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Proximity Festival 2017


Tue 3 Oct 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Wed 4 Oct 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Thu 5 Oct 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Fri 6 Oct 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm
Sat 7 Oct 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Cathedral Square, Cnr Cathedral Avenue & St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Program A, B or C: $49.50
  • Marathon: $141.30
  • Workshops: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Nine eclectic artists from across Australia make Perth's inner city precinct for the fifth installation of Proximity Festival.

For the first time Proximity Festival will take over multiple buildings and the outdoor surrounds in the hear of Perth's historic precinct, Cathedral Square. Audiences can experience three separate programs of 20-minute performances across private and public spaces in the Perth Town Hall, The State Buildings, St Georges Cathedral and surrounds, each offering unique and intimate encounters.

From Brisbane-based artist Hannah Bronte whose work is deeply influenced by hip-hop and female protest culture, Sydney's Nat Randall who brings a cinematic edge to durational performance practice, through to Perth based Mike Bianco who offers a bespoke audio experience with an urgent environmental critique, the 2017 Proximity artists are at the forefront of a national dialogue on live-art that will be fostered in WA over the coming months.

The full list of artists selected for the 2017 performance program include Cigdem Aydemir (NSW), Hannah Brontë (QLD), Mike Bianco (USA/WA), Liam Colgan (WA), Rachael Dease (WA), Jen Jamieson (WA), Nat Randall (NSW), Martyn Coutts (VIC) and Tyrone Robinson (WA).

Audiences can select from three different 70 minute programs A, B or C that provide a unique experiences throughout the buildings and outdoor surrounds of Cathedral Square, or book to see all nine performances over four hours in one day.

In celebration of the Festival's fifth year the performance archives will be unlocked in a documentary display Proximity in Pictures. View over 40 unique Proximity Festival performances that took place between 2012–2015 at The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Institute of Contemporary, Fremantle Arts Centre, and the Art Gallery of WA. This is a rare opportunity to cosy up for an intimate viewing experience at the Perth Town Hall and develop an appetite for the uniqueness of this art-form.

After the Festival the Proximity archives will become part of the UK’s Live Art Development Agencies Study Room, an international open access research facility used by artists, students, curators, academics and arts professionals all over the world.

As always, running alongside the Festival is a public program of caffeine-fuelled discussions, workshops and intimate walking tours led by artists and thinkers from around Australia. This year's program offers Guerrilla Botanics with Mike Bianco, a covert night-time incursion into the city inviting you to fertilize botanical inhabitants and Fempress Flex Workshop where you can learn some some fiercely deep DJ lessons with Brisbane-based DJ Babymama aka Hannah Brontë, RTR FM's Full Frequency host Rok Riley in partnership with local record and bookshop Highgate Continental.

Joining Proximity is the festival’s guest Provocateur Jeff Khan. As a curator, writer and current Artistic Director of Performance Space in Sydney, Jeff has a particular interest in interdisciplinary, site-specific and socially engaged practices, as well as nurturing artworks that present new ideas about gender and sexuality. As part of the Festival Jeff will host an intimate discussion, Cocktails with Khan on curating experimental arts in unusual locations across Australia.

Proximity Festival was the first and remains the only one-on-one intimate performance platform of its kind in the world. Proudly based in WA, it has been built from the ground up by Perth artists. For the full program of events visit Proximity Festival website.