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Stars of Kid Snow - Billy Howle, Phoebe Tonkin and Tom Bateman

UK actors in Kalgoorlie and Perth for first feature film production since WA border reopened

May 27, 2022
Well-known UK actors have touched down in the Goldfields-Esperance region for the first feature film production in Western Australia since our border reopened, with production of Kid Snow made possible thanks to major investment from the State Government.

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Two dancers in a field, one standing holding a painted branch, the other one jumping in mid-air.

Six performances hit the road for regional WA

20 Sep 2022
The Playing WA 2021-2022 second funding round has provided more than $564,000 to support six performances, ranging from an original comedic cabaret, to singing and yarning concerts, allowing these shows to reach new audiences in regional Western Australia.
A group of musicians rehearsing with the words, Creative Learning Partnerships Program

Funding boost for creative learning in schools

15 Sep 2022
Fostering creativity in schools is the focus of a new $8 million program funded by the State Government.
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Vale Aly May

14 Sep 2022
Aly May worked in the Culture and the Arts team at the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries for 17 years and amassed incredible achievements throughout that time.
Behind the Scenes on Mystery Road Origin. Photography by David Dare Parker. © Bunya Productions

WA rolls out red carpet for film and TV projects with $20m fund

29 Aug 2022
The State Government has delivered on an election commitment of $20 million in funding, to draw national and international screen productions to Western Australia.
A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip achieves major milestone

14 Aug 2022
The WA Museum Boola Bardip has welcomed its one millionth visitor since opening in November 2020, marking a major milestone in the history of the $400 million award-winning facility.
Minister Templeman with some of the WA games delegation being supported to attend Gamescom 2022 in Germany.

WA games and interactive industry heads to Gamescom

4 Aug 2022
5 WA game studios will attend the world’s biggest computer and video games event in Cologne, Germany — Gamescom — thanks to a $50,000 State Government grant.
Theatre performers on stage

State Government raises curtain on $69,000 Theatre Kimberley grant

1 Aug 2022
Roll up! Roll up! The Culture and the Arts Minister has presented a $69,060 Lotterywest grant to the spectacular Theatre Kimberley.
An Aboriginal artist performing on stage with a colourful background of illustrated water lillies.

Huge funding boost to deliver exciting new regional Aboriginal arts and cultural projects

21 Jul 2022
4 projects, ranging from an on-country camp in Wilkinkarra to create large scale visual artworks to a touring yellow bus that will demonstrate the Yindjibarndi people's enduring connection to country, have received a major funding boost from the State Government.
Members of San Cisco at Optus Stadium

San Cisco provides local talent at international sports festival

15 Jul 2022
Local Fremantle indie pop band San Cisco will perform as part of the ICON Perth’s International Festival of Football.
Applications open for Perth city centre events grant program

$4 million worth of Perth and Northbridge event grants available

8 Jul 2022
Businesses, not-for-profits and property owners with ideas for vibrant events to revitalise Perth CBD can now apply for a share of $4 million in State Government funding with grants of up to $100,000 available per applicant.
Albany Artist and Creative Grid Mentee Chelsea Hopkins-Allan painting a larger than life Helena Gum Moth.

State Government supports young regional artists and arts workers to kick-start careers

8 Jul 2022
The Next Level Regional Grants are part of the State Government's Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP), which invests in regional Western Australia to support liveable and vibrant communities.
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Arts grant program record broken as $830,000 goes to 17 applicants

5 Jul 2022
Seventeen Western Australian artists and organisations will share in $830,000 in funding through the latest round of the State Government's Arts 15k-plus grants program.
Tyrannotitan chubutensis fossil display at the museum

Dinosaurs of Patagonia premiere at the WA Museum Boola Bardip

4 Jul 2022
Dinosaurs from the remote region of Patagonia make their world premiere at the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip on Saturday July 2.
Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book

Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book launched

23 Jun 2022
An award winning early years literacy program has been expanded to include the Noongar language, with the launch of the first dual language Baby Ways book.
Nurses and patients sitting on a hospital bed and standing next to it

Heartwarming WA documentary series, Children’s Hospital now airing on Channel Nine

22 Jun 2022
New Western Australian documentary series Children's Hospital made its television premiere on Channel 9 on 17 June at 7.30pm.
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Western Australia Premier’s Book Awards winners announced

17 Jun 2022
The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards winners have been announced during a ceremony at the State Library of Western Australia.
Zoe Pepper and Cody Greenwood

$750,000 to bring WA writer/director’s film Birthright to big screen

15 Jun 2022
Two Western Australian women have been awarded the coveted $750,000 West Coast Visions 2022 production grant to produce the debut feature film Birthright.
Different objects (such as animals and a gramophone) from museums on a yellow background with the words, 'Uncover WA's surprising collections on your next adventure'

