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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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Tuesday March 31, 2015

Musical solutions for the screen: A masterclass on screen composing and music supervision
Have you ever struggled to find the right music for your screen production? Or are you wanting to know how to get your music placed in film and television productions? Award winning screen composer Caitlin Yeo and musical supervisor Norman Parkhill will explore how to compose and compile music for screen productions in an event designed to inform composers, musicians, screen producers and screen content creators.
Where
SAE Creative Media Institute, Byron Bay
When
Tuesday March 31 from 4pm to 7pm
Cost
Screenworks Member: $15 General Admission: $40 Contact events@screenworks.com.au for group booking discounts
Caitlin Yeo, Composer
Caitlin Yeo, Composer

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

Exhibition Launch // LOUD in the Gallery
A dynamic exhibition promoting and celebrating the artistic achievement of secondary school students in the Ballina Shire. Students from Alstonville High, Ballina High, Southern Cross School K- 12, Xavier Catholic College and the Emmanuel Anglican College will experience their artwork being exhibited in a professional gallery while giving the community a valuable insight into the processes, skills and concepts the students explore in art making.
Where
Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina
When
Thursday April 2 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost
FREE
Bookings
For group bookings contact 02 6681 6167
'Preservation: A Taste of Annihilation' - Gabriel Francis (Southern Cross School K-12)
'Preservation: A Taste of Annihilation' - Gabriel Francis (Southern Cross School K-12)

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, Fortunato Isgro, Simone Nicole and the Spaghetti Circus. The day also includes talks on the history of New Italy, bocce, cooking demonstrations and Pavilion tours. This is the museum complex's major fundraiser for the year which is one of the Northern Rivers most interesting and iconic historical sites.
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
Call Alison Kelly on ph. 0428 216 079

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

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

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

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

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)

Thursday October 22, 2015

RAILWAY WONDERLAND by 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