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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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In the House expanding WA’s vibrant regional culture and arts programs

Dec 21, 2020
Arts and cultural venues in regional Western Australia will be buzzing with increased programs of activity next year, thanks to the In the House grants program.
Inside the Bronze Box, State Theatre Centre of WA. Photo by Eva Fernandez.

WA-first Cultural Infrastructure Framework released

Dec 17, 2020
The State Government has released the first ever Cultural Infrastructure Framework for WA, outlining a roadmap for holistic cultural infrastructure planning and investment in the State until 2030 and beyond.
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Almost $1 million awarded in arts grants

Dec 4, 2020
A total of 23 projects by artists and arts organisations from across the State will share in almost $1 million in funding through the State Government's Arts 15k-plus grant program.
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Contact register resources available

Dec 4, 2020

LG Alert

With just one day to go until COVID-19 contact registers become mandatory for many WA local businesses and venues, there are a number of State Government resources available to assist with communications to stakeholders.
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New Screenwest production kicks off Lotterywest Films for Perth Festival

Nov 30, 2020
Premier Mark McGowan will officially present the Perth Festival with a Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund grant of $6.3 million and will announce an additional $1 million in support, at the opening night of the festival's Lotterywest Films season.
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Grants continue to support local music industry

Nov 27, 2020
Popular Perth rock band Methyl Ethel will embark on a worldwide publicity campaign for their new album, thanks to funding from the State Government's Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program.
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Mandatory contact registers in WA

Nov 25, 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced that mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues will be introduced from 5 December 2020.
A woman and a girl looking at an exhibit at the new WA Museum Boola Bardip

Plan your summer visit to the world class new WA Museum Boola Bardip

Nov 23, 2020
Bookings for the spectacular new WA Museum Boola Bardip over the summer holiday season are now open.
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Festival films take WA Museum Boola Bardip and WA talent to the world

Nov 21, 2020
Australian rock band Eskimo Joe and singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly lead an all-star cast in a series of short films that have had their world premiere today, as part of the opening celebrations for the new WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Aerial view of the Western Australian Museum from James Street.

Spectacular new $400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opens

Nov 21, 2020
The highly anticipated WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opened today with thousands of Western Australians getting their first taste of the incredible exhibitions, experiences and stories on display in the spectacular new building.
FRINGE WORLD Festival. Photo by Jason Matz.

Get ready to binge on FRINGE, as tickets go on sale today

Nov 12, 2020
It is almost that time of year, FRINGE WORLD 2021 is coming and is set to be a bonanza of Western Australian creative and artistic talent.
State Theatre Centre of WA - Photo by Robert Frith-Acorn Photo

Funding to reignite WA theatre activity

Nov 5, 2020
Perth will be buzzing with new local theatre next year thanks to funding for three upcoming productions through the Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (WATDI).
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Funding provides opportunities to Great Southern theatre artists

Nov 5, 2020
A satirical musical theatre piece will be presented at the recently renovated Albany Town Hall, thanks to funding from the State Government's Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (WATDI).
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Updates to the COVID Event Plans process for high risk events

Nov 2, 2020
Event organisers and local governments should be aware of the following important information regarding submission of high risk COVID Event Plans to the Department of Health, including mandatory cut-off dates for those events occurring in December and January.
Mater Dei College students, 2018

PALS program promotes reconciliation in WA classrooms

Oct 29, 2020
Schools across Western Australia will continue to create projects next year that promote and advance reconciliation in their local community through the Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing (PALS) program.
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New exemptions introduced to continue WA’s strong recovery

Oct 19, 2020
On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the State Government will extend Phase 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap but will now allow exemptions to the 2 square metre rule at selected venues to continue Western Australia's economic recovery and keep WA safe and strong.
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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA Phase 3 report out now

Oct 16, 2020
The final report is now available, showing how Western Australian audiences felt in September 2020 about attending arts events again, compared to earlier in the year.
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Online resource ensuring a safer WA for children and young people

Oct 13, 2020
An online resource providing the latest information on child safety for organisations and individuals has been launched by the State Government.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grant program to support connection to Country

Oct 12, 2020
A grant program opening soon will support Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake trips to renew links between community, Country and culture.
East Pilbara Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of the Shire of East Pilbara.

Landmark project to map Pilbara’s Aboriginal art movement

Oct 8, 2020
A new landmark project will map the Pilbara Aboriginal art movement for the first time, providing insight into the development of the region's unique Aboriginal art, artists and art centres.
‘Tiger Tale’ by Barrowland Ballet (Scotland), 2016 AWESOME Festival. Photo by James Campbell.

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program Collaboration category

Oct 1, 2020
Applications are now open to the Collaboration category of the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – Phase 3 report out now

Sep 22, 2020
National results from the third phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
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COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA

Sep 18, 2020
Events of more than 500 people that require a local government authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in Western Australia.
Performers at the Nannup Music Festival 30th anniversary parade, 2019. Picture by Giselle Natassia.

Grant programs to reignite regional arts and cultural activity

Sep 16, 2020
Regional Western Australia will become a hive of arts and cultural activity thanks to three grant programs opening this month, as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
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Wander out Yonder and spring into a Perth staycation

Sep 9, 2020
Western Australians are being encouraged to turn a night out into a 'staycation' — with the launch of a new campaign promoting Perth's world-class hospitality, entertainment and accommodation offerings.
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Aboriginal name for new WA Museum, ballot for tickets opens today

Sep 7, 2020
The spectacular new WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre has added an Aboriginal name — WA Museum Boola Bardip. Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Noongar language.
Children making puppets at Claremont Christmas Event, 2014. Facilitated by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Photo by Jessica Wyld

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

Sep 1, 2020
Applications are now open to the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions

Aug 31, 2020
Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry.
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State Government issues casting call for film studio in Perth

Aug 19, 2020
The State Government is seeking proposals from the private sector to build, locate and operate a screen production facility in Western Australia.
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Western Australian filmmakers to bring our stories to life

Aug 18, 2020
Applications opened today for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to access grants to make short films bringing stories from the State Library of Western Australia to life.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

Creative programmers sought for WA’s spectacular new Museum

Aug 13, 2020
The State Government is calling for proposals from a range of businesses to deliver dynamic visitor experiences within the new Western Australian Museum.
2020 Awesome Festival: International Arts Festival for bright young things

2020 AWESOME Festival to delight young and old

Aug 12, 2020
The AWESOME Arts Festival will once again delight audiences young and old, when it is presented at the Perth Cultural Centre during the next school holidays in spring.
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DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program – coming soon

Aug 6, 2020
The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perth Concert Hall during Storm. Image credit Brad Martin.

Massive $76 million recovery package to support culture and arts in WA

Aug 6, 2020
Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall is set to receive a $30 million upgrade and investment over the next three years as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan.
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COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey – available now

Aug 4, 2020
The department is conducting a targeted survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries in Western Australia.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

New Western Australian Museum to open on 21 November 2020

Jul 24, 2020
The spectacular new Western Australian Museum will open in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday November 21, 2020 with a nine-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
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