A chorus of 33 choirs will take to Wollongong's streets and beaches this weekend with a festival of song.
Organised by Wollongong-based women's choir Out of the Blue Singers, chOir-tly LOUD is designed to celebrate choral music and give choirs from the Illawarra, the rest of NSW, Canberra and Victoria an opportunity to perform to the Wollongong community.
More than 500 singers will be scattered across different locations, including the mall and beach, from today till Sunday.
Some school choirs will also participate, performing near the mall markets between midday and 1.30pm today.
Aria award-winning acapella jazz quartet The Idea of North and quirky ensemble Spooky Men's Chorale will feature in a concert at Wollongong's Town Hall tomorrow night at 7.30pm.
Event organiser Louise Meyrick said the concept was to provide an opportunity to perform in places where the general community would typically congregate.
"I was really keen ... for the community to have an opportunity to appreciate the beautiful performance skills that these choirs offer," she said.
"I'm hoping the community will come out, have a look and the crowds enjoy that and take from it a new understanding of how widespread and accessible choir singing is, regardless of age and economic background."
The festival has attracted a broad variety of groups including single-sex choirs, ethnic groups and some formed for a particular purpose, such as the Illawarra Union singers.
* Today, noon, Crown Street Mall: Song in the City – school and community choirs. Free.
* Tomorrow, 8.30am, Belmore Basin, North Beach Mango Tree Restaurant, Northbeach Pavilion: Breakfast at the Beach, featuring pop, blues harmony, hip-hop, barbershop, minor chords, gospel. Free.
* Tomorrow, 11am, Crown Street Mall: A choir of up to 500 voices will wander through the mall singing up a storm. Free.
* Tomorrow, 7.30pm, Town Hall: chOir-tly LOUD concert with The Idea of North and Spooky Men’s Chorale. Tickets $45/$30. Call: 42275088, wollongongtownhall.com.au.
* Sunday, 11am, Stuart Park: Sayonara Swan Song. The Idea of North lead a choir at the end of the MS Sydney to Gong Bike Ride. Free.