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Culture Roundup: Thursday 12 October, 2017

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Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

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byron-questJoin the Quest

Grab some friends, make a team, register online or on the day and come join the biggest all-ages scavenger hunt – called Byron Quest – on Saturday!

Now in its fourth year, The Quest will commence with registration from 8am at Future Dreamers HQ, 24 Marvell Street. Teams are then on a race to solve the given clues, which will have them interacting, performing, laughing, asking, answering, sharing, fossicking and more, taking them to community sites and businesses around town to complete tasks in the shortest time.

Berri, who is the Byron Flea Market organiser, where the Quest will end, suggests ‘Get some friends together and form a team of 4–6 people, any age, and register at www.byronquest.com for just $5 for the whole team, as soon as possible’.

This year Byron Youth Theatre members will be involved as mysterious characters providing some of the tasks and challenges. ‘It’s such a fun event and great experience for BYT members in doing street and event-style theatre; we can’t wait!’ comments director Lisa Apostolides.

For more information and registration go to byronquest.com.

Fade to Black

The fight for voluntary euthanasia in Australia has been a long and laborious matter: effecting change was even beyond the best efforts of a resourceful and dynamic corporate executive, who died frustrated.

His story is told in the feature documentary Fade to Black screening at the Byron Bay Film Festival this week. Peter Short was the hard-driving CEO of Shell Coles Express in Australia, a $6B-a-year business with more than 5,000 employees. On his 57th birthday he was diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer and told he was likely to die within nine months. Peter was a man used to being in charge, and faced with the likelihood of a painful and undignified death; he decided to exercise some control in that too.

Peter comes across Dr Rodney Syme, a 79-year-old who operates outside of the law, supplying Nembutal and providing advice to dying or suffering patients.

A man of action right up until the last days, Peter dedicated himself to sparking a national debate about voluntary euthanasia in Australia. While following Peter’s story, the film explores the issue of assisted dying from every angle with the perspective of major political, media and social figures in Australia.

Fade to Black is screening twice at the Byron Bay Film Festival: at the Regent in Murwillumbah on Saturday at 6pm, and at the Byron Community Centre on Sunday at 11.30am.


Renew, Repower and win a double gold pass to Mullum!

Repower Byron Shire wants to hear from you. By completing the brief online survey you will go in the draw to win a Mullum Music Festival double gold pass. This information helps Repower get an understanding of people’s electricity usage and how we can further drive action to create a clean energy future.

Repower Byron Shire is a volunteer-run program inspired by the Lock the Gate movement. It’s about switching on people power to improve the affordability and ensure the reliability of renewable energy while cutting carbon emissions.

To find out more visit www.repowerbyron.org.

Festival with the biggest little footprint

The ethos of Mullum Music Festival is sustainability. It’s no coincidence that the biggest little town has a festival with the biggest little footprint. Mullum Music Festival is passionate about people using their hands – whether it’s playing a guitar, weaving a reusable cup or planting a tree. The 2018 tree planting will take it to 7,000 trees to offset festival impact and to put back into the community. This year Mullum Fest is also offering a weaving workshop, nature walks, discussions on what is Community Owned Renewable Energy, Putting the Humanity Back into Housing, Waste Sustainability Festivals, Stories of the Road to Mental Health Recovery, and connecting with wild spaces.

To find out more go to mullummusicfestival.com.

Closing Red Carpet Gala Party

Join in the closing celebrations with the Byron Bay Film Festival final night with the big winddown party for the Closing Night Gala.

BBFF’s Closing Night Gala is your opportunity to chat to that lauded director of your most-loved film of the festival, and bring those dancing shoes because you’ll be busting some moves. Saturday at the Byron Theatre. $75 a ticket while they last!

Club Byron Oktoberfest

Club Byron is having its very first Oktoberfest on 21 and 22 October. Two days filled with fun and entertainment for all. An Oktoberfest cannot be complete without traditional Bavarian food, beer from the region, and of course, entertainment. Live music inside for the adults, 14m obstacle course for the kids, face painting and, naturally, prizes for best dressed over both days. Oh yes, face painting may be the option for those who don’t like dress-ups.

