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Culture Roundup for the Weeks Ahead: March 28, 2018

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

Katrina Davidson is the headline at the Ballina RSL for the Big Gig on Thursday.

Katrina Davidson: Comedy

Ballina RSL | Th 29 March | 8pm | Free

This month the big gig is taking it to the next level with the arrival of the ‘fantastic and hilarious’ Katrina Davidson, homegrown Brissy gal and international comedy star, wowing audiences in all the top venues on her headline tour though North America and Australia.

Katrina is a regular on Queensland ABC radio and has shared the stage with several of Australia’s best-known comics Stephen K Amos, Steven Wright, and Dave Hughes, and gets audiences rolling with laughter in all her many professional corporate gigs.    

Kat is equally at home in the polished environs of corporate comedy and in the argy bargy of the outback hotel full of miners and farmers, ringers and slingers, with bearded men punching one minute and hugging the next. Kat, like a master of ceremonies, takes her audiences through the full gamut of emotions from a light chuckle to a building guffaw to bellowing roaring laughter. Kat has a joke and a punchline for all moments, with any audiences and all occasions, a true versatile master of comedy.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this one-woman laugh machine when she is joined by Matt Ford as support and Mandy Nolan as MC. 

Dubay Arakwal Dancers

Dubay Arakwal Dancers and Q&A with guest Keith Williams, Chair of Rous Water 

Marvell Hall, Byron Bay | Fri 30 March | 6pm | $10

The Dubay Arakwal dancers have been working with Bangarra and seven other dance troupes for a new dance virtual reality production narrated by David Gulpilil.

A few weeks ago, Carriberrie was launched in Sydney at the Australian Museum.

We’re celebrating the dancers and this production and their links with water by featuring a special screening of the interactive at the first film night at Marvell Hall.

Delta Kay and others from the troupe will be there to talk about their experience.

This is the opening before the feature film Flow: for the love of water, investigating water issues, followed by a Q&A with guest Keith Williams, chair of Rous Water.

Water licences, pollution, flood and scarcity – it’s all happening here in Byron Shire. Join us and find out more.

This Fundraiser is for WaterPlaces community-based not-for-profit supporting water-sensitive coastal living for people and wildlife | Refreshments available | Doors open 6pm for 6.45 start | 

Public Act Theatre present their end-of-term show at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday 11 April.

Empowering Women Through Theatre

Byron Theatre | Wed 11 April | $18

The Empowering Women Through Theatre course began three years ago as a ten-week journey for women who had a lived experience of domestic violence. Together they could creatively explore their experience through Applied Theatre techniques, find solidarity, and devise a performance that could inform the wider community of some of these issues.

Now in its sixth term, the ten Friday mornings course has broadened to include all women. ‘We all have issues after all. We moved away from the focus being therapeutic and creating Forum Theatre to concentrating on having creative fun with juicy themes,’ says Phillippa Williams of Public Act Theatre. ‘Theatre gives form for us to frame our stories and find the wider context for them. Each term we take a theme and this term’s theme of ‘characters in the closet’ has been particularly fun! Of course it’s not for the faint hearted to put on a show after nine three-hour sessions, but there is something about that challenge and creating something together that is incredibly empowering.’

The Empowering Women Through Theatre present their end-of-term show | www.byroncentre.com.au |  6685 6807 |

360 Allstars at Lismore City Hall 13 & 14 April.

360 Allstars

NORPA at Lismore City Hall | Fri & Sat 13&14 April | 2.30pm and 7.30pm | $25/$44/$49

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus. Boasting a stellar international cast, including the two-time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two world champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, and an exceptional Roue Cyr artist, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

Add to this a stunning live soundtrack performed by award-winning master musician Gene Peterson and freestyle rap prodigy Roman MC, coupled with spectacular video projections, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.

Gene Petersen is one of Lismore Shire’s great success stories – he grew up on a farm between Casino and Lismore and went to Trinity High School. A phenomenal percussionist, a prolific composer, and an exceptional pianist, Peterson has toured extensively across Australia, Europe, Asia, America and The Middle East as a drummer, and has won numerous awards and competitions including The Billy Hyde’s National Drum Play Offs.

‘The concept of the show was to reinvent the circus, and replace stereotyped traditional circus art forms with contemporary street styles. Instead of acrobats, a juggler and a unicyclist, we have breakdancers, a basketball freestyler and a BMX Flatlander!’ said Peterson of creating 360 ALLSTARS.

A magnificent, colourful and astonishing expression of a generation that has reinvented public performance, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary production that will leave you dizzy with excitement!

