The Giants take Perth by storm

An audience of 1.4 million flooded the streets for the opening event of Perth International Arts Festival.
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Perth International Arts Festival’s free opening event, Royal de Luxe’s The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of The Giants to the Streets of Perth, has been a remarkable success, activating the city in a way that most festival directors can only dream of.

In a city with a population of 1.7 million, a total audience of 1.4 million flocked to see The Giants over three days, with many more taking to rooftops, balconies and trees to watch the vast figures of The Diver and The Little Girl traverse the streets between Friday and Sunday. Despite the crush of bodies, the crowds were remarkably good humoured across the weekend, enjoying the carnival atmosphere.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts