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Culture Roundup – Wednesday 8 June, 2016

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Director Jennifer Peedom will be showing her documentary Sherpa at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Friday 17 June
Director Jennifer Peedom will be showing her documentary Sherpa at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Friday 17 June


Sherpa’s multi-award-winning director Jennifer Peedom will be at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Friday evening 17 June to show her gripping documentary about the plight of the sherpas on Mount Everest. Following the screening Jennifer will be in conversation with visiting director Glendyn Ivin (The Beautiful Lie, Offspring). Screenworks in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild are proud to be bringing this event to the northern rivers. Doors open at 6pm. Come along for some warming winter curries by Pocket Curries prior to the screening event.

The screening of the film followed by the directors in conversation commences at 7pm.

Tickets are available from www.screenworks.com.au.

Telling stories for liberation 

Join in on the storytelling action at the Brunswick Heads Community Centre on Sunday. Hear colourful stories from the Byron Circle of Tellers and community members: all set in our local region, some factual, fictional and even factional stories! Food at 6pm, stories from 7pm, with proceeds going to the Brunswick Liberation Larder. $5 soup and bread.

What’s your character?

The Character Creation Seminar is a concise introduction to the fundamentals of Character Analysis and its six different ‘character types’ and their application in performance and life. The seminar was presented for the first time last year in Murwillumbah; previously it had only been presented at the Victorian College of Arts (VCA) to their Acting and Directing masters students.

Presented by Penelope Chater – known to most people in the area as Alka – the seminar will include a presentation of the different ‘character types’ by one of the northern rivers’ most esteemed actors, Amanda Sebasio-Ong, who performed in the highly acclaimed The Ballad of Edgar and Mary at the Drill Hall last October.

Amanda was a participant in the first Character Creation Workshop in Byron Bay in 2000 and continued to deepen her study of the work with Penelope during her time living in Melbourne. This seminar is for anyone interested in acting, writing or directing or the performing arts in general.

Sunday 19 June at the Drill Hall Mullumbimby. Bookings to 0477 220 818, cost: $25

For more information or a private session go to penelopechater.com.

A South Indian Feast served up on banana leaves for KulchaJam’s third Birthday Celebration –  this Saturday in the Arts & Industry Estate, Byron Bay.
A South Indian Feast served up on banana leaves for KulchaJam’s third Birthday Celebration –
this Saturday in the Arts & Industry Estate, Byron Bay.

Celebrate Kulcha with us

This Saturday CO*OP Kulcha is celebrating its third birthday with an incredible banana leaf banquet

Chef Russell Scott will serve a South Indian feast on banana leaves in traditional longhouse style. Pre-booking is essential and its only $30/$45 for a feast, music followed by a little dance party. Bookings at www.kulchajam.org/bananaleafjungleparty.

Kulchajam are also runnning a crowd funding campaign to support their kulcha, ensuring some amazing evolutions to our space and kicking off a new events and culture program.

Visit www.supportourkulcha.org/crowd if you haven’t seen the amazing rewards on offer. There are some incredible donations from the community including festival tickets, weaving workshops, T-shirts, coffee, artisanal foods, and much more.

Saturday 25 June is  the opening of Tribal Food Co at Kulchajam and the next Peddle and Hawk Acacia St Market. The following day, Sunday 26 June  come an celebrate the completion of Kulchajam’s crowd funding campaign and launch of their new program. 1/1 Acacia St, Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay.

There is No One Way to live this life!

Byron Youth Theatre’s latest production, No One Way, explores issues faced by young people in the LGBTIAQ+ community.

With funding from Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW, Byron Council and the support of Byron Youth Service, both Lismore-based ACON and HeadSpace as well as some wonderful community members, BYT have been busy researching, interviewing and surveying local young people and organisations to create this new performance.

‘This piece is bold, confronting and courageous, embracing the themes of acceptance and understanding against the backdrop of homophobic behaviour,’ shared director Lisa Apostolides.

The production will tour local schools, encouraging safe learning environments as well as providing information to young people of where and how to access help.

For BYT members Jess Lu and Raph Karni it has been an extremely powerful experience

‘There was so much I didn’t know about what others in the LGBTIAQ+ community have to face on a day-to-day basis. Everyone who sees No One Way will learn something important.’

A public performance will be held at the Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, on Sunday 26 June at 6.30pm with suggested entry donation of $15. Appropriate for ages 14 plus.

James Guppy’s work on show at the Ballina Gateway Airport until Wednesday 6 July
James Guppy’s work on show at the Ballina Gateway Airport until Wednesday 6 July

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