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May 14, 2021

Culture Roundup – Friday 4 November

Latest News

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Other News

Development of the Belongil Spit

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Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

Catch Bunny Racket at Brunswick Picture House on Sunday at 2pm

Echo Supports The Bunny Man

Bunny Racket is rock’n’roll for kids. Pure and simple. King Bunny is a guitar-wielding, skateboarding, nature-loving rabbit with a passion to share his love of rock’n’roll. Bunny Racket is born of King Bunny’s fierce love for rock music and a yearning for kid-friendly tunes that are relevant and positive. King Bunny travels the open highways in his old van, seeking collaboration, inspiration and knowledge, and on a quest to share his unique brand of rock’n’roll with the younger generation of bunny racketeers and to create the greatest kids’ rock record of all time. Bunny Racket is also about to launch a rock’n’roll web series that’s set to inspire and teach kids how to create music and rock out with the whole family!

Catch the Racket at Brunswick Picture House on Sunday at 2pm. One price $10 (ages 3 and up); Family of 4 $30.

Best of the Insiders

ABC TV’s Sunday morning discussion program Insiders is coming to Byron Bay.

Host Barrie Cassidy will be live onstage with a distinguished panel comprising author and political commentator, David Marr; The Guardian’s political editor Katharine Murphy, and author and columnist Niki Savva. Cassidy will guide the panel through the big political developments of 2016, and screen the most entertaining Insiders videos of the political year. Monday 14 November, 6pm at Byron Theatre.

Tickets $35/$30 members or students byronwritersfestival.com or 6685 5115

Everything Burlesque!

Don’t miss out on Everything Burlesque! Directed by Nina Jeftic. Two Shows only! Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November. This is the most entertaining show on the planet! You won’t be able to sit still or stop singing along to this show! Dynamic, saucy, exotic and exhilarating pieces from Burlesque the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey and some Bob Fosse classics will keep you enthralled. Mandy Nolan will MC the night. Not to be missed! Tickets available now: $38 adults and $33 concession! Not recommended for children under 15. Phone the Byron Theatre on 6685 6807 or buy online at www.byroncentre.com.au.

Mullumbimby-based artist Dale Rhodes is a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, on show at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney, until 5 February.
Mullumbimby-based artist Dale Rhodes is a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, on show at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney, until 5 February.

Day of the Dead

Ten years ago, the Natural Death Care Centre saw the need in our community for a non-religious, culture-free ceremony to remember and honour those loved ones who have died. Over those 10 years, hundreds of people have come each year with their photos, mementos, even the ashes of their families and friends. The annual Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together to honour and remember loved ones who have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way. An opportunity to celebrate and create positive social and cultural change. The Day of the Dead is a wonderful way to introduce children to death and bereavement in a gentle and positive way.

As part of the NDCC, local celebrant and deathwalker Zenith Virago will facilitate the event starting with the creation of a community shrine of photos and personal mementos, as well as writing messages for loved family members or friends.

Bring your blanket, or a chair; if it is a sunny day, bring a hat. As always, local community artist Sam Collyer will be on hand to inspire, guide and help with the organically themed and sustainable creativity. You are invited and encouraged to bring photographs or a special something for the shrine.

Crystal Castle gates open with free entry at 3.30, art at 4–5pm, then 5–6pm Zenith will conduct an inclusive Ceremony of Love & Remembrance accompanied by the Biggest Little Town Choir. At the close of the ceremony participants can choose to join a silent procession along the Rainforest Walk to the sacred grove, the Forest of Friends and Family, to leave their crafted mementos, which will slowly return to the earth.

Sunday 13 November.

Mums Come Together

Are you a mum wanting to connect up with other mums? Or find out new ideas?

On Saturday 26 November at St John’s Hall in Mullumbimby, The Mothers Centre are running a mini day-festival dedicated to the wellbeing of the mothers, families, the community.

The vision is to open a centre in the future: The Mothers Centre – Supporting Families from Conception to Parenthood and Beyond. The day will feature speakers on various topics from birth to parenthood.

Guest speakers include Andrew Orr from Shein Therapies in Brisbane. There are kids’ and adult classes, along with stalls, therapies and local organic food. It will be a day to connect with the community, meeting new people, engaging with existing and new friends and families, reinforcing the sense of community. Doors open 8.30am till 7.30pm.

Labyrinth on the shore

There will be a temporary labyrinth from this Saturday till Saturday 3 December at the Clarkes Beach end of the Byron foreshore. Organisers Jenni Cargill-Strong and artist Jacquelina Wills are inviting the community to attend the opening ceremony on Saturday at 4pm.

The labyrinth design will be painted on grass within a circle of banksia trees and Jacquelina will create an ephemeral mandala within it dedicated to the sacred waters.

The labyrinth and activities has been partially funded by a $1,200 grant from the Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund, which will be one of seven catalyst events for the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan. Arakwal custodian Delta Kay will give welcome to country, Whaia Whaea will sing, Jenni Cargill-Strong will tell a story, Jacquelina will lead a water ritual, and meditative music will be played as people walk the labyrinth. The Knitting Nanas as protectors of the water will be in attendance.

Harry & Snowman

In 1956, Harry deLeyer arrived late at a New York auction where he’d hoped to buy a horse he could use to teach kids to ride. The only remaining animals were those heading for the slaughterhouse and Snowman, an 8-year-old former plough horse, was one of them. But Dutch immigrant and former resistance fighter deLeyer recognised a certain spirit in the big grey, bought him for $80, and set them both on an extraordinary journey.

This multi-award-winning documentary is the first time that Harry & Snowman’s remarkable and heartfelt story has been told by Harry himself. The film includes incredible archived footage that transports viewers to the triumphant moments in the dynamic duo’s lives.

Snowman retired from competition in 1962 to Harry’s farm in Long Island where he lived comfortably until his death in 1974. He was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.

Harry & Snowman screens at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets available at Mullum Bookshop for $15/$13, group bookings (10 or more) $10. For more info phone 0402 675 076 or email [email protected]

Ballina’s Whorehouse

Ballina Players latest production The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is an entertaining show with a wide range of interesting characters. Most of the characters in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas were drawn from real people who existed at the time. Marvin Zindler, the inspiration for Melvin P Thorpe, died in 2007.

Written by Larry L King and Peter Masterson, and directed by Paul Belsham, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will be staged at the Players Theatre from November 18 till December 4, Thursdays to Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm.

Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Windrose Travel, 6686 6566
(a booking fee applies).

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