Thankyou to those who participated in our 2021 NAIDOC week program;


NAIDOC Week from Sunday 4 July – 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. 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 Yaakin 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.

This event has been postponed.

Further details will be communicated shortly and an update on the potential new dates will be released as soon as possible.



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.

Event rescheduled

Thursday 29 July
6.00pm – 6.45pm

Joondalup Library

Free, Ticketed Event

Book 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.


Event rescheduled

Saturday 24 July – Saturday 14 August
11.00am – 12.00pm  

Joondalup Library

Registrations have now closed as this event has reached maximum capacity.



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


Event rescheduled

Saturday 31 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

Event rescheduled

Saturday 31 July
11.30am – 2.30pm  

Joondalup Library

Registrations have now closed as this event has reached maximum capacity.

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 LibraryFree, Ticketed EventRegistrations have now closed as this event has reached maximum capacity.

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.

Thursday 15 July, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Joondalup Library

Free, Ticketed

Event Registrations have now closed as this event has reached maximum capacity.

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.

This event has been rescheduled

10 October

St Stephen’s Theatre.


For more information on this event please visit Sunday Serenades Concerts – City of Joondalup



Artist Credit: Lake Joondalup, 2021 by Naomi Grant