All posts by Leigh-Anne Wrighter

What’s On for Halloween in the Gong

Get your freak on this Halloween with a load of fun events around Wollongong for young and old!

It’s not all just ‘trick or treats‘!

Spooky Fun for the Kids

Your little ghosts and goblins will love some scare-free activities.

Halloween Disco
Thirroul Bowling, Leagues and Recreation Club
When: 27 October 2017
Time:  5.30pm – 7.30pm

Ghost Train
Illawarra Light Railway Museum
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Halloween Disco
Corrimal Bowling Club
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Tickets just $10.00 and include a meal from the bistro.
Call 4284 4786 to book (tickets are limited).

Creepy Halloween NIght with DJ23
Flip Out North Wollongong
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 11.00pm

Halloween Party
Central Hotel Shellharbour
When: 29 October 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Hangdog Halloween
Hangdog Climbing Gym
When: 30 October 2017
Time: From 5.00pm

Buy a Carved Halloween Pumpkin
Warrawong Plaza
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Lah-Lah & Buzz Halloween Mini-Concert
Early Start Discovery Space
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 10.30am – 11.15am

Freak Out with the Adults

The Grand Ball Halloween Special
The Grand Hotel, Wollongong
When: 27 October 2017
Time: From 8.00pm

Halloween at the Harp
The Harp Hotel
When: 27 + 28 October 2017

Mr Crown’s Haunted Harvest Weekend
Mr Crown, Wollongong
When: 27 +28 October 2017

Halloween Punk Show
Rad Bar
When: 28 October 2017
Time:  From 7.30pm

Parkside Halloween
Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves
When: 28 October 2017
Time: From 9.00pm

Pepe’s Halloween Industry Night Edition
PEPE’s on the Beach, North Wollongong
When: 30 October 2017
Time: From 5.00pm

Halloween Gig
Urge Records, Thirroul
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 8.00pm – 11.00pm

Sneak Out Halloween
Hotel Illawarra
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 8.00pm – Midnight

What’s On in Wollongong is not involved in the running of any events.

Please contact individual event holders to confirm details before attending events.

If you have a Halloween event you would like us to add to the list simply send your details to

Luka Lesson & The Medics’ Kahl Wallis Live In Wollongong

Australian slam poet champion and hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson and The Medics’ lead singer, Kahl Wallis will be playing live in Wollongong this Thursday, 12 October at Jane’s Bar.

Fresh from dual appearances at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, Luka and Kahl are amped to bring the Living Artefact Tour to Wollongong with their newly released powerful new song called Living Artefact.

Living Artefact has been received very well so far with love from triple j’s Hip-Hop Show, Roots ‘n’ All, FBi Radio and ARIA nominated artist, L-FRESH the Lion.

It all started when Luka invited Kahl to perform at a few of his shows and sent him a demo of a song called ‘Living Artefact‘,  Kahl recorded vocals on the chorus at his little home studio.

Luka is Australia’s best selling poet and hip-hop artist with a love of story-telling and a passionate for his art form.

Hip-hop made me fall in love with story-telling – poetry just pushed me over the edge. I guess Def Jam Poetry series on Youtube really hit me hard in the early days, it caught me with just how raw and powerful the medium is. Since then countless poets and performances have made me fall in love with the genre again and again – Luka.

Luka represents a standard of rap that holds onto a morally and ethically conscious form of expression which includes no racism or sexism. Previously described as a ‘conscious hip-hop artist‘, Luka is no longer a fan of the term as it’s been overused in the rap world.

Their new singleLiving Artefact’ holds great meaning for both Luka and Kahl.

I refused to have my history packed into a museum and have my culture encased behind glass. I am a living embodiment on my ancestors, the lineage is not broken, the history is not just to be studied, but to be lived – Luka.

For me it’s a personal, spiritual journey which has deep connection to ancestors and country. I’m a living continuation of my ancestors and we are living proof of how to maintain resilience and strength, respecting and acknowledging those who have come before us, who have shaped and inspired our voice – Kahl

Poetically and artistically ‘Living Artefact‘ touches on the displacement and continued forced assimilation of First Nations people around the world.

I honestly want to keep spreading peace and love, but also the truth. Following in the footsteps of other great artists from all over the world that have paved the way for new generations of incredible creative and inspirational people. Come together, learn, listen and help ourselves to be stronger to continue the fight against war, ignorance, racism, pollution, pain and suffering. – Kahl.

