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Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

Experience Kings Park transformed into a nocturnal wonderland over four spectacular nights.

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‘A spectacular and moving promenade through Kings Park … [it] thrilled with sound and light and story.’ 

- The Age

You asked, Perth, and we’ve listened.

The extraordinary hit of 2017, Boorna Waanginy, is back to transform Kings Park into a nocturnal wonderland over four spectacular nights.

In this epic work Noongar culture, science, cutting-edge technology and breathtaking artistry come together to celebrate and explore the interconnectedness of all life and the fragile beauty of South Western Australia’s landscape.

Huge projectors transform the trees and avenues of Kings Park into an ever-moving canvas, where trees and flowers bloom, flocks of birds descend, wetlands fill, bush fires rage and the stories of the formation of Western Australia’s unique landscape unfurl all around you.

Be part of a river of light, story and humanity, as it winds its way along a 1.5 kilometre journey designed to transform the way we see our landscape and to inspire us to become part of a movement that guarantees its future for all the species who call it home.

Bring the family along for an unmissable free Festival experience that is truly awe inspiring.

A Perth Festival Commission

Images: Toni Wilkinson

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Free

This event is free of charge

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Duration

This is a walkthrough event running continuously from 8pm–10.30pm. You are welcome to arrive at any time during the session.

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Production Credits

Director Nigel Jamieson                 
Artistic Associate & Designer Zoe Atkinson
Media Artist Sohan Ariel Hayes       
Artistic Associate & Cultural Advisor 
 Dr Richard Walley
Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve 
Composer Ash Gibson Greig 
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Lighting Associate Designer Sean McKernan
Writer (Six Seasons) Kim Scott  
Paintings Appearing in Six Seasons 
Shane Pickett 
Ecologist Consultant Mandy Bamford  
Project Contributors Prof Stephen Hopper & Dr Noel Nannup

Created with guidance from Noongar community Elders, Whadjuk Working Party members and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

With thanks also to the Project Team, Project Contributors, Kwarbah Djookian Dancers, Middar Aboriginal Dance Group, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Seeds of Change participating schools & community groups

Perth Festival acknowledges that our events take place on the traditional lands of the Noongar people and we wish to pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this Country.

As we celebrate the work of contemporary artists from around the world, we also acknowledge and respect the continuing culture of the Whadjuk people and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. 

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About the Artists

Nigel Jamieson
Nigel Jamieson directed the iconic ‘Tin Symphony’ for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and has since directed Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games, The Pacific Games, World Expo, the 2007 and 2016 European Capital of Cultures and numerous festivals and city-based events around the world. He has a particular passion for works that address issues of place and the climate and large scale community engagement. His theatre work has toured the world.

A recipient of London Arts Award for outstanding contribution to London Theatre, an Australian Federation Medal, the 2007 Sidney Myer Award, and the 2014 Australia Council Theatre Fellowship, Jamieson’s work has received numerous Helpmann Awards.

Zoë Atkinson
Zoë Atkinson studied design for performance at The Prague Academy of The Performing Arts, The International Institute of Figurative Theatre (Czech Republic), and the Institute International de la Marionette, France. Since returning to Australia in 1997 she has designed over 70 productions for theatre, dance, puppetry and opera.

In 2018 Atkinson’s work has included designer for the 2018 Perth Festival’s Museum of Water, the culmination of an ongoing project since 2017 with English Artist Amy Sharrocks, and the set and costume designer for Ghost in My Suitcase (Barking Gecko Theatre), set designer for Xenides: the Musical, (Black Swan State Theatre Company) and the Tom Waits and William Burroughs opera The Black Rider for Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera.

Sohan Ariel Hayes
Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award-winning media artist based in Perth, Western Australia, working in the fields of expanded and interactive cinema, digital animation, systems theory and location-based media. Hayes is well known for creating large scale, site-based, projection installations and works with multi-disciplinary teams supported by curators, producers and some of the world’s best makers, scenographers and creative coders.

Hayes has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Jerwood Gallery in London, TAV Gallery in Taiwan and the Post Museum in Singapore.

In 2016 and 2017 he was a key creative on opening events for the Perth Festival and was responsible for the delivery of all moving image content.

Dr Richard Walley
Dr Richard Walley OAM is a Nyoongar man of the South-West region, with family connections throughout the Wadjuck, Ballardong, Wardan, Yuet and Pinjareb regions.
In 1978 he formed the Middar Aboriginal Theatre Group with three other Aboriginals. Middar, in its lifetime, took the Nyoongar culture to 32 different countries around the world.

Walley has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal and two honorary doctorates for his contribution to the promotion of Nyoongar Culture and the Arts. In 2010 he received the ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award in the ‘Indigenous leadership’ category of the WA Awards.

A fluent speaker of Nyoongar language, he continues to push boundaries, whilst always focussed on the bigger ‘community’ picture of Culture, Arts and Environment.

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Get Involved: Ground Beneath Our Feet

This year community members are invited to participate in the Seeds of Change program and a new advanced component, Boodja Djena: Ground Beneath Our Feet.
To read more and get involved CLICK HERE. 

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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8 Feb - 11 Feb 2019

Fri 8 Feb 8pm–10.30pm
Sat 9 Feb  8pm–10.30pm
Sun 10 Feb 8pm–10.30pm
Mon 11 Feb 8pm–10.30pm

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Access

  • Wheelchair access
  • 50% Visual Content

The event route will include paving, grass, compact dirt, sloped and uneven surfaces.
40% of the event route is grass.
80% of the event has alternative paved pathways.

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