Pop-up theatre space will aid flood recovery

NORPA is reconnecting culture and community in Lismore a year on from 2022’s devastating floods.

A year on from the so-called ‘rain bomb’ that deluged the Northern Rivers community at the end of February 2022, NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) is utilising the power of the arts to rekindle creativity in the region and reconnect with its community.

The first step in this process is the development of the NORPA Makers Hub: a pop-up theatre-making space and studio in a pavilion at Lismore Showground that will be the focus of NORPA’s activity for 2023.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts