Byron Bay Surf Festival.
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When: February 24 to 26

THE annual Byron Bay Surf Festival focuses on the creative culture within surfing. A three-day fusion of Surf Culture Now, featuring surf art, photography, live music, films, history, workshops, literature, markets, design, craft, innovation, presentations, sustainability, youth art, swap-meet, surfing and lifestyle. Organisers believe Byron Bay is the perfect venue to showcase all that is unique and attractive about surfing, drawing from the rich local and national surfing heritage, the creative energy and natural surfing location that is Byron Bay. 10am-10pm at Byron Bay Beach, Bay Street. byronbaysurffestival@


When: February 25

GLENN Shorrock and Brian Cadd perform at Twin Towns Services Club, after 50 years of friendship, music and mayhem. Following their record-breaking Sharky and The Caddman tour of 2014-15, Shorrock and Cadd are reuniting on stage for a limited Australian tour. This will be an evening full of wonderful music, poignant memories and loads of laughs. Both artists will have released new albums and they will also play a few of these songs within the show, which runs from 8pm-10pm. Tickets $44. Book on 1800014014.


When: February 26

THE Casino Riverside Markets feature entertainers, stallholders and activities at McAuliffe Park, Hickey St, Casino. From 9am to 2.30pm. Details: David Chaffey on 0451232373 or email


When: March 2

ISSI Dye, veteran of Australian stage and TV, will perform his wonderful hit stage show The Broadway Crooners especially for the daytime crowd at the Ballina RSL, 240 River St, in a free concert for Seniors Week. Issi will perform in full costume the songs of three of the world's greatest Broadway stars - Al Jolson, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin. Hear the life stories of their careers as well as all the great songs at this free show from 10am-midday. Details: Vicki Veitch on 0266819500 or email


When: March 5

REGIONAL high tea kickstarting the Lismore Women's Festival with a blockbuster event that combines wisdom, passion and delectable treats. Connecting and appreciating the many amazing women whose contributions cross a diversity of professions, industries and business and make the region what it is today. Academy Award winner Geena Davis live-streamed from the Sydney Opera House plus a fabulous panel of local guest speakers. At the Lismore Workers Club, 231 Keen St, from 10am-1pm. Cost $30. Details: Elise Taylor 0448833806 or admin@lismorechamber.


When: March 7

SEE David Scheel in Don't Shoot Me, I'm only the Piano Player. A runaway success in London's West End, at successive Edinburgh Festivals, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this is a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established Australian pianist David Scheel as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. It's already a comedy classic. Show starts at 7.30pm at the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore. Cost: $30 adult, $26 concession, $24 group. starcourt or phone 66225005.


When: March 7 & 8

DESIGNED to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water's surface.

This carefully curated selection of short films documents the beauty and power of the ocean. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes. The Ocean Film Festival is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival's films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world's oceans and the creatures that call them home.Cost: $33.50 adult, $23.50 child, $28.50 group (15+) at Byron Theatre at, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, 7pm-10pm. Details


When: March 16

THE Bowie Unzipped band appears at the Lismore Workers Club with some of Australia's best musicians including the legendary Jeff Duff on vocals. Had Jeff Duff hailed from a country in the top half of the world, he could now be as acknowledged and acclaimed as David Bowie or Lou Reed or Iggy Pop. Cost: $33 for the show which runs 8pm-10.30pm. Details 66217401 or email info@lismoreworkers


When: March 25

NEIL Diamond - The Man, The Music at Bangalow Bowling Club, 21 Byron Road, Bangalow, from 8pm to 11pm. Neil Diamond has been loved by millions since he first burst onto the music scene with Solitary Man back in 1966. And now you have the opportunity to hear his story. This show is a tribute to the man himself presented by award-winning singer/ songwriter and entertainer Craig Stewart. Craig has taken the show to a new level through the use of multiple projections, synchronised lighting, excerpts of interviews and of course the music itself. Free. Phone: 66872741.


When: On until May 21

AT TWEED Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, an exhibition "Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever" in the Anthony Gallery.

This exhibition draws from documentation gathered from If These Halls Could Talk, a multi-arts project managed by Arts Northern Rivers celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities.

Opera Queensland was commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers to tell the 102-year-old tale of Tumbulgum Hall. Free entry. The gallery, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah South, is open Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm. Phone: 66702790.

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