Fes­ti­val prom­ises all-ages fun

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

The Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val is com­ing back to the Pil­bara for an­other year and brings a line-up of events for all ages.

The City of Kar­ratha re­cently an­nounced this year’s REAF pro­gram would run over more than 10 days, from Septem­ber 16, and in­clude eight di­verse events.

Renowned co­me­di­ans, an ABBA trib­ute band, street party, orches­tra and cir­cus are just some of the acts that have been added to the bill.

Kick­ing off the arts ex­trav­a­ganza is the fes­ti­val launch, an an­nual arty street party in Kar­ratha’s town cen­tre.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Sharpe Av­enue and Waram­bie Road will be closed to make way for the free event fea­tur­ing rov­ing per­form­ers, live mu­sic, food and mar­kets stalls and a demon­stra­tion from LIVE Moto X, Lu­nar Cir­cus and the Fly­ing Corella Pro­ces­sion.

A sec­ond ju­nior event has been added to the bill af­ter the first show sold out in just days.

This year’s REAF Ju­nior will fea­ture Hoot and Hoota­belle from the pop­u­lar ABC kid’s show Gig­gle and Hoot, who will be ap­pear­ing at the Lu­nar Sen­sa­tion tent on Hampton Oval in Dampier on Septem­ber 17.

Ak­mal Saleh, Dave Cal­lan Mickey Rob­bins and Bev Killick will have au­di­ences in stitches over two nights in Wick­ham and Dampier from Septem­ber 18-19

ABBA fans are in for a treat on Septem­ber 17 as trib­ute band BABBA trans­ports the crowd back to the 1970s with their faith­ful im­pres­sion of the hit group.

Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra will per­form a clas­si­cal twist on some favourite tunes at their free Septem­ber 24 show.

Other events in­clude hyp­no­tist Matt Hale’s show at the Tam­brey Tav­ern and Ram­bla bar, cir­cus acts from the Lu­nar Cir­cus Troupe and the REAF re­cov­ery ses­sion with Perth band Gal­lop­ing Fox­leys.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said REAF is one of the City’s key events.

“REAF is now in its sev­enth year and we are proud to bring our com­mu­nity an­other fan­tas­tic line-up of artis­tic en­ter­tain­ment,” he said.

“Be­ing able to pro­vide such a high cal­i­bre of events in the city means more of our com­mu­nity can en­joy arts and cul­ture right at their doorstep and pro­vides fur­ther in­cen­tive for vis­i­tors to the re­gion to stay with us longer and en­joy more of what we have to of­fer.”

Rio Tinto gen­eral man­ager rail op­er­a­tions Zara Fisher said it was great to see REAF con­tin­u­ing each year.

“The whole com­mu­nity looks for­ward to REAF and what en­gag­ing and in­ter­est­ing acts and per­for­mances it will bring to the com­mu­nity every year,” she said.

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion head to reaf.com.au.

Picture: Mar­garet Bertling

The pop­u­lar Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val re­turns to Kar­ratha next month with ex­tra events.

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