As the new day dawned and the sun's rays danced across Cottesloe Beach, time approached for the opening of the 2012 Perth Festival. In this beautiful natural setting, choirs, musicians and a crowd of 5,000 to 6,000 joined in a joyous celebration of artistic life and coming together. Indigenous Elders told the story of this land and welcomed people to their country. Grass trees that had been especially placed on the Cottesloe groyne were set alight at the conclusion of the Welcome to Country. Quintessentially Western Australian, the Perth Festival Opening Ceremony was a stirring coming together for all peoples. The best ever!