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Sunday, July 25, 2021

OUT AND ABOUT: 5 things to do this weekend

Bored or looking for something to do this weekend?

Well, here’s a few tips courtesy of the Newcastle Weekly.

WHAT: IF Maitland Festivals

WHERE: Various venues in Maitland

WHEN: Friday 28 May to Sunday 6 June


Film, poetry, publishing, music and art is set to shine at this weekend’s IF Maitland Festivals. The creative collaboration between the IF Maitland Indie Festival and IF Maitland Art Fest will see the historic township transformed into a storytelling wonderland. Both will take place across various venues in Maitland, with the Indie (Writers’) Festival concluding Sunday 30 May and Art Fest continuing until Sunday 6 June. Maitland mayor Loretta Baker will officially open both festivals on Friday evening with a special screening of Novocastrian Ben Randall’s Sisters for Sale documentary. The Art Fest Street Exhibition also launches this Friday, featuring more than two dozen local artists in over two dozen shop fronts along The Levee. Festival attendees can vote for their favourite artist for the Frame Today Art Fest People’s Choice Award, with the winners being announced on Saturday 5 June. Events include workshops, launches, panels, inconversations, film screenings, performances, and more. Most events are free, including the JIFF (Junior Indie Festival Funday) at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 29 May. Special guests Curious Legends will appear throughout the day. For further details on the festivals go to www.ifmaitland.org

WHAT: Africa Day 2021 Celebrations

WHERE: Islington Public School

WHEN: Saturday 29 May

TIME: 11am-4pm

The Hunter African Communities Council (HACC) invites you to the 2021 Africa Day celebration taking place on Saturday 29 May at the Islington Public School from 11am until 4pm. Africa Day aligns with the founding of African Union on 25 May 1963 and is observed and commemorated in Africa and different nations across the world. As the African diaspora in the Hunter region, HACC spends time acknowledging and celebrating multi-culturalism through different activities like dancing, singing, showcasing of different outfits, feasting various types of food and so forth. There’ll be market and food stalls, numerous performances, including a drumming presentation by Earthen Rhythms, kids’ entertainment and, even, an African Attire Fashion Show. All people and all nations are welcome.

WHAT: Author Kaneana May

WHERE: Belmont branch of Lake Macquarie Libraries

WHEN: Saturday 29 May

TIME: 2pm

Mid-North Coast author and regular visitor to the Hunter, Kaneana May, will return to the region this weekend to promote her latest offering, All We Have is Now. She studied television production at university, graduating with first-class honours in screenwriting. She went on to work in TV, including roles as a script assistant on All Saints, a story-liner on Headland and a scriptwriter on Home and Away. Since becoming a mum, she’s turned her attention to fiction writing. In All We Have is Now, health and wellbeing brought Olive, Elsie and Bree together. After five years, their bustling wellness centre is demanding expansion. A beautiful federation house nestled among the picturesque backdrop of their small town is the perfect place to grow their business. But, they don’t count on their personal lives getting in the way.

WHAT: Girls Will Be Girls

WHERE: The Rogue Scholar, Union Street

WHEN: Saturday 29 May

TIME: 4pm-12am

A new, local platform will give talented emerging female musicians a louder voice in the Newcastle entertainment industry. Louannella and Vexel Creations have come together in moral synchronicity to create Girls Will Be Girls (GWBG). The initiative will provide an opportunity for under-represented artists while simultaneously raising money for Got Your Back Sista. The inaugural GWBG will take place at The Rogue Scholar, in Union Street, on Saturday 29 May from 4pm until midnight. There’ll be a new muso – local and of a high quality – every hour. Visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/girls-will-be-girls-tickets-151590117121 for tickets.

WHAT: Great Gatsby-themed cocktail party

WHERE: United Service Club, Watt Street

WHEN: Saturday 29 May

TIME: 7pm-12am

The United Service Club, located in Watt Street, is hosting a black-tie Great Gatsby-themed cocktail party on Saturday 29 May to raise funds for some much-needed renovations. The organisation was founded on 19 May 1927, so the event ties into that date. Great Gatsby-style decorations featuring black, gold and silver, reminiscent of the roaring 20’s era, will adorn the premises. An auction will also feature such prizes as a corporate Christmas function, catered by Lynch’s Hub; a VIP Supercars food and drinks package for 20 people on the main race day – with a terrific view from the balcony; a voucher for eight to take part in a Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service simulator at the Broadmeadow base; three-day family passes to Supercars; and plenty more great items. Tickets for the function are $120 per head and inclusive of food, beer, wine and soft drink. For further details, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/newcastle-united-services-club-foundation-night-fundraiser-tickets-153765670259

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