With summer well and truly saturating Perth’s gorgeous shores, it’s time to get your Summerset Arts Festival on. Celebrating its tenth year, the festival is once again serving up 19 days of free and affordable entertainment under Perth’s beautiful blue skies and summer sunshine.
From Wednesday 24 January to Sunday 11 February, you can check out events in Perth’s parks, buildings and neighbourhoods at pop-up venues, creative spaces and activity hubs.
With more than 50 events spread across the City of Stirling – and beyond – enjoy live music, comedy, art and circus acts, plus markets, creative workshops and Noongar culture events – all washed down with delicious summer drinks and snacks.
The award-winning Sunset Veranda pop-up venue returns with a taste of FRINGE WORLD shows, and of course, the big finale on the closing weekend, The Summerset Concert, featuring national headliners Harts and The VANNS, supported by local acts, The Money War and Elli Schoen.
The festival will be launched by the free community event, Seaside Spectacular, which will see aerial acrobats, lollipop lyras, trance-inducing mermaids descend on the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre.
Can’t get to Scarborough? No problem. The Summerset Arts Festival 2018 will also feature some positively neighbourly events like Fragmentation & Fusion Flavour, the Inglewood Monday Night Markets and Artist Open Studios.
Here’s your Perth Uncommon guide to the Summerset Arts Festival 2018
Image Credit: City of Stirling
Winner of the Best Independent Venue at FRINGE WORLD 2015, the pop-up venue, the Sunset Veranda, is, indeed, the place to be. Pop in and kick back with a cool beverage, a bite to eat and enjoy diverse FRINGE WORLD acts throughout the festival, which will likely only be eclipsed by the daily special guest, Scarborough Beach’s stunning sunset.
With a program of comedy, music, circus and cabaret, and a pop-up bar and food stalls, the veranda is open Thursdays to Sundays.
Kicking off at 5.00 pm on Thursday 25 January, Opening Night at the Veranda will feature an awesome lineup of live music. Check the program for details. Be sure to check out the Scarborough Sunset Markets while you’re there.
Oh, and a public holiday the next day? Win win.
Speaking of the public holiday, Australia Day at the Sunset Veranda is about as Australian as it gets – the great outdoors, by the sea, beer in hand, a belly full of grub and classic Aussie tunes.
Get set to get green. The Sunset Veranda encourages patrons to ‘think green’, so consider eco-friendly transport options – walk, cycle, catch public transport or share a ride.
Under the Sky Sessions
The Sunset Veranda will also host free live acoustic music events, Under the Sky Sessions, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Summerset Arts Festival 2018, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Keep an eye on the program for lineup announcements.
Comedians Against Humanity
If you like your outdoor events interactive and tickling your funny bone, head along to Comedians Against Humanity on Friday 2 February at the Sunset Veranda.
Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou, this event is serious about audience participation. Armed with cards from the ‘Cards Against Humanity’ game, you can challenge the guest comedians to create material on the spot. Think Comedy Improv to the nth! A hit at Edinburgh Fringe with sell-out shows around Australia, prepare to split your sides!
If you’re a budding photographer or interested in photography, get along to Fragmentation Fusion – a photography exhibition of the digital stills of our lives we constantly snap with our mobiles.
Or, as the promo says, “Can you imagine how many thousands of photographs are being carried around in handbags and pockets right now? Fast-moving technology enables increasing numbers of people to capture FRAGMENTS or MOMENTS of beauty or power, but do these images tell the full story. Which images tell the truth?”
Hosted by the Art Space Collective, you can gaze your critical eye on these works, while hoe-ing into some delicious food, courtesy of the Vietnamese food truck (on Saturday 3 February).
Better still, if you want to be considered for the exhibition, send your photographs (that have been taken on a smart phone) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images – by professionals and amateurs – will be available for purchase for $35.
Salute the Sun
If you want to balance out the post-festive season frivolity with a bit of mind, body and soul realignment, get your om on at the Salute the Sun events.
Presented by SunSeek Yoga, enjoy free community yoga classes overlooking Scarborough Beach – that sounds like a pretty great way to refocus on the new year.
It’s free, but ticketed, so please register, and BYO water bottle and a mat or towel. All levels welcome.
Summer Sunset Markets 2018
And of course, the Scarborough Sunset Markets are still going strong.
Held every Thursday at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre throughout the festival, you can enjoy delicious bites, refreshing beverages, live music and cool pop-up stalls from local creatives.
So there’s a lot to love about the Summerset Arts Festival 2018 – mark it in your diary now.
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