If Karratha seems like it is bustling this week, it is because hundreds of the nation’s arts leaders and top performers are here for the 32nd Performing Arts Connections Australia National Exchange and Conference.

PAC Australia is the national peak body that represents and supports the performing art industry, from big cities to tiny towns.

Securing this five-day major event at the state-of-the-art Red Earth Arts Precinct is a coup for the City of Karratha.

It’s only the ninth time the annual event has been held in regional community, and Karratha is the most remote location it has ever travelled to.

The City is committed to strengthening and enhancing arts and cultural experiences in our communities, and hosting the conference and exchange is a reflection of how far we have come in this space.

Council places immense value on championing the arts – and has done so long before the Red Earth Arts Precinct started attracting events of the high caliber of this week’s conference and exchange.

Our Cossack Art Awards have grown over the past 26 years to become a nationally significant art prize that draws the highest creative talent from across the Pilbara and Australia.

Our ninth annual Red Earth Arts Festival is underway with a jam-packed program of performances on offer to the young and young at heart.

Council also offers an ever-evolving yearly arts program to support local art groups and champion our wealth of artistic talent.

Securing the Performing Arts Connections Australia National Exchange and Conference also shows how we have matured as a city.

People visit cities to immerse themselves in arts and cultural experiences.

While our region has been home to some of the oldest rock art on the planet for centuries, we are now home to a modern facility to draw those at the forefront of contemporary arts here.