Perth city

calendar of events: perth + fremantle

 

Here's all the news on events, shows, concerts, festivals and anything else you should see if you're in town. There's always something on, whether it be concerts, theatre, sport or something for the kids that you're interested in. Click on the individual event for more information. Details are subject to change, check the organisers' websites for the latest information.

 

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to 13 Aug Everyone Has A History Part One: Plain Speak Exhibitions|Displays

Some artists just have to speak. Some stories need to be told. Plain Speak has launched a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art. The inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight. Featuring 50 powerfully personal works, presented through a range of media; including video work, paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles. These are personal stories that demand to be told. Whether it’s a grand tale or something intimate as a diary, these are stories and histories that will provoke a response and resonate with the audience. The Indigenous voice, the Indigenous sensibility as you’ve never encountered it before. Up close and personal.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge artgallery.wa.gov.au

Continuing The Rise of Sneaker Culture Exhibitions|Displays

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker's complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, the international travelling exhibition has had popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Oakland, and now heads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation. On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Sophia Chang, Tom Sachs, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge artgallery.wa.gov.au

to 20 Aug Voyage to the Deep Exhibitions|Displays

Voyage into a mysterious and marvellous undersea world with multi award-winning and record-breaking exhibition Voyage to the Deep. Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the exhibition brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his legendary submarine Nautilus and the world of wonders he lived in. This is an interactive, immersive, hands-on experience with opportunities to touch, explore and play. The exhibition is aimed at children under 12, and encourages learning through interaction. 
WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle www.museum.wa.gov.au

to 31 Aug City of Perth Winter Arts Festival Festivals|Celebrations

With over sixteen headline artworks and more than 150 arts events, the City of Perth’s Winter Arts Season is your gateway to experiencing Perth in Winter. For three memorable months, discover a host of family activities to inspire and delight everyone from young to old.
Various locations 9461 3333 visitperthcity.com

to 6 Aug Black Swan State Theatre Company: Coma Land Theatre|Dance|Film

An epic tale of prodigies, parents and pandas. Boon is smart. Really smart. She’s skipped four years of school, possesses a photographic memory and was playing Mozart and Beethoven aged two. So why is it so hard for her to wake up? Coma Land tells the story of a fifteen year old genius who finds herself trapped in a world between life and death. There, she meets Penguin, a young girl determined to fly, and they quickly become friends. But when her protective father stands between them and their escape, Boon soon learns that the one thing you can never outsmart is the truth.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

2 Aug Australian String Quartet: No.2 Homeward Music|Concerts

Three works by Britten, Paul Stanhope and Dvořák together compose a rich tapestry drawn from themes of exile and return, and inspirations from the old world and the new.
Government House Ballroom, St Georges Tce, Perth www.asq.com.au

3 Aug Keith Sweat Music|Concerts

R&B sensation and New Jack Swing pioneer Keith Sweat is set to tour Australia and New Zealand. In addition to performing an array of old classics, he will be celebrating the release of his brand new album Dress To Impress. He will be joined on tour by Australian R&B quartet CDB.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

3–5 Aug Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Theatre|Dance|Film

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph’ is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door to Me.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4 Aug Jerry Seinfeld Music|Concerts

Globally known and loved for his eponymous sitcom about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld’s career took off in 1981 after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Now an entertainment icon Seinfeld will perform a live stand-up show filled with his trademark humour, wit and sharp observations about day-to-day life.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

4–5 Aug Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I Music|Concerts

The Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I have been sharing stages for the last 25 years from New York to Nambucca Heads, boast nineteen studio albums between them and love playing rock and roll. So getting these old mates in the tour van for some gigs around the country seems like one hell of a good idea, not to mention a bloody good time.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley astortheatreperth.theticketgroup.com.au

4–13 Aug 1984 Theatre|Dance|Film

Orwell’s dystopian future is now. April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Published in 1949, George Orwell’s book helped define the 20th century. Now, 1984 is re-examined in this radical, award-winning international theatrical blockbuster seen by more than a quarter of a million people. An exploration of surveillance and identity, 1984 presented a vision of the future that looks a lot like our present. Orwell’s fiction has become our reality. Described as “masterfully constructed and chillingly frank” (Limelight Magazine), this stage adaptation is a dynamic, political, technology-enhanced dive into Orwell’s complex vision.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

