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About the Friends


Friends enjoy many benefits, including a priority booking period, a range of ticket discounts (usually 10%) and regular updates about Festival events and year-round special offers from our arts industry associates.

The Friends of the Festival began in 1976, directly supporting PIAF. They are now very important advocates for the Festival in the community, embracing all that the Festival has to offer.

Friends have made donations for many years towards the PIAF Conversations series of talks and they take place during the Festival. They feature writers, artists, directors and performers across all genres to give an added insight into their work. Friends have again donated to these Conversations as well as a donation to support the Lotterywest Festival Films for the 2017 Festival.

There are also Friends Talks which are held before the Festival begins. These talks provide background information for Festival events and are available to all members and a guest.

One of the most popular events for Friends is the Lotterywest Festival Films season launch held at UWA Somerville. Friends have exclusive access to purchase tickets to attend this event. The Lotterywest Festival Films season is held at UWA Somerville and ECU Joondalup Pines. These two wonderful outdoor venues offer the opportunity to picnic and enjoy award winning films from around the world.

By joining Friends of the Festival you can attend Festival launches and participate in special events. There are many opportunities to meet other Friends who share the same appreciation for performances that the Festival brings to Perth each year.

Friends Council:

Patron: Diana Warnock
Chair: Shirene Varendorff
Vice-Chair: Barbara Macnish
Treasurer: Anthea Bird
Members: Carola Akindele–Obe, Zelinda Bafile, Ross Bryant, Ashok Desai, Tracy Deveugle-Frink, Kate Lewis, Joanne Malone
Executive Officer: Judy Reid