Boost of almost $740,000 for regional performing arts venues

  • Supporting 10 regional performing arts venues with $737,653 in funding
  • ‘In the House’ supports venues in expanding annual performing arts programs
  • Increased opportunities for regional communities to participate in arts and cultural activities at performing arts venues
  • Western Australia’s regional performing arts sector is getting a boost thanks to the McGowan Government’s ‘In the House’ funding program, with 10 venues or organisations set to receive almost $740,000 between them.

    Since 2020 the program has provided more than $2.3 million support for venues across WA to enable expanded annual programming and community engagement activities while also increasing employment and tourism opportunities.

    The following regional venues were successful in the ‘In the House’ round for activity starting from January 2023:

    • Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre – $80,000;
    • Arts Narrogin Incorporated – $80,000;
    • Margaret River HEART – $78,079;
    • Albany Entertainment Centre – $80,000;
    • Beverley Station Arts Inc – $39,745;
    • Queens Park Theatre – $80,000;
    • Goldfields Arts Centre – $79,829;
    • Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council – $80,000;
    • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre – $80,000; and
    • Broome Civic Centre – $60,000.

    ‘In the House’ is part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), which contributes to an innovative and robust economy by supporting performing arts and entertainment centres in WA’s regions.

    To find out more about the funding program visit the DLGSC website: https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/arts-funding/in-the-house

    As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

    “The ‘In the House’ program shows the McGowan Government’s commitment to supporting performing arts venues in regional Western Australia.

    “Through this funding we’re raising the quality, scale and profile of contemporary performing arts productions in regional centres, which in turn boosts tourism and employment opportunities.

    “I am delighted to announce the 10 recipients and their exciting 2023 programming. I very much hope to attend some of the future performances planned.”

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The McGowan Government is making sure our regional communities have increased opportunities to participate in arts and cultural activities at performing arts venues across the State.

    “The ‘In the House’ program also enables these important regional venues to better leverage investment and generate income – a welcome boost to the economy in WA’s regions.”

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