In the Big Bash League’s First Nation’s Round, the Perth Scorchers showcased a pioneering Aboriginal light show during Wednesday’s match. Nyoongar Elder Dr. Richard Walley collaborated with the Scorchers to create The Bilya, an immersive LED display that transformed Optus Stadium during the innings break between the Scorchers and Strikers. The show paid homage to Perth’s Traditional Owners and highlighted the cultural narrative of Whadjuk country. Dr. Walley, with family ties to Wadjuk, Ballardong, Yued, Wardan, Binjarreb, and Yamatji countries, guided the development of The Bilya, providing a unique and meaningful experience for the spectators. League-first Aboriginal light show transforms Optus Stadium during Perth Scorchers First Nations Round fixture.
Dr. Walley’s original drawings, bright colors, and didgeridoo by Jayden Boundary featured in the dynamic light show, emphasizing nature, respect, and heritage. Perth Scorchers showcased the show to pay respects during the league’s First Nation’s Round.
Proud Mitakoodi man, D’Arcy Short was the sole Indigenous player who featured in the match.
Short could only manage 6 (7) as the Scorchers comfortably beat the visiting Strikers, who managed 10-169 in response to Perth’s hefty first innings score of 4-211.
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