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Past Event

Perth International Arts Festival presents

A Mile in My Shoes

Try someone else’s life on for size.


Stirling Gardens

Tickets Free Event

  • Theatre
  • Free


A Mile in My Shoes is an empathy shoe shop, where visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger – literally. Housed in a giant shoebox, this interactive exhibition contains a collection of shoes and audio stories that offers a snapshot into the breadth and diversity of who we are in Western Australia. You simply choose a pair of shoes – that may belong to a refugee, a sex worker or a FIFO operator – and walk a mile listening to the personal story of the shoe owner’s life.

In partnership with PIAF, The Empathy Museum and Centre for Stories are creating an extraordinary collection of stories that will give us a glimpse into the lives of Western Australians from all walks of life.

Cast & Crew / Artists

Curated by Clare Patey and Kitty Ross in collaboration with cultural thinker Roman Krznaric
Stories commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival
Stories collected and produced by Centre for Stories:
Senior Producer Meri Fatin
Producers Marnie Richardson Sinéad Mangan

Audio mix and post production by Adrian Sardi at The Vault
Environmental Sound Recordings by David Allan-Petale 

And the stories of
Adrian McCrae
Aisha Novakovich
Anthea Brown
Bonnie Davies
Carly Dudley
Ceinwen Roberts
Christine Brown
Craig Hollywood
Dalwinder Singh
Dianne Lawrence
Evelyn Rivera
Gina Williams
Graham Edwards
Janet Hayden
Jeremy Smith
Joan Foley
John Gilmore
Kaliyugan Pathmanathan
Karen Lang
Margaret Watroba
Miles Kennedy
Paddi Creevey
Saige Divine
Sean Blocksidge
Sean Pollard
Simon Peterffy
Simone McMahon
Skye Windbank
Uncle Ben Taylor Cuermara
Wendy Ruwiza
Wolfgang Bylsma

Awards & Reviews

‘A surprisingly profound experience.’

Show Date & Times

Stirling Gardens 11.00am*, 4.00pm#

  1. Feb T 18 #
  2. F 19 #
  3. S 20 *
  4. S 21 *
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  9. S 27 *
  10. S 28 *
  11. Mar T 01 #
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  14. F 04 #
  15. S 05 *
  16. S 06 *


Education Resources


Recommended for ages 14+

Some audio stories may contain adult themes. Check with event staff for age appropriate content.



Excursion Plan


Stirling Gardens

Barrack St & St Georges Terrace, Perth Show in Google Maps ›
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