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It's that time of year again. The 2011 Perth Winter Arts Season is here, and with a huge variety of events scheduled, you will never have trouble finding something enjoyable to do this winter. There's something for everyone, including visual arts, theatre, music, film, and dance.
Because there are just too many performances and exhibitions for me to fit into one article, I'll list some of my top picks below:
Visual Arts - The Cell (9 July - 21 August)
If you want to see something a little bit different and out there, I recommend you check out The Cell at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in Northbridge. The Cell is an immersive, hypnotic 12.5 x 6 metre inflatable structure created by Brooke Andrew, one of Australia's most interesting artists. Viewers will be retired to wear a patterned costume before entering the inflatable structure. The Cell is viewable between 9 July and 21 August, and it's totally free.
Music - Bach and Buxtehude (28 August)
Most know Bach as the ultimate Baroque composer, however there was another Baroque composer who was equally as incredible: Dietrich Buxtehude. The barely known Buxtehude was one of the greatest Baroque German composers, for both the organ and the voice. Bach and Buxtehude is a concert that explores a selection of Buxtehude's cantatas, as well as compositions by Bach, sung and performed by Jane Sheldon, Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres da Costa. Music lovers won't want to miss this special performance. Standard tickets will set you back $50, with discounts offered for concession and student card holders. The concert is held at the Perth Town Hall, and begins at 7.30pm. For more information head to this website.
Theatre - Julius Caesar (17 - 20 of August)
Julius Caesar is an ambitious political drama that takes a piece of Roman history and drops it into the world of backdoor politics. Friendship is put to the test and the contrast between our intentions and our actions is revealed. This drama by William Shakespeare, and directed by Peter Evans is something to look out for if you're a fan of theatre. Julius Caesar is on between 17 - 20 August, with tickets available from BOCS Ticketing.
Film - Magnificent People Film Season (Every Sunday until 28 August)
Another fantastic freebie here. Magnificent People Films Season is all about films that celebrate the joy of the human spirit, playing every Sunday at 6pm at the Northbridge Piazza & Superscreen. Films and documentaries are elected from the best of Cannes and Sundance, as well as other Australian and international selects. The program for the rest of the Perth Festival is as follows:
Sunday 24 July - Man on Wire Sunday 31 July - Screenwest Short film Sunday 7 August - RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope
Sunday 21 August - Shine Sunday 28 August - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Dance - Beneath The Skin (27 August)
The University of WA (UWA) showcases their graduating dancers talents in Beneath The Skin. With the beautiful Dolphin Theatre as its canvas, this original performance paints an insight into the lives of the dancers, and offers a large range of exciting themes. You can pick up tickets for just $18, a small price to pay for an amazing night.
So there you have it, a few of my top picks for this years Perth Winter Arts Season. If you can brave the cold this winter, then you're going to be in for a real treat. To check out the other awesome events that the festival has to offer, just head on over to Perth winter arts.