Ipswich in Winter 2023
Your guide for entertainment, events and activities out now
Your guide for entertainment, events and activities Ipswich in Winter 2023
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Message from Ipswich Mayor, Teresa Harding It’s winter in Ipswich, one of our busiest seasons of the year for exciting events and celebrations. Indoors by a warm fire, or outdoors on crisp sunny days, Ipswich has so much to offer to keep you entertained and enthralled through the colder months. Each year I think Ipswich’s list of events and programs just grows longer and longer, with something for everyone. The Festival of Horsepower is first up, the annual June festival of signature racing and motorsport events, bringing mechanical speed and equine power to the fore in some thrilling days on the tracks. From Thursday 6 to Sunday 16 July, SPARK Ipswich will celebrate the people, places, arts and culture of Ipswich, from cabaret to comedy, music, circus and light projections, in a festival that will expand your sense of wonder.
As activities, programs and events may cancel or move subsequent to publication of this brochure, no responsibility is accepted for accuracy of content. This publication is copyright. Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 (C’wlth), no part of it may in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, micro copying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permissions. If you wish to disseminate or share this information and or images please contact Ipswich City Council for permission. Whatever you’re looking for this winter, you will certainly find it in Ipswich. Step outside your door and explore our region across these beautiful colder months. If you’re looking for an alternative to dinner and a movie, there’s a host of concerts and performances for young and old at the Ipswich Civic Centre. Stop off for trivia or local comedy in Studio 188 – Ipswich’s emerging artist performance space crafted out of the former Art-Deco Baptist Church. On a fresh winter day, there’s nothing better than a stroll through Queens Park in the heart of Ipswich or further afield at White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate. If it’s raining, there are plenty of options such as a coffee and a browse through the shops at Top of Town and the Nicholas Street Precinct. Our libraries at Ipswich, Springfield and Rosewood all offer Makerspaces, offering 3D printing, floor projection and even virtual reality.
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FIRST STREET PATIO LANDS IN IPSWICH
The new street patio in Ipswich Central
additional outdoor dining for businesses and a place for people to sit, stop and refresh. The installation of the street patio reflects Ipswich’s commitment to activating our city streets which encourages walking and cycling, and in turn supports our businesses and strengthens our community. The street patio will be trialled at four different locations around Ipswich Central over the next 12 months, the first location is 61 Limestone Street, outside Oikos Café. To find out more or tell us what you think about Ipswich’s new street patio visit Ipswichcentral.com.au
Ipswich’s first relocatable street patio, which supports creating places for people, not cars and promotes a safer, more enjoyable and comfortable pedestrian environment has arrived in Ipswich Central. What is a street patio? A street patio is a footpath extension that takes up one carpark and creates an inviting space for people to sit and spend time together enhancing community engagement. Local artist, Alana Ferguson’s vibrant artwork that features iconic Ipswich landmarks adds to the vibrancy and appeal of the new space. The street patio is prefabricated with built-in features including garden beds, a shade cover, ramps for accessibility and solar lighting, which creates ambient
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THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN IPSWICH NOW THAT IT’S WINTER Luckily Ipswich winter days are still warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors, making winter the perfect time to go for a hike or even a picnic in a sunny spot.
COSY UP BY THE FIRE If you like watching the flickering flames of a fire as the weather cools down, we have a few places for you to visit. There are a few restaurants in town that have fireplaces, where you can sit and watch the flames as you sip on a warming drink or enjoy a hearty meal. Find a restaurant with a fireplace here Discoveripswich.com.au/getcosy
EAT SOME COMFORT FOOD When it starts to get cool, there’s nothing better than a warming hearty meal. Think butter chicken, mouth- watering burgers and delicious soups. Check out this list of places that serve up top comfort food in Ipswich. Find a restaurant here Discoveripswich.com.au/comfortfood
HAVE AN ADRENALINE INDUCING ADVENTURE Whether you love escape rooms,
motorsport or flying high there are a few ways to get the blood pumping in Ipswich. Try your hand at gel blasters or the new go kart track at Queensland Raceway for
an awesome adventure. Find an adventure here Discoveripswich.com.au/ choose-your-own-adventure
ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Spend a day exploring farms, tasting produce and meeting animals while the weather is cooler. Learn all about farm life and the animals, and at the end of the day stay in a rural retreat to soak in some gorgeous country views. Find a farm to visit here Discoveripswich.com.au/farms
GO FOR A PICNIC There are some amazing places to have a picnic in Ipswich. Including businesses that take care of all the hard work for you. Or you can opt to visit one of the fantastic parks around. All you need to do is pack the esky. Find the best places for a picnic here Discoveripswich.com.au/picnics
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$100,000 BOOST FOR LOCAL ARTISTS
Through this RADF funding round, an exciting and diverse range of talented artists and performers will receive support that directly assists their artistic development, endeavours and opportunities. Arts and culture are key to creating a vibrant, diverse and liveable Ipswich.
