NAIDOC Week from Sunday 4 – Sunday 11 July is an annual national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC week is: Heal County, heal our nation. An important concept in today’s context, this theme ask for the continuation for all Australians to seek decisive steps to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

The City of Joondalup’s 2021 NAIDOC program is celebrated and extended across the month of July and has been curated to share First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of country to educate, bring our community together and contribute towards ‘Healing Country, healing our nation.’

We hope you join the City in celebrating and commemoration the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at one of the many NAIDOC events including: artist talks, theatre performance, workshops and children’s activities.

2021 NAIDOC Program

Event Details

Bilya Kaatijin NAIDOC 2021

Bilya Kaatijin by Zac James
Presented by Yirra Yakkin Theatre Company 

Bilya Kaatijin (which means “Fresh Water Knowledge” in Noongar) is the fourth and final story in Yirra Yaakin’s Kaatijin series.

Connecting stories from Noongar land (south-west Western Australia) to Wonguktha land (the northern Goldfields), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Kikuyu people of Kenya, Bilya Kaatijin teaches us about the importance of water to First Nations people around the world. Journeying through global dreaming stories, the show teaches its audience about the importance of accepting others, the power of empathy and the impact of climate change to the land and the Noongar seasons.

Saturday 3 July
Session One
10.00am – 10.45am                    Session Two
12.00noon – 12.45pm            Redmond Theatre
Prendiville Performing Arts Centre Free, Ticketed EventBook Tickets Online Session OneBook Tickets Online Session Two



NAIDOC Art Installation 

Justin Martin Artist Talk

Local Noongar artist, Justin Martin of Djurandi Dreaming, has created a number of unique designs around the 2021 NAIDOC theme ‘Heal Country’, which are featured as large scale floor murals throughout the Joondalup Library during the month of July. Justin’s vibrant artworks are influenced by traditional dot and lines paintings, spanning both Yamatji and Noongar art styles.

During NAIDOC Week, Justin will present an Artist Talk sharing the inspirations and process behind his artworks and artistic practice.

Thursday 8 July, 11.00am – 11.45am
Joondalup Library
Local History Reference Section Free, Ticketed EventBook Tickets Online

Noongar Language and Culture Series

Would you like to learn a local language? Join Marie Taylor and Robyn Collard from Yelakitj Moort Aboriginal Association as they present a four-week series of Noongar Language and Culture workshops.

This short series provides an introduction to Noongar culture and language. Participants will be introduced to conversational Noongar, learning words and phrases that can be used in simple dialogue. These classes are suitable for beginners as well as people who have attended previous classes.


Saturday’s over four weeks
3 July – 24 July, 11.00am – 12.00noon
Joondalup Library                          Ticketed EventBook Tickets Online

Children’s Indigenous Weaving Workshops with Lea Taylor

Join Indigenous artist Lea Taylor in an Aboriginal weaving workshop. Learn different traditional and contemporary techniques using a combination of natural fibres to create a unique piece.

Suitable for children 10 and up in the company of an adult


Saturday 10 July, 10.00am – 11.00am                                  Joondalup Library                          Free, Ticketed Event

Book Tickets Online




Adult Indigenous Weaving Workshops with Lea Taylor

In this three hour Aboriginal weaving workshop you will be guided to create your own basket using natural and hand dyed raffia while yarning about Aboriginal culture and weaving.

Due to cultural protocol, only women can attend this workshop

Saturday 10 July, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Joondalup Library                            Free, Ticketed EventBook Tickets Online

Yirra Marr Miar Dance and Culture Workshop
Presented by Djirrily Dreaming

Join Belinda Cox from Djirrily Dreaming and discover the history and cultural significance of Noongar dreaming stories, song and dance. In this family friendly workshop you will learn traditional dreaming stories of the Noongar people and the dance to these stories.

Suitable for Children 5 and up in the company of an adult


Wednesday 14 July
Session One
11.00am – 12.00pm                   
Thursday 15 July
Session Two
2.30pm -3.30pm
                  Joondalup Library                            Free, Ticketed EventBook Tickets Online Session OneBook Tickets Online Session Two



Mooditch Munda Medicine Workshop
Presented by Djirrily Dreaming

Using native plants for health and well being, discover how to find and extract medicinal properties from local plants and your surrounding community bushland in this hands on workshop with Belinda Cox from Djirilly Dreaming.

Wednesday 14 July, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Joondalup Library                            Free, Ticketed EventBook Tickets Online
Phil Walleystack

Phil Walleystack
With special guest Bojesse Pigram
Sunday Serenades Concert Series

In celebration of NAIDOC week, the City of Joondalup is proud to present singer-songwriter Phil Walleystack, a Noongar man raised in Country Western Australia. 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. Phil’s performances are a cultural fusion of traditionally inspired contemporary edge works with western sounds.

Joining Phil is is multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Bojesse Pigram.  His beautifully rich and melodic rhythms, combined with hypnotic lyrics for the soulful hearts of today, continue to drive the creation and embodiment of his musical journey.

Sunday 18 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Redmond Theatre
Prendiville Performing Arts Centre    General Admission $16.00 Concession $13.00Book Tickets Online 



Artist Credit: Lake Joondalup, 2021 by Naomi Grant