This April, the City of Perth is shining a light on our built, natural and cultural heritage, Boorloo Heritage Festival will pay due homage to the traditional owners who cared for this land long before it became the city we know now. Boorloo is the Nyoongar name for Perth.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the reimagined festival will foster a better understanding of Perth’s rich and varied history.
“Spanning five weekends and offering an abundance of weekday activities for the school holidays, the City and our neighbourhoods will come alive more than 90 events and activities dedicated to sharing our unique story,” Mr Zempilas said.
“Step back in time using the wonders of virtual reality, hear about the healing powers of our native flora in a bush medicine workshop, or take a stroll down memory lane on a heritage walking tour”.
The City of Perth is proud to host its own Boorloo Family Fun Day over the Easter Weekend at Forrest Place. On Saturday 8 April, families are encouraged to come into the heart of the city for free Easter fun including kids’ workshops and live music.
Other events include CircusWA at Victoria Gardens, award winning artist Mo’Ju in Yagan Square and guided walking tours to discover the natural beauty of Pelican Point in Crawley.
This festival is proudly brought to you by the City of Perth in partnership with major supporter Lotterywest, the State Government's CBD Revitalisation Program and The Heritage Council of WA.
Nearly all events are free, however tickets still need to be secured online.
“The City of Perth Boorloo Heritage Festival is a brilliant opportunity to discover more of our fascinating heritage through informative walks, storytelling, interactive workshops, exhibitions and immersive experiences - there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn this April in the City,” Mr Zempilas said.
Festival goers can also take advantage of free night-time parking and three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays at selected carparks. Crowds are encouraged to download the CPP app to find parking easily throughout the City.
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Here are just some of the many highlights of the festival:
Government House Open Weekend/ Self-Guided Tours | 1-2 April
Explore Government House, Gardens and Ballroom to learn about Government House’s rich history and future projects – the last time they were open to the public was 2017
Barracks Arch Tour | iCity Kiosk Tour | 1 April - 2 April
Special guided tour of one of Perth’s most iconic historic buildings – A relic from Perth’s convict era and a reminder of the need to protect our built heritage.
City of Perth Band 125th Anniversary Parade | 1 April
Multiple bands parade through the Murray and Hay Street Malls with a special mass band finale in Forrest Place.
Boorloo Family Fun Day | Saturday 8 April
Make your way into the heart of the city for a day of free family friendly workshops, cultural performances and engaging Easter activities.
Experience the wonder of gold | The Perth Mint| 15 - 16 April
Visit and experience the untold stories of this Western Australian icon at an extra-special celebratory open day on the 15th and 16th of April.
Mo’Ju - Karla Hart Productions | Yagan Square| 15 April
ARIA Award nominated Wiradjuri-Filipino musician Mo'Ju to Perth for the very first time
Supreme Court Open Day | Supreme Court of Western Australia | 15 April
Explore this grand 120-year-old courthouse. View heritage listed courtrooms and the Chief Justice’s chambers, speak with judges, and inspect the cells below the building.
Uglieland 1923 | CircusWA |15 April
At Victoria Gardens, the Uglieland carnival comes to life, be transported to 1923 by our fabulously fearless circus performers.
His Majesty’s Theatre Heritage Open Day | 18 April
Explore the new and old spaces in the historical theatre with venue tours and enjoy a range of pop-up activities and entertainment including face painting, costume boxes, an interactive quiz, live music, and more!
Backyard Bush Pharmacy Workshop at King Park| with Djirrily Dreaming |22 & 23 April
Participants will learn to identify, process and use WA bush plants for healing and wellbeing. Guests get to sample native plant oils used in the old way.
The Lion Never Sleeps| Guided Walking Tour/ Silent Disco | 28, 29 and 30 April
A group walk to retrace Northbridge’s LGBTQIA+ history during the HIV/AIDS crisis. Oral history and queer pride collide.
Interactive Noongar Storytelling | City of Perth Library | 29 April
In this fun and engaging workshop children will learn and hear stories about Boorloo country and be able to participate in song, dance and culture with the opportunity to see and hold real artefacts.
Singing in the City | Australian National Choral Association| Perth Cultural Precinct | 30 April
Join the Australian National Choral Association and a selection of their member choirs for an afternoon of song all over the Perth Cultural Precinct.
There’s plenty more to see more than 90 events throughout the festival: visitperth.com/Boorlooheritagefestival
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