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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continuing Freighting Ideas: How Did I Get Here? Exhibitions|Displays

How Did I Get Here? asks what exactly brought us to this exact place in life? What went wrong, what went right, what random acts of fate, have set us down, just so, in this place at this time? The exhibition invites audiences to ask these questions about each work and its subjects. What forces have landed them in this moment, captured as themselves and as actors in a photographer’s drama? How did the work come to be?
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge www.artgallery.wa.gov.au

to 12 Oct Girls School Cinema Theatre|Dance|Film

Girls School Cinema is a boutique winter cinema experience housed in a stunning castle-like building on the highest part of East Perth. Enjoy a program of special events, blockbusters and other toasty treats every Wednesday to Sunday through the winter months.
Old Perth Girls School, 2 Wellington St, East Perth www.girlsschoolcinema.com.au

6 Jul to 4 Nov The Botanical: Beauty and Peril Exhibitions|Displays

This major exhibition explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it. The Botanical: Beauty and Peril draws from the renowned Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge www.artgallery.wa.gov.au

31 Jul to 3 Aug Bangarra: 30 years of 65,000 years Theatre|Dance|Film

A celebration of contemporary dance, story and culture. Join Bangarra as the company celebrates its landmark 30th anniversary season with a stunning display of contemporary dance theatre. As Australia’s only major performing arts company with its origins in the land, Bangarra is inspired by 65,000 years of culture and the continual evolution of Indigenous storytelling.  Proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from all over Australia come together as a creative clan to harness a shared spirit. The result is Bangarra’s powerful dance language, and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. At the helm is award-winning artistic director and choreographer Stephen Page. Together, they create original and breathtaking experiences. This is your chance to be part of it.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

2–3 Aug WASO Masters Series: Javier Perianes Plays Beethoven Music|Concerts

Spanish pianist Javier Perianes returns to WASO following his acclaimed 2016 debut. Described as “a pianist of impeccable and refined taste”, his poetic sensibility makes him the perfect pianist for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

2–3 Aug Jazz @ the Maj: Central Park North: New York Jazz featuring Dick Oatts Music|Concerts

Straight from the home of jazz, WAYJO presents one of the modern great saxophonists, composers and bandleaders, Dick Oatts. A huge influence on countless artists, Dick Oatts brings his recognisable sound to two very special concerts. Dick Oatts has led the sax section of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra since 1978, and has one of the most recognisable lead alto sounds in jazz history.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

2 Aug Love Him Madly: The Doors Reimagined Music|Concerts

Perth Symphony Orchestra invites you to a spectacular audio-visual event set to capture the very essence of Morrison and The Doors at the height of their powers, in full psychedelic glory via the trippiest orchestral show you will ever see. Witness as strings, woodwind, horns, percussion - an entire orchestra - set His Majesty's Theatre on fire, for one night only
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

3 Aug Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle v Geelong Cats
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

3–4 Aug Avon Descent 2019 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

3 Aug Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters Music|Concerts

The world’s biggest Led Zeppelin show is coming to Perth with 20 Led Zeppelin classics performed by 35 musicians and singers showcasing one of the great rock catalogues of all times. Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters offers an unforgettable unique live music experience time performed with depth, scale grandeur and orchestral magnificence.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

4 Aug Snow Patrol Music|Concerts

Fresh on the heels of their North American stadium tour with Ed Sheeran,  and appearances at Lollapalooza Chile and Brazil, the Australian shows see Snow Patrol performing in a Live and Acoustic mode as a 3-piece featuring singer and guitarist Gary Lightbody, Johnny McDaid on ‎Guitar, piano and vocals and Nathan Connolly also on guitar and vocals.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

6 Aug Massimo Bottura – The World’s No 1 Chef Music|Concerts

The charisma, energy, charm, boundless creativity and determination to challenge are reasons enough for Massimo Bottura to be the world’s most in-demand chef. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, has three Michelin stars and ranks number one on this year’s list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth premier.ticketek.com.au

7–10 Aug Much Ado About Nothing Theatre|Dance|Film

Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings. Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other. Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves. But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all? Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots,  misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

8–25 Aug Black Swan State Theatre Company: Medea Theatre|Dance|Film

An exciting new drama in collaboration with WA Youth Theatre Company that observes one of history’s most notorious family breakdowns. A smart, sharp and bittersweet story told from the perspective of the two children of Medea and Jason, directed by Sally Richardson.
State Theatre, Studio Underground, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth bsstc.com.au