A mentorship to showcase local talent at the SPARK Ipswich festival, new monthly live music events and a celebration of the Woollen Mills are among six recipients from round one of the 2022-2023 Arts Queensland and Ipswich City Council Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
A record total of $106,347 in funding was allocated to the following recipients. They are: InHabited Ipswich: $11,135 towards
THAT Production Company: $20,000 towards producing a show for Queensland Mental Health Week, giving Ipswich actors an opportunity to perform in ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ at the Metro Arts theatre in West End. VisionDesign: $15,000 towards creating Ipswich Threads, a project to celebrate the state heritage- listed site of the former Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company, the largest employer of women in Ipswich for many years. The project will occur over three years and will feature a series of textile art workshops, an exhibition, heritage interpretation and an online feature on Picture Ipswich.
mentoring and paying four local artists who will create new media artworks to be shown at SPARK Ipswich 2023. Banshees Bar: $15,000 towards organising monthly live music events to showcase diverse local artists and offer live recordings to assist in building their portfolios. This is the first of three years of seed funding for the project. Eva Fritz: $33,881 towards creating an interactive and educative installation at the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre based on her own children’s book Little Things Big Things , which touches on topics such as the environment, sustainability and community wellbeing. Robin ‘Tallman’ Wakkajinda: $11,331 towards hosting a social exhibition, talks and guided tours
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of Bell Street, discussing local street art and stories from his time as a volunteer.
Some bin collections are changing from Monday 5 June Affec e suburbs:
RIVERVIEW SILKSTONE SPRING MOUNTAIN SPRINGFIELD
IRONBARK JEEBROPILLY KARRABIN LEICHHARDT MOUNT FORBES MUTDAPILLY ONE MILE PEAK CROSSING PINE MOUNTAIN PURGA
AMBERLEY AUGUSTINE HEIGHTS BASIN POCKET BROOKWATER COLLINGWOOD PARK DINMORE EASTERN HEIGHTS EBBW VALE
WEST IPSWICH WILLOWBANK
WULKURAKA (North) WULKURAKA (South) YAMANTO
LONGER OPERATING HOURS FOR RIVERVIEW RECYCLING AND REFUSE CENTRE
These permanent extended hours build on council’s summer season extended operating hours, which started on 1 December last year. Council remains committed to improving the quality of life for our residents and will continue to work to ensure that our community remains a great place to live, work and play. To find out more about how council is delivering on its Resource Recovery Strategy, visit Shapeyouripswich.com.au/ resourcerecovery
The Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre is now open permanently from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm, seven days a week, all year round, with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. After receiving positive feedback from the community, the opening hours have been permanently extended to provide easier access for residents. This change will provide greater flexibility and convenience to our residents who may have previously found it difficult to access waste disposal services during their busy schedules.
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A MONTH-LONG PROGRAM PACKED FULL OF ADRENALINE AND EXCITEMENT
IPSWICH | JUNE
Experience the glitz and glamour of the TAB Ipswich Cup, the raw and adrenaline fuelled action of the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, and fast and hard racing battles at 2 Days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway.
The Festival of Horsepower is back with another month-long program packed full of adrenaline and excitement in the City of Ipswich. Taking place in June, the annual festival includes a number of Australia’s signature racing and motorsport events.
