Embracing localism: how will audiences respond without international drawcards?

Festivals traditionally lure in audiences with big international names, artists whose work can also help inspire local practitioners. What is the future of programming with COVID travel restrictions in place?

WA is currently one of the most fortunate states in Australia in terms of COVID-19 rates and restrictions. The state’s borders remain closed, but its Phase 4 conditions are allowing increased levels of movement and gathering within the state itself.

That’s a relief for many in the WA arts scene as venues transition back to business as usual after months of placing events on hold.

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Jo Pickup
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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for WA arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at WAAPA.