May 11, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

Hospitality and events company Nokturnl is set to revamp the Market Hall at Perth’s Yagan Square into a hospitality and events space.

The Western Australian Government has announced Nokturnl as the “preferred proponent” to “reconfigure” the Market Hall at the precinct linking the CBD with Northbridge, which was launched in 2018 as a food destination but has seen a mass exodus of retailers.

Nokturnl has already had success with the transformation of The Old Synagogue in Freemantle and has recently launched another multi-level, multi-venue offering called The Beaufort in Mt Lawley. Both properties have significant event hosting capacities.

The state government has committed $7 million to the revitalisation of the precinct, which also includes a series of public events kicking off this month.

The events include live music, DJ sets, live cultural performances like African drumming and salsa, a mini flower market, art activities for children and an Indigenous festival.

The precinct will also host live art developments focused on two shipping containers which will operate as “mini selfie-museums” and be redesigned by different Perth street artists each month through the activation period.

“Our Government is investing $7 million to revitalise Yagan Square, and events and activations like this will play a critical role in bringing the precinct to life and boosting foot traffic through the area,” said WA’s Lands Minister John Carey.

“It’s particularly great to see the micro selfie-museums land in Yagan Square. This is something that’s been embraced in global cities such as Miami, New York and Florence, and provides a fun, free and highly interactive experience that will also showcase the talents of some of Perth’s best street artists.”

The government has also recently launched a $4 million events grants program to bring people back into the central business district, with single grants of up to $100,000 up for grabs to host markets, long table dinners, live music performances and food and wine events.

The grants will be available for a year from July 1. It is already possible to register interest in the program via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.