Illawarra hosts family activities like a car show, Viva La Gong, kite flying, theatre and free food this week

FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT: Celebrating the man who pioneered flight with the design of the box kite - it's on this weekend, scroll down for more details. Picture: Andy Zakeli
FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT: Celebrating the man who pioneered flight with the design of the box kite - it's on this weekend, scroll down for more details. Picture: Andy Zakeli

THURSDAY November 9

Food Waste Exhibition

The Moving Mountains exhibition will feature painting, sculpture, interactive digital art, collage, drawing, performance, textiles – and of course food.

Opening night is Thursday at 1 Globe Lane in Wollongong, with Hidden Harvest dishing up delights to taste – BYO drinks.

While artist talks and a Hidden Harvest skills workshop will be on Saturday November 11 from 2pm.

“The Art of Food Waste” runs until November 17.

Mamma Mia! the movie.

Mamma Mia! the movie.

FRIDAY November 10

Sunset Vibes open air cinema in Bulli

A number of moonlight movie screens will pop-up around the Illawarra this summer, the first on Friday with Sunset Vibes at Bulli Showgrounds.

Mamma Mia the Movie is on show from dusk.

Blow-up beds, food trucks, bar and kids club. Adults $10, kids $5, family $25 via www.foragersmarkets.com 

‘Going Places’ exhibition at the Clifton School of Arts

Wendi Reis has painted a much-loved Illawarra coastline with the happiness and action of children and adults enjoying themselves in the summer sun.

The inspiration for ”Going Places” comes from a photo taken by the artist on a road trip around Victoria. The late afternoon sun lit up the grasses and reeds along a gently flowing river.

At Clifton School of Arts from November 10 – 19 (not open November 13 and 14), 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton is open 10.30am – 4pm.

Opening on Saturday November 11 from 1.30pm – 4pm.

Picture: Damian White

Picture: Damian White

Quilt & Craft Show

The 27th annual Quilt and Craft Show will bring an array of hand-made goodies to Gerringong Town Hall on Fern Street until Sunday.

A wide range of quilts, wall hangings, children’s clothes, craft and fabrics, quilting supplies and Xmas gifts. Xmas puddings, cakes and sweets from the cake stall, raffle tickets in the quilt raffle for sale and refreshments.

Money raised supports research into childhood illnesses, particularly cancer. Organised by Children’s Medical Research Institute Gerringong Committee

Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 9am – 3pm.

Painting by Christopher Zanko.

Painting by Christopher Zanko.

‘Umbra’ exhibition by Christopher Zanko

Member of northern Illawarra band The Pinheads, Chris Zanko is also an established artist whose often depicts local landmarks in his paintings.

His latest exhibition opens at Thirroul’s Egg & Dart Gallery on Raymond Road Friday night – 6pm-8pm.

It runs at the gallery until December 2.

FLASHBACK: Performers walking in the Viva la Gong street parade from the IPAC to the festival at MacCabe Park in Wollongong in 2016. Picture: Adam McLean

FLASHBACK: Performers walking in the Viva la Gong street parade from the IPAC to the festival at MacCabe Park in Wollongong in 2016. Picture: Adam McLean

SATURDAY November 11

Viva La Gong

Wollongong’s annual arts and culture festival will see thousands descend upon MacCabe Park from 12pm – 9pm.

Circus, comedy, films, interactive art, crocheted poppies for Remembrance Day plus live performance and market stalls will be part of the fanfare.

Download the full program HERE.

SKY HIGH: Aboriginal Elder Aunty Lindy Lawler with Phil Mason from HARS doing a Wing Walk on the Boeing 747 at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: Sylvia Liber

SKY HIGH: Aboriginal Elder Aunty Lindy Lawler with Phil Mason from HARS doing a Wing Walk on the Boeing 747 at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Wing Walks

Take a walk on the wild side of a 747 at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) at Illawarra Regional Airport with their new ‘Wing Walks’ finally getting underway.

Following on from the very popular 747 premium and cockpit tours, HARS are now pleased to offer our 747 Wing Walk Experience where you literally get to climb up on top of the plane.

9:30am – 3:30pm – closed toe shows must be worn, participants must be over age 14, bookings essential.

‘Dogfight’ presented by Arcadians Theatre - www.arcadians.org.au Picture: Supplied

‘Dogfight’ presented by Arcadians Theatre - www.arcadians.org.au Picture: Supplied

‘Dogfight’ presented by Arcadians Theatre

Based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix, DOGFIGHT is a confronting new musical about the power of compassion and empathy in an unlikely context.

Set on November 21, 1963, on the eve of the Kennedy assassination, most of the play takes place in the final hours of an age of American innocence, that quickly dissipates.

Running from November 10 to 25 at the Miners Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway in Corrimal.

 Will Worthington as Prospero, Beth Fuller as Miranda in The Tempest - presented by the Phoenix Theatre in Coniston. Picture: Supplied

Will Worthington as Prospero, Beth Fuller as Miranda in The Tempest - presented by the Phoenix Theatre in Coniston. Picture: Supplied

‘The Tempest’ presented by the Phoenix Theatre

Jeremy Boulton has written a new score to accompany this Shakespearean musical comedy.

The setting is a rocky island in the middle of the Mediterranean where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, and his daughter have been shipwrecked for twelve years. On the island they have had the Hag Born slave Caliban as a servant and the ethereal Ariel with his band of spirits to do Prospero’s magical bidding.

Running from November 10 to 25 at the Bridge Street Theatre, 24 Bridge Street in Coniston.

FLASHBACK: Vintage aircraft Connie flies past Bald Hill for the Festival of Flight 2016. Picture: Adam McLean

FLASHBACK: Vintage aircraft Connie flies past Bald Hill for the Festival of Flight 2016. Picture: Adam McLean

SUNDAY November 12

Festival of Flight

Celebrate the marvel of flight in the birthplace of flight, Stanwell Park from 10am – 4pm. 

The sky will fill with colour as hang gliders and paragliders launch off Bald Hill while historic aircraft will fly over the area.

Enjoy the view down the most spectacular stretch of coastline in the country and join the festivities in Stanwell Park Reserve where market stalls, children's rides, food and music will echo through the natural amphitheatre.

Picture: John Veage

Picture: John Veage

Kiama Car & Bike Spectacular

The family event will include vintage cars and bikes; driverless car demonstrations; drone exhibition; Royal Australian Navy helicopter; off-road remote-control car competitions (anyone can enter); stalls; jumping castle; face painting; live entertainment; food and coffee stalls; plus free skin care checks available onsite.

Entry is $5 donation per person (under 12 years free) – funds raised support important Melanoma research.

Kiama Showgrounds, 9:30am – 2pm