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Culture Roundup – April 5

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Community the big winner at Rotary Duck Race

The Richmond River at Fawcett Park in Ballina was full of colour on the weekend for the 30th Rotary Duck Race. The event has raised a quarter of a million dollars for charity over its history in Ballina.

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Brunswick Picture House opens again with a big weekend of cabaret and circus from Good Friday right through until Easter Sunday!
Brunswick Picture House opens again with a big weekend of cabaret and circus from Good Friday right through until Easter Sunday!

Rich @ Brewery

Unconventional South African comedian Dusty Rich is a master of crowd interaction, moving spontaneous ideas around the room faster than his yoga-like lunges accentuating a physicality that only makes his performances even more hilarious. Rich’s wild and unpredictable improvisation ranges from stories of growing up poor and skinny in post-apartheid South Africa, the perils of relationships, embracing his own ‘crazy’, marrying far above his means, and moving to Australia.

Catch Dusty Rich when he headlines Byron’s latest comedy sensation Comedy in the Garden at the Byron Brewery on Friday – with MC the hilariously off-beat Ellen Briggs and support by the warmly self-deprecating Marty Lappan.

(In case of inclement weather, comedy will move inside!) Byron Brewery. Friday. 8pm. Free.

Joke’s on Dad

Mark Swivel is taking his show Dad Joke to Melbourne Comedy Festival and, before he heads off into a really tiny room, he’d like to try to pull a few here in Mullum.

If you haven’t seen it or are keen to see what he’s done since the last time you saw it, come and catch him at the Court House in Mullumbimby on Sunday 9 April at 6pm. Entry by donation.

Cabaret is back

They’re back! After wrapping up world tours of their two circus/cabaret shows, La Soirée and Club Swizzle, the team behind the Brunswick Picture House open their doors this Easter weekend with a massive program! It all starts on Good Friday with the all-ages Circus Bonanza, which will leave the young (and the young at heart) with mouths agape.

The show that everyone’s been talking about, the famous Cheeky Cabaret, returns with two killer instalments on Good Friday and Easter Saturday and, finally, Easter Sunday will herald the arrival of the inimitable Paul Capsis in Brunswick Heads – yes, the cabaret and stage legend whose voice has been described as ‘an act of God’. Paul Capsis is a one-man protest. The night belongs to all of us… come celebrate this right with a night exploring the delicious music of Patti Smith, Skyhooks, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Ike and Tina Turner, Doris Day, Thelma Houston and many more… This is blast-off cabaret! Sunday 16 April from 6pm.

Easter will also see the introduction of Homemade Jam on Sundays, where breakfast and live music are served hand in hand. Grace the Picture House pews for the ultimate Sunday Service and listen to local musos harmonising under the backdrop of the lush garden. This is set to become a Bruns tradition – and will take place every Sunday from 10am.

To find out more or buy tickets go to brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Food Truck Fest

The gourmet street-food-truck festival is on again at the Mullumbimby Leagues Club this Saturday 4–8pm. QLD and Northern NSW’s best foodies will fill the oval with delicious world food and drinks. Locals are invited to bring a camping chair or picnic blanket and relax as the sun goes down with the amazing view of Mt Chincogan. The last event saw hundreds of foodie lovers flock to the iconic leagues club to indulge in sweet treats and handmade delicacies. Live music from Dan Hannaford on a very funky vintage caravan stage and local creatives and makers will be on offer. 

The event offers vegan, vegetarian and allergy-friendly options so there is something for everyone! The street food festival is very family friendly with lots of kids activities. Gold-coin donation entry.

The Kagools – at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services on Saturday 22 April
The Kagools – at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services
on Saturday 22 April

Best of Comedy

Multi-award-winning physical comedy act from the UK, The Kagools, present their five-star comedy show at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services. That’s right. You don’t have to go to Melbourne to see the show that has been listed as one of the Top 5 Internationals to see this year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – you can see it right here in Mullumbimby! Supported on the night by Guinness Book of Records holder of the World Record for the Longest Comedy Show (over 36 hours!) Lindsay Webb, and MC Mandy Nolan.

The Kagools at the Mullum Ex-Services on Saturday 22 April at 8pm.  Doors at 7pm.

Tickets are $25/30, available at the club or online at mandynolan.com.au.

Enquiries and phone bookings to 6619 0529.

Yoga for kids

Yoga isn’t just good for adults; it also benefits kids. This Saturday at Temple Byron Deer-Lightful by Suzanna Thell and illustrated by Yuti McLean is being launched. The book focuses on a narrative of a deer searching to satisfy a longing, and discovering an inner secret…  all the while taking the reader through a playful stress-releasing yoga sequence originating from the Dru Yoga tradition.

Artist Sarah Jane McGrath
Sarah Jane McGrath

on Survival

Local artist Sarah-Jane McGrath will be showing her latest body of work Survival, A Punctuated Equilibrium! at the BSA Project Space in Mullumbimby opening on Friday at 6pm and running through until 19 April. Sarah-Jane is the recipient of the 2016 Lismore Regional Graduate Award. In her work, taken from the series The decolonisation of nonesmannslond, she explores the themes of obsoletism and decolonisation through discarded objects. Find out about her process and her concept at Sarah-Jane’s free artist talk Saturday at the gallery, 11.30am–12.30pm.


Local emerging artists with a disability will be exhibiting their work at the Lone Goat Art Gallery in the Byron Bay Library complex. The REDinc artists will share with the local north coast community a fresh and unique view of the world through various arts media: acrylic, mixed media, ceramics and works on paper. The incREDible Art Exhibition will kick off with an opening night on Friday 6–8pm at the Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay (part of Byron Bay Library). Everyone is welcome. The exhibition will be open until Wednesday 19 April 2017.

the big Hugger

Amma is 63-year-old Indian woman who has travelled the world for the past 30 years hugging people. Her unique gift is to personally hug everyone who comes to see her, no matter what race, religion, gender, age or affiliation. She embraces them all equally with a powerful display of oneness with humanity. It is estimated that Amma has now hugged more than 36 million people worldwide, regularly spending more than 18 hours a day hugging, sometimes hugging in excess of 20,000 people in a single session! This woman isn’t going to stop until she’s embraced the world!

Amma will be at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre, 15–25 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD for a retreat over 21–23 April. Pre-registration required. A free public program and Devi Bhava evening will be held on Sunday 23 April, starting at 7pm.

Tickets and info on ammaaustalia.org.au.

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