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Perth Winter Arts Festival 2012

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Perth Winter Arts Festival 2012

Winter is a great time to check out the City of Perth Winter Arts Festival - Winter Arts Season 2012. The festival runs for 3 months from 1 June to 31 August, 2012 and features a range of art experiences including theatre, art exhibitions, comedy, dance, events for kids, orchestral music, free films, opera, ballet, musical concerts and loads of free events for all the family, plenty to keep you entertained all winter long.

Now in its eighth year, the Perth Winter Arts Festival showcases some world-class events and performances. Head to the city this year, fill your winter with colour and creativity, and sample some of this year's best free and family events.


Plenty of different styles of music on show during the festival, jazz, classical, opera, contemporary and popular, something for everyone. There are many events and shows including:

Ellington Winter Jazz Fest, Ellington Jazz Club, 27 May to 6 June, 2012

Tim Freedman's Fireside Chat, Ellington Jazz Club, 14 to 16 June, 2012

Verbitsky's 25th Anniversary Gala, WA Symphony Orchestra, Perth Concert Hall. 23 & 24 June, 2012

Lunchtime Mall Sessions, Murray and Hay St Malls, 28 May to 1 June, 2012

Saturday Spectacular 56 bands, 8 stages, Northbridge, 2 June, 2012

Cabaret Soiree, Downstairs at the Maj, 20 June to 21 July, 2012


Some great exhibitions will be held at the Art Gallery of WA and other galleries around Perth.

Picasso to Warhol, 14 Modern Masters, Art Gallery of WA, 16 June to 3 December, 2012

Jeff Wall Photographs, Art Gallery of WA, 26 May to 10 September, 2012

St Georges Art 2012, 10th Annual Exhibition, St Georges Cathedral, 21 July to 2 August, 2012

Metamorphosis 2012, Gallery Central, 13 to 24 August, 2012

Objects. Food. Rooms, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 23 June to 12 August, 2012

Apache Clip Award 2012, Perth Centre for Photography, 24 May to 24 June, 2012


Many popular works, including classical and modern pieces, are being performed in Theatres around Perth.

The School for Wives, State Theatre, 11 to 14 July, 2012

Madam Ballet, State Theatre Centre of WA, 5 to 17 June, 2012

Les Affreux, The Blue Room Theatre, until 9 June, 2012

Songs for Nobodies, State Theatre, 22 June to 1 July, 2012

Hello My Name Is..., The Blue Room Theatre, 14 to 30 June, 2012 (Previews 12 & 13 June, 2012)

Signs of Life, State Theatre, 21 July to 18 August, 2012


Films on show this year include every one of the Oscar nominated Live Action short films from 2012.

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2012, State Theatre Centre, 30 May to 2 June, 2012

Metropolitan Opera in HD, Cinema Paradiso, 2 June to 5 August, 2012

Oscar Shorts 2012, 1UP Microcinema, 6 to 10 June, 2012

2012 Spanish Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso, 19 to 25 June, 2012


Some classic comedy will be on show as international and local comedians perform some unforgettable nights of world-class comedy.

An Englishman, An Irishman and A Scotsman, Comedy Lounge and Riverside Theatre, 14 July, 2012

Comedy Shack, The Burger Shack, 5 June to 7 August, 2012

Last Resort Comedy Club, Rosie O'Grady's, Northbridge, 6 June to 29 August, 2012

Chuckles Comedy Gong Night, Elephant and Wheelbarrow, 25 June to 27 August, 2012

Barefaced Stories, The Bird, 26 to 28 August, 2012

Scitech Comedy Debate, Scitech Discovery Centre, 14 August, 2012


A series of original and fresh choreographic works for you to enjoy.

Fragile, Buzz Dance Theatre, Dolphin Theatre, 16 to 26 June, 2012

Breaking Out, WAAPA, Dolphin Theatre, 21 to 25 August, 2012

Australian Dance Awards, Ausdance WA, State Theatre Centre, 1 September, 2012

Moveme Dance Festival, 28 August to 2 September, 2012


Lots of great events for the whole family.

Dinosaur Petting Zoo, WA Museum, 7 to 22 July, 2012

Explore-A-Saurus, Scitech Discovery Centre, 31 May to 21 August, 2012

Actors Boot Camp, Western Australian Youth Theatre Company, 9 to 13 July, 2012

Big Top Olympics, Forrest Place, 9 to 21 July, 2012

Molecular Origami, Scitech Discovery Centre, 15 to 19 August, 2012

The Gruffalo's Child, State Theatre Centre, 21 to 28 August, 2012

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Why? For some world-class events and performances
When: 1 June, 2012 to 31 August, 2012
Where: Perth
Cost: Varies - many events are free
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