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post Mar 5 2012, 02:26 PM
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PERTH FESTIVAL

Premier Colin Barnett said he was proud of the contribution made by Lotterywest to the Perth
Festival and the significant impact this Festival has had in connecting the community to art.

“In particular Lotterywest’s support of the opening Dawn:Dusk and Lotterywest Festival Celebration
Place des Anges with soaring angels overhead dumping literally tonnes of feathers over the people
enjoying this spectacle in our city. The magic created will be remembered for a very long time”, the
Premier said.

“Lotterywest congratulates the Perth Festival on their 60th Festival. Lotterywest has been very proud
to be the principal partner for the past 20 years.”

“It’s been a seriously good festival, which can bring a new horizon, and a buzz and sense of
momentum.” Sam Walsh, Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive.

“More bloody feathers! Someone really needs to clean this town. It's making everyone light headed
and fun to be with. MUST stop it now.” City of Perth staff member.

“Tourism WA, through Eventscorp, was very proud to sponsor the spectacularly successful opening
of the Lotterywest Festival Celebration, Place des Anges, which attracted an outstanding 30,000
people. We recognise the value of a world-class festival opener and have agreed to fund the Perth
International Arts Festival’s opening performances for the next three years.” Stephanie Buckland,
CEO Tourism WA


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post Mar 5 2012, 02:29 PM
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PERTH FESTIVAL 2012 CLOSE

The feathers have flown; the sand has been brushed off our feet and the last of the hundreds of
remarkable artists has left the West as the sun sets on the 60th Perth International Arts Festival.

The Festival delivered on our promise to be an explosion of energy, filling venues from concert halls
and theatres to disused buildings and parks, with more than 2200 performances presented to great
public and critical acclaim over the past 23 days.

Perth Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway said: “Arriving in Perth a year ago I was fortunate
enough to be given a pristine canvas and the richest of palettes: a mature and well-loved Festival; a
receptive, knowledgeable and responsive audience; a City on the creative tipping point; an artistic
community with the desire to explore Western Australia and a team of arts professionals and
supporters looking to take things to the next level.”

“A year on, stepping back and looking at the result, I am thrilled to have joined so many people on the
beginning of an amazing journey, and to have been artistically welcomed to Australia with such
generosity.”

There was a palpable buzz in a city learning that saying “yes” can lead to a series of life affirming and
city transforming experiences. The excited delight on the faces of our very young audiences at
Atishoo, Home Sweet Home and Lotterywest Festival Celebration Place des Anges. The
childlike glee on the faces of our most mature audiences after Oraculos, the RedBall Project and
Place des Anges. The satisfaction and reaction of our most experienced and critical audiences to
artists from Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa and (of course) Australia.

A world-class Festival is more than the sum of its parts. This year, our audience was delighted by the
energy and focus created in our beautiful Festival Gardens.

Perth Writers Festival, with its new shaded setting among the beautiful trees on the UWA
campus, added a social and discursive element to the event and added to the intellectual and idea-led
depth of the Festival and was rewarded with a record attendance of 32,000, including 7,500 on
Family Day.

The Great Southern Festival celebrated its 10th year by increasing audiences and was received
with great enthusiasm by the people of the region.

With this year’s Festival we aimed to celebrate the 60th Festival, and to ask four questions which are
at the heart of what it is to be a Festival in Australia in the 21 st Century.

Firstly, what does it mean to be a remote yet connected Festival, so close to Asia? Two of Korea’s
brightest artists Choi Jeong Hwa and U-Ram Choe have broken attendance records in the Visual
Arts. They have vowed to meet again in Korea after first meeting at the beach in Perth. And one of
India’s most influential writers Chetan Bhagat delivered the Closing Address of this year’s Perth
Writers Festival, India and Us.

Secondly, how do we disrupt our ordered city in order to allow us to see our surroundings and lives
with fresh clarity? Ask one of more than 30,000 joyous audience members at the Lotterywest
Festival Celebration Place des Anges. Or the hundreds of thousands of people who saw the
RedBall Project on its whimsical journey around Perth, Fremantle and the Great Southern. Or one
of the locals in Northbridge during the creation of Super Night Shot. Or indeed an audience
member at any one of more than 300 events in this year’s program.

