Smokefree WA Survival Perth 2013
"Jin-unginy ngullah Derbarl Yerrigan, kura kura, nitcha, moonboorli"
(Honouring our Swan River, past, present and future)
Saturday 26 January 2013
12 noon - 7.30pm
Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
Join us for SMOKEFREE WA SURVIVAL PERTH 2013 - an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concert that celebrates the survival of the First Peoples and offers a different perspective to Australia Day.
The Survival Concerts are celebrated nationally to acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since the arrival of the First Fleet, which Australia Day commemorates. The Survival Concerts have been held in Perth since 2000 and are historically linked to NAIDOC.
In 2012 NAIDOC Perth in partnership with the City of Perth produced a booklet on the history of Aboriginal protest and celebration on 26th January. To download the booklet and learn more about this important history, click HERE.
Smokefree WA Survival Perth 2013's theme is "Jin-unginy ngullah Derbarl Yerrigan, kura kura, nitcha, moonboorli" meaning Honouring our Swan River, past, present and future. It encourages us to appreciate our Derbarl Yerrigan as a spiritual life force and the significance of our water ways. The Noongar wording of the theme was provided by Whadjuk Elder Doolann Leisha Eatts.
Smokefree WA Survival Perth 2013 will be hosted by Deadly award winner, Karla Hart and winner of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s national Deadly competition, Kevin Kropinyeri. The Concert starts at 12noon with a spectacular Opening Ceremony, followed by performances by Oz Island, Jake and the Cowboys, the Merindas and ARIA & Deadly award winner, Casey Donovan.
To download a copy of the Concert Program, click HERE.
Opening Ceremony 12.00pm
Middar Dancers 12.30pm
Urban Youth Crew 12.55pm
Roma Knapp 1.25pm
Ngaire Pigram 1.55pm
Clint Bracknell 2.30pm
Knowledge Bones 3.10pm
Oz Island 3.50pm
Jake and the Cowboys 4.40pm
The Merindas 5.30pm
Casey Donovan 6.40pm
The event will finish at 7.30pm, followed by the City of Perth SkyWorks at 8.00pm.
ZONES & ACTIVITIES
Smokefree WA Survival Perth 2013 will have a number of special Zones for all day entertainment. Debuting in 2013 will be a Healthy Living Zone, which will be a special marquee especially for organisations displaying and promoting healthy living. Also debuting in 2013, to cater for the heat will be a Water Zone. We have booked the biggest water slide in Perth and a dunking pool for this special zone designed to keep everyone cool, whilst staying sun smart. There will also be an Elders Zone where our Elders can sit down and enjoy a cuppa, community stalls, food, shade and various activities for the kids and the big kids.
KARLA HART – Master of Ceremonies: Karla Hart is a writer, poet, rapper, actress and teacher of Noongar and contemporary dancing. Karla is well known for her role as the ‘Hostess with the Mostess’ on Noongar Radio, where she won a Deadly in 2011 for Community Broadcaster of the Year. For the last two years she has been the coordinator of the Wardarnji Festival. She is also a lecturer at the Central Institute of Technology, a role model with Role Models Australia, and manager and performer of Noongar women’s dance group Kwarbah Djookian. Karla is currently preparing for her next big gig, starring in a play she has written for the Perth Fringe Festival, ‘Fifty Shades of Black’. An experienced Master of Ceremonies, NAIDOC Perth is proud to work with such a deadly Noongar Yorga.
KEVIN KROPINYERI – Master of Ceremonies: Kevin Kropinyeri is a Ngarringjeri man from Raukkan in South Australia and one of the fastest rising stars in Australian comedy. He’s a one-man whirlwind that will have you holding your sides laughing, as he shares tales of growing up, marriage and the particular, absurd challenges of life as an Aboriginal Australian family man. A high-energy performer, Kevin is sharp, likeable, silly and measured; mixing keen observational standup with joyfully ridiculous physical comedy. Kevin blasted his way onto the national standup scene in 2008, winning the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s national Deadly Funny comedy competition. Since then, Kevin has established himself as a professional performer. Special highlights have included appearances at the Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House, the Dreaming Festival, and the Long Walk events at Federation Square in Melbourne.
CASEY DONOVAN: Casey Donovan shot to fame in 2004 at just 16 as the youngest winner ever of Australian Idol. She has achieved 5 Platinum accreditations, making her the sixth highest selling Australian Idol alumni overall and numerous awards including an ARIA for 'Listen With Your Heart' and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. Casey's success has seen her make regular media appearances across Australia and at major events including the Commonwealth Games, the Woodfood Dreaming Festival and Foxtel’s 10th Birthday.
THE MERINDAS: The Merindas are a Motown Tribute Act. Merinda, meaning beautiful woman in Eora language, features three of Australia’s most talented Aboriginal performers from Noongar and Jawoyn backgrounds including rising pop star Angela Rule, award winning artist Candice Lorrae (aka Ulla Shay) and the backing singer for The Yabu Band, Elisabeth Gogos. The group was formed to sing Motown hits at the movie premier of the ‘The Sapphires’. The resulting standing ovation and inundation of praise gave birth to The Merindas. The girls are currently backed by the soulful 'Rhythm 22' band and cover over 20 Motown hits. They will be sure to get the crowd moving, singing and dancing.
