Some thing in the air

This is a safe distance. Drone footage of the April 12 event by Jack Higgins.

Activate Perth CEO Kylie Taylor with Ralph the dog, muso Chris Murphy, and AP Chair Di Bain, keeping a quarantine distance.

LIVE music returned to the city this week as residents in East and West Perth emerged from their balconies to musicians playing for the neighbourhood.

Activate Perth’s City Sessions socially-distanced show on April 12 brought 15 artists to balconies, tennis courts and rooftops to liven up quarantine life for people in apartments.

The idea came about after East Perth Community Group chair Anne-Maree Ferguson was inspired by scenes of residents in northern Italy keeping up morale by singing to each other from their balconies.

The EPCG ran the first session on March 22 in East Perth, and after a warm response Activate Perth put in funding for an expanded April 12 show, bringing in the West Perth Local community group for that wing. 

Activate Perth chair Di Bain says “it was amazing… we were overwhelmed with the number of responses from people just saying how nice it was”.

They had to get the event cleared with Perth council and police, but crowd control was pretty easy with everyone used to keeping apart. 

“We had to submit a risk assessment, we had to make sure everyone was social distancing, so I went down as crowd control and I took my little dog. I got messages from people saying it was so nice to see your little dog blissfully unaware of everything!”

Ms Bain says there’s more to come: “We’re working up to another couple of sessions, one for Mother’s Day and one for WA Day”.

by DAVID BELL

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