Events

The Red Earth Arts Festival is the City of Karratha’s favourite annual arts festival is back for 2019! Help us to celebrate 10 years of REAF over three massive weekends! 


  • WHERE: Red Earth Arts Precinct Amphitheatre
  • WHEN: Friday, 6 September 2019, 18:00-21:00
  • WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
  • COST: Free admission (No ticket required)
2019 marks the tenth annual REAF with a number of major events being held throughout the City of Karratha from 6 September until 22 September.
As always the annual Red Earth Arts Festival kicks off with a vibrant family-friendly party, featuring a live performance from Spinifex Gum. Expect delicious food, a variety of market stalls, roving performers, amusement rides and more!

All the way from the East Coast, Spinifex Gum is an Australian-made collaboration of voice, sound, movement and change. It's made of languages, new and old, and the wrongs that wait to be righted. Of passion, fight and love. Not to be missed.


  • WHERE: Various locations (see table below)
  • WHEN: Various times (see table below)
  • WHO: Ages 5+
  • COST: $15pp
  • TICKETS: Circus | Dance | Art 
REAF Junior is back for 2019 – this time featuring a circus challenge, dance and art workshops.
Tickets are only required for those taking part in workshops (accompanying adults do not need to purchase tickets)
 
CIRCUS WORKSHOP
The Circus challenge will have you learning all things circus-related! Enjoy roaming between the four 'zones: 
  • Circus workshop zone: learn a number of circus tricks. 
  • Youth circus zone: tackle harder level of circus tricks to improve your skills and tricks. 
  • Up-cycle circus zone: this craft zone will have you looking the part after creating colourful circus props from recycled and reused materials. 
  • Mini circus show: now is your time to shine! Star and assist the professionals in circus routines. 

Saturday, 7 September 2019

9:00-11:00 Pegs Creek Oval Ages 5+ $15pp
12:00-14:00 Pegs Creek Oval Ages 5+ $15pp
15:00-17:00 Pegs Creek Oval Ages 5+ $15pp

Sunday, 8 September 2019

9:00-11:00 Pegs Creek Oval Ages 5+ $15pp
12:00-14:00 Pegs Creek Oval Ages 5+ $15pp
15:00-17:00 Pegs Creek Oval Ages 5+ $15pp

DANCE WORKSHOP

The REAF Junior Dance Workshop boasts a hip hop workshop with teachers from premier dance company, The Dance Collective

Saturday, 14 September 2019

10:30-11:30 Wickham Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp
13:00-14:00 Wickham Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp
15:00-16:00 Wickham Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp

Sunday 15, September 2019

10:30-11.30 Point Samson Community Hall Ages 5+ $15pp
13:00-14.00 Point Samson Community Hall Ages 5+ $15pp
15:00-16.00 Point Samson Community Hall Ages 5+ $15pp

ART WORKSHOP

The REAF Junior Art Workshop gives kids the chance to create a 'wishes for the world' flag focused on the environment. Once completed these flags will be displayed at REAF Recovery.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

10:30-12.00 Dampier Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp
13:00-14:30 Dampier Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp
15:00-16:30 Dampier Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp

Sunday 22, September 2019

10:30-12:00 Dampier Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp
13:00-14:30 Dampier Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp
15:00-16:30 Dampier Community Hub Ages 5+ $15pp

  • WHERE: Various locations (see table below)
  • WHEN: Various times (see table below)
  • WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
  • COST: Free admission (No ticket required)

REAF Beatz n Eatz brings local food vendors, entertainment and activities right to your door step for three jam-packed weekends.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

11:30-14:30 Pegs Creek Oval                     Free entry

Sunday, 8 September 2019

12:00-20:00 Pegs Creek Oval                       Free entry

Saturday, 14 September 2019

12:00-15:00 Wickham Oval                            Free entry

Sunday, 15 September 2019

12:00-20:00 Point Samson Community Hall Free entry

Saturday, 21 September 2019

12:00-20:00 Windy Ridge Oval (Sharks Oval) Free entry

Sunday, 22 September 2019

12:00-15:00 Windy Ridge Oval (Sharks Oval) Free entry

  • WHERE: Ganalili Centre, Roebourne
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7 September 2019, 16:00-22:00
  • WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
  • COST: Free admission (No ticket required)
REAF Culture brings you Spinifex Gum – a musical snapshot of life in the Pilbara, North-Western Australia, performed by the lush voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi. Joining the choir are Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill of The Cat Empire, along with special guest Emma Donovan.

