Flights of fancy at Red Earth
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.
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Pictures: Alicia Perera Motorcross demonstrations in the Sharpe Avenue intersection.
Cover band What Now? perform at the REAF launch.
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