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Warm up with winter music, food and fun
I sometimes feel a bit mixed up when I get photos showing my northern hemisphere family celebrating Midsummer's Eve just as I'm getting out my warmer clothes. Perth is blessed with a mild climate but that very lack of extremes can mean we don't celebrate the seasons in the way that many Europeans do. Winterfest 2013, now in its third year, is a wonderful way to sample some mid-winter traditions.
Image courtesy Perth Cathedral website
Winterfest begins with a candlelit Evensong service in St George's Cathedral, sung by the women of the Cathedral Consort, a highly-regarded professional choir formed in 2008. The festival continues on the terrace and forecourt outside the Cathedral after the service with food, market stalls and entertainment.
photo by oic, Wikimedia Commons
Traditional European wintery delights on offer will include roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, bratwurst and gingerbread. Rug up and be entertained by street performers and fire jugglers, while the kids play in the snow dome.
Last year the Evensong service was standing-room only so plan to come early. Transport and parking information is available on the Cathedral website.