NAIDOC Week 2018 kicked off with a fantastic Opening Ceremony organised by NAIDOC Perth on Sunday 8 July and will continue through to Sunday 15 July.
This year’s theme is – Because of Her We Can – celebrating our many strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played and continue to play active and significant roles in our families and communities, and at a local, state, national and international level.

There is a lot happening in Perth during NAIDOC Week this year and we have put the below list of events together (but there are many more so please check for events in your local areas!)


WAFL Naidoc Round South Fremantle VS Claremont
Fremantle Oval, 9:15
Welcome to Country and Traditional games being held. Everyone invited on the oval to participate in clinics which will be delivered by The Stephen Michael Foundation and Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports.

Six Seasons – The Concert Junkadelic featuring Richard Walley
Art Gallery of WA, 12 – 1
The new work has a section on each of the seasons – Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents the environmental changes and the flowering of many different plants. The high energy concert features Noongar guest artist Richard Walley.

The Redfern Story
State Theatre Centre, 2:30
Free screening of Thew Redfern Story, that traces the extraordinary events of a group of Aboriginal activists in 1970s Redfern, Sydney, who created the country’s first Aboriginal theatre company, National Black Theatre.


NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony
Supreme Court Gardens, 12 – 4
The NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony officially opens NAIDOC week in Perth.
This year the Ceremony will be held on Sunday 8th July. We will be having continuous performances by visiting and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, performers, community stalls, children’s activities, traditional food and an Elder’s marquee.

Fremantle NAIDOC Week opening Celebration
PCYC Hilton, 1 – 5
Celebrations will commence with Welcome to Country by Marie Taylor followed by entertainment, food and activities including: Music from the Natasha Elridge Band, damper making, bush tucker BBQ by Cultural Connections, a weaving circle with Sharyn Egan, a community canvas painting session with J.D. Penangke<https://iceafoundation.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f3327aed140c21e19395b29ef&id=55eb31b4c0&e=d90849c8d2>.
At 3:00pm join us for a very special performance of Kaarla Kaatijin by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company<https://iceafoundation.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f3327aed140c21e19395b29ef&id=e52284e705&e=d90849c8d2>.

Guru Guided Tours at the Art Gallery
Art Gallery of WA, 10:30 (Tours everyday for the week)
In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2018, our Guided Tours will focus on works of art made by Indigenous women currently on display. Join us and learn about the works by artists such as Julie Dowling, Sally Morgan, Mary McLean, Sandra Hill, Queenie McKenzie, Yvonne Koolmatrie and Brenda L. Croft.

Because of her, we can! NAIDOC Week 2018 Art Exhibition
City of Melville, Civic Centre, 2:00 (Open all week)
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 the City of Melville will be exhibiting selected works from its Art Collection by Indigenous women artists alongside ‘OUR PLACE – OUR TIME’, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture from remote desert communities presented by Artitja Fine Art.


City of Vincent NAIDOC Festival
Hyde Park, 1:30 – 4
Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Hyde Park with a massive line-up of free entertainment and activities, including: Welcome to Country with Elder May McGuire, smoking Ceremony with Vaughn McGuire, live music by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, interactive Noongar dance performance with Baldja Moort, Headband workshop with Karla Hart, Shoe and canvas painting with Jarred Franey, Sand Mural by Acacia Collard, Sand Yarning with Bec Garlett , Urban Indigenous Community Canvas, Reconciliation, Community Consultation with Danny Ford, Food from Kuditj Cafe & Veggie Mama.

Goologoolup Naidoc Week Screenings
State Library, 12:15 (Screenings on all days of this week)
The Goologoolup NAIDOC Screenings is a free program of films responding to the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Because of her, we can’. These films focus on the experiences of indigenous women in the past, present, and future

Something Deadly Open Mic
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 1:00 (Also on most other days of the week)
Come along and have your say through song, poetry or spoken word at the FREE Something Deadly Open Mic, as a part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Mirrabooka NAIDOC Event
Herb Graham Recreation Centre, 10 – 2
The Mirrabooka NAIDOC day is a free community event in celebration of NAIDOC Week. We will be serving kangaroo stew and damper, a sausage sizzle and tea and coffee. Experience live music and cultural performances plus much more! This is an Alcohol and Smoke Free event.