Bookings: www.norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 772

Suitable for ages 5–105! Haze and strobe lighting.

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival at Elements of Byron on 29 April.

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

Elements of Byron | Sun 29 April | 3pm-12am

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is gearing up for another show stopping event at Elements of Byron on 29 April. With a full runway show featuring swim, resort and evening wear and designer collections from local, interstage and international labels. There will also be a curated program from award-winning film directors and a 3pm–12am after party that features stylists, models, state-of-the-art production and lineup of all girl DJs.

For tickets and more info go to www.bbiff.com.au

Cheeky Cabaret, Brunswick Picture House

Cheeky Cabaret

Brunswick Picture House | Fr & Sat 30&31 March

Cheeky Cabaret is Back. Bigger, bolder and brasher than ever. Celebrate its second birthday this Easter with two incredible world class shows that feature the best of cabaret, new burlesque, circus, sideshow and vaudeville on offer. This is a show that will beguile, enthral, delight and intrigue you. Most people have to travel the world to see this; you just have to go to Brunswick! Friday and Saturday at the Brunswick Picture House.


Never the same show twice!

Greg Sullivan: Country Club Comedy 

Ocean Shores Country Club | Tues 3 April | Free

Comedian Greg Sullivan brings his natural charisma and talent for storytelling to the stage when he headlines at Ocean Shores Country Club Comedy on Tuesday 3 March. He has performed at the world-famous Imrov Comedy Club in LA, performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival Gala, and appeared in a variety of roles on TV shows such as Good News Week, Home Delivered Humour, O’Laughlin on Saturday Night, The Today Show and A Current Affair. Starting out in 1995, Greg, or Sully as he was known, enjoyed 14 years at Triple M in Brisbane as cohost for a high-rating Breakfast Show, wrote for Rich Hall and The Footy Show. With Greg you don’t see the punchlines coming. His work is unique and revered among his peers. Everyone knows that when he’s onstage that you’re in for a good time.

Supported by Matt Ford, one of the touring stars from the Aboriginal All Stars with Kevin Kopinyeri, and MC is Mandy Nolan. 

Mandy Nolan

Funny Writing

Mullumbimby Ex-Services | Sun 8 April | 9am-4pm 

Want to learn how to make your writing more engaging? More humorous? Mandy Nolan’s Funny Writing Workshop is a full-day intensive workshop that pushes writers towards finding what is funny. It’s a full-day workshop for writers, especially people who write for work, emails, bulk email marketing, business reports, web content, promotional material.

Did you know comedy is the best way to break down barriers and to build relationships in all aspects of your life, and as a writer comedy is one of the the best ways to quickly win rapport and engage your audiences?

If you write a lot of professional emails, reports / communications and you want to have the skills to engage your audience better, then this class is perfect. It’s also perfect for creative writing, opinion pieces, and if you are contemplating going viral on Twitter.

Funny Writing runs for a full day at Mullumbimby Ex-Services with just eight people per class.

To register go to www.mandynolan.com.au | 0422 701 680

Kids aged 8–12 perform standup comedy at Brunswick Picture House on Saturday afternoon 7 April.

Funny Kids Standup

Brunswick Picture House | Sat 7 April | 3pm | $15 adults, $10 kids, Free under-5s | $40 family of four

Kids are funny. And not just on videos on YouTube falling out of cots or being licked on the face by Labradors. Kids have a unique way of seeing the world and they WANT to laugh. In fact most kids laugh up to 300 times a day. The average adult would be lucky to make 20 times. Why? Because it’s how kids cope. It’s how they make sense of the strangeness of the adult world. Kids have a natural sense of humour and a joy for laughter that is just infectious.

That’s where Mandy Nolan comes in. A standup comedian and humour coach for more than two decades, Nolan has been teaching local kids the dark art of standup comedy. ‘Give a kid a microphone and a spotlight and ask them what annoys them about adults and you have a show!’ says Nolan, who believes that there’s nothing wrong with being a little bit precocious. ‘I love the way kids think. I love giving them permission to say the stuff they think, particularly about adults. Stuff they’d usually get into trouble for!’

Thirteen local kids aged 8–12 have spent the last two months learning the finer points of how to be funny. ‘Mainly I try to teach them how to listen to each other,’ laughs Nolan. ‘It’s probably the biggest challenge!’ To finish the 8-week course Mandy brings them together at the Brunswick Picture House for a final performance with herself as MC.

‘Each of the kids will perform a 3–4-minute routine,’ says Mandy. ‘Be prepared to laugh. Be prepared to have a little cry. There’s something incredibly moving about small people speaking their minds. Standing alone on a stage and having the courage to speak up. It’s empowering and it’s awesome entertainment.’

