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Sunday 23 June 2019

Festivals to warm up Perth in winter

Winter Fest 2019, which starts tomorrow, will aim to bring new life to the Perth city centre.

The festival runs from June 24 to July 21 with a program of free events and experiences around the city, including unique art installations, school holiday activities, snowfall in the malls and live ice carving.

The city's Forrest Place will be transformed as Swiss artist Dan Archer brings the Northern Lights to Perth with Borealis – a unique art installation that beams high power lasers through particle clouds to recreate the mesmerising natural phenomenon.

Winter Fest Theatre will also return, featuring magicians, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, singers and dancers; a pop-up ice-skating rink at Elizabeth Quay; plus Water Wildlife Up Close in Carillion City – allowing children to get up close with sharks, sea stars, urchins and other sea creatures.

In August, the Perth Craft Beer Festival will return to the city from August 16-18 at the Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge.

The festival will host a line-up of over 55 craft breweries and cideries, with more than 350 beers on offer, complemented by a selection of gourmet food options.

Local favourites include Nail Brewing, Feral Brewing and Gage Roads, plus limited edition festival beers from Cheeky Monkey Brewing and Rocky Ridge Brewing Co.

Special attractions this year include the Feral Biggie Bar, Matso's Lush Oasis Bar, Alby Full Strength Bar, Cheeky Monkey Silent Comedy Club, a Whisky Saloon, silent disco, plus the new edition Lagerland.

Held over four sessions, the festival caters to all tastes, with cosy fire pits, a family fun day on the Saturday session and a dedicated wine bar.

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