21 March 2024

Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (22 - 28 March)

| Dione David
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Crowds at SurfLife Music Festival Gerringong

Coastal vibes of Gerringong play backdrop to incredible live music at SurfLife Music Festival Gerringong. Photo: Liquid Imagery.

The live music scene is on fire in the Illawarra this week. Shenanigans kick off down south with SurfLife Music Festival in Gerringong and continue with folk and Celtic sounds in Wollongong and Afro-Peruvian Jazz in Port Kembla.

Corrimal High School will host an expo to help you on the path to sustainability at home, and Kiama is kicking off the Easter celebrations early.

In between are acting workshops, author talks and perhaps your best chance to have your say on the draft master plan for Shellharbour Airport.

Here are our top nine picks for the week.


Banner for SurfLife Music Festival Gerringong featuring a stylised sunset over the ocean waves

The Strides and Little Quirks headline this incredible show. Photo: SurfLife Music Festival Gerringong Facebook.

SurfLife Music Festival Gerringong

When: Friday 22 March, 4 to 11:30 pm and Saturday 23 March, 3 to 11:30 pm
Where: Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street, Gerringong
Cost: One day pass $53.80, two-day pass $84.40, book here.

The coastal vibes of Gerringong play backdrop to incredible live music with headlining acts The Strides (Friday) and Little Quirks (Saturday). Leading the charge, The Strides’ unique fusion of reggae, hip-hop, and afrobeat is set to ignite the stage. Joining them are local favourites The Appointments, Slow Cinema, Lemonise, Double Barrel, Salty, and Kane Cali, promising a diverse range of genres to keep the audience grooving into the night.

On Saturday, the live powerhouse act Little Quirks takes the spotlight. Described as “one of the best live acts you can see”, their indie-folk charm is set to captivate the crowd with infectious energy. Sharing their stage are Mac Tango, Calcite, Magic Machine, In Good Hands, Sevilles, and Lizzie Jack and the Beanstalks.

Illawarra Folk Club presents Eleanor McEvoy on her ‘Gimme Some Wine’ Tour

When: Friday 22 March, 7 to 10 pm
Where: City Diggers Club, 82 Church Street, Wollongong
Cost: Members $30, non-members $35, book here.

One of Ireland’s foremost songwriters is headed to Wollongong. The composer and co-performer of A Woman’s Heart – the title track for the best-selling Irish album in Irish history – has played for the likes of U2, Sinead O’Connor and Mary Black. Now, having released her 16th album “Gimme Some Wine” to rave reviews, she’s back on the road, and with “a fusion of bygone and modern, established and innovative, McEvoy creates something totally fresh but with a taste of the familiar …with, perhaps, a glass of red on the side”.

Shark & Fox with We Mavericks

When: Friday 22 March, 8 pm
Where: The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall, corner Crown and Kembla streets, Wollongong
Cost: Premium $45, standard: $40, standing: $30, book here.

Billed as a “love letter to global folk traditions from the collective experience of several lifetimes across continents”, this special performance brings Canadian-Australian duo Shark & Fox together with New Zealand-Aussie festival favourites We Mavericks. Expect a jaw-dropping performance of musical styles from across the world including frenetic Bulgarian dances, dynamic Argentine folkloric music, haunting Appalachian music and Swedish polskas.


Flyer for extras workshop by Screen Illawarra

Whether you want to be an extra or are looking for extras for your film, this workshop presented by Screen Illawarra and Screen NSW introduces newcomers to pathways. Image: Screen Illawarra.

Extras Workshop

When: Saturday 23 March, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: The Phoenix Theatre, 24 Bridge Street, Coniston
Cost: Members free, student membership $25, professional membership $40, book here.

Dr Janys Hayes (director) and Karen Cobban (actor) will run an entertaining and informative workshop encouraging those with or without acting skills to enter the professional world of making movies as extras. With direct information from an experienced extra, a casting consultant and an agent, the workshop will be a fun way of meeting others, finding ways to work, and experiencing some beginning acting processes.

