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Culture December 3

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We all live in a magic submarine…

Several commentators have remarked that, while the mainstream media is locked in furious agreement with the government over AUKUS and the trillion dollar submarines (a guess at the final price tag), social and independent media are telling quite a different tale.

Other News

 Uki Refugee Project and Mt St Pat’s join forces for refugees

The Mount Saint Patrick College in Murwillumbah held an assembly of 850 students, teaching staff and members of the Uki Refugee Project to officially open their new sports house called Romero House – in honour of Saint Romero.

Full Moon natural wine festival!

Full Moon Festival by Luna Wine Store welcomes 30 of Australia’s most exciting winemakers and natural wine importers to...

AJP’s Susie Hearder

Animal Justice Party (AJP) candidate Susie Hearder responds to The Echo’s questions on building on State Significant Farmland (SSF),...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vape Culture

Tobacco companies are in your home and in your school. They are quite possibly in your kid’s school bag. They have their sights set on your children; your precious kids are their future. They need to groom your babies into addiction so that their shareholders can continue to suck in their grubby toxic profits. The lips of the tobacco industry are on the soft fleshy cheeks of your babies and they are sucking hard. They are vaping the life out of your kids.

Voting guide to preferencing in the NSW lower house

The NSW election, to be held on Saturday March 25, uses optional preferencing in both houses of parliament.

Lismore candidate Adam Guise

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

listen-to-your-bodyYour Body

Our body is our vehicle in this life. From the exuberance and passion of youth to the challenges of injury, illness and ageing, it traverses the landscape of pleasure to pain. Everyone’s body has a story.

It shows in the lines on your face, the twinkle in your eyes, the scars that it bears… What is your body’s story? What are some of your body’s adventures, trials and tribulations? How have you expressed yourself through your body? How has your body supported you? How has it held you back? Come and share stories of your body and watch as the Playback actors bring them to life in drama and music.

Saturday 7.30pm at the Drill Hall. BYO body.

That Would Be Swell

Tim’s latest Australian Surf Movie Festival film featuring Swell Chasers is full of astonishing surfing, majestically beautiful big waves, and no shortage of really thrilling and frightening moments.

Now in its 12th year, it is filled with beautifully shot new footage. From hot-off-the-press Fiji massive swell to Tahiti and Australia, the mecca of slabs! See firsthand the James Hollmer-Cross wipeout shot in Tasmania, Pedra Branca, that will be featured in the upcoming new release of Point Break! and Dean Morrisson’s best-ever ride.

The Amaysim ASMF is again touring the country with 30 stops around the Australian coastline. Don’t miss the Ballina screening at Ballina Cinema
 at 4pm on Sunday.

Check it out – Swell Chasers is man versus the power and majesty of nature at its very best.

akmalAkmal Nye

As an Arabic Australian, Akmal looks at cultural stereotypes and forges ahead by forcing us to examine our own cultural identities. He’s appeared on virtually every comedy show on the telly since 2005, and continues to fill houses – and hearts – around the country!

He is the headline act for the New Years Eve Big Gig Comedy Festival at the Ballina RSL with Greg Sullivan, Joel Ozborn and Mandy Nolan. Dinner and show will set you back $64.20 and also stars Atlantic Salmon, Veal Medallions, Lemon Meringue and Chocolate Fondant Pudding. With fireworks on the river, a band downstairs for dancing and dinner music by Lou Bradley, this may be the best value and most fun NYE on the coast. Tickets at the club.

The Story of Japanese Animation

Co-founders of renowned Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyzakai and Isao Takahata, are two of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time.

As creators of some of the most beloved and award-winning animated features the world has known, their legacy is one of unrivalled imagination and unsurpassed excellence. The Tale Of Studio Ghibli Showcase screens for one week only from Thursday 4 December, at Palace Byron Bay Cinema.

Tickets and session times at www.palacecinemas.com.au.

Sharing the Spirit

Uki-based filmmaker Andrew Kidman returns home to screen the film that he premiered to sold-out Sydney crowds: Spirit of Akasha. Filmed around the world during 2012 and 2013 and featuring surfers such as Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Tom Curren, Ellis Ericson, Sam Yoon, Kye and Joel Fitzgerald, Heath Joske, Kelly Slater and Harrison Roach. Saturday at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah from 7pm.

Mandy-purple-Comedy Virgins Pop the Cherry

After nearly 18 years she’s still at it – Mandy Nolan still hasn’t finished her mission in making us see the funny side!

The latest crop of standup comedy virgins have just finished up their ‘how to be a standup comic in six weeks’ program. It’s not as hard as it looks, and is firmly rooted in the theory ‘Take any disaster and just add laughter’. As usual it’s been a diverse group who are only too willing to share the love and transform their daily struggles into standup.

Over the month-and-a-half of their comedy-discovery process they have revealed their deepest darkest secrets. What do they think about relationships? How do they feel about politics? What’s their view on god? Mandy Nolan encourages participants to have a good hard look at themselves in the funniest way possible. ‘Comedy comes from serious situations,’ Nolan says. ‘The best comedy is when people manage to talk about things that may have been a struggle for them. It’s always a surprise onstage when people laugh, and it’s gratifying to learn that you are not alone!’ The ten new standups are nervously practising their routines, getting ready for popping their comedy cherry at the Byron Bay Services Club on Monday at 8pm. Bookings are essential and can be made on 6619 0529. Tix are just $10/15.


Family movies

Byron Youth Service is hosting a free family movie night at the Suffolk Park Community Hall, Friday 5 December at 7pm – short movies made by local young people and family movie Son Of Rambo.Bring a pillow to sit on.

Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery presents I’m Talking to You, the debut exhibition of Georgie Wicks, Emily Moxham, Tristan Griffin and Michele Bevis, four graduating Visual Art students from Murwillumbah TAFE. Runs until 10 December.

Buddhist meditation

Meditation teaching and practice now at the Living Yoga Sanga, first floor, 63 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby, 6–7.30pm, Mondays. Contact Mishaela on 0438 858 842 or [email protected]


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


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