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From family-focused fun at Elizabeth Quay and the stunning Kings Park to the theatres, small bars, cool restaurants and myriad public spaces of the city, the seamlessly integrated Perth CBD / Northbridge precinct is internationally renowned as a fun place to go. Jump on the ferry, hire a bike, check out the galleries and museums, chill out in the cultural centre, shop at King St or best of all, stay over in one of the many new 5-star hotels.

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The Lester Prize 2020 Exhibition Season

The Lester Inc is proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

  • Dates:Oct 31 - Nov 29
  • Venue:Art Gallery WA, Brookfield Place and various locations in Perth CBD

Details

  • Hosted By:The Lester Inc
  • Venue Address:Art Gallery WA, Brookfield Place and various locations in Perth CBD
  • Ticket Price FROM:0
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Other:Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA,Yagan Square
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting,Youth
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Free,Youth Art / Performance

Description

The Lester Prize is one of the country’s most prestigious fine art portrait prizes.

Our annual program includes: the Main Exhibition in AGWA’s historic Centenary Galleries; Awards Nights for both Adult and Youth finalists; guided tours; floor talks, workshops and live demonstrations; outdoor art pop up events around the city; a Community Outdoor Art Exhibition at the Perth Cultural Centre; and digital exhibitions showcased on the Big Screen at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Yagan Square and the City of Perth Library.

The Lester Prize also conducts workshops with Starlight Livewire at Perth Children’s Hospital; aged care residents; and schools working towards making substantive and positive changes within their communities (with a particular focus on those who require additional support and have a high proportion of NESB and indigenous student populations).

  • MAIN EXHIBITION | Art Gallery WA’s Centenary Galleries | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • YOUTH AWARDS EXHIBITION | Brookfield Place Tower 2 | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020
  • SALON DES REFUSÉS | Outside Brookfield Tower 1 | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020
  • OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EXHIBITION | Perth Cultural Centre | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • ON THE BIG SCREEN DISPLAYS | Various locations in Perth CBD | 31 Oct — 29 Nov 2020
  • ST JOHN OF GOD HEALTH CARE TOURING EXHIBITION | Murdoch, Mt Lawley & Midland Hospitals | Dec 2020 — Feb 2021

For more information on our Adult & Youth Finalists' artworks, exhibitions and events (incl. ticketing) visit: www.lesterprize.com

The Lester Prize Main Awards Exhibition

In the fourteenth year of The Lester Prize, the work of the forty finalists has returned to the Art Gallery of WA.

  • Dates:Oct 31 - Nov 29
  • Venue:Art Gallery of Western Australia

Details

  • Venue Address:Art Gallery of Western Australia, James St Mall Perth, WA, Australia 6000
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting
  • Other:Arts & Crafts
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA

Description

The Lester Prize is one of the nation’s most recognised and prestigious fine art prizes. The prize pool available to professional, emerging and young artists is now worth almost $85,000, including the main prize of $50,000.

This year's forty finalists were chosen from 750 entries received from artists across Australia. Twelve finalists are from WA, eight from NSW, seven from VIC, five from SA, three each from QLD and TAS, and one each from the ACT and NT. Sixteen of the finalists have been named as finalists in previous years of the competition.

This year’s Main Awards Panel comprises of Western Australian artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah; AGWA Associate Curator, Projects Rachel Ciesla; Alan R Dodge AM; Perth based curators Gemma Weston and Laetitia Wilson.

The finalists' artworks are on display in the Centenary Galleries at AGWA from 31 October to 29 November 2020.  

The winners were announced on 30 October at the Main Awards Night at AGWA. The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture 2020 winner was Serena Cowie for her work titled The conversation.

