In what was meant to be a time of celebration for the city, the five-day lockdown has left the local arts world in disarray again.
The Perth festival’s opening night has been scuppered, and its adjacent fringe festival put on hiatus, after a quarantine hotel security guard tested positive for Covid-19 and almost two million people across Perth and southern Western Australia entered a strict five-day lockdown on Monday.
Headline performer Tim Minchin became one of the Perth festival’s first artists to pull out, tweeting on Sunday night that his two sold-out performances with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra on 5 and 6 February had been cancelled.
Minchin said five days of rehearsals for his two shows, scheduled to play to more than 10,000 people in total, were supposed to start on Monday.
“Even if we could somehow just turn up & perform, the chances that 5K people will be allowed to gather this weekend are somewhere between Buckley’s & none,” he tweeted.
“We are going to try to figure out how to reschedule! Stay tuned. And I’m incredibly sorry. Such a bugger.”
Other festival shows that were scheduled to open on the festival’s first night this Friday included a world premiere of the contemporary dance production Archives of Humanity, and two world premiere works from the West Australian Ballet…
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