Culture Roundup – February 3, 2016


Ellen Briggs

Something Funny this Way Comes!

Things get funny at the Court House on Thursday when open mic comedy kicks off 2016 with Ellen Briggs as MC. Catch this marvellous mouthy Mullumbimby mama telling it how it is – and heading up a brand-new crop of comics on the talking stick. Thursday 4 February at 8pm. Free entry.

Rebellious Flower

The story is a bouquet of handpicked flowers from the garden of an unending celebration. Inspired on the life of Osho it’s a first feature film on the spiritual guru – Rajneesh Osho.
This film narrates life of Raja in his adolescence and youth and, moreover a rebellion in him; he is keen to unearth the answers beneath the surface of facts that are acceptable to others. It beautifully narrates the transition Raja goes through in the phase of enlightenment and sanctity.

His childhood mentor his maternal grandmother called as Nani by him, who nurtures his childhood and is a strong pillar in his learning phase, is very well depicted in the film. Rebellious Flower is an anecdote that takes on the path of beliefs that Raja resolves to walk on. In retrospect he surmises that existence is inevitably attained by purely accepting the simplicity of subconscious with the help of his mentors – Magga Baba, Paggal Baba and Masto Baba.

He embarks on a journey to understand the beauty that lies behind the unexpressed phrases of human perception and this is how he transforms to be a rebellious flower to share the essence and scent of its being, unconditionally.

Screening from Thursday, Pighouse Flicks Byron Bay.

Could You Handle It?

Off-grid is not a state of mind. It is not about being out of touch, living in a remote place, or turning off your mobile phone. Off-grid simply means living without a connection to the electric and natural gas infrastructure. From 2011 to 2013 Jonathan Taggart (director) and Phillip Vannini (producer) spent two years travelling across Canada to find 200 off-gridders and visit them in their homes. They met off-gridders in every single province and territory and, through their film, they narrated and chronicled in depth the experiences, challenges, inventions, aspirations, and a life people have chosen – a way that draws on skills of the past and is inspired by concerns for our collective future. Taggart and Vannini also witnessed firsthand the joy of success and the heartbreak of disappointment. Life was never going to be easy nor impossible living off-grid.

Life Off Grid – Release February 4, Pig House Flicks Byron Bay


Deya Dova performing as part of harmonic temple at the byron community centre this sunday

In Harmony

Sonic Temple and Harmonic Spaces presents Harmonic Temple an intentional exploration of visionary music and art featuring a visionary art gallery, dance temple and artist talks.

Enter the Harmonic Temple, a sacred space of sound and art for our community to use as a vehicle for personal and collective transformation.

Sonic artists at the event include Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olutio, Deya Dova, Temple Step Project (DJ Set), Dakini and DJ Lo Qi.

There will be a visual feast with Autumn Skye, Daniel Mirante, Jake Kobrin, Adam Scott Miller, Jonathon Van Dorn, Katia Honour, Pumayana, Izzy Ivy, Light Wizard, Galactic Seed, Mad Betty, Jason Morning, Chandrika Steinhardt, Beau Deeley, Yao Art and so much more.

Harmonic Temple will be held at the Byron Community Centre this Sunday from 6–12pm. Visit for more info.


enjoy award-winning, original songs from dan and Shelly Hughes Brown at Northern Rivers Community Gallery Saturday 13 February

Belles Lettres: a free afternoon of poetry, art and music

Join Dangerously Poetic Press for a free afternoon reading of intimate letter poems at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

Local poets will read both original and favourite ‘epistles’.

Enjoy the jazzy voice of Shelly Hughes Brown with her award-winning original songs accompanied by Dan Brown on the keyboard. Their recent projects and performances include their CD Where the Owl Was, the Cole Porter Tribute Night in Byron Bay, working behind the scenes with The Mullumbimby Music Festival, recording childrens’ songs for The Quincys, performing at Woodford Folk Festival, and leading vocal workshops at the amazing Summersong Music Camp in Lennox Head.

Share a letter poem to your beloved at the Open Section in honour of Valentines Day.

This is one of the last chances to see the Belles Lettres exhibit by artists Nathalie Verdejo and Hannah Massey.

Saturday 13 February, 1–2.30pm at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry Street, Ballina.


Get your little songbirds along to the scout hall, mullumbimby Mondays for specialist training to nurture their musical abilities

Choirs for kids who love singing

Does your child sing around the house and love using their voice? Chances are that they have musical ability that could be nurtured and developed. We offer specialist training for musical kids who really love to sing – early childhood music, girls and boys choirs. All classes are held on Mondays at the Scout Hall, River Terrace, Mullumbimby. Term one 2016 commences on Monday 8 February. Cost is $120 per term.

Janet – 0438 965 397. Register now for 2016 at

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