City of Karratha

Community celebrates 10 years of Red Earth Arts Festival

06 Sep 2019

The tenth annual Red Earth Arts Festival will be officially launched tonight at the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

The community is invited to enjoy free festivities featuring a live performance by Spinifex Gum.

Spinifex Gum is a music project by Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire and a group of teenage Indigenous singers from Gondwana Choirs, whose powerful songs explore life in the Pilbara.

There will also be roving entertainers, amusement rides, market stalls and mobile food vans from 6-9pm.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council was proud to deliver the tenth Red Earth Arts Festival.

“It’s exciting to reach the 10-year milestone and reflect on how the arts and culture landscape has evolved over the past decade,” Cr Long said.

“Arts and culture events on offer within the City have significantly expanded during that time, through long-running events such as the Red Earth Arts Festival.

“This festival continues to offer a diverse range of dynamic performing arts experiences and I encourage you to get involved with what’s on offer over the next 16 days.”

Rio Tinto superintendent business performance Rail Operations Taylor Taff said he was impressed by the array of arts and cultural events on the City’s doorstep.

“Rio Tinto is proud to have supported REAF since its inception back in 2010 and through our long-term partnership with the City of Karratha, we’ve seen the programme of events grow into something really exciting,” Mr Taff said.

“These events add colour and vibrancy to our community, and Rio Tinto is committed to continue to support the development of arts and culture across the Pilbara.”

The 2019 Red Earth Arts Festival runs from Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 22. For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit

This year’s festival is proudly presented by the City of Karratha alongside principal partner Rio Tinto with support from the State Government of Western Australia via Tourism WA, Pilbara Ports Authority and Kennards Hire.