The AWESOME International Arts Festival is back for 2022!

Last Updated: 13 Sep 2022
Abigail Macleod

Perth comes alive with the 2022 AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things as it returns to Perth Cultural Centre from 26 September to 1 October. With an outstanding reputation for presenting the best in children’s arts experiences from around the world, AWESOME Festival 2022 is not to be missed.

The AWESOME Festival showcases a spectacular array of events including theatre, creative workshops, literature events, music, ballet, exhibitions and a whole range of free activities. Here are some of the event highlights.



Creation Creation

How did we get here? Are aliens real? And is it possible to lick your elbow? These questions and many more will be answered in Creation Creation by Windmill Theatre Company playing at the State Theatre Centre. Creation Creation is a playful comedy about life’s biggest mysteries.


The Whale's Tale

Join us under Otto the Blue Whale in Hackett Hall at the WA Museum Boola Bardip for The Whale’s Tale, a highly interactive theatre show full of slapstick and clowning. The centrepiece of this show is a 9-metre whale puppet that can swallow you whole! Watch out, you could be the whale’s next snack... or become the hero of the story and live to tell the tale!


We Live Here

We Live Here by Flipside Circus with Circus WA is an inspiring circus show that celebrates the memories and moments that make a life. Performed at the State Theatre Centre of WA, this gentle and funny show is based on the stories of parents, siblings and guests of Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only youth hospice, We Live Here explore themes of resilience, chaos and beauty of a moment shared.



Cicada tell story. Story good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok! So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office year after year, until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen… This new stage adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s award-winning Cicada to life with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by WA’s leading theatre-makers. A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an enchanting tale of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves. Cicada is back for the audiences of AWESOME Festival, with tickets available here.


For young ones

The AWESOME Festival’s Early Childhood Program will once again engage the youngest audience members with Seashore by Sally Chance and Insite Arts, for families with children 0-3. The CUBS (Children United by Stories) Cubby will again create a magical space for families to explore with the launch of Owl and Star by Helen Milroy and Noongar Animal Tales featuring three of WA’s best Noongar children’s authors.

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