Galup VR Experience

19 March 2024
4pm to 4.30pm
Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Chisham Avenue & Robbos Way, Kwinana Town Centre

Galup VR Experience is a cinematic virtual reality film exploring the transformative impact of truth-telling.

In the heart of suburban Australia there's a lake with a buried history. Aboriginal Elder Doolann-Leisha Eatts spent her life sharing the truth of what really happened there.

Lake Monger was a traditional Noongar camping and meeting place known as Galup (Kaarlup) - a place of fires. Today, thousands of people visit the lake and its iconic black swans without knowing the events that happened there or understanding the significance of this important site.

Galup VR Experience is an invitation to learn more about Australia’s collective past as you sit with Doolann by her fire and hear about one of the first colonial massacres of Noongar people.

Noongar performer Ian Wilkes and his son Calven join Doolann to immerse you in this powerful retelling of history. As the rush-hour traffic passes by and the centuries slip away, they shed light on the tragic events that occurred in and around Galup in 1830, guiding audiences towards an immersive understanding of Noongar culture and the impacts of settler colonialism.

This profound and intimate truth-telling experience brings people together for connection and healing. Created by Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger with an oral history from Elder Doolann-Leisha Eatts, and guided by a team of supportive Noongar Elders, Galup will resonate with you long after you leave.

‘I have lived my whole life dreaming that this story would be told. It was my greatest desire, right from when I was 10 years old.’ - Doolann-Leisha Eatts

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are advised that this production includes names, images and voices of people who have passed away. Names, images and voices of the deceased are used with permission.


Kwinana Public Library
Tuesday, 19 March
4pm to 4.30pm

Tickets are $15 per person. Register and pay at https://GalupVR.eventbrite.com.au
Ticket fees can be waived for Noongar members of the community. Please contact the Library Programs Team on 9236 4300 or programs@kwinana.wa.gov.au to arrange your ticket.

Accessibility: This is a seated experience. There are no subtitles.


Created by Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger with an oral history from Doolann-Leisha Eatts.

Produced by Same Drum and guided by a team of supportive Noongar Elders.

Assisted by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Project Partners: Viewport XR, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, Community Arts Network, Town of Cambridge Library, City of Vincent and Sandbox Productions.

Galup VR Experience is based on the Galup site-specific performance originally commissioned by International Art Space as a part of the Know Thy Neighbour #2 program. The performance was remounted in 2021 for Perth Festival, co-produced by Same Drum and Performing Lines WA.


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is 21 March. Find out more at https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-racism-day

Event Information

Booking informationRegister and pay on Eventbrite
Hosted by City of Kwinana
Cost $15
Supporting website http://www.galuptruth.com
Location Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Chisham Avenue & Robbos Way, Kwinana Town Centre
Contact number 9236 4300
Email programs@kwinana.wa.gov.au

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