24 July 2016
From Byron Bay to Tamworth and Dubbo, there are dozens of great events coming to NSW in August. Check out some of the most exciting competitions and festivals taking place across the state.
This three-day festival brings a stellar lineup of more than 150 writers and thinkers to the iconic NSW North Coast town of Byron Bay. Australia’s largest regional writers’ festival, the Byron Bay Writers Festival celebrates the art of storytelling and explores the importance and power of literature and debate in our lives. Set in idyllic surrounds, the festival attracts the best and brightest local and international writers for a series of enlightening discussions and workshops. This year, traditional storytellers will be joined by photographers, architects, artists, gardeners and philosophers to explore the many different ways we tell stories.
Highlighting the racing scene, the terrain, the towns and the people of regional NSW, the Evocities MTB series will visit each of NSW’s seven ‘Evocities’: Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Tamworth. Each event is run by the local mountain bike club, and the entire series is expected to attract more than 4,000 participants and visitors. The second leg of the series will see Australia’s best mountain bikers travel to Tamworth to compete in a gruelling five-hour race. The Evocities MTB Series gives competitors the chance to race somewhere new, take in range of scenery, and come up against fresh terrain.
In August, a number of highly acclaimed international soloists and chamber music ensembles will converge on the small town of Bangalow, situated just 20 minutes from Byron Bay. Presented by the Southern Cross Soloists, the Bangalow Music Festival will feature nine incredible concerts over a three-day program. This event is a celebration of chamber music and will therefore feature the highest calibre of chamber and orchestral musicians from around the world. Whether or not you consider yourself an aficionado of the genre, the Bangalow Music Festival is sure to impress with the sheer talent of its internationally acclaimed musicians.
With a unique status as perhaps the only major running festival to take place in a zoo, the Dubbo Stampede gives people of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to get active while weaving around the colourful inhabitants of Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Participants can choose to walk 5.5 kilometres, run 10 kilometres, or smash out a half or full marathon; everyone is encouraged to come along and participate. The Dubbo Stampede continues to grow in size each year, with Australian marathon legend Robert de Castella joining the event as a patron in 2016.
For two and a half weeks, the NSW North Coast will welcome over 500 surfers from around the country as the Australian Surf Festival takes over Coffs Harbour. In addition to competitive longboarding, shortboarding and bodyboarding events, the festival will feature art exhibitions, live music and awards ceremonies. Although Park Beach will certainly be seeing lots of activity throughout the festival, this is officially a “mobile event” which means that participants could find themselves chasing waves at Macauley’s Beach, Arrawarra Beach, Diggers Beach, Emerald Beach, Jetty Beach, or wherever the surf’s up!