THE $73.5 million Yagan Square will open with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, March 3.
Just over a hectare of public space next to the Horseshoe Bridge will be a place to meet, eat and drink – featuring events, entertainment, a pedestrian mall and a large screen sharing local stories through light art, video, projections, screening, gaming and interactive content.
Opening day entertainment will feature traditional Whadjuk performances, music, children’s entertainers and roving performers.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the space would be a showcase of Noongar culture.
“Yagan Square will become an important hub providing an exciting meeting place for the thousands of passengers that will pass through this precinct every day,” she said.
Ahead of the opening, the State Government has finalised a three-year contract with Screenwest to program and operate the 45-metre digital tower.
Celebrations will continue from March 23-25 with Bunuru Welcome, a community celebration named after the Noongar season for February-March, and will feature live performances of music and dance.
Opening day events begin at 11am.