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Culture Roundup – April 27

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Street Food Party!

The front carpark of the Byron Bay Brewery will light up this Saturday from 4-10pm when it’s taken over by 20 food trucks, live music and family fun entertainment.

The Byron Bay Street Food Party is a fantastic new event with gourmet food trucks from all around the region stopping in to share their world of flavours. This year’s Bluesfest Busking Competition winner Tay Oskee will be providing the entertainment with his unique style of roots, folk and rock. Tay won the hearts of the crowd and judges at the recent competition, which gave him the opportunity to perform at the Delta stage on the closing day of the festival. When Tay finishes, the entertainment will kick on in the beergarden with Sydney-based artist Harvey performing his brand of coastal folk music. The festivities kick off at 4pm and run through till late.

Event parking will be at the Butler St Reserve, with the Brewery shuttle running back and forth throughout the evening. Grab your friends and come on down for a bite to eat, great live music and delicious craft beer.

Ten Years of the Big Gig

Ten years ago JK Rowling released the final book in her Harry Potter series, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and the Ballina RSL launched The Big Gig Comedy night.

For 10 years now on the last Thursday of the month the Ballina RSL has been bringing laughter to the region with this free night of national headline comedy. Attracting in excess of 350 people every month, The Big Gig has become one of the most loved gigs on the coast, and MC Mandy Nolan has been there since the beginning. ‘Every comic who performs at the Big Gig walks away saying what an incredible audience we have,’ says Nolan. ‘While we have lots of newcomers, and lots of people on holidays, there is a huge contingent of our audience who come every month – it’s become a bit of a Big Gig family – and they really REALLY love their comedy. We have some of the most attentive and generous crowds around. It is an absolute pleasure for comedians to perform and I am always booked up for months and months!’ Starting out 10 years ago, Nolan was unsure how the comedy night would progress.

‘Of course I was optimistic it would be a success, but I have to admit I didn’t imagine that not only would it still be going a decade on, that we’d be building more audience every month.’ Nolan believes that it’s the high quality of the comedy every month that is the key ingredient for the success of the Big Gig.

Usually a show like this would be around $30 a ticket – getting this kind of show value FREE every month is part of why people love the gig so much. The generosity of the club is reflected in the generosity of the audience.’ This month to celebrate 10 years The Big Gig lovers are in for a treat with not one, but two headline comedians. International headline comedian Jonathan Atherton started Malaysia’s first ever Comedy Club. He’s not only been compared to the late great Robin Williams, he’s worked with him. Atherton speaks eight languages and is conversant in around 20. His show is fast, furious and rapid fire.

Sharing the stage is one of Melbourne’s top young comics Tom Siegert. He has worked as a comedy writer on many T.V programs, the most recent of these being Channel Nine’s Aussie Rules Footy Show.

His skill as a writer becomes obvious as the crowd gets hit with punchline after punchline that no-one sees coming.

He has performed as a standup comic all over Australia, at all the big clubs with all the big names. Tom can provide a performance that is guaranteed to add laughter to any function and make it a memorable night for all attending.

With Mandy Nolan as MC and a giant whopping cake that we are going to cut and share, this is THE night to be at the Big Gig! Thursday at 8pm. Get there early because this show is going to be HUGE!


Guilty Dance Workshops

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Burlesque Festival are thrilled to announce two fabulous day workshops on Saturday 13 May at the Memorial Hall in Brunswick Heads: Dance like Fosse and All That Jazz, and an 80s Dance workshop.

In Dance Like Fosse and All That Jazz, internationally acclaimed burlesque star and professional dance teacher Miss Bettie Bombshell will take touch on the iconic choreographies of Bob Fosse, one of Hollywood’s most distinctive choreographers (think Cabaret, All That Jazz and Sweet Charity). The workshop goes from 3pm till 4.30pm and costs $30. The second workshop, also at the Memorial Hall, will be led by Marissa Treichel, head of Flashmob dance troupe The Cassettes. Marissa will take her class through a fun choreographed dance routine to the soundtrack of classic 80s hits. The one-hour 80s dance workshop, which goes from 5 till 6pm and costs $20, is open to all ages and no dance experience is required. Book your tickets to a workshop today at www.guilty-pleasures-fest.com.au/festival-workshops.html.

