2016 Perth International Arts Festival Kicks Off With An Array Of Talent

2016 Perth International Arts Festival Kicks Off With An Array Of Talent

Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day

More Than 500 Artists To Perform At PIAF’s Home

Victor P Taffa

  • Free public performance on opening weekend of Perth International Arts Festival
  • Home is a musical and visual journey of Perth’s history
  • Features Tim Minchin, The Waifs, John Butler Trio, 60 piece orchestra and more
  • Langley Park will be transformed from 7.45 pm this Saturday, February 13

The 2016 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) opens this weekend with a free Australian work called Home, this Saturday night from 7.45 pm at Langley Park.

Lotterywest Festival Opening: Home features more than 500 musicians and artists. It will take the audience on a musical and visual journey of Perth’s history, from our suburbs, landscapes and foundation.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day acknowledged the array of local talent PIAF had brought together to collaborate on this exclusive performance for the State.

“Some of West Australia’s most renowned artists will gather on Saturday night to open the festival with an event that celebrates the concept of home.” Mr. Day said.

“The stellar line-up for this home-grown event will see participation from Tim Minchin, The Waifs, John Butler Trio, Shaun Tan and Tim Winton as well as The Drones, The Triffids, The Panics, the Pigram Brothers and Ernie Dingo.”

The Minister said similar to The Giants last year, the local community had been involved in making the performance come to life.

“More than 4,000 students from 32 schools in Perth and the regions have made lanterns for the show.” Mr. Day said.

“Following the performance, hundreds of school children will carry the lanterns to a location at Elizabeth Quay.”

“Home director Nigel Jamieson has also collaborated with Noongar elder and artist, Dr. Richard Walley OAM to create a powerful Welcome to Country that will include 300 members of the Noongar community.”

“I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to attend Home, or one of about 350 events hosted by PIAF from now until March 6.” Mr. Day said.

The 2016 PIAF program will again provide a diverse range of cultural experiences for all West Australians including theatre, music, film, arts, literature and free community events.

Fact File

  • Home is supported by the State Government through Lotterywest and Tourism WA