ALL the Arts
TEN Days
ONE Amazing Festival

For ten days in May, Perth Festival of the Arts becomes the highlight in Scotland’s cultural calendar and brings some of the finest international and national performers to Perth. With performances in Perth Theatre, Perth Concert Hall and other venues across the city, the annual Festival features the best in classical music, opera, theatre, rock, folk, jazz, comedy, dance and contemporary visual art. 

Perth Festival of the Arts will take place Thu 16 - Sat 25 May 2019 - visit the Perth Festival of the Arts website for more info.

Events

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Perth Concert Hall Plaza

ArTay

Dates:
Thu 16 May

A large, tented gallery will be erected in Perth Concert Hall's plaza, displaying over 300 works of art.

St John's Kirk

Schools Concerts

Dates:
Thu 16 May - Fri 24 May

Join us each weekday during the Festival run in St John's Kirk for our inspiring Schools Lunchtime Concert Series. 

Perth Concert Hall

English Touring Opera - Macbeth

Dates:
Thu 16 May

The witches have a prophecy: Macbeth will be king. But royalty comes at a price. The cost of power is betrayal, murder and revenge.

Perth Theatre

Be Charlotte

Dates:
Fri 17 May

Some pop stars make music for the sake of it. But for Be Charlotte - 21 year-old Dundonian - music is about meaning. 

Perth Concert Hall

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Dates:
Fri 17 May

Legendary multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns for his tenth visit to Perth Festival of the Arts!

Supported by Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust

Perth Concert Hall

Children's Illustration Workshop

Dates:
Sat 18 May

Join award winning illustrator Jill Calder and explore her beautiful new picture book 'The Sea'!

Perth Theatre

A Regular Little Houdini

Dates:
Sat 18 May

Join us for a magical Saturday matinee performance of this multi-award-winning play A Regular Little Houdini.

Presented by Flying Bridge Theatre. Written and peformed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams. Directed by Joshua Richards.

Perth Concert Hall

Lewis Capaldi

Dates:
Sat 18 May

Lewis Capaldi is live at Perth Festival of the Arts on Saturday 18th May, following the release of his eagerly awaited debut album the day before.

St John's Kirk

An Immortal Legacy (The Sixteen)

Dates:
Sat 18 May

The Sixteen’s popular Immortal Legacy programme has a distinctly British feel, spanning over 500 years of choral music.

Supported by Dunard Fund

Perth Theatre

Katona Twins

Dates:
Sat 18 May

Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as 'the classical world's best known guitar duo'

St John's Kirk

Festival Service

Dates:
Sun 19 May

One of the great traditions of Perth Festival of the Arts is our annual Festival Service in St John’s Kirk.

Perth Cathedral

The Sound of St Ninian's

Dates:
Sun 19 May

A recital of music from the newly restored Cathedral organ.

Perth Concert Hall

Fairport Convention

Dates:
Sun 19 May

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

Perth Theatre

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge

Dates:
Mon 20 May

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge - The man, the comedy and the music! With special guests pianist Danny Driver and soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal.

Perth Theatre

Festival Coffee Concert

Dates:
Tue 21 May

Join pianist Danny Driver and Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal for a Festival Coffee Concert recital in the Joan Knight Studio Theatre. 

Perth Theatre

Hue and Cry

Dates:
Tue 21 May

With over two million records sold worldwide and a new album in the works, Hue and Cry full live band will perform at Perth Festival of the Arts.

St Matthew's Church

Morgan State University Choir

Dates:
Tue 21 May

Join the Morgan State University Choir for an all-American programme of traditional, spiritual and gospel music.

Perth Theatre

Contemporary Music Showcase

Dates:
Wed 22 May

An exclusive Festival Contemporary Music Showcase from Perth College UHI, showcasing its creative performance practice.

Perth Concert Hall

Yamaha NEO Ensemble

Dates:
Wed 22 May

A group of eight internationally endorsed performing artists led by acclaimed long-standing Yamaha cornert artist Russell Gray.

Perth Theatre

Eleanor's Story

Dates:
Thu 23 May

Ingrid Garner wrote and performs the internationally acclaimed, theatrical adaptation of her grandmother Eleanor Ramrath Garner's award-winning memoir, detailing her youth as an American caught in WWII Berlin.

Perth Theatre

The Young'uns: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Dates:
Thu 23 May

‘The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff’ is a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation, all brought to life by the haunting sounds of The Young'uns.

Perth Concert Hall

Scottish Opera: A Little Bit of Iolanthe

Dates:
Fri 24 May - Sat 25 May

Scottish Opera is packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing two pop-up operas out on the road to Perth Festival of the Arts - it's the perfect way to dip your toes into the world of opera!

Perth Concert Hall

Scottish Opera: A Little Bit of Magic Flute

Dates:
Fri 24 May - Sat 25 May

Scottish Opera is packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing two pop-up operas out on the road to Perth Festival of the Arts - it's the perfect way to dip your toes into the world of opera!

Perth Theatre

Horrible Histories

Dates:
Fri 24 May

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

Loft Nightclub

Vistas

Dates:
Fri 24 May

See the best of Scottish bands at Perth Festival - Join Edinburgh's Vistas with support from Stop The Rain at the first of the Next Generation Gigs in The Loft nightclub.

St Matthew's Church

Cross Trust Young Musicians

Dates:
Fri 24 May

The Cross Trust presents four award-winning artists with an evening of classical, jazz and traditional music.

St John's Kirk

Music on a Saturday Morning - Katie Coventry

Dates:
Sat 25 May

Part of the Music on a Saturday Morning series featuring musicians from the area who have made their careers in music. 

Perth Theatre

An Audience with John Simpson

Dates:
Sat 25 May

Join John Simpson for a fascinating afternoon, sharing his experiences as a reporter and tales from his travels.

Loft Nightclub

Callum Beattie

Dates:
Sat 25 May

See the best of Scottish musicians at Perth Festival - Join singer-songwriter Callum Beattie with support from Dogtooth at the second of the Next Generation Gigs in The Loft nightclub.

Perth Concert Hall

Russian Philharmonic (of Novosibirsk)

Dates:
Sat 25 May

One of the greatest Russian regional orchestras, which has toured extensively throughout Europe and the rest of the world, comes to Perth to perform a programme of great Russian music with Sergey Redkin (piano).