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It might be mid-winter but that doesn’t mean hibernation in the Hinterland! Get out the popcorn!
In the heart of the Hinterland, July is the perfect time to go to the movies. But not just any old movie… It’s time to go to the drive-in! Yes, Flicks in the Fieldis back on in Bangalow over the weekend of 10-11 July with three great movies over the two nights. Friday night is family night (Labyrinth) with Saturday night offering a double bill of Footloose and Saturday Night Fever. Woohoo! The sound is transmitted to your car through FM radio and you can pack a picnic or graze from the food and drinks available on site. There will be special physical distancing measures in place so we’ll all be safe. Should be loads of fun!
Something else making a return this month is live performance, albeit with some online (which is actually a pretty cool adaptation to the new normal). In a collaboration with Playwriting Australia, NORPA will host Dear Australia from 2-5 July. It’s a series of 50 new short works from some of Australia’s best playwrights that will be live-streamed by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across the country. The performances will be streamed over three nights on the NORPA Facebook page and on Playwriting Australia’s YouTube channel. Over at Brunswick Picture House, you can catch some live music this month, including some live cabaret that will also be available as a Zoom stream. It all sounds like a great way to embrace cultural performance from your living room.
If you’re a foodie, there’s good news and sad news this month.
Let’s start with the sad… Not unexpectedly, the annual Sample Festival (held in September) has been cancelled for the year. Look for it to be back in 2021.
But there’s still a food event to be enjoyed this month. In the north of the Northern Rivers, the Taste Tweed Food Festival runs from 3-12 July. There’s a range of events in restaurants and venues (bookings required) as well as a series of Zoom events.
Meanwhile, the range of monthly community markets that are always a major draw card for the region are nearly back up and running. Expect to see the likes of Bangalow, The Channon and Byron Community markets returning in August. Nearly!
In the meantime, we’ll all just have to content ourselves with the whales! Yes, the annual whale migration continues, with those effortlessly graceful mammals heading north. Remember to checkout the WhalesNSW app and head to a lookout to see how many splashes you can spot.