SPARK Ipswich 2021 And Little Day Out

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SPARK Ipswich, the reimagined Ipswich Festival, is an 11-day city-wide event happening from the 8-18 July celebrating the people, places, arts and culture of Ipswich. There will be a number of family friendly events within the festival including a children’s festival and light show. 

SPARK Little Day Out

Little Day Out Ipswich

Unique children’s festival little by name but guaranteed to be big on fun. The young and the young at heart are in for a big day when the first contemporary music and arts festival for children – Little Day Out – is held in Ipswich on Sunday 18 July as part of SPARK Ipswich.

The bespoke music and arts celebration at Ripley Town Centre is aimed at children under 10 and will have a focus on sustainability and be bursting with music, hands-on arts experiences including a 7m paint by numbers street art mural, roving performers, a silent disco, food and fun. Families can expect nature play, mural painting, circus skills workshops and a range of other entertainment. 

Little Day Out will be held across two sessions – 9am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3.30pm – and headlining the main stage is Regurgitator’s POGOGO Show which promises a witty and silly musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock. Party Playground will deliver a high energy, super fun cabaret show. The Feral Cats of Tokyo bring their electrifying concert by children for children, and Circus Ipswich will showcase the talents of the city’s youngest circus stars.

Children aged three to 10 years receive a festival t-shirt or colour-in tote, while stocks last. Children two years and under do not need a ticket. Little Day Out is presented by Ipswich City Council and Ripley Town Centre, and is supported by the Queensland Government, Ipswich Junior Grammar School and Quest Springfield Central.

When Sunday 18 July (2 sessions, 9.00am-11.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm)

Where Ripley Town Centre

Cost Little Day Out is $5 per entry

Find out more on the Spark Festival Website 

SPARK After Dark 

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Rug up and grab your smart device and headphones, and head out to the Ipswich CBD to experience SPARK After Dark. The Bremer River will become centre stage for Refraction – an art, light and water installation defined by the refraction of light through liquid to create an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. Refraction’s soundtrack will be playing at the Riverlink Amphitheatre and on the Riverheart Boardwalk. You can also experience the event using a device and headphones and tuning into the web-based audio experience.

The best viewing is from Riverheart Boardwalk, Riverlink Shopping Centre, David Trumpy Bridge and Bradfield Bridge.

Just a short walk from Refraction, SPARK After Dark’s deLight will transform the iconic St Mary’s Church at Woodend into a canvas showcasing local artworks through projection, reflecting the culture of Ipswich, its people and places. Different artists will be profiled each night of the festival.

In the Nicholas Street Precinct, University of Southern Queensland engineering students will blend science, art and tech when they take over the façade of the new Ipswich City Council administration building with pixel – an LED light activation created through vector equations and matrices.

When The duration of the festival 8-11 July (6.30pm-10.30pm)

WhereThe Bremer River, St Mary’s Church, Nicholas Street Precinct

Cost Free

Find out more on the Spark Festival Website 

SPARK on tour

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SPARK Ipswich is hitting the road, taking the festival fun to small halls across the region. Enjoy side-splitting fun when Chores, a performance for all ages, visits Brassall, Peak Crossing, Goodna and Rosewood. It is about two excitable brothers who are definitely, probably, maybe, just about to, do the chores their mother has asked them to do.

In addition to their circus performances, there will also be workshops offering an introduction to circus that can be booked at the time of booking the performances. Circus workshops suit primary and secondary students (spaces are limited). 

When The duration of the festival 8-11 July (performances 10am and 12pm, workshops 9am, 11am and 1pm)

Where Various Ipswich Locations 

Cost Individual $5, family of 4 $15, family of 5 $20

Book your tickets on the Spark Festival Website 

SPARK Splash Test Dummies

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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. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.

When Thursday 8 July (6pm)

Where Ipswich Civic Centre

Cost $22

Book your tickets on the Spark Festival Website 

SPARK Ipswich delivers 14 events across 11 days. The full festival program is available at

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