Top 10 things to do around the region…

Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts continues with the DBCT Illuminate’s dazzling light display and G&S Engineering Festival Comedy Club takes the stage this Saturday.

1) DBCT Illuminate

Wednesday, July 12 – Sunday, July 16 from 6pm – 9pm daily
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

DBCT’s Illuminate: 30 Years of the Mackay Festival of Arts will light up the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Local artists, in collaboration with local community groups, will transform the Gardens creating a dazzling display of light, sound and visual art installations to celebrate the past 30 years of the Mackay Festival of Arts. The experience will be self-guided with the assistance of a special event app on your phone.

2) Author Meet and Greet

Thursday, July 13 from 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Popular Australian authors Isobelle Carmody and Belinda Murrell will launch their latest books at the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival. Come on down to the Dudley Denny City Library and have your book signed or purchase a copy on the day.

3) Valley District Youth Council: Are You Game?

Friday, July 14 – Saturday, July 15
Pinnacle Playhouse - 1 Elsie Nash Street

When four teenagers turned unlikely friends are trapped in the virtual world of their local arcade, they must work together to beat each level in the hopes to return home. Filled with humour and written by the young people of Valley District Youth Council “Are you Game?” is a multiple art form youth theatre production.

4) Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch

Friday, July 14 at 6.30pm
The MECC, Plenary Halls
The 2017 Mackay Festival of Arts will finish up with an all-time Festival favourite, the Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch. We’re not sure if it’s the amazing buffet brunch menu, or the fantastic jazz musicians that make this event such a success. This year’s Jazz Brunch will feature the rhythms of Jazz Nouveau, who successfully merge modern classics with the vintage sounds of jazz.

5) brings you A WEEK OF DEGO!

Until Friday, July 15

To celebrate the Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts, continue to push the boundaries by hosting A WEEK OF DEGO! Until Saturday, July 15, they will bring you, every evening, a chance to sample specially designed seven course chef’s tasting menu from the team at! Reserve your table now as limited seats apply each night and come enjoy this sensational menu. Phone 4951 3546 to book.

6) G&S Engineering Festival Comedy Club

Saturday, July 15 at 7.30pm
The MECC, North Foyer

Australia’s favourite home grown stand-up comedian, Dave Hughes, takes to the stage to revive a Festival favourite for the 30th Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts. Natural and unmistakably Australian, Hughesy's laconic style thinly disguises one of this country's fastest comedic minds.

7) Crane Logistics Mackay Superboat Race - Round 1

Saturday and Sunday, July 15 – 16
Mackay Harbour Marina

It's going to be an exhilarating spectacle of speeds up to 160mph (258kph), state of the art powerboats racing inches apart with pilots strapped into jet fighter canopies. They come together to produce the drama, danger and excitement that is the perilous world of the Offshore Superboat Championships. A sport where every second counts!

8) Artspace exhibitions

Until Sunday, July 16
Artspace Mackay

This Sunday is the last day to come along to the gallery and view their four exhibitions on display. Gallery hours are from Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, weekends from 10am – 3pm.

> Liminal Spaces: Escaping the frame
A new media installation by local artist Glenda Hobdell presents alternate views that are informed by the experience of two caves – one in Hungary, the other in Australia.

> Deborah Kelly: No human being is illegal (in all our glory)
Originally created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) this exhibition comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and the contributors.

> Peter Lyssiotis: Where are the originals? Once were photographs…
Where are the Originals? slows down the frantic pace of photography in the modern era, pausing for a breath in our rush to capture every moment by taking an over-the-shoulder look at photography and interrogating it.

> Jud Wimhurst: Protection
Conceptually, his sculptures are inspired by consumerism, design, pop culture, mortality and humour - and in particular the point of which these themes may meet or intersect.
9) Greater Whitsunday Food Network presents The Farm to Plate Dinner
Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm
The MECC Plenary Halls and bus tour (tickets close Thursday, July 13 at 4.30pm)
This a celebration of the amazing produce the Greater Whitsunday region has on offer. The menu will be presented by Chef Matt Golinski and four of our own talented local chefs – Carly James, Jarasporn Marnoo (Ae) and Hanh Huu (MECC), Juanita Mooney (The Family Table), Guiseppe Buttice (Church Café Pinnacle) and Davide Girodano (Pasta Rita).
> Farm to Plate dinner $120
> Farm to Plate dinner and bus tour $150
> Farm to Plate bus tour only $50
> Farm to Plate luncheon $35
Tickets can be purchased at the MECC or online

10) Greater Whitsunday Markets

Wednesday, July 19, 8am – 1pm
Bluewater Quay, River Street

The Farmers' Market is held every Wednesday from 8am until 1pm at the Bluewater Quay on River Street in the Mackay City Centre. The market showcase our regions amazing produce giving farmers an opportunity to help grow our local food culture.


Dracula by Bram Stoker I shake & stir theatre co.

Thursday, July 20 at 7.30pm
The MECC Auditorium

Another bloody classic. The Gothic horror story swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir. When young lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he's not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 12 Jul 2017