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 info@whatsoninwollongong.com.au

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 – www.RhodesPoetryRetreat.com)

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.

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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.

Venue

ITAMS Theatre
UOW Innovation Campus
Squires Way, North Wollongong

Tickets

All tickets $12.80

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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!

When

Saturday, 16 September 2017
10.30am – 12.00pm

Where

UOW University Hall
Northfields Avenue
Wollongong NSW

Tickets

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

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Budget Friendly Fun for the School Holidays

Who doesn’t love budget friendly fun for the school holidays that won’t break the bank? We all do right!

You’ll want to keep this one on the fridge as it will be your ‘go-tolist‘ for creative fun activties to keep young energectic minds busy on a budget.

This blog was kindly written by local mum of two and co-founder of GOYOkids Nancy Lawford-Miles . Take it away Nancy!

School holidays are a time to sit back, relax and recoup from a busy term gone, and prepare for the next one ahead.

It’s a time when kids get to be kids. It’s a shake off from the hussle out the door each morning, a break from classroom structure and lean time management.

It’s a time to spend on the floor with toys, to stay in pyjamas until lunch, to reignite sibling play and find wild times in the good old outdoors.

For us (as parents and carers) it’s a chance to let go of our routine of lunch box prep, clean school shirts, (probably a tidy house!), and to make the most of these special years hanging out with our kids whilst we are still cool to hang with!

This unstructured time to play can have a significant impact on a child’s mental health, often helping to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. It allows kids unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress.

On the other end of the scale it offers many benefits in developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.

So here’s a list we’ve compiled of creative fun you and your kids can enjoy on a budget at home these holidays. They’ve been tried and tested by our kids, ticking the fun box for us, as i’m sure they will for you too!

Portrait Painting on Glass

The ultimate NO CLEAN UP fun!

The idea for this came from my eldest child’s interest in learning to draw faces. I thought it would help him with shape and proportion. For my younger child I knew he would just enjoy the freedom to be let loose with paint on any scale!

With squeals of excitement they got stuck in straight away! The boys took it in turns to stand on the other side of the glass and have their bodies painted. It was wonderful to see their concentration and hear the giggles as the brush swept around to trace their faces.

Once they were done I gave them the hose and a squeegee. They had just as much fun cleaning up as they did painting! My windows have never looked so clean!

Yoga for Kids Audio Book

This is about young kids with a loveable energy having fun, jumping, stretching, moving and learning how to be in control of their bodies and minds. Kids with gorgeous wild imaginations listening to a story that will have them leaping like a kangaroo, flying in a space rocket into the great unknown and breathing in the warm spring air.

GOYOkids yoga stories are designed to be super fun and easily used at home with no previous yoga experience necessary.

Download a kids yoga audiobook from GOYOkids, listen to the story and follow the simple instructions.

Why not have some fun with it and play it from your mobile device in the garden or even the park? This is a great activity for the entire family and you’re guaranteed to have heaps of fun!

Rock Painting and Sharing

 

This is such a fun thing to do and helps promotes the idea of sharing and kindness.

Just gather some smooth pebbles and get painting! You can let the creative juices flow or maybe paint some kind words. Acrylic paints work best but you can paint over your design with PVA glue to make your pebbles more weatherproof;don’t worry the glue will dry clear.

Once they have dried, take them to your local park or beach and hide them for others to find! You could even get a few other families on board and start a rock hide and find like we did earlier on this year.

ILLAWARRA "ROCKS" – Creative Nature Play

ILLAWARRA "ROCKS" – Creative Nature PlayWe've hidden some Yoga Story Stones at "Coalcliff beach". We'd love to hear if you find any, and if your hiding some you've painted, be sure to let us all know where so we can come and hunt for them ❤Inspired by https://www.facebook.com/MaggieDentAuthor/posts/1561992530512022 let's get painting, hiding and hunting!

Nai-post ni GOYOkids noong Linggo, Hunyo 11, 2017

Hopscotch with a Twist

This is heaps of fun and all you need is chalk!

Think Twister versus Hopscotch. Use chalk to draw out some feet and hands in different combinations to get the kids balancing, twisting and hopping. Get as creative and wacky as you like, pop on some music, invite the neighbours kids over and let the fun begin.

Sticky Tape Nature Trail

A nature trail is a great way to get out and about and explore your surroundings. We used a rolled up piece of cardboard and covered it in sticky tape (it’s blue because we only had painter’s tape left in the drawer).

You could also use a flat piece of cardboard with contact paper, but the roll worked well as it fitted around my child’s wrist.

Then head out on an adventure and see what you can find! Spring is a great time of year for this as nature is in full bloom.

It’s always fascinating to observe, that when I spend unstructured, unscheduled time with my children, it opens up a deep channel of communication between us.

This channel isn’t always so free flowing in the bustle of the busy school term, when the kids come home too tired and unmotivated to discuss their day with me (despite my constant prompting!). But throw us a cruisy afternoon hanging out together under the great Aussie sky, and you’ll be amazed at what I can find out!

Blog written by Nancy Lawford-Miles
Co-Founder of GOYO kids

GOYOkids create brain breaks using popular children’s stories to teach yoga for kids.

Visit www.goyokids.com.au

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