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Giant inflatable sea creatures take over the Multi-Arts Pavilion in Lake Mac this weekend!

From Saturday afternoon, Lake Macquarie’s Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima will be transformed into a dreamy underwater garden with larger-than-life inflatable sculptures that illuminate at night.

Dive into the Ocean Garden and you’ll come face to face with colourful starfish, seahorses and a giant pink turtle!

The amazing work was created by Goldberg Aberline Studio in partnership with Studio A which works with artists who have an intellectual disabilities.

The Ocean Garden is part of the Lake Mac Press Play program of family-friendly activities happening in and around the new arts pavilion from 15 to 21 January 2022.

Press Play features live music and contemporary dance performances, art installations, kids’ art and story-telling workshops, markets and evening stargazing.

The pavilion will also lift open its giant stage doors and spill out into the surrounding park during the week.

“It is wonderful to be able to offer opportunities for the community to participate in the arts by taking part in this exciting program of events outdoors this summer,” Lake Macquarie City Council Arts, Culture and Tourism Manager Jacqui Hemsley said

From 5.30pm, Saturday evening a 15-minute fanfare will echo across Speers Point Park when internationally acclaimed locally based musician Andy Firth takes to the open-air stage with his 19-piece big band, joined by Awabakal, Dhunghutt and Biripi man Ray Kelly Junior on yidaki (didgeridoo).

Together, they will perform the premiere of Firth’s MAP mima Fanfare, a piece Frith composed to herald the arrival of the new arts venue, as part of ‘The Big Bang’ concert.

After the Fanfare, Andy will play a set of Swing favourites, along with music from Star Wars and some classic rock ‘n’ roll – big band style.

The evening finishes with a spectacular light show and DJ set.

Seated tickets to The Big Bang concert featuring Andy Firth are $10, or you can listen from the park. Most Press Play events are free, while others are ticketed, with bookings essential.

The full program and bookings are available at arts.lakemac.com.au