This weekend, Perth International Arts Festival will present a retrospective of the work of two of Australia’s most important filmmakers: Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer. Working together and independently, both artists have created a body of work vital to our country’s creative oeuvre, most notably working with the Yolngu people of Ramingining in Arnhem Land.
We discussed documentary filmmaking and the magic of Ramingining with Molly ahead of her visit to Perth. Read more
Creator and host of Literary Death Match brings the world famous read-off to our town next week as part of the 2017 Perth Writers Festival. It involves authors reading their work, competing against each other in front of comedian judges. And with the charismatic, snappy dresser Adrian Todd Zuniga at the helm, it’s easy to see how this event enjoys such popularity. We caught up with the man himself to find out more. Read more
They’re a 10-piece group of musicians hailing from the Colombian city of Cali. Famous for their rhythmic and sensual live performances that make it impossible to stand still, La Mambanegra are heading to the Chevron Festival Gardens on Saturday 4 March.
We caught up with Jacobo Velez Mesa, lead vocalist and director of La Mambanegra, ahead of his first trip to our shores. Read more
The power of children’s voices is inspiration for Perth & Melbourne based artist Alex Desebrock, creator of Small Voices Louder. Presented by the Perth International Arts Festival, Small Voices Louder invites youngsters to explore a fun and interactive installation of cupboards and cubby holes that encourage them to have their say on some of life’s big questions, then their responses are broadcast across the airwaves and in unexpected spaces for everyone to hear.
We talked to Alex about her magical project and changing the world. Read more
You might remember outstanding singer and performer Le Gateau Chocolat from previous Fringe World appearances where he won over our town with his commanding voice and stage presence. This year he has teamed up with friend and drag icon Jonny Woo to present a new show about a shared passion: A Night at the Musicals.
Perth-born, Melbourne-based actor, improviser and cabaret star Louisa Fitzhardinge has a penchant for language: she’s a native English speaker with a BA in German language and a Cert III in Auslan, and she’s a mega grammar nerd. Her show Comma Sutra just enjoyed a sell-out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and is coming to Fringe World Read more
One of the highlights from this year’s Fringe World program for me is without a doubt Djuki Mala. Previously known as the Chooky Dancers, Djuki Mala combine traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling. Their Fringe show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, with dance and performance interspersed with video.
We caught up with Djuki Mala Executive Producer/Artistic Director Joshua Bond Read more
Two of Western Australia’s most talented artists – photographer Jarrad Seng and visual artist Amok Island – have come together in a collaborative exhibition, Parallels, showing at PS Art Space from 9-22 December. The show features aerial photographs of Rottnest Island’s coastline by Jarrad alongside paintings by Amok Island (moniker of Xander Rood) of the same landscapes. Read more
The contemporary music section of the Perth International Arts Festival program always offers a mix of high profile acts with many that you’ve never heard of. The job of the programmer each year is to bring a diverse range of quality acts to the Perth stage, and the 2017 Festival with Clara Iaccarino in the role is no exception. We caught up with Clara to talk about what she has in store for us next year, and to find out about her life built between two continents. Read more
Snapcat is a collaboration between artists Renee Coles and Anna Dunnill which focuses on bravery and feminism through production and performance pieces. They have exhibited at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Fremantle Arts Centre, free range gallery, Paper Mountain and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Art in Perth.
Their current project is The Lightning Furies – a bike gang of tough women and non-binary people. Read more