Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak at Perth Festival



Boorna Waanginy : The Trees Speak
Photo Credit: Toni Wilkinson

This spectacular walkthrough experience for the whole family will run over the Opening Weekend of Perth Festival commencing tonight.

Boorna Waanginy : The Trees Speak attracted over 100,000 people to Kings Park in 2017, and it is expected that it will be a very popular event again this year.

This magical and spectacular work will see Kings Park transformed into a nocturnal wonderland,  experienced through sight and sound, as the stories of the Noongar are told over six seasons of the year.

Art and technology will intersect as huge projectors will be used to change the beloved Kings Park scenery into a living canvas to showcase the changing landscape over the seasons and the biodiversity of our environment – with flowers blooming, flocks of birds descending , wetlands filling up and wild bushfires raging.

Noongar stories will be shared over 4 evenings this weekend and provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Western Australia’s diverse landscape and bio diversity from both the Noongar understanding of the land and the perspective of Western science.

In the words of Artistic Director Wendy Martin:

" I couldn't be more excited about the return of Boorna Waanginy. It connects us deeply to a sense of place and to each other as we wander in awe through a storytelling experience on a massive scale that highlights the unique qualities of the South West of Western Australia and the power of reconciliation. "

The self guided walk will commence at Fraser Avenue and conclude with the spectacular Seeds of Change light installation at the Yorkas Nynning (the Pioneer Women’s Memorial).

Our landscape is both beautiful and fragile, and on a related note, we are all invited as members of our community to bring about improvements in our environment through the project Boodja Djena: Ground Beneath Our Feet. This community program aims to empower each and everyone of us to bring about positive change in our immediate vicinity – at home, in our neighbourhood, at work – to protect Western Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Perth is a special city and place and we are proud to have this event return to our premier parkland Kings Park as part of this year’s Perth Festival.

Event Details

Event: Boorna Waanginy : The Trees Speak

Date: Friday 8 February to Monday 11 February 2019

Time: 8pm to 11pm, last entry at 10:30pm

Venue: Kings Park, start at Fraser Avenue

The walk through Kings Park will be approx. 1.5 kms and will take approximately 45 minutes from start to finish.

Allow for an extra 25 minutes to walk to the exit.


Free special event buses will operate between Perth Busport and a stop on Kings Park Road to get you to and from the event. Buses depart approximately every five minutes from 7pm, with the last bus departing Kings Park Road at 11.15pm.

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