Is a creative career for you?

SAE Creative Media Institute’s Byron Bay campus is opening the doors to their state-of-the-art campus and hosting an Info Night on Thursday 4 May, 4–7pm.

If you’re a high school student, contemplating a career change, or considering studying creative media this year, now is the time to pursue your passion and speak to their experienced team.

You can take a tour of the awesome campus, sit in on an information session, check out the creative works by current students, meet the lecturers and chat to SAE staff about your study load and career options. Offering Bachelor, Diploma and Certificate courses in Animation, Audio, Design and Film, SAE will be offering guided tours of its recording studios, mastering suites, premium industry consoles, green screen studio, post-production suites, film theatrette and professional standard design and animation equipment, SAE Byron offers once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunities with leading festivals in the area including Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Mullum Music Festival and many more. And this year th ey launch a new range of diplomas designed to offer a fast-tracked pathway to aspiring creatives. The new suite of nationally recognised qualifications include 3D Animation and Game Development, along with a newly developed Diploma of Music Production that expands the learning of the popular Electronic Music Production (EMP) course to cater for aspiring DJs and music artists. To register for the Info Night on Thursday 4 May, visit: sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/.

Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin is doing her book launch on Friday 28 April at 5pm and holding and workshops on Saturday 29 April, Kids 10–11am, Adults 12–2.30pm at the Byron School of Art Bangalow Studio, 4/10 Station St, Bangalow

(KIDS WORKSHOP): NATURE MOBILES – 10–11am, Saturday $22

(ADULT WORKSHOP): TABLE COLLAGES – 12–2.30pm, Saturday $55.00

Fans of Melbourne artist, designer and illustrator Beci Orpin can join her for a drink this Friday night as she launches her latest book Sunshine Spaces at the Byron School of Art Bangalow studio. Beci is known for her geometric designs and use of colour; her instantly recognisable style is beautifully documented in her fourth DIY book, a celebration of nature wherever you find it in cities and greener places. Beci’s book Sunshine Spaces will be available at the launch, and you can get a taste of some of the activities by taking part in her Sunshine Spaces Tasters on Saturday morning. Children or the young at heart can build a nature mobile in the morning workshop and grown-ups can try a range of paper treatments to build sculptural table collages in the afternoon. To book, go to the Byron School of Art website: byronschoolofart.com.

Book launch opening night and workshops all at Bangalow Studio, 4/10 Station St, Bangalow.


Bello LeaF

Bello Winter Music Festival (6–9 July) is once again partnering with the Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance (BSLA) to present Bello LeaF – the popular, family-friendly program of sustainability and environmental workshops, tours and forums that runs alongside the music festival. A highlight guest at Bello LeaF this year is leading environmentalist Tim Silverwood, who is at the forefront of a global movement to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans.

Silverwood, an avid surfer, co-founded the organisation Take 3 for the Sea after witnessing the alarming increase of plastic in and around our oceans and the subsequent threats this poses to wildlife. As CEO of Take 3, Silverwood aims to reduce plastic pollution through education and participation by asking people to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway, or anywhere. His story is entertaining and inspiring, reminding us that anyone and everyone can be a change maker.

Other Bello LeaF activities on offer for festival patrons and non-ticket holders include daily yoga and meditation classes; workshops in primitive fire making, native plant propagation and painting landscapes in watercolour; an introduction to the local Gumbaynggirr language; rainforest walking tours of Bellingen Island; an Edible and Medicinal Weeds Walk; and a community forum about saving the turtles whose home is the beautiful Bellinger River that runs through the town. Bello LeaF events are free for festival ticketholders and are available to non-ticketholders by donation on the day. Registration is recommended for popular Bello LeaF events. For more information visit www.bellowintermusic.com.

Jan Shines

The Lennox Arts Collective is proud to host Shine, an exhibition by local artist Jan Gannon, which showcases her diverse collection of captivating abstract resin works. Jan’s collection offers an emotive insight into the inspiration she sources from nature and her immediate surroundings.

