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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.



continuing Beyond Bling! Exhibitions|Displays

Centred on 300 varied pieces from the WA State Art Collection, from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the AGWA vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle and elegant, the show aims to change how visitors think about what jewellery is and can be.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

continuing Lotterywest Festival Films Theatre|Dance|Film

Once again the world's finest dramas, comedies, thrillers and love stories light up the outdoor screens at Somerville and Joondalup Pines from November to mid-April this summer. For more than half a century, our Festival has presented the quintessential Perth summer experience; the very best arthouse films outdoors at the Somerville. Come early with a picnic or choose from the wide selection of food available at the venue. As Perth's premier outdoor cinema north of the city, Joondalup Pines at Edith Cowan University campus is an equally ideal destination for quality entertainment in a relaxed setting. Bring a picnic, enjoy a BBQ lakeside or be tempted by the selection of delicious culinary offerings available onsite. A Perth International Arts Festival event.
Somerville Auditorium, UWA, Winthrop Ave, Crawley and Joondalup Pines, ECU, Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

continuing Moonlight Cinema Theatre|Dance|Film

Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema, showing advance screenings, new release and cult movies on the lawns of Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Synergy Parkland, May Drive, Kings Park Ph: 9480 3600

continuing WA Now – Andrew Nicholls: Hyperkulturemia Exhibitions|Displays

Andrew Nicholls’ WA Now solo exhibition will showcase his recent Hyperkulturemia series. The major focus of his practice for over the past five years, Hyperkulturemia is the outcome of a series of residencies in Italy between 2014-2017. These residencies were an opportunity for Nicholls to engage with various sites associated with the 18th century Grand Tour, a rite-of-passage that saw young, aristocratic men complete their education by journeys to Italy to view the remains of classical antiquity and the masterpieces of the Renaissance.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

continuing La Soirée Theatre|Dance|Film

La Soirée returns – reimagined, bigger and bolder than ever! The trailblazing, multi-award-winning show that broke all the rules, captured the world’s imagination and redefined contemporary cabaret takes up residence this summer at the iconic Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge. Joyous, celebratory, jaw-dropping and downright unmissable, La Soirée 2019 features a roll call of international artists in an astonishing and wildly entertaining line-up.
The Ice Cream Factory, 92 Roe St, Northbridge 9227 6288

to 17 Feb Fringe World Festival 2019 Festivals|Celebrations

Fringe World is packed with a pleasurable array of cabaret, sketch and stand-up comedy, theatre and music performances, with a dash of film and visual art exhibitions thrown in for good measure. Offering a smorgasbord of entertainment to tempt, titillate and tease, it’s a festival that showcases new and up-and-coming talent treading the boards alongside the growing troupe of international superstars.
Various locations

18 Jan to 3 Feb Cirque Africa Theatre|Dance|Film

After a sell-out debut season as the top-selling show at Adelaide Fringe 2017 with 5 star reviews, Cirque Africa is coming to Perth WA for the first time ever for Fringe World 2019. Cirque Africa is 100% African, 100% energy, and 100% Fun. A cultural experience like no other. A vibrant and highly entertaining blockbuster production which transports each audience to the positive side of Africa through modern stage.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

18 Jan to 17 Feb Djuki Mala Theatre|Dance|Film

Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company took the world by storm, present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production. Unique, infectious, high-energy... like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart. Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul.
The West Australian Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, James St, Northbridge

31 Jan to 3 Feb Lucky Oceans and Jessie Gordon Present: The Piano Has Been Drinking Music|Concerts

Join Grammy Award winning pedal steel guitarist Lucky Oceans and his team of vagabonds for a Fringe World premiere. An evening of raucous barrelhouse blues featuring Spirit of Fringe winner and jazz/blues vocalist Jessie Gordon alongside pianist Paul Gioia and guitarist Bill Lawrie of Tin Dog fame, Barrelhouse is a band full of energy and spirit(s).
De Parel Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge

