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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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Wednesday April 29, 2015

Dr Brown Clown Workshop
Want to find your inner clown? Join multi-award winning Dr Brown for a five-day intensive workshop. This five-day intensive workshop is a unique opportunity to spend time immersed in Gaulier clown technique. Suitable for performers and non-performers at all levels of their careers. Bring comfortable clothing to move around and sweat in!
Where
The Studio, NORPA, Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Wednesday April 29 from 9.30am to 3.30pm, Thursday April 30 from 12pm to 5pm, Friday May 1 from 12pm to 5pm, Saturday May 2 from 12pm to 5pm, and Sunday May 3 from 12pm to 5pm
Cost
$450 for full 5 day workshop (Special Regional Price)
Dr Brown - multi-award winning clown
Dr Brown - multi-award winning clown

Thursday April 30, 2015

Exhibition Launch // Fight / Flight, Kate Hallen
Local emerging artist Kate Hallen investigates ideas surrounding military related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The painting and small sculptural works presented in this exhibition explore the tensions between civilian and militant way of life; a challenge that many PTSD sufferers face.
Where
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina
When
Thursday April 30 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost
FREE
Bookings
For group bookings contact 02 6681 6167
Kate Hallen, ASM
Kate Hallen, ASM

Exhibition Launch // The Passing
The Passing is a series of mixed media drawing works that focus on the geographical and psychological boundaries inherent within the island form. The exhibition creates an archipelago that seeks to offer new experiences of the unknown, sometimes sinister, but often sublime environments that reflect the inner world of the artist.
Where
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina
When
Thursday April 30 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost
FREE
Bookings
For group bookings contact 02 6681 6167
Skye Baker, Isle of Hollows
Skye Baker, Isle of Hollows

Exhibition Launch // AgX
AgX is an art-science project about memory and forgetting featuring time-lapse macro-photography of film negatives being chemically destroyed. AgX reflects on the value of "memory objects" by subjecting a collection of photos to a range of corrosive chemicals, as a metaphor for the gradual loss of memory. This award winning also features in the 16th Wroclaw Media Art Biennale, Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe and the 2014 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition.
Where
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina
When
Thursday April 30 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost
FREE
Bookings
For group bookings contact 02 6681 6167
Grayson Cooke, AgX: Sulphuric Acid
Grayson Cooke, AgX: Sulphuric Acid

Sunday May 3, 2015

Chillingham Voices Choir - All that Jazz!
Enjoy the Chillingham Voices Choir and a classy Jazz Band perform some all time favourite jazz numbers, such as Stormy Weather, Mood Indigo, I got Jazz, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Moonglow, Java Jive, plus lots more. BYO drinks, food and a rug or chair. Devonshire tea will be on sale in interval
Where
Chillingham Community Centre, Chillingham
When
Sunday May 3
Cost
$8 adults, $6 concession, children under 12 free
Bookings
pay at venue
All that Jazz poster
All that Jazz poster

Friday May 8, 2015

Cabaret Diva
Two powerhouse divas, Christa Hughes & Bethan Ellsmore, light up the stage in an evening of song and sassiness. Prizes for best fancy-dressed patron on Opening Night, Friday 8th May.
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Friday May 8 from 7.30pm and Saturday May 9 from 7.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $33. General pricing $22 - $41.
Bookings
Online or Box Office 1300 066 772
Image | Arianna Bosi
Image | Arianna Bosi

Sunday May 10, 2015

Hamlet Masterclass
Bell Shakespeare's experienced arts educators take you through a rollicking two-hour masterclass on Hamlet, with everything from an introduction to Shakespeare's language to a zero-in on Hamlet's motives. This Hamlet Masterclass is designed for adults and senior students, actors, production personnel and those simply intrigued with one of The Bard's most-produced plays.
Where
Canvas & Kettle, Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday May 10 from 10am to 12pm
Cost
$25 including tea/coffee
Info
Bryanne Jardine on (02) 66725554

