Support local artists this festive season with a visit to Bazaar, Perth’s longest running makers market, at Fremantle Arts Centre from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December. Kira caught up with Bazaar vendors Gaelle Beech from The Anjelms Project, Amy Eaton from Oh Happy Home, Julie Ramsay from Bed Tonic and Peter Milligan from Peter Milligan Ceramics to talk about their festive style, wish lists and best sellers.
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.
Jacob Butler is a North Fremantle artist who has made a name for himself through his unique,
self-taught painting style. Dubbed ‘Shakey Jakey’ due to a tremor he has had since birth, despite this
Jacob can paint with amazing life-like detail. He has been commissioned to create a Fremantle-inspired mural on the iconic North Fremantle liquor store, Old Bridge Cellars. Kira had a chat with Shakey about painting, community engagement and Bon Scott.
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!
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