Let yourself be immersed in the magic of Dreamtime, sample some Indigenous cuisine, or get lost in the thrumming sounds of a digeridoo. Music, art, dancing, and food will be the cornerstones of NAIDOC week celebrations commencing Sunday and running through to Saturday, 14 November.
Opening day celebrations will be held in Centennial Park from 10am Sunday and will herald the week’s coming events which sees a schedule chock full of cultural activities.
Goldfields Language Centre senior linguist and manager Sue Hanson said the opening day event will bring the community together to join in the celebrations.
“It is the most prominent day of all the celebrations because it is a way for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate,” Ms Hanson said.
“Opening day gives the opportunity for all townsfolk to be involved in a significant celebration around culture.”
The Hon Ben Wyatt will officially open the celebrations with a speech on Sunday along with a speech by Mayor John Bowler.
Entertainment including live music, dance performances and a Goldfields Girl fashion parade will complement a lunch of barbecued sausages, roo stew and damper. Face-painting, bouncy castle, crafts and all the space of Centennial Park will entertain kids as they run around and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the day.
Week-long celebrations will feature a parade, film festival, two separate cultural days, a PCYC kids dress-up party, elders luncheon, basketball carnival, and finish with the NAIDOC ball on the Saturday night.
“The parade (on Monday) is popular with the kids for all the lollies being thrown out,” Ms Hanson said.
“We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the celebrations and if you are not in the parade then to stand on the sides to cheer us on.”
For more information on NAIDOC week activities stop into the Goldfields Language Centre at their Hannan Street hub or visit the NAIDOC week Kalgoorlie-Boulder Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naidocKB for a full schedule of events.