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Culture November 12

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Circle-DancingDance the Day Away

Ukitopia Arts Collective present Uki Primary School in their Day of Dance at the Uki Primary School this Sunday. This program is best for beginners to intermediate level and over 12 years old. Men and women welcome. The day kicks off with a sacred circle dance; at 11am there is capoeira, at 12pm Argentine Tango. At 1pm Janaki will get those bellies rolling with Middle-Eastern Dance and at 2pm indulge in Sacred Fusion Dance to assist self-alignment. The day finishes at 3pm with partner dance with old-time Elegance! $20 for the day or $5 per workshop.


El Bari Flamenco Troupe is a flamenco troupe that has been based on the Gold Coast and in Byron Shire for the past eight years. This Sunday El Bari bring their very special show to St John’s Primary School, Mullumbimby, taking audience members on an exciting journey through the power and passion of flamenco music, song, dance and castanets. Visually it will be spectacular as more than 40 performers will take to the stage in fabulous costumes, entertaining you through this culturally based performance.

Flamenco is an incredibly emotive art form. Its dance and music is full of passion, strength, control and fire. Flamenco is a human story which draws its origins and influences from a melting pot of cultures: the Gypsies of Andalucía, Spain, and Jewish, Indian and Arabic peoples.

El Bari will feature some of the best artists here in northern NSW. With special guests belly-dancing troupe Gems of The Nile from the Gold Coast. Doors open at 1.30pm and the show commences at 2pm.Tickets are available at the door and prices are $10 for pensioner/child, $12 for adults, and free for children under five years of age.Refreshments available.

Access & The Arts

This month the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) in Ballina proudly presents a dynamic and diverse mix of high-calibre contemporary art works in the group exhibition Twelve + 3. Twelve + 3 showcases the diverse contemporary artworks by 12 individual artists and three supported studios based on the north and mid-north coast of New South Wales.

The exhibition is a culmination of discovery, support, mentoring and promotion of artists with disability through the Accessible Arts North Coast Creating Connections project. The exhibition is supported and co-curated by Arts Northern Rivers, which assisted in providing mainstream opportunities for these artists. The participating artists include Damien Conte, Brook Walker, Lindsay Hunt, Jacqueline King, Alyssa Black, Mabel Ritchie, Lewis John Knox, Claire Skehan, Hil Van Dijk, Karen Bulgin, Liam Bruce and Zion Levy Stewart. Also showing is the photography of Katrina Folkwell presented by Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre. Her work depicts the ensemble of dancers, both with and without disability. Twelve + 3 runs until Sunday 30 November.

Laugh it up at Lennox

Join Club Lennox for an evening of laughs on Saturday 22 November when comedian Ellen Briggs will be supported by standup comic Paul McMahon in what promises to be a side-splitting show.

Ellen Briggs is a talented mother of two, with a sharp tongue and a rapidly rising career in the comedy industry. She takes her audience on an observational and hilarious journey through life as an accidental mother of identical twins and the wife of a husband who is away working for nine months of the year. Ellen has an easygoing, friendly nature that belies the dark wit that lurks beneath.

Paul McMahon is the polite, quietly spoken guy next door who says what he really thinks on stage. Fathers, girlfriends, friends, shopkeepers… in fact everyone will be able to relate to Paul’s easygoing nature and hilarious perspective on life. You can see Ellen and Paul in Lennox Laughs at Club Lennox on Saturday 22 November starting at 6.30pm. The great value ticket price of $45 includes a two-course dinner and show. Bookings are essential; call 6687 4313 or visit the website to buy tickets.

London Writer & Performer shares his craft

Internationally renowned London writer and performer Anthony Anaxagorou is admired for his unique and provocative performance style and has established himself as one of the best-researched critical thinkers in the spoken-word community. Anthony’s extensive history within the poetry of London has seen nine of his poetry collections published, placed him on national tours, and even seen one of his pieces featured in Cirque du Soleil. He teaches poetry and creative writing in schools across London and gives lectures on creativity and how poetry can be used as a means to tackle certain mental-health issues. Anthony performs at Kulchajam in Byron on Thursday 20 November with TJ Quinton and Thomas Kiely with support from Jamie MacDowell (Melbourne), Kaveh the Unlikely Poet (Sydney), and Stephanie Grace (Sydney). Show at 7.30pm and $15 on the door.  Workshop at Kulchajam on Friday 21 Nov from 10am till 4pm. $45 with booking to [email protected]

Mythbusting Poetry

This Sunday the Dangerously Poetic crew will offer another of their popular afternoons at the Bangalow Heritage House Tea Room, themed Myths and Magic.

Chris Mallory will sing his original story-songs. The featured readers are professional storytellers: Jenni Cargill-Strong and Annie Bryant, who will offer both poetic stories and poems about myths and magic. The audience is encouraged to get in on the fun during the open reading by sharing an original poem or a favourite by someone else on the theme of myth and magic. Enjoy all this entertainment 3 till 5 pm, with yummy refreshments included for only $15/12 for DP members. For more information about Dangerously Poetic and this event, go to www.dangerouslypoetic.com.

Art at the Goat

Lone Goat Gallery in Byron presents
Over There, an exhibition of new work by Chrissy Huntsman and Craig Rochfort. Chrissy’s work gives presence to that which is normally invisible or overlooked; making visible the presence of absence. Craig’s work reflects on Australia’s recent policy on so-called ‘border protection’.  The show runs until 19 November.

Crabbes Film

Blancanieves is the latest offering at Crabbes Creek Community Film Night this Saturday. It is based on the story of Snow White and set in Seville of the 1920s; the daughter of a famous bullfighter is raised by an evil fashion-hungry stepmother with a plot to kill. Will the band of bullfighting dwarfs come to the rescue in time? Will Carmen fulfil her destiny in the ring? Will true love win out in the end? Film society membership is $30 for the year, or guest membership is $7 for the night. Everybody is welcome. Delicious $8 nachos dinner at 6pm, following with the film at 7pm.


Hollows fundraiser

Fundraiser for The Fred Hollows Foundation on Thursday 20 November 11.30am includes harp recital, auction and gourmet luncheon with wines, $65 per person.  Bookings essential by 18 November to 0425 243 860 or email [email protected]

Claire Dunn

Claire Dunn in conversation with local journalist Anneli Knight Tuesday 18 November 5.30 for 6pm, Bangalow Heritage Tea House, Deacon Street, Bangalow. RSVP your name & mobile number to [email protected]

Byron Sophia

Byron Sophia Philosophical Group: Who am I? Evolution & Emergence, presented by James Stewart, Thursday 13 November 1–3pm, at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St, Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.


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