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Perth is alive with a spectacular mix of music, theatre, comedy, dance and visual art...

This rich tapestry of cultural experiences is on offer the whole year round in diverse locations across the region. It is particularly rich during the Perth International Arts Festival held every February and March. During this time, the city welcomes local and international artists to participate in a riot of shows across the region.

ARTS & CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Galleries and museums

Perth is alive with a vibrant tapestry of music, theatre, history, art and culture. Find a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, art galleries and performing arts groups, from museums and galleries.
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Public art walks

If you're interested in art, but don't want to go to a museum or gallery, why not follow one of these great public art walks around Perth created to enrich visitor understand of life and history of the city as they explore the region.
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Outdoor cinemas

Pack a picnic, some wine and a rug and venture to one of the outdoor cinemas around Perth during the warm summer months and catch up on the latest movies, an old classic or something alternative.
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Art and craft markets

Perth's stunning weather and fresh produce make for a thriving market culture. You'll find plenty of weekend markets all over the region, selling a whole range of fantastic local art and craft. 
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Heritage walking trails and tours

You'll find a range of fantastic urban walking tracks and trails, in Perth, Fremantle and Guildford allowing visitors to discover the history and heritage of our main urban centres on foot!
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CITY ARTS & CULTURE

Music lovers are in for a treat, with plenty of live music on offer especially in cultural hotspots like Northbridge, Subiaco and Fremantle. You’ll find music ranging from rock bands at trendy pubs to chilled-out jazz floating from wine bars and restaurants. Perth is also emerging as a comedy capital, with hilarious local and international acts regularly on offer at special comedy clubs or pubs, especially in Northbridge.

Northbridge is also home to Perth’s Cultural Centre, which houses the Western Australian Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. The Museum takes you on a journey from this ancient continent’s earliest days through to European settlement. It also places heavy emphasis on Western Australia’s rich Aboriginal heritage.

Be sure to catch a showing of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra – the state’s largest and busiest performing arts company. The orchestra plays traditional pieces as well as contemporary works and many of these shows are held outdoors under the stars, fusing music with the romance of a balmy Perth evening. Theatres too are plentiful from grand stages like the 103-year-old His Majesty’s Theatre to intimate, out-of-the way stages offering alternative and avant-garde shows. His Majesty’s is the home of the West Australian Opera Company which performs world-class shows here throughout the year.

There are many Indigenous cultural experiences on offer in Perth that provide fascinating insights into Western Australia’s ancient Aboriginal culture. For stunning Aboriginal art displays close to the city, head to the Aboriginal Art and Craft Gallery on Mount Eliza in Kings Park which has been established for 16 years. There’s also an Indigenous Heritage Tour in Kings Park where you can find out about the original West Australians who used and loved Kings Park for tens of thousands of years.

Regional arts and culture

  • Fremantle

  • Swan Valley

  • Perth Hills

  • Avon Valley

ARTS & CULTURAL EVENTS

Check out some of the great upcoming arts and cultural events in Perth and surrounds.
  • Lustre: Pearling & Australia

    Fremantle | Dates: 20 Jun – 25 Oct, 2015
    Lustre: Pearling & Australia delves into the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia's oldest industries.
  • Toodyay Farmers Market

    Toodyay | Dates: 21 Jun – 30 Nov, 2015
    The Toodyay Farmers Markets will be held on the 3rd Sunday each month at Stirling Park in Toodyay. Come and experience a wonderful array of unique local and regional artisan and fresh produce stalls from around the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt areas.
  • Unfolding: New Indian Textiles

    Fremantle | Dates: 31 Jul – 19 Sep, 2015
    Indian textiles are world-famous for being exquisite, handmade and finely crafted. They represent a compelling aesthetic with deep roots and profound cultural meaning. Unfolding: New Indian Textiles is an elegant exhibition which highlights the supreme craftsmanship and beauty of work by contemporary Indian textile designers and artists, drawing on these traditions.
  • TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil

    Burswood | Dates: 31 Jul – 20 Sep, 2015
    TOTEM, a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind, will open on July 31 2015 at the Belmont Racecourse, Perth. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.

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