After being cancelled due to COVID in 2020, our Red Earth Arts Festival is back once again in 2021!
This will be the eleventh time we have held REAF and we have decided to make it earlier in the year so it doesn’t clash with many other events which occur in September. It opens this year with an official launch at the Red Earth Arts Precinct Amphitheatre on March 12.
This year’s festival program puts an emphasis on direct participation and community engagement. Throughout the ten day festival you will not only be able to take in some marvellous performances from some highly talented Western Australian artists, you will also be able to participate in many of the events yourself. These interactive experiences are something special such as Bare Faced Stories, where you can record in a mobile studio, Silent Disco Tours where you headset through the streets, and Crap Music Party - hit the dance floor on the Shelf!
The opening night on March 12 will feature an outdoor performance called String Symphony, involving a large marionette puppet and lots of volunteer interaction.
Through the week you will have over 70 time slots to experience a broad range of events across all our five towns. You will have the opportunity to workshop washi tape weavings, learn botanical drawing and floral ink tattoo design, jam with Katy Steele and explore creative writing with David Whish-Wilson. And enjoy Katy and the Southern River Band at Loud Guitars and Red Cans on Ice at the Nickol Bay Speedway on Friday 19th.
Every night the REAP Amphitheatre will be transformed into “The HeArt” - the hub of the festival – and will have live entertainment, food trucks and refreshments for attendees both before and after events.
We will have over 200 community participants involved throughout the festival and with 65 artists presenting 22 separate event experiences over 10 days, REAF 2021 is set to be an unmissable experience.