Royalties for Regions Success | Theatre Kimberley

Royalties for Regions Success | Theatre Kimberley

Weng-Si Cheang

Photo by Steve Cutts

Broome is a tourist town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Theatre Kimberley is a vibrant and energetic regional community arts organisation. The organisation plays a vital role in the community providing young people with access to programs, skills and essential tools to help make healthy and creative life choices. The Royalties for Regions Creative Regions program provided young people with a unique opportunity to collaborate with two interstate artists, Anni Davey and Tom Davis.

The project was called ‘Total Re-Build’ where students performed a circus act reflecting the narrative of a cyclonic and post-cyclonic experience in Broome. The artists delivered a wide-range of new skills to over 70 young people including a mentorship with two emerging local circus artists. The youth relished the new skills the remarkable artists imparted and the community were absolutely blown away by the dedication of the students and the high standard of the performances each night.

“[Total Re-Build] was a total success with the cast learning how to manipulate everyday things such as shopping bags for visual effect. The amazing Anni Davey mentored Frank Batty and Ruben Peddler in writing and direction of the show with 70 young people.”

Gwen Knox, Artistic Director

Impact of the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions in the community:

  • People Reached: 2,400
  • Community Participation: 1,688
  • Job Opportunities Created: 19
  • Extra Funding Leveraged: $117,615

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This recommitment and continuation of funding in 2020 to 2024 is necessary to build on the tangible social and economic returns that have been delivered by the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions Program which saw $24 million invested over four years (2015-2019) in regional arts in Western Australia. These critical funds has had proven results in creating hundreds of regional employment opportunities, delivery of over 900 new arts projects, and enhanced skills of artists and arts workers.

This is further outlined in the Regional Arts Policy Framework that was launched at steps of Parliament House in October 2016. The framework provides analysis of the significant social and economic benefits that have been delivered through the Government’s $24 million Royalties for Regions Creative Regions Program.

Art creates opportunities for social interaction, inclusion and community cohesion. As more people become involved in regional arts, through one-one-one interaction with an arts organisation or participation in a funded project, our regional communities become more creative, connected and dynamic places to live. This is why we are calling for Western Australians to Vote Arts in their regional communities.

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