District Dreaming 2012
- Thursday, 28 June 2012
Cultural dancing from the 2011 District Dreaming.
The Lions District will host the fourth annual ‘District Dreaming’ carnival this Sunday in conjunction with the WAFL’s NAIDOC Round.
District Dreaming will see seven matches played between 14 teams from within the Subiaco District.
The concept was inspired by the AFL's annual "Dreamtime at the ‘G’" game between Richmond and Essendon.
The carnival was the initiative of the Northern Cobras Junior Football Club to acknowledge the Indigenous stars that play Australian Rules Football.
Initially scheduled to coincide with that Dreamtime match the schedule has since been shifted to the NAIDOC weekend for the 2012 season to align with WAFL promotions.
The day provides an opportunity to reinforce positive game environments, provide the history of Aboriginal culture through a welcome to the country address and cultural dancers.
Subiaco District coordinates the event with the committee of the Northern Cobras, Central Cougars and Balga Junior Football Club.
Given the cross-district arrangements, the Claremont and West Perth districts have also been indirectly involved with the carnival and its concepts.
It is estimated the between 2000-2500 people will be in attendance over the course of the day.
Listed below are the benefits of the District Dreaming concept:
- Interaction with local Politicians
- Provides community integration and awareness of the Indigenous culture
- Partnerships with local Government authorities
- Partnerships with business that can align with community outcomes
- Showcases the indigenous culture, through welcome to country and cultural dance
- Involves SFC, WAFL and AFL players as role models
- Provides a financial model for junior football clubs that have challenges raising revenue
- Provides media exposure for football, district and community