The Orchestra of Lights of 500 Dancing Drones will tell the story of our state as part of Monday’s WA Day Festival.
The largest drone show in the state with a WA-themed soundtrack will illuminate the night sky over the Swan River from 18:45 to 19:15.
Another highlight of this year’s festival will be the celebration of Wadjuk Noongar’s history in four short animated films telling the stories of Dreamtime WA and the people of Wadjuk Noongar.
Films designed for children and families will be an immersive experience using light, color and sound inside the vaulted tent.
Based on Theresa Walley’s picture books, each story will feature her granddaughter Biary Martin’s animated artwork. Danny Ford will tell them. The experience will give viewers an intimate feeling of “stretching around the campfire” while experiencing the miracle of Dreamtime stories.
The audience’s perceptions will also be enhanced by projections of animated flora and fauna on each side of the tent. The speakers will serve to immerse the audience in the soundstage of the crickets, the breeze in the grass, the original birds, the distant thunder and the call of the magpies.
Celebrate WA President Michael Anghie said Monday is an opportunity to look ahead with optimism.
“The last two years have shown that Western Australians are resilient and adaptable,” he said. “Even if the challenges are not over, we believe we are moving towards a more positive future, and WA Day is an ideal opportunity to celebrate.
“The drone light show will be spectacular, the largest in our state, allowing us to come together and celebrate in a way that is safe and accessible to all.”
The drone show, produced by Perth’s Drone Sky Shows, includes screen content and music that will be broadcast from the Burswood Parklands festival grounds. Organizers encourage people to come early to get the best position to follow.
The festival area will host events for families from noon.
Entertainment and attractions include a giant silent disco, nomadic entertainers, a community stage full of talent, more than 60 food trucks, 16 carnival rides and games, plus more than 20 activations from Scitech, WA Museum, Lotterywest, HBF, Channel 7, Nova. and more.
WA Celebrate board member Fiona Kalaf said the drone show, live music and other festival events were free.
Last year’s WA Day Festival was affected by COVID restrictions, which limited the number of spectators for bands and banned dancing.
But the best line-up of WA bands could play to full and dancing crowds on Monday, Kalaf said.
“As we know, the arts and entertainment sector has been hit really hard by the pandemic,” she said. “So we’re really excited to be able to support WA music. WA gave such great nudes and almost all headliners performed here – Birds of Tokyo, Eskymo Joe and Jebediah. “
Regional WAs and other centers across the state will also celebrate WA Day with community celebrations.
Residents of Port Hedland will experience the same drone light show on Saturday, June 11.
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