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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 March 6, 2015

Theatre Production // The Foreigner
An inspired comic romp, The Foreigner traces the story of the painfully shy Charlie who pretends he can't speak English while visiting a fishing lodge in Georgia, USA. What transpires is hilarious, setting up for a classic good guys vs. bad guys climax. Directed by the well-known Julie West, The Foreigner stars a talented cast including Yasir Assam as Charlie and Trudy Edgar as Betty.
Where
Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Murwillumbah
When
Friday March 6 from 7.30pm to 10pm, Saturday March 7 from 7.30pm to 10pm, Sunday March 8 from 2pm to 4.30pm, Friday March 13 from 7.30pm to 4.30pm, Saturday March 14 from 7.30pm to 10pm, Sunday March 15 from 2pm to 4.30pm, Friday March 20 from 7.30pm to 10pm, Saturday March 21 from 7.30pm to 10pm, and Sunday March 22 from 2pm to 4.30pm
Cost
$15
Bookings
murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com
Info
Rosemary Hume on ph. (02) 66721520

Sunday March 8, 2015

Fun for Kids in The Friends Gallery
Kids are welcome to create individual bookplates, enjoy a book in the reading corner, listen to a story or join an activity during the Ex-Libris: Corrigan for Kids exhibition. All ages.
Where
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday March 8 from 10am to 5pm
Cost
Free
Bookings
No bookings required, please drop in
Info
Activity runs from 10 Dec 2014 - 8 March 2015
Image credit: Sarah Harvey
Image credit: Sarah Harvey

Sunday March 22, 2015

Bach At Easterside
This pre-Easter concert is a celebration of all things Bach, including excerpts from his St Matthew Passion, Magnificat, Cantata 82 and works for flute and for oboe. The concert features Carmelia MacWilliam and her student Jemima Drews (flute), Sara Saint-Saens (alto), Laura Hymers (oboe) and Nicholas Routley (piano). If you book early you get a reduced entry price, which includes a lovely afternoon tea. Bookings essential.
Where
Gretel Farm, 134 Springvale Road , Eureka
When
Sunday March 22 from 3.30am
Cost
$30/$25 (includes afternoon tea)
Bookings
ph. 0425 243 860

Wednesday April 1, 2015

2015 Byron Arts Classic // Awards Night
The Byron Arts Classic is a six-day celebration of inspiration, creativity, and involvement in the visual arts. The exhibition features over 300 works from a vast multitude of emerging artists, all working with diverse mediums and styles. The awards night will include a cafe and bar, as well as live music.
Where
Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
When
Wednesday April 1 from 6pm
Cost
$10

Thursday April 2, 2015

Bluesfest 2015
The legendary music festival is coming around again for 2015 with a glittering line-up of artists including Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys and The Gipsy Kings. Now in its 26th year the Bluesfest seems to leap from strength to strength.
Where
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
When
Thursday April 2, Friday April 3, Saturday April 4, Sunday April 5, and Monday April 6
Cost
Prices vary, see bookings section for details.
The Black Keys
The Black Keys

Sunday April 12, 2015

Carnevale Italiano
A day celebrating all things Italian at New Italy. Immerse yourself in our Italian heritage, food, music and wine. Entertainment by Tony Pantano and Fortunato Isgro and the Spaghetti Circus. The day also includes talks on the history of New Italy, horse and cart rides, bocce, cooking demonstrations and Pavilion tours.
Where
New Italy, Woodburn
When
Sunday April 12 from 10am to 4pm
Cost
$7 entry for adults/free for children 14 and under.
Bookings
Tickets at the door.
Info
Aliison Kelly: 0428 216 079
Italian flag
Italian flag

Sunday April 19, 2015

Allies of War
Clarence Valley Orchestra & Chorus Conducted by Greg Butcher. A special War Requiem 'Allies of War' has been written by Australian Composer Greg Butcher for the event 70 years since the end of WW2, with a tribute to the 'entertainers' of the 'Concert Parties' who played an important role in entertaining the troops and keeping up morale. Proceeds to Clarence Valley RSL Sub-Branches, Legacy & Defence Care.
Where
Saraton Theatre, Grafton
When
Sunday April 19 from 2pm to 9pm
Cost
$30 Adult / $25 Concession / $20 Child
Info
6642 1633
Clarence Valley Orchestra
Clarence Valley Orchestra

Sunday July 12, 2015

Ballina Fine Wine & Food Festival
Ballina's premier Fine Wine and Food Festival is back for the sixth year with extended hours and huge marquees, allowing for more exhibitors, information sessions and demonstrations. This much loved community event is going to be bigger than ever with a few spectacular surprises. The festival will showcase a fusion of the best produce, products, restaurants and culinary expertise our region has to offer, along with premium wines, craft beer, cider and spirits.
Where
Ballina Jockey Club, Ballina
When
Sunday July 12 from 11am to 5pm
Cost
$20 Adults over 18 only
Ballina Fine Wine & Food Festival
Ballina Fine Wine & Food Festival

Saturday August 1, 2015

Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup
This event shines a spotlight on the literary talent of the local area as aspiring and established poets compete live to win a first prize of $2000 and the illustrious world cup trophy. The world cup takes place in a number of small venues throughout Nimbin, culminating in a final showdown in the town hall.
Where
Nimbin Town Hall and surrounding cafes. , Nimbin
When
Saturday August 1
Cost
TBA
2014 Winner Rebecca Rushbrook
2014 Winner Rebecca Rushbrook

Sunday October 11, 2015

Hot Shorts // Short Play Competition
10 playwrights, 10 plays and 10 minutes each. Hot Shorts is a night of original theatre from local aspiring playwrights. 10 plays are selected by a panel of experts and shown to the admiring public who will then select an overall winner. Continuing its reputation for unearthing local talent, Hot Shorts is an enlightening theatrical experience where anything could happen.
Where
Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby
When
Sunday October 11
Cost
tba
Scene from 'The Promised Land', Michael Lill (2013 winner)
Scene from 'The Promised Land', Michael Lill (2013 winner)

Sunday December 13, 2015

Step Up // Encore Performance Studio
Encore Performance Studio presents their annual dance concert, inspired by the dance craze film series Step Up, which aims to highlights the sense of community dance can create. The evening will feature talented students ranging from 3-18 years performing a variety of dance styles.
Where
Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
When
Sunday December 13
Cost
Adult $28, Child $20