WHAT’S ON SAT 3 AND SUN 4 JUNE 2 DAYS OF THUNDER
TUES 13 JUNE TAB IPSWICH CUP BARRIER DRAW Held in the Ipswich CBD, hear from racing commentators, owners, trainers and jockeys about the upcoming TAB Ipswich Cup plus other feature races. Whether it’s the horses you follow, the fashions on the field, DJ festival or catching up with old friends, it’s Ipswich’s social event of the year. SAT 17 JUNE 2023 TAB IPSWICH CUP FESTIVAL OF HORSEPOWER MARQUEE Located in a prime spot to catch all the Ipswich Cup action, enjoy a food and drink package, tote facilities and access to the TAB Ipswich Cup After Party. SAT 17 JUNE 2023 TAB IPSWICH CUP
A massive weekend of racing with an eye watering array of cars, trade stands, activities and entertainment. THURS 8 TO SUN 11 JUNE GULF WESTERN OIL WINTERNATIONALS At Australia’s largest drag racing event, you will see the amazing flame throwing ‘Top Fuel Funny Cars’ with up to 400 vehicles competing for the Off the streets and onto the circuit, Roll Racing will be all the street style racing you can handle without the risk of getting in trouble! SUN 11 AND MON 12 JUNE MOTO RIDE DAY Recreational ride days are for all levels of riders with four individual groups to choose from, it is a fun on-track experience for everyone! national championship honours. SAT 10 JUNE | ROLL RACING
SAT 17 OR SAT 24 JUNE V8 RACE EXPERIENCE
The closest you’ll get to driving a V8 Supercar, these machines are race-built and rolling on race slick tyres. Get strapped in and feel the power!
A MONTH-LONG PROGRAM PACKED FULL OF ADRENALINE AND EXCITEMENT
IPSWICH | JUNE
GULF WESTERN OIL WINTERNATIONALS
Thursday 8 June to Sunday 11 June Willowbank Raceway | Ticketed event
by a wide range of activities – all conducted in a festive atmosphere. See the amazing flame-throwing ‘Top Fuel Funny Cars’, and up to 400 cars and motorcycles competing over four days for national championship honours. This high-octane fun family day out includes children’s activities, entertainment, and ‘up-close’ pit action with the drivers.
Don’t miss four days of fast-track action at Australia’s largest drag racing event, Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, featuring
the final round of the 400 Thunder Championship.
There is non-stop action each day from Thursday 8 June to Sunday 11 June, both on and off the track, with thrilling racing complimented
TAB IPSWICH CUP Saturday 17 June | 10.00 am to 8.00 pm Ipswich Turf Club | Ticketed event
including trackside marquees, in-field DJ entertainment, Fashions on the Field and After Party, and the Festival of Horsepower Marquee. Gather your friends together now for the 2023 TAB Ipswich Cup!
Rich in history, heritage and horses there really is nothing like the Ipswich Cup. But it is more than a horse race; it is the social day of the year for South East Queensland since 1866. The event features a host of areas to enjoy the Cup action and social activities,
TAB IPSWICH CUP BARRIER DRAW Tuesday 13 June 2023 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Tulmur Place | Free
FESTIVAL OF HORSEPOWER MARQUEE Saturday 17 June 11.00 am to last race Ipswich Turf Club | Ticketed event Overlooking the home straight located on the grandstand side of the track, this is a prime spot to catch all the Ipswich Cup action. Enjoy a food and drink package, tote facilities and access to the TAB Ipswich Cup After Party.
Hear from racing commentators, owners, trainers and jockeys about the upcoming Ipswich Cup plus other feature races.
Explore our city with Picture Ipswich’s historical and contemporary collections. Picture Ipswich provides a unique insight into the history of Ipswich: its people, buildings, businesses, places and way of life, from our earliest stories and memories to the present day. More than just an online photo album for the city, Picture Ipswich gives you the chance to interact with our shared past. Leave your mark on Ipswich history by adding your stories, locating images on the map and uploading your photos of Ipswich.
Uncover our past here: Pictureipswich.com.au
Support your mental and physical health with our free, weekly Active Wellbeing program. Activities are all low impact, focusing on gentle movement and connection to mind and body – perfect for all ages.
