In 2014 CAN worked with six union partners to deliver a family fun day out in Midland that promoted social change through community arts and cultural development and celebrated Aboriginal art and culture with a contemporary twist.
A mix of traditional Noongar and hip hop performers took to the Hip Hop NAIDOC stage, including award-winning artists The Last Kinection, home-grown dance group Beat Walkers and CAN’s Static Crew and Lil Sparks.
Local emcees Bryte and Trooth hosted the dance program on the main stage with the help of DJ Zeke Ugle and the Maali Models.
CAN held pre-event workshops in emcee writing, beat production and urban arts to promote the event among the local community, workshops which helped to make sure festival goers could participate on the day with skill and confidence.
The AMWU (metal workers), CFMEU (construction), ETU (electrical trades), MUA (maritime workers), UFU (firefighters), and RTBU (transport workers) supported the day long festival at the Midland Railway Workshops.
Community partners including Midland PCYC and Binar Sports, which helped to ensure the celebration of culture and intergenerational sharing of stories.
The festival attracted over 400 participants and strong media interest from Noongar Radio, and had a strong social media following.