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A crowd of people watch and listen to a band on a stage , surrounded by large trees.

Photo: Formidable Vegetable performing at Tigerville, 2023 Nannup Music Festival. Photo by Elliot Welsford — Isolated Photography.

The Arts Activities in Regional Communities (AARC) funding program is a competitive grants program delivered as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP). It provides funding for projects that support participation in, access to and creation of arts and culture in regional Western Australia.

The Creative Projects category awards up to $60,000 in funding to support arts and cultural activities and creative developments in regional WA. The Creative and Cultural Planning category awards up to $50,000 in funding to support regional local governments in developing creative and cultural plans or revising existing plans.

In this round, one Creative and Cultural Planning and 12 Creative Projects applications were recommended and the 13 recipients will share in $680,311 of funding. The recipients are:

  • Albany Shanty Fest for The Albany International Folk 'N' Shanty Festival — $20,728
  • Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation for JNF25 Programs Creative Community Activities and Workshops — $58,500
  • Bunbury Regional Theatre for BREC First Nations Artist Retreat — $60,000
  • Camera Story for Women in the Arts — $59,187
  • City of Greater Geraldton for the Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2024 — $27,550
  • City of Karratha for the Red Earth Arts Festival 2024 — $60,000
  • Community Arts Network Western Australia for Legacies — $60,000
  • Perth Symphony Orchestra for Green Shoots Moora — $60,000
  • Shire of Carnarvon for the Gascoyne Regional Arts Plan — $50,000 (Creative and Cultural Planning)
  • Shinju Matsuri for the Shinju Matsuri Festival — $60,000
  • Theatre Kimberley for East re-meets West, a Sandfly Circus residency and performance — $59,577
  • The Nannup Music Club for the Nannup Music Festival 2025 — $45,000
  • Wheatbelt Arts & Events for the York Festival — $59,769

These funded projects reveal just how diverse, exciting and fun Western Australia’s regional arts scene is.

The State Government is proud to encourage the development and growth of a vibrant arts and creative industries sector. 

Find out more about Arts Activities in Regional Communities

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023