Named after the Noongar warrior, Yagan, and decorated in tapestry of nods to the traditional custodians of our land and our city, Goologoolup, also known as Yagan Square, is the perfect place to host a summer of events designed to immerse you in the rich culture of the Noongar people.
Curated by West Australian Aboriginal artists, the square, located next to the Perth bus and Train stations, will host everything from art events to Christmas Markets. With such a broad scope of activities, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
Wilgy Waabiny: Indigenous art paint and sip workshops
It starts this weekend with a paint and sip workshop in partnership with WILGY WAABINY. The talented Noongar artist will guide you through sessions where you’ll take home not only a canvas per person, but an understanding of the stories and symbols in indigenous art. There’s three sessions a day, one is all ages and two are BYOB and 18+, perfect for immersing yourself in more of WA with a West Winds Gin or a Margs River wine.
Date: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November 2022
Times: 10.30am (family) | 2pm (18+ BYO) | 5pm (18+ BYO).
All tickets $50 available from here.
For more information, click this link.
An Indigenous-Made Christmas: Christmas Markets and entertainment.
From 3-9pm on 3rd December, Karla Hart Productions curates the perfect showcase market of indigenous crafts and wares. Get those stocking fillers and even see the big man himself as Indigenous Santa Clause will be around to listen to your wish list.
On top of this, there will be entertainment including: Noongar face painting, dance performances and workshops, headband making, rock painting, storybook corner and rock painting.
Date: Saturday 3 December 2022
3.00pm to 9.00pm
To find out more, click here.
Djindoon Djenung: An evening of Dreamtime stories and stargazing
Over six Sundays this summer and Autumn (starting on December 4th and 11th), award-winning, renowned Noongar guide Walter McGuire will take you on a 90 minute journey through the stars. You’ll hear Noongar-Bibbulmun Dreamtime stories passed down through countless generations, and tales of post-colonial life in Perth and will also enjoy traditional dance and songs with Djoogan Keeninyirra. The event starts with a Welcome to Country and finishes with a traditional smoking ceremony, used for generations to bring healing and connection to country. Best of all, these events are free (but you will have to book in advance).
Date: Sunday 4 & 11 December
Sunday 15 January
Sunday 5 February
Sunday 5 March
Sunday 2 April
7:00pm-8:30pm (Except 2 April: 6pm to 7.30pm)
Tickets are available to reserve here.
If you’re feeling closer to country, perhaps you should take a hike to explore it?