Fiery fes­ti­val of cul­ture

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

THE Fre­man­tle Fes­ti­val is on again, with this year’s theme re­vealed as Karla-K Koor­ling or “come to the fire”.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor and cu­ra­tor Karla Hart said the fes­ti­val open­ing would bring to­gether the Wel­come to Coun­try, Noon­gar fire cer­e­mony and a Noon­gar per­for­mance.

“The open­ing is dif­fer­ent as it’s fo­cused on specif­i­cally what fire means to Noon­gar peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly how spe­cial and im­por­tant it is to our cul­ture,” she said.

“I hope peo­ple get to share in what is spe­cial to us as Noon­gar peo­ple.

“I also want to see how happy and strong it makes us as a com­mu­nity to come to­gether to cel­e­brate beau­ti­ful things that are unique to nowhere else in the world,” she said.

Ms Hart, who has been in­volved with the War­darnji cel­e­bra­tion for seven years, said she wanted to cre­ate some­thing new for the open­ing of the fes­ti­val.

“I de­cided to make a night event fo­cused en­tirely on our Noon­gar dance com­mu­nity, with full light and sound pro­duc­tion as we’ve never had it in a fes­ti­val like it,” she said.

“I hope to make what I am re­spon­si­ble for a mem­o­rable part of the fes­ti­val.

“I’m al­ways ex­cited for the fes­ti­val as it is a time where peo­ple come to­gether to have fun and an artist like my­self can show­case what they love do­ing to the com­mu­nity.”

City of Fre­man­tle arts and cul­ture man­ager Destry Puia said the change in tim­ing for the fes­ti­val was to pro­vide a “new rhythm” for fes­ti­val and events in the cal­en­dar year.

“We wanted to pro­vide a new cre­ative mo­ment through­out the year,” he said.

“It will also pro­vide new ac­tiv­ity in a pe­riod where our lo­cal traders and busi­ness would rel­ish the sup­port. Equally, there is a cre­ative op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore and ex­press Fre­man­tle dur­ing the colder months.”

Mr Puia said this year’s fes­ti­val would be a “tast­ing plate” of ex­pe­ri­ences.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d487739

Dancers Jacob Narkle, Eric Stack, Frazer Stack and Ben Narkle.

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