Bran Nue Dae is an important Western Australian story and 30 years after its premiere it will return to The Regal Theatre for a limited season during the Perth Festival.
Designed by Perth-based artist Kambarni the mural pays homage to the first Aboriginal musical and will also pay tribute to Bran Nue Dae’s historical links with the City of Subiaco.
Kambarni is a descendant from Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley and the Ballardong Noongar people of Perth and he is familiar with the cultural significance of Bran Nue Dae and its timeless story. Kambarni, who was a Western Australian Young Person of the Year Award recipient in 2018, has combined some of Bran Nue Dae’s most prominent motifs and integrated key symbolic elements into the work including a Turtle, Dingo and Red-Winged Parrot representing the individual and the collective journey, a major theme in Bran Nue Dae.
Carolyn Chard, Executive Director of West Australian Opera, said "it’s wonderful to be able to have a legacy of this work and we are grateful to the City of Subiaco for supporting this mural. Kam is an outstanding young artist - coincidentally his grandfather was best man at Jimmy Chi’s wedding – who has paid great attention to detail and you can watch him work on-site in the lead up to completion later in February.”
The Bran Nue Dae mural will be installed on the corner of Roberts Road and Rokeby Road this February to coincide with the season (6 - 15 February) at the Regal Theatre.