REAF revelry back on the street

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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

Pic­ture: City of Kar­ratha

The REAF Launch street party will be back for a sec­ond year to open the Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val.

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