Local arts and culture collide in Mandurah over two massive weekends, celebrating all that is unique about the people and places that make up this vibrant city.
The Mandurah Arts Festival kicks off on Friday, 29 October and runs throughout the weekend and the following weekend from 5-7 November.
Immerse yourself in the city’s ever-expanding arts and culture scene, featuring an exciting mix of ticketed and free events, including music, theatre and dance performances, multicultural celebrations, art workshops and phenomenal visual art exhibitions showcasing Mandurah’s amazingly creative homegrown talent.
If you’re already in town, make sure you don’t miss out on all the action. If you’re not, we think these events are well worth travelling for! And what better way to start things off than on the water with a live orchestral performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Australian Baroque on the Western Foreshore.
For the best vantage point, we recommend hiring out a boat to relax, unwind, take in the magnificent sounds accompanied by live poetry reading and make the most of the balmy nights.
Opening night will also mark the launch of a new public artwork piece, Meeting Place. Hear from the creative team behind the art as they share their inspiration and process in creating this masterpiece.
Wearable Arts Showcase
A fusion of fashion and art will take centre stage from 6-7 November as the Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase presents revolutionary works of body art created by local, interstate and international designers.
See these garments come alive up close on a theatrical catwalk-inspired performance and in a captivating film. This year’s showcase features a record number of 86 entries from emerging and professional designers, which have been narrowed down to 52 finalists.
Choose from the following ticketed events taking place at David Grays Arena (Peel Thunder Stadium):
Awards Night – Saturday 6 November, 7:30pm
Experience the showcase come to life featuring all the finalists and announcement of the competition winners.
Relaxed Performance – Sunday 7 November, 1:30pm
Bring the family to this adapted, family-friendly performance. This more relaxed vibe allows your little people will be able to move freely around the space during the performance and technical elements will be softened.
Closing Performance – Sunday 7 November, 7:30 pm
The Mandurah Arts Festival will culminate in style with the closing showcase performance.
Intercultural Lullabies celebration – Sunday 7 November
Intercultural Lullabies brings together family members from different cultural backgrounds within Mandurah, to celebrate diversity through language and song.
On Sunday 7th November at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre you can take part in a variety of free, family-friendly multicultural workshops and activities from 2 pm. Then, from 3.30 pm, grab a songbook and watch as the lullaby performances begin. Sing-along with the choir, as they perform lullabies in multiple languages including Noongar, Tagalog, Igbo, Esan, South Sudanese Arabic and Indonesian.
These community groups have come together over the course of three months to learn Noongar lullabies and translate them into a variety of languages that reflect Mandurah’s unique cultures.
See it all from October 29-31 and November 5-7 as we celebrate people, places and stories at the Mandurah Arts Festival.
Find more inspiration
Come on an unforgettable journey exploring Aboriginal culture with Goolamwiin. Go hunting for bush tucker, medicine plants and freshwater, before setting up camp for the night. Participate in Aboriginal dance and experience a cultural healing ceremony. Enjoy an authentic campfire dinner and learn more about the Noongar people listening to Dreamtime stories under the stars.
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