The Illawarra Flame Festival 2019

The Illawarra Science Hub are excited to present the third Illawarra Flame Festival on Saturday 10 August at Science Space, Squires Way, Wollongong.

The event is part of the admission price to Science Space and promises to be a great day for all the family.

The event is looking at how flame affects our lives through physics, biology and technology with presentations from local scientists, biologists and performers.

In Science Space there will be information stalls, children’s activities and performances from 10 – 2pm. Performances include Science Shows and fire Busking from Science Space, Madras Gagas and live music from the Cabbage Tree Combo.

Stalls include a fire truck, a plant stall from Urban Biodiversity Wollongong, Flame tree propagation thanks to the Wollongong Botanic Garden and EcoArts Australis. Symbio will also be there with a hands-on animal display and looking at how our native animals survive in the bush after a bushfire.

At 10.30 and 1.00 pm local botanist Carl Glaister will be taking a free guided walk through Puckeys Estate. “It is incredible the amount of unique plant life that is growing so close to high-density residential areas.” Carl said. “I am really looking forward to sharing this exploration through the nearby estate as a part of the Festival.”

At 10.15am a speaker series commences in the Science Space theatrette including presentations from Michael Connor, Emma Rooksby and Dr Robert Sawyer looking at how fire can affect our lives, agriculture and local fauna.

There will also be a photographic display from Local UOW Lecturer Kieth Horton. Keith likes to photograph nature in the Illawarra. He has a particular interest in plants and landscapes recovering from fire.