It’s 2015 and The K.I.S.S. Arts Festival is back!
Welcome back to The Kiama International Seaside Arts Festival (or K.I.S.S.) for short.
The year has literally flown by and we find ourselves just around the corner from the fourth fantastic year of our festival.
As well as the usual favourites like The Ray White Street Theatre Program, The K.I.S.S. Circus Workshops, Shows at Kendalls Beach Caravan Park and The Open Air Cabarets, we have spent the year dreaming up more ways to excite, engage and entertain the people of Kiama and it’s visitors and are very excited to announce lots of new events!
We welcome 2 new venues to the fold.
The Kiama Leagues Club will host the friday night variety stand-up show from 8pm where all of the festival artists will be joined by a special gust stand-up comedian to bring you an evening of hilarity that you will not forget. The entertainment kicks off at 8pm so why not get there early, grab a bite to eat and a good spot and then settle back and enjoy a whole evening of FREE entertainment that you will not forget in a hurry!
Secondly, we would like to welcome Kabari who will be hosting the Saturday night, open air cabaret. Between 6pm & 8pm in the park next to Kabari, bring along and blanket and settle in for a feast of outdoor, family fun as the sun sets over Surf Beach. Food and Drinks will be available from Kabari and once again the entertainment is “pay what you think it’s worth at the end once you have seen the show”!
Opening night party!!!
On 8th Jan at 6.30 pm, why not pop along to the Old Fire Station on Terralong Street, enjoy a glass of celebration bubbly and help us launch the 2015 festival in style. There will be an exhibition of festival photos from the last 3 years, live entertainment, a couple of speeches and the winner of the busking competition will play for us too.
Chalk Pavement Art Workshops.
On Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th Jan, in conjunction with The K.I.S.S. Arts Festival, Kiama Council will be holding 2 chalk drawing “Street Art” workshops in the build up to the Festival with K.I.S.S. Arts Festival Artist Ulla Taylor. Ulla is Australia’s foremost and most prolific chalk artist and this is a unique chance to come and learn some of the tricks of the trade. Ulla specializes in perspective challenging pieces that create magical 3D illusions when viewed from certain places. Discover how one creates art like this and much, much more. For information and to book a place in her workshop, contact Louise Croker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 7th Jan, in conjunction with the K.I.S.S. Arts Festival, Kiama Council are holding a busking competition. A total of 16 musicians will play around Kiama and a panel of specially selected judges will whittle them down to a final selection that will play that afternoon on the Hindmarsh Park Stage. The winner – as well as bagging a $300 prize – will be invited to play at the K.I.S.S. Launch party in Thursday at the Old Fire Station. For information about how to enter, contact Louise Croker at: email@example.com
1. Ray White Street Theatre 9th, 10th & 11th Jan. Hindmarsh Park Kiama & The Old School Park Gerringong.
Continuing with their abiding passion to bring accessible, free entertainment to the Illawarra region, Dave and Tamara have decided not to put up the Big Top this year, instead they have teamed up with Ray White Kiama and will be offering a range of FREE shows in Hindmarsh Park on the 9th & 10th & The Old School Park in Gerringong on 11th Jan in the hope that more people than ever will come down and enjoy what they hope will become a regular in the Kiama fixtures diary. Drawing on Local and International talent, they have secured acts from as close as The Blue Mountains and Melbourne but as far away as New Zealand, Spain and Canada!
Hindmarsh Park and The Old School Park will once again be filled with the sound of laughter and gasps as four of the funniest, kookiest and downright talented international street performers bring their eclectic mix of vaudeville, circus, clowning and comedy to the heart of Kiama and Gerringong on 9th, 10th & 11th Jan. Bring the family as everyone from baby to gramps, surly teenager to mums and dads and styling singles will love these FREE interactive shows, designed to amaze, amuse and as ever – attract huge crowds. There really will be something for everyone! All of the entertainers will be passing their hats at the end of the shows, please give generously as this is how they earn their livings.
2. Circus Workshops 5th – 9th & 12th – 14th Jan 2015, La Petite Grande, Hindmarsh Park
Now in their 5th year, the most successful aspect of The K.I.S.S. Arts Festival is the circus workshops. Satisfying Kiama’s budding circus stars’ thirst for learning, the K.I.S.S. Arts Festival is offering 8 action packed days of circus workshops for kids and adults, 4 and up, designed to enthrall, inspire and exhaust. We are offering online booking for the third year and the best bit – the price! THE SAME AS 2010!
$50 per day from 10am – 3pm.
Workshops will be held in “La Petite Grande” our mini big top in Hindmarsh Park.
Bookings can be made by clicking HERE
or by calling (0403)817549.
3. Friday Night Variety Stand-up, 9th Jan, Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama.
NEW!!! We are very excited to announce that on from 8pm Friday 9th Jan The Kiama Leagues Club will be hosting the Variety Stand-up night. The evening is free entry and will include all of the Festival Performers plus a special guest act to be confirmed!
4. Open Air Cabaret 10th Jan – Kabari Bar, Kiama 6-8pm. 11th Jan – Jamberoo Pub beer garden, Jamberoo 5-7pm
NEW!!! What could be better than watching comedy as the sun sets over the harbour or sitting back in a beer garden on a warm summers evening with a cool drink and watching 5 internationally acclaimed cabaret performers? Come down to the Kabari outdoor stage on Surf Beach Park (Coronation Park) 10th Jan or up to The Jamberoo Pub on 11th Jan, bring a blanket and be entertained by The K.I.S.S. Arts open-air cabaret. Bringing you their stage sets the K.I.S.S. Arts performers will amaze, amuse and show you things that you just didn’t believe possible, as you soak up the atmosphere with a cool drink from the bar and maybe even a bite from the BBQ. Cabaret meets variety, meets circus meets stand-up, these evenings are guaranteed to be hilarious and very popular.
And the best bit… entry is free! The performers will be passing the hat though, so dig deep at the end.
5. Show at Kendalls Beach Caravan Park 9th, 10th 3pm-5pm & 11th Jan 2pm-4pm.
Once again we are delighted to return to Kendalls Beach with another program of smaller, more intimate shows for the residents of the caravan park and public alike. Definitely one of the favourite spots to perform, the little shady patch, just to the right of the playground, offers the perfect mini amphitheatre and quiet spot for some very special shows.
6. Busking competition. 7th Jan
On Wednesday 7th Jan, in conjunction with the K.I.S.S. Arts Festival, Kiama Council are holding a busking competition. A total of 16 musicians will play around Kiama and a panel of specially selected judges will whittle them down to a final selection that will play that afternoon on the Hindmarsh Park Stage. The winner – as well as bagging a $300 prize – will be invited to play at the K.I.S.S. Launch party in Thursday at the Old Fire Station.
7. Chalk Pavement Art Workshops, 7th & 8th Jan, The Old Fire Station, Terralong Street Kiama
In conjunction with The K.I.S.S. Arts Festival, Kiama Council will be holding 2 chalk drawing “Street Art” workshops in the build up to the Festival with K.I.S.S. Arts Festival Artist Ulla Taylor. Ulla is Australia’s foremost and most prolific chalk artist and this is a unique chance to come and learn some of the tricks of the trade. Ulla specializes in perspective challenging pieces that create magical 3D illusions when viewed from certain places. Discover how one creates art like this and much, much more. For information and to book a place in her workshop, contact Louise Croker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Sunday in The Old School Park Gerringong. 11am – 3pm
Venturing further afield, come on down to Gerringong on Sun 11th Jan between 11am and 3pm and watch the cast of K.I.S.S. perform in The Old School Park for the last Street Theatre shows of the festival.