A season of Arts, Events & Culture

Media Release 1 November 2017

The City of South Perth will come alive with a host of arts, events and cultural activities for everyone to enjoy during spring and summer.

From November 2017 until January 2018 both permanent and temporary art installations, a selection of City and community hosted events, Australia Day celebrations, food trucks and free pop-up activations will appear dotted throughout the City. 

From 9 to 17 December artists Sharyn Egan and Elaine Clocherty invite community members to Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth to participate in the creation of a temporary public artwork. Using natural materials, the ‘land drawing’ Quop Wirrin Boolywar Kep, will take the form of an Indigenous symbol for water, telling the story of how the local Booryul (magic) people would dig out a spring and line it with Banksia flowers. 

Back by popular demand, Find Me returns to a location near you with fun, interactive activities for all to enjoy. As the weather begins to heat-up, get outdoors and explore the City’s beautiful public open spaces to discover a selection of fun, family-friendly activities.

In November and December, look out for Netted, the free-to-use volleyball nets located at select parks and foreshore beaches. In January, grab a picnic and take a seat at one of our unique tables for two. Reservation will pop-up in picturesque locations across the City, no booking required! Plus, there’ll be plenty more to find over the coming months and into the new year. Check the City’s website and keep your eyes peeled for the Find Me activities.
The City will also host a free concert for seniors featuring the sublime sounds of Seventh Heaven at Grand Cinemas Cygnet in Como at 10am, Friday 1 December. Audiences will be entertained by the duo’s powerful voices along with  a variety of well know vintage tunes from the 1940s through to the 1960s. Following the concert, a complimentary morning tea will be served courtesy of the Manning Senior Citizens Centre.

On Friday, 26 January 2018, Australia Day celebrations begin with the City’s Morning Ceremony, including the raising of the Australian flag by the Australian Defence Forces. The Citizenship Ceremony commences at 8am where guests are welcomed with a traditional Welcome to Country before being granted Australian citizenship. Members of the public are also invited to join in and reaffirm their citizenship pledge together with the City's newest Australians.
The proceedings also include a presentation of the Australia Day WA Citizen of the Year Awards, acknowledging those individuals and organisations that make a notable contribution during the year, and/or to those who have given outstanding service over a number of years. The annual Ted Maslen Award is also presented to the student who achieves the highest score of all year 12 students within the City of South Perth. After the formalities, local Rotary Clubs again host a BBQ breakfast for $5 which goes back to benefit the community.
Presented by the City of South Perth and supported by Lotterywest, the Australia Day Celebration Zone is the place to be for families from 3pm onwards. Spanning over 10 hectares along the South Perth foreshore, the event features multiple areas with 100 free activities suitable for toddlers to adults, a range of food vendors and ample shade and picnic areas for families to enjoy. The event provides everyone the opportunity to come together and enjoy Australia Day in a safe and alcohol and smoke free environment. Detailed information about the program, free event shuttle, road closures, ACROD parking etc. will be available from the beginning of January 2018.

“The City of South Perth takes pride in offering our community, families, visitors and tourists a host of high-quality arts, events and cultural experiences that contribute to community vibrancy, social cohesion, cultural identity and cultural expression,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said.
“The City has a long history of presenting events that bring us all together and we have a reputation for delivering unique and memorable experiences. From public art to live concerts and pop-up activities, there’s something for everyone to take part in and enjoy. I encourage people of all ages to discover our exciting programme and immerse themselves in these fabulous events, many of which are free.”

For further event details pick up a copy of the City’s Arts Events Culture calendar and visit the Discover section of the City’s website.

The City offers sponsors opportunities to showcase their businesses, and play a highly visible role in supporting cultural events which celebrate the local community and attract visitors to the South Perth Foreshore and Angelo Street precincts. For further information visit the Sponsorship page on the City’s website.

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