What keeps non-theatre goers away?

Despite a national survey which says 41% of the adult population, or nearly 700,000 Western Australians attended theatre in the past year, like most I have sat cringing for artists of great work performing in barely populated theatres. CircuitWest’s recent research around Western Australia led to talking to people from all walks of life and… More

Are we conquered by being divided?

The Major Performing Arts (MPA) Framework Review has certainly sent a shockwave through the sector as a whole and opened up new avenues for debate and comment. It would seem that this latest consultation appears to have opened a wound that threatens to turn the sector against itself. I think we are missing something deep… More

WA Introduces the Performing Arts Pinnacle Awards

Today CircuitWest introduced new Western Australian performing arts awards – The Western Australian Presenter of the Year and The Western Australian Producer of the Year. These awards will be known as The Pinnacle Awards. According to Executive Director Ryan Taaffe there is widespread support for WA specific performing arts industry gongs, especially as so many… More

New Format For Showcase

In 2019 there will be a change in how CircuitWest delivers Showcase. The event will be over 4 days from Tuesday to Friday with optional but highly recommended workshops on Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. For those who attend the Bob Harlow optional workshop in 2018, these will be as valuable as that session. The… More

WA Showcase Shows You How To Make Art Indispensable

5 December, 2018 Today, CircuitWest revealed its biggest line up of speakers yet with five keynotes and an overseas teaching artist for the extended four days of WA Showcase in May 2019. The latest two additions announced are Dee Madigan, renowned no-nonsense marketing expert and Dr Doug Borwick, described as a guiding light for non-profit… More

Bunbury Wins Australia’s Best Venue

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC) has won Australian Performing Arts Centre of the Year in this year’s Drover Awards. It’s like winning an academy award for a venue in Australia according to CircuitWest Executive Director Ryan Taaffe. “The winner is voted for by industry peers based on providing outstanding services and exceptional success with audiences,”… More

Kalgoorlie Could Lose Key Arts Venue

170630 Media Release Goldfields- final Board Media Release The possible closure of the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie highlights the risk to arts and culture experiences for the bush. “We, like so many in the arts community, were relieved to see the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder negotiated a three-month extension of the current lease arrangement which would… More

Beyond The One Night Stand – CircuitWest 5 Year Touring Strategy

CircuitWest is pleased to announce the launch of the CircuitWest 5 Year Touring Strategy – Beyond The One Night. The strategy was commissioned as part of Scheme 2 of the Creative Regions program, an investment of $24 million by the government of Western Australia managed by the Department of Regional Development and the Department of… More