With so many free events on during festival season in Perth, the only difficult part is fitting everything into the diary! Immerse yourself in world class art and music, hear big ideas and bedtime stories, celebrate Chinese culture and discover the tiniest zines on the planet – all without spending a dime. We’ve rounded up some highlights so you can spend more time and less money living the festival life.
Entwined in the Valley has fast become one of the most anticipated events on Perth’s gastronomic calendar. Aimed at showcasing the extensive offerings in the Swan Valley, Entwined has a real food and drink focus, but this year a great range of community events have been added to the calendar to encourage everyone to get out and about and explore the region that sits on our doorstep.
On Friday 11 August Perth space-rock band, Usurper of Modern Medicine put on a gig and exhibition at Little Wing Corner Gallery in Subiaco to launch an interactive augmented reality app they’ve put out to accompany their recently released Everything is Nothing LP.
The State of the Art Festival (SOTA) will be bringing an incredible day of live WA music to Elizabeth Quay on WA Day Monday. This free, all-ages showcase headlined by Karnivool features Bob Evans, Abbe May, Gyroscope and more.
We Love Perth caught up with some of the rad local artists on the SOTA line-up to grill them about a few of their favourite things.
Since its inception in 2012, the Perth International Jazz Festival has put Perth on the map in the jazz world. With a world class jazz pianist at the helm as Artistic Director in the inimitable Graham Wood, PIJF will continue to bring some of the globe’s finest performers to our shores when it takes over the city from 26-28 May.
In 36 degree heat, the inaugural City Limits Festival hit Badlands Bar on Sunday 5 March. Since Badlands’ inception they have been committed to creating a live music venue that champions the local, and if the success of this weekend’s event is anything to go by, City Limits is set to be a popular fixture on the calendar.
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.
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.
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.
The Perth International Arts Festival will take over town from 10 February to 5 March 2017, and we are beyond excited by the events that have been announced! We have come to expect a strong dance program from PIAF Artistic Director Wendy Martin, and her second program lives up to expectations. But that’s not all – from a large scale opening event to an intimate theatre marathon, PIAF 2017 promises 24 days of quality arts immersion.