Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC has welcomed news that seven top Western Australian productions are touring regional WA until October, thanks to the Regional and Remote Touring Fund (RRTF), made possible by Royalties for Regions.
Mr Grills said the RRTF was part of the State Government’s $24 million investment over four years in regional arts through the Creative Regions program.
“The RRTF gives regional audiences access to top Western Australian productions that have taken part in fringe festivals across Australia,” Mr Grills said.
“Most recently, the RRTF is supporting the tours of seven productions that will collectively put on more than 200 performances, workshops and community and school activities throughout regional WA. The RRTF is a rolling fund that can be applied for at any time.”
The Mining and Pastoral Region is set to enjoy several performances, including –
The List – Fragmented Artists’ Suzanne Ingelbrecht’s contemporary one-person play The List will tour the regional communities of Mount Barker, Ravensthorpe and Esperance. The List was performed at the 2016 Perth Fringe Festival.
Tura New Music’s Reflection 2 – this performance brings together two Indigenous musical icons in Mark Atkins and Stephen Pigram and some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists. The show will tour 21 Kimberley towns and communities. (tour finishes this week)
HorseHead and I (honestly) Love You – Lockwood Productions’ performances of the double bill HorseHead and I (honestly) Love You, which will tour Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre, the Esperance Civic Centre, the Goldfields Arts Centre and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. (this event has passed)
Mr Grills said the RRTF gave regional communities the opportunity to enjoy cultural activities that are often taken for granted in the metropolitan area.
“The Nationals WA understand the value of the arts in building vibrant and sustainable regional communities, and have a strong track record of delivering regional arts and culture,” he said.
Nationals candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said the RRTF was making a valuable contribution to the vibrancy and revitalisation of regional areas.
“The Royalties for Regions investment in the RRTF is helping lay a strong foundation for regional WA to enjoy the arts and culture well into the future. Regional communities are also seeing more benefits economically, culturally and socially from this program,” Mr Rundle said.
For more information visit: http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding/grants-programs/regional-and-remote-touring-fund/