Perth Festival: Program pushed back a fortnight | PerthNow

Perth Pageant will push back its total 2021 program two weeks to keep away from the present COVID-19 restrictions and provides organisers time to reschedule performances and occasions.

Unprecedented within the 68-year historical past of the WA arts establishment, the drastic transfer means this yr’s Pageant will open on February 15 and run till March 14, turning the 23-day occasion initially on account of begin at present right into a 28-day season.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, a sculpture artist who has a major exhibition at John Curtin Gallery as part of the Perth Festival.
Digital camera IconAbdul-Rahman Abdullah, a sculpture artist who has a serious exhibition at John Curtin Gallery as a part of the Perth Pageant. Credit score: IAIN GILLESPIE/The West Australian

The Pageant is working frantically to reschedule round 140 productions and can spend the subsequent week working via advanced logistics.

The Lotterywest Movie Season is predicted to renew on February 15, together with the beginning of some reveals.

The Metropolis of Lights projections within the Perth Cultural Centre will start the next night.

Pageant inventive director Iain Grandage promised that the reveals would go on.

“As we prepared ourselves to have fun our artists and welcome our audiences, we respect having the ability to take action in such difficult occasions,” he stated on Friday.

“Our enthusiasm is tempered by our ideas for many who have misplaced a lot within the bushfires of this week and we will’t start to grasp their sorrow.

“Festivals exist to convey folks collectively and with our associates at Fringe World we’re looking for to shine a little bit pleasure in these unsettling and troublesome occasions,” Grandage added. 

“We’ll do all the things we will to succeed.”

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in rehearsal for its Perth Festival production of The Sum of Us.
Digital camera IconYirra Yaakin Theatre Firm in rehearsal for its Perth Pageant manufacturing of The Sum of Us. Credit score: Dana Weeks/Dana Weeks

Earlier than the five-day lockdown, the 2021 Pageant was alleged to kick off on Friday with round a dozen productions, together with the primary of two sold-out concert events from Perth-raised celebrity Tim Minchin and the WA Symphony Orchestra at Kings Park, theatre firm Barking Gecko’s premiere of HOUSE and Ballet on the Quarry.

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered the most important upheaval to the Perth Pageant because it started in 1953 — far greater than the unseasonal rain that washed out the primary evening of 2017 opening occasion Boorna Waaginy: The Bushes Converse at Kings Park.

All present Pageant tickets stay legitimate and ticket holders might be contacted relating to rescheduled dates.