Top 10 things to do around the region…

#feelthelovemackay with Sunnie’s Business Challenge, the amazing Belladiva quartet at the MECC or visit the Mackay Orchid Extravaganza for what’s in bloom.

1) Tech Savvy Seniors: Online shopping and banking

Thursday, September 14, 1pm
Gordon White Library

In this workshop you’ll learn how easy and convenient it is to shop and bank online. We’ll discuss why online banking is safe and secure and how you can save time when you pay your bills online. You’ll also learn how to browse, buy and sell on the internet using websites such as eBay. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 4961 9387.

2) Opening of Plastic Boutique

Friday, September 15
Shop 6, The Dome, Victoria Street

After six weeks of workshops in recycling plastics, Plastic Boutique will open as a shop/exhibition. Everyone is welcomed to come and help celebrate the culmination of this great community project.

3) Sunnies Business Challenge

Entries close September, 22 (Early bird entries September, 15)

Visitors and locals alike can follow Sunnie on his Greatest Hits of the Region tour and #feelthelovemackay while exploring the amazing attractions of our region. Take Sunnie's business challenge to win a $2500 advertising package! All you need to do is create an Elton-inspired meal or drink, dress up your staff or workplace in Elton theme or hold your own Elton-inspired event.

4) Belladiva

Friday, September 15, 11am
The MECC, Auditorium

This unique combination of classical voice and playful musicianship makes the familiar, new again with gorgeous modern interpretations of everything from the Flower Duet to Blackbird. Beautiful, soaring and ethereal one minute, intimate, tender and sweet the next. This quartet delivers with a delightful ease and sincerity, creating a truly enthralling and heart-warming experience.

5) International Dance Affair

Saturday, September 16, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

Award winning Irish dancers will perform to toe-tapping tunes from Ireland and artistic baton twirlers will strut their stuff and perform intricate twirls with their batons. Our talented dancers will also entertain you with ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary and highland dancing.  An entertaining show not to be missed!

6) Mackay Orchid Extravaganza

Saturday, September 16, 9am – 4pm
Sunday, September 17, 9am – 4pm
Orchid House, Queens Park

The Mackay Orchid Extravaganza is back! As in previous years, Orchid House at Queens Park will be transformed into a magical world for young and old during September. “Pretty as a picture” is the theme for this year’s display and attendees will learn the secrets from orchid growing experts. It will include free orchid workshops and information sessions being held on the Saturday and Sunday.

7) Nature’s Rhythms > Meet the artists

Saturday, September 16, 2pm – 4pm
Botanic Gardens Café

The exhibition’s title Nature’s Rhythms is intentionally very broad and Printbank artists may include in their art works - responses to the strength of cyclones, the tranquillity of a tiny creek’s water flow, the changing seasons, or the waves on a shore line. RSVP for catering by Wednesday, September 13. Phone or text Maya on 0436 331 009 or email

8) Visual Thinking Strategies: Two day workshop

Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17, 9.30am – 4pm
Artspace Mackay

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a powerful student-centred teaching methodology that has been proven to strengthen student’s oral communications, literacy and creative analytical skills among students of all ages. Through open-ended inquiry and engagement with visual art, listening to others and hands-on practical experiences, participants will learn how to facilitate VTS in their own classrooms and communities. $150 per person. Book your spot by calling Artspace Mackay 4961 9722.

9) Free family holiday art activities

Tuesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 1
10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday
Artspace Mackay

Fashion faux pas, fabric, colour and collage! Free fashion inspired art activities for the whole family are on during the September school holidays at Artspace Mackay. Drop-in anytime for a great mix of creative activities for all ages, inspired by the four fashion exhibitions on show at Artspace. Stay for a few minutes, or linger for a few hours, parental supervision is required.

10) Artspace Mackay exhibitions

> Coming Into Fashion: A century of photography at Condé Nast -  until October 12
Coming into Fashion is an international exhibition of fashion photography selected from the Condé Nast archives of New York, Paris and Milan.

> Humanics: Shane Gibbs - until October 29
Humanics presents a collection of hairpieces that reflect Shane Gibbs’ desire to blur the boundary between traditional hairdressing and art. Creating sculptural ‘looks’ from unconventional materials such as steel wool, pipes, wire and wooden skewers Gibbs playfully pushes these boundaries, revealing his fascination with form and the avant-garde.

> Emerging Designer: Bethany Cordwell – until October 29
Winner of the 2017 Artspace Mackay Foundation ‘Hands On’ Bursary, Bethany Cordwell is a rising talent in the field of fashion design, currently studying at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

> A Milliner's Tale: Brenda Lui – until October 12
In this latest collection of works, Mackay milliner Brenda Lui presents her interpretation of millinery trends past, present and future. Inspired by everyday encounters, from art and vintage fashion to urban design and the natural world, Lui’s practice combines luscious, colourful fabrics with her fresh take on form.


TimberFest 2017

Saturday, September 23 from 11am – midnight
Rowallan Park, 290 Glendaragh Road, Farleigh

TimberFest provides local artists with the opportunity to perform and exhibit in a festival environment to build their local audience base, and TimberFest provides the wider Mackay community with a local music, art and lifestyle experience in a family orientated environment. With two stages of live music from 12pm to midnight, installation art, along with lifestyle and creative workshops, activities, local food and market stalls. It's a creative day out not to be missed.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 13 Sep 2017