Fes­ti­val set to bloom

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Festival - Tanya Macnaughton

THIS year’s 51st Kings Park Fes­ti­val has come a long way since the event was first held at Perth Town Hall with cut flow­ers dis­played in jam jars, be­fore turn­ing into a tick­eted event with mar­quee en­try fee.

Now the event is ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, with most of the pro­gram free of charge, rang­ing from guided walks and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties to out­door ex­hi­bi­tions and art in­stal­la­tions.

There is also live mu­sic, in­clud­ing the San­tos Live Sun­days ses­sions which will launch on Septem­ber 7 with Chris­tine Anu.

“The fes­ti­val is now in line with our sus­tain­able way of work­ing, in that all the wild­flow­ers are dis­played as liv­ing plants within the gar­dens, rather than cut dis­plays, which is ob­vi­ously not an ideal en­vi­ron­men­tal way of work­ing,” Mad­dern said.

“It always amazes me the amount of work that goes into pre­par­ing the gar­dens. While our events team is scram­bling away madly for a cou­ple of months be­fore, our hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists are work­ing about three years in ad­vance to plan the fes­ti­val gar­den. “I think their com­mit­ment to that is amaz­ing. I love the art and cre­ative el­e­ments in the park and the fact that we have lots of amaz­ing lo­cal tal­ent, whether they’re artists, mu­si­cians or ex­perts in dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

The Adorable Florables will be at Kings Park Fes­ti­val ev­ery Sun­day dur­ing Septem­ber, along with an ap­pear­ance at the Fan­tas­tic Far­away Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Septem­ber 20.

Kings Park Fes­ti­val runs from Septem­ber 1 to 30 and the full pro­gram is at bgpa.wa.gov.au

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d424947

Za­mia Cy­cad War­rior, Queen of Sheba Orchid and Thin­nid Wasp get­ting ready for the Kings Park Fes­ti­val.

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