Arcadia Spectacular: Elizabeth Quay set for pyrotechnic feast in November

Some of what the crowd can expect in November. Photo: ArcadiaSpectacular.com

PERTH will be treated to a visual feast in November, with UK performance group Arcadia staging three shows at Elizabeth Quay.

Among the highlights of ‘Arcadia Spectacular’ will be a 50-tonne, fire-breathing spider.

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett announced the shows on Wednesday.

“Nothing like this has been seen in Australia before and it is a great coup for Western Australia to host this breathtaking cultural spectacle,” Mr Barnett said.

“The staging of The Giants and the growth of the Perth International Arts Festival and Fringe World … helped build Perth’s reputation as an international cultural event destination.

“The performances by Arcadia will further cement this reputation, and the media exposure will give us the opportunity to show the rest of world how our magnificent city is transforming.”

The Arcadia Spectacular shows combine theatre, circus, music, aerial performance, robotics and pyrotechnics.

Artists perform in the spider’s ‘stomach’ with the audience standing under and around the structure.

The events will also showcase Indigenous artists.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the shows would include a performance of Yallorr Keeninyarra (Dance of the Wadjuk Nyungar people), led by Noongar representative Barry McGuire.

“The dance calls on the Spider Spirit to weave a web of strength and togetherness for the men who gathered for traditional ceremonies at Gumap or Elizabeth Quay,” Mr Day said.

“It is the first time the dance has been performed traditionally in front of the West Australian public since 1901.”

The shows will be staged on November 25, 26 and 27.

Tickets start at $99.