Passion of the Pilbara
Mental as Anything
Mental as Anything were formed in the late 70’s in Sydney,enjoying a hugely successful recording career over the decades. The band became a household name for their often quirky, effervescent, but unpretentious songs about life as they knew it. Hear the band play their many iconic hits, including The Nips Are Getting Bigger, Live it Up, Too Many Times, and If You Leave Me Can I Come Too, to name just a few.
Mary G / Mark Bin Bakar
Mark Bin Bakar is a Kitja man who has been a major contributor Australia-wide through the Arts and Media. His character Mary G has helped put a spotlight on issues such as ignorance and anti-social behaviour. As our MC, Mark and Mary G will have presence throughout the Festival, linking segments, introducing performers and interacting with festival goers.
Celebrity Chef – Mark Olive
Mark Olive is Australia’s most celebrated and renowned indigenous chef. He is the host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows, with his The Outback Cafe series watched in living rooms all over the planet. Witness Mark's passion for fusing native and indigenous Australian ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to create a dynamic and unique gastronomic philosophy.
Celebrity Chef – Peter Manifis
“Sea food and eat it!” would have to be Chef Peter Manifis’ mantra. Pete’s love affair with seafood stems from his youth growing up in Onslow where his father was a commercial prawn fisherman. His successful local and international career has led him to represent Australia’s finest seafood products at the European Seafood Expo in Brussels which attracts over 100,000 trade visitors. Pete is currently the Executive Chef at Incontro Restaurant on the banks of the Swan River in South Perth.
This is your chance to work alongside professional sculptors to create a community sculpture for Onslow alongside two world class sand sculptors. This is not just for the kids – tonnes of sand will be moved onto town oval so come and try your hand at building Onslow’s new natural wonder.
Art / Photographic Exhibition
From Thurs 25 June, Opening 6pm, Nikki’s Restaurant
The Photographic Exhibition, hosted by Nikki’s Restaurant offers the opportunity for amateur photographers to share their vision of the Pilbara landscape and landmarks. Take the time to view some captivating images, local artwork and enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant. As part of the exhibition festival goers are asked to cast a vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ award which will be awarded to the photograph that obtains the most votes. The winner will be announced Saturday evening on the oval.
Short Film Festival – ‘The Pilbara and ME’
Fri 26 June, 6pm – 8pm, Town Oval
What is it that makes living in the Pilbara unique? Pilbara residents have captured what it means to them to live in the remote and wild north-west of Western Australia. Come and see a screening of the finalists’ entries.
Mackerel Islands Fishing Competition and Winning Catch Cook Off
Sat 27 June, Lines in 6am, Weigh in 3.30pm – 4.30pm, Cook Off 5.30pm
Designed to engage all levels of angler, you can drop a line in from the Groyne, Creeks or your own secret spot on shore or at sea. While it is a fishing competition with some great prizes, the aim is for the community to get together and enjoy themselves fishing this great part of the country.
The Champion Angler will have their catch expertly cooked on the Main Stage in the Winning Catch Cook Off. Fishing competition entrants are invited to join the judging panel to decide which chef, Mark Olive or Peter Manifis, is the Champion Chef of the festival.
‘Chef’s in the Community Garden – Mark Olive & Peter Manifis
Sat 27 June, from 9am, Onslow Community Garden
Join Mark and Peter as they share their expertise and comprehensive knowledge of Australian Native Food throughout the morning in a series of interactive cooking demonstrations in the delightful surrounds of the Onslow Community Garden. Participants can learn how to identify, prepare and use Australian
bush tucker and seafood in their own home cooking.
Sat 27 June, departing 10am and 2pm
Take a tour in the lush Onslow Community Garden and discover the secret to gardening in the harsh Pilbara environment. Festival goers can also hop on the bus to the Wheatstone Project, one of Australia’s largest resource projects. It is nearly 60 percent complete and just 12 kms west of Onslow. Here’s your opportunity to tour the Project with commentary from one of the project experts.
Sat 27 June, from 9am, Town Oval
Tonnes of sand will be moved to the Town Oval where festival goers can partake in a workshop in the sand or work alongside the experts to create the Onslow Community sand sculpture. Why not enter your masterpiece in the sand sculpt competition?
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