VIDEO Arcadia Australia - Exclusive Event at Elizabeth Quay. Source: Vital Perth (YouTube).
The 360-degree visual and audio display involving a fire-breathing 50-tonne metal spider is set to transform Elizabeth Quay next week.
The iconic Bristol-based arts collective will be on show for the first time in Australia from Wednesday.
Perth’s five-day festival will include free community events as part of the first Steam Ahead open days, drawing on Arcadia’s connection to science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
Weekend performances will feature DJ acts from Australia’s Alison Wonderland and England’s Leftfield.
Arcadia’s Perth performance will have a uniquely spiritual feel.
A welcome ceremony, performed by Whadjuk Noongar representative Barry McGuire, was held on Thursday and was deeply moving for Arcadia’s crew members.
“I feel blessed and amazed that Barry and his family are sharing their culture and knowledge with us,” Arcadia lighting technician Alexa Marshall said.
The UK production crew is welcomed in Perth. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian
Ms Marshall said knowing the Aboriginal connections to Elizabeth Quay as an ancient ceremonial ground would change the way she viewed the spider. McGuire will help perform ancient dance, Yallorr Keeninyarra, underneath the giant spider during the festival.
Arcadia co-director Bert Cole said people could expect a show with a difference.
“What is very different about Arcadia is it’s a raw analogue experience that hits all of your senses,” he said.
Organisers say the event is attracting strong interest.
Arcadia's giant metal spider is set to transform Elizabeth Quay.
When: November 25 and 26 (18+ events) and November 27 (all ages). November 23-24, free community events with STEAM Ahead (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).
Where: Elizabeth Quay.
Ticket prices: Start at $99 plus booking fee for 18+ shows and $25 for 13+ and children 12 and under. Family bundles available.