If you are looking for things to do in Western Australia during April and May 2013, you might want to consider a few of the events, festivals and celebrations featured below.
Barbargallo Raceway will host the Perth round of the V8 Supercars from 3 to 5 May this year. With the new redevelopments, the paddock area is now inside the track. Book early to get a good position to watch your favourite drivers.
Revealed is a combination of exhibition, symposium and art marketplace. This is aimed at linking the next generation of Aboriginal artists with opportunities and audiences in the capital, Perth. The exhibition will be on at Gallery Central from 13 April to 4 May.
On Friday, 12 May, a free symposium will take place at the State Library with the dual aims of discussing some current issues and celebrating innovation and creativity of regional areas.
On Saturday, 13 May, the art marketplace being held at the Perth Cultural Centre will give visitors a rare chance to buy direct from artists. Some 20 West Australian Aboriginal Art Centres will also be offering some exciting and very collectable pieces.
Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
Take yourself off up to the Kimberley for the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster. Held from the 17 to 26 May, Gurrumul, Guy Sebastian and James Reyne are some of the featured artists who will be performing so bring your picnic rug, hamper, esky and dancing shoes.
Since its inception thirteen years ago, this event has become bigger and better each year. The all-embracing festival celebrates the talent that abounds in the East Kimberley. National identities will also participate in the events.
Always the highlight of the muster is the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience, held at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre on the banks of the Ord River. The 'staircase to the moon' phenomenon occurs with the rising of the full moon. The reflection of the full moon off the exposed mudflats together with an extremely low tide, creates the illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. This beautiful optical illusion is visible at sites along the coastline from Onslow to Broome.
Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival
From 24 to 26 May, Exmouth will be celebrating its relationship with the whale shark during the annual Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival. Ningaloo Reef is located off the north west coast of Western Australia. It is a fringing coral reef which is about 260km long. In places such as Coral Bay, the reef is less than half a kilometre offshore.
Swimming with the whale sharks is a popular pastime for tourists but there is much controversy about the increasing numbers who flock to the area. Ningaloo Reef and the surrounding area has been heritage listed by the United Nations.
The whale shark is the world's largest living fish and reaches lengths of 18 metres. Their patterns of white spots and stripes are unique to each individual. The life span is believed to be more than 100 years. Swimming with the placid whale sharks is on many people's bucket list.
Visitors to the Festival will be kept busy and entertained with a cocktail party on the Friday evening. On Saturday, a full day of entertainment is planned with a fun run, breakfast and activities. Family Day on Sunday at Town Beach will feature beach games and evening displays such as fire juggling and circus shows. May 24 to 26 at Exmouth.
From War To Remembrance - A Living History of the RSL
This is an exhibition show-casing the formation, purpose and activities of the Returned Servicemen's League of Western Australia. As well as displays of objects and photographs, there will be art installations and interactive displays. The WA Brick Society has created a Lego model of the State War Memorial. Guest speakers and activities for he kids ensure a great time for all. The film, The Rats of Tobruk, will be shown on Tuesday, 30 April at the State Library Theatre. Admission to this event is free.
Valley View Vintage and Military
Valley View Vintage and Military takes place in Geraldton on April 13 and 14th. It promises to be a great event. Geraldton is a port in the mid-west area of Western Australia. It is located 263 miles north of Perth. An interesting memorial located on nearby Mount Scott is that which was erected to commemorate the loss of the World War II cruiser HMAS Sydney. The memorial is recognised as nationally significant.
Some of the features at the event include planes and military vehicles. The Royal Australian Naval Reserve Band will entertain with a concert of hits from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and later. Surprise entertainment is on the cards together with a $A1,500 prize for the best dressed couple. The prize includes champagne, seafood and a sunset flight.
Folkworld Fairbridge Festival
Taking place from Friday, 26 April to Sunday 28 April, Fairbridge will again host the Folkworld Fairbridge Festival. Attendance at this annual event is around 5,000.
It is held at Fairbridge Village, 5 kilometres north of Pinjarra, Western Australia. The complete village is turned over to a celebration of all things musical from folk, blues, acoustic, a capella, celtic, roots and genres difficult to define. The bushland site is self-contained and traffic-free. Caravans, motor-homes and tents start arriving early to Friday to settle in for a full weekend of music and fun.
Great emphasis is placed on families with children being catered for throughout the period. When walking from the car park to the main area, you will pass through a range of interesting stalls and markets. At various spots in front of the stalls, buskers as young as four or five play violins, guitars or trumpets.
Over a dozen venues run simultaneously providing entertainment for all tastes. Marquees cater for large groups while smaller venues allow a more intimate atmosphere for acoustic groups. Headline acts this year include Kristina Olsen, singer-songwriter and raconteur from the USA, McMaster/Hay from Scotland and Kevin Dempsey from England. Add a bunch of local and national talent and a great time is guaranteed.
Fairbridge was once a farm designed to take in orphans and dispossessed children. They were housed in groups of ten or so with house-parents and taught a range of skills. The old chapel is the scene of a roof-raising gospel service on the Sunday of the festival.
Get out and about in April and May and enjoy the varied offerings in your area.