What's on: Coffs and Clarence
IT'S part Banjo Patterson, part contemporary dance, with a little Coldplay thrown in - it's Banjo on March 24 at Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre from 3-7.30pm. An exhilarating ride of contemporary dance, the music of Coldplay and the spoken word of A.B 'Banjo' Paterson, Banjo brilliantly intertwines the life of Banjo Paterson through arrangements of Coldplay's greatest hits. It is performed live by some of Australia's leading performance talent. The cast includes Steph Maddren, Mat Brooker, Darren McIntyre, Michael O'Mullane and Tim Maddren. For further information phone 02 6648 4930.
IPADS AND BISCUITS
WOOLGOOLGA Library will host an iPads and Biscuits morning from 10am to noon on March 26. Make a booking via the Coffs Council site and come along to one or all of the library's series of free group learning sessions, iPads and Biscuits. Join up with other iPad users to discover together anything and everything to do with e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Participants can bring along their own devices or borrow one and we will work through finding and discovering e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines.
OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR
INSPIRING and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations and will be held at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre from 7-11pm on March 26. Each of the festival's films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world's oceans and the creatures that call them home. This carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea's salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.
DARREN COGGAN - LIKE A RHINESTONE COWBOY
THE country music star (last seen in his Cat Stevens show) is coming back to the Jetty Theatre in Coffs with his tribute to Glen Campbell on March 30. Multi award-winning performer, Darren Coggan, returns to his country roots Like A Rhinestone Cowboy, delivering the vocal authenticity and guitar prowess of the great Glen Campbell. In a personal reflection, Darren respectfully honours the indelible voice behind the golden hits of the '60s and '70s including Gentle On My Mind, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Try A Little Kindness, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy and many more. Phone 02 6648 4930.
COME and uncover your common ground at the 13th annual Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival on Sunday 31 March at Coffs Botanic Gardens from 9am. This vibrant, welcoming, and interactive community festival hosted by the Coffs Harbour City Council, celebrates our connection to country and our diversity as a strength.
PLUNGE ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL
THE plunge Art and Culture Festival is a month-long program of events right across the Clarence Valley. From exhibitions, local art and craft, workshops, live music, theatre, film and shows there is something for everyone. It starts on March 29 and runs right through April at venues across the valley. Drop into a local gallery or book into a workshop to learn a new skill - from acapella singing to shibori fabric dyeing or coptic book binding there's plenty to inspire you. Their favourite venues showcase visiting and local musicians for plenty of fun and entertainment. Go to clarence.nsw.gov.au.
GATE TO PLATE
GATE to Plate Regional Masters Expo is a product showcase and social gathering comprising educational master classes, cookery showcases and a Roman banquet-style evening feast on March 30 at 24 Treelands Drive, Yamba. Experience exquisite regional produce, made with passion, presented in person by the makers. Sample artisan food and beverages created in the Northern Rivers region, be inspired by cooking demonstrations and learn how these quality products are made by joining a master class presented by the makers themselves. Go to clarence.nsw.gov.au.
GLENREAGH CEDAR AND STEAM EXHIBITION
THE Glenreagh Cedar and Steam exhibition will be held on March 29 and 30 at the town's museum. After the recent loss of Glenreagh's Catholic Church their special section this year is significant historical structures. This will encourage the recognition, recording and respect for their irreplaceable history. Art entries in any medium including photography, painting, drawing, fibre arts, sculpture. Official Opening Friday, March 29 from 6pm. Glenreagh Memorial Museum is on the main road through the village. The museum was built onto the School of Arts, funded by a Bicentennial grant. Relics of the gold mining days, the early timber industry and old china pieces are featured. There is an entertainment corner displaying radios from the 1920s and an early film projector.
MACLEAN HIGHLAND GATHERING
GRAB your kilt and get to Maclean, the 'Scottish Town in Australia'. Walk among the clans that invade the town for the Highland Gathering every Easter from around the country, April 19-21. Piping competitions take place non-stop at different venues, as well as street concerts with dancers, pipers and singers. A parade along the main street of all participating bands takes place on Easter Saturday (at 8.30am sharp) and is followed by traditional Scottish games and dancing - tossing the caber and hammer throwing, food stalls and Scottish products await the bands and visitors at the showgrounds before a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall. Go to macleanhighlandgathering.com.au.