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Welcome to our What's on - Events, here you will find festivals, events, performances, workshops and much more, taking place in the Northern Rivers. 

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Friday April 25, 2014

PLUNGE 2014
PLUNGE, hosted by Clarence Valley Council, has become an annual extravaganza! The festival includes a range of events, exhibitions, activities and workshops that allow you to take the plunge into and immerse yourself in the culture of the Clarence Valley. Over four weeks, residents and visitors can experience the diverse artistic richness that resides in the region. This festival will inspire the whole family!
Where
Multiple Venues, Grafton, Maclean and Yamba
When
Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26
Cost
Varies depending on event

The Date Brothers 'What we Play is Life!' //Eventzbiz
Returning from Europe and on tour April 25-27. Playing gypsy jazz from a bygone era as a starting point with other elements. The music is rhythmic with a strong element of improvisational jazz through everything! Fine trumpet combined with early jazz and blues pieces plus audience interaction keep things fun and interesting.Enjoy Fast paced, early jazz, blues combined with audience interaction. Presented by Eventzbiz. www.datebrothers.com
Where
Long Hall 'The Chapel of The Three Marys, Andelaine', Numinbah Valley, Nerang , QLD
When
Friday April 25 from 7pm to 10pm
Cost
Concert $25/$20 conc. Concert and supper $35/$30 conc.
Bookings
Jenny 0418 723908 / eventzbiz8@gmail.com

Sunday April 27, 2014

'Make' Children's Holiday Workshop // Tweed Regional Gallery
'MAKE' with Ellie Beck. 'Bold Button Bracelets'. Create wonderful, colourful, fun jewellery using buttons and fabric, threading and sewing. Suitable for children aged 3 years and up, adult supervision required.
Where
Gallery Foyer, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday April 27 from 10.30am to 1.30pm
Cost
Gold coin donation

Cave In The Sky
Ku Promotions are proud to present local composer Cye Wood's new project, Cave In The Sky, at the Byron Community Centre on Sunday 27th April. This project is a natural extension of Cye's solo work and will see him presenting these pieces as an ensemble with two other truly gifted and unique artists, Tunji Beier and Purdie Wood.
Where
Byron Theatre at the Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay
When
Sunday April 27 from 7pm
Cost
$25 / $18 (concession)

Friday May 2, 2014

Neil Murray
Bring Thunder and Rain Album Tour w/ Special Guest Jimmy Dowling. One of Australia's finest singer songwriters, Neil Murray, will perform an intimate solo concert on Friday May 2nd at the Bangalow Bowling club. Neil Murray performed last year at the Bangalow Bowling club to a captivated audience. This year he has a new album " Bring Thunder & Rain" (ABC music) - the 12th release of his solo career.
Where
Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow
When
Friday May 2 from 7pm
Cost
$25 Pre (+bf) / $30 Door

Saturday May 3, 2014

Nimbin Mardi Grass
The Mardigrass Festival is a colourful, musical feasting affair. A highlight is the Mardigrass Parade with its gunja fairies, dancing down the main street in their fanciful costumes. The festival includes hemp Info, expos, hemp goods, market stalls selling their wares and many culinary tastes, musicians and performers! There is also a large dose of humour in the form of the Hemp Olympics.
Where
Various venues in the Byron shire, Nimbin
When
Saturday May 3
Cost
Free
Bookings
n/a

Saturday May 10, 2014

The Tweed Gallery Artisans' Market
The market aims to raise the profile of 'modern' local artists, crafters and designers in the Murwillumbah and surrounding Tweed River area, while providing an excellent space for artisans to showcase their wares, and shoppers to support their local craftspeople. The next Gallery Market will be held on Mother's Day Saturday 10th May, 2014.
Where
Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
When
Saturday May 10 from 10am to 3pm
Cost
Free
Bookings
Contact Ellie Beck at ellie.gallerymarket@gmail.com

Sunday May 11, 2014

Urbenville Village Festival
As well as limping men and angry bulls, this festival has something for everyone! There's market stalls, facepainting, live music, kids' events and entertainment. Competitions you can enter on the day include iron man, tug-o-war, bull pat throwing and fence-post ripping all offering prizes and trophies (like an Olympics really).
Where
Urbenville Showgrounds , Urbenville
When
Sunday May 11
Cost
Free
Bookings
n/a

