Come together as one mob
Julinbah Yowarl – Rainbow Corroboree is a wonderful family camp-out weekend set on the banks of Tabulam’s Rocky River.
These four days of cultural exchange offer a perfect September family weekend away of bush living and communal harmony. This is the eighth corroboree celebrating the years of collaboration between Jubullum Village and custodians and the wider Indigenous and non-Indigenous community who participate and co-create in the meeting ground. Elders and custodians will be teaching and sharing dance, weaving, painting, dreamtime story and more, giving their children and participants the blessing of receiving the rich goodness of Australia’s true living and original culture.
All are invited to gather for Sunset Corroboree and enjoy an evening of local and world music including Wild Marmalade and Buddy Knox. Pop Harry Walker (senior Warhlu-bal custodian) will welcome visitors to his home and share his stories and teaching of his people. Bring a tent, minimal camp gear, drinking water and food. If you have one bring a drum, a didj, your clap-sticks and play pre-sunset in the drum circles.
This is a drug- and alcohol-free family-friendly event. Entry is just $50 per person with children free. Rocky River is 2½ hours west of Byron and 5 minutes from Tabulam.
Friday to Monday. For more information go to http://bit.ly/rainbowcorroboree.
Melodie C was born in the Belgium Congo. Her exhibition of paintings titled Emotionism pays homage to the people of Africa. The concept aims to directly access the human heart with the symbolic, encapsulated through the simplicity of line, colour and form. She will also launch her children’s book A Heart for Art on Friday at 4pm, and will include free entertainment and activities with Shorty Brown the Silly Clown. Opening Friday 18 September from 6pm at Lone Goat Gallery.
Talking philosophy and an eco poem
Poet, writer and lecturer James Cowan has decided that it is time to address the greatest issue (and threat) of our time. Poets and writers need to provide an alternative narrative for climate change from the one we receive from scientists. Terra Nullius is a long poem in the tradition of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol and Ginsburg’s Howl. It is sixty years since the latter poem first appeared. Both poems addressed the ills of their age.
Terra Nullius is an attempt to do the same. As artists, we can no longer sit back and hope that things might change. The debate needs to be orchestrated by poets, just as Shelley did with his poem Endymion, because they alone hold the sharpest and most incisive instrument to their breasts – that of language. As a tribute to all three poets, James Cowan offers Terra Nullius for your comment and enjoyment.
Thursday 1–3pm at the Byron Masonic Centre for the Byron Sophia.
As the world seems to spin more and more into the unknown there are some unique processes being created internationally that offer a counterbalance to the chaos. TaKeTiNa is one of those processes using the voice and body for transformation, meditation and healing. It was developed 45 years ago by Reinhard Flatischler after extensive studies with master shamans and musicians around the globe. The process guides participants into simultaneous perception where time and timelessness, action and stillness merge. It requires no previous experience and participants are encouraged to participate at any level they feel comfortable with.
This Sunday Tania Bosak and Timothee Roi Diers will bring TaKeTiNa to Mullumbimby for a three-hour workshop.
Tania Bosak is an actor, vocalist, composer and senior facilitator based in Melbourne and Europe. She works actively with the founder of TaKeTiNa in teacher training and workshops throughout Europe and Australia. Timothee Roi Diers is a TaKeTiNa facilitator based in Byron Shire and engages with art, nature and spirituality and enjoys walking the razor’s edge between civilisation and wilderness.
Happy folk for uke
Miss Amber and Stukulele’s UKE NIGHT is being crashed by Mullum’s latest uke collective, the mischievous ‘Uke Loveys’ – that’s because they heard the theme is ‘Happy Folk’ – uplifting happy songs – just right for spring. It’s irresistible! Chris Mallory from Two Lions is going to flex his golden tonsils with more special guests backed by the UKE NIGHT all-star band. Strap on a uke, slap on a smile.
Bring your best singing voice or just come on in for an extremely fun evening of tunes, laughs and whistling – Club Mullum in the Ex-Services auditorium, Thursday 24 September. Doors Open 6.30.
Entry is $10 for grownups and $2.50 for kids under 16.
Peace Be with You
This Saturday is Peace Day at the Uniting Hall, 5 Carlyle Street (across from Woolies and down towards the primary school). Come and join others just wishing for peace in the world and want to make it happen. One young unemployed actor living at home with his mum in a council flat in London thought, ‘Why don’t we start with just one day all over the world when we can try to be at peace with each other and engage in peace-building activity?’ So Jeremy Gilley started Peace One Day, which has grown! Global Day of Peace includes a dove release. Peace Flame. Peace Pole story. Dances for Peace. Human Mandala. Communication workshop. Candle-lighting Ceremony for the Nations (ring if you want to participate) with piano virtuoso Nuwanda Coleridge. Special guest Yai Atem, a Sudanese refugee, tells his truly amazing story of surviving eight years on the move through war zones from age eight to 16. You have got to hear this story. A story of Hope. Report on Operation Talisman Sabre at Yeppoon in Qld war games. David Bradbury, award-winning activist movie maker about his latest film.
