Nine things to do around the Illawarra this weekend

Take the family to the Outdoor Camp Kitchen Challenge at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum this Saturday. SCROLL DOWN for more information. Picture: Fairfax File/Dave Tease

Take the family to the Outdoor Camp Kitchen Challenge at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum this Saturday. SCROLL DOWN for more information. Picture: Fairfax File/Dave Tease

Friday August 11

WICKED WITCHES: Lauren Eade, Anastasia Feneri and Hannah Garbo are some of the stars of The Arcadians' production of Wicked. Picture: Sylvia Liber

WICKED WITCHES: Lauren Eade, Anastasia Feneri and Hannah Garbo are some of the stars of The Arcadians' production of Wicked. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Opening Night of Wicked

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Ozis to delight theatre-goers in the Illawarra.

It will be The Arcadians Theatre Group’s biggest production in three years and is to run at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from August 11 to 19.

The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz with the plot beginning before, and after Dorothy’s arrival from Kansas.

For ticket information visit www.ipac.org.au 

David Robertson, chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal. Picture: Wolter Peeters

David Robertson, chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal. Picture: Wolter Peeters

Sydney Symphony

Renowned Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey joins the musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for an uplifting evening of music by Haydn and Mozart.

Program includes: Haydn Symphony No.8, evening; Mozart Serenade for winds, K388; and Haydn Cello Concerto No.2 in D.

At Wollongong Town Hall from 7:30pm.

Ticket information at www.merrigong.com.au 

Jill Darville Against the Wrackful Siege of Battering Days

A homage to the roles animals play in the threatre of war and a metaphor for the loss of innocence. These works contemplate the courage it takes to remain vulnerable and hopeful in the face of hostility and the wreckage of the past.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm. Weekends 12-4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.

Running until October 22.

www.wollongongartgallery.com 

Saturday August 12

Outdoor Camp Kitchen Challenge this Saturday.

Outdoor Camp Kitchen Challenge this Saturday.

Campfire Cooking Challenge

The Albion Park Outdoor Camp Kitchen Challenge includes outdoor cooking challenge, live music, cooking demonstrations and family friendly activities at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum.

The Cooking Challenge will use camp ovens, BBQ’s and other cooking apparatus. This challenge will take in participant’s creativity, the use of long-established traditional cooking methods and emerging urban outdoor cooking talents.

8A Tongarra Road in Albion Park Rail, from 7am. Tickets $20 family, $10 per adult.

www.albionparkchamber.org.au 

7am – 2pm Participants arrive and assemble bush kitchens in allocated area and cook dishes.

10am Public admission and participation

2pm Participants present dishes to judges

2.30 pm Live music and awards

Inquiries to apcc@albionparkchamber.org.au

The Cabbage Tree Combo will perform at Collegians Club in Port Kembla this Saturday. Picture: Supplied

The Cabbage Tree Combo will perform at Collegians Club in Port Kembla this Saturday. Picture: Supplied

Swing Dancing

Feel like learning to swing dance? Or a bit of salsa?

A free dance lesson will help people get into the groove before The Cabbage Tree Combo hit the stage at Port Kembla’s Collegians Club.

Cost is $10, children are free.

Collegians Auditorium, 3 Wentworth Street in Port Kembla from 7:30, band starts at 8pm.

Illawarra Choral Society. Picture: Supplied

Illawarra Choral Society. Picture: Supplied

Illawarra Choral Society

Celebrating 70 years in the Illawarra, the local Choral Society will put on a free concert at Wollongong Town Hall.

The ICS will be joined by the BlueScope Youth Orchestra and will revisit highlights from society’s varied and active past-  from Bach to Gilbert and Sullivan.

The show commences at 2pm, with Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery the MC.

For more information visit www.merrigong.com.au 

Art on the Grass

Red Point Artists members showcase handmade art and crafts in their studios and in the grassed courtyard at 106 Wentworth Street in Port Kembla.

Meet the working artists and browse the studios and stalls. Items include ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures, wood work, jewellery, photography, felt crafts, candles, greeting cards, knitting, sewing and more. 

Enjoy coffee in the shaded courtyard and listen to the live music. Children paint for free and take their art home.

www.redpointart.org.au 

Sunday August 12

Baby at the Beach

Wollongong’s largest children and baby expo at City Beach function centre, 1 Marine Drive, from 10am to 2pm.

With a diverse range of suppliers from baby and children's wear, nursery and baby products, cloth nappies, castings and sculptures, photography, education and more.

There are discounts, promotions and prizes to be won.

For more information CLICK HERE.

Auguste Blackman's current paintings were inspired by his father, Charles Blackman's, famed signature series Alice in Wonderland, dating from the 1950s and also the recent 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's famous book.

Auguste Blackman's current paintings were inspired by his father, Charles Blackman's, famed signature series Alice in Wonderland, dating from the 1950s and also the recent 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's famous book.

Auguste Blackman exhibition

Auguste Blackman’s new colourful “Wonderland” exhibition is on show at the Minnamurra Cafe on 1A Rangoon Road until September 10.

Be the first to see Blackman’s interpretation of the classic Alice in Wonderland characters at opening night on Sunday, 5 to 7pm.

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