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Culture Roundup: Feb 7-13

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Locals call for automatic revoking of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

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How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

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Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Harry Brown and John Allan

Stories in the Club: Drawn from Life

This Sunday Stories in the Club features a welcome to country by Athol Compton. John Allan and Harry Brown will give a duo telling of the origin of the Wandjina peoples’ Wunnan Sharing System.

Jim Tait will share Mangi bilong cuntrisid, his tale of a bush kid from Papua New Guinea who became an environmental scientist and subsequently a pantheist, and of his hopes and fears for the future.

Mayor Simon Richardson; activist and Doctor of Ecopsychology Eshana Bragg; regular Echo writer Mary Gardner, and Jenni Cargill-Strong will also tell stories.

4pm at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. Entry by donation of $10 and $5.


Compose Yourself

Opportunities for emerging screen composers have never been easy to come by, and this is especially true for those living in regional areas. This is why Screenworks has partnered with APRA AMCOS to deliver an exciting new opportunity for two northern rivers early-career screen composers to be mentored by two of Australia’s most successful screen composers.

Screenworks’ Screen Composing Bootcamp 2018 is all about enhancing the skillset of the participants through a six-week mentoring program. Under the guidance of the brilliant composers Adam Gock and John Gray, participants will learn how to refine their skills to meet industry standards. They will have the opportunity to go to Sydney to work in, and observe, the industry practices with their mentors. This opportunity is exclusively available to early-career screen composers living in the northern rivers region.

For more information and to apply visit www.screenworks.com.au


Alexander McCall Smith

All the Detective Ladies

Byron Writers Festival is delighted to invite you along to a special evening with the creator of this beloved series and author of more than 80 books, Alexander McCall Smith.

McCall Smith will be appearing in conversation with Professor William MacNeil at Byron Theatre on Friday 9 March.

Hear firsthand about the people, places and events that have inspired one of the world’s most prolific and popular writers.

The event is in partnership with Southern Cross University. Tickets can be purchased online at www.byronwritersfestival.com or by phoning 6685 5115.


Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo

Loving and Hating America

NORPA presents Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo in a show that drills down into one woman’s love-hate relationship with America.

She says: ‘America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him? Are we potentially witnessing the death of the US as we know it?’

New York chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking the feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humour, wit and soaring voice.

Backed by a choice trio, Rizo leads us to our own utopian island nation – with no walls, only velvet curtains.

Saturday 3 March at Lismore City Hall For tickets go to www.norpa.org.au


Shelley Anfield Poetic Silence

Launching new work

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina launches four exciting new exhibitions this month and welcomes community and visitors to join us in the Gallery.

Featured exhibitions are: Saturday Morning, a group exhibition of northern rivers artists brought together with the common purpose of creating, learning and enjoying good company over a cuppa and homemade cake. Shelly Anfield presents Poetic Silence, where she uses the silent language of painting to express a poetic inner landscape of deep questioning and contemplation that she cannot easily translate to words. Bec Duff presents Reply, where she draws on parallels from the coast to the hinterland, referencing the ocean, coastal tree lines, rock-faces, flora, waterways, hills, flats and valleys. And Victoria Pitel presents Shifts in Perspective, inspired by ancient terracotta toys, children’s literature and shared childhood experiences.

The official launch event is Thursday 5.30–7.30pm and all are welcome to attend. For further information contact the Gallery on 6681 6167 or visit www.nrcgballina.com.au


Josh Earl

Weird families

Josh Earl has a weird family. You think your family is weird? They’re nothing compared to Josh’s. From a dad who can’t read maps, a mum who can’t be spoken to her when her TV shows are on, a nan who needs table manners, and a dog that burps bubbles. And don’t get him started on his brother…

From the award-winning comedian and host of Spicks and Specks and Stand and Deliver comes a show just for kids. (Alright, adults can come – but you have to behave!)

It’s family-friendly mayhem with songs, standup, and cartoons, bound to have everyone in stitches. Tix at www.lismorecityhall.com.au

Lismore Laughs presents Josh Earl. Saturday 10 March, 2pm (ideal for ages 4–10), Lismore City Hall.


RAW Comedy with Mandy Nolan

RAW is here to find our comedy stars!

Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic competition is about to get the show on the road.

Presented nationally by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the annual RAW Comedy competition sees the nation’s bravest and boldest new performers take to the stage to test their skill and stamina with five minutes of new, original comedy material. It’s comedy with no fear and no safety net, just exhilaration and adulation ahead!

Statewide heats will kick off in January before the best of the best battle it out at the National Grand Final during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2018. The winner will be laughing all the way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they’ll have a chance to compete in So You Think You’re Funny? in August 2018.

So who will make it through this year? Previous national finalist Ellen Briggs is one of the judges, and for her the whole thing took her by surprise. ‘I never expected to get to the national finals,’ laughs Briggs. ‘I just entered for fun. That’s the best thing about the competition – comedy newbies who have no idea if they are any good or not can get picked out and fast-tracked into a career that would otherwise take years of hard slog.’ Ellen’s star quickly rose after her near-win, and for Hannah Gadsby, a one-time Mandy Nolan comedy student, when she became the national RAW champion the doors to her career just opened, and she’s since been awarded Best Show at Edinburgh Fringe.

With a healthy local comedy industry in the Byron Shire the overwhelming number of entries meant it was necessary to put on two heats. This is a wild night of spills and thrills, with comics putting out their best to win the opportunity to perform in the Brisbane final.

With Mandy Nolan as MC, the first heat is Monday 19 February at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services and the second heat is at the Byron Services Club on Monday 12 March. Both shows start at 8pm and tix are $15 at the door or online at www.mandynolan.com.au


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