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Darren Percival to take Coast’s biggest ‘selfie’


Singer Darren Percival will perform at the first Sunshine Coast Imaginarium

31 July 2014

Want to feature in the Sunshine Coast’s biggest ever “selfie” taken by one of Australia’s most popular entertainers?

Then come along to see singer Darren Percival perform his famous ‘Mr Percival Show’ at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Sunday 10 August as part of the first Sunshine Coast Imaginarium.

Darren will lead an ambitious attempt to get the most people ever on the Sunshine Coast into a “selfie” (a self-portrait photograph) by including the crowd at the free community festival that starts at 11am and includes USC’s annual Open Day.

The runner-up of The Voice Australia Series 1 will also display his unique brand of solo vocal looping in a show that will include songs from his albums Microphones, Falling Around The Sun and Out Of The Loop.

Darren has been creating spontaneous choirs with his solo shows at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals since 2003, earning a reputation as an artist of great imagination and skill.

His uplifting, invigorating and passionate performance will be among the many highlights of Imaginarium, which will also feature a wide range of hands-on activities and some fun displays of bubble soccer, quidditch and roller derby.

Those attending can enter draws for amazing prizes like a plane flight over the Antarctic, a balloon flight over the Scenic Rim, a shark dive, a whale watching trip and tickets to Australia Zoo and Underwater World.

And prospective students will be able to take campus tours, chat with academics, gain career advice and find out all they need to know about starting study.

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Imaginarium aimed to welcome, excite and inspire Sunshine Coast residents to connect with their university.

“Education is clearly transformative, and this fun festival will give people a chance to discover the life-changing opportunities available to them at USC,” he said.

Imaginarium will have eight precincts, each featuring activities and showcasing what USC has to offer students and the community at large. Among the precincts are:

  • Science and Technology – Play serious computer games, build a bamboo bridge, try out a driving simulator and learn how your body works;
  • Creative – Play in a kinetic sandpit, watch drama presentations, join a drumming circle and dress up as your favourite superhero;
  • Research – Get some tips on how teenagers think, koala preservation and some amazing environments threatened by climate change;
  • Indigenous – Try your hand at bark painting, traditional rope making and an animal imitation dance; and
  • International – Learn Indonesian martial arts, Indian dancing and Italian card games, play like the Vikings, and enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony.

At 2pm, all attention will turn towards USC’s sports precinct as it hosts some energetic demonstrations of roller derby, women’s rugby 7s and athletics.

Full details about the free festival are at www.usc.edu.au/imaginarium.

— Terry Walsh

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