From 12 noon.
Circus Arts Take 2
Circus Arts is in the industry of making dreams come true – the dream of running away to join the circus, that is. Circus Arts is creating performance pathways for emerging circus artists to take their circus careers to a professional level and you can catch a glimpse of their work at the upcoming showcase Take 2 on Friday at Circus Arts Byron Bay.
Circus Arts’ top-level class, the Performance Troupe, have been very active in the community and in recent years have performed at more and more high-profile events such as Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay Blues Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. The newest addition to the Circus Arts class schedule is Ensemble, a class for troupe graduates and adults who want to take their circus to a professional level. With the assistance of coaches Simon Adams (Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Dance and Spaghetti Circus) and Misha Reale, formerly an aerial coach at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), students are creating acts to take out into the professional world. To see the Performance Troupe and Ensemble perform their feature acts of 2015 come along to Take 2 on 18 September at 7pm at Circus Arts, 17 Centennial Circuit, Arts and Industry Estate in Byron Bay. A fantastic and affordable night for the whole family with adults just $5, kids $3 and children under three free.
All proceeds on the night go to Circus Arts’ not-for-profit organisation Friends of the Circus. For more information on the Take 2 showcase, Ensemble group, Performance Troupe and Friends of the Circus contact Circus Arts Byron Bay on 6685 6566 or visit www.circusarts.com.au/byronbay/.
Give it a Go!
Begin your school holidays with a big dose of fun! The Curly Cousins present their interactive family-friendly Give it a Go show. With their trademark humour, multi-instrumental talents and sweet harmonies, Coco, Miss B and Sunshine invite audiences young and old to give all manner of things a go.
The Curlies will be at the Drill Hall, Mulumbimby, for one day only, Saturday. There are two shows: 10.30am and 2pm. Tickets are $10, or $30 for a family of four at the door from 10am. Enquiries: [email protected] or phone 6680 3411.
Loving Italian Film
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival returns to Palace Byron Bay this week with an outstanding program of contemporary Italian cinema, starting on Friday with the award-winning box office hit comedy God Willing, about an atheist surgeon with a god complex.
Opening night tickets include pre-film drinks and after party with more vino, canapés and entertainment Italian style by Luigi the accordionist – plus the coveted Italian gift bags! The program will feature an exciting lineup of brand-new comedies, romantic tales, crime thrillers and gripping dramas including Perez, depicting an urban wasteland hiding the underbelly of organised crime.
Also delving into the criminal world is Black Souls, an award-winning thriller by Francesco Munzi that tells a timeless and powerful tale about the challenges of breaking cycles of crime and violence.
Leopardi is an engrossing historical drama about the talent and struggle of Italy’s greatest 19th-century poet Giacomo Leopardi, a radical thinker and philosopher, who produced inspiring works and intelligent prose that have influenced countless others.
Director Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut Tale of Tales features an all-star cast of Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel and John C Riley. Not for the faint hearted, the film delves into the depths of the human psyche in a delicious dream-like visual feast brimming with imagination and mischief.
Latin Lover from acclaimed writer/director Cristina Comencini recounts the life and secrets of the great Italian star Saverio Crispo, a ‘Latin lover’ played seductively by Francesco Scianna.
Winner of the Best Comedy at the Italian Golden Globes in 2015, The Legendary Giulia brings a fantastic cast together to tell the story of three down-on-their-luck men who meet by chance and decide to combine forces and risk everything to start a B&B.
The warm-hearted comedic gem Do You See Me? celebrates the importance of individual value and being true to oneself, and in Mia Madre veteran director Nanni Moretti presents a lively and brilliantly absurd comedy featuring John Turturro and an award-winning performance from Margherita Buy as an unhinged filmmaker dealing with a personal crisis.
And who can resist a very handsome man and a gorgeous dog?
The whole family will enjoy Italo, a charming tale for all ages that depicts the life-altering friendship between an extraordinary dog and a lonely child.
Screening 24 films from Friday until 27 September, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is a must for anyone interested in quality cinema and the wonderful, complex and passionate country that is Italy. Programs and tickets available at Palace Byron Bay Cinema or the festival website www.italianfilmfestival.com.au.