Festival Film Retrospective – Flash Gordon

 

Perth summers. Lazy, hot – and cultural!

If we can haul ourselves out of the pool and away from Netflix, there’s so much out there with the return of Perth Festival on 8 February.

We recently headed down to the the Octagon Theatre at UWA to hear who’s heading here for Writers Week, starting February 18. More than 100 authors, poets, artists and musicians are heading our way.

The scribes coming include award-winning Nigerian novelist Ben Okri, Dublin-based Australian novelist Monica McInerney (The Trip Of A Lifetime), Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz)  Trent Dalton (Boy Swallows Universe) Andrew Miller (Now We Shall Be Entirely Free) Chloe Hooper (The Arsonist) and David Malouf (An Open Book.)

 

 

Perth Writers Week Artistic Director Wendy Martin launches the event

 

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Then there’s American cultural critic, author-DJ Madison Moore (Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric) Stasiland’s Anna Funder, media sensation Benjamin Law, firm buff David Stratton and mathematics star Eddie Woo (Wonderful World of Maths). Locally, there’ll be a wealth of talent, including Liz Byrski, travel guru and author Stephen Scourfield  and Natasha Lester. There’ll be workshops and a Family Fun Day on Sunday 24 February. For details of events visit perthfestivalcom.au

 

 

 

Fringe act Djuki Mala offer up their brilliant version of Singin’ in the Rain

 

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Meantime, Fringe World Festival starts tomorrow.

 

 

Sword swallower Fatale

 

It includes the wacky, the weird, the sleazy, and the hilarious. We’re looking forward to seeing Arnhem Land dance troupe, Djuki Mala, and New York chanteuse Christina Bianco whose hilarious ability to mimic other singers has made her an international hit. (Check out her Youtube warbles and you’ll see what we mean!) We have free tickets to give away to her show on Friday.

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Christina Bianco

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Fringe World is from January 18 to February 17. For more information and tickets visit fringeworld.com.au

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Mache Repose will fire up Fringe

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That aside, there have been some top-notch festival films to enjoy under the stars at the Somerville and Joondalup. Currently screening is one of the best we’ve seen this season, Shoplifters.

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Beautifully Mad: Nina Vox and Tony King at Cape Lodge

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Peter managed to bust away from the Perth office and caught Beautifully Mad at Cape Lodge, Yallingup. The duo, Nina Vox and Tony King, were on the Cape for a one-off performance. The quirky twosome, who visit WA each year from NSW, combine consummate musicianship and vocals with witty lyrics to produce one of Australia’s most entertaining acts. Guests sat out on the Lodge lawn in the evening light, cradling bubbly as Nina and Tony did their thang beneath the Peppie trees. Wonderful stuff.
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No excuse to get bored this summer!

Jacqui and Peter

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