The annual Perth Festival is Australia’s longest-running cultural celebration, and it is one to be marveled at, to say the least. Each year the people of Perth and beyond are graced with the opportunity to be dazzled with mesmerising performances, which aren’t only unique, but world-class. And come March 2023 one of the greatest art-pop musicians on our planet, Björk will headline Perth Festival for an exclusive season of her phenomenal concert experience, Cornucopia.
The Icelandic singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, and actress has presented Cornucopia only a few times globally, and this truly is a rare window to witness a spectacular theatrical concert masterpiece for the first time in Australasia.
Björk’s Garden of Eden sees a wondrous feast for the senses with her most elaborate production to date with water drums, a cocoon-like reverb chamber, a video message from Greta Thunberg, costumes by the fashion house Balmain, and the lavish visuals of artist Tobias Gremmler projected above designer Chiara Stephenson’s beautiful forest of flora and fungi.
Cornucopia is a futuristic and artistic creation with co-direction by Björk and Argentinian filmmaker, Lucrecia Martel. Its been labelled as a ‘sci-fi pop concert’, and is based on Björk’s environmentally themed 2017 album Utopia, along with songs from new album Fossora and hits from her 30-year solo career. Alongside the star, musicians and choirs of flutes and voices will entrance audiences for an audio journey.
The spectacle is set to be hosted in a custom-made pavilion in Langley Park which boasts a whopping 100 metre by 55 metre space, fit for almost 5000 cyber-sonic-goers each night. It will be the largest performance hall of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and its construction is exclusively designed for Perth Festival.
“There is no greater joy than welcoming Björk to Perth. She is an adored artist at the forefront of international creative imagining, and Cornucopia is the epitome of that artistry,” says Artistic Director Iain Grandage.
“Here on Noongar Boodjar in one of the ten most bio-diverse places on the planet, we welcome her explosion of visual and aural wonderment with open arms and excited expectation.”
The Icelandic icon’s week-long Perth riverfront residency will bring Perth Festival to a close, in an extremely fitting unison with the 2023 Festival’s theme, Djinda or stars. Cornucopia is a fascination where nature and technology merge in perfect harmony – spectacular landscapes of lush colours and wild images of nature will come alive with Björk’s awe-inspiring music.
Björk’s Cornucopia performances at Perth Festival will go forth on 3, 6, 9, and 12 of March 2023. You can sign up for pre-sale tickets here which will be released on Thursday 27 October, or purchase general sale tickets on Thursday 3 November 2022.