News

Friendship Festival will have a distinctly Italian flavour

THE Lismore Friendship Festival's Piazza in the Park will be bigger and better this year with two special guests and a funding from NSW State Government.

Organisers of the 2017 Piazza in the Park have welcomed the contribution which was announced by Minister of Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, under the NSW Grants Program - Celebration.

State Government hopes their investment will contribute to making the event full of family friendly activities and entertainment with a distinctly Italian flavour.

Special guests include the Italian Consul General, Arturo Arcano and lawyer and social justice advocate Armando Gardiman AM returns to his hometown of Nimbin to renew his acquaintance with family and friends.

They are keen to join with locals who have survived recent flood devastation and embrace the important sense of place clearly demonstrated as the city recovers its usual vitality.

This event is an opportunity for locals and visitors to acknowledge the contribution Italian settlers have made to the prosperity of the region.

The Richmond River Historical Society Museum will host the Volpato Photographic Collection, while Peter Derrett's photos of the Streets of Conegliano will be on display.

Popular performer Domenico, the Paradiso Choir and the Summerland Rockers will encourage people of all ages to join the fun.

A new feature of the program is the inaugural tug-o-war competition. It is a nod to the Italians who actively participated in the very successful Nimbin tug-o-war teams in the 70s.

Other attractions include: food and wine stalls, dancing, games, merchandise, children's activities, exhibitions and car displays.

Topics:  events northern rivers



This weekend's Northern Rivers markets list

ICONIC: The Lismore Carboot Markets have been operating every second weekend for decades.

Where to get fantastic local produce and fresh coffee from

Lismore's central park misses out on funding

LISMORE PARK: Plans for the $21.5 million plan for Lismore's own 'central park'.

The council is looking at new ways of attracting funding

Focus on bush foods as demand grows

Demand for bush foods continues to increase.

Bush foods will be the centre of attention in a two-day workshop

Local Partners

A week of threats, fatalities, approvals and Australia Day

IT HAS been a very newsworthy week for the Northern Rivers.


Ten fantastic things to do this week

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD: Pictured getting set for this Saturday's inaugural Ballina Street Food Festival are (from left) Kat Creasey from The Design Collective, general manager of the Cherry Street Sports Club Tere Sheehan, the club's operations manager Brad Benson, club executive chef Jim Coakley and Matt Whalley from The Design Collective.

From food trucks to vikings and from Rapunzel to Frank N Further

Goodbye Cunny, hello Josh

YOUNG: Australian comedian and Youtube star Josh Wade.

Wade is getting rid of the character that made him an online star

Bangalow faces the music this weekend

WORLD-FAMOUS: Didgeridoo player and winner of the 2012 ARIA for best classical album Kulkadunga, William Barton, is part of the line up at the Bangalow Music Festival 2017.

Bangalow Music Festival will offer a number of music events

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

199 home sites approved in Evans Head

The Evans Head Manufactured Home Estate plans. Zoran Architecture.

Manufactured Home estate approved near aerodrome

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

Developer tears up couple's contract for new home

Jade and Edward Roberts were stung by the sunset clause on the first day of their honeymoon.

The developer has the right to do this under the sunset clause

Reports of Ibrahim family connections to farm and food hub

John Ibrahimat Bluesfest 2012.

REPORTS circulate colourful Sydney family have investments on the NR