Commissioned to write a song cycle for the choir, Riebl spent several years visiting the Pilbara to build relationships and gather stories. Spinifex Gum tells of the region’s local tales and characters, true stories of racism and injustice, and the legacies of colonisation with music production that’s staunchly modern, built from found sound samples of the Pilbara – rustling leaves, bouncing basketballs and chugging trains.

REAF Culture is being held alongside the opening of the newly refurbished Ganalili Centre, hosted by Yindjibarndi. The full event program includes:
4.30pm Puppet Creation Story
6.30pm Jawijalurra Production
8.30pm Spinifex Gum

 
Spinifex Gum has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Major Festival Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts; the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, the Lightfolk Foundation, Annamila Foundation, many generous individuals, and by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. This tour has been auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects.
 

  • WHERE: Pegs Creek Oval
  • WHEN: Sunday, 8 September 2019, 16:00-18:00
  • WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
  • COST: Free admission (No ticket required)

REAF World will take you on a round-the-globe experience from right where you're sitting! You'll be immersed in cultural song and dance from different countries. Pack a picnic, blanket and the family for an evening of worldly fun.


  • WHERE: Various locations (see table below)
  • WHEN: Various times (see table below)
  • WHO: Ages 15+
  • COST: $16pp
  • TICKETS: Karratha | Wickham
Get ready to experience the Over the Fence Short Film Festival! Over the Fence aims to celebrate new and independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces and their excellent sense of humour. 
 
Be prepared to laugh, chuckle, roar and buckle for a roller coaster ride through this 14 short films, portraying the imperfect worlds of human beings.
 
Sunday, 8 September 2019
 
19:00-22:00 Red Earth Arts Precinct Ages 15+ $16pp
 
Sunday, 15 September 2019
 
19:00-22:00 Wickham Picture Gardens Ages 15+ $16pp

  • WHERE: Cossack Heritage Town
  • WHEN: Friday, 13 September 2019, 18:30-21:00
  • WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
  • COST: Adults: $15pp, Children: $10pp
  • TICKETS: Get yours here
  • BUS TICKETS: Get yours here

The second weekend of the Red Earth Arts Festival kicks off on Friday the 13th! Head out to Cossack to be spooked by roving zombies, ghosts and ghouls, take a peek into your future with tarot card readers, experience the creeptacular conservatorium by Pitter Pat Productions and look the part with face painters and more!

Bus tickets are available from Wickham Recreation Precinct to Cossack.

Bus timetable:

Friday, 13 September 2019:

Leave Wickham Recreation Precinct at 6:15pm for Cossack

Return to Wickham Recreation Precinct at 9pm


  • WHERE: Port Walcott Yacht Club, Wickham
  • WHEN: Saturday, 14 September 2019, 16:00-20:00
  • WHO: Family-friendly event, plus licensed area
  • COST: Adults: $35pp, Children: $10pp
  • TICKETS: Get yours here
  • BUS TICKETS: Get yours here
REAF Music is back! Featuring Aquila, a 5-piece string quintet who smash the two worlds of classical and contemporary music together in a way neither would expect, making for renditions and re-imaginings that bring out the rock in classical and the baroque in pop. 
Plus, don't miss performances from the winner and the runner up of 2019 Pilbara Youth Musician of the Year!
 

Bus tickets are available from Wickham Recreation Precinct to Port Walcott.

Bus timetable:

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Leave Wickham Recreation Precinct for Port Walcott

Return to Wickham Recreation Precinct at 8pm


  • WHERE: Various locations (see table below)
  • WHEN: Various times (see table below)
  • WHO: Ages 18+
  • COST: $45pp
  • TICKETS: Karratha | Dampier
Get ready for a night of full blown belly laughter with Urzila Carlson! This South African born comedy queen boasts multiple award wins and appears regularly on television shows in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Urzila’s natural cheeky, straight up style will have you eating out of her hand the moment she takes the stage and you’ll want to be her friend. Internationally and locally she is becoming a sought after act, catch her right in your own backyard over two epic nights.
 
Heading to the Karratha show? Wind down afterwards with post-show drinks and live music on the Shelf at the Red Earth Arts Precinct from 20:30-22:00. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
 
Friday, 20 September 2019
 
19:00-20:30 Red Earth Arts Precinct Ages 18+ $45pp
 
Saturday, 21 September 2019
 
19:00-20.30 Dampier Community Hall Ages 18+ $40pp

  • WHERE: Windy Ridge Oval (Sharks Oval), Dampier
  • WHEN: Sunday, 22 September 2019, 16:00-20:00
  • WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
  • COST: Free admission (No ticket required)

Join us for the final event of the 10th annual Red Earth Arts Festival program, REAF Recovery! Come down and enjoy live entertainment as the sun sets along with games, food stalls and a pop-up bar.