Siz­zling acts wrap up fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

A pop-up fringe car­ni­val and sun­downer saw hun­dreds of res­i­dents flock to Pegs Creek over the week­end for the fi­nale of the 2015 Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val.

On Satur­day night REAF Af­ter Dark saw a col­lec­tion of mini shows from com­edy acts to ma­gi­cians, hyp­no­tists and cabaret per­for­mances in a late night, adults only event.

The evening pro­vided some weird and won­der­ful per­for­mances from Sugar Blue Bur­lesque, Ma­gi­cian Jean-Luc, Two Brunette’s and a Gay, and Cap­tain Ruin.

World-renowned hyp­no­tist, Matt Hale, was a crowd favourite, with res­i­dents flock­ing to the stage for the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence hyp­no­sis at one of his three 30-minute shows. Hale said he was de­lighted to be so well-re­ceived by an en­thu­si­as­tic Kar­ratha au­di­ence.

“They were su­per­stars — ev­ery­one re­acted re­ally well to the hyp­no­sis and went away laugh­ing with a big smile on their face,” he said.

The Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val wrapped up in Cat­trall Park on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Res­i­dents were treated to the tunes of a va­ri­ety of lo­cal mu­si­cians, stalls, food vans and a se­ries of short Pixar films which proved a hit with lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Owner of CB Snapz and Pil­bara Photo Booth, Court­ney McFar­land, said she was re­ally im­pressed with the level of lo­cal busi­ness in­volve­ment through­out the fes­ti­val.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses have been at all the events and were par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent at the launch party, where there were a huge va­ri­ety of food stalls,” she said.

“I think there has been a lot more chances for small busi­nesses to be in­volved in REAF this year.”

REAF was de­liv­ered by the City of Kar­ratha, Rio Tinto and Wood­side North West Shelf Pro­ject with sup­port from Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity, Eventscorp and Health­way.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Sugar Blue Bur­lesque per­form­ers Coco Pop­pin, Ruby Slip­pers and Fifi Fon­taine were a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion at REAF Af­ter Dark.

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