Gathering in one of Perth’s largest city parks, tens of thousands of people came to enjoy a celebration of West Australian talent last night, at the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival’s opening event.
Big-event director Nigel Jamieson, who helped produce the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, worked on the production with Noongar Elder and artist Richard Walley and music director Iain Grandage.
HOME brought together a roll call of WA’s most accomplished musicians, writers and artists.
There was also a strong focus on Aboriginal performance as the production offered a brief history of Perth and Western Australia from the time of the first European settlements.
Representatives of all 14 clans of the Nyoongar nation were involved, including Elders, musicians and dancers wearing traditional ochres.
Home also imagined what WA’s future might look like, using music, theatre and vast video projections to communicate this Australian story.
The event culminated with a procession of local children carrying home-made lanterns, symbolising the passing of the proverbial torch to future generations of West Australians.