This year's prize pool consists of:

  • The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture (selected by a panel of judges) | $50,000
  • Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize (selected by artists’ peers) | $10,000 cash
  • Minderoo Foundation Spirit Prize | $10,000 cash
  • Baldock Family People’s Choice Prize (selected by the general public) | $10,000 cash
  • Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize | $5,000 cash
  • Highly Commended x 2 (selected by a panel of judges) | $1,000 cash, $550 domestic art transport voucher, $500 framing voucher plus $250 art supplies voucher each

About the Prize:

The Lester Prize is managed by The Lester Inc, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2007 to provide an avenue for artists to exhibit works of portraiture within Western Australia. With an annual prize pool worth over $85,000, it is now one of the nation’s most recognised and prestigious fine art prizes.

Working with government, peak arts bodies and community groups, it plays a critical role in helping to diversify WA’s local economy, grow cultural tourism, and activate spaces through creative placemaking. The Lester Prize is proud to provide locals and visitors with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform each year in a format that puts the artists and community front-and-centre.

The Lester Prize’s exhibitions and public events program is targeted at diverse groups in the community and includes artist floor talks, workshops, live art demonstrations and pop-up community activations across the city. The Prize advocates for Australian art and artists through a full month-long exhibition season which includes:
• Main Exhibition of original artworks at AGWA
• Youth Exhibition of original artworks at Brookfield Place
• Outdoor Salon des Refusés and Community Exhibitions at Perth Cultural Centre and Brookfield Place
• Big Screen Displays at various locations around Perth

The Emperor

Shuan Hern Lee makes his WASO return with one of the greatest of all concertos – Beethoven’s mighty and majestic Emperor.

  • Dates:Nov 27 - 28
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30 plus handling fee
  • Ticket price TO:$94 plus handling fee
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO

Description

Shuan Hern Lee piano
Peter Moore conductor

Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2020

Perth's Revelation Film Festival is back once again to showcase the best independent movies from Dec 2 - 13

  • Dates:Dec 9 - 13
  • Time(s):Various
  • Venue:Multiple Venues
  • Festivals:All Festivals,Revelation Film Festival

Details

  • Venue Address:Various Venues
  • Produced By:Revelation Film Festival
  • Other:Film Festivals
  • Hosted By:Revelation Film Fest

Description

The 23rd annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival presents over 30 features, documentaries and short films from December 9 – 13, screening as part of a curated program celebrating independent filmmakers from across the globe and around the corner. 

The full line up is online at www.revelationfilmfest.org with tickets for all screenings available now. 

XR:WA 20

Explore stunning immersive VR experiences and technologies, hear from some of the industry’s leading thinkers and innovators, and network with local, national, and international colleagues.

  • Dates:Dec 3 - Dec 6
  • Time(s):Starts 10am
  • Venue:Perth Cultural Centre
  • Festivals:All Festivals,XR:WA

Details

  • Hosted By:XR:WA
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre, Francis Street and William St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts
  • Other:Expos,Technology
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free

Description

Spread across three days, the major conference and public exhibition will showcase the ideas, works, technology and constantly evolving environment of the virtual reality and digital screen industry.

The jam-packed program will feature panel discussions, a Games and Experience Emporium, trade exhibitions, and workshops with keynote speakers that will delve into the immersive and digital screen-based forms of art, entertainment, education and training, science and research, and business.

WASO's Arena Christmas Spectacular

Our annual free end of year concert is reconceived in 2020 as an RAC Arena spectacular.

  • Dates:Dec 12
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:RAC Arena

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:700 Wellington Street, 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Free
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Event Venue:RAC Arena

Description

Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra with the support of Lotterywest and City of Perth, no other show in the City this year will feature such a magnificent combination of sing-along Christmas hits and dazzling special effects, totally free and COVID-safe for the whole family. 

Western Australia’s favourite leading lady, Lucy Durack, will be our host while your West Australian Symphony Orchestra and special guests perform a much-loved program of Christmas classics. Families can sing-along to Baby, It’s Cold OutsideWhat A Wonderful World and Santa Claus is Coming to Town while also enjoying favourites from The Nutcracker and Home Alone.

This magical production will feature more than 130 West Australian performers on stage including the Orchestra and WASO Chorus led by Perth’s rising star conductor Jen Winley. They will be joined by international musical theatre star Amy Manford, and acclaimed soprano Samantha Clarke, with more special guests including the one and only, Santa.

