Vagina Monologues giving sexism some lip
Following their sold-out performance of The Vagina Monologues in 2014, V-Day Byron Bay will host the 2015 V-Day Women’s Festival at Bangalow A&I Hall on Valentines weekend, sponsored by local business Spell Byron Bay.
The crew kick off the festivities with a reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues on Friday at 5pm alongside a fundraising raffle and silent auction for Assist-A-Sista Australia and the Byron Girls Group. On Saturday February 14 at 6.30am all are invited to the V-Day flash mob / swim at Main Beach, Byron Bay, to unite our community in joyful peace and justice.
From 10am on Saturday, the A&I Hall will behold empowering, free workshops for the community, including free yoga and self-defence.
A women’s film festival will follow to reclaim Valentines night. Alongside the festivities, For the Love of Byron will host a one-day pop-up shop featuring Byron Bay’s best and most romantic gifts for last-minute V-Day purchases. In 2014, V-Day Byron Bay raised more than $20,000 for Assist-A-Sista Australia, providing much-needed assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
More than 5,800 V-Day benefits are held around the world, raising funds and awareness toward ending violence against women. Byron Bay has joined this global movement as part of the V‑Day 2015 campaign and in unity with the 500,000 women affected by domestic abuse in Australia each year.
Entry to Vagina Monologues $30, and film festival $20.
The Drill Hall Theatre will be holding auditions for Honour on Wednesday 18 February at 7.30pm at The Drill Hall, Mullumbimby. If you have a prepared audition piece you would like to present please come prepared to do so, though this is not mandatory as the audition will mainly be based on reading parts.
The company are looking for three women who can play ages of around 60 and 28 to 30. These are interesting and demanding roles, though one of the younger women is only in a few scenes.
Enquiries to Penny Irving on 0437 397 617.
The virtues of human goodness, tolerance and fidelity in love are all present in Mozart’s Turkish-flavoured singspiel The Abduction From The Seraglio, composed in 1782 when he was just 25.
A metaphor for the combat between liberty and all forms of absolutism, the tale of Belmonte’s quest to deliver Konstanze from Selim’s yoke resounded throughout Europe, inspired at that time by the spirit of the Enlightenment. French actress and filmmaker Zabou Breitman’s new interpretation features American soprano Erin Morley as Konstanze, Swiss tenor Bernard Richter as Belmonte, and Jürgen Maurer as Selim, with set design by Jean-Marc Stehlé. Captured live from the Palais Garnier Opera House, Paris, in October 2014 and sung in German with English subtitles, The Abduction From The Seraglio screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Sunday at 1pm and Wednesday 18 February at 11am.
Tickets $15–24 on sale now at the Palace box office or online at www.palacecinemas.com.au.
Byron Sophia Philosophical Group: Merlin’s other face, presented by Celia Novy, Thursday 12 February 1–3pm, at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St, Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.
Kloset 2 Kostume
Kloset 2 Kostume, a free 6-week workshop for young people aged 16 to 21 at the YAC, making and designing costumes from recycled materials, starts Thursday 19 February at 3.30pm. Contact Kia for details: [email protected] Donations of materials/clothes greatly appreciated.
Artists, start painting for the 10th Annual Ocean Shores Country Club Art Competition/Exhibition. Entry forms at www.oceanshorescc.com.au. Enquiries Jennie 6684 1664 or Marilyn 6680 4907.
Friends of the Library are having a massive book fair, book fest and book sale on Saturday 11 April, and we need your help with donated books, DVDs, CDs, vinyls, games and puzzles. Please call Beryl on 6685 3030 or Janene on 6685 5022 or email [email protected]
One Billion Rising
V-Day One Billion Rising Against Injustice, Saturday 14 February, Main Beach at 6.30am. Dance to break the chain, wear red, be loud, support the worldwide campaign to put an end to violence towards women and children. More info: FaceBook V-Day One Billion Rising Byron.
Lone Goat gallery
Rust On The Rails, Maryanne Shea & Rick Malloy, to 18 February. Also gallery volunteer attendants required – please contact 0408 337 277.
The Byron Youth Service Byron Girls Group runs Wednesdays from 4 till 6, starting on 18 February. For girls aged 12 to 16. Contact BYS or Lotte 0400 430 345 for details.