City of Joondalup celebrating Naidoc Week with help from Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Naidoc Week launches in the City of Joondalup on July 9.
Naidoc Week launches in the City of Joondalup on July 9.

THE City of Joondalup will celebrate the invaluable contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to the area with a program of events during Naidoc Week and through July.

Naidoc Week, from July 8 to 15, is this year themed ‘Because of her, we can!’ to honour women as significant role models empowering past generations and paving the way for future ones.

The City will host a range of activities which will be launched with a flag-raising ceremony outside its administration building on July 9.

It has also partnered with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, which will bring two performances to the City, starting with The Noongar Shakespeare Project at Joondalup Art Gallery on July 11.

The production will translate Shakespeare sonnets into the Noongar language.

The event is $10 and is suitable for ages 15 and older.

It will be followed with a talk by Sharyn Egan on the curation of Joondalup Boorungur – the City’s 2018 Naidoc exhibition also at Joondalup Art Gallery from July 2 to 27.

The second Yirra Yaakin performance will be its primary school show Kaarla Kaatijin, which will be staged at Prendiville Catholic College on July 13 at 10am and noon.

Kaarla Kaatijin will use Noongar knowledge and storytelling to deliver traditional stories about fire.

Through a mix of traditional Noongar dreaming stories and contemporary Indigenous storytelling, the show explores the importance of spiritually as well as what it means to be a strong, centred individual learning about the world.

This performance is suitable for ages four and older. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for concession and $5 for children.

Other activities include a bush tucker tasting table, art and cultural workshops and treasure hunts.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City had a proud tradition of celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

“The Joondalup region is part of Mooro Country and is a very important place for indigenous people,” he said.

“Our City values the contribution of its past and present indigenous people and is committed to reconciliation outcomes.”

Buy tickets or register for events at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or on 9400 4927.