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NAIDOC @ MURDOCH: Our Languages Matter

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Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre

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Join us as we celebrate the survival and vibrancy of our Aboriginal languages this NAIDOC Week.

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

This year we have special guest Kylie Bracknell (nee Farmer) as our keynote address. Other special guests include respected Noongar elder Richard Walley and Black Comedy's Steven Oliver, with performances by Ziggy Fatnowna and Daniel Riches.


Date: Wednesday 05 July

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University South Street Campus

Contact: Kulbardi (08) 9360 2128

Tickets are $10 per adult, children under 18 are free*.

Drinks and canapes will be provided.

All proceeds from the night go towards a scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Murdoch University.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given.

*Please note the discrepancy in the email text, children under 18 are admitted free, not under 12 as stated.


Special Guests:

Kylie Bracknell is a Nyungar actress, voice-over artist, TV presenter, writer and theatre director from the south west of Western Australia – the Nyungar nation. As an actress, Kylie has appeared in television programs such as Redfern Now (ABC), films including Stone Bros and theatre productions such as The Sapphires.

Kylie delivered a TEDx talk in Manly (2014), raising awareness about Indigenous languages in Australia, and was a guest panelist on ABC’s Q&A ‘Shakespeare special’ (2016). She’s extremely passionate about keeping Nyungar language alive and is currently working on translating a full length Shakespearean play into the Nyungar language for Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company & Bell Shakespeare.

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi (in other words, biggest mob) peoples. Steven became notorious with ABC’s hit sketch show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer and is also a published playwright and poet. Steven's poetry has accumulated over two million views online, a number only overshadowed by his comedic work (which collectively has accumulated over ten million views). He is also a creative with the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association as a writer and director.

Richard Walley became involved with Aboriginal politics at an early age, having active involvement in the formation and operation of the Aboriginal Housing Board, the Aboriginal Medical Service, Legal Service and the New Era Aboriginal Fellowship.

Over the past ten years, Richard has been working with Australian, European and American companies as a cultural consultant and presenter. Aveda engaged Richard to advise on their cultural protocols. Richard also participated at the Centrefolia Conferences in France over the past 5 years presenting Culture and Indigenous business opportunities.

Ziggy Fatnowa is one of Australia’s most promising young rappers, a medical student at the University of Western Australia and an aspiring politician. Ziggy’s debut EP was released last year and confronts the issues facing Indigenous Australians head on: incarceration rates, suicide, self determination to name just a few, he is on a mission to challenge stereotypes, address disparity and is unapologetically honest through his music. In his spare time between his hip-hop career and medical studies, Ziggy stood for the Greens in the recent Western Australian election.

Daniel Riches is an up and coming young Indigenous singer/songwriter who was born and raised in the Kimberley community of One Arm Point (Ardyaloon). Being a Bardi man, it was in One Arm Point where Daniel grew to love music by sitting and listening to the Bardi elders sing and teach the children through song.

Now living in Perth, Daniel is a member of an exciting band called The Struggling Kings and in the past has played as support act for Geoffrey Gurrumul and Troy Cassar-Daley. Daniel brings life and passion to his music, blending Pop, Country and Rock with an acoustic element.

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