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2020 Ascot Racing Carnival


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Whether you’re a track regular or new to the sport, the 2020 Ascot Racing Carnival has something for everyone. Beginning with the Crown Perth Opening Day on October 10, the carnival runs all the way through to the TABtouch Perth Cup on January 2, 2021. With 10 key race days featuring world-class horse racing, each Carnival day has a specific theme allowing to select your ultimate race day experience.

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Celebrate with the gals on Champion Fillies Day, experience the trackside fashion on Melbourne Cup Day, or watch the finest thoroughbreds at their most powerful in thrilling races at the TABtouch Masters. 

The TABtouch Masters is like no other – three spectacular racedays across three weeks comprising of the Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and the Kingston Town Classic. 2020 marks the fifth edition of the world’s only single-track racing festival featuring a Group One race worth at least $1,000,000 on three consecutive Saturdays, showcasing national and international stars, complete with entertainment throughout the venue.

The Carnival with finish off with classy horseplay reimagined at the TABtouch Perth Cup Day, which will see the return of the Champagne Oasis, all-day canapes, pop-up food stations and their ultimate throwback festival event Tentland, featuring live entertainment, food, summer drinks and an epic Perth Cup atmosphere.

Your Guide to the Festival

Guides


Icon - An Extraordinary Event

In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation supports the remount of Pina Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchanal.

  • Dates:Oct 22 - 23 & 25 - 28
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Oct 23 at 2.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Ticket Price:$28-35
  • Hosted By:WAAPA

Description

Danced by WAAPA students with LINK Dance Company, this is the first time Tannhäuser Bacchanal will be performed outside of Germany and the first-ever performance of Pina Bausch's work in Perth. Widely considered to be the precursor to Bausch's famous The Rite of Spring, Tannhäuser Bacchanal will be taught by leading artist-in-residence Barbara Kaufmann supported by Marigia Maggipinto, both long-standing members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The Minderoo Foundation is proud to partner with WAAPA to bring these world-class arts practitioners to Perth as part of the Visiting Artist program. Performed by: 2nd and 3rd Year Dance students with LINK Dance Company Pina Bausch is one of the most important choreographers of the 20th century.

Mendelssohn's String Octet

Paul Wright directs the String Camerata in the most beloved string octet of them all - Mendelssohn's glorious String Octet, Opus 20.

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - Full, $25 - Concession, $23 - Friends
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Concerto,Chamber Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Written when the composer was just 16 years old, the work is a remarkable blend of youthful verve and astonishing passion. No wonder it has been hailed as “one of the miracles of 19th century music”. The program also includes the delicious Concerto for Strings by Margaret Sutherland AO OBE, one of the best-known and most-loved musicians Australia has produced.

Music Director: Paul Wright
Performed by: String Camerata

Bookings open:
7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Classical Music Accolades

A night of celebration and achievement as WAAPA's music prizewinners showcase their extraordinary skills

  • Dates:Oct 28
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $30
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance

Description

Every year, WAAPA's top classical musicians vie for a glittering series of performance prizes and scholarships. Tonight, the recipients dazzle you with their award-winning virtuosity.

Music Director: Tim White
Performed by: 2021 Music Prizewinners

Bookings open:
7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Spooktacular!

This popular annual event celebrates Halloween, Christmas and the end of the year in one, fun-filled concert!

