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Song and dance for festival double joy
Song and dance for festival double joy

The world has come to Perth to help celebrate 60 years of the oldest arts festival in the country.

Artists, performers and technical crew from more than a dozen countries are in Perth to bump in their shows and run their final rehearsals ahead of the opening of the Perth International Arts Festival on Friday.

Among the performers going through their paces yesterday were the dancers of WA Ballet, warming up for the opening of the outdoor season of Ballet at the Quarry in City Beach.

The Quarry season marks the start of a milestone year for the WA Ballet, which celebrates its 60th birthday.

Ticket sales are healthy for the 23-day festival, which is 70 per cent of the way to meeting its $5.02 million target. Sponsorships and grants complete its total budget of $15.7 million.

"It is a good position to be in at the time we open," festival general manager Julian Donaldson said.

The festival opens with the free Dawn:Dusk fanfare and 600-voice choral performance at Cottesloe beach on Friday at 7am. It runs until March 3.

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