As all Perth locals know, summer is synonymous with time off work and therefore time spent outdoors having fun. With this in mind, the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) has fitted itself perfectly into the holiday season. Established in 1953, PIAF is the country’s longest running international arts festival and has come to be regarded as one of the most significant cultural events on the WA, if not Australian, arts calendar.
The PIAF program for 2017 promises to be its best yet, providing audiences of all stripes with something they can get excited about. If you are a film buff, the Lotterywest Film Season will treat you to some of the best and most innovative visual storytelling from around the world. With starring performances by French songstress Soko, and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny’s daughter), in her first foreign-language role, The Dancer (still image, below) is just one of the must-see films this season.
If music or the written word is more your scene, then don’t fret, PIAF has you covered: for audiophiles, tastes for the classical all the way through to the avant-garde will be satisfied; while lovers of literature will get the opportunity to savour the words of industry giants as well as exciting new talent.
And for those who like their art a bit more interactive, Complicite’s The Encounter (picture, top of story) is sure to astound, as it takes you into the world of the Brazilian rainforest through the power of sound, each audience member lent a set of headphones to truly enjoy the immersing experience.
But this only scratches the surface when it comes to what is on offer at PIAF in 2017. What audiences can be sure of, though, is the incredible adventures that await them. So make sure you get to one (or more) of these events and show your support for the creative arts in Australia and across the world. Chris Prindiville
PIAF runs from February 10th to March 5th, 2017.
For information and ticketing, visit perthfestival.com.au.