Literature, dance, music and more will be hitting the streets and venues of the City of Melville this weekend for the 2017 Merge Festival. And we’ve got the lowdown on which acts you really need to see…

1. Libby Hammer

Up Late Jazz Bar, Civic Square Library, 7-9pm

One of Perth’s most renowned jazz vocalists, Libby Hammer brings her own brand of sultry to Merge Festival. Enjoy her homage to all things French at this intimate evening of music and performance. There’s limited seating at this event, so grab your tickets before it’s too late.

2. Famous Sharron

Limestone Amphitheatre, 1-5pm

Nobody is entirely sure what exactly it is that Famous Sharron is famous for, but one thing we do know is that she can put on a darn good show. The selfie-obsessed hostess with the mostess will be MC-ing an entire afternoon of awesome events at the Limestone Amphitheatre, featuring everything from dance shows and lessons to an ABBA Singalong and Silent Disco.

3. The Rastelli

Civic Square Precinct, 1-9pm

Named after the greatest juggler of all time and one of vaudevilles biggest stars, Enrico Rastelli, this venue is a non-stop circus show in a pop-up not-so-big-top. Enjoy an afternoon of performances from the likes of Mr Spin Show, Pandora’s Boxes and Bizircus & Nibbles Alone. The best bit, it’s free! So stop in for a show.

4. James Foley

Civic Centre Reception Foyer, 2pm and Alfresco Library, 3pm

Fremantle Press author and illustrator James Foley will be ‘on the couch’ at the Civic Centre to chat about his latest kid’s book Dungzilla alongside fellow FP author Cristy Burne (To The Lighthouse). The latest in his series about child inventor Sally Tinker, it’s a fun, poop-filled tale guaranteed to get big and little kids giggling. Scoop caught up with the author back in August and you can read our interview with him here.

5. Food, drink and festival fun

Civic Square Precinct, 1-9pm

Who needs a ticket when you’ve got streets packed with delicious food trucks, Embargo’s pop up bar and a whole host of family-friendly free events. Check out the programme to see what you can pop along to or just go and eat, drink, relax and bathe in that buzzing festival feeling.

Merge Festival 2017 will take place in and around Melville Civic Square Precinct on Saturday 18 November. Find out more.

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