7 Hidden Gems you have to see
Be the one to discover these treasures at Perth Festival 2024
Still not sure what to see? Our collection of hidden gems is the place to look! Check out our list of incredible events that you'll soon be telling everyone about.
1. The Rechabite (gems from the lineup)
This epic venue is no secret but here’s three shows that you should know about!
Greentea Peng | Sat 17 & Sun 18 Feb
After selling out shows in Sydney Greentea Peng comes to The Rechabite with her unique blend of soul, dub and reggae sounds that she grew up with, laced in reverb-soaked electronics. She's all about more love, positive energy and less ego. Do not miss it!
Lonnie Holley & Moor Mother with Irreversible Entanglements | Thu 22 Feb
Three of America's most radical acts come together for one huge show. Expect a magical, life-affirming brew of cosmic jazz, afrofuturist poetry, folk, blues and uplifting anthems of resistance and triumph.
FLEWNT'S Boorloo Block Party | Sat 24 Feb
If you missed the last two events then now's your chance! FLEWNT will take to the mic alongside the star of last year’s show, INKABEE plus jaw-dropping triple j Unearthed Artist of the Year JK-47 and NT rapper J-MILLA along with a huge line up.
2. Brooklyn Rider | Fri 1 Mar
One of the great quartets of the world.
Drawing rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics alike for their eclectic repertoire and gripping performances. They have been credited by NPR with reenergising the 300-year-old form of the string quartet into a vital and creative ensemble for a 21st-century audience.
This is an evening of extraordinary fine music not to be missed.
Rebecca Baumann, 'Light Interference (Spectral Transmission)', 2022, installation view
3. Immersive Experiences in Carillon City | Fri 9 Feb – Sun 3 Mar
Discover two installations hidden away in Perth’s deserted city arcade.
As you wander through Hay Street in Perth take a turn into the old Carillon Arcade and discover two incredible exhibitions.
Wetland by Linda Tegg with Vivienne Hansen sees you encounter a wetland that has quietly reclaimed the space of this once thriving shopping mall.
Rebecca Baumann’s Light Event shifts and changes with the movement of the sun, creating coloured shafts of light that flood the building in a pink light. This stunning work creates a performative and supernatural atmosphere, bringing an element of eeriness to the abandoned city space.
4. Are we not drawn onward to a new erA | Wed 21 – Sun 25 Feb
A truly clever production that will leave you thinking about it for days!
Belgian performance group Ontroerend Goed’s groundbreaking works have blazed a trail around the world. Ten years after bringing the smash hit A History of Everything to Perth Festival 2013 they are treating us to another extraordinary and thrilling show on the edge of visual art and theatre, poetry and politics.
Like its title Are we not drawn onward to new erA is a palindrome. You experience it forwards and backwards, because some people believe humanity is moving forward, while others believe the opposite.
5. Sampha | Sun 3 Mar
He’s no secret to some but if you don't know him then take this as a sign!
Sampha’s distinctive voice has become a brand of its own. Originally gaining a name for himself for his work with the likes of Jessie Ware, Drake, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, Sampha is a star in his own right – spanning jazz, soul, rap, dance, jungle and west African music his new album LAHAI defies clear categorisation capturing the expanse of Sampha’s ever versatile musical inspirations. Hearing it performed live will be an unforgettable experience.
Rirkrit Tiravanija, 'untitled 2023' (do we dream under the same sky) billboard
6. Rirkrit Tiravanija | Fri 9 Feb – Sun 3 Mar
Discover a series of poetic provocations in the streets of Perth.
Influential Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija creates pieces that will appear across public spaces throughout the city and to unassuming audiences. These evocative provocations ask us to consider what it means to co-exist, as humans and non-humans, beneath our shared sun.
Keep an eye out wherever you happen to be, they could appear anywhere!
7. Invisible Opera
Settle in at Scarborough Beach with a set of headphones. Watch and listen as scenarios unfold before your eyes and a narrator begins to describe the actions, objects and behaviours happening in front of you in real time.
Bring your friends, grab some fish and chips and try to figure out what is real and what is staged in this brilliant show.