Coogee Live will bring the community together and build on Cockburn’s sense of belonging by sharing experiences such as joyous performances, or participating in events, interactive installations and educational sessions.
Adventures with robots, barefoot flamenco and explosion labs are just some of the new activities added to the free community festival Coogee Live held on March 6 and 7 along Coogee Beach.
- Pirates, fairies, mermaids and magicians
- Circus sessions and explosion labs
- The colourful cultural dance performances
- Over 40 events added to the exciting event schedule
Over 40 new acts and activations have been added to the Coogee Live event schedule from captivating aerobatic performances from Fliptease, to Lion Dance performances, a Kung Fu how-to, to how to make your own beeswax wraps.
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the aim of Coogee Live was to bring the community together and showcase Cockburn’s coastal attractions.
“In many respects, 2020 is a year many would like to forget, and with that, it’s important we have something joyful to look forward to,” Mayor Howlett said.
“Coogee Live is intentionally free and has something for everyone – families, young and old, and everything in between – it’s designed to instil a sense of community pride and a deeper connection with one another as well as showcasing our local area and artists.
“Last year, Coogee Live was buzzing with colour and activity, really bringing the area to life, and the 2021 edition has all the elements to ensure another superb weekend festival.”
The event stretches 1.5 kilometres from North Coogee Beach to Coogee Reserve, making it a great way to clock up daily steps and ‘find 30’. Because of its size, Coogee Live is divided into four ‘hubs and worlds’, each with its own theme and activities. For those less mobile, Cycling Without Age will offer tri-shaw rides between Coogee Live hubs.
New events at the northern end of Coogee Beach at the LiveLighter Omeo Hub, include Adventures with Robots, Pirate Adventures with Pirate Michael, or choose your own adventure lead by the playful Captain. Chinese Kung Fu will be demonstrated along with the traditional Lion Dance. Plus roving circus performers will delight as they acrobat between Coogee Live worlds.
For a more relaxed pace, sit, chat and co-create with the simple art of binding and wrapping with Nyoongar woman Sharyn Egan, and later in the afternoon, sway to soulful groove music by Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics.
Adjacent, the Ocean Kitchen Garden will host the Mini Masters Cooking Competition for kids with entry opening soon. In the Wellness Teepees, book a place for friendship circles and inclusive talks for girls aged 9 to 12 years, a session on ‘how to keep the peace at home and school’, and wax workshops to make your own reusable sandwich wraps.
As a refresher in the Ocean Kitchen Garden, MasterChef finalist Brendan Pang will demonstrate the art of dumplings, keen bakers can enter a test of deliciousness in the Intergenerational Great Cake Off, green thumbs and environmental enthusiasts can learn from ABC gardening guru Josh Byrne, or dig deeper into Aboriginal culture with some bush tucker and bush medicine workshops.
The LiveLighter Community Hub towards the jetty hosts the Colours of Coogee culture performances include Folklore, Serbian, Spanish, Croatian and Russian dance plus belly dancing.
There will also be free health checks, free bicycle tune ups, and a Makers Markets filled with stalls selling beautiful artisan wares.
The Fliptease artists will indulge in some serious silliness with the Balloonies – think Play School meets the Wiggles with balloons, and the science curious will have a blast at the Explosion Laboratory with Magnus Danger Magnus.
If running away with the circus sounds fun, try some tricks such as juggling, hula hoops, devil sticks, plate spinning and more, or sit back and be entertained by clowns, slapstick, acrobatics and a little bit of magic by the Sliders and Sliders youth troupes.
Children can give their lungs a workout with a Choirs 4 Kids singalong and everyone can get down to the Motown funk of five-piece original band, The Dirty Stop Outs.
As a recap, the LiveLighter Community Hub will be party central with more music by Utopian Funk along with Little Pedro, who will both play at Buster Vogt’s Good Vibes Concert.
Let’s not forget the ‘touch and learn’ wildlife space, camel rides, art therapy and creativity workshops, parkour demonstrations, a ‘come and try’ space, and if you’re in the right place at the right time, flash mobs.
Besides finding mermaids and learning how to fish at the NOVA Jetty Sessions, the giant orbs with dancers inside will light up as they roll delicately from one place to the next and the Circus WA Aerial Show will enthral and inspire onlookers.
The Barefoot Flamenco Class is a great introduction to this emotive Spanish dance that will leave you feeling invigorated and not like you’ve exercised at all. And what would an event at the beach be without a sandcastle competition!
There’s more to come at the jam-packed totally free Coogee Live, 6-7 March. Stay tuned for the full program released with session times in February.