Community Canvas Project: Because of Her We Can – Jade Doleman
Art Gallery of WA, 10 (Also Wed and Thurs)
Collaborate with Indigenous artist Jade Dolman to create a brand new artwork celebrating the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.


Noongar Story Time with Bec Garlett
City of Vincent Library, 10 – 11
Bec (Warlitj Productions) will share Noongar stories and language in her session. She shares culture in a fun and exciting manner, and is proud to continue the oral history that has existed in Noongar culture for tens of thousands of years.

Boomerang Throwing & Yoondoordo Dreaming Walking Tour
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 10 (also on Thursday)
Join former Fremantle Docker player, Scott Chisolm at the Walyalup Cultural Centre to learn boomerang throwing followed by a Yoondoordo Dreaming Walking Tour

Midland NAIDOC
Midland Oval, 10 – 2
Midland NAIDOC is an annual free community event since 2013, in celebration of NAIDOC Week. Come along to this alcohol and drug-free event and enjoy family activities, stalls, bush tucker, entertainment, a Youth Zone and Karaoke & much more.

City of Armadale NAIDOC Celebrations
Memorial Park, Armadale City Centre, 10 – 3
This is a free community event and will feature live entertainment, information stalls with giveaways, activities for all ages, and a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

Jacaranda Community Family Day – Belmont
Redcliffe Park 11 – 3
Performers: MC – Reno James, East Maddington PS students – Welcome song, Tear Drop Band, Bec and the Lads Band, Youth singers. Jarnda Barns and Emilio, Fernandez, Koondarm Aboriginal Dancers and Didgeridoo, Activities: Flag raising, Face painting, Bouncy Castle, Gym Bus, Stalls, Beading, Arts/craft, Music, Raffles, Dance, Belmont Junior Football Club – skills and drills, Cultural display Dreaming stories, Weaving, Lunch, Sausage sizzle, Kangaroo stew, Dampers, and more
NAIDOC Projections
Albany Town Square, 7 – 8
Images and stories created by Noongar youth will be projected onto the Town Hall. Music, dance and performances also provided


NAIDOC Week Story Time
State Library, 10:30 – 11:30
Bring your Koolangka to celebrate NAIDOC Week with a special Story Time. We will be exploring this year’s theme “Because of her, we can!” through story, song and language.

Adult Aboriginal Art Workshop with Jade Doleman
City of Vincent Library, 10 – 12 (Children session on Friday)
The workshops begin with an introduction to Aboriginal culture and art before participants create their own artwork to take home to keep. A special morning tea will be provided by The Bushfood Experience.


NAIDOC at Yagan Square
Yagan Square, 10:00 (Also on Friday)
There’ll be music performances, dance, face-painting, basket weaving and more.
The Struggling Kings are performing at 11:00 then BIBBULMAN KOORDA at 12 teaching dance workshops.


Chevron NAIDOC Perth Ball
Crown Grand Ballrooms, 7-12
The 2018 Ball is your opportunity for our community, sponsors and supporters of NAIDOC in Perth to dress up, socialise with friends and listen to and watch outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and performances.
Be treated to a delicious three course meal and drinks, ending the night with the Belle and Beau, Lady and Gentleman of the ball.


Bibbulmun Women’s Weaving Workshop
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 11:30 – 2:30
Lea Taylor is an award winning Aboriginal weaver and artist from the Wadandi/Minang nations of South West Western Australia. Lea was taught basic basket weaving by noted Aboriginal artist Sharyn Egan, and now works full-time as an artist and weaver, working with Aboriginal youth in schools and youth groups, along with running workshops in art centres and independently throughout W.A.
In Lea’s workshops she uses a variety of natural materials, including natural raffia, hand dyed raffia, which she dyes herself using both natural and commercial dyes, natural string (Jute), paper raffia hay and foraged bush materials. All basic materials are supplied

Stories For Her
PICA, 1 – 4
PICA and Centre for Stories bring you a storytelling event to honour the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in our community.