5 Aug Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle Dockers v Gold Coast Suns
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

5 Aug Roy Orbison Orchestrated Music|Concerts

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what it might have been like IF Roy Orbison had performed all his classics live on stage with a full orchestra. Come and relive the sound, the voice and all the magical hits of music legend Roy Orbison in an international tribute production starring the world’s number 1 Roy Orbison tribute star Dean Bourne.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

5 Aug Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Comedy

Expertly curated and lovingly presented the showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of the best local and international comics and showcasing some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

5–6 Aug Avon Descent 2017 Sport

The Avon Descent – a spectacular 124km race over two days through some of Western Australia's most picturesque scenery. This incredible race takes paddlers and power craft drivers down the Avon River through the historic farming regions of Northam and Toodyay, the steep and spectacular gorges of the Avon Valley, Swan Valley wineries and eventually into the tidal waters of the Swan River. The Avon Descent tests the endurance and skills of the fittest athlete.
Northam to Perth www.avondescent.com.au

9 Aug Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mountain Music|Concerts

An epic cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom. Building on the achievement of the ACO’s The Reef, Mountain reflects on the beauty, diversity and fragility of these timeless natural monuments: symbols of spirituality;  haven from man-made devastation; essential to the planet’s eco-system.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

9–12 Aug The Merchant of Venice Theatre|Dance|Film

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it. This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

9–19 Aug Sista Girl Theatre|Dance|Film

Two young women meet face to face for the first time across the bed of a dying man. Strangers to each other but bonded by blood and grief. Sisters. They break the cold silence of the hospital room to start a difficult conversation. About the past and secrets. About the women who were their mothers. And about why this man, their father, abandoned one family to make another. When the past is dying and can't say sorry, how do you move on? Sista Girl is an exploration of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, via the story of two women who share a white father.The play speaks directly to audiences about questions of identity, grief and the complex nature of family.
Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

10 Aug The Australian Bee Gees Show 40th Anniversary Music|Concerts

After 20 years on the world stage and over 6,000 performances in over 50 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. This new show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the Saturday Night Fever album will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event.
Albany Entertainment Centre, 2 Toll Place, Albany Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

10 Aug Takács Quartet Music|Concerts

The secret behind the love affair between this renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between different creative personalities. Their concerts glow with warmth and friendship, a mutual affection and happiness whose effects reach far out into the auditorium.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth www.perthconcerthall.com.au

11 Aug Bach to Bernstein Music|Concerts

The program includes Bach's Singet dem Herrn, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Featuring conductor Joseph Nolan, St George's Cathedral Consort and Choir and Stewart Smith on Organ.
St Georges Cathedral, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

11–13 Aug Perth Home Show Exhibitions|Displays

Building, renovating or simply love your home? Then visit Perth’s largest, most popular Home Show for all the latest products, services and innovations in home renovation and new home building. You’ll see hundreds of new products, discover industry trends, get free expert advice and be able to take advantage of great show specials.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth www.perthhomeshow.com.au

11–13 Aug Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo Exhibitions|Displays

Planning a family? Already expecting? Have little ones in tow? Discover what’s best for you, your pregnancy, baby or child at the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo – the must see parenting event of the year.
Claremont Showgrounds, Ashton Ave, Claremont www.pbcexpo.com.au/perth

12 Aug The Australian Bee Gees Show 40th Anniversary Music|Concerts

After 20 years on the world stage and over 6,000 performances in over 50 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. This new show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the Saturday Night Fever album will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

12 Aug Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Carlton
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

12–13 Aug Perth Science Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Get down to the free Perth Science Festival for over 40 interactive stalls and experiments, explosive science shows, native animals and more.
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge www.scitech.org.au/events/all

