Perth Winter Arts Festival 2016

Perth Winter Arts Festival 2016

While the temptation is there to stay indoors and hibernate through winter, there is so much to see and do in Perth this June to August that you’ll just have to fight off the urge. Time to throw off those ugg boots and get out ‘n about for some winter fun with the Perth Winter Arts Festival.



Perth Winter Arts Festival Invites You to the City


This winter, from June to August, Perth is hosting its biggest ever winter festival. A unique cultural program will get you through the colder months, with something on every night of the week across 130 free and ticketed events.

More than 60 participating organisations and artists are set to entertain audiences with music, comedy, theatre, cabaret, film, dance, literature and visual arts at Winter Arts Festival 2016.

The festival will bring local, national and international artists together, and utilise a variety of both expected and unexpected venues across the city, from Perth’s iconic theatres to outdoor, public spaces. This epic event has everyone’s tastes covered withall the arts represented. Some Program Highlights include:

Winter Arts Festival 2016 | Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Some Program Highlights include:

A Perfect Specimen

Behold the dying days of the travelling freak show and the tragic true story of its star attraction: Julia Pastrana, the ape-woman.

When: 8pm, 30 Jun 2016 – 17 Jul 2016

Where: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia


The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous civil war, this epic work is an engaging parable about motherhood, ownership and identity.

When: 7.30pm, 30 July – 14 Aug 2016

Where: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia


Little Shop of Horrors

Meek and mild flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn has stumbled across a peculiar new plant species, which he names after his stunning but vulnerable colleague Audrey. Before he knows it, Seymour and Audrey must battle the perilous and persuasive plant not just for their lives, but for the very future of planet earth!

When: 8pm, 4 Aug – 14 Aug 2016

Where: His Majesty’s Theatre


Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art

An international multi-media exploration of the inner life of the comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm, 09 April – 25 July 2016

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia


Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up

For Scooby fans young and old, this interactive live show with big musical numbers pays homage to video games. Can the Gang escape from a virtual world of creepy gaming ghosts?

When: 10:30am – 6:30pm, 22 – 23 July 2016

Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Winter Artsbar

Winter ArtsBar is for the curious, artistic and adventurous to perform, create and play! A tunnel under St Georges Terrace will be transformed with multi-media projections, LED installations and live performances from electronica to opera.

When: 5:00pm – 2:00am, 1 July 2016 – 27 Aug 2016

Where: Perth Concert Hall


Winter Supper Club

Perth Town Hall undercroft and foyer host a colourful international food market serving hearty meals and snacks with a generous side of free live music.

When: Last Friday of every winter month, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Perth Concert Hall


Winter Special – Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Perth Winter Arts Festival Accommodation Offer

Take advantage of our best value hotel deal and do more of what you love. Book the Winter Special at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre for up to 35% off accommodation.

  • Up to 30% off our Advance Purchase Rates for room only or room & breakfast
  • Additional 5% off for IHG® Rewards Club members, plus free Internet access and late checkout. Free to join.
  • Kids Stay & Eat Free
  • Book before 15 September 2016
  • Valid for stays from 1 June to 30 September 2016
Top 5 Date Night Ideas in Perth

Top 5 Date Night Ideas in Perth

5 great date night ideas, from dinner & drinks to weekends away…


Date night can be a simple dinner and drinks, or it can include something more original and exciting. If you’re after some new spots to take a special someone this weekend, check out our Top 5 Date Night Ideas right here in Perth. We’ve covered everything, from traditional dinner and drinks to whole weekends away. Grab your snuggle-buddy and start booking.


 Wolf Lane


Perth has some truly inspirational street artists. Wolf Lane in the CBD is well known for attracting serious artistic talent.


To see the best of the best, check out Streets of Perth. It’s Australia’s most popular street art blog and they also run a very successful Facebook page. Up and coming artists are featured, as well as famous names like Australian artist and four-time Archibald Prize ‘People’s Choice’ winner, Vincent Fantauzzo. Vincent painted an epic tribute portrait of his personal friend, actor Heath Ledger.


Wander down Wolf Lane, arm in arm with your loved one and marvel at the stunning pieces adorning the walls. It’s romantic, edgy and cultured, all in one.

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Swan Valley Tours


Award-winning Swan Valley Tours are no ordinary tour operator. More than just a wine tour, they are designed to create an immersive experience in the local area.


The best tours incorporate a cruise down the beautiful Swan River, fresh local produce tasting from family-run farms, a visit to a chocolatier, stunning scenery and landscapes, as well as a selection of the finest beers and wines from the region.


The Swan River area is known for fantastic citrus farms, family-owned grape and olive growers like Sorgiovanni’s Produce, and raw, unpasteurised honey at The House of Honey. There are packages to suit everyone, from Wildlife and Wine to Supa Golf to a fully indulgent experience. It’s a seriously romantic option for those who want to turn date night into date weekend.


Book through our hotel concierge to get the best deals and recommendations.


Kings Park and Elizabeth Quay


Everyone knows Kings Park is perfect for date night inspiration. It has everything – beautifully manicured gardens, outdoor events and festivals as well as the famous Federation Walkway.


If you’re a particularly cute couple, head to the zoo to hold hands and look at the fuzzy animals. Afterwards, take a stroll down to Elizabeth Quay, home to riverside dining, entertainment and recreation. Pick from one of the many dinner options available and enjoy cocktails by the water.


If you’re there during the day, you might even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins.




Northbridge is undoubtedly the hottest area of Perth for couples looking for a night out. A vibrant hub of cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, it is THE go-to for dates and romantic evenings.


If date night is actually a date day, there are museums and galleries to explore, such as The Art Gallery of Western Australia, as well as many cultural and outdoor events. During the twilight hours, it becomes a chic nightlife zone with small bars and cocktail lounges, restaurants offering shared platters for two, perfect for whiling away the evening.


Located just 1 km from Perth’s city centre, it’s a leisurely stroll from Holiday Inn and the perfect place to spend date night.


Ivy and Jack


Ivy and Jack has a pretty interesting date-night story to match its name.


From breakfast through to dinner, Ivy and Jack serve up delicious food, beers on tap and quality cocktails. It’s easily one of Perth’s most popular date night spots. An after-work drinks hub for some, a regular lunch destination for others and a breakfast favourite for those on the go.


Shared platters, cosy dinners and barista-made coffee are all made with passion and flair at Ivy and Jack. There are weekly specials that showcase the chef’s choicest selections for the week, as well as drinks specials to get the conversation flowing. The wine list is extensive and features premium quality selections to match their dishes, including some of the best Western Australian wines.


Flexible seating including cosy booths and intimate lighting make Ivy and Jack a favourite for date night. Book a table here.


Make a Night of it


Why not make a proper night of it?  Take advantage of our best hotel deal at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. The Weekend Special includes accommodation for two adults, full buffet breakfast and late checkout. See our promotions here>>