Perth Festival is back this summer with radiant theatre, dance, music, visual art, literature, ideas and more from February 9 to March 3, with over one hundred events energised by diverse new voices and major stars.
The Festival’s Lotterywest Films season has kicked off, and is showing the best new films at one of the world’s most picturesque outdoor cinemas each week until March 31. See what audiences at Cannes and Venice are raving about and your favourite on-screen stars in May December, Anatomy of a Fall, La Chimera and more.
On stage comes a theatrical and hopeful re-telling of a classic story in Akram Khan Company’s Jungle Book reimagined, a kaleidescopic explosion of dance, music and visual art in Dancenorth Australia’s Wayfinder and a thrilling show on the edge of visual art and theatre, poetry and politics with Ontroerend Goed’s Are we not drawn onward to new erA.
Zambian-born hip-hop queen Sampa The Great and Mercury Prize-winning British singer-songwriter Sampha bring their must-see concert shows, while the Festival takes over The Rechabite with a curated three-week line-up of the most exciting acts from across the globe – including Greentea Peng (UK), Courtney Barnett (Australia), Lonnie Holley, Moor Mother & Irreversible Entanglements (USA) and DOMi and JD BECK (France/USA).
Musical wonders continue with the great American string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Ngapa William Cooper – an emotionally powerful collaboration between Australian musicians Dr Lou Bennett AM, Lior and the Australian String Quartet.
Below the streets of Perth, the empty Carillon City basement food court is reclaimed with two major site-specific artworks – a wondrous living wetland by Linda Tegg with Vivienne Hansen and, in the lightwell above, a dazzling installation bathing audiences in iridescent light.
As the sun sets on Perth Festival 2024, leading Aboriginal musicians and international greats – among them Angélique Kidjo, Emma Donovan, Lior, Sampa The Great, Mama Kin, Maatakitj, Paul Kelly, Flewnt, Shane Howard and Stephen Pigram – come together to sing songs of nature, nurture and shared futures at Under the Same Sun, a special free family-friendly Lotterywest Closing Event on March 2.
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