- The Guardian
‘People stop in their tracks, looking up to listen to something beautiful and eerie.’
At dawn and dusk, the female voices of Siren Song descend from the sky signalling the arrival and departure of the light each day.
Marking the beginning and end of the Festival’s first ten days the sounds reflect through the canyons of commerce, where the skyscrapers become the concert hall and the city the reverb chamber.
9 - 18 February
A seven minute presentation that commences within the following times:
6.00am – 6.15am and 7.05pm – 7.20pm daily
Siren Song was originally commissioned for Dark Mofo
Image: Robert Frith
This event is free of charge
10 – 18 February
6.00am – 6.15am and 7.05pm – 7.20pm daily
What to expect
Siren Song is a large-scale, outdoor sound work that will fill the skies of the Perth CBD. A highlight event of the 2018 Perth Festival, the voices of women will sound from hundreds of speakers on rooftop locations along St George’s Terrace, ringing out through the canyon of commerce.
Siren Song runs for seven minutes, the time it takes for the disc of the sun to breach and clear the horizon and vice versa.
The creative team
Siren Song has been created by sound artist Byron J. Scullin and the curatorial duo Supple Fox, a creative partnership between artists Tom Supple and Hannah Fox. An earlier version of Siren Song garnered international acclaim when it premiered at Dark Mofo in Hobart in 2017.
The vocalists include Carolyn Connors, Deborah Cheetham, Tanya Tagaq, Tara Tiba, Kristal Kickett and Karla Hart.
Where to experience Siren Song
You will not so much see Siren Song as you will hear it. While the speakers will be on buildings between the Barracks Arch and William Street, the voices will appear to be coming from all around.
It is expected that the sound can be heard up to 2km away into West Perth, Northbridge, East Perth and Kings Park. We encourage you to visit the city and experience this extraordinary production.
Getting into the city
A road closure will be occurring on St Georges Tce and Malcolm St between Harvest Tce and Milligan St on Friday 9 Feb from 6-8pm to facilitate the opening of the Perth Festival.
Transperth offers easy options to get into and out of the city.
Regular Transperth public transport services will be operating.
Train services operate from Perth Station, Perth Underground, Elizabeth Quay Station, City West and McIver, all in and around the CBD.
Transperth bus operations include the free CAT Bus routes and services from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and the Perth Busport on Wellington Street.
Ferry services run between Elizabeth Quay and Mends Street, South Perth
To plan your journey visit transperth.wa.gov.au or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 (TIS: 13 14 50).
If you choose to drive, there are a number of parking options in the Perth CBD.
For up to date information on parking availability download the City of Perth parking app or visit cityofperthparking.com.au
Other things to do in the city
There are multiple opportunities for the solo visitor, family and friends to enjoy including:
- breakfast or dinner at one of the many city cafes or restaurants;
- picnic at one of the shady Perth parks like Stirling Gardens or Supreme Court Gardens;
- drop in for a drink and a bite to eat (and maybe a dance!) at Chevron Gardens, Elizabeth Quay
- tie the city visit in with another Perth Festival production such as one of the, Beyond Time or to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song.
- come in before 6pm for the kids to have a play at either the BHP Billiton Water Park at Elizabeth Quay or in the Water Labyrinth at Forrest Place;
- explore the architecture of Perth such as the Cathedral Square precinct bound by St George’s Terrace, Barrack Street, Hay Street and Pier. The site encompasses the historic State Buildings, Perth Town Hall, St George’s Cathedral, The Deanery, the State Administrative Tribunal building, the new City of Perth Library and the David Malcolm Justice Centre; or
- simply come in for a walk along the river, some window shopping and/or people watching.
Cleansing & Clearing Ceremony
GNARNK-BA KARLA WAARNGINY (Speaking Fires of our Mother)
On Friday 9 February at 6.45pm members of the Noongar community invite you and your family to a cleansing and clearing ceremony at the western end of St Georges Terrace to welcome in Perth Festival 2018. All are welcome.
BIERRNANGINJE BOORTA KULINGE (Dawning (New Day) Going Steady)
We reclaim Stillness, Connection, Quietness.
Reclaiming the spaces once removed from the streets that Our Pathways, Our Community, Our Home. Paying tribute to the oral history of Our Culture that has been handed down. To the continuing telling of Our Stories, Removal from Country and the Breaking of the stillness.
Venue: St Georges Terrace between Milligan and Elder Streets
Date: 9 February
The Skies of Perth
Accessible toilets are available throughout the city.
The City of Perth provides parking concessions for people with accessibility requirements within the city.
These include concessional parking rates to Disability Parking Permit holders when parking off-street within a CPP car park and parking on-street (kerbside). Visit cityofperthparking.com.au/disability-parking for more information.