A fresh avenue of family entertainment will come to life this weekend, with a new vaudeville-style event set to pop up in the northern suburbs.
The Village Variety Revue has been assembled by Wollongong performing artist Malika Elizabeth, bringing together a range of Illawarra performers from comedy and dance to music and theatre in a warm, family-friendly environment.
“I wanted to bring the community, of all ages, together,” she said.
“For kids especially, it’s a way to access some great live entertainment from a variety of acts.”
Sunday’s event, the first in a series to run on the first Sunday of each month, will feature The Glamma Rays vocal group, a flamenco dance performance, poet Laura E. Goodin, clown and juggler BennyB, as well as comedians, actors and other singers.
Ms Elizabeth described the events as a “combination of Vault Cabaret and the TED Talks,” as they also incorporated a community speaking and lecture component.
Alongside the music, dance and comedy, the Village Variety Revue will also feature discussion topics from community leaders Carol Berry and Michael Organ.
There will also be trivia and talent shows running, to promote audience interaction.
Lilli Rodrigues-Pang, who will be telling a variety of folk and family stories on Sunday, said she was eager to see more community and family-friendly activities like this in the Illawarra.
“It’s great to build a community event for all generations to feel comfortable,” she said.
“There’s so many things I can’t take my own children to, like live music because there’s smoking or alcohol in the venue,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s a real lack of family safe entertainment to share, so this is a great thing.”
The first event will be held at the Coledale Village Community Hall on Sunday from 3pm. Tickets are available at the door and cost $10.
For more information, see facebook.com/VillageVariety Revue or email villagevarietyre firstname.lastname@example.org.