We are teaming up with local Noongar people and cultural facilitators to show you that you don't have to go far away to experience Aboriginal Australia - it's right here on your doorstep and it's alive and thriving in so many ways!
Be impressed by the talents of Noongar artists and musicians and infused with knowledge by local elders who've walked this country since way back! Try making some delicious damper or get lost in the mesmerizing storytelling of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance...
Professor Len Collard
Len is an Australian Research Council Chief Investigator with the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Len's research has facilitated a broadening of understanding of the many unique characteristics of Australia’s Aboriginal people and has contributed enormously to improving the appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Southwest of Australia.
Len is a Whadjuk Nyungar Elder who is a respected Traditional Owner of the Perth Metropolitan area and surrounding lands, rivers, swamps, ocean and it’s culture.
Avid surfer and long-time supporter of the Classic, Len will again be delivering our Welcome to Country ceremonies, smoking ceremony and conducting walking tours of Cove's surrounds throughout the day.
Bindi Bindi Dreaming
Bindi Bindi Dreaming is an Aboriginal family owned and operated business established in 2000. The sorts of skills that exist within the enterprise are didge and dance, cultural tour guiding, catering with bush flavours and knowledge of Noongar Country and its people. Both local and international visitors have come to enjoy and experience a range of cultural activities making learning about Noongar history much easier and creating better understanding.
Bindi Bindi Dreaming will be at the Classic to share with you lifetime experiences about Noongar culture and native plants and seasons, all well as bush tucker tastings. This knowledge has been shared by many Elders of Noongar country who are now happy to share the information with you.
Jade Penangke Art
J.D. Penangke aims to connect Aboriginal Youth with their culture and to encourage reconciliation by providing cultural education to Non-Aboriginal people.
J.D. Penangke has reached out to over 60 schools (primary & secondary) in the last 2 years. Artworks have been created for the WA museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia and recently for the new Perth Stadium.
At the Classic, Jade will be facilitating a community canvas artwork for all to take part in and connect into the spirit of reconciliation.
The name J.D. Penangke comes from Jade Dolman's initials and Penangke (pronounced pen-ung-ga) is her skin name which she inherited from her Father's line.
The Moorditj Mob is Wesley College’s Indigenous Program. In the Nyoongar language, Moorditj means ‘great’, ‘strong’ or ‘excellent’ and fits well with what the College strives to achieve. The program is an important part of the College’s culture and fosters great pride within the Wesley community.
One of the most well-known and public aspects of the program is the Moorditj Mob Dancers and didgeridoo players, who will be performing and running workshops at the Classic this year.
Richard Walley - Didgeridoo and Sound Meditation x Tamara Yoga
Dr Walley began his illustrious career in the Arts when, with three friends, he formed the Middar Aboriginal Theatre in 1978.
Aiming to take the Nyungar culture from the South West corner of Western Australia to as many people as possible, the Middar group has performed in thirty-two countries, on every continent, to live audiences totalling almost ten million people.
At this year's Classic, Dr Walley will be collaborating with Tamara Graham of Tamara Yoga to deliver a morning of didgeridoo and sound meditation, yoga and healing.
PLC Gorna Liyarn Dancers
The Gorna Liyarn name is derived from the Bardi and Yawuru languages of the west Kimberley and translates to “strong heart” or “strong spirit”.
The group currently consists of 12 girls, who come from various areas around the state and who range in age from years 7-10. At this year's Classic, the girls will be performing two dances from their repertoire, one showing the connection of Aboriginal people to land and culture, and the other about reconciliation and our shared Australian identity.
Storytelling with Shaun Nannup
Shaun's purpose in life is to connect people through his stories. He is connected to the ancestors. He knows their stories. He knows what must be done. He is a leader of reconciliation.
Join Shaun at the Classic to share in this connection and learn about traditional Noongar culture, belief and how to move forward together.
Tool-making with Leonard Thorn
Len conducts on country learning experiences, passing on knowledge about native plants, medicinal plants, toolmaking and hunting and gathering techniques and tools. Join Len at the Classic to see demonstrations of how various traditional tools were constructed and used for survival of the world's oldest thriving culture in the world.
Didgeridoo painting with Justin Martin of Didandi Indigenous Artwork & Tours
Justin is a Whadjuk, Widi, Budimia & Ballardong man based in Perth, Western Australia who is passionate about showcasing his culture. Justin will be conducting a live didgeridoo painting between 10am-2pm at the Classic this year for you to feast your eyes on.
Justin also offers customised pieces - so be sure to make an order while you watch.
Check his work out on Facebook here.
The ICEA Classic is proudly supported by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit message.