Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Festival wraps up for 2019

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Isaiah Firebrace performing at REAF Recovery in Dampier.
Camera IconIsaiah Firebrace performing at REAF Recovery in Dampier. Credit: Pablo Miller

The Red Earth Arts Festival wrapped up on Sunday evening after three weekends of non-stop entertainment and activities.

REAF launched on Friday, September 6, and over the last three weeks has featured the return of old favourites, including REAF Junior and REAF Muisc, plus new events such as REAF Creep.

A City of Karratha spokesman said REAF has been one of the highlights of the City’s annual events calendar for 10 years.

“The City is always looking for ways to improve programming, and the format and content of this festival has continued to evolve over the past decade to deliver more entertainment to our community,” he said.

Summer Vibes performs at REAF Recovery in Dampier.
Camera IconSummer Vibes performs at REAF Recovery in Dampier. Credit: Pablo Miller

This year, REAF Junior featured circus, dance and art workshops in Karratha, Wickham, Point Samson and Dampier, while REAF Beatz n Eatz brought local food vendors, entertainment and activities to the same towns.

For its last weekend, on Friday and Saturday night, South African-born comedian Urzila Carlson had crowds in stitches with her cheeky, crass and straight-up style of humour entertaining in both Karratha and Dampier.

On Sunday, the final event of the festival took over Windy Ridge Oval in Dampier, with local musicians being joined on stage by 2016 X-Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace.

Maddy Main performs at REAF Recovery in Dampier.
Camera IconMaddy Main performs at REAF Recovery in Dampier. Credit: Pablo Miller/Pablo Miller

The City spokesman said the festival had run over three weekends this year following feedback from the community that they wanted to see more events on the weekends instead of during the week

“While final numbers are still being finalised, the City was pleased to see most events well-attended across the program,” he said,

“The City will continue to review and tweak its events and festivals programming as part of our ongoing efforts to provide the community with a wide range of quality entertainment options.”

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