Spring into life and discover the whole world in your own backyard

Spring into life and discover the whole world in your own backyard

YOUR 2021 GUIDE TO EVERYTHING SPRINGTIME

After hibernating in our Oodies and binging Netflix through a wet and dreary winter, it’s time to peel off the layers of snuggliness, stretch out our petals and blossom like never before. Ahhhh springtime! Symbolic of the notion that everything can begin again. Perhaps a time to take stock, thank the past, find an adventure and discover something new!

I’ve never been much of an international traveller so the lockdowns over the past two years haven’t been too hard a pill for me to swallow but it’s kind of got me a little sad at the prospect of it being taken away. That said, what I have discovered is that if you look hard enough – you can literally find the whole world, right here in WA. Check out our 2021 Spring Guide below filled with lot’s of different things across different cultures to keep you and the family busy over the next couple of months.


Armadale Highland Gathering and the Perth Kilt Run

It’s time to gather and celebrate all things Scottish at the largest Highland Gathering event held in Western Australia! You don’t need to be Scottish to take part in this annual tradition, so gather your family and friends to enjoy the visual spectacle of kilts, bagpipes and a medieval fair.

The morning begins with the fun and quirky charity Perth Kilt Run, the only fun run in Australia that’s done in a kilt! Purchase your very own kilt when you register for the 2.5km Classic or the 5km Warrior. It’s a fun run with a difference and you’re guaranteed to have a good time whilst also raising much needed funds for charity. 

But the fun doesn’t stop there…

Following the Perth Kilt Run you’ll have the rest of the day to experience Scottish market stalls, highland dancing, pipe band competitions, meet and greet Scottish dogs, watch the hotly contested Heavy Events competitions and of course test your taste buds with the infamous haggis and other Scottish delights.

Let your imagination run wild in the Medieval Fair, learn about your ancestry in the Clan Village, and then kick up your heels with live music and Ceilidh dancing. You will also be able to enjoy some free activities with mini golf and face painting.  

This year, the Armadale Highland Gathering is a FREE ticketed event. To secure your tickets, click here

Minnawarra Park, Armadale
Sunday October 3, 2021


Koolbardi wer Wardong

This production is presented in association with the AWESOME Festival, West Australian Young Voices and Western Australian Youth Orchestra

Award winning songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse invite you on a magical journey back to the Nyittiny, the time of Creation.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Aliwa yeyi! (Look out now!) Feathers will fly in this cautionary tale.

Koolbardi the Magpie and Wardong the Crow are two very proud, vain, jealous brothers. Watch as their cunning, rivalry and one-upmanship brings them unstuck in spectacular fashion.

Set on Noongar Boodja (the south west corner of Western Australia), you are invited on a journey back to the Nyittiny, the time of Creation, where love, loyalty, betrayal and jealousy are all stretched to their limits. Because pride always comes before the fall.

Award winning songwriters and story tellers, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse weave magic in a world first, brought to life under the deft direction of Matt Reuben James Ward. Experience the incredible beauty of the language of this land, as this production promises to delight audiences of all ages.

SUNG IN NOONGAR WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

For more info or to book visit https://www.waopera.asn.au/shows/events/koolbardi-wer-wardong/

His Majesty’s Theatre
2 October, 6.30pm / 5 October, 3pm & 6.30pm / 6 October, 3pm & 6.30pm

KOOLBARDI WER WARDONG is a Wesfarmers Arts Commission. This season is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. 


Once a year, as the warmth of spring hits our soils, new crops start to flourish and the excitement and promise of the new wine vintage is in the air, our makers, growers and artisans roll out the welcome mat to showcase the absolute best that the Valley has to offer.

Entwined in the Valley 2021 serves up a smorgasbord of lazy long brunches and lunches, exclusive behind the scenes insights with our passionate producers and one-of-a-kind dinner experiences to be enjoyed as the sun sets.

Multiple Events across the weekend and are booking out fast so head to the Entwined in the Valley Website here for more details.


australian tattoo expo – perth

The Australian Tattoo Expo is BACK in Perth this October and the team bringing this event to you has made sure they’ve got the Industry’s best and greatest. Somewhat of a universal artform, the expo will encompass;

– Celebrating body art with Over 200 Tattoo Artists under one roof
– Brand new, exclusively curated entertainment that will make you lose your mind
– Tattoo and body piercing merch available from unique and exclusive vendors
– World Leading Tattoo Competitions, as Australia’s and the World’s best and most talented Tattoo Artists fiercely tattoo for top spot

The Australian Tattoo Expo is a world leading Tattoo Event in the Southern Hemisphere with a serious emphasis on talent. Consider yourself invited for a chance to explore and learn about different tattoo genres, histories, trends and techniques, and for a glimpse into the niche and complex culture of tattooing and body art. Nowhere else can you see the crème of the crop tattoo live, get tattooed on the spot yourself, meet the industry’s most talented or even discover your next artist and make yourself a future appointment.

It’s not only an incredible line-up of Tattoo Artists, the Australian Tattoo Expo is also home to body piercing and tattoo related merchandise and thrilling sideshow entertainment, not to mention our world leading Tattoo Competitions, pitting incredible talent against each other to win the coveted Tattoo of the Show Trophy, showing our commitment too always bring you the biggest and best as possible show ever.

This is your chance to take part in the most spectacular Tattoo Event the Southern Hemisphere has ever seen. Get your tickets and we’ll see you October at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and show your support of art within our Community.

Visit the website here for more info.

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
8 – 10 October2021


Oktoberfest in the Gardens

After the year so far, we’re sure you could all use a BIG beer, which is why we’re thrilled to announce the return of Oktoberfest in the Gardens!

So dust off your lederhosen & dirndls and let’s all raise our glasses to good times, good mates & good beer this October – in support of an industry invested in good times for everyone!

Inspired by their love of the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer, Oktoberfest in the Gardens Perth features two massive big top beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco, dodgeball arena, a wood chopping demonstration and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions across multiple stages throughout the afternoon and evening.

Taste your way across Europe with a large selection of imported German beer, cider, wine and a range of other beverages.

Tickets to Oktoberfest in the Gardens include a commemorative event stein (550ml).

Make sure you get in quick, as this massive event sells out every year! For all the info check out the website here.

Langley Park, Perth CBD
Saturday, 9 Oct 2021
1pm – 9pm


LE CERCLE DES ILLUSIONISTES

Le Cercle des illusionnistes written by Alexis Michalik was awarded three Molières in 2014, the greatest recognition for theatre in France.

While the French football team play Euro 84, April’s bag is stolen from the metro by December. But the young man decides to return it to its owner! Destiny is on the move. Both will follow in the footsteps of Robert-Houdin, inventor of modern magic, and Georges Méliès, a great figure in cinema. Eras, places and passions respond strangely to each other. While life has fun playing tricks, will love triumph over illusions?

In this dizzying, award-winning comedy, Alexis Michalik, the talented author of Edmond, combines lightness, depth and wonder to question the magic of art in our lives.

Victoria Hall
179 High St
Fremantle, WA 6160

Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 20th October: Opening night
Thursday 21st October: Matinee & evening performances
Friday 22th October: Evening performance – Q&A session
Saturday 23th October: Matinee & closing night – enjoy a drink with the cast and crew after the performance


fremantle arts centre – dawn of diwali

Surprising encounters, dance floor bangers, lavish cocktails and mind-bending performances. Fremantle Arts Centre’s new art party Leave the Lights On gives revellers the chance to dance, drink and delve into art like never before.

Taking place on Thursday 4 November, Indian Summer. Dawn of Diwali will see FAC transformed into a Bollywood Nightclub t to mark the beginning of the famed Hindu Festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. Featuring dance, music, feasting and Bollywood beats, this glamourous edition of Leave the Lights On coincides with Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday, a group exhibition celebrating contemporary craft from countries around the Indian Ocean Rim presented by the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.

Fremantle Arts Centre Artistic Director Anna Reece commented, “Change is afoot here at Fremantle Arts Centre as we explore new ways we can offer extraordinary art experiences.”

“We are so excited to reveal this nocturnal art series, an entirely new concept for the Arts Centre which takes the standard gallery experience and flips it on its head.”

“Illuminating FAC across three specially curated evenings, Leave the Lights On immerses visitors in hypnotic performances, music and art. We’ll leave the lights on, so you can let your hair down.”

For more info, visit the Fremantle Arts Centre website.

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle

November 4th, 2021


SUNDAY BRUNCH & ANCIENT GREEKS

Indulge in a gourmet breakfast at Epoch café before exploring Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes in a fascinating guided tour.

