Perth Festival announce their dazzling lineup for 2019

The Perth Festival have just released their 2019 program, filled with fascinating and unique creators from Australia and around the globe.

Artistic Director Wendy Martin presented her final curation for the festival last night, marking four years at the helm of the beloved celebration.

Martin opened the presentation with an announcement that the breathtaking Boorna Waanginy will return to transform Kings Park into a stunning visual celebration of Noongar culture and Western Australian flora and fauna.

Boorna Waanginy is the centrepiece in a series of works by Western Australian artists and companies under the banner Made in WA,” Martin said, “These daring local productions have been nurtured and commissioned by Perth Festival as a lovingly made portrait of our place and the things that matter.”

“I am very excited that so many of the artists that I love from around the world will be in Perth to share their extraordinary work with us. Our own wonderful West Australian artists will shine brightly alongside them as we celebrate this incredible corner of the world the stories that make it unique.”

Australia’s longest running arts festival is celebrating 66 years with one of it’s most stunning programs to date. Perth will host incredible artists such as Barrie Kosky’s Komische Oper Berlin, New York’s Elevator Repair Service, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, dance sensation Dada Masilo and so much more.

This year’s festival is also celebrating some extraordinary LGBTIQ + talent including artist-in-residence Ursula Martinez (who you may remember from Fringe World favourite La Soiree), acclaimed transgender Canadian artist Cassils, queer author madison moore* and lip-sync luminary Dickie Beau with this unique ode to the great stars of Hamlet.

Chevron Gardens will also return to take over Elizabeth Quay with a selection of unique musical acts from Australia and beyond. Christine and the Queens, The Internet, Cat Power, Beach House, Abbe May, Orbital, Rhye, Jamile, Aloe Blacc and so many more will be bringing their sounds to the banks of the Swan River.

And we’ve only just scratched the surface! With the Lotterywest Film Festival, Writers’ Week, performance, visual art and music, Perth Festival is set to ignite our city this Summer.

Explore the full program at

Boorna Waanginy by Toni Wilkinson
Ursula Martinez by Alicja Dobricka

* madison moore styles their name without capitals.

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