October 15, 2019 / By Claire Atteia
For someone who hasn’t spent a great deal of time in Wollongong, I am now a ‘gong' convert. Sure, you know about the Sea Cliff Bridge and the gorgeous beaches. But, did you know about the utterly charming Mount Kembla Village Hotel or the cellar door of Five Barrel Brewing? No?
Well you do now, and you can thank me later. But, that’s not what this article is about. This is an article about what is happening in this fine city come September, and believe me, there’s a lot going on. Let’s get started:
Art and Craft on the Grass - 14 September
Meet the talented working artists of Red Point Gallery and browse the studios and stalls which showcase their beautiful handmade art and crafts. Art on the Grass is held monthly and it’s a great opportunity to stock up early on Christmas presents. From sculpture and woodwork to candles and greeting cards, you won’t go home empty-handed.
Emily Garth – Popera - 9 September
Opera mixed with musical show stoppers? Yes please! Meet Emily Garth, she’s a talented classical soprano who has toured around the world as both a soloist and chorus member. She’ll be performing a mix of well-loved opera arias with a big-band twist. Less serious than a night at the opera, this will be a night of lively singing with a mix of diva charm.
Illawarra Relay For Life - 14 September
Get your running shoes out and join Relay For Life – an overnight community event where teams of runners participate in a relay walk (or run!) to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Bringing together the whole community, the event promises fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance. Organise a group of family or friends and help support this important cause.
Illawarra Native Orchid Society Spring Show - 14-15 September
To see an amazing display of native Australian orchids, come to this years Illawarra Native Orchid Society spring show. As well as seeing some beautiful flowers, you can pick up a few tips and tricks from those in the know as to growing your own. And for those of us who have orchids in need of a green thumb, bring your plant along on the day and there will be a repotting service available.
American Muscle Car Show and Shine - 15 September
Car lovers rejoice! For those of us who love speed, or whom appreciate a good looking car, head along to the American Muscle Car Show to get your fix of beautiful automobiles. Chat with car owners and you’ll no doubt hear some surprising stories about these ageing beasts of the road. Bring a gold coin and help support the rural fire service.
AIDA, The Opera by Verdi Giuseppe - 20 September
Aida is Verdi’s operatic masterpiece – a tale of love and death set against the vastness of the ancient Egyptian world. With acclaimed soprano Livia Brash in the title role, come and be witness to this eclectic and edge production, and enjoy the music of one of the most vivid opera scores written.
Hair Wollongong - 25 September
In this ever-changing world, themes of identity, community, global responsibility and peace as still as relevant as they were in the 60s. Hair celebrates these themes with glorious abandon with the infectious, energetic rock beat that we all know and love. This brand new production stars Hugh Sheridan and Paulini, and is guaranteed to knock your socks off when it comes to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre this September.
Eat Street Wollongong - Thursdays
Get a bunch of friends together and head along to Eat Street – the well-loved outdoor night food market. With great food and live music, it’s a welcoming atmosphere for the whole community, and you’ll no doubt be inspired by the fantastic mix of stallholders.
In Transit - 19-21 September
Artists Michael Pigott and Katja Handt transform the Wollongong Town Hall into an international airport transit space for a theatrical experience that explores how we move through the world. It’s a space where one is traditionally neither here nor there, and you’ll be invited to explore the environment that will amuse and engage, whilst challenging you to think on deeper migration issues.
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