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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.



to 4 Feb Escape From Pompeii – The Untold Roman Rescue Exhibitions|Displays

In 79 BCE Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under huge waves of volcanic ash and debris. As many tried to flee, the Roman Navy attempted a heroic but ultimately tragic rescue of victims stranded at the foot of the volcano. You are invited to explore the disaster that unfolded as a result of the eruption and learn how the control of the Mediterranean gave the Roman Empire unprecedented prosperity.
WA Maritime Museum, Cliff St, Fremantle

continuing City of Perth Twilight Hawkers’ Markets Markets|Shopping

Perth's original and largest hawkers market is back! From the Netherlands and Germany to Italy and Spain, there are plenty of European influences alongside exotic Asian cuisine. With live local music adding to the cultural atmosphere, it’s the perfect Friday night out.
Forrest Place, Perth

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

to 25 Feb Fringe World Festival 2018 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

1 Feb The Selecter & The Beat Music|Concerts

2 Tone legends The Selecter and The Beat are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together to co-headline shows in Australia and New Zealand.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

1 Feb Welcome to Night Vale Theatre|Dance|Film

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly serial podcast that has developed a loyal and dedicated following since its inception in 2012. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, it brings its listeners stories from the strange desert town of Night Vale in the form of a community radio show hosted by Cecil Palmer (played by Cecil Baldwin). It is a rich and nuanced drama complete with local news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark-hooded figures with unknowable powers and cultural events. Welcome to Night Vale has become one of the most popular podcasts in the world.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

1 Feb The Stranglers: The Classic Collection Music|Concerts

After 40 years, one of the UK’s most important musical exports, The Stranglers continue to prove they are still a powerhouse live act, with fans in for a treat with the Australian return of an even bigger and bolder show from the inventors and ultimate purveyors of Brit-punk.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

1 Feb Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Music|Concerts

Since their debut release in 2001, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have made a name for themselves on a global scale. By fusing together elements of the psych, space rock, noise-pop and classic rock and roll that weave themselves across five acclaimed studio albums, BRMC live shows have often been hailed as events rather than mere gigs; a dynamic showcase of dark, brooding rock mixed with an energetic show you can’t take your eyes off.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

2 Feb National Basketball League Sport

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

9–11 Feb Green Day’s American Idiot Theatre|Dance|Film

This spectacular musical theatre rock show showcases an all-Australian cast including the phenomenally talented and Helpmann Award nominee, Phoebe Panaretos as Whatsername, and special guest star, rock legend Phil Jamieson as St Jimmy. Green Day’s explosive Broadway musical channels the grungy spirit of punk while also plucking at the heartstrings – discover what all the noise is about.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 1300 795 012

3–4 Feb Araluen’s Chilli & Avocado Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Calling on all chilli lovers to unite with the avo enthusiasts for the biggest celebration on the Swan River. More stalls, free parking and the biggest range of chilli and avocado products to tantalise your tastebuds. Wander through the Araluen Village to experience a taste of the Perth Hills and purchase some local produce. For the first time ever you will be able to purchase Araluen’s tulip bulbs to create your own springtime garden. Perth’s best talents will keep you entertained and there will be kids activities and roving entertainment to keep the little ones busy. Celebrity chefs will demonstrte how easy it is to create your own chilli and avocado taste sensations and horticulturalists will offer expert knowledge on growing chillies and avocados at home.
McCallum Park, Victoria Park PH: (08) 9496 1171

2 Nov Mariah Carey Music|Concerts

One of the world’s most loved and recognized voices, Mariah Carey is heading down under to perform the songs that made her the biggest selling female artist of the millennium, including Hero, One Sweet Day, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby, Vision of Love, We Belong Together and many more.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

7 Feb Rise Against Music|Concerts

The politically-charged, punk four-piece Rise Against, are coming to Perth in celebration of their chart-topping eighth studio album ‘Wolves’.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

8–11 Feb World Super 6 Perth Sport

The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is set to continue its modernisation of golf in 2018 with a new innovative format that attracted a huge amount of interest worldwide.
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, North Beach Rd, Karrinyup Ph: 13 61 00

8–11 Feb Sheffield Shield Cricket Sport

WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

8–17 Feb Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit... Theatre|Dance|Film