Both huge fans of eachother’s art, Luka and Kahl also hold similar beliefs and see eachother as brothers.

Maintaining their heritage and helping today’s youth is high on the agenda for both Luka and Kahl.

An active member of the Writer’s Republic, Luka described it as a platform for poets, writers, story tellers and oral tradition holders.

In Plato’s “Republic” he said that all poets should be exiled, for they are a bad influence on society – so we started another republic, specifically for us, where the words are our Kings and Queens. – Luka.

Luka also works with Australian high school students via the Odysseus Live Project, a retelling of the ancient Greek story of the Odyssey in slam poetry and hip-hop.

Started via a conversation with the composer James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Odysseus Live Project has been a couple of years in the making now and they hope to have it done by the middle of 2018.

Working with Australian high school students for the past 11 years, Luka explained that it is an important and powerful part of what he does as an artist, as he believes it is important to give back and let other voices shine and be amplified.

Kahl works with The Jimmy Little Foundation, delivering workshops to Indigenous children in remote communities and spends a lot of time in Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory writing songs with young people.

Music helped me a great deal when I was growing up, it gave me a creative outlet to speak my mind and in turn learn how to record and write song. I was inspired to share my story and knowledge with younger people and also learn stories from them and other First Nation young people. – Kahl.

With an already hectic lifestyle you won’t be suprised to hear that the boys have more amazing projects on the go.

Luka recently ran his  first ever writers’ retreat in his grandfather’s village of Monolithos on the island of Rhodes.

Much like Wollongong, the village is small and picturesque, and sits between the ocean and the mountains.

Myself and the poets visited ancient sites and reflected on the process of writing. We wrote poems and practised memorisation and learnt about performance techniques. After four days we performed all of our work for the local people in the amphitheatre in the village. It was totally magic and we will be doing it every year. – Luka

(More details regarding the retreat can be found at –

Kahl  is proud and excited about his upcoming debut solo album soon to be released.

It’s been produced by James North in Brisbane, I had an incredible experience working with him. We both spent roughly 3 weeks tucked away recording in his small but musically inspiring studio earlier this year. – Kahl

The yet untitled album is a collection of songs that Kahl has been writing and performing over the past 4 years as a solo artist and includes stories of power, peace, love, loss, identity, culture, strength, resilience and respect.

Luka Lesson & The Medics’ Kahl Wallis will be live at Jane’s Bar (40 Flinders St, North Wollongong) this Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 6.00pm.

Under 18’s permitted with guardian.






Dead Hands Dig Deep | Wollongong Fringe Festival

Dead Hands Dip Deep is the stuff that urban legends are made of but for the fact that this urban legend is a living breathing being, now living in seclusion.

Austinmer filmmaker Jai Love was introduced to Edwin Borsheim, the lead singer of South California’s 90s death rock band Kettle Cadaversome, by a mutual friend.

Borsheim was notorious for his brutal and often outrageous onstage antics 20 years ago before falling into a life of seclusion. So what happend to him?

Intrigued by Edwin’s past and reputation for pushing the boundaries in his on and off stage life, Jai set out to tell the unbiased story of Edwin’s life as it is now. 

How did you come into contact with Edwin?

My friend mentioned he had this friend who, back in the ’90s, used to do all this crazy shit but is now living out in the middle of nowhere on his own. My friend thought it would be an interesting subject for a documentary.

I met Edwin and watched a lot of the footage of all the stuff that used to happen. I was like, “Wow, this would be a good documentary.”

What was your reaction to Edwin on that first meeting?

I’ve always been a fan of heavy music, black metal, punk and stuff like that but I hadn’t seen anything on stage quite like what Edwin was doing.

That was one of the big reasons I was like, “Well this has to be documented.”

How did Edwin react when he was approached about the idea of making a documentary about his life?

He liked it. He wanted to do it. At first, he was a bit hard to track down but then his brother Danny convinced him.

I think he really liked it because we were from Australia.  Edwin’s always had a fascination with Australia, Australian culture, music, and movies.

Were there any conditions from Edwin?

No, never anything like that. It was purely us just showing what he is like today.

The film delves into controversial topics such as self mutulation and drugs. Did you find it difficult to dig deep into these topics?

Yeah, I think I became quite desensitized to a lot of that stuff, just because I’d watched it so many times.

I tried to not think too deeply about it until the editing stage so that when I was talking to Edwin about it I could get his honest opinion, as apposed to trying to really break him down or anything like that.

