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Culture January 7

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nick-sun-&-treeGetting Funny for No Money

The first comedy night for 2015 kicks off at the Ocean Shores Tavern this Thursday at 8pm hosted by Nick Sun. Nick Sun emerged from the suburbs of Sydney during 2004; he has quickly become one of the hottest comedy prospects in the world. Nick was a national winner of RAW comedy and then went across to Edinburgh Fringe Festival and entered the UK’s top comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny. Amazingly he took on the best the UK had to offer and went on to become the national champion of that event as well.  

This resulted in a unique double for Nick winning both Australian and UK top comedy competitions in the same year – a feat not before achieved. Don’t miss Nick’s unique style of comedy along with some fresh newbies this Thursday at 8pm – and it’s FREE!

Musical Bingo!

Come and try the latest craze in pub fun now at thirteen venues across the country: Musical Bingo! Don’t have a clue how it works? Here’s how: Host plays a short version of a hit song. Patrons mark song off their card if they have it. First person to get two lines wins. Bonus prizes given out for extra challenges. There are currently more than 30 different categories, rotated weekly. For example – 80s, disco, old school rock, 90s, movie songs, one hit wonders, ballads, 60s and 70s and much more. Thursdays at the Byron Brewery at 7.30pm. Free.

Free Comedy at Club Lennox

Comedy lovers are in for a treat Saturday 17 January when comedians Mark McConville and Desh join forces for a free night of comedy at Club Lennox. McConville is a hit on the high seas, spending much of his time now entertaining patrons on comedy cruises. Get in early for a good seat and grab a meal when you can – the food is bloody awesome!

Flickerfest Film Fest 

Flickerfest brings its Short Films – Licensed To Thrill to the northern rivers from 23 to 25 January, for its 17th year screening a smorgasbord of short films. Along with Byron All Shorts finalists, audiences will experience the best of short films from the Byron region, Australia, and around the world over three days at the A&I Hall Bangalow. More than 2,400 entries were received for Flickerfest 2015, and only the top 110 shorts are selected in official competition, all handpicked to represent the most innovative, creative and cutting-edge short films being produced in the world today. > Continued P26 

The calibre of this year’s program is undeniable with several films screening at some of the world’s most prominent and revered film festivals including Sundance and Cannes.

Flickerfest Bangalow will be screening an entertaining, inspiring and award-winning range of 30 Flickerfest shorts over the festival, many of which are world or Australian premieres, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest short films in the world today. 

They will also be presenting the best of northern rivers shorts at the Byron All Shorts finalists’ screening, which last year played to a capacity audience of 400 people.

Flickerfest is Australia’s largest touring film festival, visiting 50 locations around the country. 

Friday 23 January is the opening party at 7.30pm followed by The Best of International at 8.30pm. 

This kicks off a superb weekend program.

Program times and prices: 

Fri 23 Jan: 7.30pm – opening night party; 8.30pm Best Of International 1, $20/17

Sat 24 Jan: door 2pm; 2.30pm –
FlickerLab Concept to Market w/shop, free

Sat 24 Jan: door 4pm; 4.30pm –
Byron All Shorts plus ABC Open, $12/10

Sat 24 Jan: door 7.30pm; 8.30pm –
Best Of International 2, $15/12 

Sun 25 Jan: door 7.30pm; 8.30pm –
Best Of Australian Shorts, $15/12

Season pass: $50/$40


Our Amazon Treasure

This film by Brigid Mary Prain will be shown January 2–14 at Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay. The Ecuadorian Amazon is a living jewel presently under threat from a Chinese oil drill proposal. Contact Brigid Prain 0411 804 271.

Looking for photos

Looking for photos (or memorabilia to photograph) of war-bride-related material for a new exhibition at the Ex-Services Club Mullumbimby in April 2015. Also material related to war horses that were part of WWI. Please email Debby at [email protected]


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