Jess Love will perform in the Cheeky Cabaret_during Artstate Lismore 2017.
Jess Love will perform in the Cheeky Cabaret_during Artstate Lismore 2017. MaxGordon

What's On: Northern NSW

Events list for November/December


NORTHERN Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, launches four exciting new exhibitions this month. In liminal, Kate Dambach uses saturated colour, glazing layers and subtle shifts to create an emotive experience through paint. Her work draws inspiration from the vast wilderness that takes your breath away. Homage to Home by Sharon McIlwain features landscapes worked from photography, plein air paintings, drawings and collective memories. David Robson's specialty is watercolour in Winds of Change, and in Seven Years in Solitude, Anna Nordstrom uses discarded domestic building material. The exhibitions open November 15, and continue until December 17. The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry St and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm. Details call 66816167 or visit


SET in a relaxing and creative environment, Murwillumbah Makers and Finders Market is an excellent venue for artists, vintage wares and musicians from the Tweed region. It showcases products ranging from local art, skincare, jewellery, home wares, pottery, vintage, quality secondhand, food stalls and entertainment by local musicians and creative workshops provided every month by local arts groups. Located in the family-friendly Knox Park, on the third Saturday of each month, from 9am to 3pm. Details email or check out the website.


SPRING is in her full, majestic flight and the time is drawing nearer to harvest her fruits to share and swap. The Federal Exchange happens the last Saturday of each season - next on November 25 - and is a wonderful way to get to know local enthusiastic growers and gardeners and discover food plants you may never have heard of. Bring any excess food you can harvest from your garden to swap with each other ... fruit, vegies, seeds, herbs, cuttings, seedlings, worms, compost, eggs, flowers, nuts, manure and honey. Leave your money at home - this is a rare, completely cash-free event. At the Federal Park, opposite Doma Café, from 10am. Details email or go to the group page


AUSSIES for Orphans is a local charity based in Skennars Head that was founded in 2005 by Steve and Sue Lewis. With a dedicated committee in Northern NSW and Sydney, and a team of big-hearted donors and volunteers, over the last 11 years Aussies for Orphans has created real and lasting change in the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Nepal. This year's fundraiser is to kick-start Project Destiny - a ground-breaking education initiative in partnership with a Delhi-based charity. Enjoy a gourmet Indian banquet, lucky door prize, major raffle and auction items on November 25 at Club Lennox, 10 Stewart St, Lennox Head. Cost $55 includes champagne on arrival, three-course meal and entertainment, 6.30pm to 11pm. To book call Sue Lewis on 0423555739 or email


THE Overtopping is a creative investigation into disaster, recovery, trauma and resilience based around the extreme weather event Cyclone Debbie and its impact on Lismore. It is a site-specific, multi-sensory theatrical experience based on stories of the April 2017 flood and its aftermath. Lismore's back alleys will be used as the location to frame a variety of stories and art forms including dance, puppetry, sound art, projection, creative lighting, live storytelling and water art. The Overtopping is a new work created for Artstate Lismore by RealArtWorks. Cost free. At cnr of Keen St & Larkin Lane, Lismore, from November 3 to December 1.


PRODUCED by Regional Arts NSW in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers, Artstate is an exciting four-day arts event encompassing an inspiring two-day speakers' program alongside a diverse multi-genre arts program, from November 30 to December 3. This is open to the public and includes three days of mostly free music, film and family programming at the new Quadrangle Precinct - including a special presentation from local theatre company Northern Rivers Performing Arts with the world premiere of their new production Djurra, and a free public concert by the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW. For details of the Artstate program and tickets to events, visit

Artstate Lismore, a colourful four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from November 30 to December 3.
Artstate Lismore, a colourful four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from November 30 to December 3. Artstate


DAUGHTERS of the Rum Rebellion at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, on December 1 is a musical theatre production that reveals the hidden history of Australia's female bushrangers, starring Gleny Rae and Ilona Harker. This groundbreaking theatre show brings to light the fascinating colonial feats of these forgotten bushrangers. Through narration and song, Gleny and Ilona skillfully bring to life the fictional characters of Lady Moonlight and Madame Ironbark, who are running from the unjust law of the time. Cost $20/$15. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, 7pm to 8pm. Details on theatre website or call 92702500.


The Kingy Tri is a community sporting event on Sunday, December 3, to celebrate the Tweed and get the whole family active. Whether you're chasing a new personal best or giving your first tri a go, the Kingy Tri is known for its great atmosphere and stunning location. The triathlon will be based in Kingscliff along Marine Parade. For information on event road closures, go to Race director is Michael Crawley on 0402226333.


REGGAE royalty, Jamaica's The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, return on Friday, December 8, at Hotel Brunswic, 4 Mullumbimby Street, Brunswick Heads, to perform the iconic Bob Marley & the Wailers album Legend in full, plus a special encore of greatest hits. A unique experience of the biggest reggae act of all time is sure to have you swaying and singing along to songs that have captured fans from all generations. General admission $69.90, hotel opens 6pm-11pm. Book at


INSPIRED by a hot flush and a bottle of wine, Jeanie Linders created Menopause the Musical as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change". Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a grassroots movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges they conquer mentally, physically and spiritually. Many of the audience members have come back time and time again to join with their sisters in this 90-minute, one-act laugh-a-thon. At Twin Towns Services Club, 2 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, on Friday, December 15, from 8pm. Freecall booking office: 1800014014.

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