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Following the success of March’s Platform Festival, Perth is getting ready to welcome another exciting art event to the city centre which will see our historic vennels be lit up by innovative installations, music and poetry.

The 12-hour arts event named ReCAP (Re: Contemporary Arts Perth) has, like Platform, been organised by Culture Perth and Kinross – the city’s cultural trust – and will feature eight local artists who will transform the vennels for one day only between 10AM – 10PM.

The event has been organised to encourage the people of Perth as well as other artists to imagine our city and its public spaces differently. It all kicks off on Saturday 5th March and there will be video and street art, poetry and music, and much more. However, Culture PK remains tight lipped on exactly what we can expect to see, and the trust’s CEO – Helen Smout – has said that, “we don’t want to spoil what is going to be a fabulous array or art and a really interesting twelve hours for Perth.” Perth is getting ready to welcome another exciting art event to the city centre which will see our historic vennels be lit up by innovative installations, music and poetry.

What we do know is that along with incredible art, ReCAP will have plenty of food and drink to sample on the day too and this will be available at Guard Vennel – a disused public space situated just off Mill Street near Perth Concert Hall.

Performers who have been confirmed by Culture PK for ReCAP include local musician Craig Lithgow, and spoken word artist Rana Marathon, who featured prominently in Platform Festival last month. One of the main ideas for staging the event was not only to highlight Perth’s public spaces but to also give the city’s younger demographic a say in the future of those spaces.

And for that reason, Culture PK has set up a steering group for young people aged between 18 and 25 and will be working closely with students from Perth UHI as part of ReCAP. The event will feature the artwork of a number of the students and give them a chance to showcase their art to a wider audience.

Co-curator of ReCAP and local architect, Fergus Purdie RSA, is renowned for having a track record of looking at the connections between both architecture and art.

“ReCAP is an exciting and inspiring project,” he said, “that provides a great opportunity for local participation. I hope this will encourage everyone to see and use these, sometimes forgotten, public spaces differently.

ReCAP Culture PK“This event, done in a unique and fun way, will explore our city’s heritage and future potential.”

Local artist and also co-curator of ReCAP, Susie Johnston, added: “We received excellent proposals from artists, musicians and poets living and working in Perth and Kinross who will all be working towards Culture PK’s vision of animating this wonderful city.

“ReCAP will give plenty opportunities for public feedback and voices to be heard about what people in Perth want.”

Culture PK will also be gathering feedback in ‘quirky ways’ from the public throughout the day, including leaving messages on a chalkboard wall in the city’s vennels and also by tying messages to trees.


Culture Perth and Kinross is a charitable trust which officially came into being on April 1st 2016. The trust takes responsibility for the delivery and development of museum and library services in Perth and Kinross.

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