REAF revelry back on the street
■ The REAF Launch street party will be back for a second year to open the Red Earth Arts Festival, kicking off the 10-day arts program for 2015.
The popular event will feature roving street performers, live music and a market and food experiences in a family-friendly evening on a closed off Sharpe Avenue.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said REAF Launch was a spectacular way to open the program providing a unique arts experience to a wide audience.
“REAF Launch is a great night out for the whole family, encapsulating the REAF concept by presenting a variety of art interpretations in unique and entertaining ways,” he said.
“With no set stage, performers and the crowd are free to walk around and mingle with one another, creating a fantastic, interactive experience.”
“REAF is about giving people in the Pilbara access to high-quality art events and each year the festival works to push the programming further, creating events that will draw in visitors from all over the North West.
Woodside asset manager Karratha gas plant Steve Trench said the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project was extremely proud to have been involved in REAF since its inception.
“It’s been great to watch REAF mature into such a professionally run, high quality event attracting performers from across Australia and around the world,” he said. “For me, the highlight of REAF is the opening street party, which sees the town centre come alive with people soaking up street performances, bargain hunting at market stalls, eating, drinking and catching up with friends.”
Rio Tinto rail operations general manager Zara Fisher said Rio was committed to bringing a diverse range of arts and cultural activities to the Pilbara through the Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership with the City of Karratha.
“REAF provides the community access to a range of great local and international acts and reinforces our commitment to deliver arts and cultural events across the Pilbara,” she said.
REAF Launch will open the Red Earth Arts Festival on Friday, September 18, from 7pm until late. Entry is free and all ages are welcome.
REAF is proudly delivered by the City of Karratha, Rio Tinto and Woodside North West Shelf Project with support from Pilbara Ports Authority, Eventscorp and Healthway.
Full program details and information on ticketing and sales are available at www.reaf.com.au.
The REAF Launch street party will be back for a second year to open the Red Earth Arts Festival.