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Culture Roundup: 29 May, 2019

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Art on Bundjalung

Arts Northern Rivers presents Art on Bundjalung Market

The Quad, Lismore  |   Saturday June 1st  |  10am–4pm  |  Free

Arts Northern Rivers is celebrating the conclusion of a region-wide Indigenous arts project, Art on Bundjalung Country, with an Aboriginal art market honouring the creative and cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region. Art on Bundjalung Market will be held at The Quad in Lismore on Saturday between 10am and 4pm. The free family event is a unique opportunity to purchase authentic Indigenous artwork and to meet the makers. Visitors can engage with a combination of established and emerging artists and collectives employing traditional and contemporary materials.

Arts Northern Rivers is profiling artists on their website, including Bundjalung artist Digby Moran selling his renowned paintings and prints, didgeridoos, clapping sticks, and more.

The impressive lineup at the Art on Bundjalung Market also includes wearable art and homewares from celebrated artists Kay Lee Williams and Frances Belle Parker including scarves, bags, crafts, and sculptural pieces. Casino’s Wake Up Time group, who have transformed their passion for weaving into art, will be hosting a weaving workshop on the day as well as holding a stall selling woven baskets and jewellery, hand-printed silks, and ceramics. 

Arts Northern Rivers presents Art on Bundjalung Market at the Quad, LismoreSaturday June 1st 10am–4pm. Free

www.artonbundjalungcountry.com


Balloon by Michael Herbig

The German Film Festival 

The Palace Byron Bay Cinemas  |  May 29 till June 12  | Ticket  and program info: germanfilmfestival.com.au.

The Lovers of Viorne By Marguerite Duras

Sellout stage thriller comes to NORPA 14 & 15 June

A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below… all except the head. Witness this modern classic psychological thriller that takes you right inside the heart and mind of a murderer.

Following four sold-out seasons at Melbourne’s La Mama theatre, Marguerite Duras’s gripping crime drama The Lovers of Viorne comes to NORPA for two shows: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June. Tix $25–54 at norpa.org.au.

German Films

The 2019 German Film Festival, showcasing the best new German cinema, will screen at Palace Byron Bay Cinemas from now until 12 June.

Opening the festival is Balloon by Michael Herbig, a spectacular and thrilling true story of two ordinary families who escape from East to West Germany in a homemade hot-air balloon. Opening-night tickets include a glass of sparkling on arrival and an after-film party with German delicacies, wine, beer, and live music.

Tix and program info: germanfilmfestival.com.au.


Our small country halls are repositories of local history – Dreamland

NORPA presents Dreamland

Bangalow A&I Hall  |  Tuesday 28 May – Sat 1 June

More Dreamland

NORPA’s Dreamland has sold out so they’ve added more performances from Tuesday 28 May through till Saturday 1 June.

Our small country halls are repositories of local history. In Dreamland you’ll see characters you know and ones you’ve heard about; maybe you’ll see yourself. You’ll experience a bit of theatre magic with lots of laughs, brilliant music, and seven kinds of dancing – you may even grace the floor yourself!

Tuesday 28 May till Sat 1 June at the Bangalow A&I Hall. 

Tix at norpa.org.au


Hot Shit

Generally I don’t do reviews. Certainly not because I don’t have an opinion, but because in a small town to honestly review something you have to be prepared to not like it and be able to say as such. In a small town that’s just not cool. So when I agreed to attend SHIT at the Drill Hall Theatre, it was with some trepidation and fingers crossed that I was going to love it. And I did. The play by Patricia Cornelius is gripping from the moment the characters start trying to say a sentence without fuck in it. Claire Atkins, Kate Foster, and Kate Horsley expertly navigate the violence and humour of the intimate space these three characters share. Their traumas are like tattoos, they say FUCK on every breath, and they have a certain menace that makes the audience slightly on edge. You’re just not sure what will happen next. Kudos to the director Georgia Martin and assistant director Marcus O’Mullane. This was powerful contemporary drama and a must-see if you can. Of course you probably can’t as the season is finished, but with capacity shows and one week of the run cancelled owing to illness, I wouldn’t be surprised if SHIT got another run. It certainly deserves to.


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