Ipswich in Winter - 2021

Your guide for entertainment, events and activities 2021 Ipswich in Winter


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markets, food trucks and fine music on weekends. The new Ipswich Children’s Library in the administration building at 1 Nicholas Street will also be opening, complementing the Ipswich Central Library across the square. The new facility will be specifically designed for children aged 1-12 to explore, learn and play. It will feature age-appropriate technology and digital experiences, an interactive dinosaur, extensive children’s collection, specialised employees and dedicated children’s programs and events. And also check out the interactive exhibition On the Move at the Ipswich Art Gallery before the season ends on 18 July. So, rug up, get ready for the cooler climes, but most of all, enjoy wonderful winter in our region.

Welcome to the latest edition of our seasonal guide. Winter might be a time for hibernation, but Ipswich City Council is not sitting still. We are always on the move. In coming weeks, council and many of its 1,300 staff are preparing to join together under the one roof and move into the new administration building at Tulmur Place, as part of the $246 million Nicholas Street Precinct redevelopment. It is an exciting time for the city as the CBD will really come alive and provide the opportunity for the Ipswich community to enjoy a retail and entertainment precinct like never before. While we all might slow down in the colder months of winter, there is so much happening in the city and specifically in Tulmur Place with

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At time of printing all information is current and correct. Every care has been taken to ensure the information in this brochure is correct at the time of publication. Ipswich City Council accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or changes leading to such information being incorrect. As activities, programs and events may cancel or move subsequent to publication of this brochure, no responsibility is accepted for accuracy of content. This publication is copyright. Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 (C’wlth), no part of it may in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, micro copying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permissions. If you wish to disseminate or share this information and or images please contact Ipswich City Council for permission.


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Arj Barker Comes Clean Friday 4 June at 8.00 pm Tickets $55.00 | Groups 4+ $50.00

Splash Test Dummies Thursday 8 July at 6.00 pm Tickets $22.00

The Beggars Australian Songbook Wednesday 28 July at 10.00 am Tickets $20.00

Pete the Sheep

Monday 23 August at 6.00 pm Tickets $17.50 | Groups 4+ $15.00


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The inner city banks of the Bremer River are almost unrecognisable following a large scale clean up recently. The clean-up saw intensive weed removal commence along a one kilometre stretch of the Bremer River banks near the Bradfield Bridge. Environment and Sustainability Committee chair Councillor Russell Milligan said it was all part of Ipswich City Council’s Habitat Connections Program. “The program coordinates annual weed work and revegetation across a number of our strategically important waterways,” Cr Milligan said. “Council identified the weed infestations throughout the town reaches of the Bremer River as a priority area for rehabilitation in 2021. “Once the weeds are completely removed we can start revegetating with native plants, which we expect could be in September this year.

“The native plants will offer many benefits to the river from aesthetic improvement to bank stabilisation and habitat for native birds and insects.” Castor Oil, Leucauna and Glycine were among the weed species removed as part of the blitz. Environment and Sustainability Committee deputy chair Councillor Andrew Fechner said regular follow up weed spraying and further removal would continue over the coming months to get riverbank weeds under control. “Removing the weeds and revegetating this area with native plant species will not only provide an ecological boost to the Bremer catchment, but also significantly improve this popular section of the river for the community’s enjoyment,” Cr Fechner said.

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A season of events and activities will showcase Ipswich’s environment and conservation achievements. Find details at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/enviroplan ENVIROFORUM A special event in August will showcase innovation in conservation. Hear from expert guest speakers as they share valuable insight to environmental topics facing Ipswich and beyond.

ENVIRO AWARDS Do you know an Environmental Hero, a Sustainable Leader, an Enviro Organisation or a Young Enviro Champion? Nominations are open during June and July!

GREAT RESTORATIONS For the launch of the new Landholder Conservation Partnerships Program gain exclusive access to workshops focused on land restoration techniques. PEAKS TO POINTS FESTIVAL Ipswich is proud to host a series of events 18 July – 1 August including a tree planting, property tour and exclusive bushwalking at an estate normally closed to public access.

