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Re-emergence: Opening the Doors

Artists and venues across the region are gradually re-emerging from the COVID shutdowns. We have pulled together this quick guide on who's re-opened or re-adapted to deliver their work in new formats. We will also continue to add to this list as we hear of more.


As each week goes by new exhibitions are opening across the galleries of the Mid North Coast as they adapt to COVID 19 requirements.

Full details of these exhibitions can be found on the Exhibitions section of our website.

Image: Gloucester Gallery


The libraries of the Mid North Coast are now reopened although you should check with your local library as to hours of operation and any other restrictions. Events and activities are still not face to face. Coffs Harbour libraries are delivering these programs on Facebook while Mid North Coast and Mid Coast libraries are using Zoom.

Check their individual websites for a variety of events.

Image: Coffs Harbour City Council Libraries


Our museums are generally volunteer run and as such there is much greater variation in how they have been able to respond to COVID 19 requirements. The Port Macquarie Museum, Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, Bellingen and Urunga museums are back to almost their pre COVID hours (with changes for social distancing). Others such as at Wingham are still operating on reduced hours while the Slim Dusty Centre remain closed.

Check with any museum for their exact details. You can find their contact details through our Museums Trail.

Image: Port Macquarie Museum

Live Performance

Both the Manning Entertainment Centre and Jetty Memorial Theatre have re-opened their doors, providing COVID-safe events in their venues. Some smaller venues such as community halls have also started to return. Check out all the live music / theatre / film on offer through the link below.

Image: Manning Entertainment Centre


Some artists and arts organisations across the Creative Coast have adapted to deliver their programs and exhibitions online. If you are looking for something creative to see or do from the comfort of your own home, you can find what's available online through the link below.

Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels

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