8–18 Aug Bring It On: The Musical Theatre|Dance|Film

Sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On is a hilarious, universal story that is sure to be everything you hope for and nothing like you expect. Inspired by the hit film, Bring It On takes audiences on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth https://tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

9 Aug Sir Francis Burt Memorial Organ Concert Music|Concerts

Ben Sheen is Associate Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Thomas Fifth Avenue, and winner of the prestigious Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
St Georges Cathedral, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999 www.perthconcerthall.com.au

9–11 Aug Fleetwood Mac Music|Concerts

The Legendary Fleetwood Mac, will kick off their 2019 Australian tour in Perth featuring the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Don’t miss your chance to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and their incredible body of music spanning more than 50 years, when they reach our shores.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

9 Aug Joy Division Orchestrated Music|Concerts

The group's original bassist Peter Hook, The Metropolitan Orchestra & guests come together to perform the catalogue of one of the world's most celebrated bands.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

9 Aug Rugby Union Sport

Western Force v Malaysia Valke
HBF Park, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

10 Aug International Rugby Sport

Bledisloe Cup: Australia v New Zealand
Perth Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

10 Aug Elvis: King of the World Music|Concerts

They don’t come any bigger than this. Now, almost 42 years since Elvis’ premature passing, a concert befitting the most popular music artist the world of rock n’ roll has ever known. The biggest Elvis concert ever staged anywhere in the world with an orchestra, choir & singers on stage AND the world’s newest Elvis sensation, 27 years old Jack Gatto – the voice of Elvis plus a very special guest, his great friend the king of soul Tom Jones in the shape of James Cupples, who is the heart and soul of Tom Jones. Together they are the Kings of Rock & Soul.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

11 Aug Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

11 Aug Abbey Road Live Music|Concerts

In celebration of Abbey Road’s 50th anniversary, some of Australia's most respected musicians, all self-confessed Beatles tragics, will faithfully and lovingly bring The Beatles' most audacious creation to life on stage, performing Abbey Road in full from start to finish, followed by a second set comprising of a selection of hits spanning the breadth of The Beatles’ career and catalogue.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth www.perthconcerthall.com.au

12 Aug Suncorp Super Netball Sport

West Coast Fever v Collingwood Magpies
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

13–16 Aug Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts Families|Children

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts bursts off the page in a spectacular live show, taking the world’s best-­loved fairy tales and rearranging them with some surprising and hilarious twists. Seriously funny and frighteningly silly, it is the perfect family entertainment especially for children 5 to 105. It’s sure to delight and disgust in equal measures.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth https://tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

14 Aug Australian Chamber Orchestra: Luminous Music|Concerts

ACO’s 2005 collaboration with artist Bill Henson, Luminous, was a ground-breaking, cross-genre musical and visual feast. Celebrating 10 years since their last performance of Luminous, they’re bringing it back, revived and refreshed, with indie Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999 www.perthconcerthall.com.au

15 Aug Life on Mars Exhibitions|Displays

Is there life on Mars? We’ve been asking the question for centuries, but could clues in Western Australia’s Pilbara soon give us answers? Join a panel of NASA scientists and astrophysicists as they discuss all things Mars. How will people live on the red planet? Is there already simple life there? Will Mars be a base for humanity one day stepping out into the galaxy? Do we have galactic neighbours?
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

16 Aug WASO Special Event: Bach’s St Matthew Passion Music|Concerts

Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion was first heard on Good Friday, 1727. Almost three centuries later this musical masterpiece stands as one of the pillars of Western sacred music. Monumental yet deeply affecting, powerful yet intimate and personal, this performance will have you at the edge of your seat, gripped with drama and transcendent music.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

16–17 Aug WASO Classics Series: Znaider Plays Elgar Music|Concerts

Nikolaj Znaider is one of the most sought-after violinists in the world. He returns to WASO to perform Elgar’s Violin Concerto on the same extraordinary instrument - the 1741 Guarnerius del Gesù – that the great Fritz Kreisler used for the Concerto’s premiere over a century ago.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

16–17 Aug International Basketball Sport

Australia v Canada
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

16 Aug Lee Kernaghan: Backroad Nation Tour Music|Concerts

Lee Kernaghan is one of the all-time greats of Australian music. Following his sold out 25th anniversary tour, don’t miss your chance to celebrate with Lee as he tours the country with his incredible new album and show – Backroad Nation.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

