NAIDOC Celebrations

#LearnRespectCelebrate is the tag for this year’s NAIDOC festival and it could not be more appropriate.

This year’s festival took place over 17 -18 June in Central’s Northbridge campus and featured a variety of events to teach and entertain.

Like the tag itself, learning, respect and celebration came together in this year’s festival, to show how unique and important indigenous culture is.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The committee formerly organised events during NAIDOC week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

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This year’s festival featured stalls and activities to give everyone a taste (sometimes literally) of indigenous culture.

Among the crowd favourites were the Bush Tucker samples by Urban Indigenous, who served a smorgasbord of tasty treats and Ranger Red Petting Zoo, which featured Australian animals like snakes, lizards and an owl.

It wasn’t all eating and petting though. Over the two days, there was a fashion show, scavenger hunt, rock painting workshops, dreamtime movies, dance and theatre, all designed to illustrate and celebrate the culture.

Indigenous culture is often under appreciated, but it is a major part of Australian identity and heritage. It is important to take time out to appreciate and celebrate the culture of the first Australians.

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Though the main focus of the festival was Australian indigenous culture, it also served as a celebration of cultures from around the world, fully living up to the hash tag of #LearnRespectCelebrate.

More than a Race Around Town

Once again the Perth International Student Festival brought out the best in Central students with volunteers and participants making it a day to remember.

There were activities galore surrounding the Perth Cultural Centre to celebrate the cultural diversity that international students bring to Perth and Central alike. The day also provided Central Event Management students the valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in running an event.

Central students assisted in running the festival and used what they had learnt to ensure the day ran smoothly. From marshaling students for the beginning of the City Challenge to running the food stalls, Central students made sure the day went on without a hitch.

The festival, a not for profit event orchestrated by {Study} Perth brings together newly arrived and established international students from school, university, and college. The carnival atmosphere provided a great place to meet people outside of study and learn more about what Perth has to offer.

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The main event for the day featured the City Challenge, an amazing race style scavenger hunt across the streets of the CBD. Students teamed up in groups of two to solve clues and take photos, all while gaining a better knowledge of local life in Perth.

Prizes were awarded for the best-dressed team as well as first, second and third place getters. Central student Atiqah Mohammed Rafie took out third place amongst tough competition as she and her partner blitzed the course.

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The rest of the day featured food stalls with cuisine from around the world, close encounters with native Australian animals, community stalls from ANZ, West Coast Eagles and the WA police, music and a padded gladiator style, boxing ring. Students spent the day investigating the stalls and testing their strength and skill in the boxing ring to he entertainment of the crowd.

The day concluded with Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi honouring international student contribution and congratulating the winners of the City Challenge.

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