While the event remains free for all the family, tickets will need to be secured via Ticketek with contact details required at booking.

The Courtyard Club 2020

The Courtyard Club is back with free sets from local legends in the State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard.

  • Dates:Every Friday; Nov 6 - Dec 18
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard

Details

  • Hosted By:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Free
  • Music:DJs,Gig Guide,Free,Indie & Alternative
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Description

Running over 7 weeks, this collab between State Theatre Centre of WA and RTRFM is the perfect place to start your weekend with friends while experiencing live radio and local music for free. An all-ages event, there's also a licensed bar and food options available.

 

Yagan Square Nyumbi

Yagan Square is being brought to life with a free celebration of the world’s oldest living culture every Friday night. Let’s meet, connect and celebrate in the heart of Perth city.

  • Dates:Every Friday, Nov 13 - Jan 29
  • Time(s):5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Venue:Yagan Square

Details

  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Community,Free
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:Yagan Square
  • Hosted By:DevelopmentWA

Description

Entitled Nyumbi, locals and visitors alike will be able to immerse themselves in Perth’s rich Nyoongar culture through traditional song and dance.

Watch Aboriginal performers from the Binjareb Middar and Kwarbah Djookian dance groups as they share stories of the world's oldest living culture through music, dance and language.

Grab a bite from one of the eateries and enjoy these free lunchtime performances on the grassed area next to Wellington Street. 

Pridefest 2020 Film Festival

Raine Square and Palace Cinemas are proud to present the 2020 PrideFest Film Festival, with part proceeds supporting Pride WA!

  • Dates:Nov 18, 22, 25 & 29
  • Time(s):Wednesdays 6pm & Sundays 12pm
  • Venue:Palace Cinemas, Raine Square
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:PrideWA & Palace Cinemas
  • Venue Address:Raine Square, 300 Murray St
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Type:For Charity / Fundraising
  • Other:Film Festivals

Description

Enjoy four immersive cinema experiences like you have never seen before with each film including a fabulous pre-film function, live music, entertainment, Instagram ops, canapes and a drink on arrival!

Join us for two Evening Gala events and two Sunday afternoon soirees through November.

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)  Perth Premiere screening + Q&A with the film Producer!
Opening Night Gala Event
Wednesday 18th November

Enjoy  a drink on arrival, roving entertainment, live DJ, drag performances, catering by  Greenhorns and an all round 80’s vibe to get the party started!

Opening the PrideFest film festival is the Perth Premiere of  the new feel good Romantic Comedy Ellie & Abbie (& Ellies Dead Aunt). Ellie is struggling to find the courage to ask her classmate, Abbie, to the the school dance. Luckily her Aunt Tara, a lesbian who died in the 80’s has shown up as a “Fairy Godmother” to dish out advice, whether Ellie wants it or not…

6pm event for 7pm film
Rating: CTC

Call Me By Your Name ( 18+ event) – Sunday Soiree
Sunday 22nd November

Enjoy a rustic Italian afternoon escape with pop up wine tasting throughout our lounges and in the sun on our rooftop bar,  a live DJ playing Italian cafe vibes, an additional Prosecco before the film and Italian canapes by Hunter and Barrel.

The classic and much loved film -It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

12:00pm event for 1pm film
Rated: (M)

The Birdcage – Gala Event
Wednesday 25th November

Welcome to fabulous chill Miami! Think neon and palm trees, a DJ playing Miami house music, themed cocktail on arrival, and a live performance on stage by Samba dancer Sandrina Barbosa, all complimented with drinks and catering by The Royal.

Lies and deception — it’s all in the family when a man must convince his future in-laws that he’s as uptight as they are. Armand and Albert have built the perfect life for themselves tending to their gaudy Miami drag nightclub. But their pastel tranquillity is shaken when Armand’s son announces that he’s getting married to the daughter of ultra-conservative Senator Keeley . . . and they’re all getting together for dinner! Can Armand and Albert transfer transform themselves into Mr. — and Mrs. — Family Values in time? It’ll take the performance of their lives, but they’ll do anything — and everything — to pull the chiffon over Keeley’s eyes!

