Culture Roundup – March 16, 2016

Starlight shines on with Moonlight

As Easter approaches, it’s time to have your chakras aligned, your palm read and make a plan to live the life you were given. It all starts at the Moonlight. The Moonlight Fair is a three-day celebration of the truly mystical. The Moonlight Mystic Fair will feature psychics, tarot reader, crystal singing bowls, past lives, spirit-guide drawings, healers, channels and practitioners. A program of engaging workshops, talks and sound healing as well as atmospheric live music in the gourmet vegetarian cafe. 25–27 March at the Bangalow A&I Hall. Price: $10 admission. 2-day pass $15. Locals 2-for-1 day Friday 25 March. Tickets online or at the door.

Art at the Airport

Visitors to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport are invited to enjoy the Northern Rivers Community Gallery’s next installation of Art at the Airport. The latest Art at the Airport instalment showcases the artistic collaboration of Joanna Kambourian and Darren Bryant. Ms Brown’s Lounge, on show until 5 May, aims to challenge and explore non-traditional printmaking media by incorporating digital art and design. Printed on aluminium, the images are overlaid with a geometric pattern that frames these tapestries of pixelated colour, which in turn removes parts of the image from the viewer. The images speak of way finding and nostalgia seen through two different cultural lenses simultaneously.

Ashley Lopez at Cape Byron Steiner School hall performing Revelation on Saturday

Ashley Lopez at Cape Byron Steiner School hall
performing Revelation on Saturday

Revelation of dance

Ashley Lopez (USA) is a creative force to be reckoned with. With a background as an opera singer, yoga instructor and Hawaiian hula dancing muse, she now specialises in tribal fusion belly dance, a sinuous, contemporary form that emerged from the alternative Bay Area scene in San Francisco in the 80s. Lopez will be in Byron 18–20 March and a rare opportunity exists to immerse yourself in a series of tribal fusion dance workshops suitable for all levels. Experience her mesmerising dance (and amazing costumes!) at a special performance showcase on Saturday at Cape Byron Rudolph Steiner School. It’s a family-friendly gig and the kids will love the sword performance by guest dancer, Kaz Wolf (QLD).

Workshop enquiries 0420 398 590. Tickets to Revelation are available at

Adults $21 earlybird valid until 14 March. Free entry for kids under 12.

Nazeem Hussain at Lismore City Hall for Lismore Laughs on Saturday

Nazeem Hussain at Lismore City Hall for Lismore Laughs on Saturday

Legally Brown

Award-winning comedian Nazeem Hussain brings his brilliant debut solo show Legally Brown to the NORPA stage for one night only. Nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Comedy, Hussain has toured Legally Brown to sold out houses across Australia and also bagged a LOGIE nomination for his ground-breaking SBS TV show of the same name. A master of exposing the inherent absurdity in prejudice and flipping stereotype on its head, Hussain’s live shows are cerebral, confronting and uproariously funny.

His knack for character and deft comedic touch has seen him become a familiar voice on Triple J during 2014, as well as a regular on commercial radio NOVA breakfast show. Hussain’s TV credits also include The Project (Network Ten), It’s A Date (ABC), and Balls of Steel Australia (The Comedy Channel). He was also SBS TV’s man on the ground in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 World Cup soccer, providing nightly content to The Full Brazilian for the network.

LISMORE LAUGHS at Lismore City Hall Friday and Saturday

HANNAH GADSBYFriday 7.30pm $22–42.
THE LISTIES (comedy for kids) – Saturday 11am $22–30.
NAZEEM HUSSAINSaturday at 7.30pm $22–35.

Buy two or more Lismore Laughs shows and save 20 per cent.Tickets at or call 1300 066 772.

Playing back our past

Each of us comes from a long line of ancestors stretching back in time from our immediate family lineage to vast cultural roots. For some of us, ancestral stories live on in our collective family memory handed down from one generation to the next. For others, ancestry is more removed and mysterious. How has your ancestral heritage informed who you are and how you live your life? What stories from your ancestors live large in your psyche? How have you explored connection to your ancestry? Join us in sharing stories of our ancestors. Watch as the Playback actors bring them to life onstage in drama, movement and music. Drill Hall Mullumbimby on Saturday at 7.30pm.

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