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The Story Of Us

Shining the Light: The Story of Us

*Due to tonight’s wind conditions, attendees watching the Shining the Light: Yarning Together water screen show may experience heavier water spray/mist in some locations.

Ticket holders are reminded there are 3 water screen shows in your session to allow physical distancing and best viewing.*

Shining the Light: The Story of Us is the hero event to celebrate the Australia Day Festival. It consists of two parts:

Shining the Light: Yarning Together 

A captivating water projection showcase, that shines the light on the story of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people starting with the dreamtime moment of creation. Elders share their stories of courage and resilience during the time of colonisation, and then shine the light towards a brighter more inclusive future.

Immersive Experiences

A wonderful immersive exhibition of light installations, accompanied by live performance and art, telling our diverse Australian stories. 

The Story of Us:

A poem recited by people of Perth.

Inspiring Australians:

A digital centerpiece featuring the Australian of the Year for the past 48 years.

#ausdayfest Mosaic:

An interactive social media wall where you can share your selfie to become part of a live digital mosaic. 

Moving Pictures:

A mural by Perth artist Sioux Tempestt celebrating Australia’s culture of diversity and inclusion, this mural will come to life with mesmerising animations.

Shadow Play:

The kaleidoscope of coloured shadows symbolises the culturally diverse society that we live in. 

Among the Marri Trees – Portraits of Multicultural Australia:

The series is inspired by the stories of ordinary individuals and their families, and how people hold on to memories of their homeland. It draws from old photographs of the families of migrants from their old country. This is a story central to so many Australians across different cultures, which forms a connection between them that transcends cultural and societal differences. Artist Jessie Yi Xiao Chen, portraits kindly provided by The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance.

Tickets are available from from 10am on 11 January 2021, second release available at 10am on 18 January 2021. 

This event is classified as PG and may include some adult themes. 




Accessibility Information

The City of Perth is proud to host accessible and inclusive events. A copy of the City’s Disability, Access & Inclusion Plan, can be found here.

  • Promotional material is available in other accessible formats upon request.
  • This venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs, walking aids and who are accompanied with prams however please be aware some areas of the event includes grass and cobblestone surfaces.
  • An accessible viewing area will be reserved for the water projection shows on the edge of the Elizabeth Quay inlet. Audio describing and Auslan services will be provided here
  • For more information, please visit the Elizabeth Quay website.
The closest accessible parking can be found on Duchess Way (temporary bays) and also at the Convention Centre and Council House car parks. 

Free three-hour parking for weekends and public holidays apply at all City of Perth Parking locations.
The closest Train Station is Elizabeth Quay Station. To plan your journey, please visit the Transperth website.
The closest bus stops can be found on St Georges Terrace. To plan your journey, please visit the Transperth website.  

The closest public accessible toilets can be found at the event site and also at Barrack Street Jetty, The Island, the Eastern Promenade and opposite BHP Water Park.

Audio describing and Auslan services will be provided within the accessible viewing area at the event.
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    Event Showings

    Friday 22 Jan – Tuesday 26 Jan

    Session 1: 7.45pm to 8:45pm
    Session 2: 9pm to 10pm

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    Free tickets

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    Elizabeth Quay

    The Esplanade

    Perth WA 6000