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Festivals return to the North Coast

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Festivals return to the North Coast

Festivals return to the North Coast

By Christine Tondorf

THE biggest Northern Rivers event since the pandemic started was held in Nimbin over the weekend – MardiGrass.
Organisers say a crowd of about 2500 attended the protest festival, which calls for the reform of Australia’s cannabis laws.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the size of the crowd had exceeded organisers’ expectations.
“It was a beautiful, peaceful protest,” Mr Balderstone said.

MardiGrass, which began 28 years ago, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year it took place just four weeks after the NSW Health Minster signed a public health order stopping Byron Bay’s Bluesfest from proceeding.

“It was pretty nerve racking the last few weeks,” Mr Balderstone said.

“We had lots of talks with police and health and council, but we got the green light.”

Festivals return to the North CoastMr Balderstone said in previous years MardiGrass attracted up to 10,000 people but this year the crowd was capped at 3000 due to Covid regulations.
Lismore City Council public health officer Cameron Smith said MardiGrass organisers had been happy to put together a Covid plan for an outdoor event, which included QR code registering.
“The organisers were very receptive to council’s suggestions because they wanted a positive successful event to go ahead, and we wanted everyone to go home healthy and safe. We don’t want anything to happen in the region which might impact other events as they come back online.”

Upcoming festivals planned for the Northern Rivers include the Mullumbimby Renew Fest (May 7 -9), the Byron Comedy Fest (May 13-16) and the Northern Rivers Crystal and Craft Festival (June 12 -14). The Falls Festival and the Byron Bay Writers Festival are also on track to be held in winter.
The NSW Labor Opposition is lobbying the State Government to offer financial support to Bluesfest. Shadow Minister for Music John Graham said a business interruption fund was needed for festival organisers to confidently plan large-scale events without risking huge losses.

Mr Balderstone said the only downside to MardiGrass was the number of police drug testing sites set up around the town, with many people charged with drug offences.
This complaint was echoed by Greens NSW Upper House members Cate Faehrmann and David Shoebridge.
“Dozens of police are targeting every car driving into MardiGrass with random roadside drug testing,” Ms Faehrmann wrote on social media.
“What a stupid pointless waste of public money just to ruin innocent lives.”

Mr Shoebridge wrote, “Nimbin during MardiGrass is a safe supporting and positive community. It’s also grossly over policed, especially on the road in and out with squads of police and multiple police vans at every entry.”
Former Lismore magistrate David Heilpern said both Ms Faehrmann and Mr Shoebridge were also drug tested by police over the weekend.

“Clearly the police are trying to shut MardiGrass down by using the road traffic laws to deter people from coming,” Mr Heilpern said.
“It is not a road safety operation – it is a prohibition agenda.

“I’m sure the real criminals of the Northern Rivers were delighted that huge police resources were thrown into this victimless crime.
“A ring of testing vehicles surrounded Nimbin for the weekend. What a waste of resources.
“There is absolutely no evidence that drug detection testing leads to less road trauma.”

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Northern Rivers Art Galleries

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Northern Rivers Art Galleries

 

The Northern Rivers is known for its arts culture, both nationally and internationally, and holds some amazing galleries showcasing local art and talent. With galleries spread all over the region, let’s dive into the arts and find some local galleries for you to visit.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG)

44 Cherry Street Ballina

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) - Northern Rivers Art Galleries

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG)

The NRCG, run by Ballina Shire Council, features four exhibition spaces and presents a range of professional, multi-arts and cultural programs incorporating diverse events, public programs and residencies. The gallery has a strong focus critical thinking, creative exploration and social cohesion whilst connecting artists, makers and audiences with creative opportunities. The gallery also holds public programs in which residents and visitors can learn about art, both practically and theoretically, with monthly workshops, artist talks, master-classes, screenings and special events.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

2 Mistral Road Murwillumbah South

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre - Northern Rivers Art Galleries

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is housed in a large, modern, architecturally award-winning building with views to Wollumbin/Mount Warning. The Margaret Olley Art Centre is a celebration of Margaret Olley’s career and combines exhibitions of her art, interactive multi-media drawing activities, workshops and much more. Being one of the bigger galleries in the area, it holds 7 exhibition spaces, community workshops, a café and is also connected to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Lone Goat Gallery

28 Lawson Street Byron Bay

Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery

Housed within the Byron Bay Library building, this contemporary art space is just a short stroll from Main Beach, offering a serene retreat for art lovers. The gallery’s mission is to present an eclectic mix of emerging and established artists from the Northern Rivers region and beyond, showcasing a rich diversity of visual arts. Monthly programs featuring exhibitions, artist talks, and workshops are designed to reflect and celebrate the variety of talent within the Northern Rivers arts community and further afield. Lone Goat Gallery showcases Byron Shire’s vibrant community gallery scene, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the region’s artistic expressions.

Lismore Regional Gallery

46 Magellan St Lismore (Pop-up Space)

Lismore Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery

Being one of the oldest cultural organisations in the Northern Rivers, the Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the most respected galleries in the region. It brings the community on a shared journey of engaging in contemporary art through a bold program of exhibitions, artist commissions, public programs and offsite projects. The gallery was unfortunately devastated by the 2022 floods, so it is currently at its temporary pop-up location until the gallery restoration is complete in mid 2024.

