Your guide to Yours & Owls Wollongong Fringe Festival 2016

September 23-October 2

Destination Wollongong has partnered with the organisers of Yours & Owls to produce a nine-day fringe festival as a prelude to the Labour Day weekend music event.

Outdoor cinema will be set up in the Arts Precinct near the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is stopping by for a ticketed event, doing what he does best and “make science sexy”.

Gardening Australia host Clarence Slockee will give a tour of the Wollongong Botanic Garden with a cooking demonstration and robots will sing and dance in the Polygon Door Installation.

“This is us confirming Wollongong as a creative hub, a travel destination and a city that can and will host an internationally renowned fringe festival,” said Yours and Owls co-founder Ben Tillman.

Watch a movie at the open air cinema in the arts precinct. File photo.

Watch a movie at the open air cinema in the arts precinct. File photo.

Festival highlights


Wollongong Arts Precinct (Civic Place on Burelli Street near IPAC) 

Live bands, DJs, a half pipe, skate demos, interactive light and tech installations as well as art shows, markets, a fully licensed bar and more. Buy tickets


Wollongong Arts Precinct, 6pm

  • Ex Machina | Saturday, September 24 Buy tickets
  • The Royal Tenembaums and The Life Aquatic | Sunday, September 25 Buy tickets
  • The Great Gatsby | Monday, September 26 Buy tickets
  • Ghostbusters I and II | Tuesday, September 27 Buy tickets
  • Kill Bill I and II | Wednesday, September 28 Buy tickets
  • A night at the movies with David Stratton | Saturday, October 1 Buy tickets


Secret location to be announced on the day | Sunday, September 25 | Wollongong CBD, 2pm

Verb Syndicate in conjunction with Yours and Owls are hosting a block party in the Wollongong CBD on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The event will feature a live art wall being painted as well a range of special guest DJs. Buy tickets


Friday, September 30 | arts precinct, 7pm

The popular science broadcaster’s presentation will cover everything from climate change to explaining why babies are shaped like footballs - and the truth behind the vaccine-autism link. “I’ll do something that’s got a little humour, a little bit of heavy stuff, a whole bunch of different topics,” he said. “People will laugh and learn, but mainly have a good time. Then I’ll open it up to questions at the end.” Buy tickets


Monday, September 26 | Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium, 6pm

First look at a mind-blowing art installation created for the 2016 Yours and Owls music festival. Set inside a giant geodesic dome, Moon Beach is described as “an extraterrestrial planetary experience, an immersive augmented reality that uses Fulldome projections and specially commissioned musical compositions by three of Australia's most promising artists in the electronic music genre.” Buy tickets


Saturday, October 1 | Waves Towradgi, 10pm

Come and farewell another huge year of creativity at the official Yours & Owls Afterparty, featuring Client Liaison DJs, TEES, Airwolf & Stace Cadet and Spaces. Buy tickets


Sunday, October 2 | arts precinct, 6.30pm

After a long season and thrilling finals series, the NRL's two best teams will duke it out for rugby league's ultimate prize. Grab a beanbag and a beer and watch the footy final on the big screen. Buy tickets 

Food events

  • EAT STREET MARKET BY FORAGERS | Friday, September 23nd, Crown Street Mall
  • BUSH TUCKER TOUR | Sunday, September 25, Wollongong Botanic Garden, 1pm Buy tickets
  • #WINEEVENT WITH MIKE | Wednesday, September 28, The Little Prince, 7pm Buy tickets
  • WALK, EAT, BEER TOUR | Wednesday, September 28, Dagwood Buy tickets
  • PIT-SMOKED BARBECUE BANQUET | Friday, September 30, The Illawarra Brewery Buy tickets
  • OPEN AIR FEAST BY SANDYGOODWICH | October 1 and 2, Stuart Park, 12pm


  • JOSEPH TAWADROS | Saturday, September 24 | Wollongong Town Hall, 7.30pm Buy tickets
  • MOONBASE COMMANDER | Saturday, September 24 | Rad Bar, 8pm Buy tickets
  • GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH  | Monday, September 26, Rad Bar, 8pm Buy tickets
  • INTO IT. OVER IT | Tuesday, September 27, Rad Bar, 8pm Buy tickets
  • SONS OF THE EAST | Friday, September 30 | Rad Bar, 8pm Buy tickets
  • UNDER 18s MINI FESTIVAL | Saturday, October 1, Waves Towrdagi 12pm Buy tickets


  • DIE ROTEN PUNKTE – Super Musician By Otto & Astrid | Saturday, September 24, 6.30pm and 9pm Buy tickets
  • YO MAMA BATTLE | Thursday, September 29 | Howlin' Wolf Bar, 7.30pm Buy tickets
  • CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS | September 29 and 30, IPAC, 10am and 12.30pm Buy tickets
  • ENOUGH SAID POETRY SLAM | Thursday, September 29, Janes Bar, 6pm Buy tickets
  • CHEESE TV | Thursday, September 29 | Rad Bar Buy tickets

Visit the Yours & Owls website for more Wollongong Fringe events

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