February – The Month of Arts and Entertainment in Perth

Fringe World Bus

I have written in previous posts about how much Perth is changing over the past few years – with pop-up shops, trendy little new bars and new art sculptures appearing around the city. Perth used to be known as Dullesville, but it’s been getting so, so, so much better – and with so many new and exciting art events happening all over the place that now it’s actually hard to fit everything that I want to go to into my calendar!

First up – the Fringe Festival. Taking place from 25 January to 24 February, it’s one of my new favourite arts festivals of the year. As the name goes, the festival hosts a circuit of wild, peculiar, crazy, boundary-breaking arts events – from burlesque performances to silent discos to funky operas to goth pirates spinning their giant wooden wheel through the city to comedy shows and, my particular favourite, the transformation of the city’s Urban Orchard into a gorgeous, funkalicious, Alice-in-Wonderland-style beer garden complete with 20s-style ladies traipsing over the grass with their parasols and a Little Creatures Secret Garden that you have to hunt for!

One of the best things about Fringe World - you're sitting at a cafe, sipping wine, and before you know it, a few pirates on a big wooden wheel come rolling by!

One of the best things about Fringe World – you’re sitting at a cafe, sipping wine, and before you know it, a few pirates on a big wooden wheel come rolling by!

February is definitely the Month of the Arts Festivals – so much so that sometimes I wish they could be set in two different months so I’d have enough money and time to go to all these events! At the same time Fringe is going on, the Perth International Arts Festival is just launching off their 2013 shows as well. While Fringe blithely dances out of the boundaries of the convention and into a circus-like crazy and magical world, the International Arts Festival is for more conventional art-lovers. It features a film festival, plays, art installations and dance productions from all over the world, as well as my personal favourite, the Perth Writers’ Festival!!

La Marea - where one street is transformed into vivid scenes of Argentinian stories

La Marea – where one Perth street is transformed into vivid scenes of Argentinian stories

I really have to give kudos to the organisers of the Writers’ Festival – every year, they’ve managed to bring amazing international writers and the best workshops to Perth, so much so that I’m always running out of enough time and money to attend all the events I want to go to – or crying because the one workshop I want to go to has sold out of tickets! This time was no different –  but luckily I tried to be as organised as I ever can be (not much) and managed to get hold of tickets to some amazing shows! As of right now, I am going to:

Wordsmithing, which is a conversation with Margaret Atwood and China Mieville, two of the most amazing writers in the world! I am so, so, so excited about getting to be in the same room with not just one, but two awesome, legendary writers, and to be able to help them talk about storytelling and writing! I’m still pinching myself over this!

China Mieville

China Mieville

The Pitch, a workshop where participants have exactly three minutes to pitch their idea for a book to UWA publisher Terri-ann White (wish me luck in this!)

A Window into Our Past, featuring a discussion withJared Diamond and Tom Holland about ‘the insights into human nature that ancient and traditional societies can provide us with’. I’m also really excited about this because I’ve always enjoyed Jared Diamond’s books. He is an amazing scientist and writer, and I love how his works draw so much on anthropology and history!

I’m still in two minds about a few more events to attend – but right now I’m pretty pleased with my selection and hope to see some of you there!

Of all the People In All of the World - a shifting rice art installation for PIAF

Of all the People In All of the World – a shifting rice art installation for PIAF

 

And finally… the one other must-see event for my February calendar this year is the Picturing New York exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA, featuring iconic pictures of New York from MOMA’s photography celebration and photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lewis Hine and Weegee, and is another part of the current collaboration between the AGWA and MOMA!

Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, by Cindy Sherman - featured at the Art Gallery of WA's Picturing New York exhibition

Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, by Cindy Sherman – featured at the Art Gallery of WA’s Picturing New York exhibition

Here’s to February in Perth! 🙂

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