In 1996 Ipswich City Council launched Enviroplan to protect land with significant conservation value. Ipswich households pay an Enviroplan Levy that funds vital work in purchasing, researching and maintaining conservation areas. It also funds community- based programs to improve Ipswich’s environment.































Ultimate Experiences COMPETITION 12 amazing bucket list experiences over the next year with Discover Ipswich. Win


From floating sky high in a hot air balloon, to seeing some of the best live gigs around, luxury escapes and family fun we’ve got 12 amazing prizes lined up. Head over to Discoveripswich.com.au/win to enter now!


Japanese Tea Ceremony @ Nerima Gardens Located within heritage listed Queens Park, Nerima Gardens is a unique attraction that celebrates two cultures. Japanese and Australian flora and design elements combine harmoniously to create a place of intrigue, beauty and tranquillity that is highlighted on this exciting tour. Enjoy a guided tour of Nerima Gardens with interpretation of key design elements that infuse both the Australian and Japanese cultures. Arrive at the Tea House to view the Japanese tea ceremony, a traditional cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (powdered green tea). Light refreshments will conclude your tea experience. Tours are available at 9.00 am, 11.15 am and 1.30 pm on the following dates: ■ Saturday 26 June ■ Saturday 31 July ■ Saturday 28 August Adults: $40 Concession/student: $35 Child (up to 12 years old): $30 Book in early to avoid disappointment – these sessions book out quickly and small group numbers are guaranteed. Gift vouchers available.


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Ipswich City Council has set out a 10-year road map detailing how it will deliver on the city’s vision for waste management and resource recovery. In alignment with council’s Resource Recovery Strategy, the Resource Recovery Implementation Plan (RRIP) outlines the city’s resource recovery strategic priorities and details specifically how they will be actioned and delivered over the next decade in consultation with the community. Its focus is on reducing waste generation and landfill disposal, maximising resource recovery opportunities in line with circular economy principles, providing excellence in customer service, and achieving continuous improvement and development of people, processes, infrastructure and technology. Mayor Teresa Harding said that council is committed to taking further steps forward for the community on waste and resource recovery. “Our new Resource Recovery Implementation Plan provides a roadmap for council to lead by example and deliver best practice waste and resource recovery solutions in line with ratepayers’ expectations,” Mayor Harding said.

Council adopted the innovative Waste and Circular Economy Transformation Directive in December 2020, taking leadership for the city on waste and resource recovery challenges and opportunities. The Resource Recovery Strategy is founded upon four key pillars, including: 1. Kerbside food organics and garden organics collection 2. Optimising the city co-mingled recycling service 3. Providing a new on demand large item kerbside collection service; and 4. Having fit-for-purpose waste and The plan’s name has been updated from Materials Recovery Plan to Resource Recovery Strategy to reflect Ipswich’s direction towards a circular economy by reducing waste and valuing resources. Keep up to date with this and other important council initiatives at Shapeyouripswich.com.au. resource recovery infrastructure, including building a new recycling and refuse centre

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Festival of Horsepower is a month-long program packed full of adrenaline and excitement in the City of Ipswich. Taking place in June, the annual festival includes a number of Australia’s signature racing and motorsport events. WHAT’S ON Sat 5 June Festival of Horsepower Soiree The official launch of the month-long calendar of Festival of Horsepower events and the Ipswich Winter Racing Carnival. Sat 5 and Sun 6 June IKC Endurance Challenge Two days of kart racing action at Ipswich Kart Club with teams competing across multiple classes to be crowned the Endurance Champions of 2021. Sun 6 June Channel Seven Family Race Day A highlight of the Ipswich Winter Racing Carnival and a great day out for the whole family.

Experience the glitz and glamour of the TAB Ipswich Cup and annual Ipswich Winter Racing Carnival, the raw and adrenaline fueled action of the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, 2 Days of Thunder and the IKC Endurance Challenge.

