Wandjoo Festival in Jindalee to celebrate Aboriginal culture

The Wandjoo Festival will take place in Jindalee on February 9.
The Wandjoo Festival will take place in Jindalee on February 9.

UPDATE, February 7: MUSIC, dance, theatre, visual arts, storytelling, workshops and bush tucker ceremonies celebrating Indigenous culture will be in full swing at the inaugural Wandjoo Festival in Jindalee this weekend.

“The Wandjoo Festival is a great opportunity for all people to come together and celebrate our region’s rich Indigenous culture and history,” Pearce MHR Christian Porter said.

“The Wandjoo Festival employs contemporary stage production techniques to convey traditional Indigenous beliefs and customs to large multicultural audiences which fosters community understanding and social cohesion.

“In doing so, they also promote Indigenous businesses, create employment, support and protect local heritage and cultural values, and strengthen community institutions.”

The City of Wanneroo’s $19,500 project was funded under the Federal Government’s $641 million Building Better Regions Fund.

EARLIER: A FESTIVAL celebrating Aboriginal history and culture is coming to Jindalee this month.

The City of Wanneroo will hold the Wandjoo Festival at the foreshore park in Eden Beach estate from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, February 9.

‘Wandjoo’ means ‘Welcome’ in the Noongar language and the free family event will give people an opportunity to celebrate and experience Noongar culture.

It will showcase local Aboriginal businesses and feature live performances from dance groups and musical acts, including Koolangkas Kreate, Struggling Kings, Angela Rule, Beni Bjah and 2017 ‘The Voice’ contestant Bojesse Pigram.

There will also be dance workshops and free activities such as basket weaving and headband making.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the City was committed to connecting and strengthening communities through engagement, involvement and the celebration of heritage, culture and diversity.

“The event also supports the City’s vision to continually work to create more inclusive communities with strong relationships across cultures that close the gap between Aboriginal Australians and other Australians,” she said.

The festival is funded by the Federal Government through the Building Better Regions Fund with support from the City, Satterley and Eden Beach.

Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/wandjoofestival