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The Castledine’s Open Studio will feature in the schedule of events. Photo: City of Kalamunda.

Spring has sprung

THE Perth Hills Spring Festival is back for another year, with the City of Kalamunda launching a program of more than 60 different events that kick off this weekend.

From this Friday October 8 to November 21, the City will come alive with events ranging from art exhibitions and hiking experiences to fairy afternoon teas and wine trails.

Seeing where the artistic magic happens is also on the agenda, with  more than 17 local artists opening up their studios to the public.

Stephen and Mikaela Castledine are excited to welcome people to their Kalamunda studio  this weekend from 10am to 5pm.

“Kalamunda Open Studios benefits the artists of the area by connecting them with potential buyers and encouraging networking with their peers,” Stephen said.

“The local community benefits by the event spotlighting the depth of talent on their doorstep and the wider Perth community benefits from being invited to explore the area more closely.

“Kalamunda has always been a place which attracts artists so it makes sense they were one of the first to host an open studios event.”

Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy said the two-month-long festival aims to highlight the splendour of the Perth Hills.

“We’ve been working with local businesses and community groups to create a program of activities, events and themed experiences that highlights our region and encourages both locals and visitors to join the fun,” Ms Hardy said.

“This year’s program is filled with amazing music, markets, shopping, arts, culture, food, wine, adventure, discovery and nature experiences.

“There truly is something for every age and taste.”

This year’s festival also marks the first Spirit in the Valley music event, featuring orchestral performances from the Perth Symphony Orchestra and one of Australia’s top indigenous musicians Phillip Walley Stack.

To see the full 2021 program of events, visit experienceperthhills.com.au/phsf

Please note that some events require tickets.

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