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Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

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Address: 32 Burelli St, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 4224 5999
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Located in the heart of Wollongong's Arts Precinct, Illawarra Performing...

Located in the heart of Wollongong's Arts Precinct, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is the region's most loved and respected venue for the performing arts. Comprising three versatile spaces, it plays host to a variety of events, from internationally renowned theatre, music, dance, comedy and children's programming, as well as a wide range of community events.

Merrigong Theatre Company is the venue manager of IPAC and a vibrant regional theatre company in its own right - producing, presenting and touring exciting contemporary theatre and supporting the development of a wide range of theatre-makers and local independent artists.

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.

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Came for a private performance, kids were great. Staff were all very friendly. Venue itself was clean and inviting. Overall was vey good

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came for a private performance, kids were great. Staff were all very friendly. Venue itself was clean and inviting. Overall was vey good

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

This is a theatre that hosts live theatre and gets shows that do play in the Sydney theatres so it is great for the Illawarra to have its own performing arts centre. It is conveniently located in the restaurant area but there is a restaurant in the theatre precinct itself with a bar.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

IPAC is a great asset to Wollongong as a performing arts venue. There are two theatres and a couple of bars. Good vision from all the seats in both theatres. The Bruce Gordon is a particularly intimate theatre. They have a restaurant at the theatre which is good but not great. They really could do a set price pre-dinner theatre... More 

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Albion Park, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Great coffee and great food at an excellent price. Only downside was the limited seating inside. Plenty of seating outside but due to the bad weather couldn't be used.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

I love coming to the IPAC. I've never been disappointed by a performance that I've seen here. They offer a wide variety of shows and have a restaurant/ lounge area for pre or post theatre drinks or snacks. The tickets are a bit expensive but it's always a great experience.

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Thank Catherine H
Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Seen lots of shows here and all seats provide good views of the stage. No bad seat in the house! Great local facility right up there with the best in Sydney but with much closer seating.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Comfortable medium sized theatre with a good selection of shows. We love the easy parking (council carpark has no charge in the evenings). Also some terrific restaurants in walking distance making pre-dinner options easy. The service is friendly and efficient - even when we have had to alter our dates on occasion. Well done top IPAC.

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Thank Caz B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Quite an intimate sized venue with consistent interesting and quality entertainment. I sometimes feel though it isn't utilised enough.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

It's great the number and variety of shows and artists that we get to see perform in Wollongong these days instead of making a journey to Sydney or Western Sydney. If a particular show is on in Wollongong I am always thrilled when it is on at IPAC (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre). I have enjoyed many solo artists, bands and... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

excellent for shows, great seating with no obstructions Bar is good but avoid the coffee shop as it has had an upgrade and now less choice and very expensive.

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