This July, the City of Perth’s Perth By Light will feature an incredible program of events, installations and performances.

Shining the light on local and community-led arts and cultural events, the festival celebrates Perth’s rich cultural and artistic talent, showcasing the city in all its wintertime glory.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said he was proud to present an authentic and cultural program suitable for people of all ages.

“With a focus on community, Aboriginal culture, music and light, there is something for everyone this winter in Perth and I invite you to rug up, head out and enjoy all that this amazing city has to offer,” he said.

“I encourage you to discover something new, to see Perth in a new light and experience countless experiences as well as never before seen light-themed performances and activities.”

The City of Perth has partnered with Artrage, the producer of FRINGE WORLD, for one of the festival’s signature events – ‘We Can Dance.’

The free Australian premiere by Canadian luminaries Daily Tous les Jours encourages visitors to get their body moving in ways they never thought would be possible.

From London’s Lumiere Festival (pictured) and Beijing’s Solana Light Festival also comes Janet Echelman’s stunning light installation – 1.8 – in Perth’s iconic Supreme Court Gardens.

Replicating the pattern created by a significant earthquake in 2011, 1.8 is an impressive, installation by day and features a custom projected light show at night, free for all attending.

Street art murals in three locations around the City will also light up with creative projections playing on the existing artwork to create eye-catching visual spectacles.

As part of Perth by Light, the City of Perth has partnered with LITT, an Australian community focused app. Visitors can explore the city by visiting the amazing experiences on offer, downloading the LITT app and scoring big with hundreds of giveaways. Currently, the competition has been paused as we follow health advice from the WA Government. 

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The below highlights are just a snapshot of the events taking place for Perth By Light. Please head to for details.

1.8 by Janet Echelman
26 June to 24 July | Supreme Court Gardens | All day | Free

Created by American artist Janet Echelman and seen for the first time in Australia, 1.8 is brought to you as a large-scale temporary installation in one of Perth’s most iconic parks. Replicating the pattern created by a significant earthquake in Japan, 1.8 is an impressive installation by day and features a custom projected light show nightly from 5.30pm. This free immersive experience is a must see.

We Can Dance
6 to 19 July | Forrest Place | Times vary | Free

Step into your own private dance studio and be guided by hometown Dance Maker Mitch Harvey as you make a big-screen dance debut with a difference. Head down to the recording booth in Forrest Place between the opening hours to spectate those taking part or participate yourself.This Australian premiere by Canadian luminaries Daily tous les jours is brought to you by Artrage, the producers of FRINGE WORLD Festival.

Bindaran (rescheduled to September) 
4, 7, 8, 9, 10 July | Streets of Boorloo (Perth) | 5.30 to 8.30pm | Free

Participate in a community parade and walk with Bindaran as she celebrates the beginning of Makuru (winter). This six-metre high, visually spectacular being - operated by a team of local puppeteers - will share stories of Boorloo (Perth) for the young and the old. Her presence celebrates the importance of Nyoongar women’s connection to boodjarak-ngat (Country). Organised by NAIDOC Perth in collaboration with the City of Perth and Erth for NAIDOC Week and Perth by Light.

Street Art Luminism
8 July to 14 August | Wolf Lane, Grand Lane, Lions Walk | 5.30pm to 1am | Free

Street art murals in three locations around the city will light up with creative projections, playing on the existing artwork to create eye-catching visual spectacles.

Maali Festival
24 July |State Theatre Centre | Free and ticketed

During NAIDOC week, Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA celebrates Maali Festival – a celebration of Aboriginal art, culture, heritage and voice. Curated by Ian Michael and Chloe Ogilvie, this free community event will fill the State Theatre Centre with the art of the world’s oldest living cultures.

Winter Lights at Brookfield Place
12 August to 21 August | Brookfield Place | 6 to 11pm | Free

Winter Lights at Brookfield Place will once again transform the precinct into a thrilling light show with this year’s collection of installations, projections and entertainment being a celebration of the wonderful world of sports. Now in its eighth year, the Winter Lights festival features incredible and thought-provoking light installations and sculptures from Australian based artists, many never seen before in WA.

The Winter Village
Until 5 September | Ice Cream Factory | Times vary | Ticketed

The Winter Village will transform the Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge into a winter wonderland, complete with an ice-skating rink, an igloo village, daily snow showers and food and drink pop ups serving the ultimate cosy comfort food.

DayDream presented by Forrest Chase
1 to 24 July | Level 1 Padbury Walk | Times vary | Spend to redeem

Lose yourself in the ultimate daydream, where imagination and fascination merge in a shimmering landscape of colour, space and time. DayDream is a fully immersive 90-second experience that leaves you filled with wonder. Simply spend $10 or more at Forrest Chase, and you’ll get access to this dazzling installation featuring more than 20,000 individual lights.

Light Labyrinth
Rescheduled | James Street Amphitheatre, Perth Cultural Centre | All day | Free

Come and experience the wonders of Perth’s illuminated maze. Beautiful during the day or night, you can weave your way through a world of colour.

A Night in Council House
Rescheduled | Council House | Times vary | Ticketed

Join Tim Ross for an intimate evening in the iconic Council House. Following on from his critically acclaimed ABC documentary Designing A Legacy, he presents a brand new live show that looks at design, memories and the Australian home.

The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.