Get ready to "defy gravity" - the world wide musical sensation, Wicked, is coming to Willoughby Theatre Company and the Concourse!
With music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Schwartz, Wicked has been running on Broadway for 13 years and in the West End for a decade.
Hurry tickets almost sold out! Saturday 20th May - Sunday 4th June
Curated by Terry Fogarty, it will showcase hundreds of individuals who have contributed to the long and rich heritage of artistic endeavours that reflect the cultural diversity of Willoughby City. Their contributions cover a variety of artistic fields, as artists, architects, actors, writers, playwrights, poets, singers, dancers, musicians, photographers, sculptors, puppeteers, film producers or radio or television personalities. The exhibition will tell the stories of these notables through large panels and smaller profiles of their key achievements, backed by artefacts from our museum collection, both in the main exhibition room and elsewhere at the museum. We look forward to your next visit to the museum to take in this extensive exhibition with the assistance of our guides.
The museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm on Thursdays and Sundays for this exhibition from 23 April to the end of May and Sunday afternoons thereafter.
On Thursday April 27 from 1-2pm author Susi Prescott will be discussing her newly-released book "Where HUMMINGBIRDS Dance "at the Naremburn Branch library. Come and hear Susi talk about the experience of teaching impoverished children who live at the foot of the Andes.
Attendance at this presentation is free, but you do need to register - see options for completing this at the bottom of the attached flyer.
The Transitions Film Festival, Australia’s largest sustainability film festival, is coming to Chatswood this March with an inspiring line-up of films about health and wellness, energy revolutions, ethical fashion and creative innovation.
Held at the Zenith Theatre and The Concourse Urban Screen, the films will focus on sharing stories about solutions to society's greatest challenges and showcasing the heroes and change makers who are building a better world.
Transitions Film Festival:
Corner of Railway and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood
A Plastic Ocean: 1.30pm, Saturday 11 March Following a team of researchers and ocean ambassadors on a mission around the globe, A Plastic Ocean uncovers the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean. Filmed in over 20 locations around the world, this documentary showcases the chilling effects of plastic pollution and introduces audiences to workable technology and policy solutions that can change our world for the better.
Bringing Home The Light: 4pm, Saturday 11 March Moved by the plight of seven disabled women in Kathmandu, Stephanie Woollard founded the fair-trade organisation, Seven Women, to empower marginalized Nepalese women and help them create a better life for themselves and families. Bringing Home the Light follows a group of women over a period of four years and how their lives have radically changed after gaining access to education and skills training.
Wastecooking - Make Food, Not Waste: 7pm, Saturday 11 March David Grob travels through five countries to whip up creative meals aimed at fighting food waste. Wastecooking is a biting self-experiment, offering inspiration for embarking on less travelled paths and appreciating food from a different angle.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com.au
Transitions Film Festival: The Concourse Urban Screen schedule 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
An inspiring line-up of environmental and social change films will be held over the weekend of the 25 and 26 of March. Highlights will include Just Eat It! The Food Waste Move and What it Takes to Be Extraordinary, a powerful film about one man’s quest to build an orphanage in Nepal.
To view the full program, please visit www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/sydney2017/
10am – 3.30pm
Thursday 9 March
Dougherty Community Centre
7 Victor Street, Chatswood
Join Indira Naidoo and the Time to Grow Garden Share team at Grow Young on Thursday 9 March and learn more about growing plants in small areas, cooking and pickling with home grown produce and organic solutions to gardening problems.
The Time to Grow Garden Share project is a Council initiative that connects local keen gardeners with older residents who have extra space to share in their backyards, promoting community development and health and well-being through social interaction, gentle exercise, and knowledge and skill sharing.
A highlight of the 2017 Willoughby Seniors Festival programme, this event will feature a range of workshops, cooking demonstrations and displays that will inspire green thumbs of all ages.
There will also be a pop-up herb and spice garden and an ergonomic tools showcase on display.