Step right in, WAnderland is waiting

15 Jun 2022
For the first time, thousands of rare and remarkable items in museums, cultural centres and private collections across Western Australia have been brought together in a new online portal.
A cork board with photos, Swan Lager coaster, old letters and a drawing

WA Reflections is back for season two

10 Jun 2022
After a successful debut season, the State Library of Western Australia and Screenwest are partnering to produce season two of 'WA Reflections — Our History Rediscovered'.
A man wearing a cowboy-style hat in front of a petrol station browser and a billboard reading, 'Mystery Road'

Detective Jay Swan to return to our screens with Mystery Road: Origin premiering on ABC TV

7 Jun 2022
The third instalment of the much-anticipated series — Mystery Road: Origin — is set to premiere on ABC TV at 8.30pm on Sunday 3 July, with all six episodes available to binge watch on ABC iview.
Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week street banners have rolled out across WA

27 May 2022
The Reconciliation Week Street Banner project is in its 11th year with a record number of banners flying across prominent locations in regional and metro Western Australia.
Illustration of positive and diverse Aboriginal people. Be Brave. Make Change. National Reconciliation Week 2022.

National Reconciliation Week kicks off in WA

27 May 2022
The State Government is proud to join this year's National Reconciliation Week, challenging all Western Australians to consider the 2022 theme of 'Be Brave. Make Change'.
Stars of Kid Snow - Billy Howle, Phoebe Tonkin and Tom Bateman

UK actors in Kalgoorlie and Perth for first feature film production since WA border reopened

27 May 2022
Well-known UK actors have touched down in the Goldfields-Esperance region for the first feature film production in Western Australia since our border reopened, with production of Kid Snow made possible thanks to major investment from the State Government.
Close up photo of a microphone in a recording studio

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

24 May 2022
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
How to Please a Woman promotional poster showing a woman smiling with a man washing a wall with no shirt

WA feature film ‘How to Please a Woman’ hits cinemas nationally

20 May 2022
Western Australian writer/director Renée Webster and producers Tania Chambers and Judi Levine have premiered their locally produced feature film 'How to Please a Woman' in cinemas across Australia.
Cast of Shipwreck Hunters Australia standing around a round table with a map

WA Documentary series Shipwreck Hunters Australia to premiere on Disney+

20 May 2022
A documentary series featuring epic shipwreck stories along the Western Australian coastline will premiere on Disney plus in the coming months.
White text on red background reading, 'National Volunteer Week 2022 Better Together 16-22 May 2022'

National Volunteer Week underway for 2022

16 May 2022
Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering, National Volunteer Week (16 to 22 May 2022), is underway for 2022.
An artists impression of the Perth Cultural Centre

Perth Cultural Centre Masterplan released

15 May 2022
The State Government has allocated an additional $15 million in funding to deliver an expanded redevelopment of the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC).
Montage of actors from the movie 'Where all the lights tend to go'

US feature film coming to WA for post-production

11 May 2022
The State Government's commitment to developing Western Australia's screen industry is supporting incredible productions being drawn to WA.
An empty directors chair and a clapper

Screen Industry Strategy to provide 10-year vision for development of WA Screen sector

10 May 2022
The development of a WA Screen Industry Strategy is getting underway to ensure Western Australia is best placed to grow and develop the film and screen sector over the coming decade.
Yagan Square is lit up at night

Music, markets and mini-museums to bring Yagan Square to life

10 May 2022
Yagan Square will come alive with activity across autumn and winter, with the launch of an exciting free events program at the precinct in the heart of the city.
A crane lifting a restored balcony on His Majesty's Theatre

Uplifting experience for His Majesty's Theatre

29 Apr 2022
The restoration of His Majesty’s Theatre reached another key stage on Saturday 23 April, with the installation of the first level of the iconic Perth landmark’s balconies to their original state.
Graphic with text: CenefestOZ Albany Film Festival 28 April to 1 May 2022

Albany audiences take their seats for expanded CinefestOZ

28 Apr 2022
CinefestOZ Albany will take place from 28 April to 1 May 2022, allowing Great Southern film lovers to experience and celebrate the very best in Australian film.
A close-up photo of audience members

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

27 Apr 2022
March 2022 results out now.
Two artists in costume in a field. Paul Foulds and Carl Heslop, The Beauty Index – Ravensthorpe, by Annette Carmichael Projects. Photo by Dene Bingham.

Seven home-grown productions hit the road to tour regional WA

17 Mar 2022
Seven locally produced shows, including a production of 'Sydney II — Lost and Found' by Theatre 180 Inc, will tour regional Western Australia thanks to a $514,000 State Government funding program.
Internal exhibition space at the Cannery Arts Centre in Esperance

Regional galleries welcome upgrades to support touring visual arts

15 Mar 2022
11 regional art galleries from Beverley to Port Hedland have been awarded $346,000 through the second round of the State Government's Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
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