The second round of this year’s Playing WA funding has granted more than $564,000 to support six performances as they tour regional WA.
The funding is part of the State Government’s Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program, which aims to increase creative activity across the State.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the funding supported the creative individuals and organizations involved as well as the regional towns they visited.
“Regional venues, entertainment centers, surrounding businesses and tourism enterprises all benefit from the additional activity these tours bring,” she said.
Three of the performances will reach new audiences in the Goldfields-Esperance region as they tour the State.
Artrage Inc was awarded $115,079 to present The Rocky Horror Picture Show Immersive 4D Spectacular in the Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, Perth, South West and Wheatbelt regions.
The performance is scheduled to hit Kalgoorlie-Boulder on November 5 at the Goldfields Arts Centre.
CircuitWest’s Natural Wings was awarded $113,219 for She is Strong. Celebrating the hidden world of circus women.
The tour will include a residency and is touring the Goldfields-Esperance, Mid West and Wheatbelt regions.
Annette Carmichael was awarded $99,548 to tour a collaborative dance — The Stars Descend — in partnership with ecological organization Gondwana Link in the Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, Peel and South West regions.
The other winning initiatives include YUCK Circus’ regional tour of Deadset, Phil Walleystack Indigenous Arts Foundation Limited’s PWS Indigenous Art Foundation Yarning Singing Tour and Golden Age Productions’ Golden Age Girls comedic cabaret.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said he was delighted the six performances would take to the road regionally.
“The impact that culture and the arts can have on communities should not be underestimated and regional audiences deserve to experience these performances too,” he said.
This funding boost brings the State’s total investment in regional tourism to more than $4.7 million since 2019.
For more information about programs that fund regional WA communities visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.