Surprising encounters, dance floor bangers, lavish cocktails and mind-bending performances. Fremantle Arts Centre’s new art party Leave the Lights On gives revellers the chance to dance, drink and delve into art like never before.

With three editions scheduled – Thursday 2 September, Thursday 4 November and Thursday 20 January from 6pm till late – Leave the Lights On invites you to get your up-late culture fix with a stellar roster of local acts, from Bollywood DJs to spoken word poets and all-female percussionists.

Fremantle Arts Centre Artistic Director Anna Reece commented, “Change is afoot here at Fremantle Arts Centre as we explore new ways we can offer extraordinary art experiences.”

“We are so excited to reveal this nocturnal art series, an entirely new concept for the Arts Centre which takes the standard gallery experience and flips it on its head.”

“Illuminating FAC across three specially curated evenings, Leave the Lights On immerses visitors in hypnotic performances, music and art. We’ll leave the lights on, so you can let your hair down.”


Gather round the fire pit in the heart of winter for our first edition on Thursday 2 September: Humanity, Mortality and the Natural World. Coinciding with our winter exhibitions by Jacobus Capone and Stanislava Pinchuk, this specially curated evening will feature Nyoongar academic, author and poet Dr Cass Lynch offering reflections on time and space, underscored by a spellbinding soundtrack created by composer and sound designer Rachael Dease.

Taking place on Thursday 4 November, Indian Summer. Dawn of Diwali will see FAC transformed into a Bollywood club night to mark the beginning of the famed Hindu Festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. Featuring dance, music, feasting and Bollywood beats, this glamourous edition of Leave the Lights On coincides with Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday, a group exhibition celebrating contemporary craft from countries around the Indian Ocean Rim presented by the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.

Finally, Colour Electronica on Thursday 20 January features acclaimed local act Feels, two dynamic Perth-based female musicians blending electronica with percussion. Known for producing rhythms of obscurity and vivid sound worlds, Feels are making waves for their high-octane, technically impressive performances. Colour Electronica will coincide with Hundreds and Thousands, an immersive colour exhibition for children and families, bringing together vibrant interactive artworks and rich sensory experiences.

Media Enquiries

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Top image: Amanda Bell, From our lip, mouths, throats and belly, 2021, neon, audio, 158 x 300 x 6cm. Image used with permission of the artist. Photography by Pixel Poetry