Using the psychedelic and playful installation by artist Rose Skinners as their image, the Artrage Festival launched recently with burlesque and a bang. Running for three weeks from October 16 – November 9, the 2008 festival promises to be big, bold, and exciting.
Celebrating their 25 year anniversary, the Artrage Festival has grown to become one of Australia’s leading fringe festivals, showcasing new, alternative and upcoming Perth artists.
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
SILVER: The Exhibition.
A visual retrospective of WA Culture spanning 25 years. At PICA from October 17 to November 23.
24 Hour Theatre Project.
Big brother for the theatre. Multiple directors, stage managers, actors and writers will combine to produce a mini masterpiece over 24 hours.
The re-imagining of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, directed by Matthew Lutton and starring George Shevtsov, Igor Sas and Brendan Ewing. This work premieres at PICA from 18 October to 1 November.
An extensive dance program, including Home Alone,
performed at Rechabites Hall inside a deep freezer; Preparing to be Beautiful
, the new full length work by Alice Lee Holland; and Dyuetto Dance
by artists from Perth, Melbourne and Japan.
The Music Program at the Festival Club will include 15 nights of diverse music at the cabaret-style club.
collective, one of Perth’s independent artist groups celebrating their 10 year anniversary have teamed up with Artrage to produce a number of events. These include a two day symposium discussing hybrid art forms; This is the Time, a one off event showcasing the finest in cross disciplinary performance; and Reform, a unique outdoor event not to be missed.
There are numerous free events and exhibitions. A highlight of the three weeks will be the Northbridge Festival on November 1 – 2. Expect Northbridge to be packed to the rafters with events, artists and fun.
The Silver Artrage Festival 2008 runs October 16 through to November 9.
The full program is now online at www.artrage.com.au
and on the streets of Perth.