to 2 Feb Dave Callan & Rove McManus in XXV Comedy

Dave (Triple J, Comedy Festival Gala, Good Game and Rove Live) and Rove (Rove) return to where it all started for a massive 25th anniversary celebration featuring the best stand up and surprises from a quarter of a century. Plus some brand new surprises! Come see these Perth boys done good in front of a sold-out hometown crowd!
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

to 3 Feb Tim Ferguson: A Fast Life on Wheels Comedy

A comedy legend rips the lid off his extraordinary life. Tim Ferguson reveals the terrors and tears of his worldwide escapades. As for his lifelong battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Tim says, ''I don’t ‘suffer’ MS. It suffers me.” Catch Tim's latest and best new show as it premieres in Perth. Hilarious, touching and wicked. This show is hell on wheels.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

16 Feb Fifi Mondello - Songs In The Key of Love Music|Concerts

Join Fifi and her dashing band as she explores matters of the heart in all of their forms – the good, the bad and the ugly. From the opening act of glorious intoxication to contentment to irritation, to anger, heartbreak or - if you’re lucky - happily ever after, and back again. Let Fifi take you on a journey through love and its treatment in the jazz repertoire across different times, places and cultures.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

1 Feb National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Illawarra Hawks
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

1–2 Feb John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins Music|Concerts

This tour features Missy Higgins with whom John Butler Trio has shared the stage many times over the years, creating the soundtracks to many precious memories as two of Australia’s most treasured artists.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

1 Feb Nigel Kennedy in Recital Music|Concerts

Virtuoso violinist and living legend, Nigel Kennedy, returns to Australia this January to perform works of his much loved Johann Sebastian Bach and George Gershwin, including the immortal Summertime, Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue, as well as Kennedy’s own composition The Magician of Lublin. 
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

1–3 Feb Tom Gleeson: Joy Comedy

Star of The Weekly. Host of Hard Quiz. Come and see the master live. It’s a joy. A true master of the craft, remarkably he gets better each year.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

2 Feb Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

2 Feb Opera in the Park: La Traviata Music|Concerts

West Australian Opera and the City of Perth present Verdi’s masterpiece of love, hope and second chances in concert performance. Verdi’s enchanting score tells the story of Violetta, a troubled courtesan harbouring a dark secret. Violetta’s outlook on life changes when she falls in love with the charming Alfredo, who is equally besotted with her. Alfredo’s father disapproves of the blossoming relationship and he stands in the way of true love. Violetta is forced to choose between being with her love or sacrificing her own happiness in order to save Alfredo’s family reputation.
Supreme Court Gardens, Perth Ph: 9278 8999

2 Feb Jimeoin: The Ridiculous Comedy

From the ridiculous to the hilarious... come and see Jimeoin's new show as he takes you into the brain of one of the world's best stand-up comedians and masters of observational humour.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

3 Feb T20 Big Bash League Cricket Sport

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars
Perth Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

3 Feb Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Music|Concerts

American rock legend Slash and his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are thrilled to announce New Zealand rock royalty Devilskin as the support act for their tour. Following on from their #1 album, Devilskin have just returned from a sold out tour of Europe and can’t wait to bring their high powered show to you.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

4 Feb Roger Hodgson Music|Concerts

Roger Hodgson, famous for all of the classic Supertramp mega-hits that he wrote, composed and sang, will embark on a new world tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Breakfast in America’. Roger’s songs are timeless, and his mesmerising performances continue to connect in powerful ways to fans everywhere.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

7–10 Feb One Infinity Theatre|Dance|Film

Sound and movement combine to create the hypnotic and meditative ritual One Infinity. Inspired by a Chinese ancient tale, this cross-cultural collaboration brings eastern and western traditions together for a shared experience of beauty and contemplation.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

7–12 Feb A Family Outing – 20 Years On Theatre|Dance|Film

In 1998 Ursula Martinez took to the stage with her parents for the sublime A Family Outing. Now, 20 years later, she attempts to recreate the show without her dad and with a mother who can no longer remember her lines. Absorbed in wryly honest and frank conversation, a mother and daughter expose the banalities, hilarity, foibles and frustrations of their relationship. Contrasting past and present, they bicker, cajole and encourage each other through this endearingly ad hoc, entertaining and ultimately uplifting performance.
State Theatre, Studio Underground, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

