Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell joined her council’s tourism coordinator Mitch Lowe and chair of Creative Lismore, Ros Derrett, in launching Arts in August on Friday, which included a tour of the recently refurbished Lismore Town Hall.
The 50-year-old building, renovated at a cost of more than $6 million, also saw the first performance on its new stage on the weekend, a touring production of Frankenstein presented by NORPA.
Arts in August is an exciting new concept designed to showcase the plethora of creative activity occurring in Lismore, Nimbin and surrounding villages.
The program features world-class performance, productions and works in poetry, visual arts, live theatre, music and dance and includes arts trails, exhibitions, gallery tours and live shows.
Lismore will also celebrate its sister-city 50th anniversary with Yamato Takada in Nara prefecture, the first sister-city link between Japan and Australia.
Mayor Dowell said there was ‘no excuse to not get out there and enjoy the wonderful creativity. If people are bored in August, then open your eyes.’
For more info go to artsinaugust.com.au.
Outside the newly renovated Lismore City Hall at its launch on Friday night; and inside NORPA artistic director Julian Louis, Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson and Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell inside. The hall will be used for several events during Arts in August. Photos Jeff Dawson