Your guide to what's on this weekend


Beach soccer, All weekend

The line-up for this year’s Australian Beach Soccer Cup is shaping up as the strongest collection of teams assembled at a tournament in Australia.

The teams are sprinkled with current and former A-League, State League and Illawarra Premier League players.

The Wollongong tournament will be the last before the selection of the national team that will play the World Cup qualifiers in January in Qatar. The World Cup will be in Tahiti in September 2013.

Where: North Wollongong Beach. When: 9am-4.30pm.


Woodwork, all weekend

Illawarra Woodwork School student exhibition will show at Clifton School of Arts, 10am-4pm.  Details:

Photos, all weekend

Illawarra Ocean Art – photography exhibition by Warren Keelan. A huge collection of prints, canvases, prints on glass, greeting cards, postcards, calendars and more. Details: Venue: Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, Wentworth Street, Shellharbour Village. Time: 9am-4pm.

Paintings, all weekend

A survey of work by 10 local artists – the fourth in a series. Until February 24 at Wollongong City Art Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli streets. 


Bellambi carols, Saturday

Christmas Carol event at Bellambi Public School at 6pm. Change of location from Elizabeth Park. Come early, BYO blanket or chairs.

Christmas music, Sunday

The Illawarra Choral Society offers a Christmas feast: carols old (joined by the audience) and new; instrumental works; and Benjamin Britten’s ‘Saint Nicolas’. Venue: Wesley Church, Crown Street Mall, Wollongong. Time: 2pm. Tickets: $25/$22/$10.

Eric Dunan, Sunday

Eric Dunan heads the jazz program at the Wollongong Conservatorium of music. His band will play a variety of Latin jazz, fusion, bebop, and classic modern jazz.  First Sunday of every month. Venue: Samuels Thirroul, 382 Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Time: 5pm-8pm. No entry fee.


Into The Woods, Saturday

A lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim create a fractured fairytale using familiar characters. Until December 8. Performances, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $25. Details:

Romeo & Juliet, Saturday

Thirroul Dance Academy presents its end of year revue, with a cast of 400 dancers. Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli Street, Wollongong. Time: 2pm and 6.30pm. Tickets: $36.50. Details:

Les Miserables, all weekend

The Roo Theatre in Shellharbour presents Les Miserables, the famous musical set around the French Revolution, until December 8. Tickets: $35. Details:


Parenting, Tuesday

A Lake Illawarra PCYC (6pm-8pm) workshop about how to get the most out of your relationship with your kids,   with talks by psychologist and police youth liaison officers. Child minding and supper provided. Free admission. Bookings: 42964448.

Cricket history, Thursday

Chas Keys will talk on the social history of cricket in Wollongong at the Christmas meeting of the Illawarra Historical meeting. Venue: 11 Market Street, Wollongong. Time: 6pm. Bookings: 0409832854.

Sunset cinema, Thursday and Friday

Screening for seven weeks, three nights per week, there is a movie to suit everyone’s tastes. Thursday: The Sapphires; Friday: Arbitrage. Gates open 7pm. Venue: The Fig Lawn, Botanic Gardens, Murphys Ave, Keirville. Tickets:


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