- 50 new activities added to award-winning FREE Coogee Live community festival
- Four Hubs with something for everyone along 1.5km at Coogee Beach
- Ocean Kitchen Garden Stage with free cooking demonstrations, garden know-how and free lobster tastings
- Try SUP, SUP yoga, snorkelling and scuba diving
- Yarning Circle with Nyoongar custodian Olman Walley
- Journey to Nature interactive and informative activities for all ages
The full program for the FREE Coogee Live community festival has been released, with 180 things to do and see along 1.5km of beautiful coastline in the City of Cockburn.
We invite you to block out your diary on 11 and 12 March to experience an epic collection of attractions, with 50 new events, performances, experiences, workshops, demonstrations and activities added to the Coogee Live program.
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said this year’s Coogee Live program catered to all tastes.
“Locals and visitors can expect a great time at Coogee Live, an award-winning community festival that we are extremely proud of,” Mayor Howlett said.
“Designed to connect and inspire, educate and entertain, it’s an exhilarating festival that showcases and celebrates the Cockburn community.
“We invite everyone to experience Coogee Beach for themselves. With lots of free adventures to be had, it’s a real opportunity to spend time with friends and family without blowing the budget.”
Some of the activities, workshops and sessions have limited numbers such as Learn to Stand Up Paddle Board, SUP Yoga and Learn to Scuba and require a booking to reserve a place.
All are free of charge and registrations
will open from Saturday 25 February.
At the popular Ocean Kitchen Garden Stage, learn how to grow plants rather than buying them at the Propagation Workshop, discover the secrets to seafood, and watch the Fishing School demonstrate techniques to perfectly fillet a fish.
Gardening guru Casey Joy will demonstrate the rewards of growing and eating your own produce in her session Seed to Supper. Don’t miss Western Rock Lobster’s ‘Back of Boat’ demonstration and stick around to the end, there’s whispers of free lobster tastings!
Always a crowd favourite and perfect for Instagram is the shimmer of mermaids and mermen throughout the festival. If you’ve ever dreamed of joining the merfolk, now is the time! Register your place in the mass spectacle of The Great Mermaid Migration at the Coogee Live website
There will be food trucks and stalls galore along the event site stretching 1.5km along Coogee Beach with a licenced pop-up area offers one of Perth’s best beer garden views over the ocean.
The Colours of Coogee is a festival favourite with energetic and traditional performances from a number of cultural groups in the City of Cockburn representing Chinese, Spanish, Serbian, Spanish, Croatian and Russian cultures.
Olman Walley, a traditional custodian of the Whadjuk Noongar region, will host a ‘Yarning Circle’ where people of all ages can share their stories, much like a human library for inquisitive minds to ask questions.
Sponsored by Alcoa, the Yarning Circle is the practice of speaking from the heart with the use of a ‘talking piece’ and listening without judgement. Registration
is required and it’s free to participate.
The Little Boorloo is a Noongar family dance group made up of young people aged 2 and 18 years. Some have been dancing their whole lives while others are just learning.
Young and experienced members of First Tae Kwon Do will demonstrate their fitness and discipline in the original non-competitive style of the martial art that emphasises practical self-defence skills and develops physical and mental strength.
The Loose Parts Play in the Community Hub is designed for toddlers and primary school aged children and features an abundance of flexible, adaptable resources to spark creativity and ignite young imaginations.
Journey into Nature is a space to interact with nature. Enjoy crazy crabs and stick insects at Merv’s Crazy Crabs, ocean talks with Bob the Seabin, virtual reality adventures plus free fishing lessons.
In collaboration with the City of Cockburn Library & Cultural Services, there’s a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ virtual reality experience that includes exploration of a vivid underwater world, a chance to meet the dinosaurs, or become a National Geographic explorer.
For those who prefer a real-life journey but have mobility challenges, Cycling Without Age will offer tri-shaw rides between the Coogee Live hubs.
Take the stress out of parking and LiveLighter by riding your bike to Coogee Beach. The City of Cockburn will provide free bike valet parking with BikeWise and optional free bike check and tune ups plus balance bike sessions. Find the bike valet parking near Coogee Beach tennis courts.
For the first time at Coogee Live, participants are invited to join the Lantern Parade, led by fire provocateurs Dangerous Delights with beats from Taiko On drummers, Japanese flute and didgeridoo. The parade will meander from Omeo Park to Coogee Beach with an alluring union of fire and drums magically beckoning the crowd.
Prior to the symbolic Lantern Parade on the evening of Saturday 11 March, East Hamilton Hill Primary School Noongar Choir will team up with Perth Symphony Orchestra to sing ‘Ancient Sands’ in Noongar language.
For more information, visit www.coogeelive.com
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