It was more to get him to speak honestly about all that stuff. Edwin being Edwin, he talks about it is so off-the-cuff.

Do you have any thoughts on where Edwin’s psych or mindset have come from?

I think part of it is genetics, part of it is completely from society, and  more specifically from the environment that he grew up in.

He came over from Norway when he was a teenager to this small suburban American town and the underbelly of it was very rough.

It was this white collar town with a huge drug problem underneath the surface. I think being around that together with friends and family members dying from drugs, it all took its toll.

Edwin is somewhat of an urban legend. Did you find it hard drawing out the real Edwin?

He was quite forward with that because later on in his life he has left a lot of that stuff behind.

At the same time he still lives through his art, like his whole life. But it definitely changed when he became a lot more relaxed with himself, more than he ever was say 20 years ago.

You visited with Edwin whilst he was living in seclusion. Do you think the seclusion has done him any good?

I think there was some comfort in it for him.

I don’t know, I guess that’s a really hard one for me to answer.

I’m just a film maker, I’m not a psychologist. I don’t exactly know what’s going through his head at any time because he is so unpredictable.

The subject matter around Edwin would make many people uncomfortable. Were there parts where you though ‘No, I’m not doing that’ or ‘I don’t want to know about that’?

There was never anything that I didn’t want to know about but there was definitely a lot of stuff that couldn’t be cut into the movie. There’s only so much time you have in a documentary and we had to leave a lot of stuff out.

With Edwin’s life, and with anyone’s life really, there is so many little tangents you can go down. So, when it came to leaving stuff out, a lot of the time it was probably just to do with time and audience.

We wanted to make sure people could understand the story and to keep it as honest as we could to Edwin today.

It was about how we saw Edwin as opposed to it being like this giant saga of all this other crap.

Do you think Edwin was being authentic during the making of the film or was he putting on a performance?

Oh he changes and flip-flops. Some days he would be really honest, and he would speak his mind, and then other days he was performing.

I think when anyone is doing this sort of a thing, no matter what kind of documentary it is, people want to be perceived a certain way. So, they act a certain way on camera. It’s about trying to get past that and trying to just make them comfortable so that everyone can just be honest.

Did you come up against any barriers whilst filming the documentary of Edwin?

Yeah many. He could be very difficult but so can anyone in this field of work.

Before I made the documentary, I’d worked on a lot of film sets. It was funny because it’s the same thing. Dealing with Edwin was like dealing with any actor, where they can throw temper tantrums.

It’s just humanity, I guess. People have moods, and emotions, and they freakout.

I’m pretty understanding. I wouldn’t say it was a barrier, or anything like that. It was just something that you have to overcome when making a film.

Even amongst crew, it’s hard to organize people. It’s hard to organize someone that won’t even answer a phone, or answer emails, or turn on a computer.

All that sort of stuff can be tough, but you’ve just got to go through it.

How did your thoughts on Edwin change from your initial contact with him to the end of the documentary? Do you think you had a better understanding of him?

Yeah absolutely. I would say that I completely did a 180, and we ended up becoming quite good friends.

We emailed for a long time after the finished product of the film. Edwin came to a lot of the screenings in LA, and stuff like that, which was good.

The film is controversial. What reaction have you had so far?

We’ve had a lot of positive reviews, people have really appreciated it.

I think it’s just about getting it out into the world, like with any underground film that doesn’t have a big budget, or big studio with a big marketing budget.

We’re in the stage now where it’s just about getting people to talk about it. Tell their friends, and just spread the word through the community.

Are there any messages in the film?

I think that kind of thing can only really be applied to certain kinds of film.

I think with this film it’s really about the reaction of the audience member and it’s going to be different person-to-person.

When making the film, what we wanted to do was for someone to have a personal connection with the film, or with Edwin.

Some people will walk out and hate Edwin, and sometimes, in turn, hate the film because of that. I really like films that do that, where there’s not this really clear message of, ‘this is bad‘ or ‘this is good‘. The world doesn’t really work like that. It’s very gray.

Without saying, “No, there is no message“, it’s not as black and white as that. It’s about each person’s response to the film, or their relationship with it and that’s what I’m interested in.

Dead Hands Dig Deep will screen at the Wollongong Fringe Festival on Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 7.30pm.

The screening with include a live Q&A with filmmaker Jai Love and Sound Recorder, Corey McCrossin.


