Culture Roundup – March 23, 2016


Loving all the way to the bank

Lawyer turned spoken-word activist Mark Swivel takes us to Bangaldesh where he went to learn about micro-finance with the Grameen Bank. Swivel wanted to make a difference, and in a weird way he did. He wrote a show about banking. Swivel is also a member of the loved and lauded Dustesky choir, hard-working secretary of Eureka FC and a writer, performer and lawyer.

His show How Deep is Your Love has nine dates that see him travel from Newcastle to Canberra, to the Seymour Centre, to Melbourne Comedy Festival and of course, to hometown Mullumbimby.

Thursday, 7.30pm at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club with half the proceeds of the door going to the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre Emergency Food Cards.

Tickets are $20. For tickets at the club or on the website:

Moonlight Mystic Fair

Find yourself at the Bangalow A&I Hall from Friday to Sunday for a three-day celebration of the truly mystical. The Moonlight Mystic Fair will feature psychics, tarot reader, crystal singing bowls, past lives, spirit guide drawings, healers, channels and practitioners. Some of the practitioners include Joanne, with Breath Work. Joanne’s passion lies in using the power of the breath and movement as a tool for healing and empowering your life so you can live in deeper alignment with your heart’s truth. Joanne is a certified professional breathworker with more than 14 years of studying and assisting in a wide variety of personal transformation trainings across the globe.

Originally from South Africa, Joanne has been practising breathwork since 2006 and has studied with a multitude of teachers. Joanne creates a supportive, safe and nurturing space to tune into your heart’s truth, release the struggle from your life and create more harmony and balance in yourself.. I’m here to help you liberate your joy, remember your divine essence and embrace the richness that life is always offering you. Tune into your heart’s truth as you align with the wise eternal part of you that has all the answers.’ 

There is also Robert Lawlor, who is the author of Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice, a ground-breaking book that introduces the mythological properties assigned to geometric forms, and covers the Golden Section, gnomonic spirals, music, and the squaring of the circle. The thinkers of ancient Egypt, Greece and India recognised that numbers governed much of what they saw in their world and hence provided an approach to its divine creator.

Curator of the Moonlight Mystic Fair is Rosie Richards, who says:
‘The Moonlight Mystic fair is about awakening your true potential and starting a journey of learning and remembering your gifts. It’s a space for healing the past so you can embrace the future. The Moonlight also offers workshops for you to take away knowledge and start your own life of awakening.’

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Bangalow A&I Hall.

Price: $10 admission. 2-day pass $15. Locals’ 2-for-1 day, Friday. Tickets online or at the door.

Blues and buskers in art

William McManamey’s exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery presents historic images of Blues and Roots Festival musicians photographed over the past twenty years, including a tribute to the buskers who have performed on the streets and public spaces of the Byron Shire. Pop in and check it out.


Big Webb of comedy!

‘Lindsay Webb is more than your average standup. He has an almost mind-reader-like ability to pick faces in the audience and create a show purely on where they come from and what they do. The last time I saw him at The Arkaba half the show was a six-degrees exercise in linking audience members together, it was sheer genius.’ That’s what one reviewer said of him at the Adelaide Fringe last month. Back in 2009 Webb took out the Guinness World Record for the Longest Show by an Individual: 38 hours six minutes. It just shows what a relentless energy Webb has – able to improvise and create unique comedy experiences every time he hits the stage.

Lindsay Webb is joined by the superbly funny Ellen Briggs as support and, after two months’ absence, the long-awaited return of the undie-flashing talents of Mandy Nolan as MC. Big Gig Comedy at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 31 March at 8pm. Free show!

See more of Seymour

For anyone involved in music, whether as performer, student or teacher, or simply as devotee, Seymour Bernstein is especially interesting. Now in his 80s, he has had brushes with fame and adventure. Lavishly praised when he toured Europe and the US as a young pianist, and serving in Korea in the 1950s where he played for the troops on the front lines, he nevertheless walked away from a solo career, giving his last public performance at age 50.

Since then, he has devoted himself to teaching, writing and composing although, it must be said, he still plays the piano superbly. Ethan Hawke is a veteran of more than 50 appearances onscreen and he’s had a career as a writer and director as well. But he has never made a documentary. He met Seymour Bernstein at a dinner party and was bowled over by the older man’s enthusiasm and love of life. The film is the result of his curiosity. What is Seymour’s secret? What wisdom informs his teaching and his life? Seymour: An Introduction, emceed by Ethan Hawke.

Sunday at Pighouse Flicks.The tickets are $15 at or at the door. The money will cover the hire of the film and the theatre, and any surplus will be donated to the Byron Music Society.


Jimeoin is BACK

‘It gets no better than this… Hilarious!’ (Time Out). His ever-evolving live show and the most famous eyebrows in comedy. ‘If laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids… Brilliant wit and razor-sharp take on the absurdities of life… Series of hilarious, often surrealistic climaxes.

This is the comedy of one who truly perceives human behaviour, breaks it up, puts it all together again in all its ridiculousness, to leave you with your eyes streaming’ (Evening News). ‘Standup comedy at its best!’ (Scotsman).  At the Ballina RSL on Friday.

Peddle and Hawk

Peddle and Hawk Acacia St Market is a special event that draws upon the riches of Byron’s Arts & Industry Estate and the region’s vibrant creative spirit.

The Kulchajam team are inviting the community to start ‘peddling and hawking’ in a retro-future street market starting this Easter Saturday that will close a section of Acacia St in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate.The market closes a section of Acacia St in collaboration with surrounding businesses that range from performing arts and yoga studios to functional art galleries, fashion and jewellery, composting, upcycling and organics. A full program from 9am till 3pm includes music, yoga, street foods, workshops and presentations from marketeers and participating galleries and studios. Games, installations and circus toys replace traffic on the road, making this an interactive and dynamic event that enlivens and reclaims our public spaces.

A range of participating businesses including the Lume Functional Art Gallery, Heartspace, Jing Organics, the Candle Library, Stay at Home Gypsy, the Juggle Hut and more.

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