Thu 10 – Sun 13 June Gulf Western Oil Winternationals The largest championship drag racing event held outside of North America and the final round of the 400 Thunder season. Sat 19 June | TAB Ipswich Cup Ipswich’s social event of the year! Rich in history, heritage and horses, there really is nothing like the Ipswich Cup. Sat 19 June | TAB Ipswich Cup Festival of Horsepower Marquee Overlooking the home straight located on the grandstand side of the track, catch all of the Ipswich Cup action. Sat 26 and Sun 27 June 2 Days of Thunder Two-days of fast and hard racing action with some of the loudest and most awe-inspiring categories thundering around the track.


Thursday 10 June to Sunday 13 June Willowbank Raceway | Ticketed event

From the amazing flame-throwing 500km/h Top Fuelers through to Junior Dragsters, more than 500 cars and motorcycles from all over the country are expected to be on track over four big days of racing.

There is plenty of drag racing action at Willowbank Raceway. The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals is the largest championship drag racing event held outside of North America and is the final round of the national 400 Thunder season for national championship honours.


2 DAYS OF THUNDER Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June | 8.30 am – 5.00 pm Queensland Raceway | Ticketed event

do with some of the loudest, fastest and most awe-inspiring categories thundering around the Queensland Raceway track including the Australian Trans AM, Group N Historic Touring Cars and the Shannons Insurance Muscle Car Challenge.

2 Days of Thunder celebrates the Big Bangers of the motorsport world, both old and new – this year with Porsche Motorsport as the feature. Delivering two-days of fast and hard racing action there is plenty to see and



Saturday 19 June | 9.00 am – 7.30 pm Ipswich Turf Club | Ticketed event

The event features a host of areas to enjoy the racing and social festivities including trackside marquees, an infield festival, lawn party and the new Festival of Horsepower Marquee. Get your friends together now for the 2021 TAB Ipswich Cup!

The TAB Ipswich Cup is back for 2021! Rich in history, heritage and horses there really is nothing like the Ipswich Cup. But it is more than a horse race; it is the social day of the year for the greater Ipswich region.


CHANNEL SEVEN FAMILY RACE DAY Sunday 6 June | 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Ipswich Turf Club | Free

The day’s program features an animal farm, reptile display, horse racing and a kids Fashions on the Field event. River 94.9FM will also be there on the day with loads of giveaways.

The Channel Seven Family Race Day is part of the Ipswich Winter Racing Carnival this year and offers the entire family a great day out. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Sunday with plenty of entertainment for the kids and free fun for the whole family.


IKC ENDURANCE CHALLENGE Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June | 8.00 am – 1.00 pm Ipswich Kart Club | Free

The IKC Teams Endurance Challenge is a great day out for the whole family bringing together the best local and interstate kart racers to compete across six different classes from Cadets to Seniors and a Teams Challenge combining team members from three classes.

There will be plenty of kart racing action at Ipswich Kart Club when they host the two-day IKC Endurance Challenge with teams competing across multiple classes to be crowned the Endurance Champions of 2021.



SOIREE Saturday 5 June 6.00 pm Ipswich Turf Club Ticketed event

The Festival of Horsepower Soiree will officially launch the month-long calendar of events and the Ipswich Winter Racing Carnival. Join us for a celebration of all things horsepower while enjoying the hospitality at the Ipswich Events and Entertainment Centre.

FESTIVAL OF HORSEPOWER MARQUEE Saturday 19 June 11.00 am – Last race Ipswich Turf Club Ticketed event Overlooking the home straight located on the grandstand side of the track this is a prime spot to catch all of the Ipswich Cup action. Enjoy great food and drinks, tote facilities and access to the TAB Ipswich Cup after party.

​In 2020, our council lead the way by becoming the first local government in Queensland to sign on to be a Small Business Friendly Council. So what does that mean? It’s about looking at ways to cut back on red tape and make doing business with us easier for more local businesses. One of the first projects undertaken by the team was requested by Councillor Jacob Madsen. Cr Madsen had been approached by food truck operators about the time it took to get a location approved for a food truck site. Currently there are up to five departments that can be involved to approve an application for a food truck to trade across locations in Ipswich. Some applications can take upwards of one month to process, with issues such as what type of road, public safety and the need for Queensland Health licenses among considerations. WORKING TOGETHER TO SMOOTH WAY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

For the most part, this used to be a manual process. The Local Business and Investment Team has worked with other departments across council to: ■ Streamline processes and automate where possible an application process ■ Make it easier for food truck With the help of various departments, the team is looking forward to launching a new friendly guide for food truck operators and a new tool developed by ICT on the 1 July this year. The Small Business Friendly Council initiative was established by the State Government’s Office of the Small Business Commissioner, which was set up as part of the government’s COVID-19 emergency response. operators to nominate locations to be included for future food truck locations.