Moving Meditation/ Breathing Class
Mondays 9.00 am
Minka Place, Ripley
Cancer Care Yoga
Mondays 10.00 am
Community Hub, Augustine Heights
Thursdays 6.00 pm
Community Hub, Augustine Heights
Sundays 10.30 am
Browns Park, North Ipswich
Activities run each week during school terms.
To book your place at a session or find out more information about our other free programs visit Ipswich.qld.gov.au/activehealthy
LIVE MUSIC – COMEDY – ENTERTAINMENT – DANCE – THEATRE
Monday 5 June
Are we there yet? by CDP kids Three Wakes and a Wedding
Ipswich Civic Centre Ipswich Civic Centre
Wednesday 7 June
Friday 23 June - Sunday 2 July This Is Absurd!
Fire Station 101
Saturday 24 June Friday 30 June
Stitch in the ‘swich
Ipswich Civic Centre
Friday 7 July Friday 7 July
Mel Buttle – Live
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Saturday 8 July Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July Sunday 16 July Friday 21 July Friday 28 July Friday 28 July Saturday 29 July
60th Anniversary Dusty Springfield Concert
Reflectiv - Songs for Stillness Common Dance People Eisteddfod
The Beatles 50 Years On Acoustic Guitar Spectacular FourPlay String Quartet
Stitch in the ‘swich
Thursday 3 August Friday 4 August Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August Saturday 19 August Sunday 20 August Wednesday 23 August Friday 25 August Friday 25 August Friday 25 August Saturday 26 August Sunday 27 August
The Robertson Brothers 1960s Variety TV Show
Honky Tonk Angels
Creedence Clearwater Collective John Granger Fisher Pianist
Meat Loaf: The Concert
Ross Noble – Jibber Jabber Jamboree
Stitch in the ‘swich
The Beach Boys Experience
1927 – Next Generation Tour
Ipswich Civic Centre Ipswich Civic Centre
Mark Vincent – The Impossible Dream
Mel Buttle is quickly becoming a household name in the Australian comedy scene, with her relatable and witty performances. Following some successful gigs, Buttle is set to bring her show to Ipswich, promising audiences a fun-filled evening of true stories. In a recent interview, Buttle shared that her stories are all autobiographical and that she tells no lies on stage. Ipswich, she says, will definitely get a mention. While her alter ego ‘Lyn’ has gained a significant following on TikTok, Buttle explained that Lyn won’t be making an appearance in her live show. However, she does have a story about her mother, who is very similar to Lyn. Speaking about the inspiration behind Lyn, Buttle revealed that the character was a creation of the COVID-19 pandemic. With time in quarantine, she needed a creative outlet and decided to make the Lyn videos as practice. Social media has been a great platform for Buttle to reach new fans, with TikTok helping to build her following. When asked what people find most entertaining about her sketches and comedy, Buttle believes that they are universal in many ways. People can often see themselves or someone they know in her stories, making them all the more relatable. Performing to a home crowd in Queensland is always a special experience for Buttle. She explained that she has a shorthand with Queensland audiences, making it easier to connect with them on a personal level. Whether it’s making a reference to Stefan or simply performing in her hometown, Buttle always cherishes the experience and the memorable shows that come with it.
Buttle’s comedic journey has been influenced by some of Australia’s most iconic comedians, including her friend Anne Edmonds, Kath and Kim, Full Frontal, Lano and Woodley, The Golden Girls, Denise Scott and Judith Lucy. She looks up to Edmonds for taking risks and pushing boundaries, admiring her as one of the funniest people in Australia today. As Buttle continues to make her mark in the Australian comedy scene, audiences can look forward to an evening of relatable and hilarious stories.
