Perth International Arts Festival Artistic Director Wendy Martin today launches her first program with an invitation to join in on a big, bold adventure.
“Perth International Arts Festival provides a unique moment in our year to engage with artists from across the globe,” she said.
“Visionaries, mavericks and dreamers – it’s through the lens of their imaginations that we get to see, understand and re-imagine our world. Dive into the program and discover daring projects made by some of the world’s most brilliant creative minds.”
The 2016 Perth International Arts Festival program delivers a cultural adventure for arts lovers of all ages and tastes, living up to its global reputation for daring and excellence. This summer, around 800 of the world’s most visionary artists inhabit and enrich Perth, transforming the city with projects bold and beguiling.
In a quintessentially Western Australian experience, the 64th Festival spills across unique venues and glorious, outdoor spaces including the Festival’s new home at Elizabeth Quay.
Under Wendy Martin’s artistic vision, the 2016 Festival welcomes audiences from WA and further afield to experience an exceptional collection of international artistic experiences.
Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running annual multi-arts celebration in the Southern Hemisphere, and the jewel in the crown of WA’s cultural life. The $17.6 million Festival is the first of four under Wendy’s artistic leadership and brings innovative new work to WA.
The 2016 Festival opens with Home, an epic celebration of the landscape, culture and community of Western Australia. Directed by grand public-performance magician Nigel Jamieson in collaboration with Noongar elder and artist Dr Richard Walley, Home is part concert, part visual arts installation, and features a roll call of Western Australia’s most evocative and imaginative artists.
Beloved musicians The Triffids, The Drones, The Panics, The Pigram Brothers, The Waifs and John Butler; writers Kim Scott, Tim Winton, Robert Drewe; and visual artist Shaun Tan are among those who will participate. An exciting event whole family, it is a testament to the incredible talent of Western Australian artists and the powerful sense of place in their work.
In 2016, the exciting hub of the Festival has a new home, in the north-west corner of Elizabeth Quay. Each night, the Chevron Festival Gardens is the place for festival-goers to gather, eat, drink, share stories and participate, enjoying a diverse, quality program of free events that connects and activates the city.
The Perth International Arts Festival website has all the latest, up-to-the-minute information as well as images, blogs, videos and more.