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VENTURE into the great outdoors! With over 6,000ha of open parks and conservation areas it’s no wonder Ipswich is starting to become the home of so many outdoor recreation and endurance events. Take part in a season of challenge with cycling, mountain biking and trail running events to suit the whole family.

SCENIC RIM TRAIL RUNNING SERIES – ROUND 3 Sunday 25 July | Ivory’s Rock Offering long and short-distance events for the seasoned runners and first timers alike in a family atmosphere.

PARK2PARK FUN RUN Sunday 25 July | Limestone Park A charity Fun Run with distances including half marathon, half marathon relay, 10km, 5km, 2.5km, and a kids obstacle course.

ROCKY TRAIL FOX SUPERFLOW IPSWICH ENDURO Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 August Castle Hill Mountain Bike Reserve Australia’s most popular gravity enduro series is coming to Ipswich, offering friendly MTB enduro racing, without the tight schedule.


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Hidden inside the heritage listed Art-Deco former Old Baptist church lies Studio 188 . This intimate venue is located in the heart of the Ipswich CBD and boasting a jam packed monthly live music schedule featuring local emerging artists and main stream touring acts. With a flexible space, full in-house lighting and sound, and offering a range of development opportunities for local up-and-comers to advance their musical career, Studio 188 is a creative space for everyone.

Visit our website for more information Studio188.com.au

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Ipswich City Council will investigate the possibility of restoring Blackall Monument to its original location in d’Arcy Doyle Place. Erected in 1879 as a memorial to the second Governor of Queensland, Blackall Monument originally stood on the corner of Brisbane and Nicholas streets in Ipswich Central. In 1927 the monument, better known by locals as a drinking fountain, was moved to Denmark Hill to accommodate increasing traffic flow in Ipswich Central. Councillor Marnie Doyle said that returning Blackall Monument to its original location would mean more people would have the opportunity to enjoy this important part of Ipswich’s history. “We’ve heard from many community members who’d like the Blackall Monument restored to its original location in the heart of the Ipswich CBD,” Cr Doyle said.

“Where the monument now sits on Denmark Hill offers very limited opportunity for appreciation of its beauty and historical significance. “Returning the monument to d’Arcy Doyle Place, at the threshold of the redeveloped Nicholas Street Precinct, would be a significant and symbolic link between the cities past and future.” Councillor Paul Tully said Blackall Monument is an important part of Ipswich’s history. “Blackall Monument was originally the meeting place where people would gather to talk politics and general happenings around town,” Cr Tully said. “I can just imagine Blackall Monument being a meeting place once again at the newly redeveloped Nicholas Street Precinct, as it has been known throughout history.”

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Come and see what’s happening in Tulmur Place, Nicholas Street Precinct: Markets Live Music Food Trucks Kids Activities Water Play Special Events

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Ipswich City Council administration and customer service are moving to the Nicholas Street Precinct from Monday 28 June. For more information including how to access 3-hour free parking visit Ipswich.qld.gov.au/councilismoving

Opening 28 June Nicholas St Precinct



Ipswich’s biennial StoryArts Festival returns in August! Presented by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network, the festival brings you award winning authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers from all over Australia to deliver an exciting program of literary experiences through an eight-day schools, family and adult program. This year’s family program delivers up another awe-inspiring afterschool workshop program from Monday 2 August to Thursday 5 August. Attendance is free but bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For program information and bookings go to storyartsfestival.com FAMILY PROGRAM WHAT’S ON Level One, 1 Nicholas Street, Nicholas Street Precinct

MONDAY 2 AUGUST 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM Let’s Get Moooooving with Kathryn Apel and Renee Treml

A whole herd of hands-on activities for children aged 0-8 to have fun on the farm with the creators of ‘The Bird in the Herd’, Kathryn Apel and Renée Treml.

