Top Ten things to do (and markets)
1. Splendour in the Grass 2015: It's time to clean your festival boots and dress to impress! Splendour will take place at the picturesque North Byron Parklands from Thursday, where you will enjoy music acts such as Blur, Florence and The Machine, Tame Impala, The Wombats and The Church. Besides the music, there will be arts, craft, forums, cabaret, comedy and plenty of showing off. At North Byron Parklands from Thursday, July 23, to Sunday, July 26. For details go to Splendour's website.
2. Newrybar Fireworks: Newrybar Public School is set to light up the night sky tonight on Saturday 18th July with its annual fireworks and bonfire spectacular. The Fireworks and Bonfire Night is a tradition which adds to the more than 125-year history of the Newrybar School. Activities will include Tombola, a cent auction, raffles and local produce stalls. There is also great local food with everything from the Bangalow Lions Club's famous Aussie barbeque to vegetarian curries, chicken satays, homemade cakes and desserts. All topped off with the night sky fireworks spectacular at around 7.30pm. At Newrybar Public School, Newrybar, from 4pm. $5 per person or $10 per family.
3. Blue Knob Hall Pumpkin Festival and Bush Dance: Come along and enjoy today's Blue Knob Hall Pumpkin Festival and Bush Dance. The day will start with pumpkin carving and choko carriage races from 9am to midday. To participate in the pumpkin cooking competition, entries in by 10.30am for the Sweet Bake, Savoury Bake and Soup categories. There will be a raffle draw and cake for the Blue Knob Farmers Markets fifth birthday at 11.30am. The Fourth Annual Bush Dance begins with dinner from 5.30pm: a buffet of pumpkin inspired dishes, locally grown sausages and sweet treats. Dancing begins at 7pm with The Revival Scratch Band. Traditional bush dances will be called. $20 per person, $30 a couple, and $40 a family for the Bush Dance. At Blue Knob Hall, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin.
4. The Big Sing: Sing with your heart, have fun with your voice and feel the healing power of sound. Internationally acclaimed musician and singer Chris James renowned for his ability to co-create instant choirs - up to 20,000 people at Festivals and concerts - leads this fun event with music from a mixture of genres. Featuring Spherical & The Inner Heart Choir. At Suffolk Park Community Centre, Alcorn St, Suffolk Park, today Saturday 18th July from 7pm. $10.
5. Christmas in July High Tea Fundraiser: To help raise money for the Women's and Children's Refuge in Lismore, join the High Tea Ladies for a traditional Christmas in July high tea with all the fine china, linen silverware and Christmas decor you could wish for. As well as gourmet food and boutique tea, there will be entertainment, games and prizes. At the corner of Eureka Road and Whian Whian Rd, Eureka, today Saturday from 2pm. For more details visit www.hightealadies.com.au.
6. Steinway Recital by Daniel de Borah: The Byron Community Centre is home to a full Concert Steinway piano, a rarity in regional areas, and this recital promises a world class performance by one of Australia's elite pianists. Daniel de Borah's performances reflect the rich influences of study at the St Petersburg State Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music London and the prestigious Liszt Academy in Budapest, and he is now well established and in demand as a recitalist, accompanist and also soloist with many major orchestras here and abroad. The program will include pieces by Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Sergei Prokofiev, among others. At the Byron Community Centre tomorrow Sunday 19 from 2pm. $30. Organised by the Byron Music Society. Click here for details.
7. Casino Show Heavy Horse and Horsepower Weekend: Get up close to a draft horse or hear the loud grunt of a big tractor at the Casino Show Heavy Horse and Horsepower Weekend. Trucks, tractors and machinery, horse drawn ploughing competition, tractor games and a tractor pull plus much more. Food and beverages available all weekend and a dinner held tonight (bookings essential). At the Casino Showgrounds, Summerland Way, today and tomorrow. Free event.
8. The Rennie Ellis Show: Photographer Rennie Ellis (1940 - 2003) is a key figure in Australian visual culture. The Rennie Ellis Show highlights some of the defining images of Australian life from the 1970s and 1980s. This exhibition of 100 photographs provides a personal account of what Ellis termed 'a great period of change'. The photographs provide a strong sense of a place that now seems a world away: a world free of risk, of affordable inner city housing, of social protest, of disco and pub rock, of youth and exuberance. A travelling exhibition presented by the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and Monash Gallery of Art with support from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. At the Lismore Regional Gallery from today until at the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, Lismore.
9. Small Things: The latest exhibition at The Channon Gallery covers all media: works on paper (photography / drawings / mixed media / oil paint etc), ceramics, intricate embroidery and whimsical fibre art. Even the gallery's staff are also taking part. You'll find David's stunning (never displayed before) photographs, several of Peter's paintings and new fibre works created just for the exhibition by Fiona. They have aimed for small, beautiful pieces at extremely affordable prices. And for the first time Channon Gallery A3 size posters will also be on sale. At The Channon Gallery, 52 Terania St, The Channon, from 10am - 4pm, open now until September 6. Free event.
10. ASA Wax Lyrical Northern Rivers Songwriters Night: The Northern Rivers branch of the not-for-profit Australian Songwriters Association meets monthly, offering local songwriters and poets an opportunity to network, workshop songs, perform and find out about competitions, classes and performance opportunities. Bring your instrument, voice and words, and share up to three pieces with the group. Get written feedback if requested. This is not an open mic event. $5 entry includes use of PA, mics, drums and keys. At Planet Music, cnr Molesworth & Woodlark St, Lismore, this Thursday, July 23, from 6.30pm.
- Alstonville Farmers Market, Bugden Ln car park, Alstonville.
- Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground.
- Uki Farmers market every Saturday morning. Blue Knob Farmers Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock.
- Bangalow Farmers Market, 1 Byron St, Bangalow
- Mullumbimby Community Market, Stuart St 3rd
- Ballina Market (East Ballina Lions Club), Canal Rd, Ballina
- Lismore Car Boot Market, Lismore Shopping Square
- Uki Buttery Bazaar, 1454 Kyogle Rd
- Missingham Bridge Markets, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina
- Northern Rivers Kids and Babies Markets, Brunswick Heads Public School, 2 Fingal Lane, Brunswick Heads