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THE COUNTDOWN IS ON TO THE MARGARET RIVER READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL 2021.

Our 3-day festival passes will go on sale from 10 am 2nd March 2021 exclusively to Arts Margaret River Members. To purchase click here

Our 3-day festival pass gives you a huge saving on the full festival main stage program, including over 16 events saving you almost 50% off the total individual non-member ticket price (excluding festival launch event and special events).

Be the first to get your hands on this amazing ticket offer by signing up to become an Arts Margaret River Member and benefit from an additional discount on the full 3 days pass ticket price.

As an Arts Margaret River Member not only do you benefit from amazing early bird offers and discounts, your membership fee goes directly towards helping us support, celebrate and showcase the Arts in Margaret River.

To see all the Arts Margaret River Membership Benefits and purchase click here

We encourage you to book online where possible and please ensure that you create a password and login to access the special member price.
Please call the Arts Margaret River office on 9758 7316 if you have any problems.

Our 3-day passes go on sale at 10 am 2nd March 2021 and are strictly limited, so don’t delay.

Jump online and Click here to grab Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 3-day pass.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival in May.

Full program and tickets will go on sale on 26th March 2021, sign up to our newsletters for updates and ticket offers.

Sian

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We are very excited to announce the launch of our creative theme for our Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2021.

Our world has changed!

It feels like we went to bed in one world and woke up in a new one.

And as we start to explore our new world we look to the future with optimistic eyes.

We bring with us our stories, our new ideas, and our hopes and dreams for the future.

We breathe life into our words, and we set them free.

Welcome to Written Worlds.

After an unprecedented year that has surprised and terrified us in equal amounts, we wanted to look to the future with hopeful and optimistic eyes, to celebrate, to come together as a community, and share in the positivity, strength, and power that our words can have.

To bring our creative theme to life we sort out the artistic help of local artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, Emily Jackson who is renowned and for her colourful, energetic, inspiring, and just plain joyous illustrative style.

Emily drew on the Written Worlds creative theme, the living and natural world of Western Australia, and of course, all the events of this crazy year to create an illustration that tells this living story, and the more you look at it, the more the story is revealed.

Limited edition prints of the Written Worlds illustration will be available to purchase with ticket packages which will go on sale in the new year.

 

Sian

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Arts Margaret River are pleased to announce it has successfully secured funding for the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival (MRRWF) for the next three years (2021-2023) through the Regional Events Scheme (RES), which is supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions.

The news was a welcome relief in what has been a difficult year for Arts Margaret River, after this year’s festival along with all of Arts Margaret River’s events, spanning music, theatre, dance and more, were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Festival Organisers Tanya Perdue and Michelle Wright said they were thrilled the funding had been confirmed through the Regional Events Scheme in what they anticipated would be a tough period ahead for securing grants and sponsorships. “Having confirmation of RES Funding provides us with the basis to continue planning future festivals”, Ms Wright said. “We’re also delighted that the festival’s successes in strengthening the regional economy through visitor spend, adding vibrancy to the community and helping raise the profile of the region has been recognised.”

The festival has previously welcomed some of the country’s most ambitious and successful writers to the stage including Michael Leunig, Anna Funder, Kerry O’Brien, Clementine Ford, Rosie Batty, Jane Caro, Bruce Pascoe, Stephanie Alexander, as well as international writers Germaine Greer, Geraldine Brooks and Michael Palin. While its 2020 event was not to be, the duo confirmed there would plenty to look forward to in 2021 with a Mini Festival slated for January 23, and the full festival scheduled to take place from 14-16 May 2021 with a new and exciting program and range of literary voices.

For further information, please contact Arts Margaret River on 9758 7316 (back in the office from 2 June) or visit the festival website www.mrrwfestival.com.

The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival as part of its Regional Events Scheme.

The project is also supported by the Australian Governments regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Western Australia by Regional Arts WA.

Image Credit: Michelle Troop

Sian

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This week Arts Margaret River have made the inevitable but nonetheless devastating decision to cancel this year’s Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival which was scheduled to run from 15-17 May 2020.

In light of current public health advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and non-essential indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people, there is not a feasible way for the event to proceed given the current situation.

We are immensely proud of this year’s program, for which tickets were released just two weeks ago. While we are deeply saddened that we will not have the opportunity to deliver the festival to our reading & writing community, we must put the health and safety of our patrons, staff and guests above all else.

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and we recognise that the cancellation of this year’s festival will have a significant impact on the writers who were going to be a part of it, as well as our sponsors, many who are local businesses who so generously lend their support to our not-for-profit event each year.

We encourage our community and audiences to support the authors whose books were to be featured – head to the Margaret River Bookshop to buy them, and please support the local businesses who so generously support us. Treat yourself to some Voyager Estate and Vasse Felix Wines, head out to Cape Lodge for a scrumptious dinner, or to Morries for a yummy cocktail. The list goes on – check out our full list of 2020 Partners on our website. If you have booked accommodation, consider keeping it. Margaret River is still open for businesses and we are surrounded by so much natural beauty to enjoy.

The 2020 festival now provides a wide-ranging reading list featuring some of the country’s most ambitious and successful writers. Please follow our social media pages as we highlight, support and celebrate the work of these writers over the coming months.

Customers who purchased tickets for the 2020 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival are currently being reimbursed for their tickets via their original payment method.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the festival, you can to do so from our website, or call us on 08 9758 7316 (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm) and you will receive a receipt as well as our heartfelt thanks. Funds received will help to assist Arts Margaret River to get through this tumultuous period after which we will again bring you engaging, inspiring and accessible arts events such as the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival.

We are very grateful for the loyalty and understanding of the arts & literature community – and most importantly to the readers who make this event what it is – a fabulous celebration of storytelling and ideas. We wish you well during this time and look forward to seeing you at the festival in 2021.

From the Festival Team & Arts Margaret River 

For further information, please contact Arts Margaret River on 9758 7316 or visit the festival website www.mrrwfestival.com

The State Government is proud to support the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival as part of its Regional Events Scheme.  

The project is also supported by the Australian Governments regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Western Australia by Regional Arts WA.

Sian