MEL BUTTLE – LIVE supported by Bronwyn Kuss IPSWICH CIVIC CENTRE FRI 7 JULY
THREE WAKES AND A WEDDING WED 7 JUNE
ARE WE THERE YET? MON 5 JUNE
STITCH IN THE ‘SWICH SAT 24 JUNE
TRIVIA NIGHT FRI 30 JUNE STUDIO 188
THIS IS ABSURD! 23 JUNE TO 2 JULY FIRE STATION 101
A TRIBUTE TO DUSTY SPRINGFIELD IN CONCERT SAT 8 JULY
ESTAMPA FRI 7 JULY STUDIO 188
LAURA FRANK SAT 8 JULY
EDDIE RAY SILENCE OF THE JAMS SAT 15 JULY STUDIO 188
REFLECTIV SUN 9 JULY
COMMON PEOPLE DANCE EISTEDDFOD SUN 16 JULY
THE BEATLES 50 YEARS ON FRI 21 JULY
THE ROBERTSON BROTHERS 1960’S VARIETY TV SHOW 2023 THURS 3 AUG
STITCH IN THE ‘SWICH SAT 29 JULY
FOURPLAY FRI 28 JULY
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER COLLECTIVE SAT 5 AUG
HONKY TONK ANGELS FRI 4 AUG
JOHN GRANGER FISHER SUN 6 AUG
MEATLOAF THE CONCERT SAT 19 AUG
FRANKIE’S GUYS SUN 20 AUG
STITCH IN THE ‘SWICH FRI 25 AUG
TRIVIA NIGHT FRI 25 AUG STUDIO 188
ROSS NOBLE WED 23 AUG THE BEACH BOYS EXPERIENCE FRI 25 AUG
MARK VINCENT SUN 27 AUG
BOOK NOW (07) 3810 6100 Ipswichciviccentre.com.au/whats-on Studio188.com.au/whats-on
Australian musician Eric Weideman, front man of the band 1927, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. The band, known for hits such as “That’s When I Think of You” and “If I Could,” is drawing in new audiences, with more men attending their shows than during the band’s heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Weideman attributes this fresh energy to the band’s solid live performances, which allow for experimentation and spontaneity. 1927 formed in the late ‘80s and quickly achieved success with their debut album ...ish and its hit singles. However, after a few more albums, in-fighting and financial stress led to the band’s disbandment. In the late 2000s, a booking agent suggested that there was still demand for the band’s music, prompting Weideman to reunite with 1927 and hit the road once again. Since then, the band has been touring consistently and has found success with a new generation of fans. Weideman is happy to continue performing the band’s classic hits, including “If I Could,” despite having played them countless times over the years. He notes that the energy and love from the audience makes it feel fresh every time. In addition to the classic hits, the band also performs newer material from their album Generation-i. Weideman encourages his bandmates to bring their own flavour to the songs during live performances, allowing for a unique experience each time. He admits that live music is not about perfection, but about the feeling it generates in both the
performers and the audience. While Weideman is happy to be home with his wife and cats, he still loves touring and performing live. He believes that audiences will be pleasantly surprised by the band’s current line- up and performance style, which is different from their earlier days.
IPSWICH CIVIC CENTRE SAT 26 AUG
ipswich FIlm festival 2023
A national short film competition highlighting the promising talent of Australia’s young filmmakers.
ENTRIES OPEN: Monday 10 July AGE CATEGORIES: 7 – 11 Years
12 – 17 Years 18 – 25 Years
Ipswich.qld.gov.au/iffy ENTER NOW
LOCAL ENVIRONMENT EVENTS It’s easy to find council’s upcoming environment and sustainability events. 1. Visit Ipswichcitycouncil.eventbrite.com 2. Click ‘Follow’ to be notified when new events are released 3. Register easily when tickets become available.
DOG REGO DUE – 30 JUNE Dog registration renewals will be issued in early June. Pay by 30 June to receive a discount. Pay online at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/dogrego
REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING Illegal dumping is a crime.
Offenders can be fined over $2,000. If you see illegal dumping, report it at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/dumping
DINOSAURS ARE TAKINGOVER TULMUR PLACE Explore a ROARRRRRSOME display of prehistoric creatures these school holidays
MONDAY 26 JUNE TOWEDNESDAY 5 JULY Daily from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm Outdoor games Markets Food trucks FREE EVENT FREE 3 HOUR PARKING
6 – 16 JULY A FESTIVALOFARTS AND CULTURE
WELCOME TO SPARK IPSWICH
Bright lights, unique experiences, a smorgasbord of music, arts and culture, there is so much to look forward to on the Ipswich social calendar. If you are searching for a cultural event to excite the senses, then you cannot miss the annual SPARK Ipswich Festival. Ipswich’s people and places will be at the heart of the 2023 festival and after a major success in 2022 we look forward to delivering another 11-day program full of arts and cultural events, activations and performances. This year’s program boasts the introduction of an all-ages festival called BRIGHTDAZE, a new canvas for the popular deLight projections, and returning crowd favourite events Little Day Out and WOMI. With diverse performances, hands-on workshops, and visual feasts, gather your friends and family to enjoy a vibrant festival that ignites a spark right across the region. Ipswich is a rapidly growing and ever evolving destination of choice. Join us as we celebrate all that our city has to offer and discover SPARK in 2023.
