Swan Festival of Lights – Feast for the Senses

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The Swan Festival of Lights is on again this year at the Supreme Court Gardens from the 1st to the 3rd November to celebrate the Deepavali Festival.

Deepavali (Diwali) is the Indian Festival that means the “festival of lights”. It is a joyous occasion that is observed by Indians around the world, and is a celebration of the Inner Light that resides in all of.

Words of hope, peace, harmony, knowledge, joy and truth are some of the messages that will be spread during the festival.

The Swan Festival of Lights presented by The Temple of Fine Arts Inc Perth and Annalakshmi Cultural Centre of WA will be a feast for the senses.

There will be food stalls serving tasty vegetarian food…think tasty home made food such as Indian curries, samosas, dosais, uttapam, parathas…yum!

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The Republic of Freo by Strictly Hypothetical

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Concern over council amalgamations is one thing Š but seceding from Australia entirely, seems radical even for Freo!

Local arts company Strictly Hypothetical have joined forces with Fremantle Vision 2029  to create a Freo Festival event like no other.

Billed as "the thinking person's night out" this thought experiment will feature a panel of local luminaries including newly re-elected Mayor, Brad Pettit; eco-trail-blazer Sharni Graham and East Freo WAFL Coach Michelle Cowan.

Inspired by Geoffrey Robertson, and billed as "the thinking person's night out", Strictly Hypothetical is social commentary, meets live comedy.

 

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Merchants of Bollywood at Regal Theatre, Subiaco

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The Merchants of Bollywood are in Perth, performing at Regal Theatre in Subiaco for a short season till 1 November.

According to the hit show The Merchants of Bollywood, Bollywood was created to lift the spirits of the Indian people in times of national depression.

And nearly a century later, in these uncertain days of global financial crisis, The Merchants of Bollywood continues to inspire, enthuse and gladden the hearts of those fortunate enough to get a seat to their sold out performances.

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The Walkability Mandate - A Public Forum with Jeff Speck

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Are we turning our cities into places that are easy to get to but not worth arriving at?  How can 'typical' cities provide their citizens with a quality of life that makes them want to stay?

Renowned US author, city planner and architectural designer Jeff Speck believes the answers to these questions come down to one key factor - walkability.

Speck, who will be in Perth next week to present a public lecture at the State Theatre Centre of WA on Wednesday, 16 October, has dedicated his career to what makes cities thrive.  He believes in building walkable urban places for economic, social, health and environmental benefits.

His US experience has great resonance in Australia, and particularly for Perth as the city undergoes its latest transformation.

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Bollywood’s Best bring the Beat - Review of Shahrukh Khan

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For Bollywood fans in Perth, the evening of Wednesday the 9th of October was all about three letters: S – R – K.

The King of Bollywood (that’s Shahrukh Khan for the uninitiated) and his trio of screen-queens – Jacqueline Fernandez, Rani Mukherjee and Madhuri Dixit, all held court for a three-hour-plus Bollywood extravaganza in our city.

Joined by Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh and Indian Idol alumni Meiyang Chang who emceed, the three Bollywood icons and the debutante (Fernandez) lit up the stage, all accompanied by over a hundred dancers from India.

The show, choreographed by Geeta Kapor, was a big coup for Perth, having only been performed in Auckland and Sydney.

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