What's on in the Illawarra this weekend




Viva la Gong is Wollongong’s annual community arts festival that celebrates creativity and cultural identity.

The family-friendly event features high-quality local and international entertainment. This sustainable festival features a community street parade, multiple stages, circus acts, workshops, makers’ markets, international food fair, and arts and crafts.

The Viva la Gong Festival 2012 will be held at MacCabe Park. Free entry.

Details: vivalagongfestival.org.


You Are Here, all weekend

Last chance to see this location-oriented display of contemporary, colonial and early Australian paintings, prints, photographs, watercolours, drawings and video. At Wollongong City Gallery, Burelli Street, Wollongong.

Singing in Colour, Saturday

Fabric collage and paintings by Damian Bancks  (pictured) at the Hanging Space Art Gallery, 409 Princes Highway, Woonona, 9am-3pm. Until November 24. Details: 0422 988 355.

Art in the Park, Sunday

In Hindmarsh Park, Art in the Park showcases works by local artists once a month. Artists will be working on paintings and answering questions. Viewings from 8.30am.


Richard Clapton, Saturday

Richard Clapton (pictured), one of Australia’s most-loved and enduring songwriters, celebrates  five decades in the music industry with his first album in eight years, Harlequin Nights. 

Venue: Towradgi Beach Hotel, 8pm. Tickets: $30.

Halley Quartet, all weekend

The Halley Quartet and Mark Matthews will raise funds for charity. 

Saturday venue (7pm): St Marks Church, 429 Crown St, Wollongong. Sunday venue (5.30pm): Berry School of the Arts. Tickets: $18.

The Song Company, Monday

Featuring Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company, together with the extraordinary talents of the Grigoryan Brothers on guitar.  

Venue: Wollongong Town Hall. Tickets: $45. Details: wollongongtownhall.com.au.


Kneeboard, All weekend

Round three of the Australian Kneeboard Titles will be held on beaches throughout the Kiama region, depending on surf conditions. Open to men and women competitors ranging in ages from under 16 to over 55 years of age. New participants encouraged.  Entry: $80, spectators free.  kneelos@kneeboardsurf australia.com 

Bull riders, Saturday

Australian and international riders in  the first leg of  a competition that ends  in the world titles next year at Las Vegas. Venue: Wollongong Entertainment Centre. Tickets: $30-$150.  wec.org.au.

The Sydney Company, Saturday

 Sydney Dance Company presents 16 of Australia’s most outstanding dancers in 2 One Another. Tickets: $65. Time: 2pm, 8pm. Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Burelli St, Wollongong. merrigong.com.au.


Festival of Flight, Sunday

Come along and celebrate the Festival of Flight in Stanwell Park, celebrating the place where aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave became the first man in Australia to fly on November 12, 1894. With over 60 market stalls, free entertainment, and food for sale, it will be a fun day for the whole family.

Quilt show, all weekend

Quilts and art from local artisans on display and some for sale. Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street, 9am-5pm (3pm on Sunday). Entry $5. Refreshments available.

Lest We Forget, Sunday

The Warilla RSL Sub-Branch is organising the Remembrance Day Service at The War Memorial in Caroline Chisholm Park, Shellharbour Village. Starts at 10.45am.


Phoenix Theatre, all weekend

The Phoenix Theatre in Coniston presents its first anniversary show, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Don Black’s musical Tell Me On A Sunday, which follows a woman and her search for love in New York. Until November 17. Saturday: 3pm and 8pm. Sunday: 3pm. Tickets: $25/$20. Details: phoenixtheatre.net.au.

Jackie Loeb, tonight

Since 1992, Jackie Loeb has worked extensively as a  comedian, actor, vocalist, musician, voice-over artist, and writer. Worth seeing for her impersonation of Julia Gillard. Tickets: $10 trybooking.com/BYBF or $15 at the door. 7.30pm at The Builders Basement, 61 Campbell St Wollongong.

Les Miserables, from November 23

The Roo Theatre presents the famous musical until December 8. Tickets: $35.