2 May 2024

Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (26 April - 2 May)

| Dione David
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Still from Annie musical showing Annie hugging a dog

This weekend is your last chance to see Annie at IPAC. Photo: Tracey Leigh Images.

In the post-school holidays exhale, the Illawarra brings us everything from hit musicals to author talks and readings, meditation circles to family movie screenings.

Every dog has its day at The Wentworth in Port Kembla, and Wollongong Art Gallery has lined up a great way to gain insights into a current exhibition.

Here are our top nine picks for the week.



When: Friday 26 April, 7:30 pm and Saturday 27 April, 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Cost: Adult $69, pensioner/senior $60, under 13 $59, family $240, book here.

The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this worldwide sensation based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie is coming to the end of a short run at IPAC. With a wonderful score written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, including the Broadway smash hit, Tomorrow, audiences will fall in love with the orphan girl who, with a combination of street-smarts and optimism, thwarts the plans of the evil Miss Hannigan and rises from next to nothing in New York City.

Family of three watches a movie and laughs

Grab the crew and settle in. Image: Shellharbour City Libraries.

Family Movie

When: Friday 26 April, 1 pm
Where: Warilla Library, 8 Woolworths Avenue, Warilla
Cost: Free, book here.

Grab the crew, sit back and relax as Warilla Library shows a family-friendly Disney movie – Encanto. Not only is this family movie free to watch, but the library will also provide a drink and a snack. The run time of the film is 102 minutes and follows bubbly protagonist Mirabelle as she faces the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers and works to uncover a great threat to her hometown.


Sign that reads pick weigh buy Kilo Sale with racks of clothing

Give some great clothes a second chance. Photo: Kilo Sale Australia.

Vintage Kilo Sale

When: Saturday 27 April, 8 am to 4 pm and Sunday 28 April, 8 am to 2 pm
Where: University Hall Building 11, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong
Cost: Entry $2.75, clothing $50 per kilo, book here.

After more than 5000 attendees went to the Sydney event last year, Australia’s only vintage shopping event – where you purchase by the kilo – is stopping by Wollongong on an Australian tour. Instructions are simple: pick, weigh, buy. If you’re an advocate for a circular economy and minimising waste, this sustainable fashion shopping experience is for you. There are more than 200 m of racks with more than 9000 kg of clothing to pick from at any time. Racks are refilled with a selection of secondhand clothing, unique vintage pieces and well-known brands, both vintage and contemporary, throughout the event.


Banner for Dog Day Out

Canine camaraderie abounds at The Wentworth this Sunday. Image: The Wentworth Port Kembla.

Dogs Day Out – A Pawsitively Perfect Celebration

When: Sunday 28 April, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Wentworth, 96 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla
Cost: Gold coin donation, payable upon entry.

Get ready for a tail-wagging good time at The Wentworth’s “Dogs Day Out”. This delightful celebration is dedicated to our furry friends and their human companions and raises some much-needed funds to support Best Friends Forever Rescue. Expect a day filled with canine camaraderie and a variety of fun activities for dogs and dog lovers alike.


Two men dressed as ANZAC soldiers

Hit songs, compelling stories and necessary laughter from World War II and The Vietnam War. Photo: Merrigong.

Music in the Morning – The Memory of Anzacs and Vets

When: Monday 29 April, 11 am
Where: Main auditorium, Wollongong Town Hall, corner of Kembla and Crown streets
Cost: Adult $28.50, groups 8+: $25, groups 12+: $23, book here.

With a stunning cast led by narrator Chris McKenna, star tenor Roy Best, international soprano Alison Jones, and concert pianist William Schmidt, this production will be one of the highlights of the year, performed to coincide with ANZAC Day 2024. Expect hit songs, stories and indeed laughter that came from World War II and The Vietnam War, all alongside incredible images on the big screen.

Songs include White Cliffs Of Dover, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Blowin In The Wind, He Ain’t Heavy, Leavin On A Jet Plane, Green Green Grass Of Home and a stirring version of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables.

The World of Musicals in Concert

When: Monday 29 April, 7:30 pm
Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Cost: Adult: $79.90, pensioner/senior, group 10+ $74.90, under 13s $59.90, book here.

Following a sellout 2022 Australia tour, The World of Musicals in Concert, an all-new show featuring a world-class ensemble of multi-talented artists performing big-screen anthems and iconic show tunes is coming to Wollongong. Expect the best of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls, South Pacific and many more in one stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound.


Author Karen Hendriks standing on the beach holding her book Our Shellharbour

Join local author Karen Hendriks for a special reading followed by themed activities. Photo: Debbie Wieck.

Storytime with Karen Hendriks

When: Tuesday 30 April, 11 am
Where: Oak Flats Library, 61 Central Avenue, Oak Flats
Cost: Free.

Oak Flats Library is set to host Illawarra author Karen Hendriks. Grab your little ones and head down for storytime with Karen as she showcases her popular children’s books about our local area. Karen’s books include Go Away, Foxy Foxy, Home, Feathers and Our Shellharbour. After the reading, there will be themed activities and a craft session. This workshop is for participants aged between three and six.

People meditating

Discover the transformative skill of meditation. Photos: cSpace.

Beginners Meditation Group

When: Every Tuesday for eight weeks from Tuesday 30 April, 7 to 8 pm
Where: cSpace, Unit 5/177B Princes Highway, Bulli
Cost: By donation, book here.

This drop-in class takes place in Bulli’s new community space – cSpace. Discover the transformative skill of meditation. Taking the full eight weeks is recommended, as each week builds on the previous. The course is suitable for beginners, or those who have tried meditation previously to no avail. Note: Though available by donation, bookings are still essential as space is limited.

Detail of semi-abstract painting of a landscape by Suzanne Archer

Suzanne Archer, Beachcombing South Coast, oil on canvas. Photo: Wollongong Art Gallery.

Artist Talk for Landscape Tells the Way: Illawarra

When: 1 May, 1 to 2 pm
Where: Wollongong Art Gallery, 46 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Cost: Free, book here.

Landscape Tells the Way: Illawarra brings together 13 contemporary artists who share a connection to the region and features their unique perspectives on the local landscape. At this special artist talk, artists Suzanne Archer, Steve Lopes and Jo Lyons discuss their practice, their approach to depicting landscape and the works on display. Gain special insights into the exhibition, which is showing at Wollongong Art Gallery until Sunday 2 June.

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