New Perth festival to celebrate Western Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture

Five nights of sound, light & fire will ignite the senses

by Adam & Megan

A multi-sensory festival celebrating Western Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture and breathtaking biodiversity is set to light up Perth this spring with five nights of sound, light and fire. EverNow will ignite the senses from 4 to 9 October 2023 during the Noongar season of Kambarang – when an abundance of colours and flowers explode across the land. 

The series of free evening events will be held at unique locations across Perth – including the Supreme Court Gardens, Perth’s Government House Gardens and Kings Park.

Kings Park will become home to the bold reimagining of Boorna Waaginy: The Trees Speak, transforming the iconic park with a captivating display of light, sound and projections – telling the stories of Noongar culture and the beauty and biodiversity of the region. 

Nearby, the doors to Government House Gardens will also be opened to the public as it is transformed into Fire Gardens, a dreamscape of leaping flames, shadow and wonder. Inspired by conversations with Noongar elders, the fiery wonderland will be set alight by international flame experts Compagnie Carabosse. 

Perth City’s Supreme Court Gardens, overlooking the Swan River will play host to Song Circle, a live performance and celebration of Noongar song and dance set in a future-focused immersive wonderland with a revolving stage surrounded by sand. 

The three events will all be free to attend, with some requiring a ticket to gain entry, and will be held at different times across the five-night festival:

  • Song Circle: Supreme Court Gardens, October 4 to 8, 2023
  • Fire Gardens: Government House Gardens, October 5 to 8, 2023
  • Boorna Waanginy, The Trees Speak: Kings Park, October 6 to 9, 2023 

Developed by Perth Festival, and supported by the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA, EverNow will run for an initial two years, with the intention for the new homegrown event to become an annual staple on the State’s major events calendar. 

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