This year, the City of Perth will host events right across the long weekend, allowing people to enjoy a full array of activities.
Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the City of Perth celebrates diversity and welcomes all cultures and abilities as part of our vibrant community.
“From those who have arrived recently, to those whose culture dates back thousands of years, we encourage acceptance, inclusion and respect, regardless of identity or background,” Commissioner Lumsden said.
“Across the Australia Day long weekend, the City of Perth will play host to a number of cultural events from 25 to 28 January, bringing together people from all backgrounds and celebrating as a collective what it means to be Australian.”
Exciting events such as the City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks, the Birak Concert, Twilight Hawkers Market, FRINGE WORLD, the City of Perth Festival of Sail, Australiana Film Nights and Aussie Play Day will take over the city.
“Recognising our history, diversity, culture and country, we are excited to bring the community together across the long weekend,” Commissioner Lumsden said.
“The City of Perth continues to maintain strong ties with the Aboriginal community, liaising closely with Aboriginal leaders to incorporate culturally sensitive and appropriate events into Australia Day activities.
“As part of the weekend, the City of Perth will deliver the Birak Concert and spectacular Australia Day Skyworks on 26 January.
“Now in its 35th year, and bringing together more than 300,000 people, this well-loved tradition is the largest community event run by the City.”
As the night closes in, visitors are encouraged to secure a spot in Langley Park, South Perth or Kings Park to get the best view of the spectacular fireworks display at 8pm.
For the third year in a row, Disability in the Arts Disadvantage in the Arts (DADAA) will deliver an audio-described service of the show for people who are blind or vision-impaired. Audio description will be provided live, as the action happens.
Providing a comfortable space for people with disability including children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families, the audio described area will be situated on the foreshore opposite Langley Park.
For the first time, the City of Perth will also offer two quiet zones in Langley Park for families with children with autism needing respite. Located at the east end of Langley Park and on Riverside Drive, these quiet zones are enclosed marquees with dim lighting, beanbags, arts activities and iPads.
Additionally, the Birak Concert in the Supreme Court Gardens will also have a new accessible viewing zone and will be AUSLAN interpreted.
The City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks is proudly delivered with the support of mix94.5, Channel 9 and Lotterywest.
For more information on the Australia Day long weekend, including Skyworks 2019, head to visitperth.com.au. For a full events listing, see below.
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FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2019
Every day | Throughout the city | Time varies | Ticketed | fringeworld.com.au
Taking place at more than 150 venues across Perth, this creative arts festival plays host to an agglomeration of cabaret, comedy, theatre, music, film and visual arts.
Every day | Yagan Square | All day | Free | visitperth.com.au
In celebration of Australia Day and to recognise the 78 nationalities that call the Perth CBD home, a large Perth sign will be installed under the screen at Yagan Square decorated with the flags of those 78 countries.
FLORA AND FAUNA OF AUSTRALIA
Every day | In various locations | All day | Free | visitperth.com.au
Explore the city and keep a look out for beautiful flora and fauna artwork around the CBD. Head to Elizabeth Quay to see a giant map showcasing a collection of native Australian flora and fauna. Then explore the city and keep a look out for beautiful artwork designed by local artist Mel McVee including birds, mammals and marsupials of Australia.
CITY OF PERTH FRINGE FRIDAYS
25 January | Forrest Place | 5.30pm | Free | fringeworld.com.au
Experience some of the best buskers from around the world at the Forrest Place stage in the CBD. Be enthralled while you dine on some of the best food from Perth's original and biggest street food market at the Twilight Hawkers Market. This event is free to attend, but performers always ‘hat’ at the end – providing you a chance to show your appreciation for the buskers.
TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET
25 January | Forrest Place | 4.30 to 9.30pm | Free | visitperth.com.au
Experience food from around the globe as you immerse yourself in this market setting. With live local music adding to the cultural atmosphere, it’s the perfect Friday night out.
AUSTRALIANA MOVIE NIGHTS
25 to 28 January | Northbridge Piazza | 7pm | Free | visitperth.com.au
Relish in summer evening vibes with Australiana movies on the big screen at Northbridge Piazza every night across the Australia Day long weekend. Pick from Red Dog, Paper Planes, The Sapphires and Strictly Ballroom.
NORTHBRIDGE OUTDOOR YOGA
26 January | Northbridge Piazza | 8am | Free | visitperth.com.au
Take some time for yourself with a morning yoga class on the grass at the Northbridge Piazza. Hosted by The Yoga Vine, this awesome class will help you reset and feel invigorated for the long weekend. Classes are free however please bring your own mat.
CITY OF PERTH AUSTRALIA DAY SKYWORKS
26 January | Throughout the city | From 3pm | Free | visitperth.com.au
In its 35th year, the City of Perth Skyworks is the largest Australia Day celebration in the country. Come along from 3pm and enjoy the free family events at Lotterywest Entertainment Zone at Langley Park and the Birak Concert at the Supreme Court Gardens, before securing your spot on the foreshore to watch the spectacular fireworks display. Supported by Lotterywest and presented by City of Perth, mix94.5 and Channel 9.
26 January | Supreme Court Gardens | From 3pm to 7.30pm | Free | visitperth.com.au
With a plethora of music, dance, art and food, the Birak Concert at the Supreme Court Gardens is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities. Featuring an Elders marquee, local performances, community stalls, live radio broadcasts and historical displays, this cultural event is one not to miss. This year’s line-up features talent from across the state including a traditional Welcome to Country and dance by Gya Ngoop Keeninyarra, stage performances from Mary G, Mau Power, Merindas, Delta Oui and Yorga Dance. Hosted by Phil Walleystack and broadcast via Noongar Radio, the event is the perfect opportunity for all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
CITY OF PERTH FRINGE SUNDAYS
27 January | The Meeting Place, Yagan Square | 4pm | Free | fringeworld.com.au
Experience tasters and teasers from some of the best Fringe shows at Yagan Square. Bring the family and head to Yagan Square amphitheatre for enthralling entertainment.
AUSSIE PLAY DAY
27 January | Cathedral Square | 11.30am to 3.30pm | Free | visitperth.com.au
Celebrate Australia’s diverse culture with a fun day in Cathedral Square. Featuring craft activities and live music, this free event is sure to be a family favourite.
PERTH HOME GROWN
27 January | Murray Street Mall | 11am to 4pm | Free | visitperth.com.au
Spend a relaxing Sunday morning at the city’s sustainable living market filled with specialty baked goods, unique handmade gifts and so much more.
CITY OF PERTH FESTIVAL OF SAIL
27 to 28 January | Elizabeth Quay | 10am to 5pm | Free | swanriversailing.com
Experience two days of free sailing for children and adults at Elizabeth Quay, with Monday 28 January featuring the main attraction of the festival: The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta.