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 Film Festival and the Perth Writers Festival. The festival runs every year from February–March, the Lotterywest Film Festival runs from November–April, and the Perth Writers Festival occurs in February. The current artistic director is Jonathan Holloway (2012–2015).

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 include theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and literature, occurring right across the state.[3] Artists from around the world have participated in the Festival including the Israeli born clarinetist Chen Halevi.

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]

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:

  • Partners
  • Leadership partners
  • Major Partners
  • Public Funding Partners
  • Trusts
  • 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] During this year, the festival was held from February 10 - March 4, and was the first year led by new artistic director, Jonothan 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', a short film directed by Justin Chadwick.[13] The film reflects the true story of 84-year-old liberation fighter Maruge who, when the Kenyan Government offers free universal education, arrives at a primary school eager to learn.[14]

This year also featured sold out event, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who played at the Chevron City Gardens.

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

Festival Venues[edit]

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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)

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. ^ www.perthfestival.com.au Festival Background. 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". 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 Announces Winner of Innaugral Audience Award". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Venues". Perth International Arts Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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