Thirty years of the Zig Zag festival in Kalamunda

THE Zig Zag Festival, which will take place in Stirk Park in Kalamunda on October 25, is 30 years old.

The theme this year is “Tracks, Trees and Trains” and festival director Celia Cheffins said she wanted to make it the most spectacular ever.

“The festival will bring alive the fascinating history of the Kalamunda Hills,” she said.

“During the festival we will trace the days of the past of the Shire of Kalamunda, telling the stories of the different eras and bringing that heritage alive through dance, art and music.

“We want to bring together all the local cultural and artistic groups and build a number of creative collaborations to help us illustrate our unique heritage.”

The Madjitil Moorna is now in its 10th year with this year’s performers including hundreds of school children taking part in a series of Noongar music workshops with the choir before the festival.

This performance at the Zig Zag Festival finale is poignant because it brings the choir back full circle, having had its first performance at the Zig Zag Festival 10 years ago.

The focus of this project is community inclusion and many aspects of Noongar culture will be woven in.

The festival will feature three stages of entertainment, The Sound Shell or Main Stage is where larger bands, choirs and community groups such as Zig Zag Gymnastics (formerly Kalajos) will perform and where the Huge Finale will take place at 6pm.

The Checkerboard Stage is semi-acoustic and feature a wealth of ‘world music’ with a delightfully laid back atmosphere.

Free children’s activities are on between 11am and 5pm.