SPARK Ipswich 2022

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SPARK Ipswich is an 11-day city-wide event happening from the 7-17 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 After Dark 

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Rug up and head out to the Ipswich CBD to experience SPARK After Dark. luminate at Timothy Molony Park will be the festival’s hub, with each night of the festival featuring music, dance, choir, big band and roving performances along with delicious food offerings. luminate is the perfect vantage point for the SPARK After Dark light installations. 

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 Design and Interactive Technologies team explore the human-machine connection when they take over the façade of the new Ipswich City Council administration building with pixel – an immersive light experience created through vector equations and matrices.

When The duration of the festival 7 – 17 July (6.00 pm – 9.00 pm)

Where Timothy Molony Park, 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 A Bee Story, a performance for all ages, visits Ripley, Goodna, Bundamba, and Rosewood. In A Bee Story we find ourselves in a sticky situation. Queen Bee & Worker Bee need to work together to rebuild their hive, but things never quite go to plan…

A Bee Story is a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families incorporating a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music. Join the bees on their buzzy adventures and be enchanted by their pollen collecting skills, honey-making abilities, and super-bee strength. A Bee Story has themes of environmentalism, sustainability, and community spirit. See what all the buzz is about.

When 7 – 10 July (performances 10.00 am and 12.00 pm, arts and crafts activation 9.15am and 11.15am)

Where Various Ipswich Locations 

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

Book your tickets on the Spark Festival Website 

SPARK Little Day Out

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Ipswich’s signature children’s contemporary music and arts festival is little by name but BIG on fun. With a focus on sustainability, Little Day Out is bursting with music, hands-on art experiences, food and roving entertainment.

Regurgitator’s POGOGO show headlines the main stage with their witty, silly attitude and musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock.

Feisty trio Babushka want to break rules, sing killer tunes and show the next generation how to be rascals, radicals and ratbags. Prepare to spike your mohawk and fight for your right to party!

The young and young at heart are invited to sing, dance, create and play! Seedling planting, boomerang painting, tiny tots zone and a silent disco are all part of the Little Day Out experience.

Little Day Out is held across two sessions – 9.00 am to 11.30 am and 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm.

Children aged three to 10 years receive a bucket hat 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 supported by Quest Springfield Central.

When Sunday 17 July (2 sessions, 9.00 am – 11.30 pm & 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm)

Where Ripley Town Centre

Cost Little Day Out is $5 per entry

Other performances during SPARK Ipswich


Award-winning Bunk Puppets, creators of ‘Swamp Juice’ and ‘Sticks Stones Broken Bones’, present this raucous, new, all-ages adventure! Forget what you think you know about shadow puppets, buckle-in and tear open your imagination for an epic journey with two brothers…

When Monday 27 – Friday 8 June

Where Ipswich Art Gallery

Cost $7 per person

Monster Siege

Monster Siege is more than a game. It’s a fictional quest where kids star as the best versions of themselves.

It’s a show. On a sportsfield. There are rubber ducks. The dastardly King Slobber will stop at nothing to have them. The Game Master and the young defenders will do whatever it takes to protect them.

Parents are invited to perform as Slobbers, who are assailed by young defenders in Monster Siege.

Monster Siege is presented by SPARK Ipswich and Folly games, participation is appropriate for children aged 9 – 17 years old.

When Friday 8 – Sunday 10 July (10.00 am and 2.00 pm daily)

Where Timothy Molony Park

Cost $5

Peter and the Wolf

Join Ipswich City Orchestras for a musical tale of courage and adventure.

This light-hearted symphony tells the irreverent story of a young boy named Peter who joins a menagerie of animals to outwit a fierce wolf.

With animals and characters brought to life by different instruments, this is the perfect introduction to the live orchestra experience.

When Saturday 16 July

Where St Paul’s Anglican Church 

Cost Children under 12 – free

Student/Concession – $30

Adults – $35

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


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