Maali Festival

Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA

Ian Michael and Chloe Ogilvie

Set over two incredible days of NAIDOC Week, curators Ian Michael (Wilman Nyoongar) and Chloe Ogilvie (Yamatji Nhanda) bring us a festival reclaiming the State Theatre Centre in Maali, named after the Nyoongar word for black swan.

In an act of celebration, community, and gathering this multi-disciplinary arts festival will acknowledge and celebrate the incredible breadth and diversity of the world’s oldest living cultures. From traditional dance to a return of the groundbreaking play Bindjareb Pinjarra, with musical acts including electronic duo Electric Fields, Maali is both a connection to a place before, and a look towards the future.


NAIDOC Week is coming and we’re throwing a party. Actually - a festival! Free for all! The whole street is invited. This includes you. Tell the city, tell the state, tell the country. It’s time to listen. It’s time to acknowledge. It’s time to dance.

It’s time.
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Year Level Suitability

3-6 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Dance, The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Media Arts, The Arts - Music, The Arts - Visual Arts, English, History, Languages , Civics And Citizenship


Cultural Understanding, Community, NAIDOC


Dance, Drama, Exhibition, Film, Live Music, Visual Arts


2 full days


Free to attend


State Theatre Centre of WA (Perth, WA)


Multiple events (including smoking ceremony, welcome to country, stalls, performances, dance, play readings, and high tea with Elders)
3:30 - 6:00 pm Friday 9 July
11:00am - 1:30pm Saturday 10 July

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