ITAMS Theatre
UOW Innovation Campus
Squires Way, North Wollongong


All tickets $12.80



School Holiday Fun in Wollongong

The kids have been counting down the days until the Spring School Holidays and ‘HAVING FUN!‘ is high on the priority list.

We have taken the stress out of finding the ‘FUN’ with these awesome school holiday events right here in Wollongong.

These events are popular for a reason, the kids love them! For that reason, we highly recommend booking early to avoid ‘sulky, bored kids’ during the holidays.

Early Start Discovery Space

Where: Building 21, UOW
Open Tues – Sun (closed Mon)
Times: 9.00am – 4.00pm

If you are looking for adventure these Spring school holidays, you can’t go past the jam-packed array of awesome activities on offer at Early Start Discovery Space.

With a variety of free and paid workshops, adventurous young minds will be engaged and entertained.

Week 1 will be all about superhero capers whilst Week 2 is all about space escapades.

Harness your inner Jedi with light saber lessons, create your own intergalactic base, learn to draw like a comic book whiz, use your gymnastic superpowers to leap and tumble plus craft, stories and plenty more.

Where will your adventure take you?

The Early Start Discovery Space is located on the grounds of the University of Wollongong, Building 21, Northfields Ave, Wollongong.

Paid workshops require prebooking. No bookings required for free workshops.

General entry fees apply.

For a full program and booking details visit



Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
When: 6 & 7 October
Recommended for ages 4+

The boys are back!

Australia’s fave kid’s comedians, The Listies, are bringing their best-smelling book ICKYPEDIA: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre these school holidays.Answering all of life’s important questions: How do you take a SMELLFIE? What does POOETRY sound like? Who is the world’s worst chef? What is a HOOTENGRANNY? And how does one avoid a FARTQUAKE? It’s going to be blast!

ICKYPEDIA LIVE  will uneducate and delight audiences young and old.

Nobody else does comedy for kids this brilliantly, but what’s more astounding is that adults have just as much fun. The Listies occupy a dimension all of thier own.”

★★★★1/2 The Age.

Show Times
Fri 6 Oct, 2.30pm
Fri 6 Oct, 7pm
Sat 7 Oct, 10am
Sat 7 Oct, 12.30pm



Merrigong Creativity Camp

Where: The Music Lounge – Wollongong Town Hall
When: 3 – 6 October
Ages: 5 – 13 years


Do your children like telling silly jokes or stories?

Would they like to sing the silliest song ever or play an instrument in a clown orchestra?

Well go on, let their inner clown be free these school holidays with all things fun and ridiculous at the Merrigong Creativity Camp.

Creativity Camps aim to expand each Camper’s imaginative world where they will develop their story-telling and acting skills through improvisation and other activities, and get the opportunity to learn about set, costume and prop design by working with a professional theatre designer.

Creativity Campers also get to see Australia’s Fave kid comedians, The Listies ICKYPEDIA.

Creativity Camps are fun, educational and encourage Campers to develop ongoing friendships with other like-minded children.

Children aged 5 – 13 years are placed into groups based on age and confidence. Creativity Camps run from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily.



Little Leonardo’s Art Studio

Where: 3/4 George St, Warilla
When: 25 Sept – 6 Oct
Ages: 3 – 13 years

Little Leonardo’s Art Studio offers a fun and creative environment for anyone who is wanting to explore their artistic side!

Children aged 3-6 years and 7-13 years will be encouraged to explore and express their imagniation in a fun and nurturing environment, supervised by a professional artist.

There is an amazing variety of workshops on offer including How to Train your Dragon themed Soft Pastel Drawing, Lion portrait Charcoal & Soft Pastel Drawing, Sun and Moon wall hanging in Clay, Mermaids in Watercolour, Ink and Drawing Fluid, Home made Monsters in Oil Pastels, Abstract painting using Shells and Metallic Paints​ plus so much more.

Give your child the gift of art and watch their creativity and confidence build whilst having fun!



 Fun-damentals Sport & Movement

Where: Lindsay Park Primary School
When: 25 September – 6 October
Open 8.00am – 6.00pm

Fun-damentals Sport & Movement’s main aim is to ensure that your child has the best time these school holidays!

Providing school holiday activities for primary school children in Wollongong, the focus is aimed at fundamental movement skills.

Each day your child will participate in several sports including; soccer, hockey, cricket, AFL, touch football, OzTag, baseball/softball, basketball.

