SPARK is a fabulous 11-day festival of music, comedy, arts, exhibitions, circus, projection, culture, cabaret and technology happening city-wide across Ipswich from July 8-18, 2021.
A major highlight of the festival is set to be SPARK After Dark, which will include three major light installations within walking distance of each other in the Ipswich CBD, from July 8-18, 2021. The works of 11 local artists will be profiled like never before as part of deLight when they are projected onto the iconic St Mary’s Church.
Council’s new administration building in Nicholas Street will light up with artworks created by equations while the Bremer River will become centre stage for Refraction - an art, light and water installation defined by the refraction of light through liquid. Refraction is a fully immersive experience with viewers encouraged to dress warm and bring their digital device and headphones to experience the soundtrack of the installation.
With families a big focus of the festival, another highlight is Little Day Out, the first contemporary music and arts festival for children, designed to engage the young and young at heart. Held at Ripley Town Centre on July 18, there'll be music, hands-on arts experiences, roving entertainment, food and fun.
Little Day Out fun will include Regurgitator’s POGOGO Show on the main stage with The Feral Cats of Tokyo, plus there will be musical instrument making, nature play, mural painting, a silent disco, circus workshops and more.
Music lovers will be spoiled for choice at Waghorn West on July 10, with 16 acts across eight sessions taking over four live music venues along Brisbane Street, between Waghorn and West Streets, for an epic night of indie live music.
A festival highlight, the Best of British concert at St Mary’s Church on July 16, will see 2 of Ipswich's oldest music institutions - Ipswich Orpheus Chorale and Amberley Brass along with Jam Pact, join forces with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra for a splendid evening of British music ranging from Sir Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
Fans of longtime Irish-Australian comedian Jimeoin won't want to miss his newest stand-up show, Jimeoin -Ramble On! for one side-splitting night only on July 10.
World music will take centre stage from July 16-18 for WOMI at Studio 188, Ipswich's oldest heritage-listed church in the CBD. On Friday night catch Cigany Weaver & Las Chimilitas for a fusion of gypsy music, classical and jazz.
On Saturday night (July 17) three-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA passionately deliver their stunning blend of folk to music lovers in an intimate concert and on Sunday (Jul 18), The Barleyshakes take to the stage for a good old Irish session and show.
From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies, comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand-new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family on July 8.
And, after 10 years of selling out festivals worldwide, the Briefs boys are back with their hills hoist poised ready to air their Dirty Laundry in a brand-new party cabaret on closing night, July 18.
In addition to the city-wide events in Ipswich, SPARK on Tour takes the action city-wide with the family-friendly production Chores and Circus Ipswich workshops hitting the road for events at Peak Crossing, Rosewood, Brassall and Goodna.
Jul 8-18, 2021