Perth International Jazz Festival
Calendar, Featured, Jazz, Music, November 18, Performing arts

Music: Perth International Jazz Festival

9 – 11 November @ Perth Cultural Centre ·
Presented by Perth International Jazz Festival ·

The 2018 Perth International Jazz Festival brings an incredible array of over 60 local, national and international jazz artists for performances, intimate ‘in conversations’ and open rehearsals – in a mix of ticketed and free community events. Be seduced by jazz in this three-day festival across various venues in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

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August 18, Calendar, Featured, Mixed media, October 18, September 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Treasured

25 Aug – 6 Oct @ Wanneroo Gallery ·
Presented by City of Wanneroo ·

Come along and be swept away by a new exhibition celebrating the spirit of curiosity and the act of discovery. Stepping away from traditional ideas of treasure, Treasured turns our gaze towards the natural environment, heritage and art to explore ideas of value and significance.

Featuring Christophe Canato, Claire Davenhall, Lee Harrop, Bronwen Holding, Clare McFarlane, Lia McKnight, Britt Mikkelsen, Lewis Nannup, Ron Nyisztor, Leesa Padget, Greg Pryor, Judy Rogers, Amanda Shelsher, Wade Taylor and Declan White; alongside artwork from the City of Wanneroo Art Collection and Cultural Heritage Collections.

TREASURED is part of the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre’s Find Your Treasure series which incorporates Children’s Book Week across City of Wanneroo libraries, a Pirate’s Lair in the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre conference room and much more. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.

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Amanda Shelsher, ‘Nurture’, bone china, acquired 2004, City of Wanneroo Art Collection

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Lee Woodward, Liddle Bowles
August 18, Calendar, Featured, September 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Tea Ware

11 Aug-28 Sep @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by: Mundaring Arts Centre ·

Official opening Saturday 11 August 11am – 2pm
Exhibition continues 15 August – 28 September
Wednesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 25 August & 15 September 11am – 2pm

Tea and the sharing of tea is celebrated by many cultures in very diverse and often ritualistic ways. Tea drinking habits can be found worldwide. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. In conjunction with ‘Antipodean Encounters: Western Australian Artists and Taiwanese Culture’, Midland Junction Arts Centre is celebrating teaware and the art of ceramics.

Participating artists:

Claire Ng, Melissa Statham, Bernard Kerr, Jenny Kerr, Lee Woodcock, Dee Parker, Emma Vinkovic, Alison Brown, Rie Yamauchi, Megan Evans, Amanda Harris, and Denise Brown.

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Lee Woodcock, Liddle Bowles, 2016, woodfired stoneware, celadon glaze, shino glaze, ash glaze

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Cloud nine
Calendar, Featured, July 18, Theatre

Theatre: Cloud Nine

19-28 July @ The State Theatre Centre of WA ·
Presented by: WA Youth Theatre Company ·

What is your version of being on CLOUD NINE and how difficult is it to get to in this day and age? This enduring masterwork by Caryl Churchill resonates today with its exploration of gender, race and colonisation. CLOUD NINE comedically depicts the heavy burden of colonisation for both the colonised and the colonisers, in a carnivalesque pastiche of stereotypes and clichés about the British Empire. Act One, set in colonial Africa, parodies conventional theatre comedies and satirizes Victorian society and colonialism. Act Two is set 100 years later in 1979 London, portraying a version of the same characters only twenty-five years later, exploring some loosened conventions and equally charged tensions.

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Ilya Gringolts
Calendar, Classical music, Featured, Music, October 18, Performing arts

Music: Ilya Gringolts Plays Paganini

3 October @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra ·

The Russian violin sensation, Ilya Gringolts, directs the ACO in this dazzling virtuosic display featuring Paganini’s First Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos featuring ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve and ACO cellist Julian Thompson.

“Where we were once content simply to marvel at the pyrotechnics, now, because of Gringolts’ acute sense of timing and close attention to dynamics, we hear the music.”


Richard Tognetti first experienced the young Russian violin sensation Ilya Gringolts on the radio while driving. He was listening to Paganini’s first violin concerto and was so mesmerised he had to pull over to find out who had made such a visceral impression. For his ACO debut it will be Ilya Gringolts in the driver’s seat – directing the Orchestra while performing the very same concerto.

Béla Bartók’s Divertimento was part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s inaugural concert in 1975 – and is still a folk-inspired favourite today. Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos in C major, and CPE Bach’s String Symphony in C major, round out this dazzling, virtuosic display.

