Top 10 things to do around the region
There is plenty to do during the week ahead. From the Ten Tenors and BMA Kidspace to the Mackay show, there is something for everyone.
1) The Ten Tenors – Wish you were here
Thursday, June 14, 7.30pm
This new show ‘Wish You Were Here’, is a celebration of musical legends lost before their time from David Bowie to Prince. This tribute is a feel-good journey through some of the world’s greatest hits of all time, including a mix of the group’s own fan favourites: classic rock anthems of Queen, current day chart toppers of Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, even soaring arias of Verdi and other traditional favourites.
2) English Conversation Circles
Friday, June 15, 1pm to 2.30pm
Is English your second language? Practise your conversational English in a relaxed and supportive environment thanks to George Street Neighbourhood Centre.
3) Dads n Bubs
Saturday, June 16, 10am to 10.30am
Dudley Denny Library
Dads ‘n’ Bubs Baby Bounce promotes language development in babies from birth to walking. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs and is a great opportunity for dads to do something special and beneficial with their little one.
4) Pioneer Valley Show
Sunday, June 17, gates open at 6am
Mackay Eungella Road, Finch Hatton
Come along to the 55th annual Pioneer Valley show to the picturesque, tree studded grounds which will once again be packed with fun, entertainment and agricultural exhibits all day. A country-orientated fun, family day transforms the small town of Finch Hatton into a sea of colour and excitement.
5) Mackay Show
> Tuesday, June 19, 9am to 7:30pm
> Wednesday, June 20, 9am to 8pm
> Thursday, June 21, 9am to 4pm
Mackay Showgrounds, Pavilion 2
Council’s display at the Mackay Show this year will be 'smarter' than ever before. The display will be high tech, surrounded by trees and plants of all sizes and a Library kid’s zone. The centrepiece is the Library's latest show-stopper - a brand new, pop-up Portahub (portable eLibrary) stocked with the latest info about our Libraries and will feature high tech gadgets like 3D printer, iPads, tablets and more. Visit the council display for a chance to win a trip for two, to State of Origin Game III at Suncorp Stadium, including accommodation and flights!
6) An Artspace Mackay Special Event at Art on Show
Tuesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 21, 11am to noon
Mackay Showgrounds, First Floor, 500 Pavilion
Meet Artspace Mackay Gallery Director Tracey Heathwood and see her present a selection of her favourite artists’ books from the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Artspace Mackay houses almost 600 artists’ books from this collection and every two years hosts a national artists’ book prize, the Libris Awards, which attracts the very best artists’ books being created today. Tracey has a long association with the gallery and its collection of artists’ books and is herself a practicing printmaker. She will share personal insights into some of her favourite artists and artists’ books.
7) BMA Kidspace
Tuesday, June 19, 10am to 2pm
Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults. BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from 12pm to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing.
8) Queensland Ballet presents Swan Lake
Wednesday, June 20, 7.30pm
Young maiden Odette and her friends are victims of a terrible spell that turns them into swans by day, and only at night do they return to human form. Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake was a sellout sensation in Brisbane - now this spectacular ballet tours to five major centres in regional Queensland. Queensland Ballet is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
9) Luke Mallie: The Wall
Until August 19
This year, Brisbane artist Luke Mallie will be the second person to work on The Wall, bringing him back to Mackay, the place he called home during the early years of his career. He has a boldly colourful and energetic style inspired by his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage.
10) Sunday Painters by Uta Wild
Until July 1
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Lagoons Gallery
Uta has a passion for animals all shapes and sizes, natives and those from other parts of the world. Inspiration for her artwork comes from a range of different areas of life. She strives to share her love of animals with others through her artwork. Come along, enjoy a coffee and see the animals on display. The Botanic Gardens Café and Lagoons Gallery are open Wednesday to Friday 9am – 3pm and weekends 8am – 4pm.
Saturday, June 30, 11am to 10pm
Queens Park, Mackay
River Sessions is coming back as a 1 stage festival showcasing some of the biggest artists in the country along with an abundance of food option to melt your tastebuds away! A line-up that is sure to have Queens Park buzzing including The Presets, Thundamentals, Vera Blue, DZ Deathrays and plenty more!
Queens Park Gate Closure
Friday, June 16
The Goldsmith Street gate access to Queens Park will remain locked on Friday, June 16 due to a private function.