Month-long program for Naidoc activities

Ron Bradfield Jnr will host an exhibition for Naidoc Week.
Ron Bradfield Jnr will host an exhibition for Naidoc Week.

THE City of Joondalup will run a month-long program including local tours, language classes, an art exhibition, workshops and theatre to celebrate Naidoc Week.

Activities will officially start with a flag raising ceremony on July 8 followed by the opening of an exhibition from Ron Bradfield Jnr exploring how a collision of cultures shaped his journey into manhood.

Titled The Making Of Me, it tells a story of the Aboriginal people across Australia who have had to adapt to Australian culture.

It will show at the Joondalup Art Gallery from July 8-31.

The Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company will present Djinda Kaatijin at Prendiville Catholic College’s performing arts centre, with two free shows on July 11.

Through a mix of traditional Noongar dreaming stories and contemporary indigenous storytelling, the performance explores the importance of the stars and how they are culturally important to everyone.

The Sunday Serenades program on July 21 will feature the Maditijil Moorna choir performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs in language of country including Noongar and English, while The Struggling Kings will perform their flavour of indigenous rock at the Northshore Tavern in Hillarys on July 11.

There will also be two Noongar language workshops on July 17 and 31, and local area tours with Djurandi Dreaming where the guide will speak about native plants, food, stories and histories at Neil Hawkins Park on July 13 and Hillarys Beach Trail on July 20.

The Struggling Kings.

Children can also get involved with a Noongar art and language class on July 17.

The theme of this year’s Naidoc Week is Voice, Treaty, Truth: Let’s work together for a shared future.

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