Perth International Arts Festival

Perth Festival asks audiences to see art in a different light in 2018

November 14, 2017

Between February 9th and March 4th 2018 the Perth International Arts Festival invites audiences to see art in a different light, and revel in a smorgasbord of captivating cultural experiences, with something for everyone. 2018 marks Artistic Director Wendy Martin’s third year at the helm, as well as the Festival’s 65th Anniversary. To celebrate the […]

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Chevron Gardens concert series returns to Perth Festival

November 12, 2017

The Perth International Arts Festival has announced the return of massive concert series Chevron Gardens at Elizabeth Quay, with dozens of local and international acts bringing the bangers to the west. The massive lineup includes UK Grime king Dizzee Rascal, Aussie rappers A.B Original and Seattle innovator Perfume Genius. The three week long party will […]

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Perth Festival Review: Inua Ellams’ The Midnight Run is an enjoyable and rewarding art filled night-time sojourn

March 4, 2017

Yesterday evening, I, and about 40 or so others, braved the heat and humidity and took part in Perth’s first ever Midnight Run – organised as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. What is a Midnight Run you ask? The Midnight Run is the brainchild of poet, performer and artist Inua Ellams. It’s a […]

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Perth Festival Review: An Evening with an Immigrant by Inua Ellams is a consummate performance from a gifted storyteller

February 26, 2017

The house lights dim, a backing track kicks into life. Inua Ellams – poet, playwright, and performer – appears dressed in what I presume is traditional garb parading through the assembled audience. He entreats us to clap in time (naturally we do), before breaking into self-deprecating laughter. Right from the start Ellams had us in […]

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Perth International Arts Festival Review: Forgiving Night for Day is a deeply personal portrayal of different emotional states. (Performances until April 16th)

February 19, 2017

Saudade [soh-dah-duh] Noun: A nostalgic or melancholic state of longing for something or someone you love, with the knowledge that it may never return. West Australian artist Jacobus Capone’s Forgiving Night for Day is a reflective exploration of the Portuguese word ‘saudade,’ and a celebration of the musical genre Fado as a symbol of Lisbon and […]

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Perth Festival Review: Flit is a compelling and moving work that strikes the perfect balance between the personal and the political

February 18, 2017

Some of Britain’s most talented folk musicians took to the Perth Concert Hall on Friday for the first of two performances of Flit – a multifaceted and compelling production devised and conceived by Martin Green, the award winning accordionist and composer from experimental folk trio Lau. Thematically Flit explores ideas of human movement and migration, […]

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Perth International Arts Festival presents “art without borders” in their 2017 program

November 3, 2016

Themes of migration, reconciliation, accessibility and empathy form the heart of Perth International Arts Festival’s 2017 programming. Over the course of 24 days, from Feb 10th to March 5th, Perth will play host to over 700 artists from around the world, to 11 Australian exclusives and to 5 World premieres, all to better understand and […]

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Perth Festival teases 2017 program with Opening Weekend announcement

October 5, 2016

The organisers of the Perth International Arts Festival have teased details of their 2017 program, revealing a glimpse at what they have in store for the opening weekend, including details of next year’s opening event. In recent years the festival opening event has been a grand spectacle, from gigantic puppets walking the streets of the […]

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Philosopher AC Grayling to unravel the Age of Genius in Perth for one evening only

July 7, 2016

Philosopher and best selling author AC Grayling is returning to Australia next month; and will be including a stop in Perth for an out of season Perth International Arts Festival event. One of Britain’s foremost public intellectuals, Grayling will be talking on the subject of his new book The Age of Genius. The address entitled […]

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Live Review: Ibeyi – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth (04.03.16)

March 8, 2016

Ibeyi kicked off their Australian tour on Friday night, with a performance at Perth’s Chevron Festival Gardens as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. The twin sisters, Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, gave the crowd a crash course in the Yoruba culture, beguiling and entrancing the gathered audience with their infectious enthusiasm and their soulful […]

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Live Review: Jóhann Jóhannsson – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth (29.02.16)

March 3, 2016

Jóhann Jóhannsson wasn’t much of a talker on Monday night; maybe nobody gave him a microphone, but his music and compositions were exquisite. Performing as part of the Perth International Arts Festival, the Oscar nominated composer was accompanied on stage by the Adelaide based Zephyr Quartet, as over the course of seventy minutes he beguiled […]

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Theatre Review: The Tiger Lillies perform Hamlet – Regal Theatre, Perth (18.02.16)

February 22, 2016

I probably say this every time I review a production of the play, but Hamlet is my favourite Shakespeare play. I’ve seen the oft-performed revenge tragedy many times, both here in Australia and in the UK. I have, however, never seen a Hamlet quite like the one presented by The Tiger Lillies and Theatre Republique […]

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