16 Oct 2014
Country audiences in 28 towns from Broome to Albany and Fitzroy Crossing to Merredin will have the chance to see acclaimed shows in their local areas next year.
In Kalgoorlie today for the Regional Arts Australia Summit, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the shows by three Western Australian arts groups would focus on the themes of sharks, climate change and the Noongar language.
The music and theatre performances by Marrugeku Inc, Gina Williams and The Skeletal System, produced by Performing Lines WA, are funded by the State Government through Royalties for Regions to a total of $192,000.
Artists will work with local presenters to develop ways of engaging with the community through workshops and other activities.
“The themes for all three performances have strong links to the regional areas they will be toured in, and each of the shows will provide strong community engagement,” Mr Day said.
The Minister also released the State Government’s Regional Arts and Cultural Action Plan, which aims to increase creativity and access to the arts in regional areas of WA.
“Consultation highlighted that West Australians living in regional areas would like greater access to high quality arts experiences, cultural programs and infrastructure,” he said.
“This four-year plan will guide government and community investment to ensure it is being directed to areas with the highest need and that there are appropriate programs to help develop regional artists.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was providing $1 million over three years to the Boost arts regional touring program.
“Boost will provide regional communities with the opportunity to experience an increased variety of live performances that meet the artistic preferences of the region,” Mr Redman said.
- The Performing Arts Regional Touring Boost arts program is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts, with support from Royalties for Regions
- The next round of grants closes on December 5, 2014 for tours beginning July 1, 2015
- The Regional Arts Australia Summit is being held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week
- For a copy of the Action Plan
Culture and the Arts Minister’s office - 6552 6200
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700
Performing Arts Regional Tours - Boost 2014 grants
Marrugeku Inc, Broome ($95,609)
Marrugeku Inc will tour its latest production of Cut the Sky - Five Songs for the Future to the Peel and Kimberley regions from August 16 to September 14, 2015. Eight performances and workshops will be held in Mandurah, Broome, Mowanjum (Kimberley), and Fitzroy Crossing before the company leaves for Europe to perform in Denmark, Belgium and France.
Cut the Sky explores the impact of climate change from an Indigenous point of view through dance, video art and song.
Gina Williams ($26,894)
Contemporary musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will tour Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka (Forever, we sing) to the South-West, Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions from February 24 to April 20, 2015. The workshop component of the tour is being supported by the Department of Education and will result in one of the language songs, Wanjoo, being taught to primary school children before the tour. A total of 25 performances will take place in 24 regional centres.
Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka is Gina and Guy’s debut album. It was released in April 2014 and is sung almost entirely in Noongar language. Kalyakoorl follows Gina’s personal story of love and loss, reconciliation and hope. The tour is described as contemporary songs and heart stories in Noongar language across Noongar Country.
Performing Lines Limited (WA) ($69,813)
Performing Lines will tour The Skeletal System’s Great White to the Great Southern, Peel and South-West from October 15 to November 1, 2015. Great White will tour Albany, Margaret River, Bunbury and Mandurah. The company will offer workshops by Barefaced Stories’ Andrea Gibbs to develop curtain raisers, a photographic exhibition, Milestone Moments, and directing, acting and improvisation master classes.
Great White was written and directed by Will O’Mahony and is described as an intimate, human love story about growing up and making choices. Great White won the 2013 Performing Arts WA Award for best new play and the production had sell-out seasons at the Blue Room in 2013 and Fringeworld in 2014.