7–17 Feb Strut Dance: Sunset Theatre|Dance|Film

Leave your comfort zone and enter a mysterious world where you wander with the spirits of Perth’s colourful past. Discover forgotten secrets in the dusty shadows of one of our city’s most intriguing and significant heritage sites – Sunset down by the iconic Swan River.
Birdwood Parade, Dalkeith

8 to 23 Feb Black Swan State Theatre Company: Our Town Theatre|Dance|Film

A one-of-a-kind theatre event celebrating the extraordinary lives of ordinary people under the stars in the State Theatre Centre Courtyard. Directed by Clare Watson with a cast of professional actors and featuring members from our community, this is a Perth Festival event.
State Theatre, Courtyard, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

8–9 Feb WASO’s Favourites Music|Concerts

Following the success of the inaugural Favourites WASO opens their 2019 season with a new celebration of talented West Australian musicians. This year they have invited Paul O’Neill, James Clayton and Shuan Hern Lee to perform their favourite works in a concert bursting with classical hits.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

8 Feb to 3 Mar Perth International Arts Festival Festivals|Celebrations

The oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere offers some of the worlds best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events.
Assorted venues

8–17 Feb Lang Toi Theatre|Dance|Film

Bamboo poles sway as contortionists, acrobats and jugglers expertly balance and leap from them. A village goes about its daily life as live music, performed by virtuosi musicians, accompanies the action. This is circus at its absolute best! A Perth Festival event.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

8 Feb Wanju Ba Boorlo: Welcome to Perth Music|Concerts

To open Chevron Gardens we present an evening that showcases some of our finest Indigenous voices, led by Archie Roach. As our elder statesman of song, Roach possesses a soulfulness of epic proportions. We're also shining a spotlight on the next wave of artistic excellence with a line-up including Radical Son, Emily Wurramara and John Bennett from Broome. Join us as we open the Festival with an evening celebrating diversity and the rich musical traditions shared by our first nation artists and storytellers.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8–9 Feb Jordan Peterson: 12 Rules For Life Theatre|Dance|Film

Renowned professor, clinical psychologist and international bestselling author Dr. Jordan B Peterson will bring his 12 Rules for Life Tour to Australia in 2019 with special guest Dave Rubin. The show will feature revolutionary talks on overcoming life's biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, the psychology or religion, mythology and much more.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8 Feb to 2 Mar West Australian Ballet: Ballet at the Quarry Theatre|Dance|Film

Under the magical night sky surrounded by the magnificent City Beach Quarry Amphitheatre, be enthralled by the unique combination of contemporary dance and dining under a canopy of stars. Part of Perth Festival, Ballet at the Quarry is one of summer’s hottest tickets. This year, we proudly present In-Synch: Ballet at the Quarry; a series of three short works.
Quarry Amphitheatre, Waldron Drive, City Beach Ph: 13 61 00

8–12 Feb The Great Tamer Theatre|Dance|Film

The meaning of life and the mystery of death are vividly explored in a set of breathtakingly inventive live paintings from Dimitris Papaioannou, a Greek artist internationally recognised for directing the 2004 Olympic ceremonies. The Great Tamer is a witty, stunning and surreal feast of visual delights that takes shape around the idea that life is a journey of discovery — an exploration for hidden treasure, an inner archaeological excavation for meaning.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

9 Feb Nothing But Thieves Music|Concerts

Renowned for their blend of agitated but serious-minded guitar rock, Nothing But Thieves take inspiration from the greats, carving their own niche with the shapeshifting vocals of frontman Conor Mason. Traversing the emotional landscape with an intensity that is their own, Nothing But Thieves tip their hat to Snow Patrol, The Killers and Biffy Clyro, while simultaneously creating a new sound that is equal parts passion and power.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

9 Feb Queen Forever Music|Concerts

Witness the ultimate Queen tribute show which recreates the music and performance of one of the best British rock bands of all time. The essence of Queen is captured perfectly as the band plays all Queen’s biggest hits.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

