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BOORNA WAANGINY: The Trees Speak; PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 11, 2017

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“Rainfall records are tumbling everywhere.”

The opening weekend of PIAF is traditionally held outdoors and festival organisers can normally rely on Perth’s hot, dry summer to cooperate. And it was dry and pleasant enough to attract a very large crowd to the opening night of a very special event called BOORNA WAANGINY.

Nightly live music events at Elizabeth Quay have already been affected by the heavy rain.

The festival attracted thousands of people to an amazing  large-scale light and sound show in Kings Park titled Boorna Waanginy, The Trees Speak — that tells the story of the six Noongar seasons. They are Makuru (the season of fertility and the first rains), Djiiba (the second rain, wetlands and conception) Kamberang (Wildflower season, birth and new life), Birak (The first summer, season of youth,warmth and play), Bunuru (The second summer, season of heat, fire and coming of age), Djeran (Adulthood, the season of ripeness, knowledge and maturity).

It also attracted spokesmen for the Beelier wetlands.

The audience was taken on a 45-minute walk through the park, beginning in Fraser Avenue and ending in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.

Coming home from King’s Park last night through a vibrant Mt Lawley the first raindrops fell to announce the approach of Makaru.

Photos Bohdan Warchomij

This spectacular sound and light show in Kings Park and the Botanic Garden of Kings Park is the creative project of:

Nigel Jamieson Director,

Zoe Atkinson Artistic Associate and Designer

Sohan Ariel Hayes Media Artist

Dr Richard Walley Artistic Associate and Cultural Advisor

Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer

Kim Scott Writer

Shane Pickett Painter

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


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