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.

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. All performances commence at 1pm in various spaces around the library.

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’.

Upcoming Performances 

Friday August 19 – Tourist Kid
Friday September 23 – Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble
Friday October 21 – TRISK
Friday November 18 – Kane Shaw Trio
Friday December 9 – The Music Mill

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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