Wednesday May 14, 2014

2014 Arts & Cultural Development Program Briefing Sessions
Arts NSW invites you to learn more about our grants by attending an information session. The sessions cover what Arts NSW do, who we are, the types of grants available, tips for a successful application and includes time for questions and answers.
Where
Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth Street, Lismore
When
Wednesday May 14 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost
Free

Thursday May 15, 2014

Paper Runway presents Splash // A weekend of workshops and creative conversations
Splash promises to be a Splash of colour, a Splash of inspiration, a Splash of creativity and a weekend of fun. The creative & inspirational program will be headlined by award-winning interior stylist Sibella Court and Sydney's paper prince James Gordon. Other artistic inspirationals presenting at Splash are - Cool Edies, Holly Hipwell (Flower Drum), The March Collective, Kate James (Total Balance), Jaclyn Carlson (The Blog Society) and Sabine Pick.
Where
Atlantic, Byron Bay
When
Thursday May 15 from 6pm to 8.30pm
Cost
Varies $30-$170
Bookings
Bookings are essential - www.paperrunway.com/shop
Info
Nikki Buckland 0422158356 / info@paperrunway.com
Where
Atlantic , Byron Bay
When
Friday May 16 from 9am to 5pm
Cost
Varies $30-$170
Bookings
Bookings are essential - www.paperrunway.com/shop
Info
Nikki Buckland 0422158356 / info@paperrunway.com
Where
Atlantic , Byron Bay
When
Saturday May 17 from 9am to 9pm
Cost
Varies $30-$170
Bookings
Bookings are essential - www.paperrunway.com/shop
Info
Nikki Buckland 0422158356 / info@paperrunway.com

Friday May 16, 2014

Cabaret 360
Cabaret 360 is presenting another standout show in 2014, featuring over 25 acts from the region and beyond. The show will feature high skill circus, comedy, physical theatre, dance, performance poetry, music, acrobatics and many surprises! Performers range from 16 years to over 60 years old and feature a mix of professionals, semi professionals and talented community members.
Where
Uki Hall, Uki
When
Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17
Cost
See website for details

Fundraising Art Auction
Fundraising Art Auction to help LightnUp / Lismore Lantern Parade, raise money to buy a permanent community workshop and home for the lanterns. Help secure the future of the Lismore Lantern Parade. Our Art Auction will reflect the broad artistic talent of the North Coast. Items auctioned may include artworks, photographs, jewellery, clothing, creative workshops, anything made with love and passion! This is a great opportunity to help a much loved community group.
Where
Gordon Pavilion, Oakes Oval, Dawson Street, Lismore
When
Friday May 16 from 7pm to 11pm
Cost
$5
Bookings
Tickets on the door
Flower Gate, a collaborative work by Lismore Lantern Parade artists.
Photographed by Amber Gooley
Flower Gate, a collaborative work by Lismore Lantern Parade artists. Photographed by Amber Gooley

Sunday May 18, 2014

Bangalow Billycart Derby
This is a much loved community event with everyone working together to showcase old fashioned outdoor fun. The Billy Cart Derby brings crowds of several thousands to Bangalow for a day packed with billycart racing, expert skateboard riding, parades, children's rides and entertainment, a variety of foods to enjoy and is a great day full of community fun.
Where
Bangalow town, Bangalow
When
Sunday May 18
Cost
Free
Bookings
n/a

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Lake // NORPA
A human story of destruction and renewal. Bold in its vision and deeply evocative, Lisa Wilson's Lake literally floods the entire performance area to grapple with our fascination and our fear of water.Set on a stage in flood, Lake merges contemporary dance, video and sound to create an immersive experience with startling visual impact. Lake delivers stark captivating theatricality in what is acknowledged as a major new Australian dance theatre work.
Where
Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Tuesday May 20 from 7.30pm and Wednesday May 21 from 7.30pm
Cost
$20-$47
Bookings
1300 066 772, 9am-2pm Mon-Fri / boxoffice@norpa.org.au

