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POP BAM: Pop Culture Festival returns to Lake Mac

A world of fandom and creativity will land in Lake Macquarie this July when the POP BAM: Pop Culture Festival takes over Rathmines.

Whether you’re a die-hard Pop Culture fanatic or just curious about pop culture this inclusive event promises a day filled with movies, TV shows, comics, and music.

Check out what you can expect, below.

Event Highlights

Cosplaying with the 501st and Rebel Legions
Star Wars fans will not want to miss the opportunity to meet members of the 501st and Rebel Legions, two international Star Wars costuming organizations. Attendees can learn about their screen-accurate costumes, the organizations’ missions, and how to join. This is a must-see for any Star Wars enthusiast.

Swordcraft Battles
Ever dreamed of participating in epic battles like those in Lord of the Rings? Swordcraft Newcastle will showcase their combat skills, and attendees will have the chance to join in the action. It’s a perfect opportunity for fans of medieval and fantasy battles.

Heroes and More
Simon Wait, an Oz Comic-Con FX award winner, will bring his impressive collection of characters including Bumblebee, Blue, and Predator. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Simon’s displays are a highlight for cosplay fans.

Meet the Ghostbusters team, who will be available to discuss the movies, cosplaying, and their iconic props. Who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters!

Saber Academy Demonstration with The Sons of Obiwan
Australia’s first lightsaber theatre combat facility, The Sons of Obiwan, will present a high-energy demonstration featuring Balintawak stick fighting. This non-combative showcase is inclusive and thrilling for all attendees.

Rainbow Bricks LEGO Fan Mini-Exhibit
Rainbow Bricks, a recognized LEGO User Group, will present a mini-exhibit featuring the creations of Adult Fans of LEGO from Newcastle, Hunter Valley, and the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales.

POP BAM Vehicles Exhibit
Admire some of your favorite pop culture vehicles including the DeLorean and the Ghostbusters Ectomobile.

Fun for All Ages

POP BAM Trivia
Test your pop culture knowledge with specialist, lightning-quick quizzes throughout the day. It’s a great way for trivia buffs to showcase their expertise.

Anime Drawing for Beginners
Join Art Heroes for an anime drawing session and unleash your inner artist.

Underground Arcade Gaming Pop-Up
Enjoy free-play video games on Nintendo, Xbox, and PS systems, explore virtual reality, or dive into tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and Warhammer with introductory sessions.

Superhero Mask Craft
Kids can visit the kid’s zone to create their very own superhero masks. It’s a fun and creative activity for young festival-goers.

Lake Mac Libraries Pop-Up Stall and Comics Panel
Meet local comic artists and creators as they discuss their creative processes and contributions to the field of comic creation.

Prop Making in Hollywood – Dean Knowsley
Hear from Dean Knowsley, a prop builder, armourer, consultant, and actor with experience on productions such as The Hobbit and Avatar. His insights into Hollywood prop making are sure to fascinate.

Meet and Greet, Pop Culture Stalls, and More

Event MC – The Pretty Amazing Jono
The festival will be hosted by The Pretty Amazing Jono, who combines comedy, magic, and stunts with a unique brand of wonder and whimsy.

Cosplay Meet and Greets
Throughout the day, attendees can meet and greet various cosplayers, including Disney Princesses and movie extras.

Pop Culture Festival

10:00 AM TO 03:00 PM

Adults: $20 + booking fee
Adults Lake Mac Arts: $18 + booking fee
Youth (5-17 years): $10 + booking fee
Children under 5: Free (must be accompanied by an adult up to 15 years old)