Cultural winter treats

AS the mercury plummets, the Winter Arts Season serves up plenty of hot entertainment to ensure punters don’t culturally hibernate.

Tucked down laneways, in shopping arcades, vacant shop fronts and city malls there’s a smorgasbord of entertainment, much of it free.

Headline show Winter Shadows (June 2, 7.10pm) features seven ninjas dancing around buildings and spaces in Forrest Place, before “colliding energetically” in a perfect storm.

• STRUT Dance will be in Winter Shadows. Photo by Paul Selwyn Norton

Get there a bit earlier and check out the festival’s main attraction, Sky, an interactive artwork that dances when people approach it.

Created by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, it features 32 blue and white pieces of fabric, with individual air jets, that launch into the air in mesmerising waves. Around the city there’s plenty of theatre, music and dance, and laughs, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow at His Majesty’s Theatre.

The City of Perth Winter Arts Season is on June 1 to August 31. Full program at

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