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As the longest running annual multi-arts celebration in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival program will deliver a cultural adventure for arts lovers of all ages and tastes, living up to the Festival’s global reputation for daring and excellence.
The 2016 Festival opens with Home, an epic celebration of the landscape, culture and community of Western Australia. Directed by grand public-performance magician Nigel Jamieson in collaboration with Noongar elder and artist Dr Richard Walley, Home is part concert, part visual arts installation, and features a roll call of Western Australia’s most evocative and imaginative artists. Beloved musicians The Triffids, The Drones, The Panics, The Pigram Brothers, The Waifs and John Butler; writers Kim Scott, Tim Winton, Robert Drewe; and visual artist Shaun Tan are among those who will participate. An exciting event whole family, it is a testament to the incredible talent of Western Australian artists and the powerful sense of place in their work.
This summer, around 800 of the world’s most visionary artists inhabit and enrich Perth, transforming the city with projects bold and beguiling, spilling across unique venues and glorious, outdoor spaces, including the Festival’s new home in the north-west corner of Elizabeth Quay. Each night, the Chevron Festival Gardens is the place for festival-goers to gather, eat, drink, share stories and participate, enjoying a diverse, quality program of free events that connect and activate the city.
Over 25 nights, Perth showcases an eclectic selection of exciting contemporary music spanning poetic folk, electronica, dub, African rhythms to Balkan gypsy-swing. Highlights include philosophical American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons; sublime Icelandic contemporary composer Jóhann Jóhannson; revered American, feminist punk-rockers Sleater-Kinney; Swedish Grammy-Award winner José González, 21-year-old rising London rapper Little Simz; Afrobeat stars Seun Kuti & Egypt 80; Pitchfork-endorsed, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Natalie Prass; Indigenous Australian living legend Kev Carmody, the “New Zealand Elvis” Marlon Williams, and a roof-raising, Australian exclusive show from the UK’s House Gospel Choir, who invite you to join them to sing and dance together for the closing weekend of the Festival.
Stay tuned as plenty of incredible WA local talent are to be revealed as supporting many of these contemporary acts!
And if you have energy and some musical talent, you can also be a part of PIAF and join the main stage fun at the Chevron Festival Gardens, with more info on how to here.