NAIDOC Week festival celebrates Noongar Radio

Published: Friday, 28 June 2019 at 1:09:28 PM

The City of Vincent and Noongar Radio are joining forces to present the Kaya Wandjoo Festival on Saturday 6 July from 11am at North Perth Town Hall. The free event celebrates NAIDOC Week, Noongar Radio’s 10th birthday #NR10 and the launch of the City’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

Kaya Wandjoo means hello and welcome in Noongar language. The name was chosen by Uncle Jeremy Garlett from Noongar Radio to warmly welcome everyone to this multicultural event, put together for people of all ages and cultures.

“We’re really looking forward to working with Noongar Radio on the Kaya Wandjoo Festival this year to celebrate Noongar culture, history, art, food and music,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“Each year at the City of Vincent we build on our path to reconciliation, working together with local Aboriginal people, organisations and businesses. We are always striving to grow our knowledge of Noongar culture and to share this with our local community.”

Noongar Radio Station Manager Paul Whitton said, “it’s only natural we partnered with the City for NAIDOC this year. They have been instrumental in making our building more culturally friendly, partnered in our acclaimed new uniforms and easily worked with us for this milestone event on July 6. We’ve always felt the City of Vincent as close respectable partners in our journey”.

The Kaya Wandjoo festival at North Perth Town Hall will feature a who’s who of Noongar talent headlined by the Phil Bartlett Band and the Yabu Band and featuring ABC national comedian Craig Quartermaine, award winning Natasha Eldridge, long-time favourites Reno James and Fred Penny, Jake and the Cowboys, Aaron & Kathy, Too Solid Finale and international knockout Phil Walleystack. Joe Collard will present traditional language lessons and Jeremy Garlett will present live moments in Aboriginal History.

There will also be face painting, a community art canvas, youth zone, youth art exhibition, Noongar poetry and lullabies with CANWA, a demonstration of Mia Mia construction, Noongar story telling with Ian Wilkes and Noongar storytime with Bec Garlett. Free food will be on offer including a kangaroo stew by Kuditj Café.

“Leading up to the Kaya Wandjoo Festival one of our local artists Jade Dolman has been mentoring young Aboriginal people to create their own artworks. These works will be exhibited at the festival so it will be great to see their creations and recognise the emerging talents in our community,” said Mayor Cole.

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