Press Play for Fun at MAP mima in Speers Point Park

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Join Lake Macquarie City Council for a week of summer events and activities at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima in Speers Point Park.

From 15 to 21 January, the lawns of the new Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima) will be transformed into a dreamy underwater garden with giant starfish, turtles and technicolour sea creatures that beckon you to come out and play. Take a ferry ride across the lake and arrive for a magical picnic, listen to an open-air concert or set off on a story quest. 

Photo credit: Cassandra Hannagan

The fun begins on Saturday 15 January with Ocean Garden. You and your kids can wander around this wonderful installation of larger-than-life inflatable sea creatures, or join their makers, Maurice and Matt from Goldberg Aberline Studio for a workshop to tap into your own creative flow. 

Later on, as the sun goes down, the MAP mima stage will open up for a special concert featuring the first-ever performance of Andy Firth’s MAP mima Fanfare.


This piece of music celebrates the arrival of the new arts pavilion in Lake Macquarie City. Listen to this unique blend of brass, yidaki (didgeridoo) and synth that thunders like a storm and sparkles like the lake. After the performance, stay on for an evening light show and disco with DJ Pucko.

On Sunday 16 January at 6:30pm, Catapult takes to the MAP mima stage with the final performance of their astounding contemporary dance piece, Drift

Drift is a full-length, site-specific dance piece produced by local contemporary choreographic hub, Catapult, featuring nine professional dancers performing on the MAP mima outdoor stage.

This is a great opportunity to introduce young people to the excitement and beauty of contemporary dance. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $15 for kids 6-14 years with kids under 5 free.

Enjoy this outdoor concert with a wine in hand, watching the sunset and celebrating the beginning of something very special for Lake Macquarie.

Throughout the week the fun continues with kids yoga, storytime and drawing sessions, art workshops, markets, roving performers and an evening of stargazing. 

On Monday 17 January, meet author, Lynn Jenkins and illustrator, Kirrili Lonergan at a special reading of their book ‘What if…?’ at Come along for a morning of fun activities, illustration, exploration and storytime.

Book in for the Ocean Garden Story Quest Adventure, a kids storytelling adventure in the Ocean Garden on Wednesday 19 January. Join Story Teller Jo Henwood as she takes participants on a real life story book adventure introducing you to these colourful and playful visitors to Speers Point Park. 

Photo credit: Cassandra Hannagan

Created by artists from Goldberg Aberline Studio, this enormous inflatable installation ‘Ocean Garden’ will ignite and illuminate your imagination. This Story Quest is bound to be an adventure like no other!

You can also explore the new Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima and immerse yourself in the 360-degree audiovisual experience EMERGEby Plugin HUMAN.

There’s a variety of free and paid ticketed events. For all the details, plus a complete schedule of events and activities, visit the Lake Macquarie City Council website.

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