Boorna Waanginy, otherwise known as The Trees Speak, attracted more than 110,000 people over these three magical nights for the opening of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). This event was a FREE audio-visual feast of Nyoongar culture and Western Australia's biodiversity.
The 2019 encore will be extended to four nights from Friday 8th February to Monday 11th February and it will again celebrate WA's unique environment, biodiversity and Indigenous culture.
There will be a series of lights which will welcome visitors as they arrive onto Fraser Avenue. There will be many sights and sounds of the Nyoongar six seasons which you will see and hear as you are ushered into the WA Botanic Garden.
The event will then culminate with the striking Seeds of Change light installation. This will be held at the Pioneer Women's Memorial, where seed-pod lanterns will be across the grounds creating a touching finale.
This walkthrough event runs continuously from 8 pm till 11 pm, with the last entry being at 10.30 pm. You are welcome to start at any time during the evening and experience the event at your own pace.
You will be able to experience the six seasons of the South West through an immersive tunnel of light and sound along Fraser Avenue. The six seasons are:
MUKURU – The season of fertility and the first rains
DJILBA – The second rain, wetlands and conception
KAMBAGARANG – Wildflower season, birth and new life
BIRAK – The first summer, the season of youth, warmth and play
BUNURU – The second summer, the season of heat, fire and coming of age
DJERAN – Adulthood, the season of ripeness, knowledge and maturity
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."
There will be huge projectors which will turn the trees into arcs of light and colour. The avenues of Kings Park will resemble an ever-moving canvas, where trees and flowers bloom, flocks of birds will come to, wetlands will fill, and bushfires will burn. The stories of the formation of Western Australia's unique landscape will unwind all around you!
The Perth Festival does not normally announce its programming so far in advance of the February festival, however, in this instance, they have done so in an effort to boost ticket sales and encourage cultural tourism.
The other three events include:
The Great Tamer, a wordless theatre production from Athens Olympics artistic director Dimitris Papaioannou.
An animated and live-action version of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute by Komische Oper Berlin, UK theatre group 1927 and the WA Symphony Orchestra.
Vietnamese circus troupe Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam also returns with its acrobatic show Lang Toi (My Village).
A festival spokesman said the early release of these shows was in order to tap into the cultural tourism market and allow visitors to the state to be able to plan their trips around the events.
More information on Boorna Waanginy can be seen here.