Monday, 16 March 2020
We have been closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and acting on the latest advice from the Australian Government and health authorities. The continued well-being of all students, staff and audience members is WAAPA and ECU’s main priority.
Given the current situation and the advice received, we have decided to suspend all public performances and concerts both on campus at Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley and at all external venues until the end of Semester One, Friday 19 June, with immediate effect.
The WAAPA Box Office team will be in contact with all ticket holders for all affected concerts and performances at ECU, Mount Lawley. The Perth Theatre Trust will contact patrons of LINK’s season, Well and ticket-holders for the mid-year musical, A Chorus Line. Our colleagues at the Fremantle Arts Centre have already processed all refunds for the Defying Gravity Under the Stars concert. We ask that you kindly wait to be contacted first to alleviate pressure on both organisation’s ticketing teams.
Students at WAAPA are trained in an industry-simulated environment. The wonderful array of performances and concerts regularly enjoyed by thousands of Western Australians each year are also an important part of the students’ education in which they are assessed by their lecturers, so where possible and incorporating the latest spatial distancing advice from the Government, the cast, crew, creatives and musicians will produce and present performances for their lecturers to assess.
The current situation has imposed incredibly difficult demands on staff, students and visiting artists. The way in which they have all supported each other, the goodwill, kindness and tenacity everyone has displayed is truly humbling. They are a credit to themselves, to WAAPA and to Edith Cowan University.
At difficult times like this we all find solace and take comfort in our favourite books, films, plays, music and art. The performing arts and live entertainment sectors have never faced such uncertainty yet it is during such times that the value of the arts become so evident to us all. It is important that we continue to create, to dance, to sing, to write, to laugh, and keep each other entertained and reminded of our humanity in all its glory.
WAAPA and ECU will continue to ensure that its incredible students will be able to continue to pursue their artistic vision in a safe, structured and welcoming environment throughout this unfolding crisis. WAAPA's staff are working tirelessly to minimise disruption to the delivery of education and training to all of its students on campus and preparations for online teaching are well underway should this shift be required.
Musicians and performing artists are a passionate group, full of empathy and always willing to help those in need. Right now, the Performing Arts and live event industry needs help. Please consider making a donation to WAAPA and help us continue to deliver our annual performance program. Donate Now.