There are also loads of other fun activities laser tag, arts and crafts, painting, Lego, dominos, construction blocks,dancing, talent competitions, plays and performances, games, movies (usually later in the day when kids are exhausted), water sports (weather permitting) plus so much more.

Fun-damentals are approved for the child care benefit and rebate.

Fill out the Booking Request form at

Contact Daniel Morris on 0423661911

More Info


Where: Railway Street, Corrimal
When: 25 – 6 October
Age Group: 3 – 15 years

Artspace studio is the largest visual art school for children on planet art!

Join the Artspace Artists and special guest artists these school holidays for a jam-packed creative program for kids aged 3-15 years old.

Programs are devised around contemporary arts practice and include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, design, film, music, writing, performance and much, much more!

The fun includes zombie movie trailer, edible paintings, the good ole paint tent, BFG creation, skate deck design plus two ‘full day’ options!

View Full Artspace Program and Book


Outdoor Ninja and Parkour Warrior Training   Warrior Training Camp         

Where: Burgh Healthy Hub, Helensburgh
When: 4 – 6 October


The kids will have a ball unleashing their ‘inner ninja’ these school holidays at the Outdoor Ninja and Parkour Warrior Training Camp at Burgh.

They will test out their acrobatics, parkour and climbing skills on multiple courses throughout the day, as well as enjoying bush walks, rope courses, outdoor obstacles plus much more.

Full day and half day options available.

Come and join Burgh on a warrior adventure!

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Landscape with Monster

Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
When: Sat 23 September 
Time: 2.30pm and 7.30pm


If you missed it the first time, or want to relive this magical experience, here’s your chance.

Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble, Landscape with Monsters, the breathtakingly original circus-theatre creation returns to Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) for one date only!

Set to a soundtrack of popular songs and electronic music, in this telling of the story of the transforming of our industrial city, metal and wooden objects intersect with fast-paced acrobatics. This intensely physical show is at once humorous and brutal, savage and beautiful.

Perfect start to the school holidays!
(recommended for ages 10+)

Book Now 

Budget Friendly Fun with GOYOkids 

GOYOkids understand that keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays can be tough.

To give you a helping hand they have put together an awesome list of budget friendly fun activities that are super easy for keeping young minds active and engaged. All the of these fun ideas can take place right in your own home.

Read the GOYOkids Budget Friendly Fun for the School Holidays right here and keep this list handy! You never know when you might need it.

Lah-Lah Returns Home to Wollongong

Get ready to groove with the whole family because ‘Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band’ are heading to Wollongong!

Lah-Lah’s ’Having Fun!’ Tour will hit the stage at Univerity Hall (University of Wollongong) on  Saturday September 16 at 10:30am.

The leader of the Stripey Sock Club, Lah-Lah will be joined by her band mates Buzz the Bandleader, Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy, Tom Tom and of course Lola the Dancing Double Bass.

Lah-Lah’s shows are a truly magical experience for young active minds providing a totally interactive and hands-on experience that will capture the imagination.

Not only are children encouraged to dance, clap and sing along, they are also invited to meet their favourite Lah-Lah characters after the show and test out their skills on the musical instruments.

With a passion for educating and introducing children to the wonderful world of music, this is going to be one ‘toe-tapping’ good time.

To add to the excitement, Lah-Lah is also enlisting the help of local musicians from our very own Wollongong Conservatorium of Music on the day.

This visit to Wollongong will be a return home for opera-trained singer and mother of two, Tina Harris (aka Lah-Lah), who is a former Kiama High School student and University of Wollongong graduate.

Tina is passionate about introducing young enquisitive minds to the delights of playing musical instruments.

So how do we know the show is going to blow your stripey socks off?

With two mini groovers in tow, we had the delight of attending a previous Lah-Lah performance in Wollongong and the mini groovers are still talking about it!

The mini groovers are counting down the days until Lah-Lah’s next performance, so we think it’s safe to say that Lah-Lah is a winner!

This is fully interactive, jump out of your seat fun!

Want to see more of Lah-Lah? You can see Lah-Lah on Nick Jr, ABC4kids, CBeebies and 7TWO in Australia.

Don’t miss your opportunity to start your children’s musical adventure with Australia’s favourite kids’ band.  Get your tickets today!


Saturday, 16 September 2017
10.30am – 12.00pm


UOW University Hall
Northfields Avenue
Wollongong NSW


All tickets $25.50
(Children under 12 months on day of concert are free)