Arts & Culture

UOW talks ‘Recognition’

UOW talks 'Recognition'

Let’s Talk Recognition at UOW The University of Wollongong is leading the Illawarra’s Reconciliation Week celebrations this year with hip-hop performances, parades and speeches. Thursday’s premier event will be the ‘Walk for Reconciliation’, starting at 11:50am. Beginning at Wollongong TAFE’s canteen, the walk will progress over the freeway footbridge to the university’s Jugglers Lawn. Participants […]


Performance students take centre stage

Performance students take centre stage

Wollongong is embracing the creative work coming from its University with the production of ‘The Just’ this week, featuring University of Wollongong (UOW) students. Tim Maddock, Performance & Theatre Program Convenor at UOW, said that the production at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is an example of the practicality and usefulness of UOW’s Bachelor […]


New entertainment program to showcase local talent

New entertainment program to showcase local talent

Wollongong City Council Economic Development Manager Mark Grimson Destination Wollongong and Wollongong Central have partnered with Wollongong City Council to launch a new entertainment program at Crown Street Mall today. The program ‘Live Sites in the City’ will give local artists, musicians and performers the opportunity to showcase their talents to the public, both during […]


Walk for Reconciliation to hit UOW

Walk for Reconciliation to hit UOW

National Reconciliation Week festivities will kick-start next week, with the Walk for Reconciliation taking place on Thursday the 30th of May. The Walk, in its third year, will start at the canteen at Wollongong TAFE and end on the University of Wollongong’s Duck Pond Lawn. Once at the University, activities will include performances by international […]


Music Festival returns to Illawarra

Music Festival returns to Illawarra

The Illawarra will be treated to a weekend of song and dance from Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th when the Illawarra Music Festival returns to Wollongong. The festival is an initiative of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, and is funded primarily by ArtsNSW. The 2013 Illawarra Music Festival is set to be a […]


Celebrating Illawarra’s diversity through art, education

Celebrating Illawarra's diversity through art, education

City Gallery a cultural hub The colours and excitement of Italian culture are set to be highlighted using ceramic art. Wollongong City Gallery will celebrate multiculturalism through its Potter’s Brush exhibition and Italian cultural event this weekend. ‘Celebrating Italian Culture in the Illawarra’ is being held on Sunday to recognise cultural diversity in the region. […]


Gong gets a taste of Italy

Gong gets a taste of Italy

Local ceramic artist, John Kuczwal, and Italian ceramic artist, Marino Moretti, are currently showcasing their ceramic works at the Wollongong City Gallery to portray aspects of Italian culture and history. The collaborative exhibition will feature the lustre and maiolica ceramics that the artist’s are known for, as well as Spanish and Italian revival pieces that […]


It’s hip to be ‘hipster’

It's hip to be 'hipster'

How the hipster lost its meaning How much does a hipster weigh? An Instagram! Actually, it’s not easy to work out what weight you can put on the word ‘hipster’, or whether the word means anything at all. The irony of hipster culture is that what began as a rejection of the mainstream has become […]


Generation H

Generation H

‘Punks’, ‘hippies’, ‘mods’ and ‘rockers’ all represent movements that defined past generations. But what is a ‘hipster’? Once an effort to avoid mainstream culture, thick frames, plaid shirts and suspenders have (ironically) become all the rage, leading The Current reporters Jacob Evans, Amelia Caddy and Shannon Kelleher to ask whether being a ‘hipster’ has become […]


Supporting Illawarra artists

Supporting Illawarra artists

The Illawarra is home to many emerging artists, musicians, actors and writers who contribute to the rich and vibrant culture of the region. Funding, resources and getting support continue to be an issue for these artists. To help artists along, UOW takes part in the National Campus Band Competition to encourage local musicians to showcase their […]


The Potbelleez are coming to the Gong

The Potbelleez are coming to the Gong

Award winning Australian band The Potbelleez are bringing their national tour to Wollongong this Friday at Towradgi Beach Hotel‘s Waves Nightclub. Old favourites will be played as well as their newest single Saved in a Bottle. The concert begins at 8pm. Tickets are still available for purchase. The national tour finishes on May 4th.


