Festivals meet first open borders since COVID

WA’s opening up phase will coincide with its peak festival period. How are they dealing with these new horizons?
a man pulling back a big red curtain

WA’s border will open when the state is 90% double vaxxed. This milestone is set for some time in February 2022, though an exact date is yet to be announced. More details will come sometime in December, but for now WA’s open fortress moment remains a little mysterious.

Two arts leaders listening closely for clarity are Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage and Fringe World CEO Sharon Burgess. As directors of month-long, high impact live performance programs they rely on free audience movement for their shows to go on.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).