Meet your group at Epoch café, where you will be able to indulge in a generous spread of your favourite breakfast treats.

On your table will be a range of fresh pastries from Mary Street Bakery, including native fruit danishes and buttery croissants.

Ancient Greeks Guided Tour (10am – 11am)

After breakfast, regroup at the Museum’s information desk where you will be taken on a one-hour guided tour of WA Museum Boola Bardip’s latest exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes.

In these intimate tours, learn more about this captivating exhibition from the British Museum and the role competition played in Ancient Greece.

During this tour you will gain greater insights about artefacts on display and learn the fascinating background behind many Ancient Greek epic tales and myths.

At the conclusion of your tour, you are welcome to stay on and further explore this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at your leisure.

Bookings are essential. Visit the website here for more info.

WA Museum Boola Bardip
Every Sunday until November 7 2021


japanese film festival

Palace Cinemas is proud to present the 25th annual Japanese Film Festival! (JFF)

After two years, JFF is excited to bring the latest and greatest Japanese films back to cinemas across the country. This year, our program tells the stories of those who dare to dream beyond limitations. From overcoming loss to breaking ties with stifling societal expectations, JFF 2021 celebrates resilience in the face of adversity.

When you join us in the cinema this year, you might meet characters including the great artist Hokusai, an ex-yakuza struggling with life after prison, a quirky thirty-something year old woman navigating single life in Tokyo, or an orphaned chef who is determined to cook her way to the top. Featuring the latest box office hits alongside rare 35mm and 16mm screenings of avant-garde auteur Shūji Terayama’s works, this year’s selection is truly a diverse mix.

The JFF is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and tours major cities across Australia. Alongside this, JFF offers a free Satellite program that travels to regional centres. Thank you to our delightful audiences, generous sponsors, and wonderful volunteers for 25 years of celebrating Japanese cinema!

For more info or to book tickets visit the Palace Cinema website.

Palace Cinema
Raine Square, 300 Murray Street Perth
4 – 7 November, 2021


The MSWA Ocean Ride – Powered by RetraVision is a unique cycling event that takes riders along WA’s beautiful coastline from Fremantle to Hillarys.

With seven ride distances to choose from, there is something to suit all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Distances include:
10km Family Ride
30km Ride
50km Ride
70km Challenge
100km Challenge
120km Challenge
140km EPIC Challenge (new)

The event allows you to not only experience the stunning coastline, but also help make a real difference to the thousands of Western Australians living with neurological conditions. This includes people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Acquired Brain Injury, to name a few.


MDD presents Crisis Creates Community

Crisis Creates Community is a community arts project that is cross-cultural & inter-generational. Through dance, drumming and drama it will create a safe space for sharing our stories, experiences & dreams.

Session focus areas:

  • BeAfrica will share skills in cultural-inspired clothing & accessories.
  • Kawaka will lead the adult drumming sessions (co-creating a group rhythm).
  • Zico & Jacky are doing some amazing drumming and DJ sessions with multicultural kids.
  • Nkechi & Nontu will take the drama & dance general sessions.
  • Soul Alphabet will host four youth DJ sessions for participants aged 16-25 over four Wednesday nights (contact info@soulalphabet.com to enquire).

For more info, visit the City of Stirling website or click here.

Herb Graham Centre
38 Ashbury Crescent, Mirrabooka, WA 6061
On now until December 11, 2021


italian street food at riverbank estate winery

Italian Street Food Sundays are back at the Riverbank Estate Winery. Mouth-watering Italian food from live cooking stations and award-winning wines, makes the lawn at RiverBank the perfect place to round out your weekend. 

Enjoy some Porchetta paninis, Arancini, Polenta with Italian sausage and Pork ribs, Calzone, Eggplant and Zucchini Parmigiana and a treat from the Italian Gelato Cart! Accompany all that deliciousness with award-winning wines including Italian favourites of Vermentino, Tempranillo and Prosecco. Chillout to live music on the back of our vintage truck and your fur-babies are welcome in the dog friendly dining area under the vines.

Their are fun garden games for the kids so bring a blanket or deck chair and relax on the beautiful lawn overlooking the exquisite 30-year-old vineyard. No BYO. 

To learn more, visit the website here.

126 Hamersley Rd, Caversham WA 6055
Sun, 22/08/2021 – Fri, 31/12/2021

11:30 AM to 4:00 PM (No need to book – just head on over every Sunday from 11.30am)