Adios winter blues, helloooo spring sunshine! It’s finally time to come out of hibernation, and Perth has a few events lined up to help you kickstart into gear.[listicle]
Dress for Success
Hidden away in the basement of Many 6160 and taking up an incredible amount of space – 2800 square metres in fact – is the cutting-edge contemporary art space Success, run by the team from Moana Project Space. Following up the success (pardon the pun) of large-scale shows held earlier in the year, the next curated exhibition ‘Success 4’ will feature a score of Australian and international artists presenting their respective works simultaneously across the expansive gallery spaces. ‘Success 4’ spans the spectrum of visual and sculptural art through to video and live music, and runs from September 3 to October 2.
See some music and comedy on an island
The sun is out which can only mean one thing: FESTIVAL SEASON! And what better way to kick off the festivities by leaving your car behind on the mainland and catching a ferry across to idyllic Rottnest Island for the annual Rottofest music and comedy festival. This year’s Rottofest takes place on September 17 and features a diverse line-up of music acts such as The Jezebels and Blue Juice, and an ensemble of comedians to keep you in stitches. Grab your posse, put your best festival outfit together and prepare for a day of chilled-out vibes against the beautiful backdrop of Rottnest. You’ll return to the mainland with sweet memories and oh-so-many quokka selfies.
Learn a thing in a laneway
Laneway Learning has finally made it over to the west coast and we are very excited! Not familiar with the concept? Initially started in the laneways of Melbourne, Laneway Learning is essentially a series of casual classes that touch on a variety of topics and designed for small groups. Above all, it aims to make learning fun. Classes range from the weird to the wonderful, and the random to the ridiculous, and you can bet your bottom dollar that your friends will be more than a little impressed with your newfound – and potentially obscure – knowledge. Upcoming classes include laughter yoga and contact juggling: this is learning at its most entertaining.
Pass the beef (and beer)
The organisers behind the WA Beer and Beef Festival knew that they were on to an unbeatable combination, because BEER AND BEEF. Did we mention the fact that the festival is happening over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend on September 23–25 at swish Elizabeth Quay? Winner winner, chicken dinner – or should that be beef dinner? There will be over 75 brews available for beer aficionados to taste, and pop-up restaurants and food trucks galore serving up delectable beef dishes. Throw in some music, entertainment, masterclasses and cooking demos, and you’ve got yourself one helluva long weekend.
Photo: Beer and Beef Festival/Facebook
Go crate digging
Listen up, vinyl lovers: the fourth Vinyl Fiesta Record Fair is going down on Sunday September 11 in the main room of the Rosemount – not that we need another reason to pop by for a spring Sunday sesh. The Fair sells new and pre-loved records of all styles and genres, so roll up your sleeves, get into the groove and prepare yourself for an afternoon of some serious Sunday digging.
A “bellissimo” festival
Festival Italia is returning to the Perth Town Hall on September 10–11 and you can bet your Nonna that there’s going to be plenty of pasta, wine and gelato involved – bellissimo! Celebrating the finest in Italian wine and produce, Festival Italia promises to deliver a weekend of hearty indulgence and quality food. Taste traditional recipes prepared by some of Perth’s finest Italian chefs, all made with the freshest and finest ingredients, all the while taking in a lesson or two in living la dolce vita.
Photo: Festival Italia/Facebook
See some quality snaps
The Perth Centre for Photography (PCP) has been at its new West Perth site for a year now and it’s celebrating its one year anniversary in conjunction with the opening of the IRIS Award exhibition on September 1. Whether you’re a photographer pro or amateur iPhone snapper, you’ll not only find inspiration in the unique and captivating portraits that are the focus of the IRIS Award, but also in the exquisite heritage building that the PCP is located in. Finalists for the IRIS Award have been announced and the winners will be revealed on the opening night. The IRIS Award 2016 exhibition runs from September 1 to October 1.
Photo: Perth Centre for Photography/Facebook[/listicle]
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