“Gardening is a healthy, rewarding activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and is a fantastic way for older residents to maintain their wellbeing and continue leading active lives,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. "I encourage all members of the community, from expert gardeners to novices, to come along to this wonderful event and learn how you can ‘grow young’ with gardening,” she said.
Bookings are essential on 9777 7974 or email Jenny.Beer@willoughby.nsw.gov.au
Chinese New Year Festival 2017
Welcome in the Year of the Rooster at the annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, from 10am - 5pm, Saturday 4 February at Chatswood Mall and The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
The Festival, hosted by Willoughby City Council and the Chinese Culture Centre NSW, will include a welcome ceremony at 11am, followed by spectacular Dragon and Lion Dances in Chatswood Mall.
Live entertainment will be held throughout the day from local community groups and performers. In Chatswood Mall, visitors can enjoy Kung Fu demonstrations, singing performances with Chinese musical instruments and even a magic show! This year’s program will also include international guests, the Guoyi Beijing Opera Youth Troupe from China, who will perform four different acts on the day.
The Concourse will be filled with a variety of stalls and will also host another Dragon and Lion Dance at 4pm, performed by by Yau Kung Mun Chinese Martial Arts Academy.
A variety of market stalls selling arts, craft and delicious Chinese food will line Chatswood Mall from 10am - 5pm against the backdrop of colourful New Year decorations.
“Willoughby’s Chinese New Year Festival is one of our biggest and most popular events, a time when the whole community comes together to celebrate our City’s rich multicultural diversity,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “May the Year of the Rooster bring peace, prosperity and good fortune to all - Kung Hei Fat Choy! Zhōngguó xīn nián kuài lè! Happy Chinese New Year!” she said.
For more information on Chinese New Year celebrations phone Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au
Check the Willoughby City Council website here
11am - 2pm, Sunday 18 September
Currey Park, Victor Street, Chatswood
New residents and long-time locals of Willoughby are invited to join in the fun at the annual Welcome Picnic on Sunday 18 September in Currey Park, Chatswood.
A great event for the whole family, the Welcome Picnic offers new residents a chance to meet their new neighbours and learn about the great range of services and facilities available. Live entertainment and children's activities will be held throughout the day, and attendees are encouraged to bring a plate of food to share.
"The Welcome Picnic is a wonderful opportunity to come together to promote a positive sense of community and encourage inclusion and participation from all residents," said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. "Whether you're new to the area or have lived in Willoughby all your life, come along and celebrate what a wonderful community we have," she said.
In case of wet weather, the event will be moved to Willoughby City Council Chambers, Lvl 6, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Register your attendance at 9777 7524 or email Nicole.Hammond@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au
Check the Willoughby City Council website here
Celebrating the life and work of Francis Webb (1925-73)
2pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 27 August
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Join award-winning poet Toby Richardson and a panel of special guests to celebrate the life and work of Francis Webb, one of Australia's most prodigious poets and former resident of Willoughby.
Composed in a range of styles, from humorous short verse to epics and radio plays, Webb wrote about a variety of subjects including the sea, post-war Australian cities, colonial histories, as well as religious and political figures including St Francis and Adolf Hitler. Powerfully challenging and breathtakingly beautiful, Webb's poems explore a deeper understanding of the nature of human existence.
Special guests on the day will include:
"Willoughby has always enjoyed a rich and fascinating history with Australia literature, playing home to two of the nation's most significant poets, Henry Lawson and Francis Webb," said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. "As Mayor I am thrilled that Chatswood Library hosts this annual event, celebrating the life and work of Francis Webb and giving younger generations an opportunity to learn about his incredible contribution to our cultural identity," she said.
Items from Webb's personal collection will be on display and afternoon tea will be held after the event.
Bookings are essential at http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/library
2pm, Saturday 30 July
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood
FREE art activities 3pm – 4pm
Children are invited to enter the magical world of classical music with the Willoughby Symphony’s Boom Box, a special concert experience just for families.
