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Round 2 recipients announced for Perth CBD activation grants with an image of an evening night market

Youth focused events, markets, festivals, and artistic performances are just some of the applications from round 1, which attracted more than 70 applications. Some of the successful applications from Round 1 include:

  • Summer Jam Perth — an outdoor basketball tournament featuring some of the best basketballers in the country
  • Macula at Cathedral Square — projections of Aboriginal art and storytelling
  • Twilight Dinner — a public dinner held at a secret location with up to 2500 guests
  • Telethon Family Festival — a full-day, family friendly festival to mark Telethon Weekend, extending along Wellington Street with road closures connecting Elders Street to Yagan Square
  • Perth City Festival of Football — will bring together people from all walks of life to enjoy football and more
  • Pride FEST — free events in Northbridge to celebrate the LGBTQIA community.

The CBD Revitalisation Grant Program offers up to $100,000 in funding for eligible events, with round 2 now open.

The State Government's investment is part of a $12 million package aimed at increasing foot traffic in the Perth CBD and Northbridge, with the intention of making the city more connected, active, and an attractive place to live, work, visit or play.  

Applications are assessed against criteria of economic impact, activation, and capability to deliver. 

Eligible businesses, not-for-profits, and property owners with ideas for events held in the Perth CBD and Northbridge that will be held by 30 March 2023 can apply for grants in round 2, which closes at 5pm on 1 October 2022.

The third and final round of applications will be open from 1 February to 1 March, for events to be held by 30 June 2023.

Event names, locations and dates may be subject to change.

Event nameDescriptionLocationStart dateFinish date
Summer Jam PerthSummer Jam is the biggest outdoor basketball tournament in Australia, where some of the best amateur basketball players in the country compete for the Summer Jam Championship. The event unites communities through the shared interest of sport, music and entertainment. Originally from Melbourne, the event made it's first step into Perth for it's 10 year anniversary in 2022. Summer Jam'23 will be hosted in the city centre to showcase Perth in the most iconic way.Forrest Chase03/12/202204/12/2022
Rooftop Roller ClubWelcome to your sky-high roller-skating oasis, Rooftop Roller Club! For 3 weeks only, the CPP Roe Street Carpark will transform into an outdoor roller-skating rink with a special twist. Complete with nightly entertainment, from live music to dance and even karaoke, this is top-floor entertainment as never seen before. Expect a night of nostalgia that will surprise and delight, the perfect night out for those looking for something unique, social and fun!68 Roe Street, Northbridge12/10/202231/10/2022
Cherish Perth Pet ExpoA family day out to showcase all things pets! The mission of the Perth Pet Expo is to raise awareness and educate the general public about responsible pet ownership, as well as showcasing new products and technologies available on the market.Wellington Square, East Perth03/12/202204/12/2022
Refo WineReal Estate is a new boutique wine festival bringing cellar door experiences to patrons, allowing local WA vendors to establish genuine relationships with festival guests. Championing local culture — Real Estate takes pride in featuring local WA producers. Facilitating proper tasting sessions and bringing cellar doors to patrons. Vendors will style stalls as their cellar door, allowing guests to experience local produce as it was intended.Victoria Gardens, East Perth04/11/202206/11/2022
Telethon Family FestivalThe Telethon Weekend 26-hour broadcast will take place at RAC Arena. Complementing the broadcast, a free family street festival will be held on Sunday surrounding RAC Arena to increase community participation, engagement and bring the WA community together. The street festival will extend along Wellington Street with road closures connecting Elders Street to Yagan Square. A unique, innovative opportunity for the community to enjoy music, roving entertainment, community performances, food and festivities in the CBD.Wellington Street from Elders Street to Tunnel 8, Perth23/10/202223/10/2023
WA Strongman and Strongwoman State Championships 2022

This will mark the end of our sporting season for 2022 and it will be the biggest competition of the year. It is the State championships for the sport of strongman to win the title of WA's Strongest Man and Woman of 2022. This will be draw a huge crowd with a great atmosphere! This competition will allow eligibility for a national competition invite for our athletes.

James Street Amphitheatre, Northbridge12/11/202212/11/2022
Positively Perth Vacant Shopfront ActivationPositively Perth is an immersive pop-up experience created to intrigue, excite and drive visitors to Perth CBD on a colourful journey through 8 vacant retail spaces, each brought to life with joyful activations to banish winter blues and put the pandemic gloom behind us. For 14 days visitors will immerse themselves in positive spring vibes as they rediscover the delights of the city, stopping to shop, eat, stay and play at local businesses and attractions.Murray Street, Perth25/10/202207/11/2022
A Jazz Night Out in the CityFor 9 days in late October/early November the Perth CBD will come alive with the sound of jazz, flowing into the streets from live music venues, restaurants, bars, hotels, laneways and green spaces throughout the CBD and Northbridge. The Perth International Jazz Festival will collaborate with established venues and hospitality spaces to present over 60 ticketed and mostly free events including live music performances, film screenings, sound and light installations, listening parties plus food and drink events.CBD and Northbridge, 720 Hay Street Mall, Perth29/10/202206/11/2022
Christmas Sand SculptureA massive 4-5m tall sand sculpture is being built in Elizabeth Quay, by the world's best sand sculptors. Delighting the young and the young at heart. Come see as simple sand is intractably carved into fine art. One side of the sculpture depicts the nativity scene, carved in the tradition of the old masters, while the other side has a fun Santa's surprise for the kids. Lights at night make it a magical spectacle.Elizabeth Quay18/11/20222/01/2023
Perth City Festive MarketplaceTreasury WA Pty Ltd, collaborating with Fremantle Arts Centre and more than 40 local vendors. This will be an unforgettable, inclusive, free event full of market stalls, food, entertainment and lights.1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth09/12/202210/12/2022
New SoundsNew Sounds (working title) is a youth music series taking place in the Yagan Square Amphitheatre across summer 2022/23, spotlighting young musicians and DJs, and amplifying the freshest talent in WA’s local music community. Held outdoors and free of charge, New Sounds provides paid opportunities for the next generation of Perth’s music industry and safe experiences for audiences to come and vibe together, with interactive workshops and roving performances adding to the atmosphere.Yagan Square16/10/202229/01/2023
Floribots by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman — robot flowers in the CityFree public exhibition of the interactive robotic origami flower garden 'Floribots' artwork by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman. The work will be installed in the vacant shopfront at 618 Hay Street Mall and run for 4 weeks in November/December 2022.Eastern end of Hay Street Mall, Perth05/11/202202/12/2022
Affinity at Cathedral SquareTo encourage visitation to the east end of the CBD, Cathedral Square presents Affinity for its WA debut! Free to all audiences, Affinity is an immersive, light and sound installation inspired by the brain. With 112 interaction points, 70 light globes represent neurons in the brain. As audiences touch each light colours change, the more interaction, the further light travels throughout the sculpture. Affinity aims to bring visitors into the CBD, building inter-human and place connection.East End of the Perth CBD01/05/202331/05/2023
FIFA World Cup Series

