Perth and Fringe Festivals 2013

My hometown of Perth is often accused of being boring.

Though I guess the situation could be worse.

But the older I get the more I realise that reputation is unfair. Honestly there’s always a heap to do here and that’s never more true than when the Perth Festival rolls into town with its unruly cousin, Fringe World. For five weeks there’s so much going on in every corner of the city that you’d need to clone yourself ten times to see it all.

Just in case you thought I was exaggerating, this is half of the timetable for just one of the festivals.

Just in case you thought I was exaggerating, this is half of the timetable for just one of the festivals.

Unfortunately we didn’t have a cloning machine handy, so Wife and I settled for seeing just a handful of shows and exhibits. The whole thing wrapped up almost a month ago but I thought I’d share a few of the photos with you …

First there was Elements, an artsy acrobatics show that was held in the middle of the city. I was a bit unimpressed for most of it, but the final act with two girls doing some great tandem trapeze work made me change my tune. Pretty good for a free show.


Just behind them the Night Hawker Food Markets were bustling, especially near the ever-popular Malaysian satay stand.


One of the highlights was the show This Is What We Do For a Living, held in a miniature big top on a carpark rooftop (a space usually reserved for movie screenings). It was a poignant story of two people falling in and out of love, but presented with humour and non-stop gravity defying acrobatics.

We also caught a concert by a classical music supergroup (WASO combined with WAYO). The first piece they played (“The Wooden Prince”) was captivating, but the second piece (the opera Bluebeard’s Castle) bored us to tears.

We also fit in a dance performance called Shiva Shakti, which we both enjoyed but I couldn’t take photos.

Lastly I want to mention Of All the People in All the World, an exhibit that was simply piles of rice on the floor.

But before you get all upset about the government wasting money on ridiculous, nonsense “art”, let me explain the twist. You see, every grain of rice in the exhibit represents one single human being, and all the rice combined represents every person in Perth’s timezone (which includes China and the Phillipines). The rice is then laid out in piles over the floor with each one symbolising a group of people in the world.

Basically it’s just a cool way to show population statistics, and seeing as I kind of like statistics, I found it all quite fascinating.

Some of the piles contained a serious message …

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Whereas others were just a bit of fun …

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(The exhibit was held in Perth’s general post office building)

And that was our Fringe/Perth festival.

Did anyone else get to experience the event? Or do you have a similar event in your own city?

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