City celebrates arts, events and culture

Media Release 1 November 2018
Australia Day Hello Manning South Perth Sounds

The City of South Perth will come alive with a host of arts, events and cultural activities throughout spring and summer. Running from November 2018 until April 2019, the program celebrates the anniversaries of iconic landmarks, events and activities throughout the City.

During the season, the community are invited to immerse themselves in cultural experiences ranging from exhibitions and author talks to art markets and dinosaur encounters at Perth Zoo.

Look out for the first of two calendars in the November edition of Peninsula magazine and visit the City’s website for all the latest updates and event details. 

The 113 year-old historic Paddle Steamer Decoy will host historical cruises on the Swan River and floating art markets throughout November and December, while immersive walk tours of the Mends Street heritage precinct will explore the fascinating history of the area. Kerry-Ann Winmar will explore the history, culture and traditions of the local Nyungar people on Whadjuk Country, with the cultural experiences available from November through until May.

The iconic Perth Zoo is celebrating its 120th birthday with the amazing dinosaurs of Zoorasic Park and summer sundowners featuring acoustic sounds and a pop-up bar.

The City’s ever-popular free Find Me activities will return for all to enjoy, throughout November and December let your inner artist shine, and add some colour to the City’s colouring boards, and from January to February you’ll find giant deckchairs to relax in. 

Picnic on the South Perth Foreshore from November through to April 2019 when everyone’s favourite food vans, South Perth StrEATS return every Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 8pm.

Plus, from November to January the South Perth Community Market will be bustling with activity and brimming with fresh seasonal produce, meats, baked goods and homemade wares at Windsor Park (next to Perth Zoo) every Sunday from 8.30am-12.30pm. 

A wonderful collection of May Gibbs’ original artworks, first edition books, early prints and memorabilia will be on display at Heritage House in South Perth until the end of February to celebrate 100 years of continuous print of Gibbs’ much loved Snugglepot & Cuddlepie books. 

The City’s Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 11 November will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the Great War. The service will commence at 10.45am at City’s Memorial Gardens in South Perth, with all community members invited to attend.

Unwind at Pagoda Resort & Spa’s tropical poolside courtyard with drink specials and DJ sets, every Sunday afternoon in November through to January. 

On Saturday 24 November, the City will host a free youth skate clinic, sports games, activities and barbeque at the Chill Zone at Manning Skate Park in Karawara.

On Sunday 2 December get into the festive spirit and bring your family and friends along to Wesley College in South Perth to sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols with Wesley College’s choir and concert bands. And on Sunday 16 December Neil McDougall Park in Como will host Carols at Sunset with the South Perth Lions Club Senior & Youth Bands.

On Saturday, 26 January 2018, the City’s Australia Day celebrations begin with a Morning Ceremony, including the raising of the Australian flag. The Citizenship Ceremony commences at 8am where guests are greeted with a Welcome to Country before being presented Australian citizenship. Members of the public are also invited to join in and reaffirm their citizenship pledge together with the City's newest Australians and from 9.30am Rotary will be cooking up the Great Aussie Breakfast.

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 2019.

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