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Perth International Arts Festival launches bold and eclectic program for 2016

This week Perth International Arts Festival launched the program for the 2016 festival; the first of four festivals headed by new artistic director Wendy Martin.

Hello Asia! Interview: Shacho from Soil & Pimp Sessions (Japan) talks About WOMADelaide Festival, Death Jazz and More

Soil & Pimp Sessions is a Japanese band unique in its music and costume style, breaking all the rules and exploring the uncharted territories of Japanese Jazz - popularly known as self-styled Death Jazz. Known for their raw yet energetic and passionate live performances, the band will again meet their Australian audiences at Perth International Arts Festival 2015 on 5th March 2015 at Chevron Festival Gardens and at WOMADelaide 2015 on 6th March 2015 at Botanic Park, Adelaide. Our editor Johnny Au had a chat with Shacho-san from Soil & Pimp Sessions about what to expect in their coming performances, how their band and Death Jazz came about, music festivals and more.

the AU interview: Sharon Van Etten (USA)

Ahead of her Australian tour next year, with visits to Golden Plains Festival, Womadelaide and the Perth International Arts Festival, we caught up with American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten to find out a bit more about her most recent album Are We There, her approach to songwriting, and her thoughts on touring Australia, and the Australian festival circuit.

Line up for 2015 Perth International Arts Festival announced

Last week the line-up for the 63rd Perth International Arts Festival was released to the world. It will be the final year in charge for Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway and he certainly seems to determined to leave on a high; with a staggeringly diverse and exciting cultural feast of theatre, music, visual arts, literature and movies.

the AU interview: Ólafur Arnalds (Iceland)

Ahead of his show at the Perth Festival, we caught up with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds to discuss his latest album, 2013's For Now I Am Winter and get a glimpse into his creative process.

Perth Festival Review: Ólafur Arnalds + Sophie Hutchings - Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth (20.02.14)

Thursday night saw Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds brave the warm Perth weather and make his Perth Festival debut at the festival gardens, treating the attentive and patient crowd to a selection of songs from his latest album For Now I Am Winter and more.

Perth Festival Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It) - His Majesty's Theatre (15.02.14)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is up there as one of Shakespeare’s most oft performed plays. \There have been countless as adaptations and reinterpretations over the years, but I’d imagine there are few as wonderfully strange and eclectic as Russian director Dmitry Krymov’s interpretation A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It). As clichéd as it sounds, this is Shakespeare as you have in all likelihood never seen it before.

Perth Festival Review: An Iliad - Sunken Gardens, Perth (16.02.14)

Heroes and tyrants, Gods and Mortals, and ancient armies all clashed on stage on Sunday night. All of them brought to vivid life by one man, actor and co-writer Denis O’Hare, for the Australian premiere of the An Iliad. A captivating and engaging adaptation and reinterpretation of Homer’s Iliad by US collective Homer’s Coat, that forms part of the Perth International Arts Festival this year.

the AU interview: Austra (Toronto) on their Australian tour!

Larry Heath sits down with Canadian trio Austra to talk about their second Australian tour, which kicks off tonight in Adelaide! We talk about the that, their last tour as part of Laneway Festival... their most recent record and much more... The dates are here:

the AU interview: Ludovico Einaudi (Italy)

Over his three decade career, Italy’s Ludovico Einaudi has become one of the world’s most celebrated and well regarded pianists and composers. From his award-winning scores of Luce dei miei occhi and Sotto falso nome putting him in an enviable category alongside fellow Italian composers like Morricone, to his debut in the Western cinematic world with This Is England  and a slew of his own material, including the 2013 release  In a Time Lapse, Einaudi has been nothing short of prolific.

the AU interview: Julia Holter (Los Angeles) talks collaborations, her upcoming tour inc. Perth Festival and more.

After doing things solo for her first two albums, Julia Holter has enlisted a much wider scope for her latest release Loud City Song. Julia talks to Philippe Perez about her new discovery of collaboration while making of this new album as well as the other extra-curricular activities she does outside of music.

the AU interview: Ryan Grieve of Canyons (Perth/Sydney) talks 100 Million Nights at Sydney Festival and Perth Festival 2014!

Canyons are willing to get up, about and all crazy in a live setting most of the time (as are most bands on the Modular label), but the last year has seen a different type of performance from them as a group. Throughout this year, the outfit has performed 100 Million Nights - a slightly more immersive collaboration - with artist Daniel Boyd at various festivals around the country in 2013. They’ll continue to perform the project through to the middle of this year with the latest performance to happen at the upcoming Sydney Festival. Ryan Grieve from the duo chatted to Philippe Perez about the collaboration.

The program for the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival is announced!

2014 will see Perth play host to Russian theatre, Israeli dancers and Tony Award winners when the Perth International Arts Festival gets under away in February. Now in its 62nd year, the festival boasts a line-up as diverse and eclectic as ever, and promises to offer 'a world class cultural feast' with something for everyone.

Live Review: The Tallest Man On Earth + Buke & Gase - Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth (01.03.13)

I’ve been waiting to see The Tallest Man on Earth live for a while now. I missed out on tickets to his sold out show at the Rosemount Hotel on his last Australian tour, so on the news that he would be heading back down to Australia, and playing the Perth Festival I jumped at the chance to see him live. I’d heard and read much about his charismatic stage presence and was keen to finally see it in person.

Live Review: Cat Power - Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth (26.02.13)

Tuesday night saw Cat Power stop in at the Perth Festival Gardens for the first of two shows. It was her second show of the tour in Australia, following a run of two shows in New Zealand. I can’t say it was the best performance I have seen from Chan Marshall, but was by no means her worst performance, and her admission that she’d “done a terrible show and was embarrassed” seemed like a tough self-assessment.