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Calendar, June 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: The Rusty Orchestra

16 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

Active community musicians aged 25+ years from all over Western Australia sit side-by-side with WASO musicians to create our Rusty Orchestra. Building on the success of this program in recent years, musicians will attend sectional and full orchestra rehearsals to prepare a free performance for the general public, which is a highlight of Education Week.

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Pictured: The Rusty Orchestra

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Calendar, May 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Cracked

7 – 18 May @ Subiaco Arts Centre ·
Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company ·

Frankie is in jail for serious offences of assault and drug possession. She’s bitter, disenfranchised and just wants to live life on her terms. But jail is a temporary escape for her – free from financial hardship, homelessness, and hunger. Cracked is the story of Frankie as she rages her way through the criminal justice system with the hope of being reunited with her kids. Weaving several narratives,  Cracked shows the complexity and disconnectedness of people that fall into a life of crime, and the trials faced by prisoners and others who are determined to help them find a better life. Written by Barbara Hostalek, whose first play Banned sold out two seasons at The Blue Room Theatre in 2018, Cracked is a powerful and thought-provoking look inside our criminal justice system from an exciting new voice.

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Calendar, May 19

Artisan Market: Perth Makers Mothers Day Market

11 May @ Yagan Square, Perth ·
Presented by Perth Makers Market ·

Perth Makers Market is Perth’s largest exclusively handmade artisan market.
Meaning at the market you will only be able to find beautiful items handmade
right here in Western Australia including food, homewares, art, jewellery and
so much more! The purpose of Perth Makers Market is to provide a platform for
the handmade community, small businesses and non profit organisations to sell
their high quality goods to the public in a lovely, welcoming atmosphere.

Looking for something to do that is special on Mother’s Day? Look no further than Perth Makers Market! Come and find the perfect gift for mum this Mother’s Day at our special Mother’s Day Market. Be sure to read our FAQ’s section on our website for any questions and click “Going” on our Facebook event to keep up to date with who is coming, promotions (there will be giveaways) and everything you need to know about this special market

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April 19, Calendar, Film, Lectures and Talks

Film: Talks: 2040 Q&As with filmmaker Damon Gameau

26 – 29 April @ Various Cinemas ·
Presented by Madman Entertainment ·

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) is back with “2040” – a documentary where he embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. This is the narrative the next generation needs to see, to aspire to, and to believe is possible.

Ahead of the official release of the film on 23 May, Damon Gameau will attend advance Q&A screenings across Perth at the end of April.

Friday 26 April – Luna Leederville & Palace Raine Square
Sunday 28 April – Luna on SX & Event Cinemas Innaloo
Monday 29 April – Reading Cinemas Mandurah

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Calendar, Literature, May 19, story telling

Literature: Lit Live: Strange Bedfellows

1 May @ Centre for Stories, Northbridge ·
Presented by Sarah McNeill ·

Weird, wonderful and strange stories read by professional actors with live music.
Lit Live: Strange Bedfellows commences at 7pm. Centre for Stories is at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

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Pictured: Actor Sarah McNeill reads the greatest short fiction

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April 19, Calendar, Festivals, Film

Film: 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival Opening Night Fiesta Perth

24 April @ Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge ·
Presented by Palace Cinemas ·

The Moro Spanish Film Festival opens on April 24 with Champions, the critically acclaimed feel good film that smashed box office records in Spain last year!

Opening the festival on April 24 will be the Best Film winner at the Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars) Champions (Campeones).  This film, by Javier Fesser stars Javier Gutiérrez as Marco, an ambitious and arrogant basketball coach forced to train a team of people with disabilities. Touted as a “comedic slam dunk” by The Hollywood Reporter, Spain’s exuberant 2019 foreign language Oscars entry is the ultimate feel-good film that will leave audiences grinning from ear to ear.

The Opening Night Fiesta includes Sangria on arrival and the premiere screening, followed by an afterparty at Connections Nightclub with drinks, catering by Pinchos and live entertainment by Jere Sosa.

