Ten fantastic things to do in the Northern Rivers this week
1. Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever: There's been an accident on the river. A collision. Someone has died and, when that happens, souls come to wait here on the bank to find out who will be taken into the afterlife. They're waiting for the Ferryman to decide. The Tumbulgum Hall will be transformed by by Opera Queensland into this other-worldly place, a place where souls meet and where the community comes together. And while souls meet this December, they'll be taken on a musical journey into the next world and into forever. Bring a plate to share, reminiscent of your favourite hall. At Tumbulgum Hall, cnr Government Rd and Riverside Dr, Tumbulgum, this Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm, as part of the If These Halls Could Talk project by Arts Northern Rivers. $20.
2. 2016 Just Futsal International Cup: Just Futsal NSW will be hosting ten teams in Lismore for the 2016 Just Futsal NSW International Cup this weekend. The tournament will feature male teams from Solomon Islands, NSW, Queensland, Victoria and current National League Teams. At the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre, Goonellabah, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am. Gold coin donation is suggested, it will go towards the Solomon Island earthquake appeal.
3. Byron Bay Festival of Design: The inaugural Byron Bay Festival Of Design will allow you to enjoy a day of Christmas shopping from new and upcoming designers along with food and drinks from local taste-makers, acompanied by live music. Spend your day relaxing on the lawn listening to Byron's finest tunes and spoil yourself with delicious dishes. Bring your blanket and have an amazing time with your friends, while discovering local designer's fashion, jewellery, home decor, art and more. This is a family-friendly event, alcohol and smoking-free. No animals are allowed on the venue. At the YAC, 1 Gilmore Cr, Byron Bay, this Saturday from 8am to 7pm. Free entry.
4. Comedy at Railway Park: Comedians Paul McMahon, Greg Sullivan (pictured), Tom Ketelars, Alex Manning, Dom Reynteins and Marcus O'Mullane will be sharing the stage with Mandy Nolan at this week's Byron Artisan Markets. Comedy will start at 6.30pm. At Railway Park, Byron Bay, this Saturday, from 4pm to 9pm. Free event.
5. Fernleigh Community Produce Swap: Bring along your excess produce and exchange it for something else from the local community. Eat fresh and local produce, and decrease your food miles while you're at it. Think vegies, fruit, herbs, nuts, eggs, honey, seeds, seedlings or cuttings. No garden? You can take with you homemade preserves or baked goods. Take one thing or a few. No money changes hands, it's an honesty system where you bring something, you take something. Arrive at 10am to swap, bring your own cup and stay for a cuppa after if you fancy. At Fernleigh Public School, Fernleigh, this Saturday from 10am.
6. Dancer screening: Considered the 'bad boy of ballet', Ukrainian-born Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later, at the height of his success, he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor's Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the UK, Russia, and eventually the US, where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier's Take Me to Church. Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity. 85 minutes, rated M. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, this Saturday from 6pm. Adult $15, Concession $13, Members $10.
7. Mantlepeace: Enjoy an afternoon of live music by the banks of the Tweed River. This music showcase will feature an original blend of influences from classical, folk, jazz, rock and ethnic world groove combined with uplifting vocal styles. At the Sphinx Rock Cafe, 3220 Kyogle Rd, Mount Burrell, this Sunday from 1pm. Free event.
8. Lismore City Concert Band Christmas Concert: The Lismore City Concert Band will be presenting their Christmas concert. Conducted by Ben van Kleef, the ensemble of brass, woodwind and percussion players will render a selection of tunes from their repertoire plus Christmas Carols. The rotunda has a long history as a band venue. The Lismore City Concert Band looks forward to reviving the tradition of recitals in the rotunda for this occasion and, if successful, will consider playing there more regularly. It is recommended that patrons bring a seat or blanket to sit on the grass. The Concert Band welcomes new players. At the rotunda in Spinks Park on Monday, December 19, starting at 5pm. For details please visit lismorecityconcertband.org.au.
9. Keeper for a Day: Youngsters from 12 top 18 years go behind the scenes and learn all about Zoo Keeping from a qualified and experienced ranger. Young people will be shown reptile- handling, lizards, snakes and crocodiles. There will be animal feeding experiences and they will learn about conservation and discover ways to help save our local native animals. Workshops include lunch, afternoon tea, water bottle, certificate of participation and a Team Keeper For A Day hat. At The Macadamia Castle, 419 Hinterland Way, Knockrow, from Wednesday, December 21, 9am to 3.30pm. $125.
10. Inhabit documentary screening: Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. At Brunswick Picture House, 30 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads, this Wednesday, December 21, from 7pm. Adult $12; Concession $10; Children $8.