Mayor Teresa Harding City of Ipswich
Councillor Nicole Jonic Chair of Economic and Industry Development Committee
Front cover image creative direction by Jennifer Kent
Ipswich City Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners as custodians of the land and waters we share. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, as the keepers of the traditions, customs, cultures and stories of proud peoples.
9 JULY: WOMI Ipswich’s signature world music event returns to Springfield Central with music, workshops, food and crafts from across the globe. 16 JULY: LITTLE DAY OUT Ipswich’s signature children’s contemporary music and arts festival is little by name but BIG on fun. 16 JULY: COMMON PEOPLE DANCE EISTEDDFOD The mighty dance battle between Ipswich suburban gladiators and other frenemy teams from across Brisbane. 3 JUNE – 30 JULY: RAUSCHENBERG & JOHNS – IPSWICH ART GALLERY Significant Others draws upon the National Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler Collection of prints by both Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns produced between 1968–1973. 6–16 JULY: EXHIBITIONS Explore exhibitions such as 50 Years of NAIDOC Week Posters, Architectural Layers: Newwork by Grant Quinn, Make Some Noise, and local artist Eva Fritz’s Little Things Big Things: Interactive Installation for Children.
6 JULY: IGNITE Celebrate the opening of SPARK Ipswich 2023 with a ceremony that honours the stories, culture and art of our First Nation people. 6–9 JULY: SPARK ON TOUR SPARK hits the road with Nadia Sunde’s Twinkle and The Moon - an interactive children’s theatre experience for 2–7 year old’s. 6–16 JULY: SPARK AFTER DARK Explore Ipswich’s cultural heart with music, projection, live performance, comedy and dance. 6–16 JULY: INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT The Creators of Ipswich Summit and Ipswich Has Comic Talent are key opportunities SPARK has on offer for our local artists. 7, 8, 9, 15 AND 16 JULY: IMMERSE An immersive playground of family friendly arts workshops and performances. 8 JULY: BRIGHTDAZE All-ages music festival headlined by chart-topping hip-hop superstar Allday.
Head to SPARKipswich.com.au for the full program and to book tickets.
Program details correct at time of printing. Always check the website for the latest event and program information.
FRIDAY 7 JULY AND SUNDAY 9 JULY
Tulmur Place transforms into an immersive playground of family friendly arts workshops, performances on the main stage and food trucks galore!
It’s time to get moving with circus, and dance workshops and hands on arts activities for kids of all ages. SATURDAY 8 JULY Enjoy the special SPARK Edition of Ipswich’s Handmade Expo Markets with artisan and homewares stalls, plus workshops to enjoy. SATURDAY 15 JULY AND SUNDAY 16 JULY Make, create and play with visual art workshops and demonstrations for young and old.
TIME 10.00 am – 2.00 pm VENUE Tulmur Place Nicholas Street Precinct, Ipswich COST FREE
Ipswich’s signature world music event returns to Springfield Central with music, workshops, food and crafts from across the globe. Featuring Bobby Alu, Bukhu Ganburged, East ofWest, Somaaya, Kizuna Taiko, Nicole Tate, NoWay Jose, Taitu’uga, Tenzin Choegyal and CyeWoods, The Barleyshakes, The View from Madeleine’s Couch, Vinod Prasanna and Shen Flindell and many more.