Young musicans for Artisan Markets

Robbie Cameron and Vic Spring are looking at injecting some fresh energy into the Artisan Markets held at Railway Park in Byron on Saturdays over 4–9pm. This family-friendly night market is looking to offer young musicians a spot to play music with the stage available for an hour each week. The PA would be set up and the gig would run from 5 till 6. They’ll be fed, and maybe even paid a little! Each week the market organisers also intend to offer a space for a 3×3 tent and power to light the stand to a not-for-profit organisation who might want to do a raffle or sell cupcakes or a kissing booth or whatever they can come up with to raise money and awareness for their cause!

Lastly we are always looking for new artisans with unique local products.

Best contact is to go to the Byron Community Centre website: byroncentre.com.au and follow prompts to markets.

Get Your Hustle On

On Friday 3 November Popped Creative returns with the first of a four-part series designed to connect, inspire and entertain the local community. HUSTLE.

HUSTLE. is a series of panel discussions featuring the best and brightest in creativity, entrepreneurship and boldness in our local region, where industry leaders share stories of their greatest success and failures on their path to achieving their goals.

Friday 3 November at Thom Gallery, Fern Place, Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate.

Doors open from 5.30pm. Speakers and performances 7–9pm. Afterparty and live DJs from 9pm till late.

Earlybird tickets on sale now for $29 +bf. Limited seats available. This event is expected to SELL OUT.

For more information and discounted earlybird tickets visit www.poppedcreative.com.

From Brand, to Sporty Spice, to Gervais… to Burns


He’s performed alongside Russell Brand. He’s appeared in The Office Christmas Special in a part specifically written for him by Ricky Gervais. He’s performed on the West End of London, in Wembley Stadium, and now he’s coming to play the Byron RSL. While this career highlight won’t be going on his extensive CV, it’s a very special opportunity for local audiences to see an international comedy star, one of London’s number one radio drivetime hosts, and now NOVA’s star of morning radio. He’s dated Sporty Spice; he’s worked with Usher and Rhianna; and besides hobnobbing with all the A-listers, he’s a bloody funny bloke. Charming, charismatic and a damn good sort.

Greg Burns. Byron Services Club on Monday 21 October at 8pm with Matt Ford. Tickets are $25/30 and are available at the club or online at mandynolan.com.au.

RAW Creativity

RAW’s mission is to provide independent artists of all creative genres with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW connects artists with one another so that they might grow together. RAW hosts events in 60+ cities across the US, Australia, Canada and the UK. They also showcase their artists online via www.RAWartists.org.

Catch the latest showcase of emerging artists in genres such as fashion, music, visual and performing arts, and photography at Park Lane Theatre in Lennox on Thursday 19 October.
Doors at 6.30pm.

Pickering power

Charlie Pickering spent ten years travelling the world as an award-winning standup comedian before settling into the closest thing he had to a day job since he left his legal studies behind. As host of The Project for five years, Charlie was at the centre of one of Australian television’s most daring experiments – re-defining the way that hundreds of thousands of Australians see the news.

Charlie chose to wrap up with The Project at the start of 2014 so that he could focus on his standup and some other exciting projects, and in 2015 he returned to our TV screens as host of his own hotly anticipated show for the ABC, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, which returned for a second series in early 2016. He appears with the superb Damian Power as support and Mandy Nolan MC.

Byron Bay Brewery, Thursday 2 November. 8pm. $25. Limited tix. Online at  mandynolan.com.au.

Using your intuition

PGS is a film about one man’s search for a voice that saved his life.
Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Bill Bennett (Kiss or Kill ) will attend a screening of his new documentary PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System in Byron Bay’s Pighouse Flicks on Thursday 19 October.

Driving in the USA, Bill Bennett heard a voice while rushing early one morning to the airport. As he approached an intersection, the voice told him to slow down. Fortunately Bill listened because a huge truck ran a red light on a cross street, missing him by inches. If not for that voice, Bill would have been killed.

Ever since, Bill has been determined to find out what that voice was, where it came from, and why his life was saved.

The search took him to some of the most remote and sacred places on the planet to talk to holy men and mystics, sadhus and saints, research scientists and quantum physicists and psychiatrists. Over three years he spoke to some of the world’s leading experts on intuition, spanning the fields of science, religion, and spirituality. 6.30pm.

Tayshus in Lismore

Austen Tayshus fans are in for a thrill this week when the big man of comedy rocks in on Saturday for a gig at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club. There’s nothing quite like a Tayshus show. It will blow your politically correct mind. Show starts at 8pm.

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