TUESDAY 3 AUGUST 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM Midnight in the

MONDAY 2 AUGUST 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM

Museum with Renee Treml Children will create an authentic museum specimen worthy of the Museum of Natural History in ‘Sherlock Bones’ using air drying clay. Activities led by Megan Daley.

Creating a Mystery with Tristan Bancks A writing workshop for young writers aged 9+. Tristan Bancks shares the secrets of writing thrilling stories, hooking readers and keeping them hooked from the opening sentence to the electrifying end.

WEDNESDAY 4 AUGUST 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM Creating Comics with Remy Lai Join Remy Lai in this comic making workshop, from writing your story to designing your own characters. For young illustrators aged 8+.

THURSDAY 5 AUGUST 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM Bluey and Bingo Inspired Party with Yvonne Mes For children who love Bluey and Bingo.


Q&A with Beth Durack, animator and illustrator – Chair: Dave Lowe Learn about the production processes of making the TV show Bluey.

MONDAY 2 TO THURSDAY 5 AUGUST | 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM DAILY + THURS EVENING Book Sales open to StoryArts participants Children always get a great deal of pleasure in buying books and having them signed by the authors and illustrators they have met. ‘A Lot of Books’ will be set up in the venue. Save time and pre-order your book online at – alotofbooks.com.au

MONDAY 2 TO WEDNESDAY 4 AUGUST | 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM Woodblocks and Rangoli from India with Lee Fullarton A delightful workshop for children aged 5-11 that explores the traditional Indian Art practices of Block Printing and Rangoli. Ipswich Community Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place


Eighty Brisbane Street has its historic charm back after building owners, David and Kate Farrer, received funding as part of Ipswich City Council’s pilot Façade Improvement Program which allowed them to accomplish a long-awaited goal of upgrading their shopfront. Eighty Brisbane Street was the second shopfront to complete façade renovations after Ipswich City Council committed $137,000 to a pilot Façade Improvement Program aimed at improving shopfronts in Ipswich Central. As a part of the renovations 80 Brisbane Street has received a new colour scheme which has refreshed the façade while still keeping with the historic elements of the building. The program offered dollar-for-dollar matched funding of up to $15,000 to encourage shopfront and building owners to undertake works as part of a wider strategy to increase economic opportunities for Ipswich Central businesses.

Eighty Brisbane Street is a historic building, built in the 1890s, which has housed many successful Iocal businesses over the years. Deputy Mayor Nicole Jonic said the newly painted façade ensures the building maintains its historic pride in the 21st Century. “It is also about celebrating and protecting our heritage and it’s wonderful to see this iconic 1890s building standing proud with a new coat of paint,” Cr Jonic said. Deputy Chair of Economic and Industry Development, Cr Jacob Madsen said council is committed to investment in Ipswich Central. “These works benefit the Ipswich community by preserving the character and identity of this property for future generations.”

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I P SWICH 2 7 T H AUG - 5 T H S E PT Galvanized is the city’s new festival of heritage, showcasing the best heritage experiences and events Ipswich has to offer across 10 days. Be transported back in time by visiting iconic venues and historic sites and participating in open days, walking tours, demonstrations and workshops. Experience evening concerts and after dark events at unique locations and gain access and insight into lost arts, forgotten trades and historic places. We invite you to experience the city like never before and to discover the rich history of Ipswich during Galvanized. The full program of events will be released in early August.


Flinders View couple Ron and Eunice Shanahan joined together with family and friends in late March to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said she would like to congratulate the happy couple and also acknowledge the contributions they have made within the Ipswich community. “I’ve known the couple for at least twenty years they’ve been heavily involved in U3A and the Ipswich Library,” Cr Ireland said. “They’ve been strong library supporters and it was wonderful that they invited me to share in their special milestone as a representative from council.” When speaking about the secret to a long and happy marriage Mr Shanahan says it’s important to have common interests, to dream big together and remember not to take life too seriously. “I reckon our initials E, R, S, sums it up,” he said.

