18 April 2024

Cozy up for free screenings of Barbie in Wollongong and Dapto this weekend

| Zoe Cartwright
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Bust out your coziest, most pink gear for this weekend’s free Barbie screenings at Dapto Square and MacCabe Park. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

Trying to hang on to summer holiday vibes?

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie will be shown on the big screen in all its flamboyant glory on Friday 19 April at Dapto Square and Saturday 20 April at MacCabe Park, Wollongong.

The dress code is pink, pink and more pink at Wollongong City Council’s free outdoor movie nights this weekend.

The events are free and a council spokesperson said they were also part of a good cause.

“As this will be the final movie night at both locations, we’re inviting everyone to join us for a movie under the stars,” the spokesperson said.

“To celebrate the end of the movie night series, there will be free gelato, free popcorn and a pre-movie, as well as lucky door prizes for those wearing their Barbie-core best.

“The upcoming movie nights are presented by Wollongong City Council and are part of the Safer Cities: Her Way program.”

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Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the Safer Cities: Her Way program was a collaborative partnership between Transport for NSW and council that aimed to improve perceptions of safety for women, girls and gender diverse people.

The program focusses on a range of pilot interventions to make local spaces feel more welcoming for everyone in the community.

“Our Barbie movie marathon is our way of finishing the program with a bang,” Cr Bradbery said.

“The council’s movie night series has been well attended, and with any luck the weather will hold out so we can have one last fun community event.

“There’s no need to book to attend. These are free events; we just ask that you follow our events on Facebook to let us know you’re planning on coming along. It’s also where we’ll provide updates if the weather gets the better of us.

“Don’t forget, now that it’s April, it’s likely to get a little colder in the evenings, so be sure to bring a blanket or jumper with you as well. And if it’s a pink jacket, even better!”

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Transport for NSW’s executive director Brooke Wharton said the Safer Cities: Her Way interventions directly responded to feedback from women, girls and gender diverse people.

“Through the program, we heard that local women, girls and gender diverse people in Wollongong would feel safer with improved lighting, having more people around and public spaces that feel more cared for,” she said.

“The council is delivering on all of these ideas through trial interventions in Wollongong CBD, Dapto and Port Kembla town centres, helping women, girls and gender diverse people to walk and cycle more often. The popularity of these activations serves as a testament to the program’s positive impact.”

To catch the flicks, head to Dapto Square from 4:30 pm for a 6:30 pm movie start on Friday 19 April, or MacCabe Park Wollongong from 5 pm for a 6:30 pm movie start on Saturday 20 April. There is no charge for these events.

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