Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Things to Do This Week

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Things to Do This Week

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The events below are part of the Mackay Festival of Arts. Unless otherwise specified below, to book ahead for any event phone 4961 9777 or visit

Light Extravaganza

The Light Extravaganza and Bobcat Ballet are a featured family event of the festival of arts, on tonight from 6.30pm at the Mackay Showgrounds. Enjoy Mackay's biggest light show and community lantern parade including a huge luminous hot air balloon. Watch bobcats and excavators dance to music for the Bobcat Ballet. Other acts include the Fijian choir, African drumming band, Sensory Circus and Flying Angels Pole Dancers. Tickets cost adult $15; Children $10; Family pass $30.


Prepare to laugh out loud when two Australian theatre greats, Nancye Hayes and Reg Livermore take the stage to perform Turns. The show is a reflection on family, show business, identityC* and completely losing your marbles. On tonight at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2pm at the MECC. Ticket cost: adults $38; friends of the MECC $30.

Songs for Sarina

Head down to the festival's biggest multicultural event tomorrow. Songs for Sarina will have you tapping your feet with artists like Salaka Ensemble from West Africa, the Maltese influenced Skorba, South Sea Island Dancers, local Irish group MNA and free drumming workshops. This event is free and will be held from 12 Co 5 pm at Grasstree Beach, Sarina. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes.

Manga drawing

Young adults aged 12 Co 25 are invited to unleash their inner demons and angels during free three-hour manga drawing workshops with graphic novel artist David Lovegrove. On from 9.30am at the Mackay City library lawns next Thursday, July 21, and next Friday, July 22. Bookings essential phone 4961 9387.

Wet Sounds

Participate in a deep listening experience, Wet Sounds UK, next Tuesday, July 19, at 7pm at the Mackay Memorial Pool. Be prepared to make a splash as the audience literally immerses themselves in sound and water for this extraordinary show. …

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