Events galore to mark festival’s 65th year

November 24, 2017 by  

East Perth residents will be close to all the action of the Perth Festival programme when it kicks off in 2018.

The event, which is the oldest arts festival in Australia, is now into its 65th year.

Festival artistic director Wendy Martin said there will be many highlights, including 230 visual art, film, literature, dance, theatre and music events, with nine Australian exclusives, five season premieres and two World premieres.

A serenade called the Siren Song will take place at dawn and dusk in St Georges Terrace during the opening 10 days of the festival.

Poster printing will feature a host of events beginning on February 9 and ending on March 4 across the city, and extending to Fremantle Arts Centre, where Amy Sharrocks will mount an interactive installation displaying bottles containing water she has collected together with WA stories.

The 2018 artist in residence is Yeung Fai, who excels in the art of glove puppet theatre, carrying on the Chinese tradition as a fifth-generation master.

Martin said the U-Theatre’s award-winning work will be witnessed in a production of `Beyond Time’ which is set to present a mix of music, multimedia, thundering taiko drums, dance and martial arts.

The contemporary music programme at Chevron Gardens returns, along with the Films and Festival Classical Music series staged by Lotterywest.

The University Club of WA will once again host the Perth Festival Writers Week, the duration of which has now been extended from a weekend to a full week of events.