Maali Festival is back

 • Hear centuries of ghost stories from a small country town in York, starring Maitland Schnaars. Photo by Garth de Bruno Austin

AFTER a two week Delta-related postponement, the inaugural Maali Festival is back on to celebrate the oldest living cultures on Earth.

Put on by Black Swan Theatre Company, Maali Festival is named after the Noongar word for black swan. Curated by Ian Michael, (Wilman Nyoongar) and Chloe Ogilvie, (Yamatji Nhanda), it’s themed around reclaiming the State Theatre Centre.

It was meant to run over July 9 and 10 before the new Covid-19 strain hit and it’s now been condensed into a one-dayer on July 24. 

The festival spans epochs with traditional dance and ceremonies, modern hip hop from Flewnt, and WA’s longest running play Binjareb Pinjarra, a dramatic and comedic exploration of the black and white versions of the Pinjarra Massacre.

There’s a mix of free and ticketed events, check bsstc.com.au/whats-on/maali-festival for times.

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