Where others see the mundane, Jan can extract the texture, sound, taste and visual components to capture a special moment in time. Shine opens on Friday at 5.30pm, and continues until 11 May at the Lennox Arts Collective Gallery, 2/72 Ballina Street, Lennox Head.

Paterson and Foley on the Lone Goat

Well known and respected Ocean Shores pastel, oil and new media artist Maria Paterson kicked off 2017 with a bang, being one of only 94 candidates selected from around the world for the Paris-based FID drawing competition, and she follows this with a three-week art exhibition at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery, opening the week after Easter. Maria says her re-emergence follows a three-year period of extreme change and transition. ‘Sometimes we need time to make sense of our world, and this is what I have been doing through my art.’ Her style has changed along with her technique and use of a more monochromatic palette. ‘I can communicate more depth in my emotional responses to the environment around me, allowing more scope to create contrasts, emphasising the lights and darks. I use the materials in an intuitive sense, sometimes pulling apart and reconstructing the work, letting the work dictate direction,’ she says.

Joining her at Lone Goat Gallery is fellow artist Jay Foley, who works with paint and printmaking media, and is known for his printmaking workshops at the Tweed Gallery, where he says he finds inspiration and enjoyment in the very process of feeding other people’s creatively. Jay Foley’s inspiration comes from tending his rural garden. ‘My sense of place here on the north coast is my inspiration. Home is my studio. The gardens and orchard are like a love story that I then record. It nourishes my soul.’ Having taught visual arts in high school for 22 years, Jay exchanged inspiration with his students. Now retired, he sometimes teaches adults at Tweed Gallery, in the sense that the tradition of teaching means transmission, reception and adaptation in learning. Sense of place is the common thread that weaves through Maria Paterson’s and Jay Foley’s artworks in this exhibition Between. What is and what is imagined, evoking the thoughts and feelings of the artists using a variety of media and techniques such as paint, drawing and collaborative printmaking. On show at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron until 10 May.

Girls Dance

No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) has teamed up with the Department of Health’s ‘Girls Make Your Move’ campaign to hold free dance events all around Australia for girls aged 13–19 years!

Currently, only one in 10 young Australians moves enough, and teenage girls in particular are doing less physical activity than recommended.

There are a lot of reasons many young Australian women don’t feel they can be physically active. They can be self-conscious about how they might look when exercising; after all it’s a time in their life where feelings of being judged or ridiculed are ever present. There have also historically been fewer options for young women to participate in physical activity and sporting pursuits than their male counterparts. And, to many young Australians, exercise simply isn’t their idea of fun!

The Girls Make Your Move campaign is about pushing past those barriers and generating positive perceptions of physical activity. It’s about inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active, and reinforcing the many benefits of an active life, whether through recreation, sport or incidental physical activity.

With this in mind, No Lights No Lycra Byron is excited to present their No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) Girls Make Your Move special! NLNL is a global ‘no judgment dance movement’ where people from all backgrounds and walks of life come together and dance in the dark. It feels great, and it’s great for you. Thursday at the Byron High School Auditorium 6.30–8pm. Wear comfy clothes and get sweaty!


Being 14 is tough and, let’s face it, being a mother/guardian  to one is no walk in the park either. M.A.D. Times is a modern approach to Rites of Passage for Mothers and their teenage daughters held at Future Dreamers Girls Club in Marvell St Byron Bay. The 6-week feeder program is a deep and a guided exploration that deepens the bond between mother and daughter, making it easier to have an open and ongoing dialogue about some of the trickier issues.

“We support each other, share information, explore topics such as resilience, communication, body image, technology and social media, drugs and alcohol, sex and sexuality and more… It will be an interactive space, where girls feel safe, feel like they can ask questions and be heard. Plus it is a space where mothers learn more about the modern pressures facing their daughters and learn how best to support them, whilst feeling supported themselves.”

Term 2 runs from the 3 May until  7 June on Wednesday evenings from 6pm till 9pm. To register visit http://futuredreamers.com.au/events/product/m-d-times/. If you have any further questions about the program please call 0401 561 244 to speak with one of the Future Dreamers team.

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