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Lotterywest Festival Opening Weekend

Boorna Waanginy

The Trees Speak

A spectacular sound and light show for the whole family.

A PIAF Commission

Western Australia

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Tickets Free Event

  • Family
  • Post Show Discussions
  • Free

Awards & Reviews

‘An evocative assertion of WA identity.’


Celebrate this land we share.

Over three extraordinary nights Kings Park is magically transformed into a cathedral of light, sound and imagery in which the trees come to life.

State of the art technology and the natural world come together for this spectacular walkthrough experience – where great flocks of birds fly overhead and animals dance and play. The event culminates with a light installation dedicated to the protection of the beautiful part of the world we live in – made in collaboration with thousands of young people across WA.

Created in association with the Noongar community, scientists and botanists, Boorna Waanginy explores the inter-connectedness of all life, the fragile beauty of South West Australia’s landscape and the threats it now faces.

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This is a walkthrough event running continuously from 8–10.30pm.
You are welcome to arrive at any time during the session.
We recommend you take the bus to Kings Park. No parking will be available in Kings Park.

The Journey


This walkthrough event runs continuously from 8–10.30pm.
(Fri 10 Feb Welcome to Country at 7.45pm)

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the evening and experience the event at your own pace.

Your 1.2km (approximately 45 minutes) journey begins at Fraser Avenue and concludes with a stunning light installation at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial. 

Six Seasons

Experience the six seasons of the South West through an immersive tunnel of light and sound along Fraser Avenue.

The six seasons brought thrillingly to life are:
Makuru The season of fertility and the first rains
Djilba The second rain, wetlands and conception
Kambarang Wildflower season, birth and new life
Birak The first summer, season of youth, warmth and play
Bunuru The second summer, season of heat, fire
and coming of age
Djeran Adulthood, the season of ripeness, knowledge and maturity


Explore knowledge systems from both Western and Noongar perspectives and learn how Western science is increasingly informed by Noongar ‘creation’ stories and understanding of the land.

Creation Stories: Coming of the Colours

Experience two ‘creation’ stories.
The first, Jindalee and the Spirit Children, is a Noongar story about the creation of the Milky Way and the ‘the coming of colour’ to the world.
The second explores the formation of the sandy Banksia woodlands, commencing with the formation of the Yilgarn Craton in the South West region.


See the incredible beauty and fragility of our fauna and flora in Western Australia – and continue your journey through a corridor of spectacular imagery to reveal what has already been lost.

Seeds of Change

Your journey concludes with a spectacular light installation, which looks to our future. Featuring thousands of seed lanterns, you will hear from the children that created the lanterns, as well as Elders from the community, who remind us of the role we all play in protecting this land we share.

Getting There and Getting Around


This walkthrough event runs continuously from 8–10.30pm.

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the evening and experience the event at your own pace.

We recommend allowing 45 minutes from start to finish, plus 25 minutes to walk to the exit. Pack light and wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be rewarded with an incredible experience.

Free shuttle buses between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Kings Park Road will be running approximately every eight minutes between 7pm and 11.15pm.

Road Closures

Road closures will be in place in and around Kings Park.

Public Transport

Transperth offers many easy options to get to and from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station so you can take advantage of the free shuttle. To plan your journey visit or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 (TIS: 13 14 50).


No parking will be available in Kings Park. If you choose to drive, we recommend parking in the Perth CBD and catching the free shuttle from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station. For up-to-date information on parking availability, download the City of Perth parking app.

Bike Parking

Cycling is a great option for getting to and from Kings Park. Bike parking will be available at the start of the event on Fraser Avenue.

Food and Drink

Food will be available to purchase prior to the start of the journey, near the roundabout at Malcolm Street and Kings Park Road, and at the end of the journey at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

Accessibility Information

The event route will include paving, grass, compact dirt, sloped and uneven surfaces.
40% of the event route is grass.
80% of the event has alternative paved pathways.
Accessible toilets will be available at points throughout the park.
ACROD parking will be available at the Lotterywest Family Area.

Assistance Shuttle Bus

For those who require assistance to return to the start of the event, a special assistance bus will be departing from the corner of Forrest Drive and Lovekin Drive every 15 minutes.

