I recently visited Western Australia and experienced the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF).
The PIAF has now been running for 60 years. It’s Australia’s longest running arts festival, and the longest running in the southern hemisphere.
It’s a three week long festival including a wide variety of performing arts such as opera, dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and the Perth Writers Festival.
Performers are drawn from Australia and around the world and the schedule of events are held at venues throughout the city of Perth.
Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway describes it as…
“a Festival in one of the most geographically remote yet globally connected cities on Earth”.
Opening Ceremony – Cottesloe Beach
The opening ceremony of the festival Dawn: Dusk was held at Cottesloe Beach, located just 20 minutes from the centre of Perth.
Cottesloe is one of the best known beaches in WA, if not Australia, and is famous for it’s sunsets, swimming and Sunday sessions.
It was a magnificent back drop to the ceremony that kicked off the rest of the events…
In a moving ceremony witnessed by hundreds of locals and the early morning light, indigenous elders and artists from around the world put on a powerful performance celebrating the people, natural wonder and artistic life of Western Australia…
Located in Northbridge, Perth’s main restaurant and bar district, Festival Gardens is a focal point throughtout PIAF as for 22 nights during the Festival different acts perform on the Main Stage.
It’s a new outdoor summer concert venue in a lush garden setting. Kicking off proceedings was Little Roy, a reggae tribute to the genius of Nirvana…
Angels in the Sky – Place Des Anges
Way up high between the city skyline buildings, an aerial spectacular took place known as Place Des Anges.
Dressed as angels and dropping tons of white feathers over the thousands of people gathered on the city streets below, performers twirled and flew like highwire trapeze artists between the city buildings.
It was visually like a winter wonderland in the middle of summer…
The Annual Perth International Arts Festival has something for all ages and interests, and makes for a great addition to your Perth and festival itinerary.
Duration: Three weeks from February 10th till March 3rd
What has been a great arts festival you have experienced Please share in the comments below…
My trip to Perth was as a guest of Tourism Western Australia, but all opinions remain my own.