Get set for a heart-in-your mouth, edge-of-your seat adrenaline rush as the thrilling artist-acrobats of France’s Compagnie XY perform in Australia for the very first time. A circus collective renowned around the world for pushing the limits of physical ability and bringing poetry to the body in motion, the XY style merges dance with daring, gasp-inducing stunts. Featuring exhilarating acrobatic feats from 22 performers Il n'est pas encore minuit ... (It's Not Yet Midnight ...) is a must-see circus event for everyone. A Perth Festival event.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco

9 Feb to 4 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

9–18 Feb Barber Shop Chronicles Theatre|Dance|Film

Take a fast-paced journey from London across Africa and be transported inside six barber shops over the course of a single day in Inua Ellams’ latest production. Direct from two sell-out seasons at London’s National Theatre, the heart-warming and hilarious Barber Shop Chronicles explores the stuff of life with sharp insight, upbeat music and laugh-out-loud humour. A Perth Festival event.
Octagon Theatre, UWA, Winthrop Ave, Crawley

9 Feb National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Cairns Taipans
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

9 Feb to 3 Mar West Australian Ballet: Ballet at the Quarry Theatre|Dance|Film

Experience the pure, raw energy of dance and the beauty of human movement. One of Perth’s favourite summer traditions, enjoy the unique combination of contemporary dance and dining under a canopy of stars, surrounded by the magnificence of the City Beach Quarry Amphitheatre. Part of the Perth International Arts Festival, Ballet at the Quarry is the hottest ticket in town. This year, we proudly present Milky Way: Ballet at the Quarry; a series of four short works.
Quarry Amphitheatre, Waldron Drive, City Beach Ph: 13 61 00

9 Feb WASO’s Favourites Music|Concerts

Our favourite artists, their favourite music and everyone’s favourite Fifth Symphony! WASO marks 90 years of great music-making with special season-opening concerts. We have invited our favourite West Australian soloists to join in our celebrations, some we’ve loved working with over many years, and others new to Perth who we’ve instantly adored! They have selected their favourite works to make a bumper first half of richly-varied classical hits. We are also delighted to welcome home the most exciting conducting talent to emerge from Perth in many years, our former Assistant Conductor (and now Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony), Christopher Dragon, to conduct Beethoven’s triumphant Fifth Symphony.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

11 Feb Ben Folds: Paper Aeroplane Request Tour Music|Concerts

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation, and certainly one of its most compelling live performers. In an enduring love affair with Australia spanning more than twenty years, including a period when Folds called Adelaide home between the years of 1999 and 2006, he has expanded his dedicated fan base with each visit. In this concert Folds will curate a playlist armed with a songbook spanning his entire career in the first half. During the second half, audience members will be encouraged to write their song requests onto a piece of paper, to be folded into a paper plane and launched onto the stage on cue. Folds will then randomly select and perform the songs requested.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth

11 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

14 Feb Al Bano Music|Concerts

Al Bano has been a leading singer songwriter in Italy and a household name since 1967. Having been awarded 26 Gold and 8 Platinum records, Albano today remains one of Italy’s most popular singers. His collaboration during the seventies and eighties with Romina Power has earned the duo worldwide recognition with some of the most memorable songs ever written, including Ci Sara and Felicita. The Al Bano magic crossed over to the classical music genre in the 90s with two highly acclaimed classical albums that brought Al Bano a whole new legion of fans. Al Bano sings from the heart, which has always been, and will always be, his trademark.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

14–17 Feb To a Simple Rock ‘N’ Roll... Song Theatre|Dance|Film

Described by The Evening Standard as ‘an adrenaline shot that sends you away buzzing', to a simple, rock ’n’ roll... song is a potent cocktail of dance, iconic music and stunning visuals from Britain’s wild child of dance Michael Clark and his award-winning company. Erik Satie, Patti Smith and David Bowie provide the soundtrack for a heart-stopping 85 minutes that will leave you wanting more. A Perth Festival event.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

14 Feb Ross Kemp: Extreme Tales Live on Stage Theatre|Dance|Film

In a global first, award winning documentary maker, author and actor Ross Kemp brings his Extreme Tales live to the stage in Australia this February. Hear Ross share his personal experiences, both humorous and heart breaking, from some of the world’s most dangerous people and places. From El Salvador to East Timor and from Moscow to South Africa, Ross delivers the brutal untold story of our diverse world in this no-holds-barred evening. Be prepared to laugh, cry and rethink who and what we are.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15–17 Feb Mrs. Brown's Boys: For The Love of Mrs. Brown Comedy

