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WHAT’S ON LAKE MAC: Your guide to January events in Lake Macquarie

It’s a new year and Lake Mac has got a stack of new events planned for January.

From school holiday activities, to live music and a jam-packed weekend of family fun for the 2022Lake Mac Festival.

Check out the guide below.

MAJOR EVENTS

PRESS PLAY: A week of fun

Join us for a week of fun events, live performances and activities this summer at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima MAP in Speers Point Park.

When: Saturday 15 – Friday 21 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

Lake Mac Festival

Prepare yourself for two days packed full of family fun! Lake Mac Festival is back in 2022, celebrating living in Lake Macquarie. A community-focused, all ages assortment of diverse events for the community.

When: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January
Where: Various locations access Lake Macquarie

Live Music Lake Mac – William Crighton and Melody Pool

Join William Crighton and Melody Pool for a fabulous performance at Warners Bay Theatre, baramayiba. Tickets $40 per person. Discover Service NSW Vouchers can be redeemed at this event.

When: Thursday 27 January
Where: Warners Bay Theatre, baramayiba

Lake Mac Ferry Service

Take a trip on the lake this summer on Lake Mac’s new Ferry!  Operating on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, zig-zagging from existing jetties at Speers Point, Booragul, Toronto, Belmont and Wangi Wangi.

ART AND CULTURE

Truth of Fire: Tim Georgeson

An exhibition responding to the Australian bushfires of 2019/20 and the significance of First Nations knowledge and fire practices.

When: Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 20 February 2022
Where: Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

yapang Emerging Art Prize finalist exhibition

An exhibition of works by finalists in the inaugural yapang Emerging Art Prize.

When: Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 20 February 2022
Where: Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

Sunday Sessions at MAC

Grab a wine or beer and enjoy some local music and artmaking. Tickets $20, includes one drink, cheese and all art materials.

When: Sunday 16 January
Where: Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang

MAC School Holiday Activity: Story Telling Quest, Sea Quest!

Be a part of a real-life story book adventure and go on a quest with story teller Jo Henwood. $10 per child, suitable for primary aged children

When: Sunday 9 January and Sunday 16 January
Where: Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang

MAC School Holiday Workshop: yapang artmaking

Create your own art work inspired by Contemporary Aboriginal Art on display in the Art Museum. Includes a short tour of the Yapang Emerging art prize featuring Contemporary Aboriginal artists from around Australia. Cost is $10 per person includes all materials.

When: Wednesday 12 January and Thursday 13 January
Where: Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang

PRESS PLAY: Ocean Garden – The lawns of the new Multi

Arts Pavilion, mima will be transformed into a dreamy underwater garden with giant inflatables by Goldberg Aberline Studio. Giant starfish, turtles and technicolour sea creatures will beckon you to come out and play.

When: Saturday 15 – Friday 21 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: The Big Bang with Andy Firth

To celebrate the new Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima, Lake Macquarie City Council commissioned Firth to create a new work that captures the essence of our city. Join us for the first-ever performance of Andy Firth’s MAP mima Fanfare. Tickets are $10 per person.

When: Saturday 15 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: Drift by Catapult

Breathtaking contemporary dance in a location like no other. Don’t miss Catapult’s return to MAP mima for one night only this January. Tickets range from $15 – $30.

When: Sunday 16 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: Ocean Garden Artspace pop-up Workshop

Young children and their families can enjoy art making inspired by the larger than-life Ocean Garden inflatables on display in the park around the Multi Arts Pavilion, mima, guided by friendly art museum educators. Bookings are essential.

When: Sunday 16 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: Yoga for kids

Join yoga teacher, Clio from Yoga Magic for a relaxing morning of yoga by the lake at the Multi Arts Pavilion, mima. Suitable for beginners. Parents are encouraged to join the fun. Suitable for 5 years plus.

When: Monday 17 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

Meet the author and illustrator: What if…?

Be one of the first to see the new picture book What If…? by Lessons of a Lac series author, Lynn Jenkins and illustrator, Kirrili Lonergan.

When: Monday 17 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: Junior Catapult Dance Workshop

Join us for an hour-long dance and movement workshop on the MAP mima stage. This junior session is for ages 8-12 years of age and is $15 per person.

When: Tuesday 18 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: Senior Catapult Dance Workshop

Join us for an hour-long dance and movement workshop on the MAP mima stage. This senior session is for ages 12-16 years of age and is $15 per person.

