We Love Festival Season: Movers and Shakers

Published on January 31, 2018
Categories - Blog, Events, Featured

Festival season is our favourite time of year in Perth. With FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 on now until 25 February and the newly rebranded Perth Festival launching next week, our calendar is full to bursting!

How to choose what to see? In the first instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART TWO HERE), we profile some of the unusual and enjoyable arts experiences on offer that explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Perth, Northbridge and Fremantle. This is theatre, storytelling, laughs and thrills – on the move. 

Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess

Take a pathway across Northbridge with a set of headphones and an open mind in this immersive audio experience presented by PICA. Listen in as an original soundscape unfolds with stories of migration and movement. Hear tales of struggle, joy and hope as the city comes alive around you. Tuesday to Saturday until 17 February (except 16 February).

Renee Newman’s (WA) recent credits include Those who fall in love like anchors dropped upon the ocean floor. FRINGE WORLD WINNER: 720 Best WA Performance Award (2013).

Image: Aaron Webber

Fringe behind the scenes walking tour 

Tour the city and many of the Fringe venues with an experienced guide while finding out more about the festival program, the performers and of course the history of the city. Tour includes a stop for some food and a drink along the way. Two Feet & a Heartbeat are the original and most awarded walking tour company in WA. Fridays and Saturdays until 24 February.

Siren Song

Originally commissioned for Dark Mofo, Siren Song is the jaw-dropping opener for Perth Festival this year. At dawn and dusk, female voices descend from the sky above St Georges Terrace, signalling the arrival and departure of the light each day. 9 – 18 February. Free.

GNARNK-BA KARLA WAARNGINY (Speaking Fires of our Mother)

On Friday 9 February members of the Noongar community invite you and your family to a cleansing and clearing ceremony in St Georges Terrace to welcome in Perth Festival 2018.

Image: Robert Frith

Northbridge Crime Walk – JOIN THE WAITLIST

Join Perth author David Whish-Wilson for a walk on the dark side as he takes you to some of Northbridge’s most notorious crime scenes. Registrations for this Perth Festival Writers Week event have reached capacity. Join the waitlist to be notified of any available places. 21 February. Free.


Hidden in our city streets are stories we often fail to see. The busker, the businessman, the homeless lady, the barista, the stranger on the train or the artist in the park. Music, art, hope and kindness create a woven community. This is an inspirational adventure tale. Sunday 18 February. Free.

Guru Dudu’s silent disco walking tours

This family-friendly walk with a difference is presented with Heritage Perth. This silent disco on the move features favourite tunes from the 1970s to 2000s. Interpretatively dance to historic stories of Perth and be part of spontaneous flash-mobs around city icons. Tuesday to Sunday until 25 February.

80s lovebus tour starring Gloria

Step back in time and join G-List Celebrity Gloria as she exposes gossip, secrets and steamy scandals on this revealing minibus tour of 80s Perth.Wear your 80s gear and expect sing-alongs, dance-offs, 80s pop quizzes and more. Wednesdays, Saturdays and some Sundays until 21 February.

Perth Festival Visual Art Adventure

Join the artists and curators on a visual arts tour of Perth Festival exhibitions on Saturday 17 February starting at 10am at John Curtin Gallery and ending at PICA at 5.30pm for refreshments and an artist talk by internationally acclaimed artist Kimsooja (South Korea/New York). Free.

Image: Kimsooja, Bottari Truck – Migrateurs, 2008, installation view at Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris. Courtesy Kimsooja studio.

Murder Mystery History – SOLD OUT

As night descends, experience spine-tingling tales of murder, hangings and hauntings from Perth’s 188 years of European history. Over a year’s worth of study and research has gone into compiling some of the strangest and most sensational tales from our history. Selected Mondays and Thursdays until 19 February.
The Obscure Tour

Imagine The Amazing Race and scale it down to the back streets of Freo. This is The Obscure Tour. There are points, but they’re arbitrary. There are prizes, but they’re terrible. From makers of sold-out shows: The Quest (2017), The Great Saunter (2016). 3, 10 & 17 February.

Walking meditation with U-Theatre – JOIN THE WAITLIST

Beyond Time (9 – 11 February) is a poetic performance that explores our relationship to the universe. Taiwan’s U-Theatre will lead a walking meditation through Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Saturday 10 February. The walk has reached capacity – Join the waitlist to be notified of any available places. Free.


Festival season continues to 4 March 2018. Be sure to check out the programs for Writers Week (19-25 February) and the Lotterywest Film Season (to 15 April).

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