EverNow Festival Returns to Boorloo: A Celebration of Culture, Seasons, and Stories

EverNow Festival Returns to Boorloo: A Celebration of Culture, Seasons, and Stories

BOORLOO (PERTH), WA – From October 3 to 7, the vibrant EverNow festival returns to Boorloo (Perth) during Kambarang, the Noongar season of birth, new life, and renewal. This cultural celebration promises to light up iconic Perth locations with a series of stunning displays and performances, inspired by Western Australia’s rich biodiversity and creativity. EverNow Festival Returns to Boorloo: A Celebration of Culture, Seasons, and Stories

Highlights of EverNow 2024:

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak One of the festival’s standout attractions is the immersive 1.4-kilometre walk through Kings Park, known as Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak. Towering lemon-scented gum trees along Fraser Avenue serve as a canvas for this emotive experience. Through projected animation, sound, spoken word, and song, the trees seemingly come alive to tell stories of the land, reflecting Noongar Boodjar. This 45-minute audio-visual experience runs on a continuous loop, allowing visitors to step into the narrative at any time.

Song Circle The mesmerising Song Circle will also make a return in a soon-to-be-announced new location. This showcase features Noongar musicians on a revolving raised stage, surrounded by dancers on a ring of sand. Audiences can enjoy Noongar-language songs that reflect the animals and environments from Perth through to the South Coast. This performance highlights the deep connection between the Noongar people and their land.

Western Australian Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman praised the event’s previous success, stating, “The free event is an excellent showcase of the incredible culture and creativity of Indigenous people, and I hope the WA community will get behind EverNow to learn more.”

The inaugural EverNow event last year drew an impressive 160,000 attendees, establishing it as a signature event on Noongar Boodjar. This year’s festival promises to build on that success, offering a free multi-sensory experience that is both enlightening and entertaining.

A Collaborative Effort:

EverNow is a WA state-owned event delivered by Tourism WA and produced by Perth Festival’s out-of-season Special Projects arm. The event is guided by Perth Festival’s Noongar Advisory Circle to ensure a respectful representation of place, people, and culture. Members of the Noongar Advisory Circle include renowned artists and performers such as Dr. Roma ‘Yibiyung’ Winmar, Vivienne ‘Binyarn’ Hansen, Dr. Richard Walley OAM, Carol Innes AM, Barry McGuire, and Mitchella ‘Waljin’ Hutchins.

Historical Context:

EverNow is a re-imagining of the successful 2017 and 2019 Perth Festival light shows Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, which drew 300,000 people to Kings Park. The festival continues this legacy, blending cultural narratives with innovative artistic presentations.

A Global Stage:

This year’s EverNow festival coincides with the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Perth, which is expected to attract hundreds of global industry leaders to Western Australia. WA acting Tourism Minister John Carey highlighted the significance of this timing, stating, “This year’s event is particularly exciting as it falls around the same time as the globe’s biggest tourism summit, meaning another incredible opportunity to showcase our beautiful city to hundreds of leaders from major global companies.”

For more information about EverNow and to stay updated on event details, visit the official website.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of EverNow Festival Organizers

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Source: https://nit.com.au/27-06-2024/12212/evernow-returns-to-celebrate-noongar-culture-in-boorlooperth

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