The days may be getting cooler, but looking into our crystal ball it’s pretty clear to see that the City Of Perth is only just starting to warm up for a winter of wonder – there are dozens of events and cultural experiences coming up over the next few months!
So grab your diary and take a gander below as we highlight the dazzling array of world-class events and experiences coming up in Perth, during a winter that looks set to re-establish the city as a bubbling arts and culture hub in 2022 and beyond:
Van Gogh Alive (Just extended through to August)
The highly anticipated Van Gogh Alive exhibition has been perched up in Supreme Court Gardens for a little while now, and has been scoring rave reviews on all fronts. An enthralling experience suitable for all ages, learn about one of the world’s most famous artists through an immersive format featuring animated paintings synced up to classical music for an at-times very moving experience. It’s already a hit with the people of Perth but won’t be around forever – book your tickets here.
Strange Festival (June 17-26)
Strange Festival is a mysterious and exciting new arts festival taking over some of the city’s most unique and unused spaces, running over 10 days and culminating in a ceremonious burning of “Cor Novis – The Feast” – a large-scale sculpture collaboration with artist Hana Priest. More than 20 spaces will come alive around the city, hosting 35 artists in a variety of mediums – get more info here.
Dinosaurs Of Patagonia (July-October)
Ever go to one of those dinosaur exhibitions and feel a little…underwhelmed? Dinosaurs Of Patagonia aims to buck that trend with a world first exhibition that brings full-scale casts of dinosaurs! The exhibition will feature 15 dinosaurs in all, fossils, 3D animations and plenty of interactivity making it fun for the whole family. Get more info and book here.
Perth International Cabaret Festival (June 18-26)
After only coming into existence in 2019, the Perth International Cabaret Festival has in just a few short years established itself as a must-do on the Perth cultural calendar, and 2022 will take things to another level again. Taking over the newly-refurbished His Majesty’s Theatre for seven magical nights in June, the festival features some exciting special guests, world class cabaret performers, workshops, master classes, artists talks and loads more. Headline artists Vika & Linda Bull and Lior barely scratch the surface, and you’ll even get the chance to explore two new venues – get all the info you need here.
Supanova (June 25-26)
Supanova is a two-day celebration of all things comic books, movies, gaming, science-fiction, pulp TV, toys, trading cards, fantasy, entertainment technology, books and more. This year’s lineup of guests include stars from the likes of Harry Potter, Smallville, Supernatural and Aliens to name a few, but let’s be real, Supanova is all about the cosplay, so you better get your costume organised quicksmart. More info here.
NAIDOC Opening Ceremony (July 3)
The official launch of NAIDOC Week is always a special day in Perth, and Sunday 3 July will be no different when the Supreme Court Gardens host this year’s Opening Ceremony. Expect performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, community stalls, children’s activities, traditional food, Elder’s Marquee, face painting and more. It’s free, and you can get more information here.
THE CIRCUS (June 30-July 31)
Perth will be hosting the Australian premiere Weber Bros Entertainment’s THE CIRCUS. A two-hour, adrenaline-pumping spectacle suitable for the whole fam, featuring comedians, FMX riders, aerialists, the infamous Globe Of Death, human cannonball and loads more! It all takes place at Langley Park under a brand new, state of the art rooftop imported from Italy. You may think you know the circus, but not like this – get more info and tickets here.
As we mentioned earlier, with international travel back on the cards, some of the world’s biggest music acts are heading back to Perth to play RAC Arena over the next few months, along with the world’s most entertaining sports team. Tyler, The Creator, Gang Of Youths, Billie Eilish and Snoop Dogg are just a few of the music acts who’ll grace the RAC Arena stage, while the world famous (and OG) Harlem GlobeTrotters will take to the court on Tuesday 5 July. Check RAC Arena’s upcoming calendar here.
Boorongur (Now until December)
If you haven’t paid a visit to the freshly rebranded Art Gallery Of Western Australia (AGWA) yet, there’s no better time than this winter! And if you want to bring the family along, Gallery 9 is currently dedicated to interactive, all ages, artist-led projects under the title of Boorongur (Totem). In collaboration with artists Sharyn Egan, audiences are invited to sculpt with raffia and wool, engage with the sharing of Noongar cultural material and stories and more – get more info here, and make sure to spend a bit of time exploring the other fantastic exhibits at AGWA over the next few months.
Yagan Live & Can’t Contain Myself (Now until July 30)
In case you missed it, Yagan Square has some new free activations going on until July 30, including CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF – featuring two shipping containers providing a free, shareable canvas for kids to get around from 8am until 8pm every day. There’s also a host of special free events on the weekends, including live cultural performances, kids sports days, live arts events and mini flower festival. Head to the Yagan Square Website for more information.
Head to the Visit Perth Website to find out more exciting events happening around Perth over winter and later in the year.
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