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March 8, 2021

Culture Roundup: April 4th 2018

Latest News

Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Other News

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Byron’s rail reactivation saga continues

Byron Council will consider funding further investigations into getting trains back on the tracks in the Shire, despite strong criticisms of the reports on the matter that have been prepared to date.

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

M1 closed both directions at Yelgun

Traffic is currently at a standstill between Ocean Shores and Crabbes Creek on the M1 Pacific Highway following a truck crash at around 7am this morning.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

Sacrifice Zone present the premiere screening of their documentary about SANTOS developing a gasfield in the Narrabri area in Lismore on Saturday at 7pm.

Sacrifice Zone: Cloudcatcher Media

Lismore City Hall | Sat 7 April | 7pm | Free

This week sees the premiere of  Sacrifice Zone,  the doco by award-winning filmmakers David Lowe and Eve Jeffery from Cloudcatcher Media, which is a response to South Australian mining company Santos, who are seeking government approval to develop a gasfield in the Narrabri area in northwest New South Wales, but the issues covered in the film are a concern for anyone living in the path of the CSG juggernaut.

The 100-minute feature documentary is a conversation among about 70 people on the hazards of drilling into the Pilliga Forest and the Great Artesian Basin by a greedy big gas company in their quest for gas.

‘We have interviewed every expert we could find to speak about the issues surrounding this invasive mining industry,’ says co-producer/director Eve Jeffery. ‘We have created a very large wall of information that will be impossible for Santos, or anyone for that matter, to get over, go around, or drill under.

‘Every conceivable argument Santos can find to get this project up and running is answered by science and local knowledge in this film.’

The film‘s co-director/co-producer David Lowe says, ‘We are encouraging people to do house and hall screenings around the country.’

Cloudcatcher Media are so determined that the information in the film is widely seen that they are screening the film free of charge; the northern rivers premiere will be held at Lismore City Hall on Saturday.

The Lismore screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers | Doors open at 7 for a 7.30pm sharp start | For more information about the film and screenings email Cloudcatcher Media: [email protected]


Dangerously Poetic

St Martin’s Hall | Fri 6 April | 7pm | $15/12  

Dangerously Poetic will offer an evening of heart-warming poems and music on Friday at St Martin’s Hall in Mullumbimby. This is an experience of letting the words soak in with eyes closed, an experience of slow, horizontal poetry. The audience is invited to bring sleeping bags or yoga mats and pillows to be cozy. The talented Emma Lees will enchant with original music on flute, voice and crystal bowls. A selection of poets and poetry lovers will read. All are welcome to come along for deep listening to whispered poems in an intimate setting.

Wear PJs if you feel like it! 


Playback Theatre: Acting Old

Drill Hall, Mullum | Sat 7 April | 7.30pm | $15/10 

Ageing is something we all inevitably face. When we’re young we can’t wait to be older; as we age, time seems to go by so quickly. Each age in life has its own distinct delights and demands. How has age defined who you are and the life you’ve led? Is there something inside you that remains unchanged through the years? What challenges have you confronted as you grow older? Are you content to ‘act your age’ or are you growing old (dis-)gracefully?

Come and share your stories of ageing – from childhood to middle age and beyond. Watch as the Playback actors bring them to life onstage in drama, movement and music. Drill Hall in Mullum on Saturday from 7.30pm. Entry: $15/$10 at the door.


Funny Kids

Funny Kids

Brunswick Picture House | Sat 7 April | 3pm | $40/15/10/Free 

Kids are funny. They have a unique way of seeing the world and they WANT to laugh. That’s where Mandy Nolan comes in. She has been teaching thirteen local kids aged 8–12 the dark art of standup comedy for Funny Kids. Each will perform a 3–4-minute routine.

This is a show for the whole family. You don’t even have to like kids to like the show! Saturday at 3pm. Adults $15 | Kids $10 | Child under five FREE | Family of four $40. Tickets at www.brunswickpicturehouse.com.au


Jenny Cargill Strong, one of the featured readers at the Stories in the Club she runs on Sunday at Mullum Ex-Services. This month’s theme is Sexuality.

Stories of Sexuality

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

At Stories in the Club: Drawn from Life this Sunday the theme is Sexuality.

In choosing sexuality as the topic Jenni Cargill-Strong, the organiser and storyteller, was keen to explain the places the stories might go.

‘I don’t just mean gender identity or sexual orientation, though that is a part of it. I mean everything to do with our sensual and sexual experiences including physical, spiritual and psychological.

Lately, at the age of 54, I have been experiencing my own personal sexual revolution and transformation – both in my physical experience of sensuality and sexuality and in my thinking and beliefs about it. Many things have catalysed this, but I have come to realise how it is a linchpin for healing a lot of the pain we have from the confusing and contradictory messages we get from mainstream culture.

If we don’t know how to love ourselves completely, how to fully be present in our bodies and with others, how to give and receive the phenomenal pleasure our bodies are designed to experience, how can we be fully empowered, fully passionate and embodied community members, parents, teachers or citizens?’

Stories in the Club with tales told by Mandy Nolan, Ron van Twuiver, Aditya Bellah Moon, Jude White, Spiral Orbit, and Jenni Cargill-Strong.

Stories end by 5.30pm. Book or arrive early to get a seat via the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club website: www.mullumexservices.com.au


Ballina Players present the courtroom drama, A Few Good Men at Ballina Players Theatre 6–15 April

A Few Good Men: Ballina Players

Ballina Players Theatre | 6-15 April |  7.15pm | $25/15

As a movie  A Few Good Men  cost $33 million but it grossed more than $243 million and was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. The key to the success was always in the script.

Come and see the live show. Tickets are available now at ballinaplayers.com.au/bookings, or at Just Funkin’ Music in River St, Ballina, near the pedestrian lights ($2/ticket booking fee) in person or on 6686 2440.


Impro Schools Challenge

Impro Schools Challenge

Drill Hall, Mullum | Fri 6 April |  7pm | $10/5

The Northern Rivers Impro Schools Challenge is eight teams of 3–5 students from Years 9 to 12 from five participating schools and two youth groups competing for a cash prize. They are challenged to create one-, two-, and three-minute improvised scenes live onstage. The scenes are judged by three independent improvisation judges.

This promises to be a hilarious fun-filled evening of entertainment.


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