WA’s favourite family camping festival, Fairbridge Festival is back for another year this weekend, 20-22 April at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra. The festival brings together over 80 hand-picked folk, blues and world music acts, plus entertaining things to do for people big and small with areas dedicated to kids, dancing and African drumming workshops and car-free camping. One of the highlights of this year’s festival will see attendees wake up with Yoga Loves Music – an invigorating yoga workshop combining soulful grooves with traditional mantras featuring musician Tom Richardson and Canadian yoga teacher Kimberly Erin. We caught up with Tom to chat about this project and his nomadic, creative life. Read more
As Artistic Director of WA’s flagship contemporary dance company Co3 Australia, Raewyn Hill takes on the responsibility of creating change. Through education, training, choreography, performance, working with youth and development programs with remote communities, Raewyn’s leadership is aimed at making the world a better place. Read more
A regular on the Perth theatre circuit, Maitland Schnaars will be making his debut for Black Swan Theatre Company in their upcoming production of Let the Right One In. Based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was then made into a film in its original Swedish and also as a US adaptation, it is a coming-of-age love story featuring vampires. I for one can’t wait to see how the poignant and haunting story is transferred to the stage when it shows at the State Theatre Centre from 11 November. Like myself, Maitland is a fan of the Swedish film and is thrilled to be a part of this production. We caught up to chat about the show and his career both on stage and behind the scenes. Claire. Read more
Showing at the State Theatre Centre of WA from 12-29 October, I Am My Own Wife is a powerful play that examines the true life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Born Lothar Berfelde, she killed her father when she was 12 years old, was sentenced to four years in juvenile prison and survived the Nazi regime and then in East Berlin the German Communist secret police, in plain sight as a transvestite.
The inimitable Brendan Hanson plays over 30 characters, and the ubiquitous Joe Lui fills the role of director, composer and sound designer. So you’ll believe us when we say that set and costume designer Cherish Marrington is in great company as she works with Black Swan for the first time for this production. Claire chatted with the WAAPA graduate, who gets her kicks from tackling design puzzles, to discuss her career and the upcoming show. Read more
Emerging designer and recent WAAPA graduate Tyler Hill is making a name for himself in the theatre world with not one but two upcoming productions with Black Swan State Theatre Company. Kicking off the partnership is Samuel Beckett’s absurdist comedy Endgame, showing until 11 June, and things follow on with Melbourne playwright Lally Katz’ play The Eisteddfod, which runs from 22 June to 9 July.
Claire caught up with Tyler to chat about the upcoming shows, and his transition from fine arts and architecture to a promising career in theatre design. Read more
One of life’s great pleasures is climbing into a freshly made bed with crisp, quality sheets. The smell of linen, the cool but cosy touch – it’s bliss. Perth homewares label Natsukashi are making all your dreams come true with their lush range of bed linens named after Western Australian coastal locations and we’re in love! Read more
Revealed hits Fremantle Arts Centre this weekend, with a celebration of Aboriginal art in Western Australia. With an exhibition running from 8 April to 21 May, visitors have a chance to see paintings, prints, wood carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more by over 75 of the best new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists. Plus, the annual Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market will transform the Fremantle Arts Centre Front Garden into a bustling marketplace this Saturday 8 April with Aboriginal art centres from across the state selling original, affordable works.
One of the artists involved in Revealed Exhibition is young Noongar man Peter Farmer. Claire caught up with Peter to chat about his two passions – art and footy. Read more
This weekend, WA’s best Christmas market returns to the Fremantle Arts Centre. Carefully curated to contain a collection of unique and innovative Western Australian designer products, the market is a must visit if you are looking for clever gifts with a local focus. One of the artists popping up at the market is Marika Brock, an art photographer who produces colourful and striking prints, often featuring iconic places around Freo and Mt Lawley. Marika is today’s creative. Read more
The all new Kaleidoscope Festival will light up the Joondalup City Centre from 10 to 13 November and shine a light on some of Australia’s most dynamic creatives – including musician, filmmaker and all-round rad guy Sam Price. Read more