Meet colorful starfish and a big pink turtle at Macquarie Lake Press Play at the mima Multi-Arts Pavilion | Newcastle Herald


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Macquarie Lake’s newest arts space will host an “ocean garden” of giant inflatable sea creatures and a big band concert under the stars as part of a week of outdoor fun. A busy family entertainment program called “Press Play” will take place at the Speers Point Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima) from Saturday to Friday. It will begin with the transformation of lawns into an underwater garden with larger-than-life inflatable sculptures that will light up at night. Visitors can stroll through the Ocean Garden and encounter colorful starfish, seahorses and a giant pink turtle, created by Goldberg Aberline Studio in partnership with Studio A, a supported studio for artists with intellectual disabilities. Pete Townsend of the Awabakal Indigenous Lands Council will greet the crowd with a traditional smoking ceremony to remove negativity and launch MAP mima as a place of creative discovery. IN THE NEWS: Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: A 15-minute marching band will ring out in Speers Point Park starting at 5:30 p.m. as internationally acclaimed local musician Andy Firth takes the outdoor stage with his 19-year-old big band. musicians, joined by Awabakal, Dhunghutt and Biripi man Ray Kelly Junior on yidaki (didgeridoo). They will perform the premiere of MAP mima Fanfare de Firth, a piece composed by Frith to announce the arrival of the new arts hall, as part of the concert “The Big Bang”. Firth, a renowned composer, director and clarinetist who has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and with some of the world’s best jazz musicians, said the piece was designed to take audiences on a “musical journey” with various instruments and influences. “Musicians and performers need more venues like MAP mima, which allow audiences to relax outside the varying limits and expectations of theater and art gallery etiquette,” said Firth. “That way they can just sit back and be themselves and enjoy the magic that music, visual arts and drama bring to the community.” Following Fanfare, Firth will lead his band through an ensemble of swing-era favorites, as well as music from Star Wars and classic rock ‘n’ roll – big band style. The evening ends with a light show and a DJ set. On Sunday, the local dance company Catapult will give the final performance of their contemporary dance piece, Drift. Most Press Play events are free, but some are chargeable and reservations are required.

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