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Culture Wrap April 1

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Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

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What’s happening with South Ballina Beach?

The debate about the future of the beaches south of Ballina is heating up again as councils and concerned citizens grapple with the ongoing issue of 4WD-related damage.

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Inflatable lifejacket self-service clinic for Ballina

An inflatable lifejacket self-service clinic will be held on Friday 19 March 2021 at Fishery Creek Boat Ramp, West Ballina.

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

A Lego load of fun on the Gold Coast

A place for water dragons to thrive was the theme of a construction competition at Southern Cross University (SCU) yesterday. The tricky part was making the build with Lego.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Karaimi-and-Michael-Geometry of Love

Michael and Karaimi are getting ready to deliver a series of talks, seminars and consultations themed The Geometry of Love.

Michael Rice is a practical visionary, sacred architect, master geometer, natural designer, builder, healer and teacher.

He skilfully bridges the old and new worlds to support people to connect with and express their deepest purpose and fullest potential in order to manifest beauty and harmony in their lives. He is a gifted seminar leader who is able to enthusiastically present and share powerful ancient wisdom and new transformational information in an easy and accessible way to allow people to enhance their innate creativity, access their bliss, and create a better world for all.

Karaimi is a soul healer, priestess of initiation into the mysteries of Earth and the female. She is a modern woman connecting daily life with spiritual reality.

She leads experiential workshops in the Czech Republic and abroad, incorporating powerful healing rituals using transformational sacred geometry, creative guided meditations and feminine initiations. Her work is highly transformative and grounded.

She lives and works in deep respect and connection with nature in South Moravia, Czech Republic.

Workshop at Temple Byron April10–12 with a seminar called Sacred Architecture on April 13.

Follow this link for more info: michael-and-karaimi

Life is definitely a Cabaret, Chum

Alastair and Alice present… will be the next Drill Hall Theatre Company’s production and promises to be a sensational night’s entertainment for all. Enjoy amazing tapas, plus a drink or two with friends before the show, in an intimate cafe-style setting.

Say Hello to the protagonists, Alastair or Alice, but be aware they dream of doing something really exciting. Something as mind-blowing as producing their very own cabaret – a cabaret overflowing with a cast of almost 20 performers showcasing some hysterical comedy, unforgettable singing, sizzling electrifying dance routines, dazzling lighting effects and breathtaking specialty acts.

With a little added help from their guardian angel, and, if the big-name cabaret artist agrees to perform, the show will definitely be a truly, unparalleled ‘spectacular spectacular’ entertainment event.

Don’t miss it! Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby. Friday and Saturdays, 10, 11 and 17, 18 April at 8pm with drinks from 7pm. Matinees on Sunday 12 and 19 April at 5pm.

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Love’s Labour’s Won begins in autumn 1918 with a group of soldiers returning from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero.

As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amid the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins the day.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies, beginning with Love’s Labour’s Lost, that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places.

Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage, with productions starting life at the Stratford workshops and theatres to ultimately be shared with audiences across the world.

Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford, Shakespeare’s home town, for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the company was founded in 1961.

The company pioneered contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today’s playwrights.

Love’s Labour’s Won screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Sunday at 1pm.

Tickets $16–20 on sale now at the Palace box office, or online at www.palacecinemas.com.au.

Dr Sketchy’s Goes Trailer

Break out your pencils!

It’s another night of Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing. Join MC Mae Wilde as she welcomes Betsy Blundermuff in all her trashy glory and the once sweet fallen angel, Coppelia Jane, who will rise from the gutter to woo and howl like an alley cat.

Dr Sketchy’s – White Trash Culture Bash 6.30pm on Wednesday at La La Land.Byron Bay. $20.

Stories for Kids

Join local storyteller Annie Bryant in the magical story tent for the launch of Seek & Find, an autumn collection of stories and songs for children. What did Tom and Grandpa find on their most unlikely treasure hunt? Will Janie ever fly like a bird?

Celebrate harvest season with nature tales and singalong songs for the launch of the fourth and final CD in the Seasonal Collection. Suitable for ages three to nine.

Thursday 9 April at Byron Library at 10.30am and Saturday 18 April at Autumn Treasures Market, Bruns Memorial Hall at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm.


Book fair

Thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and games at Friends of the Library’s Book Fair, Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Saturday 11 April 9am–5pm and Sunday 12 April 10am–1pm.

Art Competition

Final Reminder – Artist entry forms due April 9 for the 10th. Annual Ocean Shores Country Club Art Competition/Exhibition. Gala Opening & Presentation to winning artist on Thursday April 16, 6.30 pm at the Ocean Shores Country Club.  Entry forms at www.oceanshorescc.com.au.

Flag Painting

Flag Painting Workshop 10 April, Mullumbimby Community Gardens. To book: 0428 222 525.

Archibald prize

As a satellite venue to Lismore Regional Gallery, the selected Archibald prize artworks for Lone Goat Gallery include winner of the People’s Choice Award, Vincent Fantauzzo. Until Sunday 12 April. Gallery open every day 10am–4pm.

Bay Singers

The Bay Singers (BB Community Choir) meets Mondays 10.30–11.30 at the Community Centre each week. More info: [email protected]


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