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SMALL GESTURES, ENDLESS WONDERS: EXPERIENCE SITE LAB IN LISMORE

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SMALL GESTURES, ENDLESS WONDERS: EXPERIENCE SITE LAB IN LISMORE

 

The city of Lismore is set to come alive with a celebration of art and creativity as the eagerly anticipated SITE LAB // Small Gestures Towards Infinity project launches.

From 29 July to 17 September 2023, this series of temporary public art projects will transform the Lismore CBD into an immersive space with a thought-provoking program of experimental art forms.

Co-commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers and Lismore Regional Gallery, SITE LAB presents an array of public artworks, including floating sculpture, experimental sound, living installations, and community-engaged works. Complementing this artistic showcase is a free program featuring artist talks, live listening events, and engaging sculptural activations.

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At the heart of this project is the vision of esteemed artists Peter Faulkner, Michael Donnelly and Betty Russ, Merinda Davies, Belinda Smith, and Chris Bennie. These artists aim to activate public spaces through their thought-provoking installations, bridging the gap between art and community. The exhibition invites residents and visitors to embark on a journey of discovery and offers fresh perspectives on our regional, post-flood landscape.

Peter Faulkner portrait by Kate Holme

Peter Faulkner portrait by Kate Holme

SITE LAB is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Visual Arts Commissioning Program, designed to bolster bold and ambitious new work. Developed in response to the loss of significant cultural infrastructure during the 2022 flood events, SITE LAB aims to spark continuous dialogue in the public arena, establishing temporary spaces that foster community connection and critical discourse. By positioning contemporary art practice at the forefront of the region’s recovery, SITE LAB brings hope and renewal to Lismore’s artistic landscape.

Ashleigh Ralph, Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, said,

“SITE LAB is a special project to deliver in Lismore. It brings together the power of art and community resilience. As the Regional Gallery currently exists without walls, our commitment to fostering a shared journey of contemporary art engagement remains unwavering. SITE LAB embodies our vision to create meaningful opportunities for artists and uplift our community through artistic expression.”

 

Join any or all of the free events weaving through the streets of Lismore, leaving behind a trail of small gestures and endless wonders. For more information about SITE LAB, visit artsnorthernrivers.com.au/project/site-lab

Belinda Smith 'Pop' 2020 – Photo by AJMoller

Belinda Smith ‘Pop’ 2020 – Photo by AJMoller

FREE PUBLIC PROGRAM

OPENING EVENT – Welcome to Country, Discussion, Artwork Tour & Cake Cutting
Saturday 29 July | 2-4pm at the Lismore Quadrangle

NOISE XHURCH | weekly experimental noise collaborations
Thursdays from 3rd August | 5 – 7 PM at 86 Woodlark Street

Artist Talk & Live Listening with Merinda Davies
Saturday 2nd September | 11.30 AM at The Quad

Artist Talks & Sculpture Activation with Chris Bennie & Belinda Smith
Saturday 19th August | 11.30 AM at The Quad

Artist Talk & Sound Performance with Michael Donnelly & Betty Russ
Saturday 16th September | 11.30 AM at 86 Woodlark Street, Lismore

 

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Blues on Broadbeach

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Blues on Broadbeach

 

Returning for its 23rd year, Blues on Broadbeach is set to transform the Gold Coast into a rhythm and blues haven from May 16-19, 2024!

The festival will feature over 65 international and local artists across 16 indoor and outdoor stages, promising an abundance of live rhythm & blues over the four-day event.

The festival program and app are now live, so you can start planning your experience today! A highlight of the festival will be US headliner Melissa Etheridge, who is set to deliver a rocking two-hour show on Saturday night.

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Other international stars making their way to the festival include Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton, Ana Popovic, Eric Bibb, Hi Rhythm Section with Boo Mitchell, and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, all renowned figures in the contemporary blues scene.

The festival will also showcase plenty of national and local talent, including festival favourite 8 Ball Aitken & Friends, who will host a special All-Star Blues Jam on Sunday, May 19. Gold Coast’s own Karl S. Williams will open for Melissa Etheridge on Saturday night.

A new addition this year is the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket, featuring New Zealand’s electronic-reggae-soul pioneers Fat Freddy’s Drop, alongside Tijuana Cartel and BOOMCHILD, who will perform exclusively at Kurrawa Park on Sunday, May 19.

With VIP tickets already sold out, be sure to secure your ticket soon to expand your Blues on Broadbeach experience! Beyond the six outdoor stages in the Broadbeach precinct, 10 Partnered Venues will also offer live music, allowing you to enjoy a meal or drink without missing any of the festival’s packed programming.

