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Aboriginal Culture in Perth & WA


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Stretching back more than 50,000 years, Indigenous culture is central to  Western Australia’s history, present and future. There are so many ways to explore WA’s diverse Indigenous heritage. Whether you’re looking for a taste of bush tucker, or to feast your eyes on aboriginal art, the oldest surviving culture in the world has never been more accessible.

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Indigenous theatre, music and dance festivals take place across the year, featuring performances which bring together the traditional and the modern.

NAIDOC week in July is the perfect time of year to immerse yourself in the richness of Aboriginal culture. One of the most significant events on the cultural calendar, it celebrates Indigenous language, arts, history and culture.

All year around, art lovers can head to one of the many Indigenous art exhibitions on the calendar, or if you prefer the great outdoors why not take in incredible ancient rock art where it was created? The rock art of the Kimberley and Pilbara are set in stunning landscape and have survived an ice age.

Dotted across the state, guided tours provide an in-depth look at Aboriginal ancestral practices and stories. Traditional owners share their customs, medicines and bush tucker, as well as showcasing their country, where countless generations of Indigenous people have survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Here you can learn hunting and fishing practices, and traditional ways of cooking bush tucker. And don’t forget, if you are looking for Aboriginal owned and operated eco-lodges, hotels and safari camps, you can search them here.

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Fifo - Fit In Or F**K Off!

A tale of disintegration and hope in this fractured land presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

  • Dates:Oct 13 - 17 & 20 - 24
  • Time(s):Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30pm; Weekdays 7:00pm.
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price FROM:$26
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

The boom went bust, and now Jono’s locked in a desert mine site’s donga, trapped in debt and a lifestyle that is slowly strangling his soul. Jono’s wife Mary feels stuck in the high flying life of the lonely FIFO parent and has decided they’d be better off cutting their losses and moving home to Broome, close to family and her younger sister Janey. But the old neighbourhood, and her sister, ain’t what they used to be. Janey is locked in her house, sliding into stand-up comedic delusion as she awaits her FIFO husband Brad’s return. But where is Brad? And where’s their young daughter Katie? Something’s gotta give, but what it will take to stop the slide into the deepening pit that threatens to engulf them all?

In a country abundant with natural resources, mining is a way of life. This warm, tautly written drama pulls no punches as it explores the impact of mining on two Indigenous families from extensive interviews with miners from across the country and lived experience of the writer. Developed in Broome with Goolarri Media’s Indigenous Writers program, and with the support of Yirra Yaakin, Playwriting Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Yellamundie First Nations Play Festival, FIFO, brings us an exciting new voice from the Kimberley, former FIFO mine worker Melody Dia.

Djuki Mala

Direct from Elcho Island, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'bird' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob') perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and strorytelling.

  • Dates:Oct 16
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Venue Address:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$27.50
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Dance,Theatre

Description

Join a joyous celebration 60,000 years in the making where Esperance Civic Centre presents Duki Mala, Proudly supported by Lotterywest.

Direct from Elcho Island, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'bird' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob') perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and strorytelling.

Since their 2007 clip of 'Zorba the Greek' went viral, they've been consistently thrilling audiences with reinterpretations of popular culture and traditional dances in a way that juxtaposes contemporary Yulngo culture.

The show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, interspersed with multimedia and gives audiences the opportunity to experience some of the more intimate moments and turning points that have shaped them, in a show that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, with a hefty dose of heart and soul.

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REVIEWS
“There is no better offering at this year’s Perth Fringe Festival…tremendous fun.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ?????

“Djuki Mala is an hour of infectious joy” BROADWAY BABY, EDINBURGH ?????

“Joy enhancing, inspiring, thrilling, intoxicating' ????? UPSIDE NEWS

“entertainment with plenty of skill, fun and charm” ????? IN DAILY, ADELAIDE

“Has the audience eating out of their hands…a show of sheer joy, energy, hilarity…hugely entertaining”
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PURCHASE TICKETS online www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/djuki-mala

Tickets:
Child $18
Concession $25
Adult $27.50
Group of 6 + $24.50

Duration: 60mins
Rating: All Ages (recommended 5+)

Tickets also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre.

Djuki Mala- Newman

Centred around reinterpretations of popular culture and traditional dance, this award-winning performance provides an insightful view into Indigenous Australia.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Venue:Newman Recreation Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Newman Recreation Centre
  • Venue Address:Corner Gregory Avenue and Fortescue Avenue, Newman WA 6753
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their internationally acclaimed smash hit productions. Unique, infectious, high energy like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart. Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul!

