Joondalup Festival to be immersed in Aboriginal culture

ECU Aboriginal Studies lecturer Dennis Simmons will be delivering an immersive experience at the 2018 Joondalup Festival.
ECU Aboriginal Studies lecturer Dennis Simmons will be delivering an immersive experience at the 2018 Joondalup Festival.

THE City of Joondalup has commissioned local cultural leader Dennis Simmons to deliver a world premiere Aboriginal cultural experience at the 2018 Joondalup Festival .

Currently in a six-month creative development phase, ONE TRiBE will integrate an Aboriginal ceremony and ritual as the sun sets on each night of the festival.

Held at Central Park in Joondalup from March 23 to 25, the experience will combine powerful music, pyrotechnics and a traditional smoking ceremony, the smell of burning eucalyptus incense, live didgeridoo, traditional dancers, a contemporary hip-hop flash mob and visual projections.

Simmons, a WAAPA graduate and sessional lecturer in Aboriginal Studies at ECU, said audiences would be taken on a “fully immersive journey to country” involving local Aboriginal stories, heritage and culture.

“Everyone is indigenous to some place, somewhere in the world, and everyone’s culture started with a good rock, fire and ceremony under the same sun, the moon and the stars,” Simmons said.

Mayor Albert Jacob said the Joondalup region, which is part of Mooro Country, had a proud indigenous culture and it was fitting this heritage would be celebrated.

“This fantastic project will give tens of thousands of festival-goers the opportunity to learn more about the local indigenous culture which has played such an important and prominent role in the Joondalup story,” he said.

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