MCA grants backstage pass to UOW alumni

MCA grants backstage pass to UOW alumni

Prominent members of the arts community are participating in a networking event and exclusive after-hours tour at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) tonight. MCA Senior Curator, University of Wollongong alumnus and former UOW Art Collection Curator Glenn Barkley is giving guests his insights into the collection and artists behind the works of ‘Volume One: […]


The Great Aged Debate – young v old

The Great Aged Debate - young v old

Our mobile reporter Jacob Evans has been live blogging The Great Age Debate underway at Wollongong City Council. The talkfest is part of Youth Week celebrations.


Remembering WWI in the Illawarra

Remembering WWI in the Illawarra

With the 100th anniversary of World War I coming up in August next year, the importance of remembering and keeping the memory of the world event alive for future generations, has never been stronger in the Illawarra area. Just in time for ANZAC day, a project will be launched this coming Monday. It will feature […]


The Illawarra’s response to cultural diversity in the community

The Illawarra's response to cultural diversity in the community

WITNESSES OF RACIAL ABUSE URGED TO BE CAUTIOUS People who witness racial abuse are being encouraged to carefully assess the situation before stepping in to help victims. A viral video that shows a group of Asian tourists being abused on a Sydney bus has triggered a national debate, with Australians divided over how they would […]


Buddha’s birthday celebrations

Buddha's birthday celebrations

Buddha’s birthday 2013 is being celebrated at the Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong from the 29th of March until the 5th of May. Australia is the second country in the world to host Buddha’s Birthday Education Project which features a multimedia art exhibition and a range of educational activities. A local tour guide involved with […]


MumsNBubs get fit and healthy

MumsNBubs get fit and healthy

Love being healthy? Have kids? The MumsNBubs program is running an eight-week health and fitness program perfect for meeting like-minded women and getting into shape at the same time. Starting April 9 at Towradgi Beach, the program runs on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9.30am. Cost: $87.50 for 1 session per week, $175 for both sessions. […]


New café to liven up arts precinct

New café to liven up arts precinct

Construction of a new council funded café for Wollongong’s Arts Precinct began yesterday. Currently there is only one café in the IPAC centre and the new café is expected to enliven the arts precinct and provide a new place for city workers to enjoy their lunch. “The new café will add to the great bunch […]


Get involved in National Youth Week

Get involved in National Youth Week

‘Be Active, Be Happy, Be you,’ is theme for National Youth Week this year. The highly anticipated week kicks off with a Photographic Exhibition and features a Debate of the Ages and a Spiderman-themed book club. The week runs from 5-14 April with everything from obstacle courses, basketball games and laser skirmish to painting and […]


Jordan Millar and Jack Carty to play Yours and Owls for their national tour

Jordan Millar and Jack Carty to play Yours and Owls for their national tour

Acoustic artists Jordan Millar and Jack Carty are on the road from Noosa to Hobart, and they’re stopping off here in Wollongong! The two songwriters will be playing the very intimate setting at Yours and Owls on Wednesday April 3rd, and this will surely be the last opportunity to see them on such a small […]


Artist gives voice to Illawarra youth

Artist gives voice to Illawarra youth

Internationally-renowned Australian Indigenous artist Shellie Morris is spending this week cultivating homegrown talent. The decorated singer-songwriter today worked with teenagers from the Wollongong Youth Centre as part of a reward program that gave them the opportunity to record their own songs. Morris was raised in Sydney but as an adult moved to the Northern Territory […]


Creative Australia policy creates opportunities in Wollongong

Creative Australia policy creates opportunities in Wollongong

The future of creative arts in the Illawarra is looking brighter, following the announcement of the Creative Australia Policy by the Federal Government last week. The initiative, which aims to secure the future of Australia through the promoting of economic diversity, is set to boost the creative industry sector and culture in the region. “The […]


Merry Wives in the garden

Merry Wives in the garden

Eaton Gorge Theatre Company’s Merry Wives of Windsor kicks off at 12:30 p.m. today in the Wollongong Botanic Garden. The theatre company invites you to pull up a patch of grass to view Shakespeare’s humorous play about greed, jealousy, revenge and a touch of cross dressing. The performance is being held as part of Senior’s […]


Fallen angels but rising stars

Fallen angels but rising stars

  How would you survive in a post- apocalyptic world? The University of Wollongong’s performance students are asking this question in their latest production debuting this week. Fallen, which has been created entirely by third year students features a group of individuals who are trying to come to terms with a broken world. Using everything […]