Kings Park Festival

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Angela Thisainayagan



(08) 9480 3600

(08) 9322 5064

Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Fraser Avenue
West Perth WA 6005

Over the month of September the 2007 Kings Park Festival will showcase spectacular colourful displays of Western Australian wildflowers, combined with free family entertainment and fun. Activities in the Park will include a Fathers Day Festival and special events for kids including the “Grannies and Gramps Gumboots Gardening Day” and for the very little ones, the “Wild Fairies Festival”. A new international initiative this year will be the inaugural Japanese Display Garden that celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship between the State of Western Australia and Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. The display will showcase all Western Australian native plans used in a formal Japanese garden design. For the gardening enthusiasts, there’ll be hands-on demonstrations and special guest talks, plus the opportunity for all visitors to experience Aspects of Kings Park, where you’ll discover a large selection of Australian and West Australian wildflower inspired artworks and jewellery available. All purchases directly support Kings Park and the Botanic Garden. For more information visit

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2 September, 10.00am to 3.00pm, Synergy Parkland
A special event celebrating fatherhood and the extraordinary bond between father and child.  There's something for everyone... active families who enjoy the outdoors can go on guided bushwalks and orienteering tasks, learn circus tricks, kite making and African drumming, or climb the giant rockwall.  Enjoy a photo exhibition or paint on a giant Fatherhood mural.  Be part of the Best of the West BBQ picnic lunch and discover  a world for Dads in the Men's Shed. Loads of interactive displays, informative workshops and demonstrations, music and entertainment and a special 'Pamper Lane' to keep Mum happy. A truly special and meaningful way to involve the whole family and celebrate Father's Day.
Sunday 9 September 2007
The Great Grannies & Gramps Gumboot Gardening Day will be a special day promoted for grandparents and their young grandchildren.  Visitors will be treated to a mesmerizing children’s theatre show presented by Gompho Wizardwort who will tell a tale about a magical Tuart Tree in Kings Park; kids will also meet Bill & Ben in the Flowerpot Tales, have the chance to pot their own little seedlings, take part in craft activities and discover wonderful bushwalks.

Sunday 16 September 2007
"Djilba Bush Bonanza"  celebrates our Australian culture and focuses on attracting both tourists and local West Australians. Visitors will enjoy “The Dreamtime” stories about indigenous culture and its origins, guided heritage and wildflower walks, bush tucker talks, indigenous toolmaking and children's painting workshops.  There'll also be native animals, dance and didgeridoo entertainment performed by the Warrdong Cultural performers, sheep shearing, whip cracking, plus a great Aussie BBQ on the day ... plus much more!

Sunday 23 September 2007
The Wild Fairyland Festival will be a special and fun day for little children, featuring the Fairy Queen and her fairy followers. Kids will be able to participate in storytelling, singing and dancing to tinkling tunes and magic dust.  The day will be packed full of entertainment with wandering performing acrobats and circus characters plus baby animals for kids to see and touch. The Wild Fairyland Festival will bring together groups of children from diverse cultural backgrounds to enjoy both a family and community day out.

Gompho Wizardwort will take the children on a magical journey to find a very special Tuart Tree in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. The show will be vibrant, comical, musical, interactive but also educational, and will introduce children to the majestic trees of the Swan Coastal Plain and their associated animal friends and some of the environmental threats that the trees and animals face today.  Local performer Quintin George will play the character “Gompho”. Quintin is a well-known personality in children’s environmental theatre shows playing characters such as Captain Cleanup and Gar Dynner, the Kings Park children’s theatre resident gardener.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship between the State of Western Australia and Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.  Kings Park and Botanic Garden staff are working with Hyogo Prefecture’s landscape specialists in developing a temporary Japanese Garden display that integrates a range of Australian and Western Australian native plants.  The Garden aims to bridge the gap and understanding of Japanese culture, highlighting the horticultural importance and the value of the natural environment.
The Hana Matsuri – Flower Festival
Throughout the day there will be demonstrations of calligraphy, traditional Tea Ceremony, kite flying, Ikebana, and Origami. There will also be music from the Mikado performed by the John Wollaston Anglican Community School Choir and fun inflatable Sumo wrestling.