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Culture September 24

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Games-We-PlayPlaying Games

The Circus Arts Performance Troupe is working hard to entertain audiences next week with their family circus show
The Games We Play.

Designed with the school holidays in mind, this fun little show features impressive aerial acts, body-bending contortion and high-energy hula hoops, and is the perfect excuse to get out of the midday sun and enjoy being entertained by Byron’s home-grown talent!

Wednesday–Friday at 12pm. $8.

Byron Entertainment Centre. Tix on the door (show 30 mins).

Dreaming of Cello

If you fancy frocking up for an afternoon of classical music, fabulous art, and tea with homemade cakes, come to Into the Dreaming, a solo cello recital by acclaimed cellist Louise King at Art Piece Gallery on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Artists include Rodney Pople (2012 Glover Prize winner). It’s a coup, albeit a very civilised one, for Art Piece gallery to host work by artists of this calibre and a big deal for Mullumbimby. Soloist Louise King is known for her virtuosity, heart-felt musicianship and commanding stage presence.

An internationally renowned musician, a competition- and award-winning highly prized graduate of both the Royal College and Royal Northern College of Music in London and Manchester, Louise King, according to The Australian, ‘Exudes a vigorous artistry that surely appeals to a younger generation of music lovers’.

It’s also a great opportunity for kids to hear music normally only heard in major international venues. Tickets are $50 or $40 earlybird and $30 concession, student or child.  Book at www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Into the Dreaming’.

Art Comp

The Serpentine Arts Gallery is hosting a very special members exhibition, Walking in tall grass, from 5 to 20 November 2014 in celebration of their eighth birthday! A $500 art prize is being offered for the best entry and will be judged by John Smith, Southern Cross University, and Corinne Batt-Rawden, founder of Serpentine Arts Gallery.

Painters, photographers, sculptors, performing artists, installation artists etc are all welcome to submit work. Get your entry to the Serpentine Arts Gallery by 4 November 2014. To enter you must be a member of the art gallery. Contact the gallery for more information.

Andrew-NasonComedy with Class

Andrew Nason propelled himself onto the Australian comedy scene in 1994. A former high school teacher, Andrew felt the relative quiet of a comedy-club audience would be a welcome change from the various classrooms where he had been performing…

With a keen wit and incisive style, he remains one of the most popular comedians on the southeast Queensland comedy circuit, both as a headline act and MC. He has performed at all the major comedy venues in Australia, as well as venues in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

He’s also very tall. A professional improviser as well as comedian, Andrew is able to combine these skills in his performances, thereby presenting a show that is fresh and constantly evolving and changing.

When you add to this the fact that he is a noted character actor and impersonator (his impersonation of John Cleese as Basil Fawlty is in demand across Australia) you have one very versatile performer. Did I mention he’s tall? Andrew Nason is joined by his support act, Brisbane’s Casey Talbot, and MC Mandy Nolan.

Thursday at the Ballina RSL, 8pm. Free!

Sound Healing

Don’t miss a unique opportunity to experience the vibrational benefits of a most rare and heavenly instrument. Crystal Armonica is composed of 30 crystal bowls and was invented by Benjamin Franklin. Immerse yourself in the transcending sounds of the crystal armonica with ridge, samadhi bowls, crystal bowls, flutes and other harmonic instruments at Temple Byron on Saturday from 7pm. Tix are $25. Bookings: 0424 594 549.


Sprung!! (in its third year in the northern rivers area) is a unique dance theatre ensemble already making a name for itself in the national scene following performances at the 2012 National Accessible Arts conference and the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival in South Australia.

It is an exciting blend of dancers, artists and performers with diverse backgrounds, strengths, and vulnerabilities, who create deeply felt works that engage audiences and communities.

A day in the life…is a ground-breaking new work developed under the leadership of Sprung!!’s new artistic director, Michael Hennessy, who spent nine years with the famous Sydney Dance Company.

Sprung!!’s senior associate artists in residence, Peter Notley and Alison Toft, along with junior associate artist Tara Coughlan, joined Hennessy to collaborate with the ensemble of a dozen dancers with and without disability to develop this exciting project, which explores the everyday lives of the dancers and performers; the highs, the lows, the joys, the sorrows, the hopes and dreams they sometimes encounter.

Music by local composer Fred Cole and film overlays by filmmaker John Rado complete A day in the life… allowing the audience a brief interaction that will touch everyone to their core!

Byron Community TheatreSaturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 5.30pm.

Stories for the kids

Join local storyteller and musician Annie Bryant for stories and songs in her magical story tent these school holidays.

Annie will launch her spring collection of nature-inspired tales and songs with free performances for children this Wednesday at 11am at Byron Library or this Friday at 9.30 and 10.30am at Mullum Farmers Market or Tuesday at 9.30 and 10.30am at New Brighton Farmers Market.

Akmal Saleh
Akmal Saleh

Laugh it up with Akmal

How do seasoned comics work up new material? Well, come and see one of Australia’s funniest people, Akmal, work up his new show at the Byron Community Centre on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 October from 8pm.

With a knack of dealing with the hard topics, Akmal touches on his disillusionment with religion and the modern world, while delivering standup that is fresh, honest, and real. Tickets at venue.

Verona Byron

For the first time in 45 years, this year the Royal Shakespeare Company staged a full production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

The season ran from July to September, with one of the performances filmed in high definition for subsequent screening in select cinemas around the world. The Two Gentlemen of Verona screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema at 1pm on Saturday.

Tickets $15–24 available at the cinema box office or online at www.palacecinemas.com.au.

Reaching for the Moon in Mullum

Moody and atmospheric, Reaching for the moon is the story of the unlikely and often tumultuous relationship between two extraordinary women: American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pires). Struggling with writers’ block, Bishop opts for a ‘geographic cure’ and travels from New York to Rio de Janeiro to visit her college friend Mary (Tracy Middendorf). There Bishop meets mary’s partner Lota, and the two women become embroiled in a tempestuous relationship that will span decades.

Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, Saturday. Dinner from 6.30pm, film at 7.30pm. Tickets $15/$13 Mullumbimby Bookshop.



‘Panoply’ means ‘a splendid display’ and showcases a diverse range of art by members of PAN. To be opened by Jan Barham on Friday 26 September at 6pm, the show runs until 8 October. Contact www.panbyronbay.com.


Heartcircle devotional singing, sharing, meditation group every Sunday at South Golden Beach Community Hall 10–11.30am. Enq Linda on 0415 412 514.


Coda (short for Co-dependents Anonymous) is holding its annual convention in Bangalow, on Saturday 27 September. To register visit www.ozcoda.webs.com/coda-convention.

Open garden

Burringbar is featuring its first Open Garden on October 4, 5 and 6, from 10am to 4pm, $10 entry per person. We are offering tea, coffee, cakes, lunch, raw-food classes, belly dancing and music. We are at 19 Hinchinbrook Road, Burringbar. So come and enjoy 14 acres of gardens, lake, ponds and rock pools.

Bring a picnic blanket and share the magic.

Library fun

Cure the school holiday boredom. Join local authors Sarah Hill and Madison Holroyd for a story/play session with their Beetle Bottom kids books and fun crafts at Mullumbimby Library on Thursday October 2nd at 10.30am.

Please book at the library or on 6684 2992.



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