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PACC launches exciting 2023 season


Performance Arts Culture Cessnock (PACC) launched its 2023 season in a blaze of glory at the weekend.

With Newcastle’s First Nations drag queen Timberlina on emcee duties and local country star Tara Naysmith entertaining the audience, the event also allowed curator Vicki Sienczuk to reveal some of the talented artists heading to the venue.

Performance Arts Culture Cessnock curator Vicki Sienczuk.

“2022 was an incredibly busy year for us, with loads of variety and the opportunity to finally present all of the performances postponed thanks to the pandemic,” she said.

“But, we’re stepping it up even further in 2023.

“It promises to be a year of tremendous change, with the opening of our new gallery and workshop spaces, and the official unveiling of our exciting brand – CPAC becomes PACC.

“On the entertainment front, from now until the end of June is jam-packed with explosions of theatre, dance and humour.

Timberlina entertains the crowd at the PACC season launch.

“We’ll welcome Soft Tread Productions’ new show, The Wharf Revue: Looking For Albanese in April, starring actor, writer and director Jonathan Biggins, as well as something for the kids with Mr Stink, based on David Walliams’ book.

“Back by popular demand is the Victorian State Ballet, who is set to share the enchanting and much-loved tale for the ages Beauty and The Beast (May), and perennial favourite Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (June).

“We’re reliving the golden days, with The Australian Bee Gees Show and Bohemian Rhapsody, too.”

The Sunset Sessions lands at PACC next month. Photo: Punwin Cherie Abdy Photography

One of the first shows to hit the stage will be The Sunset Sessions on Saturday 4 March.

Perfect for lovers of pop, rock and soul, it features a five-piece band of Sydney’s finest and freshest musicians with LA’s best hits from the 60s through to the 2000s.

Think California Soul, Boys of Summer, Tiny Dancer, Daydream Believer, Rebel Yell and so much more.

Creator Maurice Parker has spent over 30 years at the heart of the Australian television industry, enjoying a rich career both behind and in front of the camera.

From his days as a teenage reporter and double program Logie winner on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World, and his background at the 7 Network, he interviewed and toured with some of the biggest acts in the world including INXS, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits.

Since 2016, Parker has joined forces with creative director Carolyn Unwin to form Punwin Productions, specialising in the creation of new music productions and special events.

Their 2023 show, The Sunset Sessions, take us on a journey through the pop, rock and soul hits that grew from the legendary Sunset Boulevard to take over the world.

“I really wanted people to have their memories rekindled,” Parker said.

“Bringing back all those things from the 60s and 70s, right up to now, which the show covers, just like the first time you heard My Sharona on Countdown and, of course, seeing and hearing Sonny and Cher on TV.”

Get your tickets now online at or phone the Box Office on 4993 4266.

The Sunset Sessions

  • WHEN: Saturday 4 March
  • TIME: 7.30pm
  • TICKETS: $49

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