Friday May 23, 2014

Midsummer Night's Dream
This popular romantic comedy portrays the adventures of four young lovers, who fall comically in and out of love over the course of a single, enchanted midsummer night, This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck, a mischievous fairy knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Friday May 23 from 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop (02) 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Friday May 30 from 7pm to 10pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop (02) 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Saturday May 31 from 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop (02) 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday June 1 from 2pm to 4.30pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop 02 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Saturday June 7 from 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop (02) 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday June 8 from 2pm to 4.30pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop (02) 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday May 24 from 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost
Adults $15 / Students $6
Bookings
www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com / Murwillumbah Music Shop (02) 66725404
Info
Tickets also available at the door. BYO food & drinks.
Sage Coleman as Titania
Sage Coleman as Titania

Saturday May 24, 2014

Casino Beef Week
The Casino Beef Week Festival is an energetic and vibrant show of united community. The festival runs for 10 days, has approximately 70 events, with around 20,000 people converging on Casino and attending events during the week. Beef Week focuses on cattle and life on the land. There are cattle competitions, live auctions, rides, rodeos and many more fun events like the free breakfast with the butchers. The Beef Week Festival really puts Casino and its region on show!
Where
Town Centre , Casino
When
Saturday May 24
Cost
Free
Bookings
n/a

Saturday May 31, 2014

Yamba Writers Festival
The 2014 Yamba Writers Festival have recently announced that they will be welcoming the following authors to their event - Robert Drewe, Peter Watt, Alice Greenup, Kristina Olsen, David Hallett, Cathie Whitmore, Melissa Beit and Zacharey Jane! Join in the conversations with these inspirational international, national and local writers telling their stories across all genres. Their stories may inspire you in the pursuit of your own literary path!
Where
Star of the Sea Conference Centre , Yamba
When
Saturday May 31 from 9am to 5pm
Cost
$55 per session

Saturday June 7, 2014

Old and Gold Festival
Brunswick Heads hosts the unique Old and Gold Festival every year and invites visitors to stay for the Queen's Birthday long weekend and enjoy the celebrations! More than 6,000 people are expected throughout the day. The whole town comes alive as people walk from house to house and venue to venue in search of treasure at the many garage sales and second hand treasure stalls! Tis is the perfect place to find something unique and precious!
Where
Various venues , Brunswick Heads
When
Saturday June 7
Cost
Free
Bookings
n/a

Saturday June 14, 2014

<In.scribe> Byron Shire Youth Street Art Mentoring Program
<In.scribe> is an opportunity for youth (13-17yrs) to <in.scribe> your own creative voice in the production on Street Art in the Shire. FREE 8 week program features arts mentoring, street art*, creative personal exploration, group work & awesome guest professional artists. *Street Art can involve any art in the public sphere, murals, installations, participatory, environmental, moss graffiti, sculptural.
Where
KULCHA JAM & the Streets of the Shire!, Byron bay Shire
When
Thursday April 24
Cost
Free. Applications open with 10 places available.
Where
KULCHA JAM & the Streets of the Shire!, Byron bay Shire
When
Saturday June 14
Cost
Free. Applications open with 10 places avaliable.
A artwork on the streets on Mullum with facilitators Karma Barnes & Nic Kain & young creatives.
A artwork on the streets on Mullum with facilitators Karma Barnes & Nic Kain & young creatives.

Saturday June 21, 2014

Lismore Lantern Parade
The Lantern Parade celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics. There will be market stalls and entertainment in the heart of the city throughout the day, followed by the dazzling parade through the streets, culminating in the mesmerising fiery finale at Oakes Oval.
Where
Town Centre , Lismore Lantern Parade
When
Saturday June 21
Cost
Free
Bookings
n/a

Sunday July 20, 2014

Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival
Organised by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond will be held on Sunday 20th of July at Ballina Jockey Club from 12.00pm till 5pm
Where
TBA, Ballina
When
Sunday July 20 from 12pm to 5pm
Cost
TBA

Friday July 25, 2014

Splendour In the Grass
Splendour In the Grass, Australia's number one mid-winter music celebration, is preparing for another year of epic music and festivities in their new site just north of Byron Bay! Splendour fans can expect some of the biggest names in music from around the globe to grace the stages over the three festival days, as well as lots of arts, culture, markets and local cuisine!
Where
Byron Parklands, Byron Bay
When
Friday July 25, Sunday July 27, and Friday December 26
Cost
See website for details

