Authors return for iconic Byron Writers Festival

Zacharey Jane is one of the writers travelling west on the Byron Writers Festival Road Trip.
Zacharey Jane is one of the writers travelling west on the Byron Writers Festival Road Trip.

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Current to September 17: Tweed Regional Gallery's first international touring exhibition, David Hockney: Words & Pictures, features works by one of the most influential living artists. Hockney has been described as "arguably Britain's greatest living painter" and in 2011 was voted by his peers as the most influential British artist of all time. The international collection will be supplemented by outstanding original Hockney etchings, lithographs and photo collages, including colourful portraits of the artist's mother and a self-portrait loaned to the gallery by the artist's Australian-based brother, John. This unprecedented display will be a ticketed exhibition, with admission prices kept affordable. The gallery is at 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah. Inquiries 0266702790.

July 22: ENJOY Christmas in July at Ballina RSL Bowling Club with dinner from 6pm. Be entertained by Spin Duo until 10pm. Paul and Simone of Spin Duo have been performing together for more than eight years and bring both classic and new songs to life with incredible harmonies. They specialise in disco, pop, rock, ballads, and rock'n'roll. Price for the night is $35 which includes a two-course traditional Christmas meal with a complimentary drink on arrival, bon bons and roasted nuts. Book with Ballina RSL Club, 240 River St, Ballina, on the website or call Vicki Veitch on 0266819500.

July 22: THE Combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore present A Symphony of Opera, an early evening concert featuring the Lismore Symphony Concert Orchestra, four superb opera singers and well-known conductor and pianist Nicholas Routley. Dress in your finery and be treated to champagne and canapes prior to the concert then sit back and enjoy a concert to remember. To be held from 4.30pm to 7pm at Southern Cross University, Whitebrook Theatre, Military Road, East Lismore. Cost adult $65. Book on the website. Inquiries to Gae Ferris on 0412742095 or email

July 27: OPERA Australia is putting on a special fundraising concert to support NORPA's rebuild after the flood devastated the entire bottom floor of Lismore City Hall, leaving the theatre company without an office, box office and rehearsal space. The gala concert will feature the entire cast from The Marriage of Figaro with a live chamber orchestra performing a selection of arias and ensembles from some of the world's most-loved operas including The Barber of Seville, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro. Tickets $50. Concert starts at 7.30pm at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St. Inquiries to 1300066772

July 29: Attracting more than 6000 visitors last year, the Lismore Aviation Expo is back in 2017 for an even bigger and better celebration of all things that fly, drive and ride.

The aviation expo will include aircraft, classic car and motorcycle displays, trade stands, joy flights, market stalls, children's entertainment and food stalls. There will be gravity-defying aerobatics, magnificent warbirds and old-fashioned aircraft, helicopters and hot air balloons. Entry fees are adult $5, under 16 free for the event which runs from 9am to 4pm at the Lismore Aviation Centre, Three Chain Rd, South Lismore. Inquiries to 1300878387.

July 29: Wardell Red Cross presents A Night Of Country Music with the show starting at 7pm. There's a great line-up of country artists from the Northern Rivers including Rainer Eichhorn from Ocean Shores, Bob Bolewski from Ballina, Max Maher from Casino, Geoff Gibson and Diana Alvos from Kyogle, Cynthia McKeough from Broadwater, Margaret Edge from Whyralla, and Raf and Graham Richardson from Mullumbimby. Admission includes show and supper, with adults $15, students $10. Tickets available at Wardell Post Office. Show runs 5.30pm to 10.30pm at Wardell Sporting and Recreation Club, Bath St, Wardell. Inquiries to Ros Walsh on 0266834111.

August 4-6: Regional Australia's most popular literary festival features a riveting line-up of writers and thinkers who converge on the iconic coastal town of Byron Bay for the three-day Byron Writers Festival. This year promises to present another program of compelling and diverse voices, to captivate and lead audiences on profound and entertaining journeys. Workshops July 31 to August 3. Three-day festival runs 9am to 5pm. Byron Writers Festival Road Trip rides again this year, heading west to the northern NSW tableland towns of Casino, Glen Innes and Tenterfield from July 31 to Aug 2. Inquiries

August 6: Head to Missingham Bridge Reserve to join in the Ballina Lions Fun-Run-Walk. This event is for all skill levels, from elite athletes through to walkers. Many runners who regularly compete in triathlons join in the fun, such as Ballina Athletics Club, Ballina Little Athletics and the Ballina Triathlon Club. The five and 10-kilometre courses are Australian Athletics certified and the course follows the picturesque foreshores of Ballina. Starts at 9am at Missingham Park, Kingsford Smith Dr, Ballina. Cost is $10-$30. Inquiries website

August 8: The mid-60's music scene was dominated by British acts, three of which became household names - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Herman's Hermits, one of the most successful groups throughout the world. From their beginning in Manchester, England, on April 1, 1964, the band has chalked up more than 23 hit singles, 10 hit albums, three major movies and countless television shows and concert tours. The Herman's Hermits show at the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, starts at 7.30pm. Cost adult $54.90,concession and group $49.90. This event is mostly suited for adults. Inquiries

August 18-20: The Bangalow Music Festival will delight audiences with a sublime program of chamber music, bringing the highest calibre chamber and orchestral musicians from around the world. This is inspiring music in a beautiful location presented by the Southern Cross Soloists. Bangalow is situated in the luscious hinterland of Northern NSW and only a 15-minute drive from Byron Bay. It's a charming village with an abundance of fabulous restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and clothing, homewares and antique shops. The festival is a unique experience unlike any other, complete with inspiring music, food, scenery, relaxation and camaraderie. Inquiries

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