City of Karratha

Ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival launch a success

04 Sep 2018

The ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival is underway after festivities kicked off at the Red Earth Arts Precinct on Friday, August 31.

More than 3000 people flocked to the award-winning Red Earth Arts Precinct to enjoy a free, family-friendly evening of roving entertainers, dynamic performances, food stalls, markets and rides under the stars.

City of Karratha mayor Peter Long said it was the first time the launch had taken advantage of the superb facility, which was a big boost to the region’s thriving arts and culture scene.

“It’s always a pleasure to launch the festival, which has been one of the highlights of our annual events calendar and much-loved by the community for almost a decade,” Cr Long said.

“This year is extra special because we have a magnificent arts and culture hub to host many of the exciting entertainment options for children, adults and families. I’m looking forward to seeing the community out in force over the next 10 days, immersing themselves in the diverse Red Earth Arts Festival program.

“I’m proud that the City continues to deliver a festival that is still evolving after many years and that transforms our communities into vibrant celebrations of artistic and cultural expression.”

Rio Tinto general manager Ports Cape Lambert Chris Osborn said he was looking forward to being part of the 2018 Red Earth Arts Festival.

“This year’s programme ensures the whole community can get involved, from the family-friendly launch to the children’s activities and shows just for adults, there is something for everyone,” Mr Osborn said.

“Rio Tinto is committed to the long-term development and effective delivery of arts and culture initiatives across the Pilbara that help add to community vibrancy.

“The arts and culture scene in the Pilbara has grown significantly in recent years and we are very proud of our contribution to the local community in this space.”

REAF 2018 runs from Friday, 31 August to Sunday, 9 September with events held in Karratha, Roebourne and Wickham. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

This year’s Red Earth Arts Festival is proudly presented by the City of Karratha alongside principal partner Rio Tinto with support from the State Government of Western Australia, Pilbara Ports Authority, Performing Arts Connections Australia, Kennards Hire, Cleanaway, Nielsen Liquid Waste, Karratha Signs and Pilbara Media.

If you would like to see your selfie projected onto the outdoor cinema screen at the Red Earth Arts Precinct, snap a pic and post it to Instagram with #reafselfie in the caption. REAF selfies will be projected from 6-7pm daily during the festival period. All content will be screened by City of Karratha staff before being projected.