- Perth Festival celebrates 65 years with more than 270 events and 700 artists
- More than 360,000 Perth Festival visitors to support tourism and local jobs
- Opening presentation Siren Song runs February 9-18 and festival runs to March 4
A Noongar cleansing and smoking ceremony will open Perth Festival at the western end of St Georges Terrace today, paired with the beautiful sounds of women's voices descending from the sky above.
Celebrating 65 years in 2018, Australia's oldest arts festival will kick off with the free presentation, Siren Song - a large-scale, outdoor sound work that will take place for seven minutes at dawn and dusk in the central business district until February 18.
The Perth Festival, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people to events in the CBD, Fremantle, Nedlands and Mount Lawley over the coming month, will support the creation of jobs in Western Australia's creative industries.
Perth Festival features more than 270 diverse international arts events for all ages, tastes and budgets, including:
- Nine Perth-only national exclusives;
- Two world premieres; and
- Five Australian season premieres.
Perth Festival supporter Lotterywest has provided $7.5 million for the 2018 festival, which includes support for the Festival Connect program to foster the development of local artists and industry.
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"Perth Festival is a landmark cultural event for Western Australia and showcases work by the world's best artists alongside our own amazing talent; providing jobs, boosting skills and fostering an innovative and connected community.
"Much of the theatre, dance, music and visual arts in the 2018 festival hail from around the Indian Ocean Rim and East Asia; our own dynamic region we share with 60 per cent of the world's population.
"Thanks to Lotterywest for their support, which is only possible because of the sales efforts of Lotterywest retailers, and of course, those who play Lotterywest games."
Minister's office - 6552 5400