Grafton Regional Gallery

158 Fitzroy Street Grafton

Grafton Regional Gallery - Northern Rivers Art Galleries

Grafton Regional Gallery

The Grafton Regional Gallery is a source of community inspiration, delivering a vibrant and innovative program of exhibitions, events, workshops and outreach education. The Gallery enriches your well-being, gets you involved, is visionary, unexpected and amazing in every way. The refurbished and extended gallery was officially opened on Friday 19 March 2021, providing an expanded on-site space and delivering a reconfigured floor plan aligned with contemporary gallery needs and visitor expectations. The gallery host a range of different workshops and exhibitions of local artist and works.

 

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WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

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WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

 

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is thrilled to herald the return of the esteemed Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) in conjunction with the highly anticipated 2024 Wollumbin Art Award.

Now extending an open invitation for submissions, this biennial accolade warmly welcomes budding artists aged 5 to 18 from the vibrant locales of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim, Lismore, City of Gold Coast, and, for the inaugural time, Richmond Valley. Young creatives are encouraged to unleash their imaginations, as entries encompassing a diverse array of visual artworks across all subjects and mediums are eagerly anticipated. Alongside the prestige of recognition, prizes including art materials and a multitude of art-making opportunities valued at up to $1,000 await the brightest talents.

With dedicated categories tailored to each age bracket – ranging from 5–8 years to 16–18 years – the WYAA endeavours to celebrate the boundless ingenuity and artistic prowess of regional youth. Ingrid Hedgcock, esteemed Gallery Director, expressed her profound enthusiasm for the initiative, affirming, “This award stands as a testament to the exceptional abilities of our young artists, instilling within them a sense of pride and empowerment to craft works of enduring significance.”

The Gallery extends a warm welcome to Jodi Ferrari, the esteemed Children’s Gallery Coordinator at HOTA, Home of the Arts, who joins as the distinguished guest judge for the Youth award. Renowned for her expertise in curating immersive art experiences tailored for young audiences, Ms. Ferrari brings invaluable insight to the adjudication process.

Ms. Ferrari herself shared her anticipation, remarking, “I am eager to bear witness to the kaleidoscope of perspectives and boundless creativity showcased in this year’s submissions. It is a privilege to be entrusted by the Gallery to preside over this prestigious award, albeit one that promises to present a delightful challenge.”

Mark your calendars as the selected finalists earn the esteemed opportunity to showcase their masterpieces at the Gallery from September 6 to November 24, with the eagerly awaited award announcements set to unfold on September 7.

Generously sponsored by Friends of the Gallery, the Wollumbin Youth Art Award epitomizes a commitment to fostering and celebrating emerging talent within the artistic community.

The award features categories for different age groups:

  • 5–8 years
  • 9–12 years
  • 13–15 years
  • 16–18 years.

Don’t miss your chance to leave an indelible mark on the art world – entries for the WYAA 2024 are now open and will conclude at 5 pm on Monday, June 3, 2024.

For comprehensive details, including entry prerequisites, please visit the Gallery’s official website.

 

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DREAMS – FLEETWOOD MAC & STEVIE NICKS TRIBUTE SHOW

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DREAMS – FLEETWOOD MAC & STEVIE NICKS TRIBUTE SHOW

 

Coming to Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Saturday 13 April is The Dreams Show! It’s your ticket to experiencing the magic of Fleetwood Mac and the captivating solo career of their leading lady, Stevie Nicks.

Since its launch in 2017, Dreams has gained massive acclaim, both from fans across Australia and from within the Fleetwood Mac team itself. Dennis Dunstan, Fleetwood Mac’s Manager (1981-1999), applauded the show, stating: “The Dreams Show was a breath of fresh air when it comes to Fleetwood Mac tribute shows.. these guys deliver.. Big Time! Don’t miss this show if you’re a Mac fan!”

Surrender to the enchantment of Dreams, as we create a Fleetwood Mac Tribute spectacle with everything from outfits to choreography to guitar leads to harmonies to songs anecdotes & of course all their iconic songs. Enjoy monumental classics like ‘Go your Own way’, ‘Gypsy’, ‘Edge of Seventeen’, ‘Rooms on Fire’, ‘TUSK’, ‘Say you love me’, and many others.

The Dreams Team – meet the team behind the spectacle:

  1. Nikki Canale: Our very own Stevie Nicks, a seasoned performer originating from the USA, with a decade-long professional stint in Las Vegas.
  2. Wayne Daniels: Emulating Lindsay Buckingham, Wayne juggles between roles of musical director, band founder, and a virtuoso of guitar and vocals. Wayne has a rich history as a singer-songwriter-lead guitarist, including his original 80’s & 90’s Sydney-based bands from Colour Blue to Shikira to Triple Entente.
  3. Regotron Leayr: Resonating with John McVie’s character, he enriches the ensemble with his bass guitar, vocals, and expertise in production.
  4. Krissy Linehan: Representing Christine McVie, spices up performances with the keys, vocals, flute and a lot of class.
  5. Matt Skea: Reliving the role of Mick Fleetwood, showcases amazing proficiency in drums, percussion & vocals.

EVENET DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday 13 April
  • Where: Kingscliff Beach Hotel
  • Doors: 6pm – Show 7pm onward
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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