From the campus to the world
The University of Western Australia ensures Perth Festival puts community education and engagement at the very core of its being.
Our lifestyle, environment and history give us a distinct outlook on how we celebrate creativity and culture – and how we embrace the best of humanity from anywhere on the planet.
The Festival originated 65 years ago from the University’s annual summer school to entertain and stimulate cultural life for Adult Education Board students from across the community.
Its first program included new Australian music, theatre and world cinema under the stars at the UWA Somerville Auditorium.
Since then, the Festival has been breaking new ground in keeping with the University’s ethos of exploration, excellence and innovation.
Thanks to the vision and dedication of its founders at UWA, one of the world’s youngest cities has the longest-running annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the greatest in the world.