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.



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

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

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

3 Aug Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle v Geelong Cats
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

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

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

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

10 Aug International Rugby Sport

Australia v New Zealand
Perth Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

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

11 Aug Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

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

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

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

17 Aug Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle v Essendon
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

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

24 Aug Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

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