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The Best Of Perth In Two Months Of Fun

Each summer there is a creative collision in Perth. Fringe World meets the Perth Festival, a raucous and flamboyant celebration meeting a high brow cultural festival. The collision makes for an impressive eight weeks in the capital of Western Australia, with the flamboyance of Fringe acting as an exciting preamble to the seriousness of the Perth Festival, especially as the Perth Festival seems to take on some of the flavours of the other. Between the two the best in Perth is on display, with a full range of what makes Perth great on display.

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Fringe World meets the Perth Festival, a raucous and flamboyant celebration meeting a high brow cultural festival.

Fringe World takes centre stage well before the other in early 2019, running from January 18 to February 17. It has 700 shows in various festive zone across Perth. There is no question that it is the more colourful event as it includes live mermaids, roving entertainers, and a silent disco gazebo. There is even a micro-green for golfers in addition to all of the stages with an incredible diversity of acts. Even the foods are diverse, with roasted meats and crepes available among the numerous food stalls. Odds are good that you can find something for just about everyone.

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The foods are diverse, with roasted meats and crepes available among the numerous food stalls.

The Perth Festival runs from February 8 to March 3 with its more staid atmosphere. For ten days the two share the stage making it seem as if Perth is attempting to find new ways to entertain itself daily. It starts with a 1.5 kilometres walk on which the Boorna Waanginy installation plays, makes an impact for the first four days. The Festival is not without its fun sights and sounds, as circus performers populate part of the Festival. There will also be the premiere of the sound and light projections that make up Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in an installation that combines animation and performers invoking the silent movies of 1920.

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The Festival is not without its fun sights and sounds, as circus performers populate part of the Festival.

The Chevron Gardens, the outdoor dance floor, creates its world as it pumps live music into the atmosphere. There are also bands and other live concerts daily. While it is possible to miss your favourite performer, so move fast if you want tickets, you can enjoy the local eats and enjoy local craft beer and wine. The Festival presents the best of Perth in its aspect of art and food even as Fringe World is its raucous cousin. Between the two it makes for two months of entertainment that should not be missed.

craft beer and wine
You can enjoy the local eats and enjoy local craft beer and wine.