Dates, Times & Access

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Includes dialogue, music or sounds
Wheelchair access

Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

Creative Team  
Nigel Jamieson Director
Zoe Atkinson Artistic Associate & Designer
Sohan Ariel Hayes Media Artist
Dr Richard Walley Artistic Associate & Cultural Advisor
Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer
Ash Gibson Greig Composer
Mark Howett Lighting Designer
Sean McKernan Lighting Associate Designer
Kim Scott Writer (Six Seasons) & Voice Artist
Shane Pickett Paintings Appearing in Six Seasons


Project Team  
Anna Kosky Project Manager
Amy Miller Project Coordinator
Irma Woods Community Liaison Officer
Paula Schibeci Communications Coordinator
Tyler Hill Design Assistant


Technical Team  
Drew Dymond Technical Director (PIAF)
John Carter Technical Manager
PAV Events Projection Technology & Logistics Partner
Audio Technik Sound Supplier
Concert & Corporate Productions Lighting Supplier
Guy Smith Audio System Designer
Kieran Kenderessy Recording Engineer
Sohan Ariel Hayes Camera Operator & Editor
Deborah May Camera Operator & Editor
Roly Skender Camera Operator


Project Contributors  
Mandy Bamford Project Contributor
Dr Mike Bamford Project Contributor
Annalyse Eades Dancer
Melinda Eades Dancer/Performer
Tionne Eades Dancer
Aunty Doolann Leisha Eatts Project Contributor
Walter Eatts Project Contributor
Sharyn Egan Project Contributor
Cynthia Garlett Dancer
Ron Gidjup Project Contributor
Karla Hart Female Dance Choreographer & Dancer
Stan Headland Project Contributor
Prof  Stephen Hopper Project Contributor
Trevor Jamieson Actor/Performer
Annette Morrison Dancer
Dr Noel Nannup Project Contributor
Vanessa Parker Dancer
Kelton Pell Voice Artist
Lara Seko Dancer
John Walley Dancer/Musician
Olman Walley Dancer/Musician
Trevor Walley Project Contributor
Whadjuk Working Party Project Contributor
Hunter Wilson Dancer
Irma Woods Voice Artist


Visual Effects and Animation 
Francesca Hope Siamese Producer
Dana Harrold Siamese Production Co-ordinator
Andrew Buckley Siamese Lead Animator & Design
Kristen King Siamese Animator & Design


With thanks to …
Aneta Kopecka
Ann Forma and Cat Hope at APACE Nurseries
Ardross Primary School
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sales
Blair Parsons
Botanic Garden & Park Authority and Staff (Including Deneka Simpson, Steve Easton, Mike Baldwin, Grady Brand)
Catherine Bishop
Clem Rodney at SWALSC
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre
De Sena-Arathoon Home School
Professor Hans Lambers, Department of Plant Biology, UWA
Holly Story
Igor Sas
John Reeve at The Museum of Earth Sciences, UWA
Kwarbah Djookian Dancers
Lynette Narkle
Middar Aboriginal Dance Group
Mossenson Galleries
Nandi Chinna
Nick Abraham at SWALSC
Norman Home School
Ochre Contemporary Dance Company
Rayner Home School
Sierra Home School
Sue Italiano

Created with guidance from Noongar community Elders, Whadjuk Working Party members and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.


Seeds of Change Participants
Ardross Primary School
Bassendean Primary School
Bertram Primary School
Butler College
Churchlands Primary School
City Beach Primary School
Coolbinia Primary School
De Sena-Arathoon Home School
East Beechboro Primary School
Freshwater Bay Primary School
Geographe Primary School
Governor Stirling Senior High School
Green Home school
Guildford Primary School
Hale Primary School
Heathridge Primary School
Hillcrest Primary School
Karrinyup Primary School
Kearnan College
Malvern Springs Primary School
Maylands Peninsula Primary School
Mount Lawley Primary School
Nedlands Primary School
Norman Home School
North Cottesloe Primary School
Penrhos Junior School
Quintilian School
Rayner Home School
Riverland Montessori
Riverside Primary School
Scotch College
Sierra Home School
Sir David Brand School
Spearwood Alternative School
St Lawrence Primary School
Winterfold Primary School
Wirrabirra Primary School
All other schools and community groups involved


Perth International Arts Festival acknowledges that our events take place on the traditional lands of the Noongar people and we wish to pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this Country. 

As we celebrate the work of contemporary artists from around the world, we also acknowledge and respect the continuing culture of the Whadjuk people and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.  

Get Involved with Seeds of Change

Get Involved with Seeds of Change

We invite all Western Australians to be part of Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak. As part of Seeds of Change we’re asking you to become guardian of a totem, just one of the 180,000 species with which we share our environment.

PIAF Conversations: Ecology into Art

PIAF Conversations: Ecology into Art

Can art save the planet? Join some of the artists, storytellers and scientists who have brought Boorna Waanginy to life.


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