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WEEK TWO: 6th – 12th

10th February, 8pm | Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak | Kings Park and Botanic Garden | Free

As part of Perth International Arts Festival, “Boorna Waanginy” will be a celebration of WA identity and the land we share. Over three nights, the technological and the natural will come together to transform Kings Park into an explosion of light, sound and imagery. A collaboration between the Noongar community, botanists and scientists, this 1.2km walkthrough experience explores the interconnectedness of life and Australia’s South-West landscapes.

11th February, 6pm | Fringeworld: Dome Date Night | Scitech, City West | Tickets

February is the month of everyone’s favourite capitalist-infused love holiday! If you’ve got someone you love and feel like showing them how vast and galactic your love for them is, why not take a journey through the cosmic void and feel the cold, infinite embrace of the universe? It’s a win-win-win: you get to cross “Have a date in outer space” off your bucket list, test the existential crisis levels of your date to see how compatible you really are together, and stick it to The Man by doing it all on a non-valentine’s day!

12th February, 7:30pm | Ru | St George’s Cathedral, Perth | Tickets

After selling out every show at his Fringe World performance, the gentle and ethereal Ru will be performing in the intimate and architecturally captivating space that is St George’s Cathedral. With his acoustic band by his side, Ru will take you on a sensory journey through the last two years of his life. Through his music, Ru communicates love, heartache, hope and explores the importance of the connections we make with other people. If you still need convincing, take a read of our recent interview with Ru, or our review of his Fringe show Cercle.

WEEK THREE: 13th – 19th

15th February, 7pm | TOUCH | Paper Mountain, Northbridge | $5

Wednesdays are officially ‘soft’ days reserved for writing some good, bad, or just OK poetry. On the third Wednesday of February, get in touch with…touch, or get in touch with your feelings. The feature poet for the night is Berlin-based spoken word artist Naniso Tswai who likes to touch base on justice and peace in his work. So, whatever or whoever you’re getting back in touch with, string it together with some words and then voice it to the world at Spoken Word Perth’s Open Mic Night!

16th February, 8pm | Explosions in the Sky | Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay | Tickets

Staying true to their name, Explosions in the Sky is known for their epic and intense live performances. Completely instrumental, Explosions in the Sky are talented to boot in their instrumentation and soundscapes, creating a kaleidoscope of shoegaze and indie-rock tunes. Don’t miss out when they send these sound waves to your ears at the Chevron Festival Gardens! Tickets are selling fast…

17th February, 6:30pm | Seeking Refuge in Australia | Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education, Bentley | Free 

Fair Go for Asylum Seekers presents “Seeking Refuge in Australia: Contested Policies and Community Responses”, a public lecture by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG. The former High Court Judge was Australia’s longest serving judge (1975 – 2009), and in this lecture he will explore the policies surrounding detaining asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat as well as investigate when immigration detention will become unlawful punishment. Launching on the night will be the Seeking Refuge WA crowd-funding campaign to provide free legal assistance from The Humanitarian Group for people seeking asylum in WA.

18th February, 12pm | A Dog Day Afternoon 2017 | The Carine, Duncraig | Tickets

To commend Perth’s thriving music talent, The Carine has something jam-packed and magical planned for us all. Introducing “A Dog Day Afternoon”: a day to feast on good tunes and good food. The line-up for this lil’ fest includes Black Stone from the Sun, Young Robin, VDELLI, RAG N’ BONE, The Love Junkies and Abbe May! Grab a ticket, grab a beer and soak in those summer vibes…

WEEK FOUR: 20th – 26th

24th February, 5pm | Perth Writers Festival: Courtyard Sessions | State Theatre Centre Courtyard | $10

Perth Writers Festival’s Courtyard Sessions will be a party celebrating the beautiful power of words. Running for two nights (24th & 25th February), the session will be a great way to wind down after a day of running from panel talks to workshops hosted by Perth Writers Festival. On Friday, the courtyard sesh will have spoken word artists Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Omar Musa and Ziggy hitting the stage before Adrian Todd Zuniga hosts the Literary Death Match. What is a Literary Death Match you ask? Well…I guess you better go to the event to find out!

25th February, 8pm | POND | Rosemount Hotel, North Perth | $23

With their 7th album due to launch, POND returns home after a banger of a tour with Falls Festival to give their beloved hometown friends and fans a show to remember. According to their Facebook page, their influences include “the turbule of water left behind a duck”, the “DNA tower” and “every person who is, was and always will be part of POND”. The love is big, the love is real and we can’t wait for it.



About Anthea Yang

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Bad at Mario Kart, better at writing.