Watch the trailer here:

Event Details:
6:15pm Reception at Cinema Paradiso – 164 James Street, Northbridge
7:00pm Screening of Champions
9:00pm After Party at Connections Nightclub – 81 James Street, Northbridge
Tickets: Palace Movie Club $52 / General Admission $57
To purchase tickets go to: or

Screening exclusively at Palace Cinema Paradiso from 24 April – 15 May, the 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival features 32 films from Spain and Latin America, including special presentations and events, innovative documentaries, and a spotlight on female directors.


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Calendar, May 19, Music, Visual arts

Artisan Market: Perth Makers Market – Applecross

19 May @ Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Applecross ·
Presented by Perth Makers Market ·

Perth Makers Market is Perth’s premier handmade artisan market and offers high quality handmade crafters from WA an opportunity to sell their goods and a great time for everyone at a family friendly event. With over 150 stalls to browse from, food to keep your tummy happy and kids’ activities including the fantastic on site pirate ship playground it’s going to be a great day out for the whole family.

Also on site during the market:
– Artist Open Studios
– Art Gallery and Museum open
– BWG Restaurant (bookings required)
– Buskers
– Giant Garden Games
– Pirate Ship Playground

Heathcote Cultural Precinct is at 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross

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April 19, Calendar, Circus, Performing arts

Circus: CATCH!

18, 23 & 24 April @ Fishtrap Theatre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre ·
27& 28 @ Fairbridge Festival ·
Presented by MAXIMA Circus and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre ·

A can-do fun filled show suitable for all ages. Combining circus, puppetry & dance with a whole bunch of bouncing balls!!

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Jessica Smart & Yvan Karlsson – CATCH! – Credit: Simon Pynt

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Calendar, May 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: A Picture of Betrayal

8 – 18 May @ Old Mill Theatre, South Perth ·
Presented by Maverick Theatre Productions ·

A black comedy about gangsters in London’s East End during the 1960s comes to the Old Mill Theatre this May – and it has more twists and turns than a pretzel.

Presented by Maverick Theatre Productions, A Picture of Betrayal is written and directed by Noel O’Neill and explores the day-to-day life of criminals going about their business of thieving, cheating and killing each other. Ray uses initiative he doesn’t have and makes decisions best left to others, causing the wheels of scheming retribution to be set in motion. The question remains: who will be left with the prize?

“A Picture of Betrayal is a black comedy about there being no honour among thieves,” O’Neill. “I watched a television show called Fake or Fortune? and let my imagination wander with a ‘what if?’ scenario.” Fake or Fortune? is a BBC-TV program that uses detective skills and forensic testing to reveal tales of lost artistic masterpieces and major forgeries. “It set my mind racing and I set the play in London in 1964 because I grew up there in the late ’50s and ’60s,” O’Neill said. “As it often is with criminals, each character in the play ultimately betrays each other.”

Since moving to Perth more than 20 years ago, he has appeared on stage and directed and written numerous shows for the Old Mill and KADS Theatres, Graduate Dramatic Society and the Irish Theatre Players. O’Neill has won numerous awards for writing and directing and has previously worked as a lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Perth Actors’ Collective. Most recently, he has written and directed the sell-out production The Trials Of John Boyle O’Reilly and is currently appearing as Watto in the ABC-TV series The Heights.

With A Picture of Betrayal, O’Neill said the main challenge was ensuring each character didn’t give away too much. “Each one has a different motivation but greed is common to all of them,” he said. “While I’d describe it as a black comedy, it’s up to the audience to decide.”

A Picture of Betrayal plays at 7.30pm May 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 with a 2pm matinee May 12. Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth  (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

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“Boss of all bosses” Mickey (Gino Cataldo, left) and his strong-arm sidekick Bill (Rex Gray) in A Picture of Betrayal. Credit: Rachel Bartlett

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April 19, Calendar, June 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Lawley Art Auction

15 June @ Mount Lawley Senior High School ·
Artist Entry submissions close 15 April ·
Presented by The Lawley Art Auction committee of Mt Lawley Senior High School ·

Showcasing an array of stunning art from renowned and emerging artists within WA each year, this premiere fundraising event enables enrichment of Arts programs for students in the Specialist Visual and Performing Arts (SVAPA) and Music programs at Mt Lawley Senior Senior High School . With artist registration closing on 15 April, we are excited to see what beautiful pieces will be available for lucky bidders this year.

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Students from Mt Lawley SHS Arts programs get ready to help out with the Lawley Art Auction.

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