The lights will centre on a stage filled with dance, movement and the celebration of Australia’s Indigenous culture. The Middar Aboriginal Dancers will create a sacred sense of place for the Welcome to Country, conducted by Dr Richard Walley. This opening of the Social Impact Festival will celebrate and recognise its location on Noongar land, and that the Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.
The Social Impact Festival also recognises all people – those of our First Nation, young people, entrepreneurs, intrapraneurs, policy makers, disadvantaged communities who want opportunities and change, homeless people who want homes, safety and social connection. It is about all our futures, our concerns and our inspiration. It is about creating a better WA – and a better Australia – for all.
Australia’s biggest Social Impact Festival will open with two captivating speakers: Michael Chaney AO (Chancellor, UWA) and Dr Cassandra Goldie (CEO, Australian Council of Social Service).
“We are excited to have developed a compelling festival program that draws together our four themes of creating social impact, demonstrating social impact, funding social impact and leading social impact,” said Professor Paul Flatau, Director, Centre for Social Impact UWA. “The opening night captures what is unique about Western Australia, Perth and its people and looks to the future with optimism in search of creative solutions to our most complex social issues.”
The Octagon Theatre bar will be open for refreshments at the opening night event and light catering will be served at interval. Tickets are available via the festival website and are priced at $20 - $25.