Qual­ity acts boost REAF’s rep­u­ta­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Kar­ratha’s sev­enth an­nual Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val came to a close in the town cen­tre last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Friends and fam­i­lies en­joyed live mu­sic from Perth band the Gal­lop­ing Fox­leys, jumbo games, mar­ket stalls, a pop-up bar and food vans.

REAF kicked off on Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, with thou­sands of peo­ple de­scend­ing on the Kar­ratha town cen­tre for a night of fun and en­ter­tain­ment.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Sharpe Av­enue and Waram­bie Road was closed to traf­fic and turned into a hub of ac­tiv­ity as pun­ters en­joyed live mu­sic, a pup­pet pa­rade, food and mar­ket stalls and rov­ing per­form­ers.

The pop­u­lar REAF Ju­nior event sold out so quickly, and a sec­ond show was added to the pro­gram on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17.

Chil­dren and fam­i­lies were en­ter­tained by Hoot and Hoota­belle from the pop­u­lar ABC kids’ show Gig­gle and Hoot, as well as a per­for­mance by Fatt Matt and the Lu­nar Cir­cus troupe.

There was also face-paint­ing, chil­dren’s rides and a pop-up cafe for mums and dads.

Kar­ratha ABBA fans dressed up for trib­ute band BABBA’s din­ner show at the Tam­brey on Satur­day night.

In their first Pil­bara show, BABBA played all the ABBA clas­sics that had the au­di­ence danc­ing all night.

For their third REAF 2016 ap­pear­ance, Lu­nar Cir­cus put on a spec­tac­u­lar show on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18, at the aptly named Lu­nar Sen­sa­tion tent — a pop-up venue on Hamp­ton Oval in Dampier.

Lu­nar Cir­cus per­former Matt Yates said REAF was a great event.

“(There was) some­thing for all of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Good to see a vi­brant Shire want­ing to make a difference with arts in the com­mu­nity.”

As Lu­nar Cir­cus act were on the trapeze, con­tort­ing and jug­gling, co­me­di­ans Mikey Rob­bins, Bev Kil­lick, Dave Cal­lan and Ak­mal Saleh were pro­vid­ing laughs for au­di­ences at the Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct.

The all-star com­edy line-up brought the hi­lar­ity to the Lu­nar Sen­sa­tion tent the fol­low­ing night.

Cal­lan danced, Rob­bins acted as MC and Kil­lick did im­pres­sive im­per­son­ations of Tina Turner.

Head­line co­me­dian Ak­mal Saleh ebbed and flowed through his rou­tine but kept ev­ery­one laugh­ing as

he in­ter­acted with the crowd and told sto­ries from his life and time on Chan­nel 10 re­al­ity pro­gram I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

Re­turn­ing to REAF was com­edy hyp­no­tist Matt Hale, who put vol­un­teers un­der his spell at the Tam­brey last Wed­nes­day and the Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct last Fri­day.

Hale said he had “so much fun” in Kar­ratha and would love to be a part of REAF 2017.

“The au­di­ences and peo­ple tak­ing part were just so up for and so much fun to work with,” he said. “It was just fan­tas­tic to part of such a world­class event in a re­mote lo­ca­tion.”

Kar­ratha town square was filled with the sounds of the Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra playing classical ver­sions on mod­ern hits last Satur­day night.

Hun­dreds gath­ered at the Kar­ratha quar­ter with pic­nic rugs and camp­ing chairs as So­phie Foster and End of Fash­ion front­man Justin Bur­ford ac­com­pa­nied the or­ches­tra, singing hits such a Queen’s Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, Cold­play’s Viva La Vida, Adele’s Sky­fall and more.

The arts fes­ti­val is one of Kar­ratha’s big­gest events, with eight per­for­mances and ac­tiv­i­ties span­ning 10 days.

Mayor Peter Long said the fes­ti­val pro­vided the com­mu­nity with arts and cul­ture one would only ex­pect to see in a met­ro­pol­i­tan area

“From an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance by the Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra to mo­tocross stunts in the cen­tre of town, REAF has once more lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion as an en­ter­tain­ing and di­verse fes­ti­val that brings out the best in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We are al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year’s edi­tion and the ways we can con­tinue to grow this an­nual cal­en­dar high­light.”

Pic­tures: Louise Alling­ham and Tom Zaun­mayr

So­phie Foster with the Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

Dave Cal­lan, Bev Kil­lick, Ak­mal Saleh and Mikey Rob­bins.

Acro­bats of the Lu­nar Cir­cus.

Pre­car­i­ous an­tics from the Lu­nar Cir­cus.

Jug­gling at the Lu­nar Cir­cus.

Dave Cal­lan per­forms at the Lu­nar Sen­sa­tion Tent in Dampier.

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