As we prepare to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020, prepare yourself for a new year of fun.


West Australian Ballet’s ’21 season kicks off at the Quarry on February 25 in its traditional Perth Festival celebration and continues with a year of traditional (Giselle, 13 – 22 May, Coppelia, 16 – 25 Sep, and The Sleeping Beauty, 18 Nov – 12 Dec) and contemporary (Genesis, 23 – 27 Mar, and  STATE, 24 Jun – 3 Jul).

Pictured above is Polly Hilton for STATE. Credit: Frances Andrijich


Perth Festival:
Tim Minchin is the marquee local hero in a festival dedicated to the local heroes working in the WA arts industry. Minchin appears with WASO in Kings Park as a festival opener on 5 Feb along with the start of a 21-night City of Lights spectacular at the Perth Cultural Centre (5 Feb – 28 Feb).

Fringe World:
Paint the Town Fringe kicks off in Northbridge and the CBD on 15 Jan with its usual blend of high-octane cabaret, musicals, burlesque, theatre and circus.

Details of the massive month of madness see

Outdoor Cinema

Camelot & Luna Outdoor:
Arthouse, popular and the cult all collide at these two outdoor legends. Camelot kicks off on 3 Dec with the charming Rams and Luna Outdoor is already open for business with a celebration of
David Byrne’s American Utopia. and

The Lotterywest Films:
The iconic Perth Festival film season began on 30 Nov and will continue until 28 March at UWA Somerville. WA’s acclaimed The Furnace is the opening film Mon 30 Nov – 6 Dec.

Rooftop Movies:
Million-dollar views of the city skyline and a screen full of movie magic is part of the FringeWorld cinema package.


Black Swan State Theatre Company:
The long-awaited return to mainstage theatre sees Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard (17 Feb – 14 Mar) front and centre as part of the Perth Festival.

Details of the company’s 30th anniversary is at


West Australian Opera kicks off its 30th anniversary with its free Opera in the Park gala on 26 & 27 Feb (ticket registration essential) with Emma Matthew and Sara Macliver among the talent. The season opener is The Barber of Seville in April and Elijah in May among others.


The Boy from Oz:
An all WA-production of this classic dazzles at Crown Theatre with a preview on 22 Jan. The team from David Spicer Productions are also planning to stage Hot Shoe Shuffle in March.


The WASO season starts with special events – Birds of Tokyo (14-16 Jan) and Ben Folds (28-29 Jan). Its Festival offering is Dreams of Place with the orchestra welcoming the talented WAYO to its ranks.

The master season kicks off with Elgar and Rachmaninov on 4-5 March.