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The Maladjiny Project is a new initiative in 2017, and revolves around ICEA's 'Wavelength' and 'Mandi' competitions - an old-school battle of the bands and a 3 on 3 basketball competition. All of this takes place alongside Noongar cultural activities and marketplaces filled with creative initiatives championed by local young people. Maladjiny is focused on bringing  young people together to share positive experiences and build stronger relationships based on mutual respect and understanding. 

'Maladjiny' is a Noongar word meaning 'grow', and the project itself empowers young people to do just that - grow into more conscientious, active and engaged citizens in our community who have the capacity to build cross-cultural relationships. The added bonus is that our young participants also get the chance to develop their musical and recreational skills while they're at it, with some real prizes up for grabs to top it off!

Our aim is that participants leave not only with some new friends, greater self-confidence and good memories, but also with a greater commitment to driving reconciliation in our community.

I enjoyed being able to interact with people that I wouldn’t usually talk to as well as learning a lot about Aboriginal culture and having some fun after school.
— Participant

This year's events take place on the following dates:

Friday, March 31st - Wavelength, 5 - 8pm.
Friday, May 12th - Mandi, 5 - 8pm.
Friday, June 16th - Wavelength, 5 - 8pm.

We are also taking Maladjiny on the road, and hosting our first ever rural event out in the Wheatbelt town of Narrogin, in partnership with YMCA and Swim For Life. This event will take place on Sunday, August 13th.

All of these events culminate in the ICEA Classic, a Noongar cultural festival featuring surfing, basketball and music competitions attracting around 6,000 people all in the spirit of reconciliation. In 2017, the Classic falls on Sunday the 10th of September. Read more here.

See below for some of the action of our first Maladjiny Project event ever - Wavelength!

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The Maladjiny Project is supported by Commbank.