Tuesday May 12, 2015

An evening with Charlie's Country and Rolf de Heer
Multi award-winning, acclaimed Australian Filmmaker Rolf de Heer will be the special guest speaker at a Screenworks event at the Byron Bay Community Centre on May 12, when he joins Indigenous journalist and arts professional Rhoda Roberts, in conversation, after a screening of his most recent film Charlie's Country. "A majestic work, destined to be thought of in years to come as a gift to the nation." Paul Byrnes, SMH
Where
Byron Theatre, Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay
When
Tuesday May 12 from 6.30pm to 9pm
Cost
Tickets from Byron Theatre, Byron Community Centre : $25 or $18 (Concession / Screenworks Members)
Bookings
From Byron Theatre, Byron Community Centre http://www.byroncentre.com.au/

Sunday May 17, 2015

Around the World
The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Around the World performed by ACO2 and starring international director and acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid. ACO2 brings together musicians from the ACO with the rising stars of Australian music. Embracing much-loved works in the string repertoire, Around the World takes the audience on a journey through America, Russia and Germany, culminating in a voyage from Salzburg to Barcelona, Paris and Maputo.
Where
St John's School Hall, Mullumbimby
When
Sunday May 17 from 3pm to 5pm
Cost
Tickets: $40, Members $35, Children $15
ACO2
ACO2

Thursday May 28, 2015

Exhibition Launch // Unseen
Using various translucent objects combined with experimental and fibre optic lighting, local photographic artist Rachael Windress presents a showcase of bold, multi-layered images. On first view the images present abstract compositions however allowing ones perception to linger within the images subsequent forms will come to the fore.
Where
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina
When
Thursday May 28 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost
FREE
Bookings
For group bookings contact 02 6681 6167
 Rachael Windress, Dynamism
Rachael Windress, Dynamism

Exhibition Launch // Of Place
Of Place brings together five artists from the region, exploring sense of place through their diverse artistic methods and approaches of drawing, painting and mixed media. Artists Ren Bolten, Jennifer Lowrey, Heather Jessup, Jeremy Austin and Claudie Frock's practices may range from emerging to established but each artist brings a unique interpretation with which to reveal their stories about the shared theme of place and its effect on their lives and artmaking.
Where
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina
When
Thursday May 28 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost
FREE
Bookings
For group bookings contact 02 6681 6167
Jennifer Lowrey, Untitled
Jennifer Lowrey, Untitled

Friday May 29, 2015

The 2015 Yamba Writers' Festival
Following on from the very successful 2014 Yamba Writers' Festival, 2015 will include talks and workshops by writers with the knowledge and expertise in poetry, journalism, crime and travel writing, prose, fiction, narrating and story telling. With the impressive list of writers, it is our expectation that those wishing to experience and learn from this talented literary base, will move forward on their own literary quest and see projects through to their conclusion.
Where
Yamba Public School, Angourie Rd, Yamba NSW , Yamba
When
Friday May 29, Saturday May 30, and Sunday May 31
Cost
$25 per workshop $55 per session

Thursday June 11, 2015

The Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015: Sustainable Artfluences
The Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015: Sustainable Artfluences showcases artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. From June 11-16, the town becomes the gallery. Visitors are invited to follow the trail of galleries, studios, pop up galleries and public art. Friday 12 June night in conjunction with the Tweed Foodie Fest in the main street of Murwillumbah.
Where
The town Murwillumbah-14 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Thursday June 11 from 9am to 5pm
Cost
Free Check website for prices of workshops
Bookings
Booking essential for workshops
Where
The town of Murwillumbah-14 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Friday June 12 from 9am to 9pm
Cost
Free Check website for prices of workshops
Bookings
Booking essential for workshops
Where
The town of Murwillumbah-14 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Saturday June 13 from 9am to 5pm
Cost
Free Check website for prices of workshops
Bookings
Booking essential for workshops
Where
The town of Murwillumbah-14 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Sunday June 14
Cost
Free Check website for prices of workshops
Bookings
Booking essential for workshops
Where
The town of Murwillumbah-14 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Monday June 15
Cost
Free Check website for prices of workshops
Bookings
Booking essential for workshops
Where
The town of Murwillumbah-14 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Tuesday June 16 from 9am to 5pm
Cost
Free Check website for prices of workshops
Bookings
Booking essential for workshops

The Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015: Sustainable Artfluences
The Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015: Sustainable Artfluences showcases over 60 artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. From June 11-16, the town becomes the gallery. Visitors are invited to follow the trail of 16 sites including galleries, studios, pop up galleries and public art. The night of Friday June 12, MAT will be in conjunction with the Tweed Foodie Fest Food Trail in the CBD.
Where
The town of Murwillumbah-16 sites, Murwillumbah
When
Thursday June 11 from 9am to 4pm, Friday June 12 from 9am to 9pm, Saturday June 13 from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday June 16 from 9am to 5pm, Friday August 14 from 9am to 5pm, and Tuesday September 15 from 9am to 5pm
Cost
Free Check website for cost of workshops
Bookings
Bookings essential for workshops
The Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015
The Murwillumbah Art Trail 2015

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Australia Day // NORPA
Everyone wants a piece of the party pie in this modern ripper of a comedy. The Australia Day committee is gearing up to put on their country town's biggest bash. Will the day be fair dinkum after all? Or are there too many roos loose in the community hall? A thoroughly modern ripper of a comedy, by acclaimed satirist Jonathan Biggins (Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf Revue).
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Tuesday June 23 from 7.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $40. General pricing $22 - $49.
Bookings
Online or Box Office 1300 066 772

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

Thursday August 13, 2015

Country Song // Queensland Theatre Company
A celebration of the life and music of Jimmy Little and his contemporaries. Indigenous singing superstar Jimmy Little is about to sing for Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. But the words won't come. An emotive new work by Queensland Theatre Company celebrating the healing power of music.
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Thursday August 13 from 7.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $40. General pricing $22 - $49
Bookings
Online or Box Office 1300 066 772
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Friday August 14 from 7.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $40. General pricing $22 - $49
Bookings
Online or 1300 066 772
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Saturday August 15 from 1.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $40. General pricing $22 - $49
Bookings
Online of Box Office 1300 066 772
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Saturday August 15 from 7.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $40. General pricing $22 - $49
Bookings
Online or Box Office 1300 066 772
Image | Aaron Tait
Image | Aaron Tait

Saturday August 29, 2015

Hamlet by Bell Shakespeare
A family torn apart by murder, a son burdened with the truth and a country on the brink of war. Director Damien Ryan and Bell Shakespeare present a new production that delves into the passion, violence, philosophical reflection, madness and maddening seduction of Hamlet.
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Saturday August 29 from 7.30pm, Monday August 31 from 11am, and Monday August 31 from 7.30pm
Cost
$22-$49
Bookings
http://norpa.org.au or phone 1300 066 772

Thursday September 17, 2015

Cockfight // The Farm & NORPA
Like an episode of The Office meets a cage-fight, Australian style. Cockfight is a comical, combative and ultimately tender performance that explores masculinity and pushes the limits of physical theatre.
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Thursday September 17 from 7.30pm, Friday September 18 from 7.30pm, and Saturday September 19 from 7.30pm
Cost
Subscription Packages $18 - $40. General pricing $22 - $49.
Bookings
Online or Box Office 1300 066 772
Image | Kate Holmes
Image | Kate Holmes

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)

Saturday October 17, 2015

Surfing the Coldstream Festival Yamba
Surfing the Coldstream Festival celebrates the arts, music, and community. This year's festival will take place on Saturday 17 October, with entertainment from 9am to 10pm in Yamba's town centre and Flinders Park overlooking Main Beach. The festival is offered free of charge and is an alcohol-free, family-friendly outdoor event.
Where
Flinders Park and CBD, Yamba
When
Saturday October 17 from 9am to 11pm
Cost
Free, except for specific venue-based events
Bookings
Not required

Thursday October 22, 2015

Railway Wonderland // NORPA
Magical live theatre performed at Lismore train station is back by popular demand! Take your seat under the stars as NORPA's Railway Wonderland brings Lismore train station back to life. Immerse yourself in a dreamy wonderland of strange encounters, wild stories, comedy, romance and song. Take a ride across time and discover the extra in the ordinary.
Where
Lismore Train Station, Lismore
When
Thursday October 22 from 8pm
Cost
$22-$49

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Kinship by Bangarra Dance Theatre
Ancient and modern stories combine in a powerful, mesmerising celebration of the world's oldest living culture. Kinship brings together two works by internationally acclaimed choreographer Stephen Page.
Where
NORPA at Lismore City Hall, Lismore
When
Tuesday November 17 from 7.30pm and Wednesday November 18 from 7.30pm
Cost
$22-$55
Bookings
www.norpa.org.au or phone 1300 066 772
Image | Greg Barrett
Image | Greg Barrett

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