Inaugural Southern Cross Arts Festival to be held

THE inaugural Southern Cross Arts Festival will kick off on Friday March 27 at the Lismore SCU campus.

The festival will feature jazz legend Paul Grabowsky, the band Tora and national campus band competition winners Parkside Orchestra, ARIA award-winning guitarists the Grigoryan Brothers, and exhibitions of visual arts. 

Southern Cross Arts Festival is a concept developed by the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University and will involve events at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses.

It runs from March to October 2015 and features more than 30 events, including 25 bands and music groups, art exhibitions, creative writing performances and media presentations, said the Festival's founder and artistic director Professor Matthew Marshall.

"The premise behind establishing the Arts Festival was to create an exciting series of events that enhanced the on-campus experience for students at Southern Cross University," Prof Marshall said.

"The community is welcome to attend the Festival. Most events are free to the public and full details are available on the festival website scu.edu.au/artsfestival."

Acts will include local and interstate bands like The Babe Rainbow, Tora, and The Demon Parade, alongside Southern Cross University student bands Nocturnal Tapes and Parkside Orchestra (winners of the 2014 National Campus Band Competition).

Visit the Southern Cross Arts Festival website for dates, times, locations and other information