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WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

Sep 18, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.

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Kimberley to feature in Australian fashion campaign

Oct 13, 2021
Some of the State's most awe-inspiring locations will be showcased to millions of people around the world through a unique partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia and Showroom X.
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Child Safeguarding Checklist

Oct 12, 2021
Organisations are reminded that a checklist for staff and volunteers working with children and young people has been developed.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

Sep 18, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
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New laws pave the way for screen production facility management

Sep 3, 2021
New laws to create a statutory authority capable of managing all arts and cultural assets in Western Australia have passed the State Parliament.
WA Premier's Book Awards 2020 Winners Announced

Premier’s Book Award winners announced

Aug 26, 2021
Western Australian writer, activist and political analyst Sisonke Msimang, who is known for her works on race, gender and democracy, was last night awarded the $60,000 Western Australian Writer's Fellowship as part of the Premier's Book Awards.
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New board members appointed to Western Australian Museum

Aug 20, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has welcomed the appointment of Melissa Parke as the new Chair of the WA Museum Board of Trustees.
Albany Artist and Creative Grid Mentee Chelsea Hopkins-Allan painting a larger than life Helena Gum Moth.

Grants programs promoting the arts in regional WA

Aug 17, 2021

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Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning program closing soon.
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Broadened program supports more live ticketed events in WA

Aug 6, 2021
The State Government's successful risk-share program for the live performance industry has now reopened and includes a wider range of ticketed events.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grants program supporting connection to Country

Jul 23, 2021
Up to $25,000 for projects that strengthen intergenerational links.
Two Indian female dancers dressed in traditional costumes dancing on the bank of a river.

Grants programs supporting regional culture and arts

Jul 19, 2021
The State Government will open three culture and arts grants programs on July 27, 2021 as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), providing a funding boost to regional Western Australia's vibrant culture and arts sector.
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Four regional artists receive sought-after fellowships

Jul 5, 2021
Each receive $50,000 over two years from the Regional Artist Fellowship program.
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West Australian Music appoints new CEO

Jun 30, 2021
The announcement of a new CEO at West Australian Music and an extension to the Contemporary Music Fund heralds an exciting new era for WA's vibrant contemporary music scene.
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New program to get the show back on the road

Jun 29, 2021
A new shared risk program to reactivate live performances and touring activity is opening soon, creating more opportunities for employment and venue activation in the arts industry, building on recent announcements about increased capacity limits for arts venues.
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Arts and Culture Trust Bill reintroduced

Jun 24, 2021
The Arts and Culture Trust Bill has been reintroduced to State Parliament.
FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Live events risk-share program expanded

Jun 22, 2021
The successful Getting the Show back on the Road risk-share program has been expanded.
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Recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2021

Jun 18, 2021
Now in its second year, INSPIRE offers five emerging or established Western Australian writers $5000 each and a residency for up to 15 days in a National Trust heritage place.
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2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

Jun 17, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
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Lights, camera, action for South West CinefestOZ festival funding

Jun 14, 2021
More than 2000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South West from 25 to 29 August.
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WA dance company recognised on national stage

Jun 11, 2021
WA Aboriginal arts organisation Marrugeku has been recognised for its significant contribution to the performing arts as a new entrant in the National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP).
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

WA Museum Boola Bardip wins three major national industry awards

Jun 10, 2021
Western Australia's stunning new public museum, the WA Museum Boola Bardip, has been awarded three prestigious MAGNAs (Museums and Galleries National Awards) at the sector's annual awards event in Canberra last night.
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Funding available for upgrades to regional galleries

Jun 3, 2021
Public galleries in regional Western Australia can apply for funding from $2500 to $50,000 for minor or major scale upgrades and support through the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
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Shows on the Go program to continue bringing theatre to regional audiences

Jun 2, 2021
The successful Shows on the Go program will continue into 2023 thanks to an $860,000 funding commitment over two years from the State Government.

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

May 25, 2021
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
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The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

May 14, 2021
Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth.
Innovation Vouchers Program 2021

Call out to the creative industries – Innovation Vouchers now available

May 3, 2021
The Innovation Vouchers Program 2021 assists start-ups and small businesses (including the creative industries) to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.
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Limitations during State of Emergency

Apr 29, 2021
Although we are fortunate to be in a period of recovery, we take this opportunity to remind everyone that WA remains in a State of Emergency.
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COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

Apr 27, 2021

LG Alert

Following an announcement by the State Government, post-lockdown measures will come into effect from 12:01am Tuesday 27 April until 12.01am, Saturday morning 1 May.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – March 2021 results out now

Apr 16, 2021
After months of low COVID-19 cases, Western Australians are confident returning to arts and cultural events – and many are making firm plans to do so.
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Historic balconies at His Majesty’s Theatre to be restored

Apr 14, 2021
Visitors to His Majesty's Theatre will soon be able to walk along the balconies and verandahs as part of further upgrades at the historic performing arts venue.
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Explore WA’s cultural and creative spaces with the WA Cultural Infrastructure Map

Mar 25, 2021
The WA Cultural Infrastructure Map identifies existing cultural and creative spaces across the State.
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Grants continue recovery of WA’s arts and culture sector

Mar 23, 2021
WA’s vibrant arts and culture sector continues to receive support from the State Government, with 17 projects representing a variety of disciplines sharing in more than $709,000 from two grants programs.
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Regional festivals receive funding boost

Jan 28, 2021
A writers' festival in Geraldton, community sculpture in Esperance, and a series of astro-photography activities in Mount Magnet are some of the vibrant initiatives receiving funding from the latest round of the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund.
A woman and a girl looking at an exhibit at the new WA Museum Boola Bardip

250,000 visitors to WA Museum Boola Bardip in two months

Jan 23, 2021
The stunning new WA Museum Boola Bardip has now welcomed over 250,000 visitors since opening its doors on 21 November 2020.
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Playing WA grants program brings arts organisations to regional WA

Jan 12, 2021
Four major WA touring companies will share just under $1.6 million, taking their productions to regional Western Australia over the next three years, as part of the State Government's Playing WA Multi-year grants program.
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Playing WA supports performing arts tours across regional WA

Jan 12, 2021
Performing arts companies will tour a mixture of world class hip-hop opera, theatre, international jazz, cross-cultural work and musical comedy across regional Western Australia, with funding from the Playing WA grants program.

Local firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan

Dec 23, 2020
Western Australia is one step closer to a revitalised Perth Cultural Centre, with the contract for the masterplan awarded to Perth architectural firm Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick.
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