Flights of fancy at Red Earth

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Ewan, 7, and Isaac Fisher, 6, with their fly­ing corella pup­pets, were among thou­sands who flocked to the Kar­ratha Quar­ter and nearby in­ter­sec­tion to launch the Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val on Fri­day night. A fly­ing corella pro­ces­sion, mu­sic, cir­cus acts and motocross demon­stra­tions made it the fes­ti­val’s big­gest and best street party to date.

The sev­enth an­nual Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val launched in Kar­ratha on Fri­day night with a com­mu­nity-wide street party.

The fes­ti­val open­ing was big­ger and bet­ter than ever thanks to the ex­tra space af­forded by the new City Square at The Quar­ter, which gave acts more room to en­ter­tain and guests more room to move as they gath­ered to kick off a packed 10 days of arts events.

A pro­ces­sion of fly­ing corella pup­pets — made by chil­dren from lo­cal play­groups, Dampier Pri­mary School and St Luke’s Col­lege — through the streets grabbed peo­ple’s at­ten­tion be­fore City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long of­fi­cially opened the fes­ti­val.

En­ter­tain­ment through­out the night was pro­vided by stu­dents from Roe­bourne’s Boon­deru Mu­sic Academy, Lu­nar Cir­cus, cover band What Now? and the Kur­ra­jong Dance Col­lec­tive, who added a touch of the sur­real with a Mad Hat­ter’s dance per­for­mance.

The main at­trac­tions were two motocross demon­stra­tions by three lo­cal rid­ers, who wowed the crowd with back­flips and stunts on a giant ramp in the main street.

Food and mar­ket stalls joined the cafes lin­ing the in­ter­sec­tion and added to the re­laxed, fam­ily friendly street party at­mos­phere.

Acts for this year’s REAF fes­ti­val in­clude ABBA trib­ute band BABBA, more motocross demon­stra­tions, a Lu­nar Cir­cus per­for­mance un­der the big top, co­me­di­ans, a hyp­no­tist and a clas­si­cal mu­sic per­for­mance un­der the stars, be­fore a re­cov­ery ses­sion on Sun­day.

For fes­ti­val cov­er­age, pick up next week’s copy of the

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Sarah Pi­card, Kate Wood­ward and Bec Civil dance to Nut­bush City Lim­its.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era Mo­tor­cross demon­stra­tions in the Sharpe Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion.

Cover band What Now? per­form at the REAF launch.

Casie Con­nell, 14, Cather­ine Con­nell and Emma Con­nell, 13.

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