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June 2018

Not a Café Mini Festival

June 9 @ 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 - 10
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 - 10
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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BIG BAND BLAST

June 1 - 3
PANTHERS / GLASSHOUSE FORECOURT

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 - 11
Various

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
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 @ 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
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 @ 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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#LitFest2444

April 10
Charles Sturt University Campus / St Joseph's Regional College,
ST JOSEPH'S REGIONAL COLLEGE, 1 COLLEGE DRIVE, PORT MACQUARIE, Port Macquarie,

#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 - 8
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
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 @ 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 @ 10:00 am - January 14 @ 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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Experience Virtual Reality!

January 9 @ 10:00 am - January 16 @ 10:00 am
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Experience Virtual Reality! 9th Jan and  16 Jan 2018 10:00 AM – 12 pm Back by popular demand. Swim with sharks. Dangle over cliff edges. Get nauseous rocketing through space. All of these – we have! Virtual Reality is something that has to be experienced to be believed. The device tracks your head movements to simulate total immersion in a world; be it a video game, film, or even a 360 degree photo. Drop into the Glasshouse to experience this…

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November 20172017
$75

Art goes to Court

November 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Coffs Harbour Courthouse,
2-16 Beryl Street, Coffs Harbour,

The Friends of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are taking the ARTS to court and you are invited! A unique opportunity to see what’s inside Coffs’ new courthouse without guilt or accusation. The courthouse gardens and foyer will be the location for a special evening to herald a new phase for Arts on the Coffs Coast. Join a special line up of national and local Arts voices to entertain you: ABC’s James Valentine hosts one of his “pub chats” with…

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Bowra Regional Writers’ Expo

November 19, 2017
Pioneer Community Centre,
70 High Street, BOWRAVILLE,

A market style event, featuring local and regional writers, with their books available for sale and signing. A book launch. Poetry collage activity. Workshops and a panel for writers at all stages of creating a book. Poetry and book readings. Light refreshments available. A second hand book stall and raffles as fundraiser for the Pioneer Community Centre Featured writers: Julia Osborne’s adult-teen novels in “The Midnight Pianist” series have overtaken her many short stories published in literary journals and on…

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Open Up To Art (OUTA) Arts Weekend Bellingen

November 11, 2017 - November 12, 2017
Bellingen Town Centre,
Bellingen,

Open Up To Art (OUTA) 11 &12 November Location – Town Centre Bellingen. The Sustainability Center, Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen Gallery and Framing Studio, Be part of this special Arts Weekend in Bellingen. OUTA is for you. Join in the digital, and drawing workshops, experience contemporary art exhibitions and attend 3 exhibition openings. Enjoy music, singing and performances, heckle the artists at the Sunday Bites meet- the –Artists event, watch the film and light projections at the back of Hammond and…

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“Yarn Bombing” and 1st Sawtell Summer Sessions

November 9, 2017 @ 4:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sawtell ARt Group,
Cnr Lyons and Bayldon Rds, Sawtell,
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Details of our “Yarn Bombing” Thursday 9 November Meet at 4 pm at the gallery (Cnr Lyons & Bayldon Roads Sawtell) for a 4.30 pm start. Opening with Uncle Mark Flanders from Parks and Wildlife with question time. Children and Community “Yarn Bomb” the trees with pom-poms made at the recent workshop at the Sawtell Art Gallery. 5 – 5.30 pm Sawtell Public School Choir entertaining the public. (They will have just competed at the Sydney Opera House, well done students). Sawtell…

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October 2017

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2017

October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Various Locations,
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Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival -  27th, 28th, 29th October 2017 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival boasts accoustic music featuring some of Australia’s best folk and bluegrass and old-time country musicians. The picturesque Dorrigo showground comes alive with concerts, workshops, dance, jamming, impromptu performances, poetry and children’s entertainment. See website for more details

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Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Wingham Showground

The Wingham Akoostik festival is a three-day celebration of music and culture. Held annually, the festival is one of the most vibrant events on the NSW north coast, attracting top headline acts including Ross Wilson, James Reyne, Richard Clapton and many more . Innovative workshops and creative market stalls and children’s activities enhance the festival atmosphere. The festival takes place in the heritage town of Wingham which boasts a very special blend of wholesome country farming, artisan lifestyle and scenic…

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September 2017

Art n Soul at the Missabotti Hall

September 30, 2017 - October 1, 2017

“Spirit of the Valley’”  - Artists Crafters Musicians

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$35 & $15

Bellingen Fine Music Festival – Exotica Musica

September 24, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall,
Hyde St, Bellingen 2454,

Exotica Musica Presented by TBA TEK TEK Ensemble The unique TEK TEK Ensemble from Melbourne performs virtuosic and original music inspired by tropical jungles, late night Balkan weddings, 1960s chic, and shamanistic desert rituals.The band, which includes Bellingen grown Esther Henderson, captivates audiences with exclamatory trumpet, hedonistic violins and organ, deeply pulsating drums and bass, wild psychedelic electric guitar, and a rich smearing of harmonized singing (and wailing) thrown on top. For further information please go to our website www.bellingenmusicfestival.com.au

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Bellingen (Fine) Music Festival – Sunday Lunch with Panache

September 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Butter Factory,
Bellingen 2454,

Sunday Lunch with Panache Sunday 24 September, 1:00-2:00 pm, Old Butter Factory Café Have Sunday lunch at the Old Butter Factory Café while local jazz ensemble Panache enriches your palate. Music is free and Festival ticket holders receive a 10% discount voucher for main course meals. Bookings are essential – phone the Café on 02-6655-2150.

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