Summer experiences in Perth

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Summer in Perth this year will feature unmatched experiences, with events to be looked back on in the years to come.

Perth Now teamed up with Perth Festival to highlight five not-to-be-missed experiences to be enjoyed, showcasing the WA arts community.

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from perth now 2.12.21

You can’t beat a shared experience with family and friends, they’re incredibly fun to look back on; a nostalgic feeling that makes our hearts sing.

So, as Perth’s favourite season – summer – is anticipated, so too are the unmatched experiences to be had in Perth, the events to be looked back on in the years to come.

We’ve teamed up with Perth Festival to highlight five not-to-be-missed experiences to be enjoyed side-by-side with loves ones, celebrating our city (it’s our time to shine!) and importantly the WA arts community, showcasing and enabling artists and companies of all backgrounds to shine on the world stage; a toast to the arts, cheers!


A Perth summer staple, giving you permission to kick back under the stars and let your eyes indulge in the diverse array of international cinema (and the new 4K Laser Projector – at 40,000 lumens – makes the picture quality the sharpest of any cinema in WA).

This year presents stories expressing the complexities of brotherhood – ‘La Traviata, My Brothers and I’– about connection – ‘Compartment No 6’ – and sexuality – ‘How to Please a Woman’.

If you haven’t already been, expect fairy lights to guide you to your seat, light up the towering pines and set the scene for a perfect night out (picnics and BYO drinks are very welcome) in the balmy weather.

Lotterywest Films at UWA under the pines.
Lotterywest Films at UWA under the pines. Credit: Jess Wyld.


Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, who – for the first time – will be presenting at His Majesty’s Theatre, want you to round up your crew and ‘saddle up for the next big Black musical’.

Set in the 1960s in a small town in our very own North West, Panawathi Girl – written by David Milroy, and which means ‘Dream Girl’ in Milroy’s mother’s Palyku language – overflows with wild joy as hippies and cowboys, politicians and protesters fuel an all-singing, all-dancing night of summer entertainment.

Set amidst a time of great political change, this bold new production will have you questioning if much has changed at all, and simultaneously have you tapping your toes, too.

 Panawathi Girl, Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
Panawathi Girl, Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Credit: Daniel Carson.


Perth-born artist Ta-ku – whose presence is known on an international scale – presents ‘Songs to Experience’, an immersive installation where art and music coalesce; the music experience imbues a unique atmosphere and celebrates the artist’s forthcoming debut album.

Step into Perth’s historic Lawson Apartments for a multi-level sensory experience. Each room brings to life a different song from the album. Wander through and discover projection mapping, sculpture and installation made in collaboration with artists, designers and creators from around the world and right here in Perth.

Ta-Ku. Credit: Ashlee Tough and Cardin Farnham.


Presented in association with Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre comes this incredibly powerful and imaginative story by Manjimup writer Kim Crotty, The Smallest Stage. It uncovers uncomfortable truths by exploring the imperfect perspective some parents and children may encounter in their lifetime, and shows the audience that even in the most unlikely of places, love, creativity and a handful of thoughtfulness can overcome the mistakes that polarise us.

A note for parents: the show contains carefully handled but honest references to adult themes including drugs, family violence and imprisonment. It also contains references to cake decorating, competitive racing slugs of improbable size and the extraordinary ways we can tell our children how much we love them.

Buy an audience ticket or get involved and buy an interactive ticket so you and your nine to 12-year-old can be part of the show and encounter a special shared experience.

The Smallest Stage by Manjimup writer Kim Crotty.
The Smallest Stage by Manjimup writer Kim Crotty. Credit:  Paul Verhagen.


You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a night out in Perth; there are so many free events to choose from including, the opening event ‘Escape’ taking over the streets and beaches of Fremantle, the closing event ‘Noongar Wonderland’ set in the magical parklands of Perry Lakes, the entire Visual Arts program and two outdoor Symphony performances hosted in Rockingham and Yanchep.

The Perth Festival celebrates the arts, including events and performances spanning across a diverse array of mediums to light up your summer nights. Because this year’s festival theme is Wardan – a Noongar term meaning ‘ocean’ – the program is filled with reflections on the ocean. Visit the website for tickets and more.

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