Introducing children to the wonders of a symphony orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM will lead a dynamic and interactive performance that will engage and entertain in a fun and educational setting.
The concert will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Fifth Symphony as well as a special performance of Boom Box by renowned Australian composer, Matthew Hindson AM, an explosive piece featuring all the sounds of the percussion family that will delight and astound young audiences.
The performance will be followed by free art and crafts activities, face painting and balloon twisting from 3pm – 4pm in The Concourse foyer, as well as an opportunity for children to meet the musicians and learn more about the instruments of an orchestra.
“Boom Box is set to be a fascinating experience for young children as they discover classical music in a way that will enthral them,” said Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM. “A perfect fusion of entertainment and education, this concert is a wonderful way to for children to develop an understanding and lifelong appreciation for classical music,” he said.
Purchase your tickets now at 1300 795 012 or visit www.theconcourse.com.au
Tuesday 31st May, 2016
Willoughby City Council would like to invite you to celebrate Neighbour Day. Australia’s annual celebration of community, Neighbour Day, encourages us all to build better relationships with the people who live around us, so we can grow stronger and more connected communities.
Celebrate Neighbour Day by holding an event during the month of April 2016. For your chance to win one of ten $100 Harris Farm gift vouchers, to help you host your event, register your event on the Willoughby Council website. Willoughby’s new Neighbour to Neighbourly initiative aims to create a safer and friendlier community by encouraging neighbours to become more connected through social events and activities. The official nationally celebrated Neighbour Day this year is Sunday, 27 March 2016 and activities can also be held on that day. For further information or if you would like any posters please contact Oceana Kovacs our Community Development Officer on 02 9777 7595 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5pm - 7:30pm, Saturday 19 March
Zenith Theatre, cnr Railway and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood
Get set for a smouldering night of French and Latin music with La Musique, La Musica, featuring Toronto based cabaret singer Patricia O’Callaghan and French concert pianist Francois Gassion.
An eclectic repertoire of luscious tangos by Piazzolla, parlour songs by Edith Piaf, and a dash of Leonard Cohen, La Musique, La Musica is set to be a night of exceptional piano and songs for lovers of French and Latin culture.
Classically trained as an opera singer, Patricia has built an international reputation as a performer of contemporary opera and early 20th-century cabaret music. Her fifteen-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions.
From his base in Paris, Francois Gassion performs throughout Europe, Asia and South America and has become renowned for his interpretation of the work of Piazzolla di Giusto and other Latin composers.
Book your tickets now on 9777 7555 or visit www.zeniththeatre.com.au
5pm - 7pm, Sunday 14 February
Henry Lawson Cave, Bicentennial Reserve
Small Street, Willoughby
Enjoy an evening of bush poetry, ballads and music by the campfire at Willoughby’s annual Bush Poetry Reading event this Valentine’s Day.
Poems will be read by Don Swonnell, Peter Carmody and special guests. Audience participation is encouraged and attendees are invited to bring along a poem to read
“The annual Bush Poetry event is a time for Willoughby residents to gather and experience our rich local history and culture in the picturesque bushland of Bicentennial Reserve,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “Bring along a mug for tea and damper and sit back to enjoy a wonderful evening of bush poetry by the campfire,” she said.
The Henry Lawson Cave is located behind the Willoughby Leisure Centre, accessible via Small Street, Willoughby. Head to the rear car park and follow the signs down the bush steps to the cycling and walking track.
Bookings are essential, please phone 9777 7755. In the event of wet weather, a cancellation message will be recorded after 3.30pm on this number.
The Zenith Theatre presents
Friday 19 February - Saturday 27 February Zenith Theatre, cnr Railway and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps Read more...
- a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!
Presented by Stage Artz Theatre Company, The 39 Steps is a two-time Tony, Drama Desk AND Olivier Award winning show, packed with nonstop laughs, more than 100 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure enjoyment!
Book your tickets now on 9777 7555 or visit here