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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 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

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

to 1 Jul Subiaco Theatre Festival Theatre|Dance|Film

Escape the winter gloom and head to Subiaco Arts Centre to see some of Perth’s most exciting independent theatre companies light up the stage. Perth Theatre Trust is proud to present an eclectic program of quality productions from Whiskey & Boots, Umbrella Works Inc., the Strawboat Collective and The Last Great Hunt.
Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

to 23 Jul Lights by Dreamworks Families|Children

Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda light up the Crown Pyramid. This is an exhibition style event with some of DreamWorks Animation’s best known characters in a large-scale lantern experience. Lights by DreamWorks is an interactive, walkthrough experience for people all ages, who will marvel at more than 100 of DreamWorks’ characters brought to life. Modelled on the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, Lights by DreamWorks features huge illuminated figures familiar to the fans of the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar movies. Visitors to the exhibition will also meet the stars and be treated to a variety of scenographic pieces, LED furnishings, themed technology and learning zones, children’s rides and an animatronic dragon.
Crown Pyramid, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

to 1 Jul WASO Classics Series: Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Music|Concerts

Experience the artistry of one of the world’s most poetic pianists.  Acclaimed French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie’s teacher was a pupil of Chopin specialist Alfred Cortot, whose teacher was a student of Chopin himself. Lortie performs with elegant subtlety, sophistication and spontaneity - perfect qualities for Chopin’s lyrical First Piano Concerto. Christoph König frames Chopin with the muscularly romantic music of Dvořák: the seldom heard but delightful tone poem The Water Goblin and his passionate Seventh Symphony.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

to 1 Jul Jazz @ the Maj: Roger Garrood Music|Concerts

Roger and his alto sax will join the Monday Night Orchestra in a concert that will remind you that the wealth of talent resident right here in Perth is world class in its depth and that the next generation of musicians are in the best of hands.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

1 Jul National Rugby League Sport

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

1–15 Jul Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: The Arrival Families|Children

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land. Will he find a place to live? Will he find a job and make friends? Most of all, will Aki ever see his family again? The absence of words not only makes this story perfect for puppetry but emphasises the isolation experienced by many people arriving in a new place. The Arrival is a fusion of Shaun Tan’s beautiful and surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting. This ground breaking production blurs the boundaries of performance, digital animation and puppetry. This is an emotionally moving piece which will touch anyone who has bid farewell to a loved one.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle Ph: 9335 5044

1 Jul San Cisco: The Water National Tour Music|Concerts

Fremantle indie-pop quartet, and triple j faves, San Cisco are back on the road touring their brand new studio album The Water.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

1 Jul Jimmy Webb: Live in Concert Music|Concerts

Multi Grammy Award winning singer songwriter, Jimmy Webb, will perform all of his greatest hits throughout his Australian Tour, including Up Up and Away, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Macarthur Park, Wichita Lineman, Galveston and many more. Don’t miss An Evening With Jimmy Webb, a humorous master class of songs and stories, during an intimate concert experience.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

2 Jul Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle Dockers v St Kilda
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00

4–5 Jul Simone Young: 20 Years With WASO Music|Concerts

Has it really been twenty years since Simone Young first introduced herself to WASO audiences? She takes us back to that first concert with Haydn’s Symphony No.99 and then conducts Brahms’ stirring homage to Haydn. Four of WASO’s exceptional wind Principals join Simone to premiere Australian composer Andrew Schultz’s Maali before she concludes this special concert with Brahms’ riotous medley of rowdy student songs.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

4 Jul Jacob Sartorius Music|Concerts

Teen heartthrob Jacob Sartorius is coming to Perth as part of The Last Text World Tour Pt. II. With an irresistible voice, magnetic charisma, and that instantly recognizable coif, Jacob Sartorius has built an undeniable and unique connection with millions of fans worldwide,
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

6 Jul Sarah Blasko Music|Concerts

Performing without a band for the first time in her storied career, Sarah Blasko will lay bare her extraordinary songwriting and iconic voice in this nation-wide tour. Blasko writes songs that strike with rare immediacy, clarity and purpose and is one of the most compelling performers in Australian music.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

6–19 Jul Revelation Perth International Film Festival Theatre|Dance|Film

Revelation maintains its focus on signature driven works and embraces audiences of all ages, tastes and backgrounds. Like the films it presents, the event maintains a vitality and enthusiasm for the industry quite unlike any other film festival in the country. Over its 18 years it has developed a reputation as Australia's leading independent film event and continues to actively advocate for Australian screen culture practice in a still conservative exhibition environment.
Various locations

7 Jul Super Rugby Sport

Western Force v Rebels
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

7–8 Jul Verbitsky & WASO: 30th Anniversary Celebration Music|Concerts

Since his first appearance as guest conductor of WASO in 1987, Russian-born conductor Vladimir Verbitsky has become a much-loved figure in Perth’s musical world. To celebrate, Maestro Verbitsky leads WASO and the WASO Chorus in two dramatic Russian masterpieces: Rachmaninov’s massive, Edgar Allan Poe-inspired choral symphony The Bells, and Tchaikovsky’s Byron-inspired Manfred Symphony, in which the hero wanders in the mountains, encounters Alpine fairies, and faces his mortality in an infernal subterranean orgy.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

