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PERTH
FESTIVAL
9 FEBRUARY -
4 MARCH 2018
Art in a different light.
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Thelma
UWA Somerville (from Feb 5)
Joondalup Pines (from Feb 13)
Intoxicating first love meets cool thriller in the spine-tingling movie. A Norwegian gem nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Thelma marries supernatural shivers with affecting romance.​
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Latai Taumoepeau
Wed 7 Feb – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Australian artist Latai Taumoepeau is known for her stoic performance art. Her powerful video Repatriate draws attention to the devastating impact of rising sea levels on vulnerable communities in the Pacific Islands, including her ancestral homeland of Tonga.
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Emily King
+ Harry James Angus
Thu 1 Mar 2018
Grammy nominee Emily King teams up with The Cat Empire’s Harry James Angus for an eclectic mix of music that perfectly blends soul, pop, jazz and gospel.
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Siren Song
Fri 9 Feb - 2018 - Sun 18 Feb - 2018
St George's Terrace
Female voices, broadcast from speakers atop office towers soften the daily grind of the canyon of commerce below in this seven-minute ritual of wonder and delight. Catch this intriguing serenade to the sun by sound artist Byron J Scullin and curatorial duo Supple Fox at dawn and dusk for the first 10 days of Perth Festival.
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Oh No - Soldout!
Thu 1 Mar 2018
The 2018 festival is heavy on music featuring classical and contemporary artists from across the world. Piano pop maverick Ben Folds (Feb 11) is back, but already sold out, along with The Avalanches (Feb 25) and Mercury Prize-winning ‘Bonkers’ rapper, collaborator and producer Dizzee Rascal (Feb 17). Tio: you can join a waitlist for these acts in case any tickets become available.
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Faces, Places
UWA Somerville (from Nov 27)
Joondalup Pines (from Dec 3)
A delightful odd-couple documentary about 89-year old cinema legend Agnès Varda and young photographer/street artist JR, who create giant paste-up pictures that turn ordinary villagers and working-class people into heroes.​
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Kimsooja
Sat 17 Feb - 2018 - Mon 23 Apr - 2018
PICA
Zone of Nowhere is celebrated South Korean multimedia artist Kimsooja’s 30-year overview of site-specific installations, performances, sculptures, videos and photographic works.
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Cerita Anak
Fri 23 - Sun 25 Feb 2018
Preschoolers and adults will be swept away by this incredible piece of theatre, which makes full use of puppetry, song, shadow and imagery. An empowering and honest reflection of the refugee experience and of history.
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The Far Side of the Moon
Thu 15 - Sat 17 Feb 2018
Canadian director Robert Lepage brings another thrilling masterpiece to Perth Festival. This witty solo show, with music by Laurie Anderson, deals with two estranged brothers during the US-Soviet space race.
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Lisa Reihana
Sun 4 Feb – Sun 22 Apr 2018
Critically acclaimed as one of the most memorable projects from the 2017 Venice Biennale, Emissaries is not to be missed. In it, Reihana returns imperialism’s gaze with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth.
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Too Many Zooz
Wed 21 Feb 2018
With a blast of drums, horns and street-fresh awesomeness, Too Many Zooz burst in from the the NYC subway system straight to Perth Festival to combine with Shigeto’s mind-blowing live show of beat-driven hip-hop, jazz and electronica.
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Zadok Ben-David
Sat 10 Feb – Sat 21 Apr 2018
A visually arresting showcase working on the concept that things aren’t always what they seem. Two breathtaking installations are the centrepiece of this exhibition by renowned Yemen-born, London-based artist Zadok Ben-David.
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Abbe May + Clam Jam
Wed 14 Feb 2018
Rocker, singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet and performer, Abbe May is a one-woman powerhouse of musical talent. Her celebration of women in music, Clam Jam, looks set to be one of the highlights of the Chevron programme, boasting an eclectic line-up of Australia’s female music legends.
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Christopher Charles
Fri 9 Feb – Sat 3 Mar 2018
Perth-born artist Christopher Charles examines the mystery around Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo’s activities at Banjawarn station with stunning results. Arresting photographs explore this barren rural spot 800km north-east of Perth.​
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Borg vs McEnroe
UWA Somerville (from Dec 18)
Joondalup Pines (from Dec 26)
ia LeBeouf channels his controversial off-screen persona into playing tennis legend John McEnroe, with this film one of the greatest sporting encounters ever seen at Wimbledon tennis championships in 1980.
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Jojo Abot
Sat 3 Mar 2018
Hailing from Ghana via Brooklyn, Jojo Abot is the new kween of contemporary African music blends electronica, Afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house, and reggae to create a performance-art hurricane.
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Tim Winton
Sat 24 Feb 2018
WA writing legend Tim Winton previews his new novel to Perth festival-goers before its global release. A powerful meditation on lost boys and the riptide of toxic masculinity, The Shepherd’s Hut is as tender as it is savage.
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Museum of Water
Wed 7 Feb - 2018 - Fri 23 Mar - 2018
St Fremantle Arts Centre
Radically different and a little offbeat, this fun, interactive installation of hundreds of bottles and Western Australian watery stories of life, ritual and leisure has been gathered by artist Amy Sharrocks.
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Helen Garner & Kim Scott
Fri 23 Feb 2018
Miles Franklin Award-winner Kim Scott and renowned author Helen Garner discuss their latest books – Taboo and Everywhere I Look – shining a spotlight on the importance of literature in engendering a sense of identity and belonging in Australia today​.
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Tropical F*ck Storm + Fingerfingerrr
Fri 23 Feb 2018
For something a bit different, nab a spot to see Tropical F**k Storm (TFS) ­– a mad art-punk-psych-experimental-rock band combining the talents of Gareth Liddard and Fiona Kitschin from The Drones, High Tension’s Lauren Hammel and Eric Dunn from Palm Springs and Harmony.
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William Yang
Sun 25 Feb 2018
Storyteller and artist William Yang explores spoken and written encounters with men, a friend dying of AIDS, his relationship with his mother, his uncle’s murder and his Taoist life philosophy through words and images in this touching and personal event.​
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Mogwai
Fri 2 Mar 2018
Returning to Perth Festival is one of Glasgow’s finest, post-rock bands Mogwai, bring their dynamic instrumentals and intense vocals to the Chevron stage.
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Barber Shop Chronicles
Fri 9 - Sun 18 Feb 2018
Straight from a sell-out London season, men in six different barber shops share a rollicking and heart-warming night of laughs, music and barbed banter while watching a televised international soccer match.
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Jordi Savall
Sat 17 Feb 2018
Catalan early-music maestro Jordi Savall teams up with Spain’s early music specialists Hespèrion XXI and Mexico’s Tembembe Ensamble Continuo for a rousing program that masterfully mixes 15th and 16th century sounds from the Old and New Worlds.
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