The Albany Arts Festival Season has arts and cultural events that span February, March and April. A time of warm, still and glorious days on the south coast, the program is packed with international theatre, music, visual arts, circus, spoken word events and film.
Albany and the region was extremely fortunate to have been the recipient of fifteen years of continual international arts events garnered from the Perth International Arts festival. From 2003 to 2017, a glittering cast of international artists travelled here to perform and engage with the community. The appetite amongst audiences grew year on year and Albany forged an identity and enjoyed a privilege few other regional communities could only dream of. The Albany Arts Festival Season continues this dream; in fact it has expanded it!
It’s a new beginning and a first step. A time to look the world in the eye and say “this is us”, with the confidence and determination that justifies the arts, heritage and cultural sector of Albany as a vibrant, defining aspect of our community identity.
14 February 2018
Casus is recognised as a leader in contemporary circus on the international stage. Renowned for their aesthetic of delicately human circus, Casus Circus’ premier work Knee Deep is an international sensation. Now Casus brings us Driftwood.
In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, watch Casus bring a blank canvas to life and reveal in our innate need for human contact.
16 February 2018
No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and a new actor reading a script for the first time every performance. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour brings to Perth an audacious event that transcends borders and language. Direct from an award-winning Edinburgh season, this new work is touchingly autobiographical while remaining powerfully universal.
“Entertaining, ingeniously thought-provoking and fully heart-warming.” Daily Telegraph (UK)
21 February 2018
Charismatic French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet shares his love of the music of Claude Debussy in this fascinating musical adventure.
There is no music quite like Debussy’s for evoking a feeling of the beauty and mystery of France. His use of influences from the Far East, Russia, Spain and the Middle East broke the rules of Western harmony and revolutionised piano music. This classical music treat features unmissable music selections interspersed with lively discussion.
24 March 2018
The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s acclaimed string ensemble, ACO Collective, comes to Albany in 2018 for their concert THE LARK ASCENDING.
Fresh from the success of an exceptional 10th-anniversary season in 2017, with the brilliant violinist Pekka Kuusisto as its Artistic Director for a third year, ACO Collective combines musicians of the ACO with young professional musicians at the outset of their careers.
24 March 2018
Helen Brown spent several years in London, working with Mary King at English National Opera, and touring with baroque ensemble ‘L’Estravaganza’. Now based in Perth, Helen continues to perform and teach at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
David Wickham is one of Australia’s pre-eminent accompanists, and also a lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
25 March 2018
Duo Étoile is named after a French word that means “Star” and Perth based musicians, violinist Margaret Blades and pianist Irina Vasilieva are indeed a star team presenting a programme of extraordinary works from their repertoire.
As an Internationally acclaimed recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, Irina Vasilieva has performed and participated in various festivals, international master classes and chamber music projects.
25 March 2018
As an Internationally acclaimed recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, Irina Vasilieva has performed and participated in various festivals, international master classes and chamber music projects. Together with Albany's first & only semi-professional chamber orchestra this promise to be a moving night of chamber music brilliance.
27 April 2018
Fresh off stunning performances at the iconic Fairbridge Festival comes an international program of contemporary music for all tastes.
Be it frantic Euro-gypsy dance, divine male harmony singing, breathtaking instrumental artistry or brass-fuelled funk and ska, the cream of Fairbridge Festival lights up the entertainment centre on two nights of thrilling music.
28 April 2018
Those Wild West Coast Hipsters Of The Blues, The Vibrolators with a special appearance by the wonderful Miss Peta Lee.
The Vibrolators first appeared on the national touring circuit in 1997. Throughout the last two decades the band has taken their quirky 1950's flavoured Blues and RnB to all corners of the country, and become one of Australia's best loved blues bands. The Lost Brothers have toured the world opening for the likes of Elvis Costello and Brendan Benson and have released four critically acclaimed albums. They are quite simply one of the very best harmony singing duos around.
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