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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.

Opening the festival will be the epic spectacle that is Australian premiere of Royal De Luxe’s The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants to the Streets of Perth. Over the course of the opening weekend, Perth’s streets will play host to 11 metre tall giant puppets playing out quintessentially West Australian stories and commemorating the Anzac centenary.

Once again the Chevron Festival Gardens will not only serve, as the central hub of the festival, offering patrons a place to relax and discuss the festival’s many diverse performances. The Gardens as in previous years will also host some of the world’s finest musical talents, with the selection of main stage performers running the gamut of musical genres. Spoon, Perfume Genius, Chet Faker, The Budos Band and a double bill with Mogwai and J Mascis are just the tiniest selection of the bands due to play the Festival Gardens.

Sticking with Contemporary Music, both Sinead O’Connor and Rufus Wainwright will be playing shows at the Perth Concert Hall for the festival whilst London Grammar will kick off their Australian headline tour at the Red Hill Auditorium replete with full band and string section.

The 2015 Theatre and Opera program offers a mix of world-renowned international productions and captivating Australian talent. An Australian exclusive and an undoubted festival highlight is the English National Opera’s production of Anthony Minghella’s award-winning Madama Butterfly.

The Rabbits, a Perth Festival co-commission, will be making its world premiere. The Rabbits brings together the talents of Kate Miller-Heidke, Lally Katz, Iain Grandage, Gabriela Tylesov and John Sheedy to transform John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s picture book into a compelling operatic delight.

In keeping with the Anzac centenary Black Diggers, a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Festival, tells the important yet untold stories of indigenous soldiers who fought in the battlefields of WW1 for Australia only to return home to be treated as second-class citizens.

Whilst the full line-up will be announced in January, the Perth Writers Festival already has announced a number of heavyweight speakers including the back-to-bacl Booker Prize winning author Hillary Mantel, who will be joining the festival via video link from London, and inspirational American author Elizabeth Gilbert, who’s book Eat Pray Love topped the New York Times best seller list for 187 weeks.

A final integral part of the Perth Festival experience is the Lotterywest Festival Films series, which kicks off from November 24th. With a handpicked selection of the best films of World and Australian cinema the Lotterywest Films offer a uniquely West Australian cinema experience, with open air screenings at Sommerville and ECU Joondalup Pines. Among the highlights this year are Leviathan, the Russian film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev which took Cannes by storm; Girlhood, a gripping portrait of a young girls life in Parisian suburbia and from the US 5 to 7, Victor Levin’s witty tale of love across the Atlantic.

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The Perth International Arts Festival takes place from 13th February until 7th March 2015. General Public tickets are now on sale! Book tickets through their official website http://www.perthfestival.com.au/ or call the Box Office on (08) 6488 5555.