Forged through fire and shaped in steel, the Midland Rail Workshops were the heartbeat of the Midland community for over 80 years. WA Government Railways used them from 1904 to 1994 for all major steam engine maintenance. Stoked Festival on 6 April 2019 is an immersive spectacle that pays homage to the legacy of the workshops with a visionary interpretation of life in the yards, a quarter of a century since tools were downed for the final time.
I grew up in Perth, in Kalamunda, surrounded by gum trees, dry earth and the sound of crickets in summer. Maybe our perpective of Perth as an isolated city leads us to think it is too small to have a career in music. I don’t know if that’s everyone’s experience but I certainly planned to leave as soon as I could. But once I started touring with music in Europe about 5 years ago, I experienced the sensation of coming home to a city that was just the right size, with just the right amount of work, full of inspiring and talented people… and I fell in love with Perth. Read more
Read on for Part 2 of our special series on Perth Festival Writers Week 2019, where we curate a leisurely Sunday session in the leafy surrounds of UWA.
Writers Week returns with a powerhouse 2019 program from 18 – 24 February that makes your story a part of every story, culminating in a writerly weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February at the University of Western Australia. Read on to discover our dream weekend itinerary, starting below with our bookmarked Saturday sessions.
We believe that New Year’s Eve is a night to unwind and celebrate surrounded by your tribe. Whether your preference is for live music, a casual atmosphere, a shared meal, plenty of cocktails or a late night dancefloor, here are some of Perth’s best events on offer to send off 2018 in style – your way.
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.
What do you want when you’re Christmas shopping? I’ll bet unique gift ideas, thoughtfully produced goods and a one stop shop for everyone on your list are right up there. What about supporting Western Australian creatives in a friendly, laid back environment? That too I’d say. This is what you get when you stop by any of Perth’s regular, handmade markets. Read more
This year for Open House Perth (10-11 November 2018) we’re extra excited to snoop around some of Perth’s most stylish and well-designed homes… so we’ve put together this northern suburbs itinerary that will take you to from beachside suburbs Karrinyup and Scarborough through to leafy inner city residential hangout Mount Hawthorn.
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.
This year Fremantle Festival is a series of free events bringing people together in a celebration of community. Immerse yourself in the pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet, discover the beauty of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji, bring the family down to a blaze on the beach at Kraken and enjoy the sunset fires of Karla-k Koorling. Kira caught up with the new Manager of Culture and Arts at the City of Fremantle, Destry Puia, to find out more about this annual event, now in its 113th year!