Local musicians have put a spotlight on Roebourne’s living culture and stories during an evening of music by the Swan River. An umbrella event of the Perth Festival, Songs for Freedom returned to Dyoondalup in Bicton on February 26 and featured 24 songs written by the Ieramugadu community on Ngarluma country. More than 3200 people tuned in to the performances, with some 2500 people attending the event at Point Walter Reserve and 700 on the online livestream. Songs for Freedom artist Tyson Mowarin said performing on the night was a great experience. “It was sort of a build up from last year’s performance where we were blown away by having such a stage at such a unique cultural space to perform at,” he said. “To perform to so many people, it was great to get so many people interested in hearing the stories from Roebourne. “It means a lot coming down to Perth and sharing unique stories turned into songs that have been written by our community members.” Mr Mowarin said he hoped to be back next year.