22 C
Byron Shire
February 28, 2021

Culture Roundup – Wednesday 30 December, 2015

Latest News


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Other News

Sing Lisa Sing

Jo Faith, Newtown How very distressing is the recent story of beautiful singer Lisa Hunt. She followed protocol, paid the...


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes!...

Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday
Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday

Getting the kids to monkey around

Australia’s favourite little kids’ show is coming to the Byron Theatre on Wednesday with their interactive drumming show. The Amazing Drumming Monkeys have been wowing audiences around Australia and overseas for the past 12 years! The Monkeys combine a unique blend of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heartwarming themes to deliver a fun-filled interactive show for the whole family.

This is an adorable little variety show aimed at 1–8-year-olds, and is also great entertainment for all ages.

The two monkey puppets (Bongo and Congo) play African drums, lead audiences in songs and dances, and give everyone a chance to play a little drum during the show. The Monkey show also features beautiful messages, such as caring for the planet, and getting along with one another. 11am.

Cost: $15pp, $13 concession, family of 4: $50. Bookings: www.byroncentre.com.au.

Art for sale by Coastal Creatives

Tired of all the consumerist crap in the shops that Christmas brings? Then get off the new super-highway (before you forget how) and take a look at the wonderful and inspired works of art at the Coastal Creatives Art Sale on at the Newrybar Hall over the Xmas break. A group of 10 local artists have gotten their various artistic wares together in a collective and are having a festive season show. For sale are a plethora of pictures, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and prints for you and your friends to take away something unique and hand-crafted from the Byron Shire. Well-known names around town like Anne Leon, Sam Sosnowski, Potts and others have combined their prodigious talents to present something uniquely different from the usual commercial offerings available at Christmas. And although you may have already bought presents for your family and friends, now is the perfect opportunity to pamper YOURSELF! And, of course, why not show off the brilliant creativity of the local area to your guests at the same time by bringing them in for a look? You’re sure to pick up a post-Christmas bargain, and spread your own Christmas cheer by ‘keeping it local’!

Simply take the Bangalow/Byron exit then travel south down the Hinterland Way aka the old highway, and turn off to Newrybar.On show until Monday.

Austen Tayshus – the Big Man back in Byron for a show at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January
Austen Tayshus – the Big Man back in Byron for a show at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January

An Austen Tayshus download on the year that was

Austen Tayshus, the big man of comedy, returns to the Bay to spread his unique brand of comedy mayhem with a show at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January. Always topical, Tayshus cleverly downloads on the year that was, touching on the big themes from terrorism to popes to refugees to revolving prime ministers to sport and beyond. Obsessed with creating a comic narrative on what it means to be Australian, Tayshus puts in a power hour of laughs. With Mandy Nolan as the MC and opener, this will be a cracker of a show.

Tickets can be booked on 6619 0529 or bought at the club. $25. 8pm

Still from Halfbeard, screening at Flickerfest at Mullum Civic Hall 22–24 January
Still from Halfbeard, screening at Flickerfest at Mullum Civic Hall 22–24 January

Flickerfest comes to Mullum

Celebrating its landmark 25th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy award-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short film festival, and the country’s largest Australian and international short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world for their 2016 festival.
Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2016, with selected highlights of the most entertaining and innovative short films from around the world touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour over Jan–May 2016, with Byron Shire being the first stop. The Flickerfest 2016 tour will take place at the new home of Mullum Civic Hall, screening a smorgasboard of the world’s and Australia’s best shorts over one big weekend handpicked from a record 2,400 entries. Come celebrate amazing independent filmmaking in Mullumbimby over 22–24 January with a glam catered opening-night party followed by the Best of International Shorts on Friday night; Saturday kicks off with our Byron All Shorts local filmmaker finalists screening showcasing the best from our region and afterwards our Best of Australian Shorts light up the screen. On Sunday night sit back and enjoy our global Short Laughs Comedy program highlights handpicked from across the festival.

Local Mullumbimby residents Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd and tour manager Shane Rennie are thrilled to be bringing the festival home to their own town and look forward to sharing some incredible festival highlights with their local region. Among an amazing array of highlights this year is a delightful locally produced comedy film, Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble shot at Tullera, Lismore, and Wardell and produced by local resident Lois Randall, directed by award-winning Indigenous director Dena Curtis, will have its world premiere at Flickerfest Sydney in the Academy-accredited Australian competition and its northern rivers premiere at Flickerfest on tour.

(Don’t miss this one-off chance to see this and other amazing shorts before they continue their journey around the world; curated from the Flickerfest competition screenings at Bondi; expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia and the world have on offer. Watch the Flickerfest 2016 Tour Trailer: vimeo.com/flickerfest/flickerfest2016tourtrailer.

Visit: www.iQ.org.au for full program, info & tickets (also avail at door). Flickerfest Mullum is a fundraiser for the Island Quarry Arts and Eco Reserve.

Ballina Players present Legally Blonde at the Ballina Players Theatre 15–24 January
Ballina Players present Legally Blonde at the Ballina Players Theatre 15–24 January

Legally Blonde in Ballina

The madly popular movie Legally Blonde was the inspiration for the family-friendly version Legally Blonde Jr, this January’s Ballina Players youth musical.

It tells the story of Elle Woods (Jamaika Smith), blonde, beautiful and obsessed with the colour pink. Before her boyfriend Warner (Finley Black) heads off to Harvard and rejects her to find someone more ‘serious’.  Elle is determined to gain entry to Harvard Law and prove him wrong about her. She can be both blonde and a ‘serious’ wiz at law! Much of the story is told in song, and numbers such as Omigod and So Much Better are already favourites. The musical’s sense of humour as well as catchy lyrics and its themes of self-empowerment and open-mindedness make Legally Blonde Jr fun for young performers as well as young audiences.

A cast of 27 young people aged from ten to eighteen bring it to the stage. Jaime Sheehan is responsible for the lively and colourful choreography. This the eighteenth show Jaime has choreographed for the Players, and she first performed with them at age fourteen. Jaime is an outstanding product of the Ballina Players’ policy of providing experience for young people and encouraging them to continue in all areas of theatre arts.

Legally Blonde Jr, directed by Mike and Jaime Sheehan, will be staged at the Players Theatre from January 15 to 24. Evening performances will commence at 7pm and matinees at 2pm.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...