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Culture Roundup : Thursday 14 September, 2017

Latest News

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Wonderful Council

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I went for a swim at Belongil Beach the other day and was shocked to...

Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Right to die

James Regan, Myocum Jeff Dawson’s article ‘Celebrating a life and dignified death’ (10 February) highlights the systemic bias that exists...

An abstract landscape


Malala Magin’s work LANDshapes is on show at the Lone Goat Gallery. Her work was influenced by her artist residency at Baer Arts Centre in Iceland. The experience changed her painting and how she views the Australian landscape, and enhanced her pursuit of abstraction and painting. Her work is on show at the gallery until 4 October.

Who Cares?


Caring for the elderly, either at home, in a facility or in a community, is often unseen, removed from the broader view. 

The project is a collaboration between artists and care workers from the community and is an exhibition to validate and honour their care work and the many aspects of this role. Their wish, as artists, is to highlight the challenges and sacred nature of this work and the essential role of the individuals on the ground.

All the artists involved have worked or are working with the elderly and the issues around ageing. It is their hope that this exhibition will inspire more progressive community dialogues and interaction. Who Cares… opening Thursday at 6pm at Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby.

Getting onscreen

A career as a professional film or TV producer has just become easier for people living across regional NSW thanks to the expansion of Screenworks’ annual Regional Producer Elevator Program. Now in its third year, this program provides the opportunity for regional producers to develop professional skills, to get access to key industry contacts, and to help overcome the unique obstacles faced by producers living regionally. Each year, two regional producers are selected to participate in the program, which includes attendance at the Screen Forever Conference in Melbourne, where they are able to join in selected emerging-producer sessions that take place at the conference. The participants are also allocated $3,500 to invest in their own career development and receive support from Screenworks throughout the year.

Further details about the program and how to apply can be found on Screenworks’ website www.screenworks.com.au.

Screenworks will be explaining details about the Regional Producer Elevator Program in a Facebook Live event on September 19 at 6pm: http://www.facebook.com/ScreenworksAU/.

You’ve got to want the ballet

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Ukraine-born Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest-ever principal. Aged 25, he walked away. He said he had become so unhappy that ‘the artist in me was dying’.This documentary is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral when he danced to the Hozier video Take me to church. Wed 20 Sept, 7pm at Brunswick Picture House.

Women Like Us blow them away 


They say ‘it’s what’s underneath that counts’, and Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs of Women Like Us comedy fame couldn’t agree more. In fact they’ve got more underneath than most. The two are almost finished their book Women Like Us, to be released with Finch Publishing on Mothers Day 2018, and they’re ramping up for a big show at Lennox at the end of the month. To get in the mood the girls went to Lennox to do a photo shoot in situ and certainly blew a few of the locals and tourists away.

Mandy and Ellen asked people to get out of the way as they were world-famous underwear models doing catalogue work for an underground Berlin label. One group of English travellers was equally horrified and amused when the girls stood behind them for a shoot. While the teenage boys recoiled in horror (this should put them off sex for a while) Ellen Briggs tried to entice their interest by telling the boys that the two middle-aged hornbags were in fact famous comedians, to which the English tourists queried ‘Who? We might know you.’ ‘Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan.’ The woman paused and then quipped, ‘Mandy Nolan? I have heard of you!’ Mandy Nolan seemed to fill with pride for a moment she believed herself to have an international profile.

The woman finished quickly with ‘Mandy Nolan? Aren’t you selling a couch on Gumtree?’ ‘YES!’ she said. ‘I am the Gumtree couch-selling Mandy Nolan!’

You can catch these stars of online furniture sales at Lennox Head’s Park Lane Theatre on Saturday, 30 September. Tix $28/30 at the venue or on the website communityspaces.com.au.

Melbourne Ballet in Byron


Enchantment spreads far and wide this week when the Melbourne City Ballet present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Byron Theatre on Saturday. Full of flittering fairies, mischievous magic and misadventures, this charming ballet is a delightful journey from the royal court into the magical realm. Action, comedy, drama, and of course a splash of fairy magic make this the perfect ballet for people to bring their families to see.

Set to the music of Mendelssohn, the chaotic story of four young lovers, a vengeful king and meddling fairies proves falling in love can make fools of everyone. To book tickets for Saturday’s show go to byroncentre.com.au.

Steiner spring

As the warmer weather arrives, the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School is joyfully preparing for their annual Spring Fair this Saturday. This year the theme for the Spring Fair is ‘Awaken to Wonder’, which is inspired by the new maths and science Innovation Centre being built, with two science labs and two flexible learning spaces, giving the students the opportunity to become innovators, inventors and inspired thinkers. Activities during the fair include a geological dig for crystals in the kindergarten. Paper Plane Competition, Skateboarding Workshop along with the usual Steiner craft activities will once again be on offer. Silk painting, felting and dip-dying

workshops, along with the craft stall, The Steiner Immortal book shop, puppet shows, Fairy pot gardens, delicious food, drinks and more…

The charity of the day will be a book swap. Bring along a great book and swap it, for a gold coin donation. All the proceeds will go to the locally run Y Project, which is a gifted service to any young person 16 years or older who wants to engage in their development and/or their place in community. The Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Spring Fair on Saturday, 10am–3pm, at 216 Balraith Lane, Ewingsdale. There will be free all-day parking and shuttle bus from the Cavanbah Sports Centre.

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