It might be getting nippy, but don’t go into hibernation just yet. There’s simply too much to see and do in Perth! Here’s but a fraction of what July holds up its warm and snuggly sleeve.
Date: Every Thursday in July
Hidden Treasures has firmly cemented itself as one of the leading dates on the Western Australian musical calendar, giving local artists the chance to shine in some of the city’s coolest lesser-known venues. This year’s line-up includes Folky songstress Lucy Peach, snarling punk princes Scalphunter, venerable psychedelic legends The Neptunes, pop/choir hybrid Childsaint, reggae fusion act Crucial Rockers, old-school Perth staples Wayne Green and the Phantoms, eclectic face-painted nutters Barefeet Sojourns, and so many others it’s not even funny. Head to the festival website for the full list of acts, and start planning your next few Thursdays!
Date: 6 – 19 July
Location: Luna Leederville, Leederville; Various
From its humble beginnings in the dark depths of the Greenwich Club, Revelation has blossomed into a powerful force on the film fest scene. This year marks its 20th birthday, and the organisers are celebrating in style with more than 120 films screened in cinemas, cafes and bars across the city. The films are sourced from both Australia and the rest of the world, covering every genre you can think of. A Ghost Story, Dead Hands Dig Deep, Bad Dog, Even Lovers Get the Blues, Roller Dreams, Top Knot Detective, Descent into the Maelstrom, and Melanie is barely scratching the surface, so be sure to check the listings yourself.
Date: 19 – 29 July
Location: Brookfield Place, Perth
We’ve done music and film, so we might as well give visual arts a fair crack of the whip (whatever that means). On the July 19th, the iconic Brookfield Place will be changed beyond recognition in the greatest possible way, heralding the start of the Brookfield Winter Lights Festival. A stunning set of projections will adorn the nearby buildings, transforming them into towering works of cutting-edge contemporary art. You quite simply won’t believe what these artists can achieve with their enviable mix of talent, vision and technology, and this is one exhibition you definitely won’t want to skip.
Date: 22 July
Location: Bathers Beach, Fremantle
It might sound like the gnarliest prog metal album ever conceived, but Kraken: A Mid-Winters Blaze is actually a fun and friendly beachside event that’s suitable for the whole family. Except maybe your weird uncle. You know, the one with the thinning ponytail and weird leather jacket from the ‘80s. Anyway, Kraken is all about providing a warming sense of community in the harsh winter months, with a full day of tasty food, live entertainment and free activities to immerse yourself in. It all culminates at sunset, with a huge bonfire right there on Bather’s Beach. Idyllic, eh?