JAKE & THE COWBOYS: Don’t be fooled by the name – there’s no Jake nor obvious western theme. Gifted lyrics, definable vocals, melodic sounds and a passion for performing define the Cowboys to a tee. Since forming in 2009, they have been delivering a fresh brand of pop/folk/rock and have earned themselves a strong loyal following. The Cowboys recorded and released their debut EP ‘The Sun and the Rabbit Hole’ in May 2011 to rave reviews. With unique life experiences and culture provided from all four band members, and amazing and captivating live performances, 'Forte Magazine' has referred to JATC as one of the upcoming bands to look out for in 2012.
OZ ISLAND: Oz Island is a WA band made up of Geoffrey James from Beagle Bay, Japeth James from Maningrida, Patrick Laurel from Kadjina and Fabian Cox from Perth. Ranging in age between 19 and 30, each member trained at Perth’s Abmusic. The boys have taken the rasta grooves of reggae and added Australian style to create Oz Island and their debut album, ‘Better Life’. Each band members grew up around music and together they blend a Reggae, Rock, Country and Pop using contemporary drums, keys, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals and various percussion instruments. Oz Island will be sure to make the crowd dance and have fun.
KNOWLEDGE BONES: Aboriginal rapper Knowledge Bones has been going hard in the studio over the past twelve months working on building a buzz into a boom. Knowledge is no new kid on the block – ‘Eyes on the Prize’ is his third solo release with his single ‘Hip Rock 101’ establishing him in the Australian hip hop scene. Musically, Knowledge has been on a journey to fine tune his style and sound with tracks like ‘A Man’s Courage’ and ‘Listen Closely’ showcasing his creative writing skills and flow abilities. ‘Eyes on the Prize’ has been a project of obsession for the aspiring emcee; Knowledge has produced an impressive album that is sure to set him apart from the rest. Keep your eyes on this prize!
NGAIRE PIGRAM: Ngaire Pigram is a Yamatji/Yawuru woman and mother of two children originally from Broome in WA's north. The daughter of Stephen Pigram she has been around music all her life and her own style is described as folk/rock. Ngaire is best known for her portrayal as ‘Nella’ in acclaimed movie ‘Mad Bastards’. She briefly studied Acting at WAAPA, has starred in several short films, danced in ‘Bran Nue Dae’ the movie and played the role of Kaye in Tony Briggs play 'The Sapphires'. Ngaire has written and will direct her first short film this year and currently fronts local cover band 'Hot Tin Roof'.
CLINT BRACKNELL: Clint Bracknell is a WA singer, songwriter and guitarist. Bracknell has played all over Australia and supported acts including Archie Roach, Kev Carmody and The Stiff Gins. He was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ in the 2012 Helpmann Awards for his work on Shaun Tan’s ‘The Red Tree’, presented in the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival by Barking Gecko Theatre Company. He is also actively involved in the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project, an Aboriginal language revitalisation initiative, and works as a writer, researcher and teacher, and is the principle songwriter for WAMI-award winning Perth rock and soul band BOOM BAP POW. “Bracknell possesses one hell of a voice with deep, rich tones akin to Ray LaMontagne as well as being a sweet guitarist … an effortless and damn impressive performance of folk, soul and country-tinged originals” said Chris Familton of Drum Media Sydney.
MIDDAR DANCE GROUP: The Middar Dance Group will be performing at SURVIVAL PERTH 2013. Their performance will involve traditional music and dance with the infusion of contemporary sounds and chants. Since the inception of ‘Middar Aboriginal Theatre’ in 1976 by Dr Richard Walley OAM and others, Middar has taken Noongar culture to 32 different countries and to live audiences of some 10,000,000 people! The original members of Middar learned the dances by watching animals in the surrounding bush, observing their movements and why they make these movements. They also listened to the Elders who told stories about the animals and used these stories in their dances. Richard and the MIDDAR DANCE GROUP have also collaborated with many Indigenous artists and performers world-wide including Native American, Native Canadian, Maori, African and South American clans. This will be a special experience not to be missed.
URBAN YOUTH CREW: Urban Youth Crew is a Hip Hop Crew with a fusion of traditional Aboriginal dance from the northern suburbs of Perth. The group is the brainchild of dance choreographer and teacher Nelle Hokianga and co-founder Rusty Hazel. They aim to educate kids about integration, tolerance and acceptance through dance. The ‘crew’ is made up of dancers ranging in age from seven to the oldest member who is in her 30s. A Perth favourite after wooing crowds at Miss NAIDOC Perth and the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony in 2012, this Crew is sure to entertain.
ROMA KNAPP: Roma Knapp is the lead singer of the STIRLING RANGES BAND. Roma started singing at the age of nine in her small town of Gnowangerup in southern WA. It wasn’t until her late 20’s when she met with her brother in Mandurah that they started a band and performed at many events and festivals. Roma is now a great grandmother of 20 and is going strong with her music as lead signer for the STIRLING RANGES BAND, which includes family members Lloyd Walley (Grandson), Kenneth Spratt (Grandson) Ceciely Knapp (Niece) and Larry Woods (Nephew). The band is currently backed by popular lead guitarist from The Yabu Band, Boyd Stokes (Grandson). The band formed at Abmusic in 2011 and has played at various NAIDOC events and private functions. The Stirling Ranges band fuse originals and covers of country and rock, together making upbeat dance tunes for everyone to enjoy.
Smokefree WA Survival Perth 2013 is proudly sponsored by NAIDOC Perth, the City of Perth, SmokeFree WA (Healthway), Langford Aboriginal Association, Edith Cowan University, North Metro Office of Aboriginal Health, Department of Culture & the Arts, Relationships Australia WA, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Noongar Radio and West TV.