6pm event for 7pm film
Rated: (M)

Moonlight – Sunday Soiree
Sunday 29th November

Enter to an interactive shimmer photobooth for that #Insta fix with your favourite perth drag queens whilst you chill out to the sounds of a live DJ and sip on your complimentary glass of prosecco and indulge in sushi from Teriyaki Express.

This multi award winning film tells the story of a  young African-American man grappling with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
Told through three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult, Chiron lives with his single, drug addicted mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn’t understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan’s caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula’s abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms of its problems when he reaches his difficult teen years when peer pressure affects what he and many of his peers do, unless he follows Juan’s advice of truly making his own decisions for himself.

12:00pm event for 1pm film
Rated: (M)

Don’t forget to tag us and share your memories – @palacecinemasperth @rainesquare @Pride_wa #PrideFESTfilmFEST

Gala

A show like no other! Dress to the nines and celebrate West Australian Ballet’s rich history and bright future with our special GALA performances.

  • Dates:Nov 19, 20, 27; Dec 3, 4, 10, 11
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Ballet
  • Venue Address:825 Hay St
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$62
  • Performing Arts:Ballet
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

Glittering excerpts from our most iconic classical, neo-classical and contemporary works including Don QuixoteLe CorsaireThe Great GatsbyTakutoRadio & Juliet plus many other wonderful surprises will be stunningly showcased. Designed for ballet lovers of all ages, join us for an emotional ride down memory lane as our dancers exude their passion for this exquisite art-form and Company.

“Chihiro Nomura (Kitri/Dulcinea) gave an impressive performance technically as a vivacious and mischievous Kitri, and showed serene control as Dulcinea in the dream sequences”
Don Quixote, Dance Australia

“Nixon’s choreography aptly captured the swinging twenties style and tempo and was an absolute delight to watch.”
The Great Gatsby, Australian Stage 

“It was easy to forget the audience was watching a highly technical dance as the focus on technique took a back seat to the comical storyline, deliberately bad-taste costumes and acting histrionics.”
Radio & Juliet, The Sydney Morning Herald  

Christmas Lights Trail 2020

  • brooke.hunter@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
  • 0448 610 834

Everyone's favourite Christmas tradition is back and bigger than ever.

  • Dates:Nov 20 - Jan 3
  • Time(s):6pm
  • Venue:Throughout the City

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth
  • Venue Address:Throughout the City
  • Ticket Price:free
  • Type:Community,Free

Description

With a total of 30 stops this year, visitors can choose from one of four journeys across the CBD, Northbridge, East Perth or West Perth areas to take in the dazzling light displays and joyful street decorations. Plus, there's roving entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.
Trail routes will cover approximately four kilometres including these venues:

  • WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Perth Cultural Centre
  • Northbridge Piazza
  • Kings Square
  • Yagan Square
  • Raine Square
  • 140
  • Forrest Chase
  • Forrest Place
  • Murray St Mall
  • Hay St Mall
  • Cathedral Square
  • Council House
  • Elizabeth Quay
  • Enex
  • Brookfield Place
  • Claisebrook Cove
  • Hay Street, West Perth

Christmas Projections:

Enchanting animated projections will light up the facade of St George’s Cathedral, enhancing the building’s features with colour and conveying the traditional Christmas story.

The Nutcracker

Set in a 19th century English winter wonderland, this magical, classical ballet will capture the heart and mind of the whole family.

  • Dates:Nov 21, 26, 28, 29; Dec 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13
  • Time(s):2:00pm; 3:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Ballet
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

Transport to the wonderful world of brave toy soldiers and dancing sugar canes. Join Clara on her adventure as she battles the evil Mouse King with her Nutcracker soldier, visits the captivating Land of Sweets and revels in the iconic dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tickets are completely sold out, however join the waitlist for a chance to get a ticket.

Christmas Concert 2020

Get into the Christmas spirit with traditionally-themed festive performances changing every week including bands, musicians, choirs, dancers, jazz and more.

