Joanna’s Candlelit Soirées are back at Kidogo Arthouse!

This absolutely magical series of dinners hosted by Kidogo Arthouse during winter, feature unique performances by some of Perth’s finest musicians. Be serenaded and entertained as you enjoy a warm candlelit dinner in the glorious 19th century limestone gallery. The soireés, provide the perfect atmosphere for musicians to freely express themselves and create memorable concerts that are unique to Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle.

The magnificent acoustics and intimate ambience of the space, coupled with the delightful menu makes for a truly remarkable experience that you do not want to miss out on!

Bar Open – No BYO

Director of Kidogo Arthouse and hostess extraordinaire Joanna Robertson sets the tone for the evenings through her many fascinating tales about Kidogo and the performing musicians. Dinner guests are treated to an incredible home-cooked two-course meal that includes Joanna’s famous Irish soda-bread served hot out of the oven a warm hearty soup, followed by Sarah’s dessert of the day. 

Warm Hearty Soup served with Freshly Baked Irish Soda-bread 

Ice-cream with homemade chocolate sauce

Session Times: Early Sitting 5:30 – 7:00 PM & Late Sitting 7:30 – 9:00 PM 

Tickets: $55 pp – Price includes 2-course dinner served over 1.5 hours


Joanna's Candlelit "Piano" Soirée with Gemma Turvey & Yitzhak Yedid

Award-winning pianists & composers Gemma Turvey and Yitzhak Yedid share the stage for the first time ever! An evening of beautiful, piano-inspired music and improvisations from classical to jazz, from Celtic to Middle Eastern influences, these fabulous composers will create a tapestry of piano like you’ve never heard before.

Yitzhak Yedid is in demand as a composer, pianist and pedagogue. Yitzhak was born in Jerusalem and since 2007 has called Australia home. His expertise as a composer is in the integration of non-European musical elements, including improvisation, with Western practice. His compositions explore new forms of integrating classical Arabic music, Arabic-influenced Jewish music and contemporary Western art music. Yitzhak is the 2021 Gallop House Prelude Composer in Residence as well as the Azrieli Prize Laureate and Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. 

Gemma Turvey is a pianist, composer, and educator, well known for bridging across musical traditions. She has performed nationally and internationally as soloist, ensemble leader and creative collaborator, and was founding artistic director of the New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO) based in Melbourne. In 2018 Gemma was awarded the Gallop House Prelude Composer in Residence, which gave her a taste for the west! Her music has been described by critics as “breathtaking” and “timeless”. Gemma is a Yamaha Artist.

Tickets: $55 pp (Dinner included, refer to menu above) Bar available. No BYO. 

Sun 19th Sep

6:30 - 8 PM

Joanna's Candlelit Soirée with Helen Shanahan

Helen Shanahan is a folk singer/songwriter from Perth, who has sung alongside superstars Missy Higgins, Passenger and Tim Minchin. She is signed to Mushroom Music Publishing, and her songs have featured on TV shows Home and Away and Neighbors.

Join her at Kidogo Arthouse for an intimate solo performance, where she will sing songs from her unreleased sophomore album, her previous recordings, and some covers that inspired her as a writer.

Tickets: $55 pp (Dinner included, refer to menu above) Bar available. No BYO. 

Tue 21st Sep

5:30 - 7 PM & 7:30-9PM

Joanna's Candlelit Soirée ~ Fiona Rea Mix Tape

The lovely Fiona Rea will be back in this beautifully intimate setting. Accompanied by wonderful musicians, Phil Waldron and Lachlan Gear, she will be singing you heartfelt renditions of her favourite songs both covers and originals. A “mix tape” of the songs that have inspired her through the years. Join us for an unforgettable evening of incredible music and food in our intimate candlelit setting.

Tickets: $55 pp (Dinner included, refer to menu above) Bar available. No BYO. 

Thu 23rd Sep

5:30 - 7 PM & 7:30-9PM

Joanna's Candlelit Soirée "A night of original music" with Jessie Gordon & Mark Turner

Accomplished multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Mark Turner and jazz/blues singer Jessie Gordon have known each other for many years, since he was a mere slip of a 13 year old and she was a willowy redhead avoiding the sun at all opportunities. 20 years of friendship have ensued, with music as the cornerstone of their lives. 

Together they have toured around Australia and through Europe, won awards at Fringe World 2019 and 2020 and recorded on five albums, including their collaborative 2019 release ‘Best Friends’.
Jessie’s passion is old world roots music of the 21st Century. Her original work is a combination of soulful blues, harmonic gospel and joyful swinging country. Mark loves jazz and blues, and also brings a folk and pop sensitivity to his song writing.
The duo are a joy to watch on stage, their shared history and their love for each other is palpable. They have also begun writing music together and this night at Kidogo will feature some brand new tunes from their most recent songwriting escapades!
Join this talented pair for an unforgettable candlelit evening!

Tickets: $55 pp (Dinner included, refer to menu above) Bar available. No BYO. 

Wed 29th Sep

5:30 - 7 PM & 7:30-9PM

Joanna's Candlelit Soirée "Western Swing" with Lucky Oceans & Jon Matthews with Alistair Peel

Grammy Award winning Western Swing steel guitarist Lucky Oceans couldn’t believe it when he found Jon Matthews living in Perth’s Darling Ranges. Though still in his 20s, Jon plays an exciting, rapid fire Western Swing guitar style like an Okie in California in the 1960s. Together, Jon and Lucky will play their own songs and some red hot instrumentals that will leave you excited and amazed. Alistair Peel will join them on double bass.

Tickets: $55 pp (Dinner included, refer to menu above) Bar available. No BYO. 

Thu 30th Sep

5:30 - 7 PM & 7:30-9PM


Sunday October 3rd from 4:30 - 6:30 PM @ Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle

Joanna's Candlelit "Poetry" Soirée with Tony Curtis & Alf Taylor

World renowned poets Tony Curtis (Ireland) and Alf Taylor (Nyoongar), will be gracing us with their words at Kidogo Arthouse for a very special “Candlelit Poetry Soirée”. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening, with a guest reading by Dennis Haskell and an exclusive Q&A to close the night. 


Tony Curtis, born in Dublin in 1955, studied literature at the University of Essex and Trinity College, Dublin. In 1993, his poem The Dowser and the Child won the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition, while These Hills won the Book Stop Poetry Prize.


Alf Taylor is a well known Western Australian Nyoongah writer. He was born in the late 1940s and spent his childhood in the Spanish Benedictine Mission at New Norcia, 250 kilometres north of Perth. Upon leaving, he worked around Perth and Geraldton as a seasonal farm worker, before he joined the Armed Forces. After a marriage, seven children and a divorce, Alf found his voice as a writer and poet. He has a large portfolio of publications consisting of books, poems and stories. Most recently acclaimed for his book “God, the Devil, and Me”, Alf is also an Honorary Research Associate of English & Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia.


Dennis is the author of 9 collections of poetry, the most recent And Yet… (WAPP, 2020) and Ahead of Us (Fremantle Press, 2016) plus 14 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism. He is a Member of the Order of Australia for services to literature. Dennis worked with Alf Taylor on his memoir, God, the Devil, and Me for 16 years; Alf worked on it for 20. 

Join us for a enchanting evening of poetry at our 19th century limestone gallery!

Tickets from $25

Please email [email protected] if you require assistance with bookings.

Kidogo Arthouse events adhere to Government guidelines for safe venue operations due to COVID19. 

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