National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May through to 3 June and marks an opportunity to learn about shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and highlights how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Here in Perth, the central Yagan Square is kicking off National Reconciliation Week on Saturday 27 May with Vibrations, a one-day event that shines a light on community spirit and reclaiming cultural identity, featuring traditional and contemporary music and dance with a side of native fare.
Between 1pm and 3:30pm at the Square’s Amphitheatre, you can catch artists including Djirpin Djindas, Kwarbah Djookiah, Boss Arts Creative, Biguurda, Wadumbah, Corroboree for Life, and Midn Marr take the stage to share traditions of their cultures.
The free, family-friendly event will also welcome internationally acclaimed violinist, vocalist, and composer Eric Avery, a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang, and Gumbangirr man. Avery is celebrated for his classical musical performances and original pieces, and has collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Tina Arena, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
As well as the mesmerising fusion of rhythm and movement, a range of native ingredient-inspired food and beverages will be on offer from Yagan Square eateries including The Shoe, Gangnam, Hiss and Smoke, and Street Eats Eatery.
Event producer, Karla Hart says, “Vibrations is not just a dance spectacular, it’s a celebration of our shared heritage and the power of music and movement to bring people together.
“We hope that through this event, we can inspire a deeper understanding of our diverse cultures and the importance of reconciliation in our community.”
Discover all that Vibrations has to offer at the Yagan Square Amphitheatre on Saturday 27 May from 1pm until 3:30pm. Entry is free, but registration is required.