“Equality, respect and sense of humour. Having migrated to Australia together in 1973 from England, Mrs Shanahan recalls how much Ipswich has changed over the years. “We lived in Clayfield for three years, before moving to Raceview in 1976,” she said. “Ipswich has grown and developed exponentially since we moved here. “The bypass was put through Raceview Estate and we watched that being built, taking many photos over the years. “The shopping centres are just amazing and we have seven centres within a 15 minute drive from us. “We have never been back to England as we have everything here that we want and need.”

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Welcome to SPARK Ipswich, a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Ipswich’s local culture and community, and hopefully explore some of the superb tourism experiences on offer here. The Queensland Government is proud to support SPARK, through Tourism and Events Queensland’s QDEP Program and it is a feature on our It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Congratulations to the event organisers and all those involved in organising this event – may it be a successful one.

It is fantastic to launch one of the annual highlights in our city of events on behalf of council. 2021 SPARK Ipswich follows on from the Ipswich Festival as a celebration of the diverse people, places, arts and culture that make our city so vibrant, liveable and fun. With a program featuring music, comedy, arts, circus, technology and more, we hope you’ll join us in igniting Ipswich’s spark and enjoying all the festival has to offer. Councillors Andrew Fechner and Kate Kunzelmann, Chair and Deputy Chair Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee, City of Ipswich

Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe MP


14 JULY – SWICH & GRIT An industry breakfast to spark the imagination of local creatives and ignite opportunities for future collaboration as we build the city’s new festival. 16 JULY – BEST OF BRITISH Ipswich Orpheus Chorale, Amberley

8-18 JULY – SPARK AFTER DARK Explore the festival’s three light-based installations – Refraction, deLight and pixel.


Art and audiences converge to celebrate the exquisite geometry of Lincoln Austin. 8 JULY – SPLASH TEST DUMMIES The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. SPARK Ipswich hits the road taking the festival and ‘Chores’ to small halls across the region. 10 JULY –WAGHORN TOWEST Ipswich’s first multi-venue indie live music crawl. 16 artists across 8 sessions in 4 live music venues on Brisbane Street. 10 JULY – JIMEOIN – RAMBLE ON! A stalwart of Australian comedy and all-round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin presents his new stand-up show Ramble On! 8-11 JULY – SPARK ON TOUR PRESENTS CHORES

Brass and Jam Pact, join forces with Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.

16-18 JULY –WOMI Featuring music from across the globe, WOMI celebrates Ipswich’s vibrant world music scene. 18 JULY – LITTLE DAY OUT Ipswich’s first contemporary music and arts festival designed for the young and young at heart. 18 JULY – DIRTY LAUNDRY The Briefs boys present a night of intoxifying physicality, gob-smacking comedy, unapologetic truths, and ridiculous showmanship.

Head to SPARKipswich.com.au for the full program and to book tickets.

Program details correct at time of printing. Always check the website for the latest event and program information. SPARK Ipswich will continue to adapt as needed to meet the unprecedented challenges of presenting a major festival during COVID-19. Cover: Image - James Muller | Artwork - Glen Smith


St Mary’s Church is transformed into the canvas for a major projection work reflecting the culture of Ipswich, its people and places. Each evening the works of an Ipswich artist will be featured. Participating local artists: Charmaine Davis | Donna Davis | Eva Fritz | Glen Smith | Jason McNamara | Kylie Hill | Linda Clark | Rachael Sarra | Rebecca Lewis | Sally Harrison | Sharon McKenzie

Projection Artist: James Muller Image: James Muller | Artwork: Sally Harrison


Engineering students (University of Southern Queensland) take over the new Ipswich City Council Administration building with an LED light activation to display ‘Mandelbrot Fractal’ created through vector equations and matrices.


The Bremer River is centre stage for an art, light and water installation defined by the refraction of light through liquid to create an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. Best viewing: Riverheart Boardwalk, Riverlink Shopping Centre, David Trumpy Bridge and Bradfield Bridge.


