Arts Development Partnerships

Creating vibrancy, celebrating culture and bringing opportunity to the region, the City partners with leading Western Australian arts organisations.

Karratha Theatre Development Program

1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024

This three-year partnership provides access to theatre opportunities delivered by Black Swan State Theatre Company for City of Karratha residents, including residencies and workshops on acting, playwrighting, design, improvising, directing, and devising – all delivered by leading industry professionals. 

The partnership will also bring Black Swan theatre experiences to City of Karratha - the first production from this partnership, Every Brilliant Thing, was released in August 2021.  The final production of the partnership “Barracking for the Umpire” will be presented at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in May 2024.

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Karratha New Music Development Program

1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024

Leading the vision for building opportunities for Western Australian musicians, conductors, composers and music producers from the City, the Karratha New Music Development Program aims to support artists to create new music, perform in the City of Karratha and share their music from our region with other areas of WA.  

The program includes community engagement, regular residences, and online musician workshops.   

Each year of the partnership, a professional Perth Symphony Orchestra production will be presented at the Red Earth Arts Precinct. The first of these was Mini Mozart in October 2021. 

Pilbara Regional Engagement Program

1 July 2021 to 31 December 2024

West Australian Ballet will provide five to seven weeks of in-school activity, Karratha Youth Dance Collective training and a range of community activities each year through this partnership.  

Community activities will include masterclasses, adult ballet classes, storytime adventures in community settings and the Project 10 program: a theatre activation program aimed at young people in Year 10 and above, offering them the opportunity to experience being part of a performance.  

West Australian Ballet will also provide technical Internship opportunities each year that they are presenting performances in Karratha.   

A professional production will be presented at the Red Earth Arts Precinct each year of the partnership. 

Past Partnerships

INSPIRE Karratha

2020 - 2023 

Each year, Barking Gecko Theatre took over the Red Earth Arts Precinct to present a series of free theatre performances for school children.  In 2023 we enjoyed  performances of the beautiful and heart-warming Cicada, following on from the enchantment of HOUSE (2021) and The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker (2022).

This partnership wassupported by Woodside Energy. 



Perth Festival took the 2022 Festival out of the city and around the state through its Touring WA program.

Powered by this partnership, Perth Festival programs toured to the Red Earth Arts Precinct for REAF 2022. Program highlights included a performance of Jali by Oliver Twist, presented in the Red Earth Arts Precinct theatre, and a selection of Lotterywest Films were shown outdoors on The Shelf at Red Earth Arts Precinct. 

Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation. 


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