With so much happening from May 16-19, don’t miss out on your favourite acts! Download the Blues on Broadbeach 2024 festival app from the App Store or Google Play to create your personalised schedule.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: 16th – 19th of May
  • Where: Broadbeach
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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ASH GRUNWALD AT THE REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH

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ASH GRUNWALD AT THE REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH

 

One of Australia’s leading blues musician, Ash Grunwald, has announced a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of his latest single, “Life Without You.”

This laid-back track, which explores the themes of enduring love and appreciation for one’s partner, is a collaboration with Garrett Kato, renowned for his work with Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” and numerous releases by Ziggy Alberts. The song’s emotional depth is sure to resonate with listeners.

Ash Grunwald has long been an inspiration, encouraging a generation to embrace a nomadic lifestyle, “surfing by day and jamming by night”.

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His illustrious career has seen him share stages with legends like James Brown, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Keith Urban, among many others. He has captivated audiences at sold-out festivals across Europe, Japan, and North America.

Grunwald’s impressive discography includes six Australian Top-50 albums, and he has been recognised with numerous accolades: five ARIA and four AIR Award nominations, two APRA Awards, and the Best International Act at the LA Music Critic Awards.

Don’t miss the chance to see Australia’s most dynamic blues performer live at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. This tour promises to be a memorable experience, showcasing Ash Grunwald’s exceptional talent and his latest musical endeavours.

Be sure to catch this tour and witness the captivating performances of an artist who has significantly shaped the Australian blues scene. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to his music, Ash Grunwald’s tour is an event not to be missed.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fri 24th May, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Where: The Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah
  • Price: $50+BF
  • Tickets: Available here.

 

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Great Board Games for Family Game Night!

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Great Board Games for Family Game Night!

 

A classic game night is the epitome of a cosy evening spent indoors, filled with laughter and friendly competition. Whether you’re looking to refresh your game cupboard or considering board games as thoughtful gifts, exploring the right options can enhance these lively gatherings. From strategic board games that challenge the mind to light-hearted party games that bring out the laughs, there’s something for everyone. Let’s delve into a selection of excellent games that are perfect for family game night, ensuring hours of entertainment and cherished memories with loved ones.

The game of life

College, marriage, kids, insurance! What a way to learn about being an adult while adding fun to the mix! In the Game of Life, each player navigates through various life stages using a plastic car on the game board, from choosing a college to settling into retirement.

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The goal of the game is to traverse life by making wise decisions, aiming to retire first and with the most wealth. It’s an excellent game for teaching children about life’s lessons in a fun and accessible manner. Playing this game as a family not only promises enjoyable moments but also ignites meaningful conversations.

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  • Number of Players: Two to four
  • Recommended Age: 8 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 to 60 minutes

Monopoly

The first official Monopoly game was released in 1935, and it has been cultivating real estate moguls ever since. This board game involves both risk and chance as players purchase and trade properties while trying to avoid jail.

Players can buy properties if they have the necessary funds and can generate income by charging rent to other players who land on their properties. The objective of the game is to bankrupt your opponents, which can be a lengthy process. The strategy is to acquire enough properties in the same area to create a monopoly, making it difficult for other players to afford rent, ultimately leading to their bankruptcy.

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  • Number of Players: Two to six
  • Recommended Age: 8 and up
  • Playing Time: One to two hours

Cards Against Humanity

When playing Cards Against Humanity, forget about maintaining decorum. The game features black cards with open-ended prompts and white cards filled with a mix of humorous, risqué, and bizarre phrases.

In each round, a player takes on the role of the judge and selects a black card to present to the group. The other players then choose one of their white cards that best complements the prompt and hand it to the judge. The judge mixes these submissions and reads them aloud, ultimately picking a favourite based on their appeal.

This game is strictly for adults, designed to provoke laughter. You can enjoy it just for the fun or keep score with points for each round’s winning card to find out who excels at pushing boundaries.

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  • Number of Players: Four to 20
  • Recommended Age: 18 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 to 90 minutes

UNO

To play this engaging family game, all you need is an Uno card deck. It doesn’t require any additional pieces like marbles or spinners, making it easy to clean up and perfect for travel.

The Uno deck consists of 108 cards, with 25 cards in each of four colours and eight special action cards, such as Skip and Reverse. Players match cards from their hands to the card in the centre of the game by colour or number. They draw new cards from the deck until none remain. When a player is down to one card, they shout “Uno!”—a highlight of the game. Winning also traditionally involves a celebratory dance, adding to the fun.

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  • Number of Players: Two to 10
  • Recommended Age: 7 and up
  • Playing Time: 30 minutes or less

 

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