Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Playing WA supports performing arts tours across Western Australia

Playing WA supports performing arts tours across Western Australia
January 14, 2021

The Western Australian Government has announced that seven organisations are to receive $625,177 to tour performing arts productions to regional venues under the Playing WA grants program.

The funding will see performing arts companies tour a mixture of world class hip-hop opera, theatre, international jazz, cross-cultural work and musical comedy across regional Western Australia.

Explaining that the program will share a world of culture and the arts with regional audiences, Western Australian Culture and the Arts Minister, David Templeman stated “it's great for regional WA that these exciting productions will be touring this year.

"Culture and the arts brings a multitude of benefits to our communities, creating vibrancy, supporting local economies and creating jobs."

Among the beneficiaries Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Corporation will receive $111,150 to deliver Ice Land - A Hip h'Opera Regional Tour, a series of week-long community residences of the theatre and live music performance.

Other performances will see hip hop act Downsyde use the language of hip hop to tackle the issue of methamphetamine use, while the Tura New Music will receive $120,000 to produce the cross-cultural work, created by artists and performers at the Warmun Art Centre.

Other recipients of Playing WA grants are:

CircuitWest ($54,430) for Kohesia Presents: A Night of Persian Jazz - a regional WA tour of a unique seven-piece jazz ensemble including professional development with local musicians and school workshops;

CircuitWest ($119,640) for a Regional WA tour of a musical comedy based on the incredible true story of Tony Galati, Tony Galati the Musical;

Georgia King ($39,611) for Harvey and Bunbury 'Bystander' - a verbatim performance with original live music and an accompanying photographic exhibition;

Theatre 180 ($108,661) for a stage adaptation of AB Facey's A Fortunate Life; and

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ($71,685) for a regional tour of The Little Prince.

The grants program is delivered as part of the Western Australian Government's Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP) to support arts and cultural activity in regional areas of the state and is administered by the Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Welcoming the funding, Western Australian Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan added "the RACIP is continuing to build capacity in the regions and contribute to the liveability and vibrancy of regional communities.

"It also drives creativity, providing a vital opportunity for audiences in WA's regions to connect and engage with the performing and visual arts."

Image: Downsyde.

Related Articles

24th December 2020 - Western Australian firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan

23rd December 2020 - In the House expands arts and cultural activity in regional Western Australia

17th December 2020 - Inaugural Cultural Infrastructure Framework released for Western Australia 

21st November 2020 - New $400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opens

6th November 2020 - Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative backs renewed stage activity

12th October 2020 - New multi-artform project funded to map Pilbara’s Aboriginal art movement

21st September 2020 - Western Australian Government announces Guidelines and Plans to enable more events

6th August 2020 - Western Australian Government announces $76 million arts and culture recovery package

11th June 2020 - Albany Entertainment Centre becomes Western Australia’s first theatre to reopen

27th February 2020 - Western Australia’s Great Southern Region to develop arts and heritage strategy

12th December 2019 - New partnership aligns Perth Theatre Trust and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

25th October 2019 - Western Australian arts organisations secure significant funding

9th February 2019 - Oral histories of The State Library of Western Australia recognised by UNESCO

25th October 2017 - Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Precinct moves forward

21st December 2016 - Study highlights strong Western Australian support for the arts

29th October 2016 - Western Australia launches new strategic direction for the arts

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism



At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology


Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces



As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing


The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues


APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology


Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business