Celebrate Aboriginal history and culture

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People can experience Noongar culture along the shores of Eden beach in Jindalee on Saturday, February 9. File picture

THE Jindalee foreshore will come alive on Saturday with the City of Wanneroo’s Wandjoo Festival, a celebration of Aboriginal history and culture.

‘Wandjoo’ means ‘welcome’ in the Noongar language.

To be held at Eden beach in Jindalee on Saturday, February 9 from 11am to 3pm, the Wandjoo Festival will allow people to celebrate and experience Noongar culture.

 The free family event will showcase local Aboriginal businesses and feature live performances from dance groups and musical acts including Koolangkas Kreate, Struggling Kings, Angela Rule, Beni Bjah and 2017 The Voice contestant Bojesse Pigram.

There will also be dance workshops and a host of free activities for festival goers to try including basket weaving, and headband making.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the city was committed to connecting and strengthening communities through engagement, involvement and the celebration of heritage, culture and diversity.

“This fantastic free community event is designed to promote community connectedness, while showcasing some of the great local Aboriginal artists, performers and businesses in our region,’’ she said.

“Importantly, the event also supports the city’s vision to continually work to create more inclusive communities with strong relationships across cultures that close the gap between Aboriginal Australians and other Australians.’’