With three spectacular light-based installations within walking distance, each night of SPARK Ipswich we invite you to explore Refraction, deLight and pixel at your own pace with family and friends. DATE Thursday 8 – Sunday 18 July TIME 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm

VENUES Walking tour in Ipswich CBD

between Tulmur Place, St Mary’s Church, Riverheart Boardwalk and Riverlink Shopping Centre COST FREE ADDITIONAL INFO Bring your digital device to hear the soundtrack to Refraction.


Ipswich’s first contemporary music and arts festival designed for the young and young at heart. With a focus on sustainability, Little Day Out is bursting with music, hands on arts experiences, roving entertainment, food and fun. Regurgitator’s POGOGO Show headlines the main stage with their witty, silly attitude and musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock. Party Playground’s high energy, super fun cabaret showwill get you up on your feet and joining in on the jungle gym fun. The Feral Cats of Tokyo bring their electrifying concert by children for children and Circus Ipswich will showcase the talents of Ipswich’s youngest circus stars. Kids are invited to sing, dance, create and play! Musical Instrument making, nature play, mural painting with resident Little Day Out artist Hanna Jones, circus skills workshops and a silent disco are all part of the ‘little day out’ experience.

DATE Sunday 18 July TIME

Session 1: 9.00 am – 11.30 am Session 2: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm VENUE Ripley Town Centre COST $5 per entry – children 10 years and under receive a festival t-shirt or tote (order at time of booking until stock runs out) ADDITIONAL INFO Little Day Out is a high- quality music, arts and sustainability experience

for children 10 years and under and their accompanying adults.

Artwork Design: Hanna Jones

Image Credit: Georgia Wright


SPARK Ipswich presents Waghorn to West, Ipswich’s first multi-venue indie live music crawl. 16 artists across 8 sessions will take over 4 live music venues along Brisbane Street in Ipswich (between Waghorn and West Street) to bring you one epic night of indie live music. Experience the best of what the Queensland music scene has to offer along - side some of Ipswich’s most exciting up and coming musicians. Catch everything from electronic, rock, R&B, soul, rap, hip-hop, folk, dance and pop as you move between the Ipswich Central Hotel, Studio 188 , Circa 160 and Goleby’s Basement.

DATE Saturday 10 July TIME 6.30 pm til late VENUES Goleby’s Basement Circa 160 Ipswich Central Hotel Studio 188 COST Ticketed event – check website for details ADDITIONAL INFO 18+ event

Full line-up dropping early June.


SPARK Ipswich hits the road taking the festival to small halls across the region. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the side- splitting duo of Chores is coming your way. Two excitable brothers, are definitely, probably, maybe, just about to, almost, at some stage, going to do the chores their mother has asked them to do… With highlights of skilled stunts and uproarious, interactive gags, and with very little spoken dialogue, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat and giggling until the chores are done.

DATE Thursday 8 July – Sunday 11 July TIME 10.00 am and 12.00 pm VENUES 8 July – Catalyst Church, Brassall 9 July – Peak Crossing Hall 10 July – Goodna State School 11 July – Rosewood Cultural Centre COST Ticketed event – Individual - $5 Family of 4 - $15 | Family of 5 - $20 ADDITIONAL INFO Performance – suits ages 0 – 100 Workshops – suit primary to junior secondary students


Discover the magic of circus! Circus Ipswich provide an introduction to circus skills in a fun, safe environment facilitated by professional circus trainers before and after every show. Spaces are strictly limited. Register at the time of your Chores ticket purchase.

Presented by Hoopla Clique & Cluster Arts

ARTIST 2 ARTIST WITH LINCOLN AUSTIN: Join us for an after-hours tour of The Space Between Us with Ipswich-based artist Lincoln Austin. Austin will discuss his works and share insights on establishing his arts practice over a twenty year period. Guests are invited to join the conversation with a casual question and answer session covering topics including working with commercial dealers and curators, getting to know your audience, and managing public projects and private commissions.

