Fringe World Festival explodes on Jan 26th. It is unlike anything else on offer in Perth and this year’s program is set to be the best yet. The month of cabaret, strip tease and circus also includes some great arts gigs so I’ve put together a list of my top picks for you.

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Some of Perth’s best-loved jazz entertainers will be rocking the tents and bars. Libby Hammer will be giving a cheesy golden fried tribute to Burt Bacharach with Bringing Back Bacharach at the Ellington from Feb 13-17th. Wear your orange polyester pantsuit and bring your best singing voice for a night of singing, comedy and the best Bacharach songs. Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys will take over the Edith Spiegeltent in Northbridge for the Adam Halls Dance Party Feb 7-10. And for a French themed twist check out Cathrine Summers’ shows Sassafras An Evening in Paris and L’amour du jazz .

The theatre show Slap and Tickle stars iOTA as Slap with Russell Leonard as Tickle, supported by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra big band. The show (Jan 27th – Feb 3rd) promises to be a hilarious and unexpectedly moving exploration of the variety genre, enduring talent and the ties that bind.

There are some fun musicals on offer too.  Human Services is a new satirical opera by writer and composer William James Smith who has taken the classical musical style of operatic satirists Gilbert and Sullivan and updated it with modern subject matter that wouldn’t go astray on the TV series Yes Minister or Utopia. Check it out on January 27/28th at the Perth Town Hall. First Date the Musical is a heart warming comedy with an awesome live band. It is presented by Grey Lantern Productions, a local theatre company specialising in dark humour and sleek, modern staging.

St Andrew’s Church Subiaco is hosting a couple of classical-themed concerts including Pipe Organ at the Movies and Candlelight Classics.

There are also LOADS of community choirs offering a diverse range of concerts guaranteed to warm the heart. There is the Shania Choir offering fun remixes of Shania Twain hits, the Providence Gospel Choir and their Oh Freedom concert, an A Capella choir, Fremantle’s Original Shipsters presenting Songs of the Sea, Men of the West with their Man Building show and popular favourites Menagerie Choir back with a show called Keeping Secrets.

There are also another 750 shows so if you’re looking for more head to