Perth International Arts Festival

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Crowd at the Perth International Arts Festival Beck's Music Box, 2008

The Perth International Arts Festival is Australia's longest running cultural festival, held annually in Western Australia. The program features contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, opera, visual arts, large-scale public works, Lotterywest Film Festival and the Perth Writers Festival. The festival runs every year from February to March, the Lotterywest Film Festival runs from November to April, and the Perth Writers Festival occurs in February. The artistic director from 2012 to 2014 was Jonathan Holloway.

History[edit]

Street performers, Quidams, waking through the crowd at the Perth International Arts Festival, South Perth Foreshore, March 2007

The festival was created in 1953 by the University of Western Australia, making it the oldest international arts festival in Australia,[1] and the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere [2] Activities across the state include theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and literature.[3] Artists from around the world have participated in the festival.

Funding[edit]

The festival was founded by and has operated from the University of Western Australia Nedlands campus since 1953. The University of Western Australia further supports the festival through the provision of services and resources. Lotterywest has supported the festival financially since 1992.

The festival also relies on corporate sponsors and partnerships for funding, with new organisations becoming involved each year.[4]

Corporate partners[edit]

La Fura dels Baus display at the 2010 opening night
Driving into Walls dress-rehearsal, February 2012
Royal de Luxe: The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants to the Streets of Perth, 2015

The array of corporate partners changes each year, however some partners have committed to long term sponsorship of the festival. The partners are separated into six distinct groups:

  1. Partners
  2. Leadership partners
  3. Major Partners
  4. Public Funding Partners
  5. Trusts
  6. International Partners

Significant long term partners include Rio Tinto, Lotterywest and Wesfarmers.[5]

2012 festival[edit]

The 2012 festival was the 60th Perth International Arts Festival.[6] This year attracted 194,522 paid audience members and a total attendance figure of over 700,000.[7] The opening of the festival featured a 'DAWN:DUSK' opening, where hundreds of people gathered on Cottesloe Beach to watch vocalists and musicians.[8] The festival was held from February 10-March 4, and was the first year led by new artistic director, Jonathan Holloway.[9] A number of events sold out during this year's festival, including tickets to Bon Iver.[10]

2013 festival[edit]

The 2013 festival was held from February 8-March 2. With 750 artists, 820 events and 250 film screenings, it is the biggest yet.[11] This year marked the announcement of a new significant partner, Chevron Corporation. This partnership was recognised through the renaming of the Festival Gardens to Chevron Festival Gardens.[12]

At the 2012/2013 Lotterywest Film Festival, 26 films were screened, with the winner of the BHP Billiton audience award being The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick.[13] This year also featured sold out event, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who played at the Chevron City Gardens.

2014 Festival[edit]

The 2014 festival was the 62nd Perth International Arts Festival held from 7th February until 1st March 2014. [14]

Artistic directors[edit]

  • John Birman (1955–1974)
  • David Blenkinsop (1975–1999)
  • Sean Doran (2000–2003)
  • Lindy Hume (2004–2007)
  • Shelagh Magadza (2008–2011)
  • Jonathan Holloway (2012–2015)

Festival venues[edit]

Venues where festival events are held include:[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunter, Tim. "Perth International Arts Festival". Citysearch. Retrieved 6 February 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ Wells, Kathryn. "Festivals in Australia". Australian Government. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Festival background, perthfestival.com.au. Accessed 22 March 2006.
  4. ^ "Corporate Partnerships". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Corporate Partners". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Holloway, Jonathan. "2012 Perth Festival". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Events 2012 Western Australia" (PDF). Tourism WA. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lotterywest Festival Opening". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "2012 Perth Arts Festival". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Selling fast/ sold out". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Perth Festival Wrap Release". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Chevron International Partner Perth Festival 2013". Festivals Australia. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Brown, Miranda. "News". Perth International Arts Festival. 
  14. ^ "Perth Festival Launch Media Release" (PDF). Perth Festival. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Venues". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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