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Culture Roundup – Wednesday 12 October, 2016

Latest News

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Other News

Police pursuit after ute and motorbike stolen

NSW Police were at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan, after reports a motorcycle had been stolen. As they arrived two males fled the scene, one on a motorcycle and the other in an Isuzu utility. The utility failed to stop for police and a pursuit was initiated.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

On Save the Koala Day conservationists all agree they disagree with the Minister for Environment

Ahead of today’s Save the Koala Day, NSW Minister for Environment James Griffin yesterday announced that private landholders are being supported to restore 200 hectares of koala habitat in the Northern Rivers.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on Trauma

In the War on Trauma we care for hurt people. We understand the importance of safety, of nutrition, of connection to community, of addressing loneliness, of the power of being in nature.  Being locked in jail for drug-related offences doesn’t change the underlying reasons for why someone has addiction issues. It just amplifies the trauma. And amplified trauma leads to drug harm.

Businesses launch campaign against holiday let policy

Businesses who say they would be adversely impacted by Council’s proposal to cap holiday letting to 90 days have gone on the offensive by launching a PR campaign.

Chukale, one of the featured Latin bands at the Byron Latin Fiesta, 4–7 November
Chukale, one of the featured Latin bands at the Byron Latin Fiesta, 4–7 November

Byron Latin Fiesta

Get those salsa bodies ready, the Byron Latin Fiesta is now in its 11th year and gearing up for one inspired, sweaty showdown of instructors, performers, Latin bands and DJs.

Festival Hub is the Byron Theatre with beginner workshops at Club Byron (The Bowlo), a pre-party on 3 November at the Ginger Pig, and all the after-parties at Guzman y Gomez. Latin bands include Chukale, directed by percussionist and singer Gustavo Cereijo. The band has supported international salsa icons Sonora Carrusueles from Columbia, Venezuela’s Grammy winners Los Amigos Invisibles and Grammy-winning Cuban cultural institutions Los Van Van and a whole lot more. Dedicated to creating a benchmark for Latin music in Australia, the one thing you won’t be doing when these guys are playing is sitting on a bench. It’s impossible to keep that booty static.

For a taste of what’s in store go to the Bangalow Bowlo on Saturday, from 6pm for salsa and latin. Byron Latin Fiesta, 4–6 November: byronlatinfiesta.com.au.

Twelfth Night at The Drill Hall Theatre
Twelfth Night at The Drill Hall Theatre

All Women All Shakespeare

Hard to believe that more than 400 years ago Shakespeare penned his farewell to pure comedy: Twelfth Night. Balancing the gaiety, boisterousness and drunken carousing of Sir Toby Belch with the pathos of unrequited love and the pomposity and self-deception of Malvolio and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, this is the perfect vehicle to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of our greatest poet. For the upcoming performance by the Drill Hall Theatre Company, the script has been edited in a more contemporary light, enlivening the celebration with the production set in the 1950s, including eight songs played by a live band and featuring four circus interludes. And because in Shakespeare’s day only males were allowed onstage, now in 2016 the theatre company are presenting the show with an all-female cast.

The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby – Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 21 October till 6 November. For tickets go to the Mullumbimby Bookshop or go online to drillhalltheatre.org.au.

Periwinkle Preschool crowdfunding and film fundraiser at Brunswick Picture House on Friday
Periwinkle Preschool crowdfunding and film fundraiser at Brunswick Picture House on Friday

Periwinkle Project

Periwinkle Preschool is a unique not-for-profit community-based preschool that has been serving local families for thirty years. They have been given the chance to purchase the land on which Periwinkle Steiner Preschool sits on Sunrise Blvd in Byron Bay. Right now the preschool is crowdfunding to repay a loan of $237,000.

Those interested in finding out more are invited to the Brunswick Picture House on Friday at 6pm.

Your $32 limited-availability tickets include a curry, and of course there are raffles, silent auctions, an art auction and musical performances by Maple: Bridget and Monica Brandolini and Lecia Roberston and Davey Bob’s Blue Healers. And raffles: If you want to make a donation go to www.gofundme.com/periwinklebyron. 6pm.

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