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

Photo: The Urban Orchard, FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015. Photo by Cam Campbell.

Successful applicants funded in Round 1 of the $4 million grants scheme are already adding vibrancy to the city centre and surrounds, with Round 2 attracting 72 applicants.

The Perth CBD and Northbridge will further come alive during a bumper summer events season with successful Round 2 applicants including:

  • food, wine and heritage festivals
  • art installations and performing arts events
  • sporting and youth festivals.

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.

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.

Read the guidelines and find out how to apply visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

EventDescriptionLocationStart DateFinish Date
WELCOMEHappy Heart presents WELCOME, an architectural projection program in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. Working closely with key cultural centre organisation, this activation will highlight work from local creatives at the James Street entrance to the centre and will include the construction of a large WELCOME statement. Perth Cultural Centre01/12/202231/03/2023
Perth MovesSTRUT Dance activates the State Theatre Centre Courtyard with “Perth Moves”, transforming it into a hub of dance activity. City-goers can experience Australia's top dance artists performing "10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue" by legendary choreographer Crystal Pite under the summer stars, as well as take to the outdoor dance floor themselves during the morning, late afternoon and late evening, through a diverse program of free dance activities that promote health, well-being and connection.Perth Cultural Centre16/01/202313/02/2023
Centrestage 'live' Concert Series: Artists, Educational, Community & Cultural EventsThis project will bring people into Perth by activating a series of high quality, 'live' music events.Centrestage Recording Studios, Perth18/01/202330/06/2023
Escape This Activation: Northbridge & CBD Scavenger HuntIn support of the opening of a second all-ages escape room venue in the CBD, Escape This will host a free, all-ages scavenger hunt between the exisiting Northbridge and the new Hay Street Mall venues.Northbridge and Perth CBD11/02/202313/02/2023
Liberty FringeTransport yourself back to the golden years of the Liberty Theatre with Liberty Fringe, a proposed new venue to bring FRINGE WORLD into the heart of the CBD. See the Liberty Theatre transformed into a cultural hub, featuring the best of comedy, theatre, cabaret and performance.Perth CBD20/01/202319/02/2023
Red Lantern DinnerA Red Lantern Dinner will be curated and prepared by an internationally renowned chef, a 2 course menu and roaming dessert experience will be served to guests, with matching premium West Australian wines. Hanging lanterns, live music, entertainment throughout the evening will delight and excite.Elizabeth Quay18/03/202318/03/2023
Jambo Africa Festival 2023The Jambo, the biggest African in Australia Festival, is a free 2-day family-friendly event with various cultural performances and music, food stalls, storytelling, and information sessions.  Information sessions include mentoring programs, cultural traditions, the history of several cultural groups and their country of origin and traditional fashion, that will aim to build attendees' understanding and acceptance of Africa's diverse cultures. East Perth04/03/202305/03/2023
Rebound WA Para Sport FestivalRebound WA is hosting an expanded Para Sport Festival in 2023, showcasing inclusive sport and recreation opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. The event aims to remove barriers, both physical and mental, so that individuals with a physical disability have equal participation opportunities as their able-bodied peers. In collaboration with a wide range of inclusive sporting organisations, this vibrant, active festival also builds disability awareness in the community.Yagan Square10/03/202310/03/2023
William Street Long Table Lunch & Block PartyThis long table lunch event is a community focused initiative that brings together small business owners, operators, and local artists in the spirit of building community through good food and drinks. The lunch will be followed by a free community event on William Street.Northbridge11/03/202311/03/2023
Westcycle Perth Summer Twilight CriteriumThe Perth Summer Twilight Criterium will attract cyclists from across Western Australia to compete on fully closed roads, on a circuit just over 700 metres long. The course will take riders along Hay Street, King Street, Murray Street and William Street. There will be a community component to allow bike riders of all ages and abilities to have a go.Northbridge12/03/202312/03/2023
ERL Elizabeth Quay Cup 2023Join the Electric Racing League for an exciting racing event around Elizabeth Quay, with electric skateboards, Onewheels and unicycles, as well as family activities for all ages. Showcasing Elizabeth Quay and promoting the City of Perth to the world while promoting a safe riding messages.Elizabeth Quay22/04/202322/04/2023
City Wine PerthDiscover wines from Western Australia and beyond at City Wine, Perth City’s Wine Festival. Whether it’s the work crew on a Friday evening or a gathering with your friends or family on Saturday, it will be a fantastic way to sip and savour some of the amazing boutique offerings. This wine festival will feature exceptional wines, beers, ciders and spirits from across Western Australia.Northbridge24/03/202325/03/2023
Boorloo Heritage FestivalThe Boorloo Heritage Festival celebrates Perth City’s unique natural, built and cultural heritage. The event aims to  celebrate cultural diversity and inspire a sense of pride and belonging to a shared cultural heritage. Perth CBD, Northbridge, Nedlands/Crawley, East Perth and West Perth01/04/202330/04/2023
Rooftop Theatre and Bogan Literature present: Pride & PrejudiceYou’ve heard of open-air theatre in the park, what about live theatre on a rooftop in the heart of the city? Presenting a dramatic experience like no other, Rooftop Theatre. The Jane Austen beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice, will be re-imagined as a modern Bogan comedy romance and performed under the stars for 1 month only.Northbridge04/04/202307/05/2023
Youth Week WA KickstART Festival — Market Day and The Closing PartyKickstART Market Day and the KickstART Closing Party are the keystone events of the KickstART Festival, an annual celebration created by and for young people aged 12-26. Market Day, held at Forrest Place, features 50 young creative stallholders selling their handmade wares, along with live entertainment. The Closing Party, currently scheduled to occur on the AGWA rooftop, will feature music, DJs, and installations to celebrate the end of Youth Week.Forrest Place15/04/202321/04/2023
Puppets in the CitySpare Parts Puppet Theatre will bring Perth city to life with giant puppets and puppet-making activities. The community become puppeteers in a large-scale marionette performance String Symphony. Leor, a 4.5 metre giant, will delight audiences and illuminate into a galaxy of stars at sunset. Follow the Puppet Trail to find large Glittering Brolga Birds and beautiful giant Wattle Baby roaming puppets, as well as puppet making workshops. Perth CBD in several locations spreading out from Forrest Place19/04/202319/04/2023
Perth's Oodles of Noodles — Night MarketsA 4 night festival of everything noodles showcasing a variety of Perth food truck vendors. This Hawkers Market style event will feature master classes from a range of presenters.Wellington Square27/04/202330/04/2023


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

CBD Revitalisation Grant Program


Page reviewed 27 February 2023