  • Dates:Oct 29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance,For Kids
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30

Description

It's the Symphonic Wind Orchestra in top musical form and crazy costumes as they play Johan de Meij’s modern classic Symphony No 1: Lord of the Rings, and a selection of seasonal favourites. Plus this year, for the first time ever, the winning composition from the SWE Overture Competition will be performed. Join in for a fabulous night of music, dress up in costume and win some prizes! Music Director: Phillip Everall, Performed by: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Bookings open: 7th Sep - Friends, 14th Sep - Public

There'll Always be an England

Join Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford as they play music by Haydn and Jan Landislav Dussek composed for the English-style piano

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$27 - $32
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

This concert celebrates the return to WAAPA, following restoration, of a grand piano made by the English firm Broadwood & Sons in 1824 for the flautist in Haydn's London orchestra, Andrew Ashe. The program concludes with Carl Czerny's monumental arrangement for piano four hands of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

 

Bookings open

7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Folds

The new WA Museum Boola Bardip is a place to share Western Australia’s many stories – so the perfect venue for a unique performance event that explores the human experience of time and memory

  • Dates:Nov 4 - 6
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Ticket Price:$18-25
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts

Description

See the beautiful spaces of this world-class museum come alive as our Performance Making students create bespoke moments of performance in response to the WA Museum building and its collections. Folds takes inspiration from images of geological folding; the visualisation of time written into rocks. This exciting, original work uses the new Museum to contemplate how we can ‘fold’ the present moment back in time to link it to a moment in the past as a particular kind of memory and memorial.

Wonder

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and WAAPA's Performance Making students introduce students to the world of visual storytelling through the physical and imaginative demands of puppet theatre.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):2.00pm; 7.00pm
  • Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry,Theatre
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts,Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Event Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA

Description

This year marks Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s 40th anniversary, and the seventh annual collaboration between the Fremantle-based company and WAAPA’s Performance Making students. This exciting partnership introduces our students to the world of visual storytelling through the physical and imaginative demands of puppet theatre. For their final show before they graduate, all of the students’ creative inventiveness will be let loose to bring Spare Parts’ history, building, surrounding parkland, and favourite puppets to magical life! Under the direction of Michael Barlow, SPPT’s Associate Director, the students will create a promenade performance as the centrepiece of celebrations of 40 years of contemporary puppetry, made in wonder.

2021 Aboriginal Performance

A showcase for their acting and performance skills, this dramatic work demonstrates contemporary Indigenous performance and culture as we applaud the achievements of the 2021 ensemble.

  • Dates:Nov 11-18
  • Time(s):2pm (matinee) or 7:30pm
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23-$30
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Dance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio

Description

Join us in celebrating the talents of WAAPA’s 2021 Aboriginal Performance cohort, as they take to the stage in the end-of-year public performance that marks the finale to their year of training. Directed by: Rick Brayford Performed by: Aboriginal Performance students

Bright Star

Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love, regret and redemption wrapped up in a sweet bluegrass musical.

  • Dates:Nov 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Nov 13 & 17 2.00pm
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Ticket Price:$38-45
  • Music:Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Description

Set in the American South, the story moves between the 1920s and 1940s, as literary editor Alice Murphy attempts to find the child that was taken from her. Her journey to find the truth transforms those around her as lives torn apart are made whole again. Director: Adam Mitchell Music Director: Craig Dalton Choreographer: Jayne Smeulders Performed by: 2nd Year Music Theatre and Music students

Summer Rain

It’s Boxing Day 1945 in the outback town of Turnaround Creek, and everyone is nursing Christmas hangovers.

  • Dates:Nov 13, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

But when Harold Slocum of Slocum’s Travelling Tent Show arrives in town, it stirs up memories of a long-ago illicit affair. This light-hearted, bittersweet Australian musical in our Spiegeltent is the perfect way to end the year. Written by: Nick Enright and Terence Clarke Directed by: Nicole Stinton Performed by: 2nd Year Acting Students

A Suite en Blanc

Personifying elegance and grace, graduating ballet students will step onto the Geoff Gibbs stage for one final time before they head out into the wonderful world of the professional dance community.

  • Dates:Nov 15 - 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Nov 18 at 2.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Ballet
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Description

In this last hurrah, 2nd and 3rd Year ballet students will perform A Suite en Blanc.

Choreographed and staged by: Kim McCarthy and Leanne Stojmenov

Performed by: 2nd and 3rd Year Dance students