Our festival spark continues

Perth Festival, founded and brought to you by UWA

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

As with UWA’s involvement with the community, the Festival has been growing ever since. From its humble beginnings as a community arts experiment to the international extravaganza it’s become, Perth Festival has always been a pride and joy of our university. Perth Festival now stands as Australia’s premier curated arts festival and one of the greatest in the world.

Be inspired – join us on campus and across Perth for the 2019 Festival season.

Perth Writers Festival at UWA

Words and ideas will buzz around our new -look hub for writers, storytellers, musicians, artists, dancers and theatre-makers from around the globe. We’re also taking our love of language out and about, including to the streets, galleries, bars and writers’ centres of Perth and beyond in the lead-up to the Perth Writers Festival weekend from 18-24 February 2019.

Watch out for the full program to be released in January.

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Sommerville auditorium entrance in the evening

Lotterywest Films at UWA Somerville

For more than half a century, Perth Festival has presented award-winning, first-run world films at the University’s picturesque UWA Somerville Auditorium. As glorious summer sunsets coax our imaginations into the evening, bring a picnic and sit back with friends and strangers alike to share cinematic dreams full of new voices, new stories and new ways of seeing the world under the stars. The films run from late November 2018 to early April 2019.

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

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Wendy Martin

From our Director

For 65 years, Perth Festival has been at the heart of the life of our city. Overlooking the Indian Ocean and reaching out to the world, our lifestyle, environment and history give us a distinct outlook on how we celebrate creativity and culture — and how we embrace the best of humanity from anywhere on the planet. These innovative and visionary artists spin magic moments for us all to share. We invite you to jump in and experience art in a different light.
Artistic Director
Aboriginal peoples artwork

Cultural Precinct

Arts and culture on campus

The Cultural Precinct is the University of Western Australia's cultural hub, supporting the music, theatre, exhibition programs and broader arts and cultural events that take place throughout the year.

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