The Illawarra weekend guide

March 22-23

Out and about

Shellharbour Relay For Life, Saturday

The Shellharbour Relay For Life is a 24-hour, overnight event where teams of 10 to 15 participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The event brings the whole community together for a night of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance. Time: 9:15am March 22. Registration is $20 pp. Details here.

Wollongong 24-hour Mega Swim, all weekend

The annual marathon swim will be returning to the UOW Recreation and Aquatic Centre this weekend. The event will be raising funds for the Go for Gold Scholarship program and financial assistance programs to assist people who have multiple sclerosis. See their website megaswim.com for more details or to register your team.

Harmony Day, Saturday

A spot of soccer, Chilean dancing and Burmese noodles will all be on offer at the Illawarra Multicultural Services’ Harmony Day celebrations. The event is on at TIGS sports field in West Wollongong between 11am and 4pm on Saturday.

Illawarra Live Steamers, Sunday

The live steamers open day starts at 10.30am, with miniature train rides for the family. The grounds are at the northern end of Virginia Street, Wollongong. As well as barbecues, light refreshments are available at the canteen and there is ample parking. Admission free, train ride $2 per person.

Music

Wendy Matthews at Waves, Saturday

Six-time ARIA Award-winning artist Wendy Matthews comes to Towradgi Beach Hotel. The show starts at 7pm, tickets are $48  plus booking fee for two-course dinner and show and $22 plus booking fee for general admission from moshtix.com.au.

Taylor Henderson, Saturday

The X-factor runner-up is performing at Westfield Warrawong. Customers who purchase the CD on the day from the JB Hi Fi stand will go in the draw to win a VIP meet and greet with Taylor, plus a  prime viewing location of the performance. Time: 9am.

Exhibitions

Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art, until July 20

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the collection includes Asian ceramics, objects and items of furniture from the Neolithic period to the early 20th century. Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery. Times: 12 noon-4pm. Details here.

Imitations, all weekend

An exhibition of works by Illawarra artists Alena Kennedy and Vyvian Wilson, inspired by the artists’ parents. Wilson’s paintings and drawings conjure the landscapes of Cyprus and Greece, the lands of her late father, while Kennedy’s works reflects her mother’s love of the patterns and workings of the natural world. March 22-23, Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton. 

Theatre

Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui, Saturday

Goosebump-raising and joyful, Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui mixes the enchanting tradition of European fairytales with the Creation characters and stories of the Tiwi Islands, in a visually layered production. At Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Tickets: $49-$29,  42245999 or here.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Saturday

After a storm, a ship is washed up on a mysterious island. An accident or the manipulation of the elements by a powerful conjuror? The Tempest is a story of revenge, betrayal, first love, spirits and magic.  If you are yet to experience the beauty of outdoor Shakespeare don’t miss this: 7pm, Wollongong Botanic Garden – enter via Madoline Street car park. Details: 4227 7667.

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