RE//PERTH winter arts festival starts tomorrow

RE//PERTH winter arts festival starts tomorrow

Last Updated: 04 Jul 2024
Madeline Frayne

Ever wish the the summer Fringe Festival came twice a year?

If so, you are going to love RE//PERTH, an exciting urban arts festival in Northbridge by ARTRAGE, the same team responsible for the Fringe Festival and Rooftop Movies.

For ten days Northbridge comes alive with music, food markets, sustainable fashion and live performances including the WA premiere of  award-winning circus show The Mirror. Similar to Fringe, there’s also plenty of events suitable for kids.

RE//PERTH events are centered around the same European Foods site used by Fringe, located on the corner of Francis and Aberdeen Street. Performances are accompanied by insane visuals and include top tier artists such as K.I.M. from electronic music band The Presets. There’s also plenty of free events and activities such as live ice sculpting, nightly access to a rooftop carpark turned panoramic cosmos site and an interactive digital art installation with a surreal snowy landscape and winter wonderland.

The festival runs until the last day of the school holidays on Sunday July 14. The Mirror runs for an additional two weeks to July 27.

We have compiled a list of RE//PERTH HIGHLIGHTS but for the full events guide, visit RE//PERTH FESTIVAL GUIDE.

1. The Mirror

Tuesday July 2 to Saturday July 27

After performing across the globe including Europe and north America, The Mirror has come to Australia and is being performed exclusively in Perth.

The Mirror is performed by multi award-winning, Fringe-favourite circus company Gravity & Other Myths, who shatter the boundaries of contemporary circus with their most physically and conceptually challenging performance to date. You don’t want to miss this extraordinary display of athleticism, accompanied by electronic compositions, pop mashups and contemporary set design which uses an LED wall, cameras and selfie sticks.


2. The Y3K Ball

Saturday July 13

The Y3K Ball is a Ball Culture event with a futuristic year 3000 theme, celebrating queer BIPOC self-expression. Happening for one night only on Saturday July 13, this is one of the festivals featured events and is bound to sell out fast.

Ball Culture started in the last nineteenth century when members of the underground LGBTQ+ community in large cities began to organize masquerade balls known as “drags”. The scene was developed further in the 1960s by the black and latinx transwomen of New York and has grown from an underground LGBTQ+ subculture to an internationally recognised art form.

The ball is hosted by Danisa Silk and Justin Reign and is their first collaboration. Justin is the Godfather of the first dedicated ballroom house in WA and Danisa Silk is a drag performer and member of the legendary international House of Gorgeous Gucci.

Tickets are $37 but expect fierce competition for the cash prizes ranging from $150 – $700.

Categories include: Virgin Vogue (Beginner) | Claw v Claw | Y3K Streetwear | OTA Sex Siren | OTA Realness | OTA Face | Bizarre | OTA Performance | Tag Team Runway


3. RE//VINED Wine Tasting

Friday July 12, Saturday July 13, Sunday July 14

RE//VINED is a series of wine tasting held across three nights with each night focused on a different region: Swan Valley on Friday July 12, Margaret River on Saturday July 13, and Great Southern on Sunday July 14.

Leading the tastings is award-winning Perth comedian James Hancox and WA Good Food Guide Sommelier of the year, Foni Pollitt, who provide live entertainment while you try five regional wines partnered complimentary appetisers. For more info check out RE//PERTH’s  food and drink guide.


4. Flurry Fete

Tuesday July 9, Wednesday July 10

The Flurry Fete is a snow-themed kids party presented by Western Australia’s premier spectacle entertainment company Fliptease, featuring juggling, dancing, games and other activities, such as taking photos with the Snowflake Mermaid and dancing with Ice Ballerinas. This is a free event, but you must register to secure your spot. Tickets are limited and selling fast!


5. House of Fast Fashun: Runway 

Sunday July 14

Witness custom-made pieces for RE//PERTH from the House of Fast Fashun at this one-hour runway extravaganza. Established in 2007, Fast Fashun repurposes used clothing into something new, seeking to address fashion’s contribution to the environmental crisis and redress the lost skill of hand making and repairing items by bringing audiences face-to-face with the waste.

If you can’t make the runway, you can still experience all that the Naarm/Melbourne art collective and House of Fast Fashun have contributed by visiting the fashion exhibition at their open access gallery, which opens the day before the runway. The clothes are presented by local artists and performers and include pieces created by the Naarm/Melbourne art collective.


6. The Banquet

Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7

The Banquet is a five-course meal made up of WA’s finest seasonal produce and forwarded by celebrated chef Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov, founder of catering company Fervor. Each course is paired with wine sourced from the acclaimed Chouette Wine (Friday Jul 5) and L.A.S. Vino (Saturday Jul 6 and Sunday Jul 7). Each night has a different menu, theme and entertainment to be revealed on arrival, providing an element of surprise and fun.


7. The Grooveyard Shift

Friday July 12

The Grooveyard Shift is part of RE//PERTH’s Dusk Session series, an eclectic music program to take the blues out of winter.

K.I.M. from the critically acclaimed electronic music duo The Presets is headlining the Grooveyard Shift for one night only, along with a lineup of special guest artists. The RE//BIRTH rave cave in Northbridge is decked out with a large-scale lighting installations by the renowned audio-visual installation artist Beamhacker, native bushland installations by leading event stylist Lara Bos and a bar with drinks and snacks open all night.


8. The Supersonic Cup

July 13 & Sunday July 14

WA’s best Rocket League players are going to battle it out for The Supersonic Cup, an ESports trophy presented by Perth’s leading ESports company SpaceJump. With a whopping $1,000 cash prize up for grabs, the tournament promises to be fierce and entertaining. Bring your kids along to the 3v3 tournament matches with quarterfinals on Saturday July 13 and Semi-Finals/Grand Finals on Sunday July 14. 


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