9 Feb to 27 May Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley Exhibitions|Displays

This, the highly anticipated culmination of the Art Gallery of WA’s six-year Kimberley visual arts project, is a landmark exhibition showcasing the vibrant and contemporary creative talent of Kimberley artists. New works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists will be presented alongside a selection of legacy works from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the exhibition offers a rare experience of the land, artists and art of the Kimberley.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

9–10 Feb Sunset Wine Festivals|Celebrations

Enjoy an iconic WA sunset while tasting the best of WA’s wine, craft beers, ciders, and spirits at the new Scarborough Beach Reserve. Add in some gourmet food, live music, good friends and the perfect coast backdrop and you have one of summer’s best boutique festivals – Sunset Wine & Brews!
Scarborough Beach Reserve

10 Feb National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Sydney Kings
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

10 Feb St Jerome's Laneway Festival Festivals|Celebrations

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what's fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers.
Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle 1300 369 882

13 Feb Australian Chamber Orchestra: Arvo Pärt & JS Bach Music|Concerts

Richard Tognetti opens ACO’s 2019 Season with a program that will reach celestial heights. The famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir joins them in a celebration of Bach and Arvo Pärt. Ethereal and otherworldly, this is music by two towering composers searching for the very core of human meaning.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999

13 Feb RNB Vine Days Music|Concerts

Featuring some of the biggest hit makers of contemporary RNB, Kings Park will host one of the best-selling rap artists in American music history, Nelly, as well as English superstar Craig David. English-Canadian girl group All Saints will perform their first Australian live shows, joined by bubbly US singer Amerie and international party DJ YO! MAFIA.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

13–16 Feb Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Music|Concerts

Take a musical journey throughout the northern regions of Europe and North America with the celestial voices of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to guide you. This performance will touch your soul as it showcases the Choir’s wide-ranging and inspiring repertoire.
Winthrop Hall University of WA, Winthrop Ave, Crawley

13–24 Feb Le Nor Theatre|Dance|Film

Perth theatre-makers The Last Great Hunt combine cinematic mastery and theatrical magic to tell interwoven stories of love in a world that’s falling apart as they perform a faux foreign film live. Lé Nør [the rain] invites you to witness both the onscreen story and the behind-the-scenes action in a nostalgic celebration of everything worth fighting for.
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

14 Feb Sarah Millican Comedy

Award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Millican is back with a brand new show. You’ll learn about road rage, Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, how to tee up a compliment, plus tips on knicker buying and how to talk to shop assistants. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

14–17 Feb ISPS HANDA Perth International Sport

The Perth International will once again capture the attention of golf fans internationally when it brings some of the world's best players back to Perth.
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, North Beach Rd, Karrinyup Ph: 13 61 00

14 Feb Cat Power Music|Concerts

We are thrilled to welcome musical maverick Cat Power back to Perth Festival. Celebrating 25 years on the music scene, acclaimed songwriter, musician and producer Chan Marshall heads to Australia with a brand-new album and her rich back catalogue, all performed with her distinctive and exquisite vocals. A remarkable return from an iconic American voice, Wanderer includes a cover of Rihanna’s 'Stay', interpreted on piano in a way only Cat Power can.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

14–17 Feb Swan Lake Theatre|Dance|Film

Strange and unsettling, full of bleak humour and wry characterisations, this Swan Lake is definitely not the traditional classical ballet version. Set in the Midlands of Ireland, where ancient mythology and the modern world collide, stunning dancing and powerful imagery are interwoven with inventive storytelling, song and live music. The story is relayed like an Irish folk tale, set to a haunting and melodic Nordic and Irish traditional music score played live by the Slow Moving Clouds trio, but the themes and their inventive portrayal are completely contemporary. Moments of darkness give way to scenes of intense rapture in a must-see work of pure theatrical magic.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

