The 2015 Perth International Arts Festival Wrap-Up

A truly amazing parade...

A truly amazing parade…

The Perth International Arts Festival has once again wrapped up, leaving thousands of revellers and visitors satisfied and wanting even more. With a solid reputation as Australia’s oldest international multi-arts event, the PIAF has been held every year since 1953 – so you know it’s always going to be a fantastic treat.

This year, the festival offered the usual array of fantastic international artists. The best in drama, music, visual art, street art, literature and comedy united for an always memorable social feast, and this year was truly exceptional. The sixty third annual event cost more than twenty million dollars, but was well worth the expense according to organisers, locals and guests.

Director Jonathan Holloway discussed the characteristics of a good festival in a press release: “No two Festival journeys will be the same and our hope is that your travels through this Festival will include experiences both intimate and epic. Experiences that whet the appetite and stimulate all five senses. Moments that allow us to remember something we all knew as children– that the map is not the territory, that the best discoveries are made by straying from the path or committing to a fantastic voyage.”

Festival highlights included the English National Opera’s production of the late Anthony Minghella’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, a new staging of theatre classic ‘Ubu Roi’ and live musical performances from Sinead O’Connor, Rufus Wainwright, Spoon, Mogwai and ex-Dinosaur Jr. front man J. Mascis. All in all, a great time was had by the festival’s thousands of attendees.

The 2015 PIAF was a truly staggering event and one which is sure to steadily increase the tourism-friendly reputation of the great western state. For international guests, the festival is an incentive for the worthwhile trip out. So make the most of your next trip to Western Australia, and start planning your 2016 Perth International Arts Festival trip!

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