Creative arts energies channeled

Feel the beat: Sambanistas workshop at Esperance Community Arts Space in 2017. Photo: Jane Mulcock.
Feel the beat: Sambanistas workshop at Esperance Community Arts Space in 2017. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

With the change in seasons, there has also been a change of pace at Esperance Community Arts as we turn our creative energies to a new cycle of arts activities planned for the second half of the year.

A priority for our arts program is to make sure the activities we support are inclusive, open to as many people as possible, and that they are accessible. These two things are fundamental to the way that ECA encourages creative expression in the community. By working in partnership with a whole range of individuals and community organisations ECA has been able to create opportunities that help people to participate in arts activities and events by reducing some of the barriers that some experience.

The Act-Belong-Commit Esperance Samba Project, presented in collaboration with Esperance Drumming Group, is a good example. Two free community workshops, open to everyone, are running this weekend with visiting members of the Perth-based Sambanistas band.

Both workshops will take place in the Esperance Community Arts Space (67 Dempster St, opposite the Museum) on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May from 10am -12noon.

There will be a performance on Sunday at the markets from 12-12.30pm for those keen to show off their new skills. No experience is necessary and drums will be provided. Just come along and enjoy being a part of this vibrant community arts project.

If you enjoy local theatre, then the Esperance Seniors Recreation Council's production, 'Shades of Blue' , is opening at the Bijou Theatre this weekend.

This variety concert has appeal to people of all ages. Directed by Shirley Clark, with the help of the wonderful Super Troupers Theatre Group, there is plenty of opportunity for the audience to enjoy a number of well-known tunes, laugh at the skits or sing along with familiar choruses.

Tickets will be available at the door for the 7.30pm performance on Friday or the afternoon matinees on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2pm.

For those interested in film and photography, Jennene Riggs is running a short introduction to using Go Pro cameras on Monday 13th at 3.30pm at Esperance Community Arts Space. This free workshop is part of the the Act-Belong-Commit Warang Kaddatji Theatre Project.

Corrie Ambrose, coordinator of the ECA Sewing Circle, is holding a free upcycling workshop on Saturday the 25th of May from 1-4pm, to show people how to re-purpose large plastic bags, such as those used for potting mix, dog food and chicken feed; a great way to re-use these bags and prevent them from going to landfill. They are so colourful and easy to make.

If sewing is not your thing, you might like to have a go at some paper craft as part of activities leading up to the 2019 Esperance Wildflower Show.

You can learn how to make native, blue-banded bees out of paper mache, or butterflies from old book pages, to be exhibited along with other larger artworks as part of the five-day festival in September.

Winter is a busy time on the arts and cultural calendar, with the much-loved Esperance Music Festival held from 22-24 August 2019. The festival schedules are out now, and we have copies available at the Art Space. You can register as an individual performer or as part of a group, with entry day on Sunday the 9th June 2019. If you have always wanted to try performing in public, this is the perfect opportunity. Contact the festival chairperson, Irene Melbourne, if you need some advice.

For more information on upcoming events, please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158, message us on Facebook, email us - - or visit us at 67 Dempster street from 10am -2pm Tuesday - Friday. You can also visit our website ( ) and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.