15 Feb National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15 Feb Aloe Blacc Music|Concerts

He was the smooth operator who needed a dollar, then he rose up to be ‘The Man’, not to mention adding vocals to Avicii’s smash hit Wake Me Up. In a flurry of funk-fuelled singles, a modern soul man of Marvin Gaye-esque flair emerged as Aloe Blacc: a charismatic gentleman with a velvety tenor, a taste for neo-soul and a penchant for well-crafted, richly textured contemporary R&B classics.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15–19 Feb Lost & Found Opera: Ned Kelly Theatre|Dance|Film

Lost & Found’s mission is to discover lost or forgotten works and present them in unique found spaces. This specially commissioned world premiere invites you into an old timber mill to discover a very different side to one of Australia’s iconic figures.
No 1 Mill, Jarrahdale

16 Feb Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

16 Feb The Hollies: The Road is Long Music|Concerts

The Hollies’ huge Australian audience will experience the magic of this timeless and iconic UK band, featuring its founders Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott, the fantastic voice of Peter Howarth, and long-time musicians Ray Stiles, Ian Parker and Steve Lauri.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

16 Feb Jungle Brothers + Downsyde Music|Concerts

There ain’t no party like an old school party. And with underground hip hop kings Jungle Brothers at the helm, we’ve got you covered as we celebrate 30 years since the release of their seminal record Straight Out the Jungle. As pioneers of jazz-rap the JBs embody the street flavours and soulful grime of their ̀80s heyday. We’ve brought local heroes Downsyde along to add some westside flair.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

16–20 Feb Kwongkan Theatre|Dance|Film

Kwongkan journeys from ancient cultures, through the present and into a future where the next generation struggles to save the planet and themselves. This international co-production is visually and sonically startling with passionately powerful physical performances at its core. Indigenous Australian performers from Perth’s Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and India’s Daksha Sheth Dance Company combine traditional and contemporary dance theatre with live music, son et lumière, and aerial acrobatics.
Fremantle Arts Centre, Finnerty St, Fremantle

16–17 Feb Araluen’s Chilli & Herb Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Offering an abundance of chilli and herb products from sauces to beers, cocktails and wines, donuts and chutneys. Visit the Araluen Plant Stall to pick up some of the hottest plants in WA and the opportunity to learn a few tips from our Horticulturalists. Enjoy boutique chilli beers, steamin' cocktails, spicy wines and other beverages to quench the heat. Be entertained at our multiple stages with live music, entertainment for the kids, knowledgeable horticulturalists providing you with expert knowledge on growing your own chilli and herb plants at home and celebrity chefs demonstrating how to turn those plants into delicious meals.
Araluen Botanic Park, 362 Croyden Rd, Roleystone PH: (08) 9496 1171

17 Feb Rudimental Music|Concerts

East London luminaries, Rudimental have announced they’ll be heading back to Australia as part of their Toast To Our Differences world tour. It’s been over two years since the full band last toured here. But the good news is, they’re pumped to get back to our shores.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

17 Feb The Preatures Unplugged Music|Concerts

One of our best-loved pop-rock bands, The Preatures bristle with hook-laden swagger and retro flair. Led by mercurial goddess Izzi Manfredi the four- piece combine sassy melodies with sizzling anthems such as 'Is This How You Feel?' and 'Somebody's Talking'. For their Perth Festival debut we present the charismatic Sydney quartet stripped back and raw for an evening of unplugged delight.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

17 Feb Bananarama Music|Concerts

Iconic 80s pop duo Bananarama will perform all their hits for one night only at Crown Theatre. Catch British childhood friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward perform ‘Shy Boy’, ‘Cruel Summer’ and the iconic ‘Venus’. Featuring special guest appearances from Tiffany and Amber.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

17 Feb Freddy Kempf Music|Concerts

An audience with pianist Freddy Kempf is an exhilarating experience – whether his fingers are glittering at breakneck speed across the keys or he’s exquisitely serenading you with a deft emotional touch. Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, he has built a unique reputation as both an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks, as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.
Government House Ballroom, St Georges Tce, Perth