  • Dates:Nov 22, 29; Dec 6, 13 & 20
  • Time(s):4pm to 6pm
  • Venue:Forrest Place

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth
  • Venue Address:Forrest Place, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free

Description

Online bookings are essential; tickets will be scanned upon entry. Get your free ticket at visitperth.com.au.

Stick around the city after the concert to grab a bite to eat and explore the City’s iconic Christmas Lights Trail.

Concert 1- Sunday 22 November 
A full Christmas experience curated by HAMA Productions, featuring upbeat dance numbers, interactive musical theatre, elements of the traditional story of Christmas and impressive vocalists singing your favourite Christmas songs. 

Concert 2- Sunday 29 November
An eclectic mix of performances ensuring there is something for everyone. This show will feature performances from the below talent:

  • DivaLicious- Combining opera with musical theatre, DivaLicious will perform some much-loved Christmas tunes.
  • The Real Sing- An impressive bunch of a cappella singers showcasing traditional Christmas carols.
  • The Sweet Teas- Female vocal trio, The Sweet Teas will perform Christmas songs in their jazzy style with heart and sophisticated three-part harmonies.
  • Steve Hensby Band- A 9-piece live band playing Christmas bangers and singalongs.

Concert 3- Sunday 6 December

  •  An eclectic mix of performances ensuring there is something for everyone. This show will feature performances from the below talent:
  • Perth Harmony Chorus- Australia’s most awarded barbershop chorus, the Perth Harmony Chorus is made up of a diverse mix of local talent.
  • DivaLicious- Combining opera with musical theatre, DivaLicious will perform some much-loved Christmas tunes.
  • Eclipse Musicians- a 9-piece show band performing upbeat Christmas songs to dance to!

Concert 4- Sunday 13 December
A full Christmas experience curated by HAMA Productions, featuring upbeat dance numbers, interactive musical theatre, elements of the traditional story of Christmas and impressive vocalists singing your favourite Christmas songs. 

Concert 5- Sunday 20 December
An eclectic mix of performances ensuring there is something for everyone. This show will feature performances from the below talent:

  • Perth Harmony Chorus- Australia’s most awarded barbershop chorus, the Perth Harmony Chorus is made up of a diverse mix of local talent.
  • Meadowlark Christmas Angels- These Christmas angels will perform a wide variety of Christmas tunes a cappella style.
  • The Christmas Wishes- A bubbly three-piece vocal group who sing 1940′s styled Christmas music.
  • Eclipse Musicians- a 9-piece show band performing upbeat Christmas songs to dance to!

Sidewalk Sounds

  • brooke.hunter@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
  • 0448 610 834

Pick up lunch and enjoy some music and fresh air in the heart of Perth city.

  • Dates:Nov 26 - Dec 4
  • Time(s):11.30 to 1pm
  • Venue:Various Locations

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth
  • Venue Address:Various
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free

Description

The first edition of Sidewalk Sounds will take place between 26 November and 4 December, under the shade of the London Pines in beautiful West Perth.

The second edition will be held on the 3 December and will feature a musical performance at the QV1 building.

The third edition of Sidewalk Sounds will take place between the 10 and 17 December in Raine Lane. Grab your lunch and enjoy the balmy summer day!

A Morning With Santa

A morning to cherish for Ritz Kids, celebrate the arrival of the festive season at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth.

  • Dates:Nov 28 - 29
  • Time(s):Starts 9am

Details

  • Hosted By:The Ritz Carlton, Perth
  • Venue Address:The Ritz-Carlton, Perth 1 Barrack St Perth WA 6000 Australia
  • Ticket Price:$79
  • Type:For Kids
  • Food & Drink:Restaurant Events

Description

Kids can delight in a Ritz Kids morning tea, decorate a gingerbread house to take home and have a photo with Santa, all whilst enjoying Christmas carols.

Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 November from 9am to 11am in The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. 

Children (12 years and younger) are $79 per child with an accompanying adult complimentary. Please note due to social distancing requirements, we can only accommodate one adult per child. For further information and reservations please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/perth.