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 between February-March. The program features contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, opera, visual arts, large-scale public works, Lotterywest Festival Films and the Perth Writers Festival. The current artistic director is Jonathan Holloway (2012-2015).


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] Activities include theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and literature, occurring right across the state.[2] Artists from around the world have participated in the Festival including the Israeli born clarinetist Chen Halevi.


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.

La Fura Dels Baus display at the 2010 opening night.
Driving into Walls dress-rehearsal, Feb 2012.

Artistic Directors[edit]

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


  1. ^ Hunter, Tim. "Perth International Arts Festival". Citysearch. Retrieved 2010-02-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ Festival Background. Accessed 22 March 2006.

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