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Lismore : lismore visitor guide
Lismore's cultural diversity, idyllic climate and spectacular landscape has attracted and inspired creative innovators from all around the globe. The result is a dynamic, eclectic and cosmopolitan cultural mix with a prodigious output of traditional, innovative and alternative arts. The work of the region's renowned musicians, painters, filmmakers, dancers, artisans, poets and fashion, jewellery and graphic designers can be found in the many galleries, theatres, studios and cafes dotted throughout Lismore, Nimbin and surrounding villages. Locals and visitors alike enjoy a vast range of exhilarating and entertaining cultural pursuits including weekend markets, village gallery exhibitions, world-class music and theatrical performances and tertiary level studies. The region is a centre for arts education with the highly successful arts and music programs at Southern Cross University, the North Coast Institute of TAFE and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Arts helping to nurture the region's creative talents. a busy cultural calendar The dynamic communities of the Northern Rivers finds expression in some colourful and lively events. The Lantern Parade lights up the city with a magical parade, fiery finale and colossal street party every Winter's Solstice. The Samba Blisstas, Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra, Spaghetti Circus, Musica Viva and a host of professional and amateur performers all contribute to a busy cultural calendar. NORPA NORPA, (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) is one of Australia's leading regional performing arts companies. NORPA offers a full season of exciting theatre, dance and music productions from local, national and international artists. Since its establishment in 1993, NORPA has presented over 200 productions, 26 of which were NORPA produced, including 14 original works and five productions that have toured nationally. For more information go to norpa.org.au lismore regional gallery Lismore Regional Gallery presents energetic and thought provoking exhibitions and events in its five gallery spaces. The program is constantly evolving and features works by some of Australia's leading artists, from Margaret Olley to William Robinson, Brett Whiteley to Ian Fairweather and Tracey Moffatt to Patricia Piccinini. 6 arts culture enter tainment absolute musts... • catch one of NORPA's quality live performances • check out the Lismore Regional Gallery • explore the many galleries dotted throughout Lismore, Nimbin and hinterland villages • indulge in Nimbin's thriving arts scene - the Blue Moon Cabaret will amaze you! • be enchanted by the Lismore Lantern Parade -- it's a must!