17 Aug Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle v Essendon
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

17 Aug A Salute to Roy Orbison Music|Concerts

This is the only show of its kind in the world and is officially endorsed and presented by Wesley Orbison, Roy’s eldest son. Internationally-renowned artist John Stephan will pay homage to The Big O, showcasing his classic hits, including 15 number 1 hits across the world.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

17 Aug Newfangled Harmony Music|Concerts

In this, their first ever Australian tour, The Newfangled Four will be performing in Perth for one night only. Breaking the mold with their humour and original songs, this award-winning quartet are attracting a new generation of fans to the classic art form of Barbershop.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

18 Aug The Ultimate Queen Celebration Music|Concerts

Marc Martel is returning to deliver the ultimate rock spectacular for Queen fans. This is the closest you will get to hearing Freddie Mercury live.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth www.perthconcerthall.com.au

18 Aug Suncorp Super Netball Sport

West Coast Fever v Queensland Firebirds
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

21–24 Aug Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show. Theatre|Dance|Film

The tour will see Jackman perform a new show with hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more, accompanied by a live orchestra.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

22 Aug to 1 Sep Hair Theatre|Dance|Film

Radical, rebellious and tribal, 2019 marks 50 years since Australia first let its HAIR down in this genre defining revolutionary rock musical. All these years on, we continue to challenge the establishment with this brand new Australian production that breaks convention and all the rules. Defy your expectations with this contemporary take on the classic hair raising musical.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

23–25 Aug WASO Gala Event: An Evening with Gun-Brit Barkmin Music|Concerts

In August 2018 the acclaimed German soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin made her Australian debut in WASO’s Tristan und Isolde and blew everyone away. From the roar of the audience, it was clear that Perth wanted more of this exceptional artist. WASO has responded. This evening of operatic and vocal masterworks from Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner will shine the spotlight on Barkmin’s phenomenal talent. And being renowned worldwide as one of the finest exponents of Salome, she concludes this gala event with the dramatic final scene of Strauss’ extraordinary opera. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the most remarkable voices of our generation with Asher Fisch leading ‘an orchestra at the top of its game’.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

23–25 Aug Good Food & Wine Show Festivals|Celebrations

Good food and good wine is nothing without good company to share it with, and this year the Good Food & Wine Show is excited to again offer an exciting line-up of features to discover, taste, share and enjoy. Here is your chance to become immersed in all things food and wine, with returning show favourites and new, never before seen experiences and masterclasses.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth www.goodfoodshow.com.au

24 Aug Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00 www.ticketmaster.com.au

24 Aug to 15 Sep Chittering SpringFest Festivals|Celebrations

A three week celebration of all things Chittering: Wildflowers, Art, Heritage and the region's natural beauty. With over 20 events held over these weeks, there will be something for everyone.
Various locations in the Chittering Valley www.visitchittering.com.au

25 Aug Chevron City to Surf for Activ 2019 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

28–31 Aug Wonder Woman Theatre|Dance|Film

Imagine feminism was a superhero. Imagine laughing together with the women of the world. Wonder Woman is here. Time is up. Provocative and physical, Wonder Woman unearths the everyday superhero and delivers a solid punch to the gut. A double bill of dance works choreographed by NSW artists Adelina Larsson and Julie-Anne Long in collaboration with WA performer Laura Boynes, this is an exposing, funny and intimate show that will have you furiously nodding in agreement and shouting me too.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth tickets.ptt.wa.gov.au

30–31 Aug WASO Masters Series: Schummann & Strauss Music|Concerts

In an unmissable trading of places WASO Principal Conductor Asher Fisch and Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider switch roles as Maestro and soloist! One of the world’s finest violinists, Nikolaj Znaider is now also a much sought-after conductor, while WASO's very own Maestro, Asher Fisch, is also renowned as a sensitive and stylish pianist. Schumann’s rapturous Piano Concerto is the perfect vehicle for Asher Fisch’s boundless musical passion, and Nikolaj Znaider and WASO will positively revel in the swaggering orchestral sound of Strauss’ Don Juan.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000 www.waso.com.au

30 Aug One Big Voice Music|Concerts

Australia’s largest children’s choir is once again performing as One Big Voice. The magic of thousands of children singing positive, life affirming songs in two and three part harmony, must be experienced to be believed.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012 premier.ticketek.com.au

 

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