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Shining the Light

Shining the Light: The Story of Us

Shining the Light: The Story of Us is the hero event to celebrate the Australia Day Festival. It consists of two parts:

Shining the Light: Yarning Together 

A captivating water projection showcase, that shines the light on the story of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people starting with the dreamtime moment of creation. Elders share their stories of courage and resilience during the time of colonisation, and then shine the light towards a brighter more inclusive future.

Immersive Experiences

A wonderful immersive exhibition of light installations, accompanied by live performance and art, telling our diverse Australian stories. 

The Story of Us:

A poem recited by people of Perth.

Inspiring Australians:

A digital centerpiece featuring the Australian of the Year for the past 48 years.

#ausdayfest Mosaic:

An interactive social media wall where you can share your selfie to become part of a live digital mosaic. 

Moving Pictures:

A mural by Perth artist Sioux Tempestt celebrating Australia’s culture of diversity and inclusion, this mural will come to life with mesmerising animations.

Shadow Play:

The kaleidoscope of coloured shadows symbolises the culturally diverse society that we live in. 

Among the Marri Trees – Portraits of Multicultural Australia:

The series is inspired by the stories of ordinary individuals and their families, and how people hold on to memories of their homeland. It draws from old photographs of the families of migrants from their old country. This is a story central to so many Australians across different cultures, which forms a connection between them that transcends cultural and societal differences. Artist Jessie Yi Xiao Chen, portraits kindly provided by The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance.

Tickets are available from from 10am on 11 January 2021, second release available at 10am on 18 January 2021. 

This event is classified as PG and may include some adult themes. 




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    Event Showings

    Friday 22 Jan – Tuesday 26 Jan

    Session 1: 7.45pm to 8:45pm
    Session 2: 9pm to 10pm

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    Free tickets

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    Elizabeth Quay

    The Esplanade

    Perth WA 6000