Binalup sky lights up over Easter

Published on Monday, 13 February 2023 at 8:06:01 AM

The City of Albany and Lotterywest are bringing a drone light show spectacle to Binalup / Middleton Beach this Easter to entertain, engage and delight audiences of all ages.

Throughout First Lights: Binlaup, Noongar author Kim Scott references the story of Mammang Koort; the beating whale heart, depicted through rhythmic light above the Binalup shoreline.

Fremantle Biennale is the creative genius behind the drone light show whose experience in sky-light theatrics has brought stories to life across Western Australia.

Guided by Albany Heritage and Reference Group (AHRGAC), First Lights: Binalup weaves local Menang-custodian ancient knowledge of culture and country into this captivating experience.

The event also looks ahead to the 2026 Albany Bicentenary which will mark 200 years as the first place where Menang-Noongar and British cultures commenced living together on the Western side of Australia.

Mayor of Albany Dennis Wellington said the event was the first of its kind for Albany.

“First Lights: Binalup is a world class event that will bring spectacle, awe and wonder to our Binlaup coast in a way Albany hasn’t experienced before,” he said.

“What Fremantle Biennale do is fantastic. The whole exercise brings together an incredible light show coupled with a curated soundtrack and deeply moving narration.

“To have such a phenomenal piece of art depict our Menang-Noongar culture, its stories and our community as a whole and to launch our journey towards Albany’s Bicentenary in 2026 is really exciting.”

First Lights: Binalup is supported by Lotterywest and will come to life on 8 April from 6pm at Binalup / Middleton Beach. For more information visit

First Lights is supported by the Australian Government RISE Fund, the State Government Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), the Remote and Regional Festival Fund, the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB) and Minderoo Foundation.

This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, it’s arts funding advisory body and the Festivals Australia Program.

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