, was chosen for the important mental health messages it presents for children and adults.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said the aim of Djeran Fest was to promote cultural pride and encourage stronger community networks.

“City of Gosnells is proud of its cultural diversity and is delighted to partner with LAA and RUAH to bring Djeran Fest to local people,” she said.

LAA’s Art and Yarning group will also exhibit aboriginal artworks and the Moorditj Yoka group will display jewellery and craft produced by local talent.

The event starts at 5pm with a free sausage sizzle for the first 300 visitors and the screening of Inside Out at 7.30pm.