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Easter Long Weekend Culture Fix | NSW 2014

Plan your long weekend in country NSW with these wonderful arts and cultural happenings from around the state, brought to you via Regional Arts NSW’s Festivals Calendar!


Byron Bay Blues Fest is rumbling into town again for the 25th time this Easter long weekend.What began in 1990 as a four-day event at the Arts Factory site in Byron Bay, is now a fully fledged music festival on its own 120-hectare site at Tyagarah, 11 kilometres north of Byron Bay. Line-up includes Jack Johnson, Dr John, the Doobie Brothers, John Mayer, the Dave Matthews Band, John Butler, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs, and hip-hop poet Michael Franti.


If you’re travelling to the Maclean Highland Gathering for some Morris dancing and piping, then don’t miss out a side trip to the Northern Rivers Creative PopUP . The wonderful artisans of the Northern Rivers Creative collective, have pooled their talents and gone on tour with their high-quality, beautiful wares. Cute as a button Maclean is the first stop on this creative industries roadshow. The space will host skills development workshops for artists, lively industry forums for businesses and sell wares by some amazing Clarence artisans.


Four Winds Festival is on but once every two years in Bermagui. A celebration of fine music in the picturesque natural surroundings of the south.  For a great overview of the festival, South East Arts have compiled a great snapshot of what delights you can expect if you visit. Read it here.


If you’re craving some hearty Italian cooking, be sure to sniff out Griffith’s La Festa. Along with fabulous food and wine, La Festa is a fun-filled celebration of the multicultural diversity of this unique town. The festival includes a variety of international talent and community groups to with their traditional music and dance. It is this aspect of the event that gives it a unique point of difference to any others in the region.


Down in the Snowies, Lakelight Sculpture is on at Lake Jindabyne. The local council has been busily restoring the walkway for the crowds who flock every year to this visual spectacular. The sculpture exhibition is open all day and illuminated after dark allowing plenty of time for the early dawn walkers and star gazers to take in the exhibition. A weekend of activities is planned including the “outdoor studio” art workshops for the whole family, pleasant places to sit and savour a cup, the CWA’s famous scones, beer tasting with Snowy Mountains Microbrewery and carnival rides. The area is busy over Easter with regional fairs, art, craft and quilting shows. Lions Art Show, Snowy Quilters Exhibition and the craft market.


For your southern music fix, get thee to the Deni Blues & Roots Festival. A few stand-out international acts will be doing both the Bluesfest (above) and Deni (Michael Frenti, Dr John, Elvis Costello to name a few.) For John Mayer, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Russell Morris, The Wailers and more, Deniliquin is the place to be.

festival of film delegate

This Easter Delegate will be hosting the 2014 Festival of Writing and Film. A program of short films will be screened at the School of Arts. Details on the Bombala Council’s Facebook page.

lightning ridge

For something completely different, head out to the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival, and mix up the long weekend in the company of the quirky folk of this frontier town. Australia’s Got Talent finalists, The Twine, will be providing musical entertainment at the bowling club on the Friday; there will be a “busk off” on Saturday; street stalls, markets and bonnet parades on Sunday. Not to be missed, the town’s wild and wacky, talented and tacky will be on show at the Talent Quest. Full program here.


In the Central West, the drawcard event is the Tullamore Irish Festival. The main stage will have a great range of entertainment, including Irish-born Damien Leith (Australian Idol winner) will be performing on Saturday afternoon.