LINCOLN AUSTIN: THE SPACE BETWEEN US Art and audiences converge to celebrate the exquisite geometry of Lincoln Austin. The Space Between Us is a major mid- career survey of the past two decades of Lincoln Austin’s practice bringing together more than 60 sculptures and works on paper from public and private collections. The exhibition reveals Austin’s abiding delight in pattern and perception and an artistic practice driven by his feeling for materials, his interest in perception and optical effects, and his desire to activate space. DATE

DATE Friday 9 July TIME 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm VENUE Ipswich Art Gallery COST FREE ticketed event

Saturday 15 May – Sunday 8 August TIME 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily VENUE Ipswich Art Gallery COST FREE

Lincoln Austin is represented by Andrew Baker Art Dealer Brisbane and Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne.

SPLASH TEST DUMMIES Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! DATE Thursday 8 July TIME 6.00 pm VENUE Ipswich Civic Centre COST $22

ADDITIONAL INFO Warning – too much fun!

Presented by Ipswich Civic Centre and Dummies Corp

JIMEOIN – RAMBLE ON! A stalwart of Australian comedy and all- round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin in his new stand-up show Ramble On! DATE Saturday 10 July TIME 8.00 pm VENUE Ipswich Civic Centre COST Adult – $59.90 | Concession/Student – $54.90 | Groups 6+ – $54.90 ADDITIONAL INFO Warnings – Coarse language and smoke/hazer effects

Presented by A-List Entertainment

SWICH & GRIT With a keynote address by Louise Bezzina (Artistic Director, Brisbane Festival), the Swich & Grit industry breakfast will spark the imagination of local creatives and ignite opportunities for future collaboration as we build the City’s new festival. DATE Wednesday 14 July TIME 7.00 am – 9.00 am VENUE Ipswich City Council Administration Building, 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich COST $20 – bookings essential

Image credit: Dylan Evans


Two of Ipswich’s oldest musical institutions - Ipswich Orpheus Chorale and Amberley Brass – along with Jam Pact, one of the newest players on the local music scene, join forces with Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra to present an evening of combined British music ranging from the 16th Century to the 2000’s. DATE Friday 16 July TIME 7.00 pm VENUE St Mary’s Church COST Ticketed event – see website for details

WOMI Featuring music from across the globe, over the festival’s closing weekend WOMI celebrates Ipswich’s vibrant world music scene.

Friday 16 July – 7.30 pm Fusing the passion of gypsy music, the precision of classical, and the spontaneity of jazz, CigányWeaver create a rich and vibrant atmosphere for both the heart and mind. Supported by Las Chimilitas imparting the sounds of Spain with their compelling acapella.

Saturday 17 July – 7.30 pm MZAZA harness Balkan and French influences to create a musical ride that taps into the beating heart of humankind. This concert will showcase some of Ipswich’s finest emerging world music performers alongside MZAZA.

Sunday 18 July – 4.00 pm The Barleyshakes are shouting out to local musicians to join them for a good old Irish session and a show. Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, The Barleyshakes combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms.

DATE Friday 16 July – Sunday 18 July VENUE Studio 188 COST Ticketed event – Single Ticket $25.00 Table of 4 for $80.00 | ADDITIONAL INFO Optional Cheese Platter for one – $10 each

Image Credits: Josh Tate (CigányWeaver), Jacques Maudy (MZAZA)


After 10 years of selling out festivals worldwide, the Briefs boys are back with their hills hoist poised ready to air their Dirty Laundry in this brand-new party cabaret you don’t want to miss out on. Led by Fez Faanana aka Shivanana, featuring a line-up of classic Briefs boys as well as some shiny new boys and toys. With more glitter stains and ballsy attitude than ever before, your favourite Briefs misfits give you a night of intoxifying physicality, gob-smacking

comedy, unapologetic truths, and ridiculous showmanship. Turn your cycle to HOT as you watch these boys tumble dry. DATE Sunday 18 July TIME 7.30 pm VENUE Ipswich Civic Centre COST Adult $45 | Concession $40 ADDITIONAL INFO Warning – strictly 18+

Image Credit: John Tsiavis









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