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March 31, 2023

What’s on at the Con in 2023

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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

Other News

And Still I Sing

Ballina Region for Refugees is holding a fundraising screening at Byron Theatre next Wednesday to raise urgently needed funds for their community resettlement program. The film is And Still I Sing, an extraordinary documentary by Afghan filmmaker, Fazila Amiri. 

Byron Shire has 200 road projects in waiting

The incoming NSW Labor government says it will spend billions on the state’s roads, but will some of the cash find its way to the hundreds of flood-ravaged roads in the Byron Shire?

Dispatches from the polling booths

The political pendulum always swings, sometimes quite savagely, knocking out MPs. The late swing to Labor was detected a few days before the election by Newspoll.

A pawn in AUKUS

Xi’s defensive ‘ring of steel’ comment, aimed at his domestic audience, clearly suggests that the US is being characterised...

TEB takes one from two in cricket grand finals

Last Saturday saw grand final cricket action across all grades on the Far North Coast with Tintenbar-East Ballina (TEB)...

Regulation essential

I would like to sincerely thank the nearly 6,000 people in our community who signed the ‘Byron Deserves Balance’...

Award-winning saxophonist, Nick Russoniello,

Time flies and at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium they are already well into the swing of 2023. There is so much on offer this year with a fantastic Visiting Artists Program in collaboration with Musica Viva Australia, a number of great concerts to be hosted onsite, and many other events and collaborations will take place throughout the year. 

The Con is happy to announce the continued availability of free tickets for flood-affected members of our community.

First off the blocks is Lior and Domini, performing their debut album Animal in Hiding.

In April, The Con is pleased to host Women of Song in their own Concert Room. An intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd (of Mission Songs Project); it’s a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs, exploring the modern-day practice, and living heart, of the world’s oldest living culture.

Following that, in May, they host award-winning saxophonist, Nick Russoniello, who presents a virtuosic tour de force of melodies, counterpoint and grooves. Armed with a loop station and multiple saxophones, Russoniello journeys through music from baroque to beatbox and beyond. Audiences will be taken behind the scenes of the creative process as the music is constructed layer-by-layer before their very eyes (and ears!).

In June, for the winter solstice The Con presents the Heartbeats Festival Stage featuring a range of impressive local talent as part of the Lantern Parade 2023, shortly followed by their flagship event; the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra, when a 60+ orchestra comprised of school students from all around the region will come together for a series of workshops and a public concert at the Whitebrook Theatre.

The exciting 12-piece ensemble, Palacio de la Rumba, will be visiting in August to facilitate a series of Latin-themed workshops, performances and mentorships with young musicians and the community at large. And be sure not to miss Ensemble Q, in July. With a core artist list of some of the finest musicians in Australia, Ensemble Q was born out of a desire to create a string and wind ensemble with the finesse of the greatest ensembles in the world.

The year will be rounded off with performances by renowned jazz pianist, Paul Grabowsky, in collaboration with the Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the adventurous pairing of an accomplished pianist and diverse performance artist with Sonya & Christine.

For more information on these events, visit: events.nrcac.edu.au. Enquiries can be made at: [email protected] and you can subscribe to The Con’s latest news at: subscribe.nrcac.edu.au.

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