Thirdly, how can we tell the stories of Western Australia and enrich the artistic community? The
Festival is the place where international and local companies alike create their best work. This year
saw triumphant world premiere seasons of Driving Into Walls and Elektra. The Lotterywest
Festival Opening Dawn: Dusk saw hundreds of singers and musicians perform a new
composition by Iain Grandage, written especially for the 60th Perth Festival, after a Welcome to
Country from Noongar elders. As always, Perth Writers Festival is a focus point for conversations
global and local. WA authors included dual Miles Franklin winner Kim Scott on Keeping Language
Alive and Craig Silvey talking about his latest novel.

And fourthly, how can we make audiences and artists active collaborators in the creative process? We
have brought events of active participation such as Home Sweet Home and Festival hot-ticket,
one-on-one theatre success Oraculos, where each audience member made the show with the
talented performers from Teatro de los Sentidos and the four local artists chosen to perform with
them. Lotterywest Festival Celebration Place des Anges was equal parts amazing acrobatics
and audience wonder to create an unforgettable spectacle. I Fagiolini (UK) and St George’s Cathedral
Consort Choir made beautiful music together in Striggio and Tallis: Music in 40 Parts. And who
could forget Ennio Morricone conducting the WA Youth Orchestra in a magical night of the
Maestro’s music?

We have only begun to explore the answers to these questions, and will continue to delve, prod,
provoke and unpick the issues over the next three years.

From the Dawn opening on Cottesloe Beach through Lotterywest Festival Celebration Place
des Anges and a huge number of events new and old to the gorgeous closing after sunset at Red Hill
with Bon Iver, we feel this has been a fitting celebration of our 60th Festival.

We’re proud of all we’ve achieved but more importantly, here are the responses of those who engaged
with this year’s Festival:

Audiences
“It was like the war had ended all over again” Octogenarian audience member at Place des Anges

“I have had the pleasure of attending some of this year's festival events and feel moved to write and
thank you for the spirit of whimsy and wonder that has earmarked these experiences … the feathers,
fancy and frivolity of the angels spreading their blessings over people and city; the white doves
ascending over the choirs singing on the beach; the erotic breathing waterlily; and for me, best of all,
the consuming hour of Oraculos with its intensity and invitation to step unknowingly into the
darkness of the soul and encounter vignettes of life that embrace all the senses. Congratulations to
Jonathan and all those artists who have given themselves fully to the delight and pleasure of the
people of Perth.” Kim, Perth Festival audience member.

“Just to say, four of us have witnessed the best theatre that has ever graced our shores- 'Raoul.' We
shed tears of awe at the end. Thank you, Perth Festival.” Jalina, Perth Festival audience member.

“What an incredibly special and beautiful treat we received on Tuesday night with Eric Bibb and
Staffan Astner. A pair of angels who gave us one of the best performances I have ever seen. It was a
night of absolutely sweet, beautiful magic with Eric's huge heart and voice like rich warm chocolate,
their incredible guitar playing and the pure joy and harmony they shared in playing together.” Jenni,
Great Southern Festival audience member.

ARTISTS FROM NEAR AND FAR TO PERTH
“Thank you so much for … all your brilliant work on bringing Lucinda and the company to Perth!
This has been a dream for many years, and I know how well taken care of everyone was. We just
ended our Philip Glass Festival in New York last night and were all toasting to you in Australia.”
Lucinda Childs Company

“I have played like a child in feathers and rediscovered the magic of aerial performance. Seen where
physicality and text can be married in Beautiful Burnout. I've seen the possibilities of the human
body, physical expression, mastery, illusion and the most magnificent use of set I have ever seen in
Raoul. Not to mention opening my mind to so many possibilities through masterclasses with Frantic
assembly and Oraculos. I am very inspired at the moment and hungry to make physical theatre
works.” Dawn Pascoe


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