What do you want when you’re Christmas shopping? I’ll bet unique gift ideas, thoughtfully produced goods and a one stop shop for everyone on your list are right up there. What about supporting Western Australian creatives in a friendly, laid back environment? That too I’d say. This is what you get when you stop by any of Perth’s regular, handmade markets. Read more
This year for Open House Perth (10-11 November 2018) we’re extra excited to snoop around some of Perth’s most stylish and well-designed homes… so we’ve put together this northern suburbs itinerary that will take you to from beachside suburbs Karrinyup and Scarborough through to leafy inner city residential hangout Mount Hawthorn.
The 2018 Perth International Jazz Festival will be held on 9 – 11 November with performances at the State Theatre Centre of WA, The Bird, Ellington Jazz Club and the Perth Cultural Centre Wetlands Stage. Ahead of the Festival, Kira checked in with local Kate Pass of the Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, who are nominated for WAMis this year in both the Jazz and World Music categories.
This year Fremantle Festival is a series of free events bringing people together in a celebration of community. Immerse yourself in the pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet, discover the beauty of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji, bring the family down to a blaze on the beach at Kraken and enjoy the sunset fires of Karla-k Koorling. Kira caught up with the new Manager of Culture and Arts at the City of Fremantle, Destry Puia, to find out more about this annual event, now in its 113th year!
There’s a brilliant line-up at the 2018 Australian Short Story Festival, which runs from 19 – 21 October right here in Perth at the Centre for Stories.
This great initiative goes beyond the written word, with storytelling on subjects as wide-ranging as crime walks through Northbridge, LGBTQIA+ youth, and how to get into writing, along with an opening address by literary legend David Malouf. Kira caught up with organiser Susan Midalia to chat about the annual festival that celebrates this unique art form.
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival needs no introduction: it has become a hotly attended fixture on Perth’s calendar with excellent films, exciting events and a killer opening party to attend through its three week season. This year, the Festival runs from 27 September to 17 October with screenings at both Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX. You can check out the full program over here, or stick around to hear about the flicks we just won’t miss! Read more
On Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July 2018, the Disrupted Festival of Ideas returns to the State Library of WA with a program of free keynotes, panels and workshops across a weekend of conversations and creativity.
At 12.30pm on Sunday you can join a panel who understand the significant impact Assistive Technology can have on those in need. Kira caught up with Perth locals Danielle Loizou-Lake & Jocelyn Fransiscus of AT Chat ahead of their appearance.
The 2018 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso from July 19 – August 1, celebrating the best in Nordic cinema. The program this year has been curated from across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland, including award-winners recognised both at home and abroad.
We asked Elysia Zeccola, National Festivals Director at Palace Cinemas for her top 5 intriguing picks from the festival.
On Saturday 26 May, weave your way through the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) to discover a place where the worlds of art, fashion and music collide to create ART BALL, a high-end spectacle that was voted by The West Australian as one of the Top Ten Events of 2016 and 2017.
Kira caught up with ART BALL performer Ofa Fotu // aka Odette Mercy // to talk about The Brass Cartel, the Perth creative scene and what’s next for Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics!
Perth is a hotbed of creative activity in all forms. The members of Inklings Writers’ Workshop, based in Armadale, have found inspiration in their bushland home to compile ‘Elements of Change’, an anthology of works that will be launched this weekend as part of the Armadale Arts Festival. Read more