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January 2019

SWIFF 2019 – 10th – 25th January

January 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Jetty Memorial Theatre,
337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour,
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The 4th Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) begins on 10th January, bringing the most expansive feature film program across Regional Australia to the Coffs Coast.  Over 60 features films have been programmed for SWIFF’s fourth festival by Artistic Director Kate Howat, including four Australian premieres, five NSW premieres, and Coffs Harbour’s first ever World Premiere (Becoming Colleen). Half of all features programmed are directed by women.   The festival kicked off with art film collective Soda_Jerk in town from New York…

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November 20182018

Bowra Regional Writers’ Expo

November 18, 2018
Pioneer Community Centre,
70 High Street, BOWRAVILLE,

More than a festival, this event is a market of authors, showcasing local and regional authors and their books, songs, poems, a play and more. Workshops, a panel: How to start writing a book, meet local authors and have your books signed. A second hand book sale. Raffles and refreshments – fundraising for the Bowraville Pioneer Community Centre, 70 High Street Bowraville.

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Red Cedar Festival

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Kempsey Skate Park,
67 Belgrave St, Kempsey, Australian Capital Territory Australia
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Council, Macleay Valley Arts Council and Macleay Entertainment are proud to present Red Cedar Festival 2018! A FREE event for all Macleay Valley youth, the young at heart and anyone who loves music, Red Cedar Festival has gone bigger and better this year with markets and food stalls, a fashion show and a stellar line up with nationally touring headline act DOBBY. Get down to Kempsey Skate Park on Belgrave on Saturday 17 November for the Macelay Valley’s music event of the year

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October 2018

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival 26th, 27th, 28th October

October 24, 2018 - October 28, 2018
dorrigo folk and bluegrass festival/Dorrigo Showgrounds,
Waterfall Way, Dorrigo,

Now in it’s 17th year the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival continues to deliver an outstanding programme of inspiring musicians from across the globe. Passionate about delivering a festival where performers and patrons alike can share their love of music, whether at a concert, workshop or just sharing a tune or conversation in the shade. The second Old Time Music School runs for three days leading up to the festival and gives participants the opportunity to learn firsthand from tutors…

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Adult $19.50 Member $15.50 Concession $17.50 Group 8+ $17.50 Under 25 $15.50 Family (2 adult, 2 child) $60


October 6, 2018 @ 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
cnr Clarence and Hay St, Port Macquarie,

Be part of the world’s first global film festival. Forever Glasshouse. Season 2018. MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL presented by Glasshouse Port Macquarie Welcome to the world’s first global short film festival! The Manhattan Short Film Festival was a smash hit in 2017 and we expect 2018 to be even bigger and better! Be one of the 100,000 film lovers who unite in over 300 venues across six continents for one week for one film festival to vote on the ten…

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September 2018
From $20. Children 12 and under are free

Bellingen Fine Music Festival

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Bellingen Memorial Hall,
Hyde St, Bellingen 2454,

September 28th – 30th are the dates for the 2018 Bellingen Fine Music Festival. This is the ninth year for this fabulous music event with its popular blend of classical and other fine music from many traditions. Appearing in 2018 is outstanding international classical guitarist Karin Schaupp who will be performing with both the Acacia Quartet and the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. The world famous Sandy Evans Trio is booked as is Taikoz Quartet. Opera lovers young and old will love…

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Bellingen Fine Music Festival

September 27, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Bellingen Memorial Hall and other venues in town,
Hyde Street, Bellingen,

September 28th – 30th are the dates for the 2018 Bellingen Fine Music Festival. This is the ninth year for this fabulous music event with its unusual blend of classical and other fine music from many traditions. Appearing in 2018 is the outstanding international classical guitarist Karin Schaupp who will be performing with the Acacia Quartet and the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. World famous saxophone ensemble, the Sandy Evans Trio is booked as is the Taikoz Quartet who will wow you…

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2018 Kendall National Violin Competition Finals

September 15, 2018 - September 17, 2018
Various - Kendall

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Coffs Coast Cartoon Festival

September 2, 2018
Harbourside Markets,
Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour Jetty, Australia

The first ever Cartoon Festival in Australia is being held in Coffs Harbour next month! The first weekend in September marks the 30th Anniversary of The Rotary Cartoon Awards organised by The Bunker Cartoon Gallery. There will be many cartoonists and artists in Coffs Harbour to celebrate the Awards and to add to the festivities, The Bunker Cartoon Gallery will host the inaugral Coffs Coast Cartoon Festival. The festival is being held at the gorgeous Harbourside markets on Sunday 2…

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August 2018

Yarrahapinni Festival

August 24, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Stuarts Point, Australia

The Yarrahapinni Festival is back again at Stuarts Point Thanks to the efforts of a legion of volunteers and fantastic support from Lifetime Connect, Stuarts Point will be a hub of fun and activity on Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25 2018. At 9.30am on Friday, the Small Schools Spectacular begins, involving students from Stuarts Point, Scotts Head, Eungai and Medlow in the Festival Games Pentathlon, sponsored by Dymocks and Arapala Macadamia Farms. At 6pm on Friday, the official…

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June 2018

Not a Café Mini Festival

June 9, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Not A Cafe,
41 Ingham Street, Wingham, NSW Australia

Not a Café Wingham is holding a Mini Festival with local artisans demonstrating their skills including glass blowing, wood working, stirling silver jewellery making, Aboriginal dot painting, Jacaranda Estate wine tasting, live portraits, mandala work, wax art, bamboo clothing, wool spinning, readings, magic & music.

