Perth Festival wraps up this weekend

Perth-Festival-Structural-Dependency-photo-by-Mitchell-AldridgeIt’s your last chance to experience the magic of the Projections at City of Lights as the Perth Festival wraps up this Sunday 14 March 2021, concluding a month-long celebration of the State’s most dazzling artistic voices across theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature and film.

Projections at City of Lights runs each night this weekend in the Perth Cultural Centre, drenching the buildings in vivid colours that tell powerful stories of our place in the world.

The entire family is invited to explore this spectacular 360-degree cinematic thoroughfare and its surrounding venues. The projected works, including the Bilya Beneath tribute to our city’s waterways, run continuously from 8.00pm to midnight until Sunday night.

Perth Festival is Australia’s longest-running cultural festival, founded by the University of Western Australia. It is steeped in Indigenous culture with the 2021 theme of Bilya (river) signifying the connections flowing through us all.

Many shows sold out quickly – a testament to audiences’ appetite for exceptional Western Australian stories in a program that included 18 world premieres and 44 Festival commissions.

Among the many highlights so far have been the family day Wild Things, Perth Festival’s takeover of Perth Zoo, Tim Minchin and WASO wowing 10,000 people in Kings Park, Literature Weekend in the City, the riverside stories of Witness Stand, and the world premieres of such shimmering new stage shows as Black Brass, HOUSE, Archives of Humanity, Whale Fall, Whistleblower and Hymns for End Times.

Set to thrill audiences over the Festival’s final weekend are the dynamic dance works Structural Dependency and Slow Burn, Together, The Rechabite’s bacchanalian ART FEAST, the Noongar-led walking performance Galup at Lake Monger and The Jazz Line – a musical tour through the history of jazz at Government House Gardens.

“What a tightrope walk of a Festival it’s been in 2021 – a joyous balancing act of rescheduling and reimagining, and we are thrilled that so many West Australians have joined us in support,” said Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage.

“From the first moment of the Festival – which we dramatically uprooted and replanted by two weeks to ensure the shows could go on – we have seen acts of celebration, acts of community and exquisite works of art.”

“Our many Western Australian artists have brought  their works of imagination, history and dreaming to us, the audiences of Perth. They have given us a renewed love for this place and what it has to offer the world,” said Mr Grandage.

The 2021 Perth Festival continues to Sunday 14 March. The Lotterywest Films season continues at UWA Somerville until Easter Sunday 4 April. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Structural Dependency – photo by Mitchell Aldridge