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Steven Isserlis
Calendar, Classical music, Featured, June 18, Music, Performing arts

Music: Steven Isserlis Plays Shostakovich

27 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra ·

Legendary cellist Steven Isserlis joins Richard Tognetti and the ACO for Shostakovich’s monumental First Cello Concerto along with Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony.

“Isserlis flings himself into music… he’s utterly committed to every moment” – The Washington Post

When Steven Isserlis and Richard Tognetti get together, you know there are going to be fireworks when their ideas ignite. Friends for over 20 years, their concert holds a special place in the ACO’s 2018 Season.

Shostakovich’s monumental first cello concerto sees Isserlis at his sublime best, while Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony – arguably the pinnacle of his compositional achievement – lies at the very heart of the ACO’s repertoire.

Adding to this special program are two world premieres – one by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, whose colourful and expressive style makes a welcome return to the ACO, and a modern retelling of the concerto grosso by Samuel Adams, one of the most original compositional voices in the world today.

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Tristan und Isolde
August 18, Calendar, Classical music, Featured, Music, Performing arts

Music: Tristan und Isolde – Opera in Concert

16 August, 6pm-11pm & 19 August, 2pm-7pm matinee @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

Join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to experience the greatest Tristan of our time, superstar tenor Stuart Skelton and world renowned soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek to headline the finest cast ever assembled for this ground-breaking opera.

An unmissable concert performance of the greatest of all tragic love stories.

“It’s as impressive a cast as you’d be lucky to find at Covent Garden or The Met.” – Limelight Magazine

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch conducts Wagner’s groundbreaking opera with the finest cast ever assembled in Australia.

To celebrate WASO’s 90th year, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, one of today’s supreme Wagner interpreters, leads two performances of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Perth Concert Hall.

Composed in a state of ecstatic infatuation, this groundbreaking opera is one of the greatest of all tragic love stories. Young lovers Tristan and Isolde share a passion so overwhelming that it transcends the bounds of their earthly existence. Thwarted in life, only in death can their love be transfigured and their souls united in a metaphysical hereafter.

To portray the heightened passions of this epic drama, Wagner pushed his music into unprecedented expressive territory, revolutionising the art form and forever changing the boundaries of the possible.

Witnessing a great performance of Tristan und Isolde is a revelatory experience. Be transported by the emotions, intensity, drama and sheer sumptuous beauty of Wagner’s magnificent masterpiece.

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Gutenberg! The Musical
Calendar, Featured, June 18

Musical theatre: Gutenberg! The Musical

27 – 30 June @ Subiaco Arts Centre ·
Presented by Subiaco Arts Centre and Western Sky Theatre (in association with Holland St Productions) ·

30 characters. 2 men. One crazy dream.

In this musical rollercoaster ride, two aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project: a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of misguided enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract. In the process, we learn a lot about them, and a little bit about Gutenberg … maybe.

“★★★★ … I wouldn’t miss it for quids” The West Australian
“(A) smooth, fast paced and clever show” Theatre People

GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! was the first Off-Broadway transfer for the acclaimed New York comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. It has gone on to delight audiences around the world and is an expertly crafted piece of comedy that appeals to almost anyone with a heartbeat and a (slightly twisted) sense of humour.

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Huff by Cliff Cardinal
Calendar, Featured, March 18, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Huff

Thursday 22- 24 March @ Subiaco Arts Centre ·
Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, written and performed by Cliff Cardinal and directed by Karin Randoja  ·

Nominated for Quebec’s 2016 Critic’s Awards, HUFF is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his fragile psyche. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over dozen characters in his captivating solo performance.

Winner of the 2015 RBC Tarragon emerging Playwright Prize; Winner of 2012 Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk & Innovation.

“Cardinal writes graphically yet with economy and haunting realism. the characters he creates he inhabits skillfully, moving from one to another with fluid clarity and lithe delineation.” Stage whispers

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Pictured top: A scene from Huff, taken at the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival).

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We Will Rock You
April 18, Calendar, Featured, March 18, Musical theatre, Performing arts

Musical Theatre: We Will Rock You

23 March – 7 April @ His Majesty’s Theatre ·
Presented by Platinum Entertainment WA ·

Since 2002, over 16 million theatregoers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production, based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn).

WE WILL ROCK YOU reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances, with more than 24 hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Gaga, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, Killer Queen and I Want to Break Free.

Starring Normie Rowe, Chris Murphy, Courtney Murphy, Dean Misdale (AKA Feminem as Killer Queen) with a cast of amazing local musicians, singers and dancers. WE WILL ROCK YOU brings a global show to the Perth stage, set to rock His Majesty’s Theatre in March & April 2018.

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