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Perth International Arts Festival

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Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin
Artistic Director
Perth International Arts Festival

Perth International Arts Festival provides a unique moment in our year to engage with artists from across the globe. Visionaries, mavericks and dreamers – it is through the lens of their imaginations that we get to see, understand and re-imagine our world. We invite you to join us on a big, bold adventure.



In 1953 UWA Professor Fred Alexander brought to life his vision of a ‘festival for the people’.

And just like UWA’s involvement with the community, the Festival has been growing ever since. From its humble beginnings as a community arts experiment to the extravaganza it’s become, the Perth International Arts Festival has always been a pride and joy of our university.

The Perth International Arts Festival remains one of the most exciting arts festivals in the world and is the longest running international arts festival in Australia.

Be inspired – join us on campus and across Perth for the 2016 Festival season.

Lotterywest Festival Films at UWA Somerville

For more than half a century, the Perth International Arts Festival has presented award-winning, first-run world films at the University’s picturesque UWA’s Somerville Auditorium.

This summer’s Lotterywest Festival Films transports you across the globe to Paris, Chennai, Rome, Sicily, Georgia, Wales and Tuscany. There is also a selection of new Australian short films preceding some features – visit the PIAF website for more details. You are invited to bring a picnic or purchase from Somerville’s delicious selection of vendors, while you enjoy the best world cinema under the stars.

Season One runs from 23 November 2015 to 7 February 2016, while Season Two runs from 8 February to 10 April 2016.

Learn more about the history of one of the amazing Perth International Arts Festival venues at UWA's Somerville Auditorium.

Perth Writers Festival at UWA
Each year, over three days in February, the University plays host to the Perth Writers Festival, where fellow readers come together to celebrate a shared love of writing and literature. The University’s leafy cultural precinct comes to life with readings, interviews, debates, performances and workshops. The full 2016 line-up will be announced on Wednesday 13 January 2016.
Chamber Music Weekend
In 2016, UWA is the backdrop for the Chamber Music Weekend – 18 events performed over three days on a purpose-built stage inside Winthrop Hall and in the gardens outside. Join us for one concert or settle in for the day; bring a picnic or take advantage of the food and beverages available at the venue.

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