The Great Moscow Circus brings an international cast to Ballina.
The Great Moscow Circus brings an international cast to Ballina. Scott Belzner

Top ten things to do this week

1. The Great Moscow Circus: This weekend is your last chance to see the Great Moscow Circus's 50th Anniversary show in Ballina. The cast of more than 45 performers and 14 international acts feature a range of trained animals such as macaw birds, bisons, llamas and camels. The Great Moscow Circus is located at River St, West Ballina, in the vacant block next to Parkview Funerals, with parking in Kalinga St. For show schedules and tickets go to or call 1300 MOSCOW.
2. Big River: The latest production produced by the Ballina Players is Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A musical that the whole family can enjoy. Evening performances and matinees on Sunday. At the Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina, today at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm, and Friday, December 4, at 8pm. For details visit
3. The Drowsy Chaperone: The newly established Bangalow Theatre Company is excited to announce their first production The Drowsy Chaperone, a hilarious musical set to grace the stage of the historic Bangalow A&I Hall, staring an all local cast and crew. At the Bangalow A&I Hall in Station St today and tomorrow at 7.30pm. For details visit
4. Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize: The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial prize and a continuation of the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize. From 2015 the prize has been extended from the original brief of portraits of subjects from the Northern Rivers, to include a portrait of any subject. It also changed to include all media with the exception of photography. There is substantial representation of artists and subjects from the Northern Rivers among the entries. At Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, Lismore, today (last day) 10am - 2pm.
5. Windara Carols by Fireworks: Windara Carols by Fireworks is a wonderful way to start the festive season. Join Windara Communities as they herald the festivities at Casino's Queen Elizabeth Park, not by carols, but by fireworks. There will be a bouncy castle, food stalls, a bar and even a visit by Santa. The night will help raise funds for Windara Communities, supporting disabled employment in the Casino district. For more information, go to the web site At Hartley St, Casino, this Sunday from 5pm.
6. In The Still of the Night - A Tribute to Cole Porter for World Aids Day: Some of our region's finest musicians and singers will meet up to celebrate the songs of Cole Porter and raise awareness of World AIDS Day, a date that is recognised and observed by millions in more than 190 countries around the world. The event's performers are Lisa Hunt, Parissa Bouas, Jimmy Dowling, Ilona Harker, Benhur, Shelly Hughes, Shai Shriki, Amber and Stukulele with the musical talents of Steve Russell, Thierry Fossemalle and Dave Sanders. The money raised will be donated to WOFAK, a grass roots organisation in Kenya run by women to help women and children who live with HIV. At the Byron Theatre on Tuesday, December 1, from 7 pm. $35
7. Tweed Foodie Fest: The Tweed Foodie Fest is a unique culinary experience located in the heart of Australia's Green Cauldron, a sumptuous celebration of local food. Tweed Foodie Fest brings together the tastes, talents and producers of the region. The festival is an experiential journey to discover Tweed's produce and gastronomic diversity. Local cafes and restaurants offer $6 and $12 tasting plates showcasing the fresh produce of the region. At Various locations in and around Murwillumbah and Tweed from Wednesday, December 2, to Sunday, December 6. For details visit
8. Casino Christmas Tree Lightup and Street Party: The Christmas Tree Lightup and Street Party is back and bigger than ever! Walker Street comes alive with a host of exciting Christmas fun for the whole family. There will be amusement rides, Christmas carols, face painting, Santa, Christmas tree, food, fun and more. At Walker St, Casino, on Thursday, November 3, from 6pm. Fireworks at 8pm.
9. Desert Migration Charity Screening: As part of the Northern Rivers events to mark World AIDS Day, documentary Desert Migration by Australian filmmaker Daniel Cardone will be screening in Lismore and Byron Bay. This film focuses on gay men living long-term with HIV who sought out an oasis in California's Palm Springs where both their homosexuality and health condition is not just tolerated, but understood. Proceeds of the Lismore screening go to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. At the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Thursday, December 3, at 6.30pm. $22.50. At Pig House Flicks in Byron Bay on Friday, December 4, with a Q&A with Bobby Goldsmith Foundation representatives. $20.
10. Return To Chocolate: Free chocolate tasting experience, celebrating the history and mystery surrounding the beloved cacao bean. The event will explore succulent tastes from regions around the globe in an intimate setting among fellow chocolate lovers. Spaces are limited to 20 people, so secure your spot with an email to At the Goanna Bakery & Cafe, 171 Keen St, Lismore, on Thursday, December 3 from 7.30pm.