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 at10 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.
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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.
Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival announces new Festival Director for 2021
Arts Margret River is pleased to announce the appointment of Sian Baker as the new Festival Director for Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2021.
Sian will be taking over the reins from outgoing Creative Director, Tanya Perdue, and Festival Events Manager Michelle Wright who has stepped into the role of General Manager for Arts Margaret River.
Sian fell in love with the Margaret River region on her first visit many years ago and is now proud to call the region home. She has worked extensively in the festival space creating, programming and producing highly successful festivals and has run marketing and communications companies in both the UK and Australia. She is passionate about creating events that give audiences positive lasting experiences and that deliver real impact and support for local communities.
“I’m extremely honoured and excited to be offered this opportunity to work on such a fantastic high profile event, building on the amazing work that Tanya and Michelle have done to create a festival that can truly stand shoulder to shoulder with great literary events around the world”.
“In our post COVID-19 world, the opportunities to innovate and evolve the festival and to take our audience on that journey with us, presents an incredible and rewarding challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started.”
Following the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the festival team have been hard at work creating the program for 2021 which will see a new creative theme and a packed schedule of Australian writers, journalists, poets and thinkers plus special guests musicians, artists and performers. The addition of satellite locations and new ways to attend the festival is also being explored with the aim of opening the festival up to a greater audience outside of Australia.
The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will be held from 14 – 16 May 2021 at the Margaret River HEART.
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.