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The Joan is the heart of the creative west. Where arts and culture meets community, where we make art, love art and share art. Fine music, contemporary music; all kinds of drama, dance, installation, mixed media, ideas, circus and song.

It’s all part of our story at The Joan.

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2024 at The Joan

Hello from Penrith's Creative Heart

Where stories come alive and creativity takes centre stage. Step into a kaleidoscope of creativity at The Joan in 2024. We cannot wait to welcome you through our doors.
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Penrith Youth Orchestra & Valda Silvy Ensemble in Concert
Penrith Youth Orchestra & Omega Ensemble
Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee LIVE!
Exploring the history of tribute bands and cover songs
The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival 2024  – Down the Rabbit Hole
The Robbie Mann Quartet
By Special Request
Sun Rising – The Birth of Rock & Roll
Guards at the Taj


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Celebrate the birth of 50's Rock & Roll featuring songs and stories from the famed Sun Records at The Joan 3 August!  Sun Rising - The Birth of Rock & Roll 🎼🎸  📅 3 August 2pm & 7.30pm
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➡ BOOK NOW 👉 https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/sun-rising-2/  #whatsOn #whatsonpenrith #WhatsOnBlueMountains
Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to book for @qtheatre_'s Act Up! Drama for Change School Holidays Workshop for Ages 13 - 15.  Featuring interactive drama exercises, improvisation, and creative writing, this session will spark new ideas and teach you to harness the transformative power of theatre to amplify your voice, inspire your audience to take action and creative a vision of a better tomorrow.  📆 Tuesday 9 July, 1pm – 4pm  👉 Get your friends together and book now at https://www.qtheatre.com.au/events/act-up-drama-workshop/
Join us these Winter School Holidays for @qtheatre_'s one-day musical theatre workshop for ages 13 - 18!  Under the guidance of industry professionals, during this session you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of singing, movement , acting and performing, whilst honing your skills, building your confidence and creating unforgettable memories!  📆 Monday 8 July, 9am – 4pm.  👉 Get your friends together and book now at https://www.qtheatre.com.au/events/curtain-up-workshop/
Sun Rising have travelled the country, playing sold out performances and dazzling crowds with their incredible musicianship.  Don't miss them perform songs of Johnny Cash, Elvis and many more this August at The Joan!  🎟️ Book Nowhttps://www.thejoan.com.au/events/sun-rising-2/
📣 EXCITING NEWS! We just heard we’ve been SUCCESSFUL in receiving $64,000 in grant funding in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Live Music Australia program. This means more live music is coming your way Penrith! The Joan has a long and proud history of presenting and supporting live music in all its forms and this grant will allow us to support even more great Aussie acts and create a vibrant music scene. Watch this space! 
#HonMPTonyBurke #MinisterfortheArts #LiveMusic
#LiveMusicAustralia #LiveandLocal #LiveandLocalPenrith #TheJoan
🎉 Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of @qtheatre_'s annual hallmark project, "Originate" with this captivating new work created, devised and performed by an ensemble of four pre-professional and emerging local artists.  Van, Aisling, and Lucy are all at a crossroads. Overwhelmed by pressure to choose between the lives they dream of living or conforming to what’s expected of them, they seek comfort by immersing themselves in the legendary film, "Magna Dedito: The Great Surrender". Tuning in from across different eras and continents, will the magic of cinema help them to slay their personal demons and seize their destinies?  "The Eternal Quest to Find Happiness (Or Die Trying)" is an enchanting, funny and heartfelt theatrical journey and a love letter to the films that guide us through life’s toughest moments. 📽 🎞  ORIGINATE 2024: THE ETERNAL QUEST TO FIND HAPPINESS (OR DIE TRYING)
📆 Dates: 26 & 27 July
📌 Venue: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre  👉 Find out more and book now at https://www.qtheatre.com.au/events/originate-2024/  #QTheatre #Originate2024 #NewWork #Drama #EmergingArtists
Celebrate the songs and stories that pay tribute to the early music of Sun Records at The Joan 3 August!  Get ready to be transported to 1950s Memphis, where pioneering sound engineer and producer Sam Phillips discovered legendary artists including Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, BB King, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin’ Wolf, Barbara Pittman and many more.  📅 Saturday 3 August 2pm & 7.30pm
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➡ https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/sun-rising-2/
😂 📣 Only 10 days to go until Melbourne International Comedy Festival hits The Joan!  Tickets selling fast - don't miss out!  Book now 👉 https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/micrf-24/
From the award-winning creators of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo comes the magical new production, "ARC".  Featuring exquisite puppetry, an enigmatic host and audience interaction, "ARC" gives you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a menagerie of rare and vulnerable species, whilst exploring the importance of conserving our natural world. 🐻‍❄️🐘🐯🦋🍃  👪 Suitable for ages 5+ and their families
📆 Monday 16 September at 6pm
📌 The Joan  🎟️ Book now at https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/arc/  #ARCByErth #ErthAustralia @erthaustralia
Book tickets to see DEAR DIARY on Saturday 8 June at 2pm at The Joan and enjoy a free glass of sparkling on arrival. This offer is valid for the first 50 customers
who show their tickets to Dear Diary at Table at The Joan.  Tickets 👉 https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/dear-diary/
Support Penrith Performing & Visual Arts this EOFY ❤️🧡💛💜  This EOFY, we kindly ask you to donate to Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (The Joan, @qtheatre_, @penrithconservatorium and @penrithregionalgallery) to help keep the heart of arts and culture beating in Western Sydney.  All donations $2 or more are tax deductible and each donation will help us to provide community programs, support our local artists, students and teachers, conserve our outdoor public sculptures and keep our programs accessible to all.  👉 DONATE TODAY at https://www.thejoan.com.au/support-us/  #EOFY2024 #SupportTheArts
💡 Did You Know?
🎼 Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" was adopted as the European National Anthem in 1972. In 1985, it became the official anthem of the European Union.  Join us next Wednesday at 11am for Andy Bromberger's fascinating talk on "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony". During the session she will delve into the political, social and historical impact of this ground-breaking piece.  🎟️ Book now at https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/beethovens-ninth-symphony/  #MusicTalk2024 @coffeecakeandculture_