MAKE A DATE TO VISIT PERTH FROM 10 FEBRUARY TO 20 MARCH 2012 AS YOU ARE GUARANTEED A ROLLICKING GOOD TIME WITH THE RENOWNED PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, NOW INTO ITS 60TH EDITION!
MANY ARE SURPRISED THAT PERTH, NOT SYNONYMOUS OR KNOWN FOR ITS ARTISTIC, CULTURAL AND FASHION EVENTS, IS ACTUALLY VERY AU COURANT WHEN IT COMES TO SUCH LIFESTYLE ACTIVTIES!
THE RECENT PERTH FASHION WEEK SIMPLY PROVED WESTERN AUSTRALIANS KNOW NOT ONLY HOW TO ENJOY LIFE'S FINEST THINGS BUT ALSO TO ORGANISE AND PROMOTE THEM.
AND TO THINK PERTH ARTS FESTIVAL HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS! THAT IS OLDER THAN MOST OF US! GOSH!
SO YOU CAN START BOOKING YOUR AIRFARE FROM AIR ASIA RIGHT THIS INSTANT AND GET READY TO OVERDOSE ON 17 EXCITING ARTISTIC SHOWS AND BE A CULTURE VULTURE ON A MAJOR SCALE. PERTH IS ONLY 4 HOURS FLIGHT AWAY SO IT IS NOT AS IF YOU NEED TO DEVOTE 14 HOURS TO GO TO LONDON.
High jinks of the feathery kind
This man obviously has been framed but at least he is getting paid
Aerial antics like this are the norm of the Perth International Arts Festival
Hanging by a silken curtain
PERTH FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2012 PROGRAM
10 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2012
PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JONATHAN HOLLOWAY ANNOUNCES 60TH FESTIVAL PROGRAM
The Perth International Arts Festival is Australia’s original and oldest international arts festival, with a worldwide reputation for excellence. In 2012, it celebrates its 60th Festival with an invigorating new vision from incoming Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway. Holloway comes to Perth from the UK, where he was Artistic Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, overseeing audience increases from 35,000 to 330,000, turnover increase of 600%, and tripling ticket sales.
From 10 February – 5 March audiences can see expect to see up to 17 events, with more than 1000 Western Australian performers joining hundreds more from around the world in more than 1100 performances. Of his inaugural Perth program, Holloway said: “For many years I’ve admired the big Australian festivals which have inspired the world, and the chance to direct one is fantastic. Many of the artists I’ve admired for years have said ‘yes’ to the invitation to perform in Perth. This has made me aware of the sheer joy of directing a festival in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”
The 2012 Festival kicks off with Dawn:Dusk, the most stirring and quintessentially West Australian opening ever. As light glimmers off the ocean at Cottesloe Beach, Indigenous Elders and performers greet audiences and artists from around the world with a Welcome to Country. Hundreds of local vocalists and musicians awaken the dawn with a joyous celebration of the people, natural wonder and artistic life of WA.
The Festival brings magic, illusion and whimsy to the streets of Perth with the Australian premiere of Place des Anges from Les Studios de Cirque (France), a once-in-a-lifetime event that sees angels glide, float and careen through the air, leaving a burst of feathers in their wake before landing on St Georges Terrace in a breathtaking display that must be seen to be believed.
The 2012 theatre program traverses the spectrum from the intimate to the spectacular with a diverse selection of performances from Australia and across the globe, pushing the boundaries of theatre in all directions. From France, James Thiérrée’s La Compagnie du Hanneton combines humour, incredible physical feats and spectacular visuals in Raoul, a production of startling illusion that is operatic in scale; while in an Australian exclusive, legendary director Peter Brook turns his hand to Mozart’s comedic and adventurous A Magic Flute, in a grand culmination of his four decades at the helm of the famed Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (France). UK Company Propeller does Shakespeare with swagger and surprise, guts and gusto, in two exemplary productions, Henry V and The Winter’s Tale; and The National Theatre of Scotland returns to Perth with a knock-out production from the explosive world of boxing, Beautiful Burnout. At the intimate end of the spectrum, the Festival presents the Australian exclusive premiere of Oraculos, from legendary Barcelona company Teatre de los Sentidos, where one audience member at a time is led through a labyrinth of sound, smell, taste, touch and feel, a journey of perception from childhood to the present and onwards into the future, providing startling glimpses of possibility.