Archie Roach 'Tell Me Why' The Final Round: 1990-2020

Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’, Archie Roach AM, brings his life story to the stage in his final tour ever Tell Me Why.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Venue Address:5 St Georges' Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Standard Tickets from $70
  • Ticket Price FROM:$26
  • Ticket price TO:$77
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide

Description

From stolen child and teenage alcoholic to musical icon, social activist and First Nations leader, Archie Roach’s compelling story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and a testament to the healing power of music.

30 years after the release of his two-time ARIA Award winning album Charcoal Lane (1990), Tell Me Why is an intimate and moving musical journey through Roach’s life. The work features seminal songs from his back catalogue, influential music from his youth and three new autobiographical songs.

Roach will be joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky and special guest Emma Donovan.

Don’t miss this spectacular concert celebrating Roach’s eponymous memoir and latest album. 

Aboriginal Performance Cohort Showcase 2020

An end-of-year performance from WAAPA's Aboriginal Performance cohort that celebrates the tradition and heritage of Australia's Indigenous people.

  • Dates:Various dates from Nov 12- 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Join us in celebrating the talents of WAAPA’s 2020 Aboriginal Performance cohort, as they take to the stage in the end-of-year public performance that marks the finale to their year of training. A showcase for their acting and performance skills, this dramatic work demonstrates contemporary Indigenous performance and culture as we applaud the achievements of the 2020 ensemble.

 

Maali Festival (POSTPONED)

Maali is the traditional name given to the black swan by the Nyoongar people. Maali Festival is a celebration that will fill the State Theatre Centre with First Nations culture and arts. Welcome to this complete take-over on the land of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people.

  • Dates:Sunday 12 July 2020

Details

  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Food & drink,Free,Music,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:Black Swan State Theatre Company
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:Other Music
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal
  • Hosted By:Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth

Description

BLACK SWAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY OF WA AND PERTH THEATRE TRUST PRESENT
MAALI FESTIVAL
CURATED BY IAN MICHAEL AND CHLOE OGILVIE
 
CULTURE. COMMUNITY. CELEBRATION.
 
STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA
SUNDAY 12 JULY
 
PRICES: Free
 
Maali is the traditional name given to the black swan by the Nyoongar people. Maali Festival is a celebration that will fill the State Theatre Centre with First Nations culture and arts. Welcome to this complete take-over on the land of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people.
 
An extraordinary event to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity and resilience of the longest living culture in the world and its people.
 
Taking place during NAIDOC Week, Maali Festival is curated by Black Swan’s Resident Artists Chloe Ogilvie (Yamatji Nhanda) and Ian Michael (Nyoongar). A multi-disciplinary arts festival, with a program of FREE events across theatre, music, dance, film, exhibitions, markets plus family-friendly events and panel discussions. The entire program will be led by First Nations artists, arts companies and community, to tell stories..
 
Full program details to be advised on our website or join our mailing list to find out more.

Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic

Join the Yirra Yaakin theatre company in this celebration of their 2020 season!

  • Dates:Nov 19
  • Time(s):5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Theatre Gardens

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Join us in celebrating our 2020 season at our annual family picnic at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Gardens. With live music, kangaroo stew, damper, and face painting it’s a fun event for all!

Yarn with the Yirra Yaakin team under the stars and become part of our community.

When: Thursday 19 March 2020
Time: 5.30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco | Theatre Gardens | Subiaco Arts Centre

The box office will be open and tickets for our upcoming shows will be on sale for a discounted price.

BYO Picnic & Beverages

FREE EVENT

Proudly supported by the City of Subiaco

Phil Walleystack Findjaway Tour

Local legend Phil Walleystack is back at the Astor Theatre performing his latest stage show FINDJAWAY.

  • Dates:Postponed from Jul 31, 2020 to Jan 15, 2021
  • Time(s):7:15pm
  • Venue:The Astor Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Aboriginal Shows & Productions
  • Venue Address:659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:$50
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Music
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre
  • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide

Description

Touring throughout Western Australia in June and July, Phil’s final theatre performance comes to the Astor.

With performances usually reserved for corporate and international delegates. Findjaway Tour offers a rare opportunity to see Phil live in concert. After ten years touring internationally Phil has the ability to connect with every member of the audience with his raw talent and unique style of storytelling and humour. His harmonious mix of melodies enchant and captivate audiences the world over.

2x Western Australian of the year - finalist. NAIDOC artist of the year.

CBAA Contribution to Australian music - winner. Aussie Bush Tales television show - host. NITV - Volumz Television Show. Marngrook Footy Show. Goldcoast Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony - Perth coordinator.

