The four-year Department of Culture and the Arts Regional Arts and Cultural Action Plan (RACAP) was officially released during the 2014 Regional Arts Australia Arts & Edges Summit. The Plan is grounded in the knowledge that access to arts and culture increases the amenity of regional towns and improves the quality of life for regional communities. It is the result of extensive consultation across Western Australia’s nine regions and provides a framework to guide government and community investment in the provision of regional arts and culture.
To find out what's planned in each region explore the interactive map here.
The CircuitWest Network
CircuitWest (formally known as the Western Australian Association of Performing Arts Centres) is a peak body for professionally managed theatres throughout Western Australia. It encompasses entertainment centres, Town Halls, halls and venues throughout all regions in the state. Part of its role is to facilitate touring of performing arts, including plays, music, rock concerts, comedy, dance, ballet, circus, classical music and other concerts. Its members can provide assistance in arranging tours and this web site includes lighting plans, seating plans and technical specifications for member venues. Members are located in Albany, Bunbury, Carnarvon, Esperance, Geraldton, Goldfields (Kalgoorlie Boulder), Port Hedland, Karratha, Mandurah, Moora, Margaret River, Thornlie, Broome, Bruce Rock, Merredin, Kalamunda, Pingelly and Tammin. Country Arts WA is an Associate Member.
CircuitWest venues play host to a wide range of intrastate and interstate touring productions. Go to the CircuitWest website for more information.
The following organisations are considered “peak bodies” for arts and cultural development through out regional Australia. While there are countless more organisations and collectives through out the country, the following organisations receive funding to assist them to develop an annual program of activities in their communities and surrounding region.
National: Regional Arts Australia http://www.regionalarts.com.au/raa1/default.asp
Regional Arts Funding: http://www.arts.gov.au/arts/regional_arts_fund
Western Australia: Country Arts WA http://www.countryartswa.asn.au/