Saturday July 26, 2014

Opera at the Channon
Over the last 15 years, Opera at the Channon has become one of the most popular cultural events on the NSW North Coast, featuring Opera singers from the Queensland Opera Company and more recently the professional opera group Operatif. The event is held at the picturesque country setting of Coronation Park in the Channon. The Opera at the Channon is a unique event and caters to a large and diverse demographic audience spanning a variety of different groups.
Where
Coronation Park, The Channon
When
Saturday July 26
Cost
See website for details

Friday August 1, 2014

Byron Bay Writer's Festival
One of Australia's premier literary events, The Byron Bay Writers Festival is an event that draws literature lovers and guest writers from across the globe. It consists of three days packed with literary lunches, readings, lectures and panel discussions with many respected writers. The festival is a place for intelligent discussion, passionate interaction and fun. It is renowned for it's stimulating program, it's charm and distinctly relaxed ambience.
Where
The North Byron Events Site, Byron Bay
When
Friday August 1
Cost
See website for details

Saturday August 2, 2014

Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup
The Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup is a community sponsored event that grows in popularity each year with both performers and audiences alike. Poets travel from all over Australia to be part of this gruelling poetry marathon and have eight minutes to perform one or more original poems throughout the weekend. Heats are run on the Saturday, with poets vying for a position in the semi-finals, which are run on Sunday. The grand final is held on Sunday evening.
Where
Town Hall, Nimbin
When
Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3
Cost
See website for details

Friday August 15, 2014

Bangalow Music festival
The Bangalow Music Festival is an ongoing musical tradition located in the heart of Bangalow featuring the highest acclaimed international soloists and Australia's most anticipated chamber music ensembles. In 2014, guests from the USA, Singapore, Germany, Israel, and Australia will join the Southern Cross Soloists in a weekend of performances - spanning traditions of jazz, classical and contemporary chamber music.
Where
A & I Hall, Bangalow
When
Friday August 15
Cost
See website for details
Patrick Murphy, Cellist
Patrick Murphy, Cellist

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Through These Lines
Follow Sister Florence Whiting on her four year odyssey to Lemnos, in Egypt, France and the Western Front. Based on the letters and diaries of Australian army nurses in the First World War, 'Through These Lines' offers an intimate and unique theatrical experience, performed by a talented ensemble cast with authentic costumes and props, and a vivid sound design, for an immersive experience of the tumult of war.
Where
Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Wednesday August 20 from 11am to 12.45pm
Cost
$39 Adult / $33 Conc. / $28 Students / $28 groups of 5+
Bookings
1300 066 772 (or book online)

Saturday August 30, 2014

The Magic Flute // Opera Australia Regional Tour 2014
Get excited when this new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute comes to Murwillumbah for one special performance. It will feature Australia's finest young singers, the Murwillumbah children's chorus and a live chamber orchestra. Set in Egypt, this rollicking adventure sees Tamino the daring Archaeologist and his sidekick Papageno solve puzzles and face mummies in their quest for wisdom and true love. Sung in English, this a night at the opera for the whole family.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Murwillumbah
When
Saturday August 30 from 7.30pm to 10.15pm
Cost
Adults $59 / Concession $45 / Child $25 (Under 15)
Bookings
www.murwillumbahopera.com / or call Garry 0422 895 979

Friday September 12, 2014

Tyalgum Music Festival
Tyalgum Music Festival is a smorgasboard of music and performance which takes place annually in the beautiful little country village of Tyalgum. The festival welcomes extraordinary performers from all over the world, who will wow audiences over a weekend of festivities that will include music, theatre, song, and a range of street performances and market stalls.
Where
Tyalgum Community Hall, Tyalgum
When
Friday September 12, Saturday September 13, and Sunday September 14
Cost
See website for details

Friday October 24, 2014

A Night at The Proms
During the 80th Anniversary of the Jacaranda Festival, the Clarence Valley Orchestra conducted by Greg Butcher performs your old Proms favourites just like at the Royal Albert Hall in London, including 'Land of Hope & Glory', 'Radetzky March', 'Sailor's Horn Pipe' and much more. A great night of family entertainment with a complimentary flag to wave! Book your seat now at the Saraton Theatre Grafton.
Where
The Saraton Theatre, Grafton
When
Friday October 24 from 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost
Tickets Prices TBA
Bookings
Saraton Theatre Grafton
Info
Greg Butcher on 0409 046 390
A Night at The Proms
A Night at The Proms