BREC Community Catch-Up 2022 | BREC

BREC Community Catch-Up 2022

There is nothing I love more than talking about BREC, execept talking about BREC with people who love it as much as I do. So our Annual Community Catch Up is always a highlight of my work year!

On Monday evening (10 October 2022), led by our Chair Simon Jacob, the BREC Board and BREC staff gathered in the Skybar to share some of the highlights of the last 12 months with over sixty of our supporters and stakeholders.

Despite the ongoing impact of closed WA borders and other COVID restrictions, BREC ended the 2021/22 financial year celebrating 12500 people attending conferences and events, 31500 attending a ticketed show and more than 1200 exploring their own creativity in a workshop or masterclass. Not a bad effort at all in a pandemic. In line with others in our industry, we are now anticipating recovery over the next three years to our pre-COVID attendance figures.

It is always hectic at BREC and so much happens behind the scenes in every month it is almost impossible to pick highlights to share.

From sold out concerts by Birds of Tokyo to the Ten Tenors to the world premiere of our BREC produced theatre show The Smallest Stage in Bunbury and at Perth Festival, we offered audiences and artists some spectacular experiences.

On Monday we heard firsthand from BREC Life Member and  2021 SW Volunteer of the Year, Lyn McLean; Manjimup author of The Smallest Stage Kim Crotty; and BREC production technician Bee Breslin about their own experiences with BREC – what BREC has given them, what they have given back and why they think BREC matters.

It was very moving and reminded me why I do what I do. The performing arts have an enormous role to play in creating community and building wellbeing. BREC is a wonderful, world class facility but it’s BREC’s people – including our audiences, that give it purpose and make it matter.

I hope to see you at BREC in the coming year, and please don’t ever hesitate to get in touch to tell us what you want from your Entertainment Centre!