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Moonlight Cinema Summer is finally here (hopefully it’s here to stay!) and it’s time to enjoy films outside in the fresh air, under the stars.

Click on the links below to check out the programs for each of these venues, some have new releases, some the more arty films and some old classics, or a mixture of all. Some also have special events, combining music and films and food.

Lotterywest Festival FilmsJoondalup Pines Picture Garden and Somerville Auditorium at UWA – 1 December to 19 April 2009

Moonlight Cinema – King’s Park – 9 December to 15 March 2009

Camelot Outdoor Cinema (Luna) – Mosman park – 11 December to 18 February 2009

Luna Outdoor Cinema – Leederville – 12 December to 11 March 2009

Movies By Burswood – Burswood Parklands – until 4 April 2009

Fremantle Outdoor Film Festival – Bohemia Outdoor Cinema – Princess May Park – 30 January to 28 February 2009

The Perth International Arts Festival program has been launched!
Next year’s festival is held from 13 February to 8 March 2009, in various venues throughout Perth.

The 2009 program has more events than ever before, with an impressive range of works across all genres, including international music artists, contemporary twists on favourite theatre classics, new dance works and remarkable Indigenous pieces.

From the retelling of a Shakespeare epic to the story of 20th century Japanese migration, to theatre-makers and musicians whose seminal works have affected everything since. We invite you to explore the challenges they offer by bringing the part to life in new and curious ways.

Bookings opened this morning, so get in quick, some things sell out very quickly!!

See the Perth Festival website for the full program and booking options!

Some of the big names for Beck’s Music Box are Jose Gonzalez, The Triffids, Of Montreal and Mogwai.

From 16 October to 9 November 2008, the 25th ARTRAGE Festival is being held, celebrating a quarter of a century of WA culture alongside jumbo serves of the freshest entertainment & arts happening in Perth this spring.

The three week long festival will feature over 70 events including theatre, performance, visual, film, music, circus, multimedia and conference.

Venues include the Blue Room, Bakery ARTRAGE Complex (festival club), Quarry Amphitheatre, WAAPA and many art galleries in Perth and Fremantle.
There’s just too many events to mention, so please check out the ARTRAGE Festival website!

As part of the bigger festival, the Northbridge Festival is held on 1 and 2 November.

This weekend program has fast gained a reputation as being one of the most jam-packed and exciting precinct street festivals in Australia.
It’s a chance to engage with a smorgasbord of experiences and performances from the best local, national, and international talents, all for free care of the City of Perth.
This year, we are taking the James and Lake Street precinct and dividing it in four, with a different style, look and feel to each of the quarters for the duration of the Saturday program.
There’s a huge Sunday program in Russell Square Park, and a range of great activities happening in the Cultural Centre to enjoy on both days.

SupanovaSupanova, a pop culture expo, will be making it’s way to Perth for the first time from Friday 27 (evening preview) to Sunday 29 June 2008. It will be held at Claremont Showgrounds.

Whether its Star Wars, Harry Potter, Halo, DragonBall Z, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Pokemon, Transformers, Star Trek, Superman, Tomb Raider or any other number of imaginary universes, Supanova Pop Culture Expo is the place to check these all out, and to meet many of the stars who act in, or produce, the things we love. So whether you are five or fifty, the place to be for everyone is Supanova, where the imaginary meets reality for one really cool weekend.

The expo will cover podcasts, movies & tv, anime, comics, authors and games & toys.

So far, the guests announced for Perth are: Hayden Panettiere, Daniel Logan, Jeff Nimay, Morena Baccarin, Howard Chaykin, Joe Jusko,  Quinton Flynn and Gary Chaloner.


But there’s more to come, keep an eye on the Supanova website!

Tickets on sale through Ticketek.

Sculptures - photo by Karen Castle Sculptures by the Sea return to Cottesloe Beach from Thursday 6 to Tuesday 18 March, 2008. Good free fun, any time of day!

Over 50 local, interstate and international artists will transform Perth’s most popular beach into a stunning sculpture park overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Sculptures by the Sea website

Sculpture - Photo by Karen Castle

Photos by Karen Castle, from last year.

Byte Me! ByteMe! Festival is a showcase of digital content in its many forms: computer games, animation, mobile phone content, blogs, podcasts, digital photography, web and multimedia design, VJing, electronic music, music videos etc. Digital content is everywhere and part of every industry!

This is the first time this event has been held, and there’s a great line-up of international speakers: people who are working for Dreamworks, EA Games, The Weta Workshop and more.

Some of the events….

Saturday 1 December – Live video performance outside on a big projection screen in a secret CBD location, with international VJ’s. FREE family friendly event from about 8.30, venue announced on website on Saturday, though met outside Perth Town Hall.

Daily from Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 December:

Free Mini Expo in Perth Town Hall with WA-made computer games, free content for mobile phones and info about digital careers.

Ghost Town – Free innovative game using your mobile phone (needs blue tooth), explore Perth while you’re at it!

Get Reel – screenings of WA Digital Content

Animated Life Sunday 2 Dec – An Animated Life – International guest speaker who’s worked on ‘Happy Feet’ and more.