DATE Sunday 9 July TIME 9.00 am – 4.00 pm VENUE Main Street, Orion Springfield Central COST FREE
Photo credit: Jared Vethaak Photography
Chart-topping hip-hop superstar Allday headlines SPARK’s takeover of the YMCA Springfield Central Community Centre, for the inaugural all-ages music festival, BRIGHTDAZE. Featuring two stages, BRIGHTDAZE will showcase a stacked line-up of musicians and DJs with Allday joined by Hope D, GLVES, Paulina, DJ Kritty, Scalymoth, Neesha Alexander and more! There’ll also be the chance to unleash your inner DJ with workshops held throughout the day.
Please note patrons under 15 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult.
DATE Saturday 8 July TIME 11.00 am – 6.00 pm VENUE YMCA Springfield Central
Community Centre 134A Parkland Drive, Springfield Central COST $30 + booking fee
SPARK AFTER DARK
OVER 11 NIGHTS, THE CITY’S CULTURAL HEART COMES ALIVE WITH MUSIC, PROJECTION, LIVE PERFORMANCE, COMEDY AND DANCE.
Pixel The front of 1 Nicholas Street comes alive with artwork commissioned by Quandamooka, Jinibara, Darumbal artist – Jennifer Kent. DATES Thursday 6 – Sunday 16 July TIME 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm VENUE 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich Celebration Mark the opening and closing with ceremonies that celebrate our First Nations people, art and culture. DATES Thursday 6 & Sunday 16 July VENUE d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich
deLight d’Arcy Doyle Place is transformed into a visual spectacle that profiles local artists, architecture and the nooks and crannies of this iconic Ipswich meeting place. DATES Thursday 6 – Sunday 16 July TIME 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm VENUE d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich Inhabited Ipswich Cynthia Copley, Donna Davis, Rebecca Lewis, and Sean Williams will use contemporary art through projection to activate non-traditional art spaces within the CBD. DATES Thursday 6 – Sunday 16 July TIME 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Meeting Place Gather with friends at d’Arcy Doyle Place before following the light to performances and events at local venues including Banshees Bar & Artspace, Goleby’s Basement, Hotel Metropole, Ipswich Civic Centre, Pumpyard, St Mary’s Church and St Paul’s Church. Banshees DATES 6 July Karaoke 7 July SPARK MOFO 8 July Group Songwriting for Mental Health 12 July Open Mic Night 13 July Reptrillion Culture Club 13 July Karaoke 14 July The Storming of Banshees Bar 15 July Falling in Slow Motion - From Concept to Mini-Series 15 July Daylight Ghosts, Sarah Stockholm, Ghost Mutt 16 July Life Drawing 16 July Ipswich Live & Local VENUE 131 Brisbane Street, Ipswich 8 July Disco Diva Drag Show
Ipswich Civic Centre DATES 7 July Mel Buttle - LIVE 7 July Estampa 8 July Laura Frank 9 July Reflectiv, Songs for Stillness 16 July Common People Dance Eisteddfod VENUE 50 Nicholas Street, Ipswich Ipswich Art Gallery DATE 7 July In Conversation: Dylan Sarra VENUE d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich Studio 188 DATES
8 July Ipswich has Comic Talent 15 July Eddie Ray: Silence of the Jams Screening VENUE 188 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
SPARK ON TOUR
TWINKLE AND THE MOON Snuggled into their blanket cubby house, Nadia and Twinkle always share a book together before nap time. Today they’re reading a book about a rocket ship! But...when the book is finished and it’s time for bed…Twinkle wants to play a game instead! We’re taking SPARK on the road, with Nadia Sunde’s Twinkle and The Moon - an interactive children’s theatre experience for 2 – 7 year olds and their families.
DATES AND LOCATIONS Thursday 6 July Springfield Central Library 9.00 am and 10.30 am
Friday 7 July Redbank Plains Library 9.00 am
Saturday 8 July Rosewood Library 9.00 am
Sunday 9 July Ipswich Central Library 9.00 am and 10.30 am COST FREE – Bookings essential
COMMON PEOPLE DANCE EISTEDDFOD
The time has come for the mighty dance battle between Ipswich suburban gladiators and other frenemy teams from across Brisbane. Throughout the year, the Common People Dance Project has been working with people of all ages and abilities to shape a series of over-the-top dance routines to some of the greatest hits of the ’80s and ’90s in homage to the legendary Rock Eisteddfods of decades past. Dripping in sequins, sweat and spandex, cheer for your team as you watch them body roll, fist pump and running-man their way to victory.
