Our Response to COVID-19 - LIVE UPDATES
TO OUR COMMUNITY – 18 MAR
- The entire arts and culture ecosystem is facing devastating challenges which are hurting employees, artists, producers and many more people in the supply chain who rely on the creative industries for their income.
- We were able to deliver the majority of our program earlier this year and we know the power of art to bring communities together. But we are painfully aware that others across Australia will not be so fortunate.
- The unfolding impact is potentially catastrophic for independent artists and producers who were already managing unprecedented levels of financial uncertainty. They are the story-tellers of our past and our present and our dreamers for the future - we cannot afford to lose them.
- Some of the most immediate impacts are on people who work behind the scenes to bring you gigs, shows and festivals - an army of casual workers in production and technical crews and venue staff. The impact on their families and communities is very real.
- We support the Live Performance Australia’s calls for an immediate and targeted economic stimulus from government READ MORE HERE
- We have implemented remote working arrangements for all staff. By being proactive and taking measures beyond the government’s current mandate we hope to assist the most vulnerable people in the community.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- If you have a ticket for a cancelled event, please consider donating the value of that ticket back to an arts organisation or an artist if you can afford to.
- Add your voice to the #livesupport campaign on social media and share stories of how you are currently being impacted. Copy your local elected representative.
- Add details of your cancelled gig to ilostmygig.net.au so that the industry can quantify the growing impact.
In response to advice from the Australian Government due to concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and non-essential mass gatherings,
Perth Festival has decided to cancel the rest of the season of Lotterywest Films at UWA Somerville. The cancellation is effective from Monday 16 March. Screenings up to and including Sunday 15 March will continue as usual.
The Festival is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of patrons, staff and the broader community.
The remaining performances of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Cloudstreet at His Majesty’s Theatre will continue as planned. The Cloudstreet season will finish on Sunday 15 March.
The Festival’s ongoing visual arts program will continue as scheduled, pending further advice. We will continue to monitor official public health updates closely in consultation with our partner galleries.
We thank you for your understanding at this time.
Update regarding refund requests
This is an unprecedented time for all of us, with many new challenges emerging every day. The arts and culture industry is facing multiple cancellations which affect venues, employees, artists and many more people in the supply chain who rely on the creative industries for their income.
The impact is potentially catastrophic for many organisations already operating on very lean resources.
Like many not for profit organisations we rely on the support of ticket buyers, partners and donors who make it all possible.
Please consider one of the following options:
- Donate the value of your ticket back to Perth Festival and we will issue you with a tax receipt – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do this
- Carry your ticket value forward to the 2021 Perth Festival as a credit. If you choose this option we will let you know how to use your credit in 2021.
If you still feel that you would like a refund, let us know by contacting email@example.com and we will aim to refund to your original purchase method by 27 March.
We thank you for your ongoing support at this difficult time.