Watch the FIFA World Cup Series Live and Loud in the venue, then see the finals in the laneway (Zemplias Street) for a World Cup Laneway Viewing. With games playing over weekdays and weekends, the venues will be transformed and then the streets will be a central hub full of vibrancy and fun for the large amount of soccer fans here in Perth.

94 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge21/11/202219/12/2022
Free-to-the-public Pride events during PrideFEST6 one-off and recurring free events in 2022, mostly as part of this year’s PrideFEST in Nov 2022, aimed at creating highly visible and accessible events which add to the excitement in Northbridge during and outside of the festival. The activities proposed below are designed to draw a wider crowd back into Northbridge, the home of Perth’s LGBTQIA+ community to be entertained, educated and enveloped by the talent and warmth our community can offer.Lake Street, Northbridge01/10/202231/12/2022
Perth City Festival of Football

The Perth City Festival of Football will continue to build the legacy of football (soccer) in Western Australia, providing opportunities to play the global game here in Perth and bring together people of different ages, genders, and backgrounds into the city.

Langley Park, Supreme Court Gardens and Elizabeth Quay24/02/202326/02/2023
The Ellington Jazz Club presents: Brass with a Bang!The first Friday of every month from October to December, The Ellington Jazz Club will present two high energy jazz bands in the amphitheatre area of Yagan Square, to coincide with the end of the work week and late night shopping in the city. The goal will be to draw people into the CBD and keep them there.Yagan Square07/10/202202/12/2022
Macula at Cathedral SquareFollowing its success at VIVID 2022, Macula will debut in Perth at Cathedral Square showcasing sustainability and Aboriginal storytelling. Macula juxtaposes the natural world and the ‘concrete jungle’ in the historic heart of Perth. A spiralling tunnel of natural bamboo, Aboriginal art is projected onto the structure, alongside building projections within the precinct. Audiences will immerse themselves within the precinct and linger longer in the east end of the CBD.East end of the Perth CBD01/03/202331/03/2023
Stellar LightsStellar Lights is a place-responsive, choreographed drone light and sound show presented in the night sky in Cathedral Square. This free community show is a destination event, bringing the stories of local Aboriginal artists to life for everyone to see and hear. Stellar Lights involves 60 drones, and is unique to Cathedral Square, providing an intimate, unique experience to Perth also known as the 'City of Light'.East end of the Perth CBD07/04/202309/04/2023
Shard3 magnificent multi-faceted light structures will energise the Cultural Centre in the weeks over the festive season and the quiet evenings before Fringe Festival. Audiences will experience thrilling infinite reflections of intricate animated performance sequences. Each reveal fascinating stories and songs from Arnhem Land. This intoxicating mix of Djuki Mala stories, fire dances, yidaki (didgeridoo), song and poetry projected within extraordinary high-tech art installations was hugely popular at Sydney’s Vivid Festival.Cultural Centre18/11/20223/01/2023
Northbridge Piazza Screen ActivationsNorthbridge Piazza Cinema Season of 24 free to public; family, youth and young adult outdoor event movie screenings at street level at the Northbridge Piazza.Northbridge8/10/202231/12/2022
Otherside Presents Liberty Alive!Liberty Alive! sees the iconic, forgotten Liberty Theatre and adjoining laneway and retail spaces re-imagined into a never seen before experience comprising live music shows, festival-like laneway events and more through November. A place for all, ‘Liberty Alive’ is where you can dip into headlining live music, DJs, great craft beer, local food, art, family fun and festivities. Presented by Otherside, Liberty Alive! has been created in partnership with Crafted Events and the Humich Group.Perth Central, on Barrack Street between Hay Street Mall and Murray Street Mall, including the rear laneway.17/11/202210/12/2022
James Street Activation ProgramHeld on 4 weekends, the James Street Activation Program will provide family-friendly, inclusive entertainment within the Northbridge precinct to activate the closure of James between William and Lake Streets to increase the overall appeal, vibrancy, safety and amenity of the area. Entertainment will be offered between 4pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and encourage increased patronage of surrounding businesses to help revitalise the CBD.Northbridge16/09/202218/12/2022
Twilight DinnerAll dressed in white, guests gather for a ‘très chic’ picnic held in a public space. According to tradition, the location is kept secret up to the last minute! Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty of one their city’s public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner, guests come from diverse backgrounds and ages are brought together for an unforgettable experience.Secret location in Perth CBD/Northbridge Area19/11/202219/11/2022


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