Illawarra Flame Festival

The third Illawarra Flame Festival will take place on Saturday 10 August at Science Space, Squires Way, Wollongong.  Presented by the Illawarra Science Hub as part of National Science Week, the festival will look at how flame affects our lives through physics, biology and technology with presentations from local scientists, biologists and performers.

In Science Space, there will be information stalls, children’s activities and performances from 10 – 2pm.  Performances include Science Shows and Fire Busking from Science Space, Madras Gagas and live music from the Cabbage Tree Combo.

Stalls will include a fire truck, a plant stall from Urban Biodiversity Wollongong, Flame tree propagation thanks to the Wollongong Botanic Garden and EcoArts Australis.  Symbio Zoo will also be there with a hands-on animal display and looking at how our native animals survive in the bush after a bushfire.

“We feel the event will have something for everyone.  From live music, expert speakers, theatrical performances,  and exploration activities for children,” said event coordinator Ian McColm said.  “The Ilawarra Flame Festival is an excellent opportunity to showcase science and art working together in a truly community event”

Festival highlights

Walk through Puckeys Estate: 10.30 and 1.00 pm
Join local botanist Carl Glaister will be taking a free guided walk through Puckeys Estate.  “It is incredible the amount of unique plant life that is growing so close to high density residential areas.” Carl said.  “I am really looking forward to sharing this exploration through the nearby estate as a part of the Festival.”

Meet the researchers: 10.15 am
The festival speaker series in the Science Space theatrette will include expert presentations from Michael Connor, Emma Rooksby and Dr Robert Sawyer looking at how fire can affect our lives, agriculture and local fauna.

Photography display
Local UOW Lecturer Keith Horton likes to photograph nature in the Illawarra. He has a particular interest in plants and landscapes recovering from fire. “Many plants put out colourful epicormic shoots after fire, growing from previously dormant buds on the trunk or branches. Many also release ​​their seeds after fire, and the ashbeds left by the fire are perfect seedbeds.” Keith said.  These make for beautiful images that you can see at the Flame Festival.

Feature image by Keith Horton via Flickr. Illawarra Flame Festival is proudly supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week. For further information visit or follow the festival on Facebook.