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Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day

Commonwealth Festival Closes But Shows Go On

Victor P Taffa

  • Thousands expected to line South Perth foreshore as festival closes
  • Bombay Royale, Capercaillie, and Ringo Madlingozi top the bill
  • Outstanding international and local exhibitions to continue

Thousands of Western Australians are expected to gather on the South Perth foreshore tonight to farewell the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the conclusion to the Commonwealth Festival Perth.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the free concert would conclude with fireworks after performances by Australian Hindi group The Bombay Royale, Perth’s own Village Vibes Marimbas, Celtic performers Capercaillie from Scotland and double platinum Afro-pop star Ringo Madlingozi from South Africa.

“The festival has been a fitting tribute to the spirit, diversity and culture of the Commonwealth as well as a celebration of CHOGM 2011.” Mr. Day said.

“It has been an outstanding success as has a range of associated events including international netball and hockey matches but, while CHOGM may now have come to an end, some of the highlights of the festival continue.”

“Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum and Princely Treasures from London’s V&A will continue for some months to come at the WA Museum and Art Gallery.” Mr. Day said.

“As well, the outstanding Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition which has been on display for delegates in the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre during CHOGM will open free to the public this week.”

The Minister said that hosting CHOGM and its associated business, youth and community forums had been an important event for WA.

“As the major Australian city on the Indian Ocean, for the past week, Perth was at the centre of world political debate on issues such as international peace and security; health; the environment; and democracy.” Mr. Day said.

“With this in mind, the Commonwealth Festival Perth not only gave Western Australians a chance to be involved, it was also instrumental in showcasing Perth to the 4,000 delegates and visitors who came to the city as part of CHOGM 2011.”

Fact File

  • The State Government provided funding of $2.45 Million for an arts and culture festival as a community celebration alongside CHOGM
  • Artists and performers from Australia and 16 Commonwealth countries such as India, South Africa, Barbados, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were featured in the festival program
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