Culture Roundup: Wednesday 22 March, 2017

My Wildest Dreams at Circus Arts, Byron Bay  on Friday 7 April

My Wildest Dreams at Circus Arts, Byron Bay on Friday 7 April

Wild Dreams

Delve into the mysterious world of dreams and nightmares at Circus Arts Byron Bay’s upcoming circus Showcase My Wildest Dreams. Circus Arts’ talented students bring their deepest fears and subconscious longings to life in this sleepy tale of spider invasions, eternal chase scenes and free-spirit flying. Bar and sausage sizzle open from 6pm. Raffle prizes to be won. $10 flying trapeze swings after the show! My Wildest Dreams is a fundraiser for Friends of the Circus, helping to provide training and performance opportunities for youth circus in the Byron Shire.

Friday 7 April, 6.30pm, at Circus Arts on the Byron A&I Estate. Tix on the door.

Adults $12, Kids $6, Under 3 FREE, Family (2A, 2K) $30

Migaloo 2

Marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2 is getting prepared to join the humpback whale migration in July and is having its annual launch and fundraiser night at the new vegan restaurant Elixiba in Feros Arcade off Jonson St, Byron. Captain of Migaloo 2 Dean Jefferys will make some presentations and show some short films about the various marine conservation campaigns that he and Migaloo 2 have been involved in over the last seven years as well as some new exciting ones coming up. $35 entry includes a delicious two-course vegan meal and a specially prepared Blue Lagoon Elixir. Monday from 7pm.

Yoga 4 Kids

Yoga teaching training for kids comes to Byron next weekend. Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6–12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behaviour, and you can reduce anxiety and stress. Yoga is also helpful for kids with ADHD and for increasing attentiveness. This course is also completely appropriate for parents and teachers with little yoga experience.

Rainbow Yoga 3-Day Kids Yoga Teacher Training, 24–26 March, Byron Yoga Centre 50 Skinners Shoot Road. To enrol, go to

Talking 17th century

AC Grayling presents his tales of the turbulent seventeenth century, when science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mindset – Descartes’s dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy – by the end of that tumultuous century ‘the greatest-ever change in the mental outlook of humanity’ had irrevocably taken place.

Professor Grayling is appearing at Byron Theatre on Thursday 30 March. 6pm. Tickets $30/$35 or 6685 5115.

Me and Jasper Jones

The bestselling novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey has been made into a compelling new film which is already being tipped as ‘iconic’.

According to reviews from The Guardian, Jasper Jones is ‘as compelling as a whodunnit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations, and crafty as a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal.’

Byron Theatre presents a screening of the film with a Q&A with producer Vincent Sheehan. 7pm at the Byron Theatre on Thursday; tickets at

Producing for Screen

Logie award-winning producer Imogen Banks (Offspring, Puberty Blues, Paper Giants, A Beautiful Lie) is coming to the northern rivers in March as one of the guest speakers at Screenworks’ upcoming Screen Producing Best Practice, a two-day seminar being held at SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay. Joining Imogen will be some of Australia’s most innovative producers who will also be in the region to share their ideas and experiences on best practice for screen producing documentary and drama.

Screenworks’ Screen Producing Best Practice is being presented in partnership with Media Super, Screen NSW, Screen Australia and SAE Institute Byron Bay this Saturday and Sunday.

The program and more details are available on Screenworks website

Talking the Walk

Last year, Stephen Jenkinson – The Griefwalker – in his first-ever visit to Australia from his home in Canada, spoke to sellout local audiences on some of the most difficult of topics.

This year on Friday, 7pm at Bangalow A&I Hall, he presents A Night of Grief & Mystery. There are stories: delivered slowly, elegantly, with grace and humour, depth and honesty. There are songs: the melodies are memorable, haunting and beautiful. Stephen is accompanied by his ‘band’ in the person of singer/songwriter, troubadour and fellow conspirator Gregory Hoskins, also from Canada and touring Australia for the very first time. Together they weave magic around the twin subjects of death and grief, deepening the learning, and extending the conversation Stephen began last year.

He will also be offering Elderhood Teaching at Coorabell Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available via the Orphan Wisdom website: – or for more information contact Lelli Brown at [email protected] or 0410 327 401.

Master of audience interaction Dusty Rich brings his dynamic self-styled standup to the Ballina RSL on Thursday 30 March

Master of audience interaction Dusty Rich brings his dynamic self-styled standup to the Ballina RSL on Thursday 30 March

Feeling Dusty

A comedy star in his homeland of South Africa, Dusty Rich moved here last year to pursue his comedy career.

A self-confessed comedic space warrior riding a living volcano with one hand whipping the reins and the other gingerly fingering the lava-hot truth that flows freely down all sides – smothering the world in comedy magma. His meteoric rise in the comedy industry is owing to the fact he had learnt to ride meteors at a very early age – a mind meteor, smashing through the atmosphere of mediocre and mundane. Each show is unpredictable and hilarious, leaving audiences gasping for air.

A true original, his style is manic but impactful. The mystical art of comedy bursts through his veins (and mouth) coupled with his razor-sharp wit, taking no prisoners. Dusty Rich is, without question, an unnaturally naturally talented comedic anomaly.

Whether he’s in a suit and tie, earning that corporate cashola; in a vest and beard rousing everyone at a comedy club; or loud as rock’n’roll in front of five thousand, he has to be seen to be believed.

Catch Dusty Rich at the Big Gig at the Ballina RSL when he’s joined by Aaron Pratt as support and Mandy Nolan as MC.

Thursday 30 March at 8pm.

Mandy Nolan flexing the funnies with a new crop of comedy students doing their first standup routine at Byron Services Club on Thursday

Mandy Nolan flexing the funnies with a new crop of comedy students doing their first standup routine at Byron Services Club on Thursday

Virgin Sacrifice… It started with a strap-on

Comedy started back in ancient Greece with bawdy and ribald songs and phallic processions. Not much has changed since these Dionysian rituals; we’ve replaced the strap-on phallus with the dick joke, and kept the tradition of satirising tragedy with improvisation. It’s hard to believe that comedy had to be invented. It feels so innate. As they say, laughter is the best medicine, and jokes aren’t sanctioned and sent into the marketplace by Big Pharma.

Catch Mandy Nolan’s latest Virgin Sacrifice on Thursday at the Byron Services Club.

Tickets are $10/15 and can be bought online at, at the door, or booked on 6619 0529.

Blithe Spirit, presented by The Ballina Players at the Ballina Players Theatre from Friday till Sunday until 1 April

Blithe Spirit, presented by The Ballina Players at the Ballina Players Theatre from Friday till Sunday until 1 April

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