19–23 Feb Shen Yun Theatre|Dance|Film

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

19–24 Feb Wot? No Fish!! Exhibitions|Displays

For more than 50 years shoemaker Ab Solomons drew a doodle on his weekly wage-packet chronicling the ups and downs of his family life and the surrounding social and political upheavals. A collaboration between Danny Braverman and Nick Philippou, this award-winning solo show tells the funny and moving story of how Braverman discovered his great uncle Ab’s lost art, hidden in old shoeboxes. Like a graphic novel brought to life (with the drawings projected on stage), he shares this extraordinary story of love and art, history and family with affection and humour.
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

20–23 Feb WA Opera: The Magic Flute Music|Concerts

See Mozart’s comedic masterpiece performed as never before! The Magic Flute, presented by Perth Festival in association with West Australian Opera and West Australian Symphony Orchestra, is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production by renowned opera director Barrie Kosky.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

20 Feb Australian String Quartet: Haydn Winkelman Sibelius Music|Concerts

Whimsical spirit encounters aesthetic introspection in the first of ASQ’s 2019 concerts. Haydn’s admiration for the musicality of birds creates curious charm, contrasting the soulful reflections of Finland’s great Romantic artist, Jean Sibelius.
Government House Ballroom, St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

20–23 Feb Mozart’s The Magic Flute Theatre|Dance|Film

Mozart’s master comedy opera is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by internationally-renowned opera director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927. Blending animated film and live action in a gloriously ingenious kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, dark humour and German expressionism, this visual fantasia is made for film buffs and art lovers, as well as fans of fine opera. 
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

20 Feb to 3 Mar Five Short Blasts Exhibitions|Displays

As morning and evening breaks over the Port of Fremantle you’re invited to hop on a boat to encounter the sights and sounds of the area from the people who live and work there. Inspired by the maritime signal of five short blasts to indicate uncertainty, this journey takes audiences out on small quiet boats to listen, to navigate the unknown and to discover new ways of seeing.
Fremantle Port

21 Feb A Day on the Green: Brian Ferry Music|Concerts

Bryan Ferry will be joined by Died Pretty, Models and ‘80s Melbourne funk/pop band I’m Talking, in a reunion that’s been 30 years in the making. With decades of hits and undeniable style, Bryan Ferry’s show will include songs from his whole career, including classics like Love Is A Drug, Avalon, More Than This as well as some of his much-loved solo hits.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

21 Feb Julien Baker + Julia Jacklin Music|Concerts

Indie-folk charmers Julia Jacklin and Julien Baker are renowned for searing ballads, breathtaking vulnerability and deft lyricism. Where Baker unfurls songs that are meditative and introspective, Jacklin melds confessional alt-country with dreamy indie pop. An evening in the company of this pair promises sophisticated songcraft, wit and wisdom delivered in their equally silken tones.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

21–23 Feb The Nature of Why Theatre|Dance|Film

Feel the transformative power of music and dance in an epic performance bursting with passion and joyous intensity. Merging contemporary dance and live orchestral music The Nature of Why erases the divide between musicians, dancers and audience, immersing you in an uplifting up-close-and-personal theatrical
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

22 Feb Womens One Day International Cricket Sport

Australia v New Zealand
WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

22 Feb Deafheaven + Zeal & Ardor Music|Concerts

United by their sheer ferocity, Deafheaven and Zeal & Ardor join forces for a dynamite double bill. Where Deafheaven are poised on the edge of an emotional apocalypse, Zeal & Ardor blend African American spirituals, blues and black metal with a menacingly euphoric growl. With tortured shrieks and immersive guitar explosions, Deafheaven's music is not made for the everyday. Emerging from a similar heavy rock kaleidoscope, Swiss-American Zeal & Ardor are the sound of satanic spirituals – dark, raging and intensely compelling. Do not miss this epic combination.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

22–24 Feb Perth Writers Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Authors, innovators, artists, campaigners and provocateurs from Australia and overseas converge on our city for the Perth Writers Festival.Join us at the Perth Writers Festival Precinct, situated within the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia, for interviews, debates, readings, performances and workshops. Engage with the finest minds in fiction, memoir, print and digital magazines, travel writing, poetry, journalism and much more. Discover and discuss diverse topics, from politics and history to crime and social justice.
University of WA, Winthrop Ave, Crawley 6488 5555