7 Jul Bon But Not Forgotten & Choirboys Music|Concerts

This is the closest you will ever get to AC/DC in the 70s, featuring 2 former members of the greatest rock band on earth, Simon Wright and Mark Evans. Choirboys will be performing the entire High Voltage album from start to finish.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

8 Jul Elvis: One Night in Vegas Music|Concerts

Relive the King’s triumphant return to the concert stage as Mark Anthony recreates this historic period with Elvis – One Night In Vegas. 
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

8 Jul The Bootleg Beach Boys Music|Concerts

The Bootleg Beach Boys are the ultimate Beach Boys experience. The show plays homage to the music with the Beach Boys famous five part harmony, the instrumentation and costumes, and absolutely recreate the Beach Boys experience.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

9 Jul Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Port Adelaide
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00

11 Jul Sitkovetsky Trio Music|Concerts

Three young virtuosi with countless solo prizes to their names: together, the music-making of the Sitkovetsky Trio is little short of miraculous. In their hands the piano trio becomes a miniature orchestra, making huge worlds of colour and texture from their personal, intimate musical format.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

12–14 Jul Saltbush Music|Concerts

Saltbush is an exquisite interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories. An ensemble of Aboriginal artists collaborated with Insite Arts and the internationally acclaimed Italian company Compagnia TPO to create this highly acclaimed work.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

14–16 Jul Bay City Rollers Music|Concerts

Re-live the excitement that was Rollermania. Scotland’s greatest pop/glam export, the Bay City Rollers featuring Les McKeown will finally be back down under. Hailed as one of the biggest groups since the Beatles, this iconic original boy-band has sold over 70 million records. Expect an evening full of all your favourite hits - Bye Bye Baby, Saturday Night, I Only Want To Be With You, Shang-A-Lang and more. What a perfect chance to remember being a teenager in the 70s.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley Ph: 1300 795 012

14–17 Jul Good Food & Wine Show Festivals|Celebrations

Enjoy a fun day out with friends at the Good Food & Wine Show discovering new ideas, products, tips and hints to inspire your next foodie adventure. See culinary stars in action, including Manu Feildel and Gary Mehigan; participate in wine and cheese appreciation sessions; and sample food & drink from hundreds of exhibitors.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth

14–15 Jul Harrison Craig: Kings of Vegas Music|Concerts

Harrison’s Kings of Vegas: Lounge Sessions tour is undeniable swing with its rock solid emphasis on rhythm, lavished with a blend of strings and brass that emphases the singer's first-hand intimate experience of Old Vegas in all its 4am glory. An intoxicating cocktail of swing, glamour, cool and the thrill of anything goes!
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15 Jul Russell Howard: Round the World Tour Comedy

Russell Howard, one of the UK's most successful comedians, returns to Australia. After completely selling out his Wonderbox tour in 2014, Russell is coming back with a brand new live show, Round the World.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15 Jul Super Rugby Sport

Western Force v Waratahs
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

15–22 Jul WA Opera: The Merry Widow Music|Concerts

The Merry Widow was the runaway hit of its period. The beauty of the music, the glamour of the setting, and the effortless charm all combine to seduce the audience, just as the characters on stage seduce each other. This is a comedy of manners, with money as its secret motivating force. The Merry Widow deals with couples in love, misunderstandings, evasive declarations, and finally a happy ending.  Art deco glamour, silky ballroom gowns and dapper gents complete this charming operetta. This brand new production, directed by Graeme Murphy, will open its Australian run in Perth.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 9278 8999

15–16 Jul Dinosaur Train Live: A Rainforest Adventure Families|Children

Join Buddy with his friends as they ride the train and embark on A Rainforest Adventure. See Don, Shiny, Tiny, Mr Conductor, Tank and King, a they sing and dance their way through the deep canopy of tropical trees as they explore and discover together all the beautiful plants, animals and different levels of the ecosystem.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

15 Jul Allday Speeding Tour Music|Concerts

Allday is planning his biggest tour yet, bringing along a killer show and the latest sounds from Speeding like Sides and Raceway, hits from Startup Cult, and favourites from mixtapes and EPs, along with an incredible lineup of Japanese Wallpaper, Nicole Millar and a special guest list.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

15–23 Jul St George’s Art 2017 Exhibitions|Displays

St George's Art has become a premier annual event in art education in Western Australia, attracting schools from all sectors. Participation in this exhibition provides an outstanding opportunity for schools to present work by students in Years 10, 11 and 12, in the unique setting of the Cathedral. At the Gala Awards Night, prizes are awarded to selected works by a prestigious panel of judges. Each year, visitors flock to view the exhibition as the standard of art on display continues to reach new heights.
St Georges Cathedral, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth

15 Jul WAYO: Verbitsky’s Russia Music|Concerts

Inspirational Russian Maestro Vladimir Verbitsky returns to Perth to spend a week mentoring the next generation of Western Australia’s finest young musicians. The program is a popular all-Russian affair featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s fantasy-inspired magnum opus Scheherazade.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

