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Mapping The Lake

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Come together for an outdoor multi-arts performance
At a surface area of 110 square kilometers, Lake Macquarie in the Hunter Region of New South Wales is one of the largest coastal salt water lagoons in the Southern Hemisphere. The Awabakal nation Aborigines have lived in the area for more than 8000 years when the lake was known to them as Awaba, meaning a lake of a calm surface. In 1826 it was renamed Lake Macquarie in honour of Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

Unusual things to Do, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Nature, Outdoors, Aboriginals
Photo courtesy of The Tantrum Youth Arts

From Friday 28th April through to Sunday 30th, Tantrum Youth Arts in partnership with Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will be presenting an outdoor cultural event called "Mapping the Lake". The project was developed in consultation with Lake Macquarie's Youth Advisory Council who acknowledged the need for communities to be brought together, thus combating any feelings of isolation felt by the young people of Lake Macquarie. Other groups who contributed to the success of this event are Toronto High, Valentine Public School and Ngarrama Productions.

Unusual things to Do, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Nature, Outdoors, Aboriginals
Beautiful Lake Macquarie (Photo courtesy of The Tantrum Youth Arts)

The Tantrum Youth Arts is a not-for-profit community arts company which offers creative drama workshops for young people. Initially established as a Saturday afternoon drama workshop, the company has grown into offering afternoon workshops for ages kindergarten to Year 12 with other workshops for adults. This gives all ages an opportunity to develop life skills such as communication, adaptability, creativity and problem solving teamwork.

Mapping the Lake is an opportunity for everyone to get out their walking shoes and attend an after-dark adventure as you are led to navigate your way from north to south exploring what it means to live by the lake. The performance takes the audience on an interactive journey through multiple locations allowing them to map their own connections to the lake. It is about story-telling, physical theatre, song, visual theatre and multimedia installations. There are six outdoor sites in the garden and foreshore of Lake Macquarie which will be activated as part of the Mapping the Lake in the twilight and evening shows.

Unusual things to Do, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Nature, Outdoors, Aboriginals
Photo Courtesy of The Tantrum Youth Arts

Tickets for Mapping the Lake are available online at a cost of adults $25 plus a $2.50 booking fee, children/concession/child $15 plus a $1.50 booking fee. Further information on the event can be obtained by emailing

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Why? Bringing the community together to map stories of people and places
When: 28-30 April 2017
Where: Lake Macqurie City Art Gallery
Cost: $15 - $25
Your Comment
Well done on your Milestone, Susan!
by Elaine (score: 3|7815) 1369 days ago
Thanks Elaine, I hadn't realised it was so close. It's good to look back over the articles written to see how much I have developed. Regards Susan
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1857) 1369 days ago
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