The City of Perth has collaborated with Perth Festival, Abmusic and local Nyoongar performer Phil Walleystack to deliver two initiatives to leverage the Perth Festival Boorna Waanginy program.
Taking place across four spectacular nights, Boorna Waanginy: the Trees Speak will transform Kings Park into a nocturnal wonderland.
Huge projectors will create an ever-moving canvas as Nyoongar culture, cutting-edge technology and breathtaking artistry come together to celebrate the unique beauty of the South West landscape.
The City of Perth has leveraged its support of Perth Festival’s fantastic opening event by programming special support music performances at West Perth’s best venues.
Unique ephemeral performances by Western Australian Aboriginal artists will take place at Julios, Mayfair Lane Pub, Bar Bizu and Gordon Street Garage across four nights from February 8.
Plus, with the help of Abmusic, emerging local Aboriginal artists will be busking on the streets from Elizabeth Quay to Kings Park, entertaining the expected 110,000 patrons during the four nights.
“These initiatives aim to extend the Aboriginal cultural experience of Boorna Waanginy and provide emerging and established Aboriginal musicians with new performance opportunities in the west end of the city,” Deputy Commissioner Gaye McMath said.
“The initiatives provide visitors to Boorna Waanginy an opportunity to experience Aboriginal culture and history through musical performance while relationships have developed with west end businesses to host the performances.”
This project strongly aligns with the City of Perth’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and Draft Cultural Development Plan.
Since the RAP launched in May, the City of Perth has been building on positive relationships to enhance future opportunities for the Whadjuk Nyoongar community.