A guide to PIAF 2017

· Thursday December 8, 2016

PIAF’s almost here for 2017: time for the artsy riff-raff to mix it with the chardonnayers, with the whole world coming to us for one special event in the year. Oh how we love it – young artists from Argentina, big boy tumblers from Vietnam, languid Japanese family dramas. Here’s six picks from us to keep your festival fruity:

Tracking Country: Rolf de Heer & Molly Reynolds


If one topic should be the go-to for every cultural outing for Australians in the next 100 years, it should be our true history, that of the continent’s dispossessed first people. Directors Rolf de Heer and Molly Reynolds bring their powerful films – like Ten Canoes – to the festival, with the added treat of hearing them speak first-hand about experiences filming and working with Indigenous people around the country.

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Little Men


A trip to the heart of Perth’s outer suburban desert – Joondalup – is your way into the antithetical world of bubbling inner-city New York. Little Men is a slow and luxuriously character-driven portrait of two teenagers and their families, caught within the intricacies of friendship, grief and gentrification. Some great rollerblading scenes, new stars born in Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri, and a film that doesn’t serve everything transparently wrapped.

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Deep psych, experimentation, realness. Warpaint have all we could want from a one-night show. It will be a unique experience in our big little city, with Chevron Gardens once again bringing out the great noisemakers for PIAF. My favourite thing at the moment is looking at pics of actress Catherine Keener and Warpaint’s Emily Kokal and trying to guess who’s who.

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Calder Quartet: Beethoven and Beyond


Ok: confession. We’re only recommending this because we spend so much time with musicians in ripped op-shop clothes and just like the idea of watching men in suits do something creative. LA’s Calder Quartet perform Beethoven alongside a contemporary repertoire, strings attached to everything. Let’s face it, it’s probably too expensive to fork out for yourself, but surely you have an aunty or uncle who likes hot guys in suits playing Beethoven?

Festival Opening – Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak


King’s Park not magical enough for you? Philistines! If you really need more magic, Nigel Jamieson has joined together Noongar storytellers, artists, botanists and scientists to jazz up the tall trees with a speccy art and light show. Goonininup (Kings Park area) is a special place for the traditional owners of Perth; this is your chance to learn about their seasons in a very powerful way.

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Roysten Abel: The Manganiyar Classroom


Young members of the Manganiyar tribal community sing in Hindi as a rebellious act against their teacher, in an uplifting performance lead by the director of the Manganiyar Seduction. Hindi-style sticking it to the school-man beats graffing the toilets and smoking bongs out the back of the school Rec Centre, we reckon.

Tickets here