DATE Sunday 16 July TIME 6.00 pm VENUE Ipswich Civic Centre COST $20 Adult
$15 Student/Concession $10 Child (3 – 15 years)
LITTLE DAY OUT
Little by name but BIG on FUN.
DATE Sunday 16 July TIME
A SPARK festival favourite, Little Day Out is Ipswich’s signature children’s music and arts festival. With a focus on sustainability, Little Day Out is bursting with music, hands-on art experiences, food and roving entertainment. Headlining this year’s festival, Bunny Racket creates a sound that brings all generations together in rock ‘n’ roll harmony. With a line-up featuring members of The Vines, Goons Of Doom andWolfmother, Bunny Racket strikes a (loud) chord for all of us that pine for a time where being a kid meant endless freedom. The young and young at heart are invited to sing, dance, create and play! Cubby building, nature craft, tiny tots zone and a silent disco are all part of the Little Day Out experience.
Session 1: 9.00 am – 11.30 am Session 2: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm VENUE Ripley Town Centre COST $5 per entry - children with a purchased ticket receive a bucket hat ADDITIONAL INFO Little Day Out is a high-quality music, arts and sustainability experience for children 10 years and under and their accompanying adults
CREATORS OF IPSWICH SUMMIT
IPSWICH HAS COMIC TALENT
The Creators of Ipswich Summit is an opportunity for artists, creatives and industry professionals from across the region to learn, collaborate and be inspired. The 2023 summit theme is ‘Framing our city’s artistic legacy’ and has been programmed for attendees to recognise future opportunities as part of the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2032.
We know that Ipswich Has Comic Talent.
So, we roped in the pros to help us unearth it.
Join MC, comedian Anthony Lamond, on Saturday 8 July to learn the craft of stand-up comedy. Anthony will help you unlock your passion, acknowledge your weaknesses and develop your strengths – before performing to a room of strangers, friends and peers! DATE Saturday 8 July TIME Workshop: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Show: 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm VENUE Studio 188 COST Workshop: FREE - Bookings essential Show: $10 per person
Visit Shapeyouripswich.com.au/ creativeindustries to register. DATE Thursday 6 July TIME Summit: All day Networking: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm VENUE Dandiri Room, 1 Nicholas Steet COST FREE - Bookings essential
RAUSCHENBERG & JOHNS From their run-down New York studios, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns began a private creative dialogue that introduced everyday signs, objects, and media into their work. This exhibition draws upon the National Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler Collection of prints with works by both artists produced between 1967 and 1973, and holdings of key works by their predecessors and contemporaries. 3 JUNE – 30 JULY | IPSWICH ART GALLERY | FREE EXHIBITIONS
MAKE SOME NOISE From crunching chips to tapping your toes, sweeping the floor or listening to birds singing, musical sounds surround us every day. Make Some Noise is a brand-new exhibition for children to explore these everyday musical concepts through hands-on open-ended activities and experiential play spaces. 22 APRIL – 16 JULY | IPSWICH ART GALLERY | FREE
ARCHITECTURAL LAYERS: NEW WORK BY GRANT QUINN Through the lens of photography, Grant Quinn focuses his first solo exhibition, “Architectural Layers,” on documenting the aesthetic reverence in the work of renowned Ipswich Architect George Brockwell Gill. 6 MAY – 9 JUNE | IPSWICH ART GALLERY | FREE
NAIDOC POSTER EXHIBITION In celebration of NAIDOC’s rich history and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art evolution, an exhibition of NAIDOC Week posters spanning from its inception to 2023. 3–18 JULY | IPSWICH COMMUNITY GALLERY | FREE
LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS: INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION FOR CHILDREN Featuring large-scale artworks from the children’s book Little Things Big Things, by local artist Eva Fritz, this immersive, inspiring and educational installation invites participants to explore themes around environment, sustainability, and community connection. 26 JUNE – 21 JULY QUEENS PARK ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE | FREE
SPARK Ipswich is an initiative of Ipswich City Council
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