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Artists collaborating to reveal the history hiding in our local halls in the Arts Northern Rivers initiative If These Halls Could Talk. Photo Jeff Dawson
Artists collaborating to reveal the history hiding in our local halls as part of the Arts Northern Rivers initiative If These Halls Could Talk. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local artists gathered last Friday at the Ewingsdale Hall to kick off a two-year arts project entitled If These Halls Could Talk, which aims to celebrate country halls and the role they play in our communities.

The halls from across the region are located in Tumbulgum, Eureka, The Channon, Eatonsville, Broadwater Riley’s Hill, Bonalbo and Meerschaumvale.

Show and tell

Arts Northern Rivers creative team, in collaboration with the artists, will be creating a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of each hall.

Over the next two months, Arts Northern Rivers and the artists/artistic teams will be holding ‘show and tell’ events at each of the seven halls.

Anyone with stories, photos, memorabilia or a connection to the halls listed is encouraged to participate and attend the upcoming events.

Some of the artists and artistic teams teamed up with the halls include Opera Queensland, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), Spaghetti Circus and Roundabout Theatre, Grayson Cooke, H.W. Collective, Craig Walsh and Frances Belle Parker.

For more visit www.ifthesehallscouldtalk.com.au

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  1. Fantastic News, I love these old hardwood halls 🙂

    Ray Burton
    The Man who wrote “I AM WOMAN”
    Lifetime Honorary Member of the International Songwriters Association

  2. I remember back in the 70’s every Friday and Saturday night would see one of the local halls have one ,two or even three bands playing,great nights,great people,great vibe.Wonderful memories of these iconic buildings.


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