What's on: Coffs and Clarence
PRESENTED by the Melbourne City Ballet at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre on September 28. Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo takes audiences on a journey to Japan with the classical ballet Madame Butterfly which follows a young Japanese girl called Cho-Cho (nicknamed Butterfly) as she marries US Naval Officer Pinkerton only to have him depart for the Americas. For further information, please phone (02) 6648 4930.
THIS month's author talk at Harry Baily Memorial Library in Coffs Harbour features Kim Hodges from 6pm on October 18. Kim's second memoir Girl Over the Edge provides a powerful and stirring insight into what it's like to live - and succeed in life - with a mental illness. Kim's battles to understand, and then work to overcome, bipolar disorder are an inspiration to us all. In a world where mental illness is still so frequently misunderstood, here is a dramatic, evocative and insightful work that everyone should read. For more information, phone (02) 6648 4900. For more information on Kim Hodges go to http://kimhodges.id.au. To book your free ticket, go to Eventbrite Kim Hodges.
HELD daily until November 11 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Clay Intersections is an ADC On Tour national touring exhibition, first presented by Australian Design Centre in 2016 and curated by gallery co-ordinator Cath Fogarty. The exhibition highlights the work of eight contemporary makers selected for their diverse approaches to their ceramic practice: Kenji Uranishi, Tania Rollond, Bridget Bodenham, Helen Earl, Ulrica Trulsson, Natalie Rosin and Cone 11's Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi.
DORRIGO COMMUNITY MARKET
THE next Dorrigo Community Markets will be held on October 6 from 8.30am to around noon in Hickory Street. Visitors will find an eclectic mixture of stallholders from the local area and region. Includes hot food, fresh fruit and vegetables, leatherwork, bric-a-brac, books, seedlings, new kids clothes, homemade cakes, jams and chutneys.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
THE Quota International of Lower Clarence Art and Craft Fair will be held from 9am-4pm on September 29 at Yamba Bowling Club.
Exhibitors will be showing and selling, vintage items, jewellery, art, aromatherapy, crafts, wood, handbags, soaps, scrapbooking, cards, prints, lapidary, felting just to name a few, but they will also be including garden items at the fair; garden art, furniture and plants for sale. Gold coin entry, everyone is welcome. Funds raised will be used to purchase a mobile hearing system for Clarence Valley Pre-Schools and to support local Rural Fire Services.
EAT STREET YAMBA
THIS afternoon/evening food market will be held from 4-8pm in Coldstream Street, Yamba on September 30. This International food market includes Rotary's barbecue, cold foods, Thai, Indian, seafood, chipstars, tornado twisters, organic foods, Churros, nibbles. There will also be ice creams, sweets, pizza, paella and unique gourmet food products available to purchase. The markets are organised by the Rotary Club of Yamba.
GOANNA PULLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE National Goanna Pulling Championships will be an all-day event held at Wooli on September 30 from 9am-6pm. This flagship event in the small coastal town, has been run annually since 1985 and attracts more than 3000 visitors each October long weekend. It is seen as a fun event, for all ages. There is not not just Goanna Pulling, but a range of other events such as: Tug-of-war, North Coast Axemen event, brick carrying races, sprint age races, market stalls, food and beverage stalls. Together with the food stall you will find carnival rides and live music.
THE CLARENCE 100
THE Clarence 100 is a three-day paddle down the mighty Clarence River starting at Copmanhurst and finishing at Whiting Beach Yamba from 6am on October 19. The paddle is a total of one hundred kilometres of magnificent river scenery. The paddle is for the competent kayaker who is fit and ready to take on the challenge and is divided into three stages comprising different distances. The event caters for competitive and social paddlers. For more information, contact event co-ordinator Ben Sullivan on phone 0433 155 953 or email email@example.com.
THE third annual Tamworth Textile Triennial Exhibition will be held from November 16 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. The event will run Daily until January 25. The event celebrates the open-ended nature of textile practice today. The participant artists are all linked with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the sense of belonging that comes from working with other artists; while others take on wide-ranging issues, such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist's place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval.