Perth Festival began in 1953 as Australia’s first fully fledged arts festival through the sheer will and effort of the community of supporters who banded together to make it happen.
Each year the Festival expanded in scale, ambition and reach, defying the early sceptics who thought the idea of an international arts festival in Perth was too ambitious for a state so far removed from the eastern seaboard.
The spirit of that first ‘festival for the people’, as envisaged by founder Prof. Fred Alexander, continues into the third decade of the 21st century thanks to Founding Partner, The University of Western Australia, and all our other public and corporate supporters.
Their commitment to our state’s vibrancy means that one of the world’s youngest cities is home to the longest-running arts festivals in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the greatest in the world.
Without our partners, the Festival simply would not exist.
Case in point is Lotterywest, which has contributed around $130 million to Perth Festival since 1992, thanks to the people who play Lotterywest games and the small-business retailers who sell them.
Other long-term partners investing in the wellbeing of Western Australians through the Festival include Community Partner Chevron Australia, which supports thriving communities, celebrates Indigenous culture and supports local artists.
The support of Wesfarmers Arts, as Visual Arts Program Partner, has championed artistic experiences to challenge the status quo and extend our thinking.
Tourism WA has supported the Festival at key stages of our growth since 1958 because it understands that exceptional and unique cultural experiences attract visitors to our state. So does Civic Partner the City of Perth, which sees a flourishing culture as integral to our capital’s appeal as a dynamic, internationally focused place in which to live, work and visit.
Partner benefits of working with the Festival go well beyond engaging staff and clients in unmatched cultural experiences, building brand awareness and sharing the spotlight with one of WA’s most innovative, creative organisations.
We are delighted to welcome our new partners in 2020 who will help make the magic happen for this Festival and beyond. We share their resolve to build a creative community through the creative learning, arts sector development and diverse audience engagement that are at the heart of the Festival.
For 67 years Perth Festival has been committed to bringing the best of the world’s artists to the people of Western Australia, and the best of Western Australian arts to the world.
As Perth and its Festival have grown in size and sophistication, that cultural exchange with the world is a currency that increases in value every year to reflect our ever-more interconnected global relationships.
That desire to connect with, contribute to, and learn from the rest of the world is the reason those early Festival supporters brought this event into being all those decades ago.
Their efforts – and the generous, ongoing investment of our partners today – means an investment in the Festival continues to be an investment in our fellow Western Australians.