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Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Bellingen Memorial Hall and other venues,
Hyde Street, Bellingen,

The 2018 Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival returns to its full festival format on June 8-10 with an impressive program of literary talent. Much-loved cartoonist MICHAEL LEUNIG, journalist and correspondent PETER GRESTE, ABC-TV Book Club panelist MARIEKE HARDY, acclaimed writer DON WATSON, investigative journalist WENDY BACON, Aboriginal historian BRUCE PASCOE and author-broadcaster CAROLINE BAUM are among the many guests for this year’s Festival. The full Festival program and bios of all featured authors can be viewed at: www.bellingenwritersfestival.com.au Festival Weekend…

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Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Bellingen Memorial Hall / Cedar Bar / Youth Hub,
Hyde Street, Bellingen,

BELLINGEN READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL – JUNE 8-10, 2018 With a focus on contemporary Australian writers, the impressive line-up of literary guests coming to Bellingen on June 8-10 for the 2018 Readers & Writers Festival, includes cartoonist/philosopher Michael Leunig, journalist Prof. Peter Greste, ABC TV Book Club panellist Marieke Hardy and author Don Watson. Along with Aboriginal historian Bruce Pascoe, author/broadcaster Caroline Baum, music biographer Stuart Coupe and an extensive line-up of talented national, regional and local writers, the festival…

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June 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018

BIG BAND BLAST – the ULTIMATE BIG BAND WEEKEND is now in its sixth year and Big Bands from all over Australia are making final preparations for their trip to Port Macquarie. 40 Big bands will perform on stages in Panthers and the Glasshouse Forecourt over the first weekend in June and it’s all FREE to the public. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas” and special concert will be held in Panther’s auditorium on Saturday night June 2nd with…

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Manning Winter Festival 2018

June 1, 2018 - June 11, 2018

Manning Winter Festival 2018 Visual and Performing Arts Awards The Manning Winter Festival is held every 2 years to promote the amazing talent in this region covering all aspects of creative talent. The opening night of the Festival is the Performing and Visual Arts Awards acknowledging and celebrating all those amazing individuals who have and continue to contribute to the Magic of the Manning. You can download a festival program here:  Manning Winter Festival Program 2018 and visit:  https://manningwinterfestival.weebly.com/

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May 2018
Day Pass Adult $37.50

Sydney Writers Festival 2018

May 4, 2018
Players Theatre, Port Macquarie,
33A Lord Street, Port Macquarie,

One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling.

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April 2018
$10 adults - $5 under 12yrs

Scotts Head Festival

April 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Scotts Head Reserve,
Scotts Head,
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Music   |  Food   | Markets  |   Workshops and lots more Bring a chair or rug and enjoy it all Entry at Gate $10 adults  and $5 children under 12

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Scotts Head Festival

April 22, 2018
Scotts Head Reserve,
Scotts Head,
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Music – Food – Beers – Wines – Workshops  - Markets and much more FOR FULL DETAILS VISIT www.scottsheadfestival.com.au 

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Let’s Make Creative Ageing Magic

April 13, 2018 @ 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged,
Marian Place, Toormina,

To mark the 60th year of NSW Seniors Festival, we’re “Making Magic” at Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged – Creative Ageing Magic that is! Learn how to be a PD Warrior with movement 9.30 – 10.00am. Sing along with our Marian Grove Groovers Choir for a special open rehearsal session 10.00 – 11.00am. Enjoy music from our very own Marian Grove Ukulele Group and delicious specials in the Café (Morning Tea Is On Us- buy a coffee and get…

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April 10, 2018
Charles Sturt University Campus / St Joseph's Regional College,

#LitFest 2444 is a festival like no other. A festival just for teens that encourages and inspires young minds to break the mould of creativity and explore conventional and revolutionary ways to tell their story. Over two days and four venues, you’ll be surrounded by storytelling trailblazers, published authors and other creative teens. Festival presenters will share their favourite way to tell stories through sound and poetry to comics and fantasy writing. An eclectic mix of presenters will explore both…

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Clarence Valley Chamber Music Festival

April 6, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Clarence Valley Conservatorium,
8 Villiers Street, Grafton,

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium is proud to present the Clarence Valley Chamber Music Festival – featuring performances by visiting chamber music groups, as well as local performers and CVCon tutors and students. Performers include: New England Ensemble Acacia Quartet Ensemble Q Michelle Ryan Conservatorium Ensembles

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March 2018

Harmony Festival 2018

March 25, 2018
Coffs Botanic Gardens, Hardacre Street,
Corner of Coff and Castle Streets, Coffs Harbour,

~ Harmony Festival 2018 is going to be huge!! ~ Enjoy an uplifting day of cultural performances and vibrant world music including very special guests TBA!! Now in its 12th year, this year the festival takes an interactive twist with the participation and fun factor ramped up with non-stop free workshops including African, Aboriginal & Latin dance, drumming, circus, African cooking & more. A huge kids creative space & all day craft workshops – cardboard cubby kingdom – all culminating…

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January 2018
Entry by donation, some activities may incur a cost.

Family Fun Day

January 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Family Fun Day Brighten up your summer at the Neon Summer family festival! The Glasshouse will be a wonderland of colour, creativity and fun on Sunday 14 January. The festival is jam pack with vibrant activities for all ages, including creative workshops for children and adults, children‘s activities and the magnificent Stringdom creative play interactive experience. Entry by donation, some activities may incur a cost. A Glasshouse Regional Gallery Event. Please note the Glasshouse Regional Gallery is closed on Mondays.

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Stringdom – Neon Summer free creative play wonderland

January 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Stringdom Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 January, 10am – 3pm Free Creative play wonderland. An interactive creative play experience where children can create, construct and immerse themselves with sound and string! Take 4 kilometres of baling twine, collected from local dairy farms, weave it in space… add light, sounds plucked from the string itself… who knows what kind of empire we could create? Glasshouse Regional Gallery supporting arts within our community. Bryony Anderson: Artist in Residence One Off Makery Want…

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