Featuring more than 130 events and activities, Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the Heritage Perth program would inspire people to experience Perth’s amazing natural, cultural and built heritage.
 
“We are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to places and stories of significance in the city,” he said.
 
“Heritage Perth Weekend gives us a chance to explore more of our heritage with informative walks, talks, storytelling, interactive workshops, exhibitions and immersive experiences to explore.”
 
In 2021, new events will shine a light on our multicultural heritage and Aboriginal history, including truth-telling yarns from Whadjuk Nyoongar Elders and colourful activities from the Chung Wah Association.
 
“With the guidance of the City of Perth Elders Advisory Group (the Bridyas), we have introduced dual naming for this event to reflect the importance of the cultural heritage of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
 
“We hope these cultural events help create a better understanding of our shared history and the community in which we live.”
 
Elder Uncle Farley Garlett said it was an opportunity for all to come and engage with the Nyoongar culture in the heart of Boorloo (Perth).
 
“My culture, Nyoongar Culture, is about stories – stories told to our children who learn our lore and culture. For our youth, it is about guiding them along in life. Our family is an extended family where we all come together, sit down, tell stories and share,” Uncle Farley Garlett said.
 
Adding to the festivities this year, the program has expanded to include Family Friday on 16 April, focussing on activities for children and families to explore, learn and engage with Perth’s rich past.
 
“Coming from Greek heritage, I’m looking forward to bringing my young family along so that all of us can enjoy and learn more about the heritage, history and culture of our wonderful city,” Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
 
Visitors can also take advantage of three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays until 30 June in three centrally located CPP car parks:
CPP Cultural Centre car park, 2 Roe Street, Northbridge
CPP His Majesty's car park, 377 Murray Street, Perth
CPP Pier Street car park, 87-89 Pier Street, Perth 

ENDS

Issued by: Brooke Hunter, Senior Media and Communications Advisor, 0448 610 834, brooke.hunter@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.


Backgrounder:
 
The below events are just a snapshot of the 133 events taking place across Heritage Perth Weekend. Please head to visitperth.com/heritageperthweekend  for more information.
 
Family Friday
16 April | Various city locations | Various times | Some bookings required
Forty-seven events are on offer on Family Friday, perfect for school holiday activities and something for everyone to take delight in. You can turn up at any time to many of these events, including Chung Wah Association’s activities and workshops, Bindi Bindi Dreaming’s intergenerational traditional bush cooking and Circus WA’s youth performers who will take you back to the days of circus freak shows at Uglieland, Elizabeth Quay.
 
Coolbaroo Dance
17 April | Perth Town Hall | 6pm to 9pm | Bookings required
Join us for the community celebration of Heritage Perth Weekend and the National Trust of WA Australian Heritage Festival, featuring the Coolbaroo Dance with City of Perth Elders. Coolbaroo is an Aboriginal Yamatji word for magpie, representing mixed races with its colour of black and white. The Coolbaroo Club was set up for Aboriginal people to socialise together freely at a time when prohibited areas were enforced within the City. This event will focus on a beautiful community dance in the Perth Town Hall, recreating the Coolbaroo Dances that took place there in the 1950s.   
 
East Perth’s Forgotten History Tour
17 and 18 April | Cnr Hill and Wellington Streets, East Perth | 10am to 12pm | Bookings required 
Two Feet and Heartbeat take you on an engaging walking tour of East Perth, uncovering remarkable stories of the once old gritty end of Perth. Wander the vicinity of the Colonial Cemeteries and discover the lost history of the Chinese Cemetery, the hidden Jewish Cemetery and historic headstones of the Anglo Cemeteries. Meander through the tree-lined streets of residential East Perth to Victoria Gardens, looking over the Swan River, Matagarup Bridge and Perth Stadium.
 
Oh Hey WA Northbridge History and Heritage Tour
17 and 18 April | Meet at the Digital Tower, Yagan Square | 10am to 11.30am | Bookings required
A lively and informative tour showcasing the history and heritage of Northbridge exploring aspects of Aboriginal culture, colonisation, segregation, crime, brothels, Chinese immigration and more. This tour will provide a glimpse into the past to discover what has made Northbridge the unique and diverse area that we know and love today.
 
Now and Then – West Perth, Guided Walking Tour
18 April | 9am to 12pm | Meeting outside Cavania, 1218 Hay Street | No bookings required 
Beyond the fences, down laneways and up above shop fronts, this walking tour will highlight some of West Perth’s most interesting heritage sites with local speakers bringing personal context at each stop made. The tour will feature some of West Perth’s best food and beverage houses to break up the tour and allow time for discussion and reflection.
 
Yokai Healing – Sharing stories around stolen generations
18 April | Wellington Square – corner Hill and Wittenoom Streets | 1 to 2.30pm | Bookings required
Bring a chair or cushion and come and listen to survivors and families of the Stolen Generations sharing their stories with you. This event will take place in the dedicated place for healing in the north west corner of Wellington Square, a place of cultural significance for Aboriginal communities.

Issued by: Brooke Hunter, Senior Media and Communications Advisor, 0448 610 834, brooke.hunter@cityofperth.wa.gov.au