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Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

32 Burelli St, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
024224 5999
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Wollongong
Type: Theaters
Owner description: Illawarra Performing Arts CentreLocated right in the heart of Wollongong, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is Wollongong’s premier performance... more » Owner description: Illawarra Performing Arts CentreLocated right in the heart of Wollongong, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is Wollongong’s premier performance venue and home to Merrigong Theatre Co.Merrigong Theatre Co is the venue manager of IPAC and a vibrant regional theatre company in its own right. Its mission is to produce and present a selection of Australia’s finest performances for people in the Illawarra region.The name Merrigong, found in early accounts of European exploration of the Illawarra, is thought to be a derivation of the indigenous word for the region’s distinctive escarpment. « less
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Wollongong
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The IPAC host a huge range of Artistic & Cultural Events in a very comfortable building. They present a large and varied program throughout the year, with something for all tastes. There are evening and matinee sessions with special for school groups etc. The theaters were renovated in 2011 and a completely new dining experience introduced in 2014. The centre... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a wonderful night - great facilities. Wonderful music and theatrical entertainment. Need more of this in Wollongong. Thank you

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have subscribed to the season for the last couple of years and we are rarely disappointed by the quality and variety of the performances. We find the booking system ok and the staff are helpful. It makes for excellent entertainment and a very enjoyable afternoon or evening out. We travel from Nowra and can usually find matinees that suit... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Loved the two shows I saw here. Saw Katie noonan in oct 2012, show was great but how the staff treated a woman with a disability was pretty disgraceful & kind of ruined the night - she was making loud noises,which according to her carer indicated age was enjoying herself but it was disruptive to the performer & the woman... More

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Lapstone
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The Arts centre is about 800 metres from Wollongong's main shopping area and 200 metres or so to a lovely beach. I found the seating to be quite comfortable and the stage can viewed easily from any seat in the centre. Quite modern and acceptable for most performances in my opinion

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We often visit the IPAC to see a show. They have great shows on their programme each year. Often these shows are touring shows, starting or finishing in Sydney, such as the Wharf Review. The shows are reasonably priced and we usually do dinner in one of the nearby small cafes or restaurants which are only a short walk away.... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great performance, terrrific seats and great company! Air conditioning a little cool but this was rectified quickly.

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Wollongong, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

A very good venue for plays, music and performances, good sound and good viewing from most of the seating available.

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Last Saturday my partner and i had the pleasure of attending the Angels concert at the Ipac theatre Wow what a concert, what a venue We were blown away with the beautiful venue, comfortable seating and the magical atmosphere created by the intimacy of this wonderful place. We were hooked and now will be looking for more shows here (ive... More

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Shellharbour, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This place has some great shows. They bring a broad range of shows to Wollongong and they are well attended. They used to have a lovely little coffee shop, which had great food before and after the shows. This has been closed for some time. It is sometimes hard to find anywhere opened close by for a coffee after the... More

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