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CHEVRON FESTIVAL GARDENS
Well, we appreciate the opera and all... But is it wrong that
we love the Chevron Festival Gardens just a teensy bit more?
We can’t get enough of the chill-out space that pops up on
the northern lawn of the Perth Cultural Centre when the
Perth Internatonal Arts Festival rolls around. Just a stone’s
throw from the stage, it’s the perfect spot to soak up tunes
from this year’s awesome lineup (think Chet Faker, Spoon
and Mr. Scruff) with a boutique beer in hand.
Each year, the brightly lit-up colanders strewn across the Perth
Cultural Centre herald the return of Fringe. The vibe at Urban
Orchard is super chill: festivalgoers balance paper plates of
messy food on their laps, drink wine from plastic cups and
sit barefoot on the lawn. Get classic vendor food and plastic
cups of wine and beer from the Aquarius Fountain Bar –
a carousel island bar that doubles as a fountain – while you
listen to roars of laughter emanating from the Spiegeltent.
Spiegel-what? It’s a Dutch word that means ‘mirror tent,’
constructed from wood, mirrors, canvas, and leaded glass,
with brocade and velvet detailing. For the past few years, De
Parel Spiegeltent has travelled to Perth for Fringe, but in an
unprecedented move aided by Lotterywest, the Fringe World
producers bought it outright from its original Belgian owners.
Get set to see it at cultural events at Fringe and beyond...
Billowing Chinese lanterns, neon pink signs and, well,
the name itself, mean the Pleasure Gardens are super
sexy. Factor in Perth’s sultry heat and the scantily clad
performers sauntering through, and you better brace
yourself for some sizzle. Inspired by the pleasure gardens
of 18th and 19th century London, the transformed Russell
Square features circus tents, pop-up performance spots
and The West Australian Spiegeltent, plus new spiegeltent
Palais des Glaces.
If you’re anything like us, choosing appropriate footwear isn’t
your strong suit when you’re swept up in the excitement of
the festival. But weary feet will do a happy dance at the news
that Fringe is providing rickshaws that take punters for free
rides, from shows at the Perth Cultural Centre to the Pleasure
Garden, each Friday and Saturday night of the festival.
THE GOLD DIGGER
A nod to WA’s gold-rush history – and not the Kanye
song – the Gold Digger is a custom-designed pop-up
comedy venue at the State Theatre Centre. Expect plenty
of lolz delivered by national and international stand-ups.
(photography Jarrad Seng).
Chevron Festival Gardens
(photography Ali Judd).
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