25–28 Aug Perth Darts Masters Sport

They’re baaaaacck again! And back to HBF Stadium. Once again the sounds of “one hundred and eighty” will ring through the stadium combined with the unbridled singing and chanting as the fans in all their variety of costumes enjoy Perth’s biggest party. And once in a lifetime you get the chance to farewell a legend. Perth it is your chance …The one, the only Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will be headlining TABtouch Perth Darts Masters in its return to HBF Stadium after announcing this will be his last full season in the PDC. Your chance again to see the best players from the PDC and to farewell the greatest Darts player the world has ever known and a chance to see him in the flesh one last time. Don’t regret not being there to bring the roof off when he walks down the walkway to the stage.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

15 Aug Maggie Dent Masterclass: Raising Teens Exhibitions|Displays

Maggie Dent, ‘Queen of Common Sense’ has gathered a team of parenting experts in an exclusive event for Telethon. In this Masterclass, Maggie and her special guests Dr Justin Coulson, Dannielle Miller and Clark Wight will help parents decode adolescence and offer strategies to help them on their journey into adulthood.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

17–19 Aug Ten Tenors 20th Anniversary Tour Music|Concerts

Celebrated for their wonderfully vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The Ten Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical tenors and composers, but also to contemporary music’s most popular pop and rock artists. Don’t miss the chance to see The Ten Tenors live and celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

17–19 Aug Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen Music|Concerts

Helpmann award-winner Michael Griffiths and acclaimed cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. From their humble, small-town beginnings to world domination in sequins and jumpsuits, revisit all their sing-a-long classics from Tenterfield to Grease, all the way to Xanadu and beyond!
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

18–19 Aug WASO Classics Series: Asher Fisch Conducts Schubert's The Great Music|Concerts

Australian pianist Jayson Gillham makes his WASO debut with Schumann’s Piano Concerto which was first performed with the composer’s wife Clara as soloist. Posterity has been far kinder to this popular work than to Schumann’s opera Genoveva, which today is mainly remembered for its superb overture.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth www.waso.com.au

18–19 Aug Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience Comedy

Chaos greets audiences as soon as they walk through the door. In this fully immersive experience, the audience become diners in the infamous ‘Faulty’ restaurant, served a three-course meal by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Expect lashings of laughter, bowls full of spontaneity and as much audience participation as individual audience members want. And with 70 per cent of the show improvised, no two performances are ever the same.
Rigby’s Bar & Bistro, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth Ph: 1300 308 193

18 Aug One Big Voice Music|Concerts

Australia’s largest children’s choir is once again performing as One Big Voice. The magic of 4000 children singing positive, life affirming songs in two and three part harmony, must be experienced to be believed. Performing in front of a 40 metre curved projector screen, the only one of its kind in Australia and the extra magic of special effects, this family event is not to be missed.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

19 Aug to 3 Sep Black Swan State Theatre Company: Switzerland Theatre|Dance|Film

When using words for weapons, how far do you go before it cuts too deep? The late Patricia Highsmith penned some of the most exhilarating suspense novels of all time, some becoming major cinematic adaptations including; The Price of Salt recently released as the film Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train. Now the acerbic author herself is centre stage in this edge-of-your-seat thriller by acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Female of The Species, Ninety and Day One, A Hotel, Evening). The subject – writer Patricia Highsmith, lives a reclusive life in the Swiss Alps surrounded by her collection of books and antique weapons. The unlikeable genius facing the end of her life has withdrawn completely from the world, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Until one day a young man, Edward Ridgeway, intrudes into her place of refuge. He’s yet another irritating delegate from her publisher demanding a contract for one final instalment. Specifically another psychological thriller featuring her beloved muse and most infamous literary creation, Tom Ripley.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

19 Aug Lee Kernaghan: Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour Music|Concerts

Lee Kernaghan is one of the undisputable all-time greats of Australian country. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Lee’s amazing career and the release of his first chart-busting hit, Boys From The Bush. The iconic song was the first of many number one singles from the classic album The Outback Club, which went on to achieve double platinum certification, win a swag of awards and redefine contemporary Australian country music along the way.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

