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July 4, 2022

Culture October 1

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ARTEXPRESS to visit Tweed Regional Gallery

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is one of only two regional venues exhibiting ARTEXPRESS 2022. The exhibition is an annual showcase of exemplary artworks from the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

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Australia Anti-Nuclear Delegation

We are delighted to share the news that Australia will attend the first Meeting of State Parties to the...

Locals tix on offer for Writers Fest

Byron Writers Festival is again offering Sunday locals’ passes, supported for the third time by partners, Stone & Wood.

Editorial – Byron Council report card

Did you know it’s been six months since councillors were elected? They have another two years to go, and while a usual term is a gruelling four years, this time, it’s shorter, owing to a disrupting bat virus.

Dry July to help you and Our House

In July 2008, three mates, Brett, Kenny and Phil, wanted to take a break from alcohol, so decided to abstain for the month of July, coining it their 'Dry July'.

The politics of gentrification and ‘holding the line’

Who are the visionary architects and planners that will protect and enhance this ramshackle surf town’s social fabric and built environment of Byron Bay?

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Anna-Dorrington_Pic-2Grimm Night after the Disco

Anna Dorrington presents Grim Fairy Tales where she explores and exposes issues about the role of women, female identity and societal expectations around the concept of the ideal woman.

Delving into the rich history of folk- and fairy-tales Anna draws on the magical and dreamlike qualities of the tradition. Her work is on show at Serpentine Gallery in Lismore until 20 October.

After the Disco is an exhibition of recent work by Jamie Mumford that collages glamorous elements from popular culture of the 1970s.

Inspired by glam rock, disco, and fashion photography, her artworks reflect a personal obsession with this period.

Her work is also on show at Serpentine Gallery in Lismore until October 20.

Talking Beliefs

The next meeting of Byron Philo Café will be discussing Beliefs – why we hold them and how we judge if they are true. People arrive at their beliefs in different ways – some by sheer accident of birth as do hundreds of millions of Muslims, Christians, Hindus and a multitude of other religions. Some acquire them, such as believers in L Ron Hubbard, UFO abductions, chemtrails. Some believe so fervently and passionately that they are prepared to sacrifice their lives for their beliefs. These questions probing the relationship between beliefs and truth will be put to the meeting by Richard Jones, well-known local resident and environmentalist. Luscious Foods, 6 Tasman Way in the Arts and Industry Estate, on Friday. Come at 5.30pm to order food in time for the talk at 6pm. $5.

Rock Valley Hall

The Incomplete History of Rock Valley Hall. This week sees Rock Valley Hall celebrate 100 years of existence as a venue where community has gathered to celebrate weddings, fundraisers, dances, and goodness knows what else. Ajita Cannings has written a short play about the centenary developed from oral and written history and performed by locals. Performed this Saturday at 12pm, free, and later that night join in festivities at 6.30pm. $25 including dinner dance. Bookings on 6629 3242.

Exotic Persian Delights

Wednesday 8 October is the time to go pick up your pencils and head on down to the Byron Brewery for Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing. Diving headlong into a fantasy of luscious figure-sketching, ornate spectacle and exotic Persian delights! Art-monkeys will be thrown under the spell of the Black Lotus and whisked away to the world of the Arabian Nights for a spellbinding evening of art and sensuous dance courtesy of our mesmerising models, the Barefoot Gypsies! MC Mae Wilde, doors at 6pm, session at 6.30pm. $15. BYO art materials. 18 plus.

Show me the Funny

Funny man Nick Penn heads up the next standup comedy open mic at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby. With nearly three decades of experience under his belt Penn is the master of his craft, the perfect ringmaster for a night that sees comedic newbies take to the stage.

Come and check out the new talent on offer after the latest crop of comedy graduates last week from Mandy Nolan’s latest Byron Community College course. Thursday 8pm. Free.

Secret Picnic and Dinner with Olley

Tweed Fusion is a two-day celebration of art, music, food and culture across the Tweed Valley and Tweed coast with pop-up art galleries, artistic coastal walks and an exquisite art-gallery dinner celebrating the life of famous artist Margaret Olley. There is even a gourmet Sunday picnic in a secret location. For more information about this Saturday/Sunday program go to tweed.fusion.com.au.

Design Nerd Alert

David Carson has for many years been a polarising figure on the global design landscape and pretty much invented the genre of experimental typography with the ground-breaking Raygun and Beach Culture magazines in the early 90s. Carson started designing in the 80s with no formal schooling in the field and has since focused heavily on typography and photography. His work became well known in the late 80s and early 90s through skateboarding and surfing magazines and Carson has written and co-authored many books characterising design trends. He will be presenting a talk at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Wednesday 8 October at 7pm. Students $40, general admission $70. Tickets are available online at www.byroncentre.com.au.

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Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Koori Mail wins NAIDOC Week award

Local media outlet and responder to the February and March floods, the Koori Mail was honoured at the annual National NAIDOC Week Awards held on Narrm Country on Saturday evening.

Active Fest and Olympics heading to Byron

Want a fun day of netball, rugby league, soccer, skateboarding, BMX, baseball 5, or tennis? The Active Fest is coming to the Cavanbah Centre in Byron on July 14.

First Nations Voice in Council moves closer

Byron Council will aim to give local First Nations people a role in its decision-making process by September 2024, echoing the newly-elected federal government’s pledge to honour the Uluru Statement from the Heart.