Performers on stage at The Servo Truck Food Bar

ALLY will be performing a set of Cuban rumba and son for you to shake those hips. Photo: The Servo Truck Food Bar Facebook.

ALLY & CARIBE – Afro-Peruvian Jazz

When: Saturday 23 March, 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Servo Truck Food Bar, Darcy Road, Port Kembla
Cost: $25, book here.

In celebration of Harmony Day, dancefloor magic comes to The Servo courtesy of ARIA-nominated all-star Latin combo ALLY. Expect global music drawn from Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Andalusian traditional rhythms paired with a modern jazz aesthetic and spoken word, presented alongside performances from Brazilian slam poet queen Dai Moret and Cuban dancer Cruz Vazquez Borges.


Girl enjoying outdoor activities in the park including a run to collect beautiful Easter eggs.

Easter is kicking off early in Kiama. Photo: Wosunan.

Kiama Anglican Church Easter Fun Day

When: Sunday 24 March, 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kiama Anglican Church, 2 Terralong Street, Kiama
Cost: Free.

Kiama Anglican Church is hosting a free Family Easter Fun Day this Sunday with a variety of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. This will include pony rides, Easter crafts and activities, face painting, family games, a giant Easter egg hunt starting at 3:15 pm and much more. Free on-site car parking will be available, so grab the family, pile into the car and get ready for some wholesome community fun.

Banner for sustainability expo at Corrimal High School

Dreams of a utopian future, where everyone has solar panels, flourishing veggie gardens and happy worms eating leftover dinner scraps, will feel like a tangible possibility at this hopeful, helpful event. Image: Rotary Club of Corrimal.

Greenfest Sustainability Expo

When: Sunday 24 March, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Corrimal High School, 88B Murray Road, Corrimal
Cost: Free.

The ultimate day out for families to learn about simple and fun sustainable practices to use in day-to-day life pops up for one day only with hands-on demonstrations and workshops, giveaways, market stalls and information sharing on how to avoid and reduce waste and live more sustainably. Children attending the expo can enjoy activities such as testing their recycling knowledge and participating in a scavenger hunt.

Attendees can learn how to plant a native garden, make a worm farm and compost, or get involved with their local community projects. With more than 30 stalls and lots of expert advice on hand, you’ll find a starting point for whatever sustainable lifestyle steps you want to take.


Shellharbour Airport at dusk.

Residents are urged to give feedback on a draft master plan for Shellharbour Airport. Photo: Shellharbour City Council.

Just Landed: Airport Master Plan info sessions

When: Monday 25 March, 9:30 to 11 am and 5:30 to 7 pm
Where: Home Aged Community Centre (HACC), 95 Daintree Drive, Albion Park and Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour City Centre
Cost: Free, book here.

Got thoughts on or questions for council staff about the draft master plan for Shellharbour Airport? These two community drop-in sessions will provide all you need to understand the plan, which assesses the facility’s current infrastructure and identifies what else is needed to establish a vibrant business hub that contributes to regional economic development, tourism and employment.

Register for a drop-in session at Albion Park from 9:30 to 11 am or Shellharbour from 5:30 to 7 pm, and turn up any time in that window.


Banner for Author Talk with Caitlin Marshall & Lizzie Rose at Thirroul Library

How can creativity aid our mental health? Image: Wollongong City Council.

Author Talk with Caitlin Marshall & Lizzie Rose – Thirroul Library

When: Wednesday 27 March, 6 to 7 pm
Where: Thirroul Library 352/358, Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Cost: Free, book here.

Take an evening to explore the role of joy, creativity and delight in sustaining mental wellbeing and social connections. MakeShift founders and authors of Creative First Aid: The Science + Joy of Creativity for Mental Health, Caitlin Marshall and Lizzie Rose will share more about the book and how we can apply creative first aid to our daily life. No experience is required – just a booking.

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