February favourites

February favourites are almost here. February always seems like the start of the proper New Year. After the indolence of January and the media silly season, it is time to begin 2016 proper. Apart from the heat, I love this time of the year.

There’s something exhilarating about a month that has so much in store. This is the season for some major Western Australian Festivals.

Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay

February favourites

Here are some of my personal favourites.

  •  Fringe World Festival. This upstart of a Festival started in 2011. Five years later, it is enormous. Don’t miss it! This Fringe Festival is the third largest in the world, after Edinburgh and Toronto. The atmosphere in Perth is electric John and I caught the train into the city last night. We walked through Northbridge, bought a drink in the Pleasure Garden and went home exhilarated. We have tickets for two shows next week. There is something for everyone and for all tastes. Kids of all ages are catered for at a number of venues. Most shows take about an hour and cost very little. Some are free. The Fringe World Festival is spread across an amazing range of venues in  Perth, the suburbs and into country Western Australia. This year, for the first time, it encompasses the newly opened Elizabeth Quay with the Fringe World Fairground. The Festival runs to 21st February.

    February favourites - Fringe World Festival

    February favourites – Fringe World Festival

  • The Perth International Arts Festival. This is a more grown up, serious festival, a long-time favourite of Western Australians. Draw cards this year include Tim Winton and Tim Minchin in ”Home”, a free performance at Langley Park on February 13. There is an impressive program of theatre, dance, music and art spread over almost a month.
  • PIAF Festival of Films. This is the longest running film festival in Australia. I attended my first festival film the year it opened, in 1953. The pines around Sommerville Auditorium were saplings. Apart from wonderful films sourced from around the world, what sets this off from other festivals are its venues. Films are shown at two outdoor university venues, University of WA and Edith Cowan University. The venues are stunning. Patrons take picnics to share on grassed areas in beautiful Perth twilights before the films. The Film Festival finishes on 10 April 2016
  • Perth Writers Festival. My February favourite. This is the time of the year when writers and their readers gather in the grounds, lecture theatres and even marquees to exchange ideas about books and writing. Many events are free. The Writers Festival is jam-packed with some of Australia’s best writers, and many international writers of renown. Choosing events is a headache for people like John and me. We don’t want to miss a think. The Writers Festival runs over the weekend 19-21 February 2016.

Here is another of my personal February favourites coming soon

 I am so excited I can scarcely contain myself! Watch this space for a very exciting, celebratory announcement about my own books and writing.

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4 thoughts on “February favourites

  1. Hi Maureen – please satisfy my curiosity. What do you mean my ‘indolence of January’? Yes, I am looking forward to the Writer’s Festival as well. And a night at the PIAF films at UWA is always great – perhaps we could make a date to go?
    Elizabeth B

    • Hi, Elizabeth. Wow, your query had me worried for a moment. All I meant is that January seems a very laid-back month. The kids (including grandchildren and great-grands) were not at school; their parents seems more relaxed; many people in my social atom had holidays; there was less traffic on the roads especially early in the morning when we go to the pool or walk. It always seems like a month to be lazy rather than my usual hyperactive self. Already, probably thanks to this lovely rain, I feel energised and ready to get back to my writing.

      A night at the film festival sounds good. I’ll talk to you soon.

    • Yes, I’m lucky to be so mobile, and have a husband who is keen to be involved in lots of events during the festivals. His favourite is the writers festival later this month. It is amazing how much he packs into that. But these days I’m a bit inclined to sit out a session or two in a deck chair, pretending to be reading.

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