Events & Talks

Throughout the year the State Library organises a range of exciting events, most of them free. For events at a glance, check out the events calendar.

From stimulating lectures and talks inspired by our exhibitions and collections to films and concerts – there is something to interest everyone. All venues at the library are wheelchair accessible.

Mini Rev Film Screenings

Guess who is coming to Perth, Kermit

Proudly presented by the City of Perth, Revelation is over the moon to be able to bring these two hugely enjoyable family programs to Perth families this winter. The State Library of WA is the place to be this July school holidays with free film screenings, Awesome Festival workshops and free chips & guac courtesy of Guzman Y Gomez. Look out for some special guests!

Mini Rev - Jim Henson’s Tales from Muppetland

Running Monday 11th July – Friday 15th July every day at 10am, State Library Theatre, Bookings required

A cavalcade of Henson’s best loved characters barrel and blunder their way through classic fairytales. This hilarious program features excerpts from The Muppet Show, Kermit The Frog’s Sesame Street News Reports and special condensed versions of Tales of the Tinkerdee, Hey Cinderella and The Frog Prince.

Mini Rev - Muppets Musical Moments

Running Monday 11th July – Friday 15th July every day at 2pm, State Library Theatre, Bookings required

Music and the Muppets go together like pigs and frogs, and these classic musical numbers highlight some of the best of both worlds. This popular collection features a wide range of performances from a variety of genres, featuring guest stars like Elton John, Julie Andrews, Liberace, Paul Simon, Debbie Harry, and many more. Come a few minutes early and enjoy some Chips and Guac from Guzman y Gomez.

Somewhere Our City

Running Monday 11th July – Friday 15th July every day between 11am - 12pm and 1pm - 2pm in the Library under croft.

Somewhere Our City is an installation designed to engage children by blending there participation between physical and digital spaces. Flying machine templates are coloured and then instantly inserted into a digital animation using computer vision techniques. There they live on, circling the City, floating in the clouds. No bookings required just rock up.

Introduction to Animation Workshops with AWESOME ARTS

As part of the Mini Rev for the 2016 Perth Revelation Film Festival join AWESOME Arts at the State Libray of WA for a hands on animation workshop. Work with a professional animation expert to gain insight into basic animation techniques. Suitable for children 7- 14.  Bookings Essential

Live @ the Library 2016 Performance Series

The State Library of Western Australia is delighted to continue its popular performance series Live @ the Library after two highly successful seasons. Over the course of 2015 and 2016 the library has been regularly transformed into a performance space for some of the state’s best emerging and most highly renowned new music composers and performers. The third series of this event serves to broaden its remit, incorporating a range of musical influences including eastern music, gamelan, leftfield electronica, improvised jazz and large-scale instrument building. Live @ the Library will continue to offer intimate performances by some of the state’s most renowned composers and performers alongside promising emerging artists, with a specific focus on new works by Western Australians. All performances commence at 1pm in various spaces around the library. For more details about the archive visit (As the site is in early release stages please enter the access code: LetMeContribute) or

Friday July 29 – Louise Devenish & Stuart James: Kinabuhi Kamatayon
As members of Western Australia’s premier new music ensemble Decibel, Stuart James and Louise Devenish are accomplished instrumentalists whose dedication to new forms of musical expression have seen them perform multiple commissioned works and world premieres. The two have recently begun collaborating as a duo, harnessing Louise’s expertise as a versatile and in-demand percussionist and Stuart’s instrumental adaptability and finely honed capacity as a sound designer which sees him harness live electronics and processing. For this performance they will present a new work composed by James specifically for performance by Devenish on gamelan instruments entitled ‘Kinabuhi Kamatayon’.

Friday August 19 – Tourist Kid

Rory Glacken has been heavily invested in Perth music for some time, documenting and presenting various events and archiving outsider goings-on. As Tourist Kid Glacken presents leftfield electronic music that is informed by noise, ambience and various post-club approaches to sound generation. Glacken uses low-bitrate samples, mined as textural fragments alongside soft synths which mimic real instruments. These elements coexist and melt into something vague and ambiguous through layers of signal processing. For this special performance Tourist Kid will perform a set “into the void”, projecting his soundscapes into the space between the floors of the State Library’s various public areas.

Friday September 23 – Kohesia Ensemble
Kohesia Ensemble is a new project for Perth bassist and composer Kate Pass. Pass has performed both locally and internationally in a variety of ensembles, including performances at WOMADelaide, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Playhouse Theatre in New York, and Fleurieu Folk Festival. Following on from her time in experimental world music outfit Daramad, with Kohesia Pass has created a platform for her original compositions influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. The Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble bridges the gap between East and West, exploring elements of Persian and Middle Eastern music in a jazz context. The ensemble also features Pass’ Daramad bandmate Mike Zolker on Oud.

Friday October 21 – TRISK
Marrying instrumental grooves with high energy improvisation and unique musical interpretations, TRISK takes influence from genres as diverse as hip-hop, jazz, rock, pop, folk, R&B, and world music. Fuelled by their fiery musical rapport, TRISK presents high-energy and spontaneous performances featuring original compositions and imaginative re-workings of popular songs. The trio is led by bassist Nick Abbey, who has toured nationally and internationally, and competed as a finalist in the National Jazz Awards. He is accompanied by pianist and keyboardist Chris Foster, who has performed with hip hop outfit Optamus, and acclaimed percussionist Daniel Susnjar, whose work in the field of Afro-Peruvian music informs his eclectic style. In 2015 TRISK won the Western Australian Music Song of the Year Award in the jazz category for Abbey’s composition ‘Charon.’

Friday November 18 – Kane Shaw Trio

The Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra presents a performance by three of its finest emerging musicians under the banner of the Kane Shaw Trio. Led by Kane Shaw on bass and featuring Austen Salisbury on piano and Liam Hickey on keys/piano, the trio merge bebop and hard bop styles with more modern influences such as the improvisational jazz of Brad Meldau and the post-bop approach of Aaron Goldberg. All three study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and bring the dedication to their instruments and open, exploratory approach to composition that they have fostered in their studies to this performance. The trio will present three new works composed as a unit as well as several new interpretations on established musical themes.

Friday December 9 – The Music Mill
Prepare to be dazzled and enchanted by the music mill, a large-scale solar powered musical installation that will visit the Perth Cultural Centre for a very special performance of new compositions by Western Australian composer Mace Francis. The Music Mill is an Australian/Japanese co-production, built predominantly from wood, and including a complex series of cogs and pulleys that trigger various in-built percussion instruments such as drums and xylophones. The music mill will be performed in collaboration with a small ensemble of musicians who will accompany the music mill, turning its in-built melodies into fully-fledged musical works. The ultimate combination of machine and human counterpoint, the music mill will delight and enchant audiences of all ages with its playful and quaint musical interplay

Science @ the Library

On Saturday 13th August the State Library Of Western Australia presents a series of talks, activities and a special Storytime as a part of Science Week.  

11.30am: Science Storytime outside on the Wetland Stage.

12pm-2pm: Green Screen Photo booth! Play with 360 degree video of our preservation lab and insert yourself into the lab via our green screen. Located inside the library at The Story Place on the mezzanine level.

Inside the library theatre discover a series of lectures and presentations.

11am: Zombies, Cars and Shoes: Case Studies in Physical Evidence presented by Dr Kari Pitts

12.30pm: Fireballs in the Sky: Extra-terrestrial Treasures

2pm: A Tour of the Known Universe with Richard Tonello

3pm: Research Fellow Dr Amanda Hodgson - Using drones in marine mammal research

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