Locals and visitors alike will now be able to enjoy free performances by Noongar dance groups every Friday night at Yagan Square during the Yagan Square Nyumbi.
Nyumbi, which means ‘celebration dance’, will offer a unique opportunity to experience language and dance from Noongar traditional owners in the heart of the city.
People will be able to immerse themselves in Western Australia’s Noongar culture as Aboriginal dancers perform traditional song and dance, and share stories of our rich culture and history.
Yagan Square offers a unique location for visitors and locals to engage with the world’s oldest living culture, through performance.
Yagan Square was designed in close collaboration with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the Whadjuk Working Party to make sure the design reflects and celebrates Whadjuk Noongar culture.
The event has been made possible through a partnership between DevelopmentWA and Tourism Western Australia with support from the City of Perth and the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council.
It will be held every Friday evening from January 24 to June 26, 2020 from 5.30pm until 6.15pm at the Yagan Square Amphitheatre.
As stated by Aboriginal Affairs and Lands Minister Ben Wyatt:
“This is an exciting opportunity for people to have an important, memorable and enriching experience of Western Australia’s Noongar culture and history.
“DevelopmentWA’s Yagan Square is the perfect location to welcome visitors to our city and allow them to engage with the world’s oldest living culture.
“The square has been designed to incorporate stories from the Noongar people and is a strong sense of place, reflective of culture and history.”
As stated by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
“Running until June, Yagan Square Nyumbi offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors to enjoy learning more about Aboriginal culture while exploring one of our popular tourism precincts.
“Aboriginal tourism is a growing sector and it’s important to offer touchpoints for visitors to engage with cultural experiences.
“Events such as this one also play an important part in creating a vibrant atmosphere and add to the mix of attractions and activities for people spending time in the area.”