Summer Events Diary: Australia

  • A scene from the Berliner Ensemble's staging of The Threepenny Opera, on the program at the Perth International Arts Festival 2103.

    A scene from the Berliner Ensemble's staging of The Threepenny Opera, on the program at the Perth International Arts Festival 2103.

  • Vivienne Westwood meets Handel in a production of Semele Walk for the Sydney Festival.

    Vivienne Westwood meets Handel in a production of Semele Walk for the Sydney Festival.

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TASMANIA A collaboration between the Salamanca Arts Centre, Brian Ritchie (of Violent Femmes fame), and the Museum of Old and New Art, MONA FOMA (Jan. 16–20) transforms Hobart into a riot of contemporary music. Headliners include David Byrne and St. Vincent, the Dirty Projectors, and Bickram Ghosh.

• Further north in Launceston, City Park provides the alfresco setting for  Festivale (Feb. 8–10), a celebration of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, and arts.

VICTORIA Melbourne’s beachside suburb of St. Kilda is always busy, no more so than in February when thousands of partygoers spill onto the streets for the St. Kilda Festival (Feb. 2–10). The entertainment kicks off with an indigenous arts and music event followed by “Live and Local,” which sees musicians, poets, and comics take over popular haunts.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Fireworks and French performers Les Commandos Percu will set the tone for the Perth International Arts Festival (Feb. 8–Mar. 2), bringing together more than 500 globetrotting artists. The packed program covers everything from circus and theater to the Perth Writers Festival and Lotterywest Film Festival; don’t miss Archie Roach’s performance, backed by a 10-voice gospel choir.

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