Monday 3 Dec – Figwit – Lord of the Rings Documentary, Green Carpet Screening

Wednesday 5 Dec – Music, Video, Art – Perth music video clips, and discussion

Thursday 6 Dec – Animation show and tell with internation speaker from Dreamworks, etc

Saturday 8 Dec – Visual FX Revealed – International speaker from Weta Workshop who worked on King Kong and Lord of the Rings.

Sunday – 9 Dec – Animation/Games – International speaker from EA Games and Stephen Grant who works on Dogstar.

BarcampNano – unconference showcasing web2.0 community in WA, organised by the Australian Web Industry Association. Free event.

See the full program and more information about each event and the speakers on the ByteMe! Festival website!

Perth International Arts festival 2008 The Perth International Arts Festival will be held from 8 February to 2 March 2008.

The program and 2008 website has now been launched!

Browse through the different categories: Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Music, Family, Artist Talks, Lotterywest Festival Films, Beck’s Music Box, Perth Writers Festival, The Great Southern and Free Events!!!

Under the ‘My Festival‘ heading you can sign up and create your own program, very useful!

I already wrote about Sonic Youth (23 Feb) and The Scientists (13 Feb) performing at Beck’s Music Box. I also see Rufus Wainwright is performing, on 9 February 2008 at the Perth Concert Hall.

There’s just so much more, and unfortunately I don’t have the time to look further into it right now! Go and see for yourself!

Quick mentions for the free opening event, a family spectacular you can watch on the foreshore on the Swan River (8 and 10 February), free floating family films in Applecross and Hillary’s Boat Harbour, The Chaser guys and Naomi Wolf for the Perth Writers Festival (22 to 24 Feb) and Black Watch by the National Theatre of Scotland.

Bookings open this Monday, 12 November!

Dullsville Perth, nothing to do? Ha, I wish! Also check out what’s happening this weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year! And it’s not all expensive concerts, there’s a heap of free events as part of the Northbridge and ABC festivals!

Northbridge Festival The City of Perth & ARTRAGE invite you to step into the heart of Northbridge next weekend and join in the spectacle as one of Australia’s most popular precinct festivals turns it on, and upside down, over one massive weekend of great arts, cultural and entertainment experiences!

And it’s all FREE!

On Saturday there all kinds of international, national and local acts on the Main Stage on the Northbridge Piazza (corner James & Lake Streets) from 3pm till midnight.
There’s comedy from comedians Jimmy James Eaton and Claire Hooper, music from The Sunshine Brothers, Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys and The Flairz, Strange Fruit, a fusion of theatre, dance and circus, Fliptease, a combination of acrobatics and burlesque style aerial performances, and much more!!

Throughout the weekend (Saturday midday to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm) the Northbridge Festival Street Market takes over James Street.
There’s stalls by Perth fashion designers and artists, community and creative organisations, galleries and all kinds of street performance.

Sunday there are also events in Russel Square, which is also a nice place for a picnic, and again on the Main Stage at the Piazza, from 11am to 6pm. At 11am there will be a minute silence for Remembrance Day.

See the Northbridge Festival website to download the program, street and precinct maps.

Alphabet CityAlphabet City (ABC) is happening from 9 November till 1 December 2007!

From the Alphabet City program:

THIS CITY IS HOT. If you’re one of those people who think Perth is boredom maximus, then you need to take a visit to Alphabet City. It’s a chance to taste the buzz that bubbles under the surface of Perth all the time. What can we say? Perth is hot, and we’re not talking about the sunshine.

I agree! And there’s so much happening, I can’t find the time to post it all on this website, so I stick to the big names mostly, which is a shame. Festivals are a great way of seeing what’s happening, and discovering something new, so get down to some of these events!! Most of them are really cheap or free, even better!

It’s all happening on one block, surrounding Metro City in Northbridge. There’s the Bakery ARTRAGE Complex, The Toy Shop, SoCo Cargo (see separate article), Western Power Switchyard and The Icecream Factory.

There’s so much on, too much to list (and I can’t copy and paste it, so that doesn’t help!). Check out the ABC website, where you can download a program, or make sure you grab a copy of next week’s Drum mag for the poster.

It all finishes up with XYZ, a multi-venue, multi-artform precinct party on Saturday 1 December.

Artopia is a biennial festival celebrating the talents of local artists across the state of Western Australia, and in 2007 will be held from 21 September to 14 October.

So that’s 23 days, and there will be 250 events with 2500 participating artists!!

Artists display sculpture, glass-making, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, painting, printmaking, new media, animation, mosaic and photography plus a whole lot more. Galleries present special programs to showcase their artists, host talks and offer advice on looking at and buying art.

And it’s all free! (well, to visit, experience, etc).

The opening event in Perth is the Big King Street Draw, from 10am to 4pm on Friday 21 September in King Street, Perth. There will be live entertainment, a celebrity draw-off, you can join in with the drawing, or be drawn, and there will be live caricaturing by some of WA’s cartoonists.

I would tell you more about it, but there’s a great website you can check out and search for events!


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