Fes­ti­val hits Home run

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Arts - Tanya MacNaughton

PERTH In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val re­turned to its UWA her­itage last week with the an­nounce­ment of the 2017 PIAF pro­gram at Winthrop Hall.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Wendy Martin launched her metic­u­lously cu­rated fes­ti­val, which runs from Fe­bru­ary 10 to March 5, and fea­tures 24 days of beauty, whimsy, fun, en­ter­tain­ment and thought­pro­vok­ing works.

“In a world fraught with trou­bles and in an era where we are all con­nected via tech­nol­ogy, yet strangely not, PIAF gives us three weeks to­gether in parks, rivers, footy ovals and streets, in the­atres, ho­tels and at the beach to cel­e­brate all we have in this beau­ti­ful re­mote city on the edge of Aus­tralia,” Martin said.

“And to travel to­gether to ex­tra­or­di­nary places with the world’s most bril­liant artists as our guides.”

Martin said she could not be more proud of this year’s open­ing event, Home, and next year the same team would take au­di­ences deeper into the en­vi­ron­ment with Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, com­bin­ing tech­nol­ogy and the nat­u­ral world.

“For the fes­ti­val’s first three nights, Kings Park will be trans­formed into a mag­i­cal can­vas cel­e­brat­ing the flora and fauna of south­west Aus­tralia and the wis­dom and knowl­edge of the Noon­gar peo­ple who have been its care­tak­ers for thou­sands of years,” she said.

“This unique ex­pe­ri­ence of won­der and in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness will be the start of a fes­ti­val jour­ney that will see big-pic­ture sto­ries played out through per­sonal per­spec­tives and none more po­tent than this quin­tes­sen­tial fes­ti­val event.”

Other high­lights in­clude New York theatre marathon tril­ogy in three cour­ses The Gabriels: Elec­tion Year in the Life of One Fam­ily, Nou­veau Cirque du Viet­nam’s A O Lang Pho, PIAF com­mis­sions Lady Eats Ap­ple and Flit, Rus­sian the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence Opus No. 7, Brod­sky Quar­tet, Cana­dian dance work Betrof­fen­heit and WA Bal­let’s Takuto: Bal­let at the Quarry.

“What is closer to all of our hearts than Aussie Rules?” Martin said.

“Kick­ing off next year, Fre­man­tle Dock­ers is one of only eight teams se­lected for AFL Women’s, the in­au­gu­ral na­tional fe­male foot­ball league.

“Isn’t that some­thing to cel­e­brate and we have in­vited Perth duo Snap­cat and Mel­bourne artist Lara Thoms to do just that.

“Be­fore the Siren is a feel­good fam­ily event at Fre­man­tle Oval, part half-time en­ter­tain­ment and part com­mu­nity rally; every­one is in­vited.”

Scent is a great driver of mem­ory and Martin’s de­ci­sion to add a sig­na­ture scent to each fes­ti­val con­tin­ues with the choice of lemon myr­tle which will waft through­out venues.

North­bridge’s Chi­cho Gelato has cre­ated a PIAF 2017 gelato, lemon myr­tle and macadamia nut.

PIAF 2017 rounds out with an­nual favourites Perth Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, Lot­tery­west Fes­ti­val Films, Chevron Fes­ti­val Gar­dens, the 2017 Vis­ual Arts pro­gram and Cham­ber Mu­sic Se­ries.

See the full pro­gram at www.perth­fes­ti­val.com.au.

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