This is a show for the whole family. You don’t even have to like kids to like the show! | For tickets go to brunswickpicturehouse.com, or grab them at the door!

David Shaw Gallery, Clem’s Marketplace, corner Tweed Street/ Slessor Lane, Brunswick Heads |

David Shaw Gallery

Wed to Sun | 10am – 4pm

I have always been drawn to simplicity in design, very much influenced by Scandinavian art and the work of Frank Gehry. Abstraction allows great freedom of expression, it allows the mind to follow instinct, allows the hands to work unencumbered by reality. It is akin to meditation, relaxing and very enjoyable.

See all at David Shaw Gallery, Clem’s Marketplace, corner Tweed Street/ Slessor Lane, Brunswick Heads | Open 5 days, Wed. to Sun. 10am to 4pm | 02 6685 1213

Stories in the Club

Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club | Sun 8 April | 3.30pm | $10

This month’s theme for Stories in the Club is Sexuality. Tales will be told by Mandy Nolan, Ron van Twuiver, Aditya Bellah Moon, Jude White, Spiral Orbit and Jenni Cargill-Strong. A comedian for more than 30 years, a writer and self-confessed provocateur, Mandy Nolan loves to get a reaction. She will tell a personal tale and attempt not to be funny. Ron van Twuiver runs regular workshops in the local northern rivers area and works as a body-based therapist. He started his journey with tantra, personal growth and bodywork 23 years ago.

Aditya Bellah Moon is a curious human being, learning to fully own her authentic expression without condition. Aditya’s story is about her journey through sexuality and society’s desire to label and limit her expression because she has a vagina.

Jude White, a Mullumbimby local for 26 years – mother, artist, relationship counsellor, group facilitator of intimacy and women’s groups, and screenprint trainer at Injalak Arts and Crafts in Arnhem Land, far north NT. Jude is passionate about human connection, authenticity, and relationships and how to bridge the gaps between Australian white and Indigenous cultures.

Spiral Orbit, transpersonal counsellor, sex educator and genderqueer activist, will tell a personal story of how the sexual repression of our era parallels the oppression of non-normative genders and sexualities.

Jenni Cargill-Strong will take you back 5,000 years to hear part of the oldest written story, which was recorded on clay tablets: the myth of the Sumerian goddess of fertility, Inanna. She will perform Courtship and Marriage, a vividly erotic, earthy and celebratory tale.

If you love stories, mark in your calendar | www.storytree.com.au/stories-in-the-club

The work of Helicopter Tjungarai

The Balgo Collection

Ninbella Gallery, Bangalow

In 1996 Bangalow residents James and Wendy Cowan took up the positions of art co-ordinators at Warlayirti Artists in the Balgo Hills in northwestern Australia. Their task was to revive the fledgling art movement and to generate new interest worldwide. During the next two years, James and Wendy presided over a remarkable art renaissance in Balgo, the legacy of which continues to this day.

James is the author of more than 30 books, several internationally acclaimed.

In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal. His work has been translated into seventeen languages.

James and Wendy completed a ten-year study of Aboriginal culture that led them to work, study, and live among Australian Aboriginal people in the Centre, the Far North and the Kimberly. This resulted in a series of books that explored Aboriginal themes: Mysteries of the Dreaming, Myths of Dreaming, Sacred Places, The Aboriginal Tradition, Two Men Dreaming and finally Messengers of the Gods all found their inspiration in traditional cultural perspectives that they encountered during their journeys.

This present collection, including works by Helicopter Tjungarai, Eubena Nampitjin and Johnny Mosquito, represents the very best of those two years at Balgo Hills. It has been exhibited internationally in 2002 at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art and Grand Valley State University in Michigan USA and in 2004 to celebrate the newly built Art Centre at the Sunshine Coast University in Queensland.

A donation of five per cent proceeds from all sales will be devolved to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation specifically to The Aspire Program for girls, which is an aspirational program of academic tutelage and personal mentoring that has been built to advance the education and life possibilities of young Indigenous girls.

The Balgo Collection is on show at Ninbella Gallery, 19a Byron Street in Bangalow.

Selvi: Documentary

Brunswick Picture House | Wed 28 March 7pm | Sun 8 April 5pm|

Selvi, like so many girls in India, is a child bride in a violent marriage. One day she escapes and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten-year journey of a charming, strong, and courageous young woman who defies all expectations, moving beyond the pain she’s experienced to create a new life. This is a powerful documentary about hope and empowerment.

Brunswick Picture House 

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