We are celebrating yet another successful September with the conclusion of the 2019 Kings Park Festival.
Western Australia’s most visited tourist destination – Kings Park and Botanic Garden – was a hive of activity throughout the month, attracting an estimated 450,000 people.
Made possible by the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest, this year’s Festival showcased the best of WA’s natural and cultural environments.
This year the colourful Floral Regalia installation drew the eyes – and cameras – of many festival-goers. The community craft project consisted of more than 500 woven and crocheted wildflowers joined into a blanket and suspended above peoples’ heads, making for a stunning leadlight art display. Contributors included scout units, girl guides, schools, craft groups, social clubs, volunteers and park staff.
A broad range of Western Australian musicians, performers and artists joined the festivities, sharing their talents and delighting the community. Acoustic musicians performed on the Aspects Lawn, where visitors relaxed on sun lounges under colourful umbrellas.
Artistic expression was a key focus during the Festival. The Seeds to Superstars exhibition put the spotlight on WA artists who use wildflowers as their inspiration. The artworks were accompanied by a macro image of the relevant seed and flower to show the flower’s journey from tiny seed to blooming flower before being immortalised in art.
Artist-in-residence Rowena Keall-Walsh worked from the Yorkas Nyinning Building, sharing her botanical oil paintings and artistic skill with many.
Visitors also took part in a variety of free activities, including yoga, meditation and tai chi classes, guided walks, educational talks and displays.
However the star of the show was undoubtedly the array of wildflowers that formed colourful carpets all over the park. Volunteers and staff at the Kings Park Nursery were kept busy in the lead-up to the Festival growing and planting more than 30,000 seeds native to WA for the community to enjoy.
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Events Coordinator Luke Clynick said the Festival was an excellent opportunity to educate people about the WA’s status as a biodiversity hotspot unlike any other.
'The Festival was definitely a celebration of State’s amazing wildflowers, but perhaps more importantly, it was a great way to educate locals and visitors on the uniqueness of WA while simultaneously inspiring a culture of conservation', he said.