When: Tuesday 18 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: EMERGE Artmaking Workshop

Be inspired by the artworks on display at the Multi Arts Pavilion, mima. Create an art work inspired by the multimedia experience, EMERGE on display in the pavilion. Suitable for ages 7 plus, $10 per person all material provided.

When: Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

PRESS PLAY: Ocean Garden Story Quest Adventure

Join Story Teller Jo Henwood as she takes you on a real-life story book among the giant inflatable art installation Ocean Garden in Speers Point Park. $5 per child, suitable for ages 6-10.

When: Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 January
Where: Multi Arts Pavilion, mima

LIBRARIES AND THEATRES

Storytime and Craft: Under the Sea

Enjoy stories of sea creatures and under water adventures followed by craft. Suitable for ages 3-8 years. Bookings essentials for adults and children.

When: Wednesday 5 January
Where: Wangi Library Creative Hub, Wanji Wanji

Build a kite workshop

Decorate and build your own kite, then take it out to the park and fly it. Suitable for ages.

When: Thursday 6 January
Where: Rathmines Theatre, Nawayiba

Tech Hive: Coding Belmont

Try coding with Ozobots, and help our bee robot make it back to the hive. Suitable for beginners to coding. Suitable for ages 5 years plus. Parents are encouraged to stay and play.

When: Friday 7 January
Where: Belmont Library, Ngarrabangba

Natural History Illustration

Learn from a professional, experienced artist and teacher in a relaxed and friendly environment. All materials supplied. Suitable for ages 12 years plus. This workshop is aimed at beginners to natural history illustration. Includes a tour, and entry to the Capturing Nature exhibition. $8 per person.

Where: Monday 10 January
When: SEEN @ Swansea

Insight into snakes

Would you know what to do if you found a snake? Reptile rescuer Teresa Purnell will answer that question and more. Suitable for ages 6 years plus. Bookings required for any adults and children attending.

When: Monday 10 January
Where: Charlestown Library, Walyamayi

Build your own Bee Hotel

Join our educators to learn about the native bees of Australia, especially the ones found in Lake Macquarie and build your own bee hotel to attract solitary bees to your backyard. Tickets are $8 per child.

When: Tuesday 11 January
Where: Warners Bay Theatre, Baramayiba

Holiday Films @ Warners Bay theatre: The Bee Movie

Join us for the screening of The Bee Movie, popcorn provided. Bookings are essential all attending adults and children require a ticket. Single Ticket $8 per person or $25 family ticket includes 5 tickets in total.

When: Tuesday 11 January
Where: Warners Bay Theatre, Baramayiba

Tech Hive: Coding Toronto

Try coding with Ozobots, and help our bee robot make it back to the hive. Suitable for beginners to coding. Suitable for ages 5 years plus. Parents are encouraged to stay and play.

When: Wednesday 12 January
Where: Toronto Library, Tirrabiyangba

Claymation: Digital animation workshop

Students will write, shoot and edit a short Claymation movie using the latest equipment. All materials will be provided. This activity is able to accept Creative Kids Vouchers. Suitable for ages 9 years plus.

When: Thursday 13 January
Where: Rathmines Theatre, Nawayiba

Tech Hive: Coding Cardiff

Try coding with Ozobots, and help our bee robot make it back to the hive. Suitable for beginners to coding. Suitable for ages 5 years plus. Parents are encouraged to stay and play.

When: Friday 14 January
Where: Cardiff Library, Kuram

Basket Weaving

Create a simple woven basket from wool and a paper plate, and discover the history behind basket weaving at Morisset hospital.

When: Friday 14 January
Where: Morisset Library, Bawarramalang

JD’s World of Magic Show

Be amazed by award-winning magician Joel Howlett from JD’s World of Magic at his all new show. Suitable for all ages, $10 per person or $45 for 5 children or adults.

When: Saturday 15 January
Where: Rathmines Theatre, Nawayiba

Meet the author: Chasing Rainbows with Katrina McKelvey

Join author Katrina McKelvey as she reads her picture book Chasing Rainbows, and then create a sun catcher to take home.

When: Wednesday 19 January
Where: Charlestown Library, Walyamayi

School starters: get ready for the new school year

Join author and clinical psychologist Lynn Jenkins, and illustrator and art therapist Kirrili Lonergan as they read their book Brave. Each family will receive a copy of the book to take home.

When: Friday 21 January
Where: Belmont Library, Ngarrabangba


Find out more

For more information about all the events and online resources Lake Macquarie City Council have available please visit the Lake Macquarie City Council event’s directory by clicking the link below.