Witness Stand

Created by Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Barry McGuire and Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]

Witness Stand Fri 5 - Sun 28 Feb Fri 5 - Sun 28 Feb FREE Event info
Fri 5 - Sun 28 Feb, FREE

A Perth Festival Commission

Witness Stand is an unlikely place to listen.

Across a city, in water bodies, and reserves, and forgotten sites, Witness Stand is an invitation to gather and spend learning time together.

On a series of bespoke seating tiers extending from Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) to Walyalup (Fremantle) and through to the Guildford area, audiences will experience a series of specially commissioned sound works paying homage to the ancient stories of Whadjuk country and acknowledging the interruptions to this place caused by colonisation.

This new commission invites audiences to consider the Derbal Yerrigan as a source of life. To listen anew and to witness as one.

Created by
Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Barry McGuire and Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]
In collaboration with
Clint Bracknell, Chris Cobilis, Tessa Darcey, Rachael Dease, Alice Humphries, Mei Swan Lim, Della Rae Morrison, Kobi Morrison, Cathie Travers and Benjamin Witt
Produced by
Erin Milne for Bureau of Works and Perth Festival
Witness Stand Design by
Bosco Shaw
Acoustic Design by
Jim Atkins




Djiidjalalap / Perth
Langley Park

Kariinap / South Perth
Narrows Bridge

Mt Pleasant
Deep Water Point

Nyiiabarap / East Fremantle
John tonkin Reserve

Rottnest Island

More information coming soon. 

Time & Location

Fri 5 - Sun 28 Feb


Free Event


Keep an eye out! We'll release more details about how you can experience Witness Stand soon.



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Thank you


  • This project’s development has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Dark MOFO; Live Umbrella Finland; Vitalstatistix and the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund. Produced by Bureau of Works.


  • Cam Campbell and Bosco Shaw
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