Cel­e­bra­tion ends on high note

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Hun­dreds gath­ered at Roe­bourne High School Oval last Sun­day to close NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions for the year at a com­mu­nity con­cert.

There was live mu­sic from na­tion­ally suc­cess­ful artists Thelma Plum, Dan Sul­tan and Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley, as well as mar­ket stalls and kids ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sul­tan said he en­joyed his first time in the Pil­bara and be­ing in­volved in NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions.

“I think (NAIDOC Week) is just a good time to get to­gether and en­joy each other,” he said.

“We’ve got a long way to go with a lot of dif­fer­ent things, but it’s not all bad — it’s a good time.”

Patrick Chrun­side and his dancers drew the big­gest au­di­ence of the day.

Peo­ple clapped and cheered for the young boys per­form­ing tra­di­tional in­dige­nous dances.

Mr Churn­side said he was proud to watch the boys dance at the con­cert and the Un­sung Hero awards last Fri­day night af­ter hav­ing come so far from their first prac­tice ses­sion.

“To see them de­velop from there to now, I think the other night was the high­light for me to date,” he said.

Mr Churn­side said he had a busy but en­joy­able NAIDOC Week. “Over the last week­end and few days (I’ve been) or­gan­is­ing wel­comes, danc­ing and just gen­er­ally get­ting into the spirit of NAIDOC and the com­mu­nity and try­ing to pro­mote what NAIDOC this year is all about,” he said.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant this year’s (theme) — it’s all about our song­lines and our stories.”

In­die rocker and three-time ARIA award win­ner Dan Sul­tan gave a stel­lar set at the NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions com­mu­nity con­cert.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

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