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Stars of Kid Snow - Billy Howle, Phoebe Tonkin and Tom Bateman

UK actors in Kalgoorlie and Perth for first feature film production since WA border reopened

May 27, 2022
Well-known UK actors have touched down in the Goldfields-Esperance region for the first feature film production in Western Australia since our border reopened, with production of Kid Snow made possible thanks to major investment from the State Government.

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FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Live events risk-share program expanded

22 Jun 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

18 Jun 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

17 Jun 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

14 Jun 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

11 Jun 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

10 Jun 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

3 Jun 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

2 Jun 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

25 May 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.
The Alternative Archive exhibition

The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

14 May 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

3 May 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

29 Apr 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

27 Apr 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

16 Apr 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

14 Apr 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

25 Mar 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

23 Mar 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

28 Jan 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

23 Jan 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

12 Jan 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.
Carlien Jeanne at Gascoyne in May

Playing WA supports performing arts tours across regional WA

12 Jan 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

23 Dec 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.

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

21 Dec 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

17 Dec 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

4 Dec 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

4 Dec 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

30 Nov 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

27 Nov 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

25 Nov 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

23 Nov 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

21 Nov 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

21 Nov 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

12 Nov 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

5 Nov 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

5 Nov 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

2 Nov 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.
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