Side Walks is an annual pop-up storytelling, ideas and literature festival run by Centre for Stories. In unique venues across Perth and Northbridge, Side Walks is a curated whirlwind of talks, performances and readings with a special emphasis on homegrown talent.
Back for the third time round, Side Walks 2021 is programmed around the theme of still: still here, still strong, still like the light on water, still and yet. Side Walks theme of still is about taking a moment to reflect on where we are, to embrace community here, to remain and become still no matter what the future holds.
Side Walks is a program of seven events. Six of the events are divided into two parallel blocks – the City Block and the Northbridge Block. These blocks run at the same time, so you can only choose one! The final event will bring both blocks together for a special finale, followed by the Side Walks afterparty. You can purchase tickets to the finale event through Perth Theatre Trust.
Side Walks has been made possible with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Centre for Stories’ Founders Circle, Aspen Corporate Financial Planning, and Rayner Real Estate. Special thanks to our in-kind venue partners, Randal Humich and North Metropolitan TAFE.
MC’d by Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Still, I Rise – 2:30pm at St George’s Cathedral, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth
“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise.”
In this bilingual poetry reading, local poets share original work in response to Maya Angelou’s esteemed poem, Still I Rise. Featuring Afeif Ismail, Karen Escobar, Daniel Hansen, and Dureshawar Khan.
Still Waters Run Deep – 3:40pm at 618 Hay St Mall, Perth
In conversation with Shelagh Magadza, writers, directors and theatre-makers Simone Detourbet, Jay Emmanuel, and Mararo Wangai discuss how creative practice, and the creative self, can become censored, diluted and sanitised when producing work for the white gaze. What is the work that BIPOC creatives really want to make, and for whom?
Still Got It – 4:50pm on the Rooftop, 712 Hay St Mall, Perth
In a culture that prioritises feminine youth and beauty over age and wisdom, what becomes of “women of a certain age”? Sisonke Msimang, Caroline Wood, Jane den Hollander, and Simone Flavelle discuss the complexity and triumph of ageing. A defiant celebration of women, getting older, and women getting older.
All Side Walks venues are wheelchair accessible. All events in the Northbridge Block are Auslan interpreted. To discuss your access needs so that we can make Side Walks a comfortable and enjoyable experience for you, or to access a companion ticket, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the City Block are sold out!