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About Our Artistic Vision

2020 – 23

Our Time. Our Place. This is what our art should speak of. This is where our heart resides.

The 2020‐23 Perth Festivals will be celebrations of place – our city, our river, our State and our state-of-mind. They will be inclusive and immersive – euphoric affirmations of who we are and where we stand.

We affirm the primacy of indigenous culture, a culture that sings the songs of our very geography – Noongar Boodja.

Over the next four years, we will capture an ever‐expanding orbit of stories from the local to the global. Our Festivals will be irreverent, playful, compelling and honest. They will speak to everyone. They will reflect the vast array of cultures and circumstances in contemporary Australia and be the glue that binds people together in the face of divisive nationalism and individualism.

We will broaden the Festival footprint across metropolitan Perth to present events and re-imagine traditional venues in unexpected ways.

The Festival will expand its year-round contribution to Perth’s cultural life and be central to supporting the next generation of creative thinkers. We will commission and present works that give voice to this generation and we will commission acclaimed national and international artists to collaborate with our local artists.

We will commission and present works at the cutting edge of technology, namely in the virtual realm. But also to honour and develop the deep traditions of Festival’s presentations – free large-scale opening events, its fine music program, its films.

Our aspiration is to create a Festival for all – to present art that speaks to many, which balances popularity with integrity and creates an inescapable sense of celebration for everyone.

It’ll be ours.

Iain Grandage

Artistic Director