19 Aug Miss Burlesque WA Finals Exhibitions|Displays

WA Burlesque performers battle it out to get their name in lights and win the title of Miss Burlesque WA 2017.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley astortheatreperth.theticketgroup.com.au

19 Aug Sangam, The Spirit of India Music|Concerts

An evening full of Indian music with classical, folk and Bollywood dances. This annual event is organised by the Indian Society of WA (ISWA).
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth iswa-perth.org

20 Aug Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle Dockers v Richmond
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

24 Aug My Dad Wrote a Porno Live Comedy

Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this hilarious comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, Jamie reads a chapter a week and discovers more about his father than he ever bargained for. For the first time ever My Dad Wrote a Porno LIVE is coming to Australia. Do not miss seeing this world famous podcast, with 50 million downloads, LIVE!
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley astortheatreperth.theticketgroup.com.au

24 Aug The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Godesses Music|Concerts

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses brings the Zelda franchise to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that includes new movements from more recently released Zelda games such as Skyward Sword and the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild, while still paying homage to classic installments like Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

25–26 Aug WASO Masters Series: Asher Fisch Conducts Mahler 6 Music|Concerts

Conceived on a gigantic scale, Mahler’s Sixth is a symphony of extreme expressive intensity, demanding enormous interpretive commitment from both conductor and orchestra. Its legendary hammer blows are moments of raw brutality: theatrically exhilarating but emotionally devastating. Sonically spectacular and vividly imaginative, this is one of Mahler’s most awe-inspiring creations.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth www.waso.com.au

25 Aug to 3 Sep Beauty and the Beast Theatre|Dance|Film

The Tony Award winning smash hit musical based on the Disney animated film version of the much loved fairytale. Featuring the stunning Academy-Award winning musical score that made the animated film such a hit, plus another seven songs created for the Broadway show by master composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, it is a classic tale of love, sacrifice, jealousy, revenge and redemption exploring an age-old theme: the true meaning of beauty.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

25–26 Aug Jazz @ the Maj: Ed Partyka Music|Concerts

Ed leads the bigband scene in continental Europe and the Ed Partyka Orchestra is one of the hottest European big bands performing today. His exciting modern big band sound mixes the classic swinging sound of Thad Jones with sophisticated harmonies and contemporary grooves.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

26 Aug Mark Seymour and the Undertow Music|Concerts

As the frontman for one of Australia’s most seminal bands the mighty Hunters & Collectors, Mark Seymour is one of Australia’s most gifted and respected musicians.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley astortheatreperth.theticketgroup.com.au

26 Aug to 2 Sep WAAPA: Chicago Theatre|Dance|Film

A tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz ... nightclub dancer Roxie Hart, who dreams of headlining in Vaudeville, kills her lover, then convinces her husband to come up with the cash to hire Chicago’s shrewdest, smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn to defend her.
Geoff Gibbs Theatre, ECU, Bradford St Mt Lawley www.waapa.ecu.adu.au

27 Aug Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Adelaide
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

27 Aug Chevron City to Surf for Activ Sport

The Chevron City to Surf for Activ is Western Australia's biggest community event and is Activ's major fundraising event. With a rich 40+ year history, the Chevron City to Surf for Activ has become an icon on the Western Australian sporting calendar, capturing the hearts of tens of thousands of people who have embraced the event. The event attracts children, families, teams and elites. With a distance for everyone, the Chevron City to Surf for Activ showcases some of the most picturesque locations embracing the best Perth has to offer.
Perth to City Beach www.perthcitytosurf.com

29 Aug Kehlani Music|Concerts

Acclaimed R&B pop songstress, Kehlani is bringing her SweetSexySavage World Tour to Perth in support of her acclaimed debut album.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley astortheatreperth.theticketgroup.com.au

29 Aug Simulacra by Intercurrent Music|Concerts

A sonic landscape of percussion, clarinet, electronics and piano. Join Intercurrent as they explore a world of musical doubles; real, imagined and imperfect. Notable and emerging Australian and international composers, Julian Day, Hannah Lash, Chris Tonkin and Alex Turley present works alongside the twisting parallels of Philip Glass’s iconic Music in Similar Motion.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

 

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