Three local bands have been chosen to highlight the local talent. The Long March, The Southwicks and Brufield will all perform at various stages throughout the three-week event.
Featuring acts from the Fringe Festival in Perth, interstate visitors include Lisa Skye, who brings her comedy show Bunny and Mad Dog get high from the Edinburgh Festival in the UK and Melbourne Comedy Festival to Midland on February 5.
‘The show is about two friends of my parents in the ’70s, Bunny and Mad Dog, who lived the life of the coolest couple I had heard of,’ Lisa Skye said.
‘All through my life I heard these stories about these people and they started getting more and more interesting when I was in my 20s.
‘I decided to write a comedy about them and this is the result.’
Northam’s Sami Shah will also perform his nationally acclaimed I, Migrant show.
Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said he would attend as many events as possible.
‘I encourage local businesses to make the most of this opportunity as well,’ Mr Wyatt said.
‘People will be coming from all over Perth and this is a great way to showcase our local community.’
Stalls set up at the opening had an international flavour with paella, Mexican food stalls, German sausages and fine wines from the Swan Valley region, along with artisans selling their wares, a photo booth in a restored Kombi and jewellery and streetware for sale.
Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said supporting local creatives was very important to the City of Swan.
‘Midlandia LOCALE will provide an excellent opportunity to support local musicians among other performers,’ Cr Zannino said.
‘We will be showcasing some of the best talent available in the City of Swan to people from all over Perth.’
Midland Ward councillor Mark Elliott encouraged City residents to come down to Midlandia LOCALE and show their support for local acts.
‘We have some excellent musicians in our local community and I hope to see big crowds coming along to cheer on our home-grown talent,’ he said.
For more information on events, visit midlandia.com.au.