If you made a list of Perth suburbs likely to host an arts festival, Midland probably wouldn’t make the cut. It’s a fact that makes the continued success of the Midlandia Festival all the more pleasing. What began as Perth Fringe’s first satellite event to be held outside the CBD has now evolved into a standalone festival. This year’s line-up - instalment number four of Midlandia - features more satellite events than previous years.
“Midlandia was created for the community but also to position the area as vibrant and changing to those outside,” says City of Swan events co-ordinator, Sascha Stone.
Headlining this year’s festival is “urban circus” act 360 Allstars, an international group of athletes, dancers and musicians. Expect BMX trickery, basketball freestyling, world-champion-level breakdancing and the intriguing roue cyr (a big, hoop-like acrobatic wheel to you and me). Live music will be by Australian musician and producer Gene Peterson and Perth Fringe veteran, loop artist and beatboxer Sam Perry.
The comedy component of the festival features a strong line-up of Australian talent including Tom Gleeson, Charlie Pickering, Dave Callan and Peter Helliar in his only live Perth performances of 2017. Also appearing in the 300-capacity Midlandia tent are comedy hypnotist Matt Hale; magician and mentalist Matt Tarrant; and drag queen Bingay, who promises an hour of crude and politically incorrect bingo.
Food trucks and a pop-up bar will be on-site to keep you refreshed.
Midlandia runs until April 2 with daytime sessions on weekends. Full program information and tickets are available online.