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Broome's 'Raranga - The Weave' event: Where art meets tradition

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"Raranga - The Weave," the latest addition to the Worn Art Revamped series, has been brought to life by Broome's own Lesley Marsh, with direction from Perth artist Claudia Alessi.

This production draws inspiration from Māori weaving and showcases an assortment of woven wearable art pieces hailing from Broome, the Southwest, and beyond.

The collection includes contributions from acclaimed Wearable Art award recipients.

It's poised to engage audiences in a narrative that ilustrates the way connections across eras intervtwin diverse cultures and communities, emphasising the roles of everyone contributing to the betterment of these communities.

The show also draws on the same elements and themes that inspire traditional weaving - animals, the ocean, colours, the earth, and its people and cultures.

"This exciting, large-scale show brilliantly showcases the incredible talent of this region," said Meredith Bell, Theatre Kimberley's Artistic Director.

"It connects multiple local and visiting artists, costume makers, and puppet artists, with passionate creative community members of all ages, backgrounds and experiences. We are continually inspired by the passion and commitment of so many people coming together to create this rich celebration of culture, community and diversity.

"Just one example is the repeat involvement of Yiramalay Studio School, through a residency led by Broome locals, Jacky Cheng and Greg Nichols."

Worn Art performers on Stage. (Image: Supplied/Julia Rua)

Show creator, Lesley Marsh, said 'Raranga' evokes strong feelings of togetherness and interconnectedness of the weaving of people into their families and tribes.

"Raranga is a concept greater than its translation, 'to weave' - it encompasses the weave of the cosmos, the intertwining of cultural beliefs along with the different strands of people," said Ms Marsh.

"It connects and brings people together, with their customs, vast community knowledge, and collective wisdom."

In addition, the audience can enjoy traditional pre-show dances from Broome's Burrb Wanggarraju Nurlu, led by Yawuru woman Tara Gower.

The Broome Maori and Filipino communities will showcase their cultural dances and The Broome Performing Arts Company will grace the stage with an Irish dance performance.

Theatre Kimberley extends its sincere gratitude to its community partners and collaborators, which include Yiramalay Studio School, Broome Library, Broome Performing Arts Company, and Theatre Kimberley's Act Belong Commit Sandfly Circus.

"Raranga - The Weave" receives valuable support from the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, the Shire of Broome, the Broome Civic Centre, Act Belong Commit, Healthway, and the Tate Family Foundation.

Two shows of "Raranga - The Weave" will take place on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, at the Broome Civic Centre on Weld Street, Broome.

Doors open at 6.15pm, with pre-show dances beginning at 6.45pm, and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at Humanitix Ticket Page or at the door if available.

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