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Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

Culture August 5

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Roller skating, skateboarding and more for Lismore

The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure. 

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International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence and the start of 16 days of activism

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Roller skating, skateboarding and more for Lismore

The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure. 

Cyclist dies two weeks after crash – Coffs Harbour

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New research collaboration aiming to flood-proof our future

The Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) and Southern Cross University, are collaborating on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to inform and shape the future of Northern Rivers communities following the February and March 2022 floods.

The need to elaborate

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Bright Lights for Standup Comedy Open Mic

Marty Bright is a young energetic comic who performs all over the country. Bright has been part of successful shows at the Adelaide and Sydney Fringe festivals as well as now performing all over the state at Sydney’s Comedy Store, Wollongong Comedy Club and Enmore Comedy Club to name a few.

Most recently Marty was chosen to bring his unique brand of physical and observational comedy to the Sydney Comedy Festival 2014 as part of the FRESH program, where he sold out all four of his shows.

Marty is the MC at the regular open mic comedy night at the Court House in Mullumbimby on Thursday, with emerging comics honing their gags and a special appearance by Akmal, who’ll be using the open mic as a chance to try out some of his new material.

Open mic nights are exciting comedy nights for established and emerging acts, and offer something a bit different for comedy lovers. 8pm. Free.

SUPA_NORTHSupa North Breaks Up

Supa North presents Breaking Up is Hard to Do, a show that features the songs of Neil Sedaka. Set at Esther’s Paradise, a Catskills resort in 1960, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends in search of good times and romance over one crazy Labour Day weekend.

Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm, this week and next (except no Sunday show the following week).
For show times and dates and to book your tickets online go to www.ballinarsl.com.au or phone the club on 6686 2544. Box-office transaction fees apply.

Adults: $25pp, concession: $22pp – includes children under 18yrs, pensioners and group bookings of tables of 10 exactly.

Swinging your Way to Health

Dance your way fit! Swingfit is the new and exciting way to get fit happening in Bangalow. Noticed the craze of rockabilly and swing dancers? Notice how fit they are throwing themselves around the floor?

Feel the burn and enjoy the thrill of having a spin and showing your panties without worrying about what you look like from behind. That goes for the blokes too! Each class involves one hour of jazz-inspired moves/steps in small rhythmic mini-patterns that are easy to learn/do.

Think swing dancing meets body blast. Founder Ray Keepence, dancer, DJ and fitness fan’s own experience with staying fit to dance led has spawned a new trend in fun workouts.

Keepence has been a dancer for more than 18 years and knows that the co-ordination, fitness and rhythm. 5.45pm every Wednesday at the Bangalow Bowls. $10

Mandy-Nolan-Boyfriends-EJ-9W6A9405If You are going to Club Lennox you’d better wear a Condong

Over the last few years comedians Mandy Nolan and Nick Penn have teamed up to create a two-hour-plus comedy show that they have performed at clubs, pubs and halls around the region.

Now Nolan and Penn are lining up the laughs for Condong Bowlo and Club Lennox this August.So why are these two such a good comedic combo?‘He’s clean as a whistle and Iet’s just say I’m not,’ laughs Nolan, a perennial favourite on the comedy circuit. Nolan and Penn both present hour-long feature sets.

This is a rare treat for comedy lovers, who usually only get one feature comedian at any comedy night. Please note that Friday is a straight comedy show and Saturday is a full two-course dinner show!

Friday 15 August at the Condong Bowling Club. Show at 8pm. Tix are $15 at the club. Enquiries to 6672 2238. Saturday 16 August at Club Lennox. 2-course dinner show. $40. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. Bookings and enquiries 6687 4313

S Sorrensen

Artful Afternoon

NORPA, Lismore Regional Gallery and Northern Rivers Conservatorium are hosting a free afternoon of art, conversation, music and stories from 1.30pm on Saturday at Lismore City Hall as part of Arts in August.

Featuring short-story readings from a new NORPA Generator work in development called Dreamer; live music from the Con’s Youth Jazz Orchestra; a lively panel discussion about the relationship of art and activism; a collection of artworks curated by Lismore Regional Gallery as an extension of their current Protest Songs – Artful Actions exhibition; and a pop-up diner catered by Olive & Luca, and a bar, will operate throughout the afternoon.

As part of the development of a new Generator work NORPA have invited four prolific local writers – Mandy Nolan, Melissa Lucashenko, Jim Hearn and S Sorrensen – to each write a story inspired by ‘dreamers’ that captures the unique spirit of the northern rivers. Lismore Regional Gallery have curated an additional exhibition of artworks that will open on the Afternoon of Artful Actions and this collection of works is an extension of the Gallery’s current exhibition, Protest Songs: Artful Actions.

There will also be a panel discussion by celebrated artists and writers Deborah Kelly, Leonie Lane, Rhoda Roberts and S Sorrensen on Art Over Apathy: Art and a Better World and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s Youth Jazz Orchestra will present original jazz arrangements of protest songs from across the decades – ‘changed-up’ especially for the afternoon.

This free event runs from 1.30–5pm at Lismore City Hall on Saturday.

charmaineYour Mystical Message Awaits

I always thought a good psychic should just phone you.

If you are into prophesy or communing with the dead, then you are going to love a night with spirit medium, Charmaine Wilson.

She won the first series of the Seven Network show The One, and ever since has been travelling around Australia reaching out to those in need.

Her mission is to help people step out of the darkness.

Tuesday at Ballina RSL at 8pm. Tickets: $40pp To buy your tickets call 6686 2544 or visit http://www.ballinarsl.com.au/entertainment/bookings/.


Play reading

Play reading for adults at Byron Bay Library, Friday 8 Aug, 10.30–12.30. Fun and free. Meg: 0474 098 428.

Byron Forums

Thurs 7 August at Cafe Oska, 1 Carlyle St, Byron Bay, 6pm. Topic: Gaza-Ark, creative action to help children afflicted by the Gaza genocide.

Byron Sophia

Byron Sophia Philosophical Group: J Krishnamurti: Religion, Authority & Education (Part II), DVD presented by Gerald Reardon, Krishnamurti Australia, Inc. Thursday 7 August 1–3pm, at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St, Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.

Lone Goat exhibition

Lone Goat Gallery presents Sprung!! by Byron photographer Katrina Folkwell. The show runs until 13 August. Contact John Rado [email protected]


Practising Artists Network is holding its AGM on Tuesday 5 August at La Table restaurant in Mullumbimby commencing 10am. Members and potential members are welcome.

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