FREMANTLE council sparked a national debate last year when it ditched its Australia Day celebrations and instead held a more “culturally sensitive” event on January 28.
More than 15,000 flocked to the debut One Day in Fremantle concert, and later in the year, two eastern states councils followed suit.
Acclaimed Aussie singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke is headlining this year’s show, and will be joined by DJ Kevin Parker from psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, hip-hop artist Baker Boy, and the amazing indigenous dance group, Djuki Mala.
Baker Boy made history with Cloud 9, the first rap song in indigenous language, and he says he uses his music to empower other Aboriginal youths.
Aboriginal singer/songwriter Gina Williams says she is proud to host One Day in Freo again.
“Fremantle council made history last year in a remarkable moment,” she says. “We did it and the sky didn’t fall in and we didn’t break Australia
“…It’s an absolute privilege to be invited back.”
The multi WAM winner, and 2017 Indigenous West Australian of the year will also perform her beautiful Nyoongar-language songs with Guy Ghouse.
There’s a heap of activities for kids and grown-ups, including bush tucker tastings, ochre face painting, instrument-making workshops, and the chance to design your own One Day T-shirt ($10), or to learn circus skills.
One Day in Fremantle is free entry and on Sunday, January 28, 2–8pm, at the Esplanade Reserve.
by JENNY D’ANGER