Free community gathering marks one-year flood anniversary

Friday, 23 March

Lismore City Council is hosting a community gathering – One Year On – at the Lismore Quadrangle on Saturday, 7 April to mark one year since the March 2017 flood.

The afternoon will give people a chance to share stories and connect with one another while honouring the resilience and strength of the Lismore community.

There will be live music by Luke Vassella, Lady Mondegreen and The Button Collective, a barbecue, community arts activities and stalls by emergency services and community organisations.

At 6pm there will be a special performance of The Overtopping – a site-specific multisensory theatrical experience based on stories of the 2017 flood and its aftermath.

The Overtopping is a creative investigation into disaster, recovery, trauma and resilience based around cyclone Debbie, which showcases some of the best emerging and professional artists of varying abilities working in Lismore. It includes dance, puppetry, sound art, projection, creative lighting, live storytelling and water art.

The work was developed by post-disability arts company RealArtWorks, a community group whose own studios were filled with floodwater during the March 2017 disaster. Originally commissioned by Regional Arts NSW as part of Artstate Lismore in November last year, RealArtWorks hopes to remount the work in other towns and cities in the context of art playing a role in natural disaster recovery.

“It is an incredibly powerful piece of work and I am so excited that The Overtopping will be performed at this anniversary event. It encapsulates so many emotions and feelings in one piece of engaging physical theatre,” One Year On organiser and Lismore Councillor Elly Bird said.

“It is both moving and mesmerising to watch, and one of the great pieces of live theatre that has come out of Lismore in recent years, with a narrative that is unique and very close to our community’s heart. I encourage everyone to join us for an afternoon of music and community connection, and to stay for this very special performance to mark our one-year flood anniversary.

“Lismore showed such amazing community spirit after the flood and that community spirit is what this event is all about. It’s an opportunity for us to come together and acknowledge the journey we are travelling together.”

A free courtesy bus will be provided to and from the One Year On community event, and people are encouraged to bring the family and picnic rugs to spend the afternoon relaxing in The Quad.

Community members are welcome to purchase food from the CBD and bring it along, enjoy the barbecue provided for a gold coin donation, grab something from Slate bar and café (which will be open all afternoon) and stay for dinner at one of Lismore’s many CBD restaurants.

One Year On begins at 2pm on Saturday, 7 April in The Quad. Please see below for free bus timetable.

Free courtesy bus timetable:
Loop start
Goonellabah – Oliver Avenue bus stop in front of Council
Rous Road Shopping Centre – Pleasant Street
Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre
Lismore Square – Uralba Street
Trinity College – Leycester Street
Quad drop off – Magellan Street
Continue pick up
Union Street – Railway Station
South Lismore Primary School – Phyllis and Wilson Street
Terania Street – Northern Rivers Hotel
Molesworth Street – Transit Centre
Quad drop off – Magellan Street
Pick-up at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Loop starts from Goonellabah
Drop-off leaving The Quad at 5.30pm. 6.30pm and 8pm
Reverse loop to Goonellabah

Image: Flood performance The Overtopping.

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