Driven by a passion for entertaining, Phil’s unique and powerful performance - combining the past and present through a truly exciting experience, is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Concrete E X P A N D E D

Concrete E X P A N D E D is an exhibition featuring abstract minimal art as an exploration of colour, geometric forms and light.

  • Dates:Aug 4 - 29
  • Time(s):Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm
  • Venue:Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Holmes à Court Gallery @ no.10
  • Venue Address:10 Douglas St. West Perth
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Fashion
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Craft,Other Visual Arts,Photography

Description

Concrete E X P A N D E D considers the affects of colour, design, pattern and shape through works of geometric abstraction. It takes part in a conversation about an ongoing artistic concern with Minimalist and Concrete Art in the new millennium. It playfully suggests an expansion of the genre of Concrete Art that initially had a vibrant local explosion on the streets of Fremantle in the early 2000’s. 

In Concrete E X P A N D E D large-scale, hard edged, minimal, abstract and pure colour paintings are joined by, three-dimensional wall-works, actual concrete sculptures and light sculptures. Together these works coalesce and converse in philosophical questions of form, aesthetic experience and existence.

Included are both works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection and works from invited artists available for purchase.

ARTISTS: Consuelo Cavaniglia, Jennifer Cochrane, Janenne Eaton, Robert Hunter, Brian McKay, Trevor Richards, Douglas Sheerer, Helen Smith, Trevor Vickers, Josh Webb.

2020 FINE ART @ HALE - Online Exhibition

Fine Art @ Hale returns this August in a different format! For the first time, Perth's favourite school-based, professional art exhibition will be staged online via an online catalogue and sale.

  • Dates:August 7th - September 6th
  • Time(s):Opening night 7pm, August 7th

Details

  • Hosted By:Fine Art @ Hale
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Craft,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture

Description

Commences Friday 7th August to Sunday 6th August

This year's annual showcase will feature artworks from over 100 emerging and celebrated Western Australian artists across a range of artistic media. It promises to be a fantastic visual experience with a curated selection of paintings, ceramics, scultures, photography, jewellery and mixed media all included.

The online catalogue will be open for viewing from Monday 3rd August with an opportunity to buy artworks online on Friday 7th August, from 7pm. Please note there are strictly no sales or reservations to purchase artwork prior to the official opening of the exhibition.

Although the Opening Night has been cancelled due to the restrictions bought about by COVID-19, art lovers can still place their vote for the People's Choice Award 2020 and go in to the draw to win a beautiful ceramic piece by ceramist, Sandra Black.

Take a sneak peak at the participating artists in this year's event here.

The Lester Prize 2020 Exhibition Season

The Lester Inc is proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

  • Dates:Oct 31 - Nov 29
  • Venue:Art Gallery WA, Brookfield Place and various locations in Perth CBD

Details

  • Hosted By:The Lester Inc
  • Venue Address:Art Gallery WA, Brookfield Place and various locations in Perth CBD
  • Ticket Price FROM:0
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free,Talks & Lectures,Youth Art / Performance
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA,Yagan Square
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting,Youth

Description

The Lester Prize is one of the country’s most prestigious fine art portrait prizes.

Our annual program includes: the Main Exhibition in AGWA’s historic Centenary Galleries; Awards Nights for both Adult and Youth finalists; guided tours; floor talks, workshops and live demonstrations; outdoor art pop up events around the city; a Community Outdoor Art Exhibition at the Perth Cultural Centre; and digital exhibitions showcased on the Big Screen at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Yagan Square and the City of Perth Library.

The Lester Prize also conducts workshops with Starlight Livewire at Perth Children’s Hospital; aged care residents; and schools working towards making substantive and positive changes within their communities (with a particular focus on those who require additional support and have a high proportion of NESB and indigenous student populations).

  • MAIN EXHIBITION | Art Gallery WA’s Centenary Galleries | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • YOUTH AWARDS EXHIBITION | Brookfield Place Tower 2 | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020
  • SALON DES REFUSÉS | Outside Brookfield Tower 1 | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020
  • OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EXHIBITION | Perth Cultural Centre | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • ON THE BIG SCREEN DISPLAYS | Various locations in Perth CBD | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • ST JOHN OF GOD HEALTH CARE TOURING EXHIBITION | Murdoch, Mt Lawley & Midland Hospitals | Dec 2020 — Feb 2021

For more information on our Adult & Youth Finalists' artworks, exhibitions and events (incl. ticketing) visit: www.lesterprize.com

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