23 Feb Anh Do Theatre|Dance|Film

Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as ‘the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years’. Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing... happiness.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

23 Feb Arctic Monkeys Music|Concerts

British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys have ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and now Frontier Touring is over the moon to announce the band’s return to Australia for a mammoth run of arena shows.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

23 Feb Melbourne Ska Orchestra Music|Concerts

Party-starters, mischief-makers and all round funsters, ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) have a well-earned reputation for keeping the dancefloor twirling. Led by gregarious frontman, Nicky Bomba, MSO is a gaggle of brass, beats and frivolity under the skankin’ ska banner. Destined to be one of the liveliest nights of the season, this is an evening for more than a little hot shoe shuffling.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

23 Feb Rottnest Channel Swim Sport

A 19.7 kilometre swim from Cottesloe Beach to Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island. Participants can compete in teams of two or four, or for the extremely dedicated, tackle the crossing solo.The event has grown in popularity to become the world's largest open water swimming event and is now a much-loved West Australian icon, capturing the imagination of the public and ocean swimmers alike.
Cottesloe to Rottnest 9287 2550

24 Feb Rhye Music|Concerts

In a flurry of intoxicating soul pop, ambiguous imagery and sensual music videos, Rhye's emergence set the internet abuzz, heralding the arrival of a mysterious artist with a spine-tingling falsetto. With a penchant for creating deeply emotive soundscapes, Rhye’s melancholic musings of love are underpinned by a shimmy of glitter and a lushness as soft as silk. Come, be mesmerised.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

26 Feb Bianca Del Rio: It’s Jester Joke Comedy

After three consecutive sell-out Australian tours, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio returns to Australia with her brand-new comedy show, It’s Jester Joke. The self-proclaimed ‘clown in a gown’ tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life. Sure to keep audiences in stitches with her comical ‘tell it like it is’ views, covering life from politics and travel to family and social media. It isn't all fun and games, though. There is an important life lesson to be learned through this fearless comedy show... sometimes we all just need to lighten the f**k up!
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

26 Feb to 3 Mar A Ghost in My Suitcase Theatre|Dance|Film

Travel from contemporary Australia to cosmopolitan Shanghai and to the misty byways of rural China in the enchanting family mystery A Ghost in My Suitcase.Twelve-year-old Celeste arrives in China to scatter her mother’s ashes, but in no time flat she’s thrust into a world of magic and myth. Her grandmother has carried on the family tradition of ghost catching and Celeste finds she too has a knack for the hair-raising pursuit.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

27 Feb Eminem: Rapture 2019 Music|Concerts

Eminem’s fiercely loyal Australian fanbase has been willing for tour dates to be added in this territory, constantly spinning the rumour mill into overdrive, and now their prayers have been answered: the rap god is on his way, special guests will be announced soon and join the line-up for this second instalment of the 2019 stadium tour.
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 1300 795 012

27 Feb to 3 Mar Re-Member Me Theatre|Dance|Film

When award-winning lip synch maestro Dickie Beau realised he might never play The Dane, he decided to turn himself into a human Hamlet mix-tape. Channelling audio recordings of great historical performances of theatre's most famous role, he created a humorous and haunting solo show to ‘re-member’ the ghosts of Hamlets past.
State Theatre, Studio Underground, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

28 Feb Beach House Music|Concerts

Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House delve into the twisted double edge of glamour with saintly synth-driven style. Exploring the beauty that arises from darkness, the band say they were “channelling some kind of heavy truth” for their seventh record, and transcendent forces are indeed at work. At once dense, intimate and stimulating, Beach House have remerged to create sumptuous tones with a soft-edged, hypnotic weightlessness that simply shimmers.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

28 Feb to 2 Mar Dada Masilo’s Giselle Theatre|Dance|Film

The classic romantic ballet Giselle is turned on its head by South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo.The setting is a South African village, where the barefoot dancers perform a dazzling dance drawn from classical ballet, contemporary dance and African ritual and the well-known story of betrayal, heartbreak and revenge is given a decidedly contemporary twist. The result is a searing, stunning performance that will resonate in hearts and minds.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth