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Experience Western Australia’s history as never before
The State Library is having a 125th birthday celebration and everyone's invited to the party. On the evening of 6 December the Perth Cultural Centre will come alive as Hi Lights tells the story of Western Australia in a light and sound show projected on the Library building itself. The evening also includes tours, exhibitions, games, free books and more making it a party that's not to be missed.
The evening starts with Storytime for the youngsters. Held in the Library's Discovery Lounge, this session features stories set to music performed by professional entertainers MusicBook.
Elsewhere in the library there are Back of House tours. Only a third of the State Library building is open to the public, making this a rare chance to see what happens behind the scenes. Meanwhile the Front of House Tours will explore the building, historical and contemporary collections and treasures and the State's history.
Also on display is an exhibition of illustrations by Western Australian artist Robert Juniper. These imaginative artworks complemented a children's story written by Trevor Todd. Follow the story as Mason Judy is transported to another time and place after finding a magic stone.
Feeling inspired? Visit the Book Cubby and create your own books and stories.
Outside in the Cultural Centre, the urban beach returns to the Amphitheatre featuring sand, umbrellas and sun lounges, with vintage seaside scenes showing on the big screen.
Over on the Wetlands Stage, local band Thee Gold Blooms will be playing their unique style of surf rock. Pick up a free book from one of the six Little Libraries or play a game of giant chess then make yourself comfortable for the big event as the sound and light show begin.
Your Story will illuminate the State Library building in a light and sound show that brings unique local history to life. Created by award winning Perth digital artist Roly Skender with an original sound track by local musician Cathie Travers this is history like it's never been seen before. The main presentation will be shown four times along with a colourful and vibrant interlude light show.
The evening events begin at 5:00 and the illuminations at 8:00. Check the program for full details. Food trucks will be located throughout the Perth Cultural Centre until 9.30 and there will be a pop-up bar from 5:00 – late.