16 Jul Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle Dockers v West Coast Eagles
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00

18 Jul Banks Music|Concerts

Indie-pop queen Jillian Banks makes a triumphant return to Australian stages this July.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

20 Jul Little Mix: Glory Days Tour Music|Concerts

The world’s biggest girl group, Little Mix, are thrilled to announce that they’re bringing their brand new arena tour to Australia. Fans can expect songs from their brand new album Glory Days including the cheeky lead single Shout Out To My Ex... as well as their mega hits Hair, Wings, Move, Change Your Life, Secret Love Song and Black Magic.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

22 Jul Australian Football League Sport

Fremantle Dockers v Hawthorn
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00

22 Jul Scotland The Brave Music|Concerts

Scotland The Brave is the international smash hit celebration of the best of Scottish music and dance. This spectacular production features over 100 singers, dancers, and musicians, performing popular works such as Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, The Gael, Ye Banks and Braes, Auld Lang Syne and many others.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

22 Jul R L Grime Music|Concerts

RL Grime is a distinct voice in a sea of monotony. He has conquered the electronic space without compromising his identity or his sound, and therefor evokes an unrelenting independence in a world where independence is the utmost rarity. At 25 years old, with his next LP on the way, RL Grime is on the verge of super stardom.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

22 Jul Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective Exhibitions|Displays

Just because the universe is under no obligation to make sense to us mere homo sapiens, we need not remain complacent. The cosmos will always be replete with questions and quandaries, and that’s exactly why Think Inc. brings to Australia and New Zealand the return tour of ‘your personal astrophysicist’ Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson in A Cosmic Perspective.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

22 Jul An International Tribute to Paul McCartney Music|Concerts

Come and experience and relive all the great hits of Sir Paul McCartney and Wings together with the timeless classic hits of The Beatles in a spectacular international concert experience.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

23–24 Jul k.d. lang: Ingénue Redux – The 25th Anniversary Tour Music|Concerts

Grammy® Award winning singer songwriter k.d. lang will tour Australia on her Ingénue Redux Tour, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the release of her first all-original album Ingénue. Ingénue is certified multi-platinum in Australia and around the world, and it produced some of the most memorable songs of the 90s including Constant Craving, Miss Chatelaine, Save Me and The Mind of Love. The Ingénue Redux Tour is going to be an unmissable night for k.d. lang fans.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

24 Jul America Music|Concerts

Grammy Award winning band, America, famous for their harmonies and unique sound, are returning to Australia, with our own ARIA Award winner, Russell Morris and his band. With a career spanning more than 47 years and counting, America has an extensive catalogue of hits including Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair, A Horse With No Name’and many more. From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

25 Jul Ásgeir Music|Concerts

Having secured his status as one of music’s most exciting new voices, Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator Ásgeir is coming to Perth.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

28–29 Jul WASO Pops Series: The Music of John Williams Music|Concerts

Winner of five Academy Awards and a record-breaking number of nominations, John Williams has scored more than 100 films, including the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas blockbusters Jaws, Star Wars, Schindler's List and Harry Potter. Join WASO and celebrate the music of the greatest film composer of all time. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the Orchestra performs the best selection of epic soundtracks from iconic movies packed with action, romance and drama.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

28-29 Jul Rockwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN Theatre|Dance|Film

The RocKwiz Gang are hitting the road for their next national tour. Free from the constraints of the small screen and revelling in the freedom and joy of performing live with a cast of legends and up and coming young starts… join Julia, Brian, Dugald and the RocKwiz OrKestra as they light up theatres all over Australia with RocKwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

28–29 Jul Jazz @ the Maj: Matt Jodrell Music|Concerts

It’s easier to list the current jazz greats that Mat hasn’t played with than the ones he has, and the Tuesday Night Orchestra are set to produce a dynamic set that will rival any other musical experience you will hear all year.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

29 Jul New York State of Mind: A Tribute to Billy Joel Music|Concerts

More than just a Piano Man, Billy Joel is a living legend of the music industry with a catalogue of hit songs spanning more than 50 years. From the humble beginnings of playing for tips in Piano Bars to performing for millions of fans at Stadiums, New York State of Mind takes you on a journey paying tribute to the singer/song writer’s remarkable recording career in an outstanding concert performance. Anthony Mara has performed in every nook and cranny of this country for over 20 years, and now takes centre stage paying the ultimate tribute to one of his biggest influences in Billy Joel.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

30 Jul Australian Football League Sport

West Coast Eagles v Brisbane Lions
Domain Stadium, Roberts Rd, Subiaco Ph: 13 61 00

31 Jul Australia World Orchestra: Chamber 8 on Tour Music|Concerts

The AWO’s Chamber 8 on Tour are a supergroup of Australia’s finest musicians who work and perform with the world’s greatest orchestras.Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness music-making of the highest calibre where each of the 8 musicians have the opportunity to display their individual brilliance and personality in this high spirited and playful programme.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00