GET out and about in northern NSW in April and May with a selection of exciting events and activities to choose from.
1. CURRENT TO MAY 21
TUMBULGUM and the Countdown to Midnight Group Show is on at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah. This exhibition draws from documentation gathered from If These Halls Could Talk, a multi-arts project managed by Arts Northern Rivers celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities. The gallery opens Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The gallery will also close on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and Anzac Day. Address is 2 Mistral Road (cnr Tweed Valley Way), Murwillumbah South. Details 02 6670 2790.
2. CURRENT TO JUNE 18
HEIRLOOMS of the Future exhibition displays the work of local textile and embroidery group Loose Threads. They use traditional techniques with a contemporary interpretation, demonstrating excellence in embroidery, confidence in design and a love of textiles. At Crawford House Museum, home of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville. Open Friday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. Details 02 6628 1829.
3. SUNDAY, APRIL 23
THE VOICE of Ireland - Tommy Fleming returns to Australia for a national tour in support of his new album released early 2017. One of the best entertainers working today, Tommy has earned a stellar reputation as a live performer. Star Court Theatre from 7.30pm, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore. Cost: $60 adult, $55 group. This event is mostly suited for adults. Details (02) 6622 5005.
4. MONDAY, APRIL 24
THEY'VE graced the stages of Bluesfest, Port Fairy, Woodford, Gympie Muster, Urban Country, Mud Bulls, Caloundra and Tamworth music festivals, as well as some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, rubbing shoulders with the best acts Australia has to offer. Round Mountain Girls perform at Kingscliff Beach Hotel, 102 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, from 7pm. Cost free. Details (02) 6674 1406.
5. SATURDAY, MAY 13
IT'S a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave labourers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form. Stimela The Gumboot Musical, at the Byron Bay Community Centre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, from 8pm to 9.30pm. For all ages, general admission $30. Details 02 6685 6807.
6. SATURDAY, APRIL 29
THE Beatles Swing showcases a new take on The Beatles songs - an eight-piece swing band, two talented backing vocalists and Craig Martin. It features the songwriting talents of all four members of this supergroup, spanning the years 1962 to 1970. Craig and a team of Brisbane composers have rearranged the songs, making old new again. Craig's Merseybeat background helped him secure the permission to rearrange the songs. He is delighted to bring a little bit of his hometown Liverpool to Twin Towns, 2 Wharf St, Tweed Heads. Show starts at 2pm. Tickets $12. Call 1800 014 014 or book online.
7. MAY 6 & 7
CASINO Relay For Life runs from 3pm Saturday to 9am Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight experience which raises vital funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Casino community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. Want to join the teams already registered? Log on to http:/fundraising.cancer.org.au.
8. MAY 12
DIRECT from the USA, The Kings of Country ... Phillip Bauer as Johnny Cash has been recreating the sound and the look since 1985 with his uncanny natural resemblance and his stage presence. Michael Moore as the outlaw Willie Nelson is the world's leading Willie tribute artist and, as well as working with the Kings of Country, he also does his own show extensively in the United States. Ted Vigil as John Denver , tours regularly with his own show. The Kings of Country, a must-see show, 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Ballina RSL Club, Ballina. Cost $40. Details Vicki Veitch on 02 6681 9500.
9. MAY 20-30
CASINO Beef Week Festival presented by the 2017 Northern Cooperative Meat Company. With more than 110 events featured in the program, there is something for everyone. Come along to the fashion parade, Beef Meets Reef, rodeo, family fun day and don't miss the grand parade. Follow Casino Beef Week on Facebook and join in the celebration of the Richmond Valley's signature event.
10. SUNDAY, MAY 21
THE fifth annual Heart of the Caldera Wellness Festival is on from 9am to 3pm. Visit the Tyalgum Hall for an immersion in well-being. Stalls will include holistic therapies, natural beauty, massage, energy work, organic foods and health care, psychic readings and much more. For more information or to book a stall, call Treni on 0499 915 286.