Perth International Arts Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaWestern Australia
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Literary, Music
Location of Festival Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Perth International Arts Festival
UWA Festival Centre
3 Crawley Avenue
Crawley, WA 6009
Phone: (61) 8-6488-2000
Fax: (61) 8-6488-8555

Festival Description

The UWA Perth International Arts Festival, the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere, is Western Australia’s premier cultural event. The Perth Festival was established in 1953, following the birth of the Edinburgh Festival six years earlier, and now offers the people of Western Australia some of the best international and contemporary drama, theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature, comedy and free community events.

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Festival Dates February 8 - March 2, 2013
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Podcast interviews:
  • Programs, Perth International Arts Festival, 1953 - (Ephemera)
    This comprehensive collection contains representative programs from every year of the Festival. Most years have programs of individual festival events, however later years contain only the general festival program. Select years contain a press book and publicity material. Located at the National Library of Australia. PROMPT collection (Access through Petherick Room)

  • John Birman, ‘Festival of Perth: a festival of the arts (1953 - 1976), Part One’ Studies in Continuing Education, (No. 5, December 1980), pp. 10-32.
  • John Birman, ‘Festival of Perth: a festival of the arts (1953-1976), Part Two’ Studies in Continuing Education, (No. 6, June 1981), pp. 47-65.


Practical Info:

  • Perth Concert Hall
  • His Majesty’s Theater
  • UWA locations, including the Sunken Garden and The New Fortune Theatre
  • How to get to UWA campus, where a lot of festival events take place
  • Disability access
  • Family Friendly: special programming for kids


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