LEGENDARY: Australian pianist David Helfgott returns to the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie on June 8.
LEGENDARY: Australian pianist David Helfgott returns to the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie on June 8.

What's on: Mid North Coast


LEGENDARY Australian pianist, David Helfgott, returns to the Glasshouse on June 8 with a program featuring Mussorgsky's Russian masterpiece, Pictures At An Exhibition - a musical stroll through an imagined art gallery of great Russian paintings and including the famous Great Gate Of Kiev. He'll also give his world- renowned performances of pieces by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov, music so iconically linked with David throughout his whole career.

This is David's only scheduled performance in regional NSW for 2019. Glasshouse is on the corner of Clarence and Hay Sts, Port Macquarie.

Phone 02 6581 8888 or email info@glasshouse.org.au.


STILL is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers. Call for entries for the 2019 award opened on Monday, February 11 and will close on Monday, June 10. First prize: $30,000.

Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.

Go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au.


KNOWING the North Coast's love for both koalas and cars, Port Macquarie's Hello Koalas Festival organisers are inviting owners and car club members to start planning to join them for the Cars for Koalas Show and Shine on Saturday, June 8 at Westport Park.

There's also a koala conservation symposium earlier in the week. It is all part of a week-long festival of events taking in the June long weekend. So go along and enjoy discovering the attractions of Port Macquarie and the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail and show off your pride and joy at the same time as raising awareness of koala safety, and funds for the Koala Hospital. All marques and character cars are welcome. For car show details,

Phone Denis Mamo on 0419 991 627 or email denis@hellokoalas.com; for symposium details, phone Margret Meagher on 0416 641 482 or go to hellokoalas.com.


JOIN up with other iPad users to discover how to make free video calls on Facebook, Skype or Messenger. Bring along your own device or borrow one on the day and work through all things iPad apps. To be held at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library, Coffs Harbour from 10am-noon, May 28.

Phone 02 6648 4900.


ESCAPE to the magical and mysterious world of Diamonds After Dark. This high impact show promises electrifying performances, bringing to life the music of Queen, Cher, Lady Gaga and much much more. An explosion of talent including dancing, incredible vocals and a dynamic cast who have graced stages around the globe. Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre Provided by: Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre from 7.30-9.15pm on June 20.

Phone 02 6648 4930.


OVER the many years the Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary have raised money to purchase equipment for the Maclean Hospital and Community Health. A fashion parade will be held at the Treelands Drive Community Centre, Yamba on May 24 from 2pm with all proceeds going towards an Ultrasound for Maclean Hospital.

Come along and enjoy the delicious afternoon tea, raffles and lucky door prizes.


THE Beach (Food Truck) Carnivale is on the move again and heading to Yamba, Prince Street, Grafton 15 June. Once again, there is free entry to Carnivale. Enjoy over 15 of the yummiest food trucks, the beach bar and sports bar, live music all weekend long, carnival rides, jumping castles and more.

There will be dodgeball, darts, table tennis, three-on-three soccer, Net4ball, two-on-two volleyball and a colour run.


COME along and enjoy the amazing art of Dog Jumping and Agility at the Grafton Dog Obedience Club. The event is held right in the centre of Grafton CBD from 7am-4pm on June 15. Be amazed as a viewer or enter a pet if trained and ready to fly.


THE Annual Big Dig is a major fundraising event now in its eighth year and raises funds for Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise local and overseas community projects and will be held on June 2 this year. The Big Dig Treasure Hunt on Town Beach, Port Macquarie was initially created by the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise to add value to the community by hosting an annual family fun day.

Registration will commence from 9am, Walk the Plank at 10.15am with the dig starting at 11am.


THE Players Theatre Inc is presenting its biannual One Act Play Festival this June 8-9. The weekend will be non-stop theatre entertainment at the Players Theatre on Lord St, Port Macquarie. Theatre groups from interstate, and within their own local community will be competing in their One Act Play Festival. In 2017 they had 16 plays from as far away as Melbourne and Ipswich.

Sessions commence on Saturday, June 8 at 10am and each session has about three one-act plays.


LEE Kernaghan is set to hit the road again in May/June playing Grafton (Saraton Theatre - May 30), Coffs (Ex-Services May 31) and Port (The Glasshouse - June 2). Following his sold out 25th Anniversary Tour Lee began turning his experiences out on the road into songs and a brand new album "Backroad Nation". Lee said "Backroad Nation is a celebration of us, our way of life and the people who make our country great.

Much of the inspiration for the songs has come from the people I've met and the places I've travelled to from Alice Springs to the Deni Ute Muster, from the mighty Pilbara region in WA to backroads QLD and everywhere in between."    

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