The festival was created in 1953 by the University of Western Australia, making it the oldest international arts festival in Australia. Festival Background. Accessed 22 March 2006. Artists from around the world have participated in the Festival including the Israeli born clarinetist Chen Halevi.
Lotterywest has financially supported the festival since 1992. In 2004 it committed to providing up to $16 million dollars over 4 years (2004-2007). Perth International Arts Festival. Accessed 22 March 2006.
For the 2010 festival the major sponsors were:
The West Australian
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Shelagh Magadza is contracted until 2011 as artistic director of the festival. In her 3rd year as director in 2010 the free opening night of the festival saw La Fura Dels Baus in the Supreme Court Gardens.
The 2010 lineup included plays by the Russian Maly Drama Theatre, Tom Holloway, Deckchair Theatre and Black Swan. There were an estimated 1000 local and foreign artists appearing in the 3... Read More