Kings Park will come alive next February, with an unforgettable 2019 Perth Festival Opening Weekend featuring the voice and images of celebrated UWA conservation biologist Professor Stephen Hopper.
Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak will take place over four-nights as a landmark, free outdoor event that celebrates Indigenous Noongar culture and the uniquely beautiful and biodiverse South Western Australia.
The breathtaking journey reveals how Western science is increasingly informed by Noongar stories and understanding of the land, and explores how Western and ancient cultures come together to work towards preservation.
Trees will bloom with colour, stories, a kaleidoscopic stream of 3D projections, animation and sound - taking you on an enchanting and unforgettable 1.5km journey along Fraser Avenue and deep into the park.
This free outdoor family adventure from 8-11 February opens the Festival with two other Australian exclusives: the breathtaking Lang Toi (My Village) from the Vietnamese circus troupe behind 2017 Festival hit AO Lang Phoand the exquisite stage show The Great Tamerby 2004 Athens Olympics artistic director Dimitris Papaiaonannou.
These are the world’s greatest performance-makers creating shows that people do not get to experience anywhere else in Australia.
Capping off the Festival Perth audiences also will be the first in Australia to see acclaimed director Barrie Kosky’s wildly inventive production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
This brilliant blend of live action, thrilling music and animation is brought vividly to life by Kosky’s Komische Oper Berlin, British theatre group 1927, West Australian Opera and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Lovers of musical theatre, opera and live entertainment spectacles will fall under the spell of this Flute at His Majesty’s Theatre from 20-23 February.
Perth Festival runs from 8 February to 3 March 2019. Look out for more details when the full Festival program is announced on 1 November 2018.
Perth Festival has led decades of cultural and creative growth in WA since being founded in 1953 by the University of Western Australia.
BOOKINGS AND FESTIVAL INFO: perthfestival.com.au
Priority bookings: Tickets on sale now (9.30am AWST) for Friends of the Festival and WA Symphony Orchestra and WA Opera Subscribers.
General public: Tickets are available from 9am, Monday 13 August. Entry to Boorna Waanginy is free but prices start at $36 for the three ticketed productions.
Jess Reid (UWA Media and Public Relations Advisor) (+61 8) 6488 6876