Showcase coming at REAP opening

Peter LongPilbara News
VideoThe lights for Karratha's new arts and cultural hub have been switched on ahead of the opening on April 28.

Saturday, April 28 is the day we will officially open our beautiful new facility to the community, the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

To celebrate this, we are starting with a free family open day showcasing the precinct with guided tours, family entertainment and arts activities.

REAP will be the home of a new 450-seat theatre for performances, conferencing, events and indoor movie screenings.

It has a high-tech sound and lighting system, full-sized stage, an intricate full-height fly system, rehearsal rooms and a green room.

As the theatre doubles as a cinema, which needs different acoustics, it has unique speaker and sound-absorbing systems to give the best movie experience possible.

The REAP will showcase local art. The foyers are designed with special panels so the winners of the Cossack Art Award and other pieces can be shown to the public.

It also houses the new Karratha Library, which will move from its base at the North Regional TAFE.

Upstairs, we have The Shelf — a rooftop cinema and function space which overlooks the concourse and the outdoor grassed area.

This outdoor green space is an amphitheatre with underground cabling to enable large outdoor concerts and other events to be held.

It also comes with a permanent shade structure around the rear periphery, with Aboriginal art work set in as a tracery. This will be a magnificent space for outdoor events, festivals and markets.

So, mark Saturday April 28 on your calendars.

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