Brickfest Returns This July, Proceeds To Benefit Sick Kids.

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Brickfest the Lego fan event, returns this July school holidays to Newcastle Jockey Club, July 9th and 10th, with proceeds set to support the John Hunter Hospitals Kids Club.

Running in Newcastle since 2015, the not-for-profit event, organised by local Lego fan group Rainbow Bricks will run physically this year, disrupted the past two years due to Covid-19 local restrictions amid fan disappointment.

Image shows Brickfest 2019.
Picture courtesy of Rainbow Bricks, and Brickfest. – A look inside Brickfest 2019.

The event which attracted over 5000 people through its doors in 2019, is said to showcase over 240 tables from local and interstate exhibitors, featuring both themed Lego sets, and unique creations known as ‘MOCS,’ or My Own Creations.

The family-friendly event, is an opportunity for creative minds of all ages, to explore a diverse range of creations, meet and learn from exhibitors, and get hands-on with Lego.

Notable exhibitor displays will include contestants from the 2022 Channel 9 series, Lego Masters.

Interactive experiences will include, the build area, an area for kids to build their own creations with Lego.

In the driving area, kids will have the opportunity to drive remote-controlled Lego sets.

Two-minute speed builds will run each hour, other event attractions will include, Lego raffle, Cosplay, Find a Minifigure, and coloring in competitions for kids under 12.

Having packed away Lego for close to 30 years, Rainbow Bricks Ambassador and Brickfest event organiser Kevin Evans, walked Newy 87.8FM through what he described as his own ‘dark age,’ a decade ago.

“my son got a (LEGO) set from some family members,” said Mr Evans.

“Dad had to build it,”

Kevin described how his then young son showed him a London Tower Bridge-themed set on the Lego website;

“I saw that, and I went oh, I’ve got to have that, I want that set, so I bought it,’

“It just then went from there.”

Lego uniting his family on Friday nights and weekends, Kevin credits his wife Angela with the idea of bringing the love for the brick to more people.

The event’s popularity has seen organisers introduce a ticketed start time, in an effort to stagger foot traffic and prevent queues, ensuring more families can experience the fun.

Profits from Brickfest are set to be donated to the JHH Kids Club, the volunteer-run charity has raised over $3,000,000 since its launch in 1993 for sick kids in the Hunter.

Tickets available online, organisers urge attendees to book online to avoid disappointment, a limited selection of tickets available at the door.

Purchase tickets here.

Written by: Matt Morris

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