For the Love of Mrs Brown is the latest production of the side-splitting series written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll. This brand new hilarious show sees Agnes looking for love using D’Internet, Cathy thinks plastic surgery might be the answer to getting that ring on her finger, Dermot realises he may need to step it up with the romance to keep his marriage fresh, even granddad has found love!
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

17–18 Feb Sunset Wine Festivals|Celebrations

Enjoying a classic summer sunset, tasting fantastic Western Australian wine, craft beers, ciders and spirits could not get better. Add in some gourmet food, live music and good friends and you have the recipe for one of summer’s best boutique events.
The Esplanade, Scarborough

17 Feb Jordi Savall Music|Concerts

Catalan early-music legend Jordi Savall is acclaimed around the world for bringing to life little-known musical gems from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era. He brings to Perth Concert Hall his extraordinary ensemble of early music specialists Hespèrion XXI and Mexico’s Tembembe Ensamble Continuo for a program that masterfully mixes 15th and 16th century European music, indigenous Mexican and Latin American sounds and contemporary improvisations. Expect an atmosphere that is more like a party than a performance – full of rich colour, rhythm and a joyous sense of spontaneity. A Perth Festival event.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

17 Feb Dizzee Rascal Music|Concerts

All hail the Rascal – the king of grime is back. The original firestarter, Dizzee Rascal, bombs the bass with hip hop slingshots that leave the imitators for dead. Brace yourselves bassline junkies, this cheeky grandmaster drops ‘em hard and you definitely want to be there when he does. A Perth Festival event.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth

17 Feb to 14 Mar The Rocky Horror Show Theatre|Dance|Film

Ready to thrill you with its frothy fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! Follow squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script! Bursting at the seams with the timeless classics including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is a non-stop party.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 1300 795 012

18 Feb National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Cairns Taipans
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

20 Feb Roger Waters Music|Concerts

Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio/visual production and breathtaking quad sound. Us + Them is no exception: following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, it will inspire audiences with its powerful delivery.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

23 Feb Eskimo Joe with WASO Music|Concerts

Over the last 21 years, Eskimo Joe has had their music released to great acclaim in the US, Canada, Europe and Korea. With 6 studio albums and sales exceeding 750,000 in Australia alone, the band has seen 3 of their albums debut at number 1 on the ARIA charts and have racked up an impressive 35 ARIA nominations. In an Australian Premiere, this is a unique opportunity to experience their massive hits Black Fingernails, Red Wine, Foreign Land and more with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

24 Feb Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Melbourne City FC
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

24 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

24–27 Feb Sheffield Shield Cricket Sport

WA v Vic
WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

24 Feb to 19 Jun A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence Exhibitions|Displays

Drawn from the private art collection of the eminent Corsini family, this exhibition features paintings from Italian artists such as Botticelli, Pontormo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio. Decorative objects, furniture, costumes, works on paper, along with a lavish dining room set for six, will portray the life of the Corsini family and bring the ambience of Palazzo Corsini to Perth. Over the centuries, these works of art have survived the devastation of war and escaped the forces of nature including the flood of Florence in 1966. This is the first time that the Collection has travelled outside of Italy, making its way exclusively to Perth after a showing at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

25 Feb The Avalanches Music|Concerts

Melbourne merry-makers The Avalanches create mind-bending beats, most famously Since I Left You, a 60-minute melting pot of the band’s collective influences. With original instrumentation and samples a’plenty, The Avalanches are set to bring the party to Chevron Festival Gardens. A Perth Festival event.
Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, Perth

28 Feb The King’s Singers with St Georges Cathedral Consort Music|Concerts

Formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College Cambridge in 1968, these gentlemen came together through their shared love of singing to form the King’s Singers. Soon enough they became world renowned for their mesmerizing performances. One of the keys to the group’s success has been the slow turnover of its members. Including the current six singers, there have only been 26 King’s Singers since 1968 which has allowed the techniques that guide every aspect of the group's music-making to be inherited and refined without getting lost through a rapid change of line-up. To this day, their vocal makeup has been two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass. A night that will be filled with a breath-taking repertoire. An alchemy of ancient and modern, serious and light- hearted, expected and unexpected, by some of the great contemporary choral composers of our day, alongside masters of the Renaissance and Romantic eras, promises an evening of unique and unforgettable musical brilliance.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00