Oliver Twist brings acclaimed JALI show to Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Festival lineup

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Oliver Twist is bringing his acclaimed show JALI to Karratha
Camera IconOliver Twist is bringing his acclaimed show JALI to Karratha Credit: Supplied/KieraChevell Brochure Hero

A charismatic comedian and performer will be bringing his critically acclaimed show to Karratha as part of this year’s Red Earth Arts Festival.

Oliver Twist will bring his show JALI to the Red Earth Arts Precinct in March as part of this year’s highly anticipated festival.

The Red Earth Arts festival will be held from March 17-20 and also feature a series of Lotterywest films screened at the Shelf upstairs of the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

Twist fled the Rwandan Civil War when he was four years old and grew up in Malawi before being accepted into Australia in 2014.

JALI, meaning a historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician, sees Twist use personal anecdotes, drama and humour as an antidote to trauma.

Twist is bringing his performance from the east coast, where he is performing as part of Sydney Festival until January 29.

The REAF performance is part of a new partnership between the City of Karratha and Perth Festival’s Touring WA program, which will add Karratha to its 2022 schedule.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the partnership was an integral part of its work to support growth of the arts.

“The City is home to a diverse community who embrace the arts as a form of expression and connection. Being able to expand what we can offer to residents through partnerships has been a key element of our approach to arts and culture development over many years,” he said.

“This new partnership with Perth Festival is very exciting and provides for some incredible additions to our annual Red Earth Arts Festival program.”

The full event program is expected to be released next month.

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