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Culture Roundup: 16 May 2018

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Cheeky Cabaret at Brunswick Picture House

Cheeky Cabaret

Brunswick Picture House | Friday 18 & Saturday 19 | 7pm | $35–40

Two years in, people continue to talk about the Cheeky Cabaret. The Brunswick Picture house continues to present some of the most incredible international artists from around the world. Bold and brash, sexy and dangerous, with tongue placed firmly in cheek, this is one party you will not want to miss! Smashing together circus, vaudeville, comedy and everything between, the Cheeky Cabaret has rightfully become the talk of the town. The cabaret features a different cast of troubadours, miscreants, delectable divas and cabaret queens every month, so no two shows are ever the same! You’ll leave spellbound, titillated and amazed. As always bring Grandma, but leave the little ones at home!


Club Mullum – Mullumbimby Ex-Services | Sat 9 June | 7.30pm |

The Secret Parlour

Club Mullum – Mullumbimby Ex-Services | Sat 9 June | 7.30pm | 

Celebrate the darkest month of the year at The Secret Parlour – A Dark Cabaret. The Secret Parlour is a wild and wonderful evening, brought to you by Guilty Pleasures Shows.

It features moody, dark cabaret song and music influenced by 1920s German cabaret, glamorous showgirls, absurd sketch humour, political satire and outlandish, heartfelt characters – all woven together with live music from Gypsy,Balkan, Swing band Out of Range.

Book your tickets now and get a 10 per cent earlybird discount | | Go to www.guiltypleasures-shows.com, and click on the ‘buy tickets’ button.

Commedia D’el Arte Mask Workshop

Drill Hall, Mullumbimby | Mondays 14–28 | 6.30pm | $15

Over the next three Monday evenings (6.30–8.30pm) 14, 21, 28 May, The Drill Hall will be running a series of Commedia D’el Arte and Mask workshops for members. Annual membership is only $15 so if you’re keen to extend your skills you can sign up at the workshops.

The workshops will be under the guidance of Brin Pritchard, a very experienced and skilled teacher and performer of mask-based work. If you are interested just turn up on Monday evening by 6.30.

Midnight Oil

Pighouse Flicks | Friday 18 May |

Midnight Oil 1984 is the story of the sweat-soaked, hardworking rock’n’roll band whose music galvanised a generation of young Australians and inspired them to believe in the power of music to change the world.

Featuring the biggest hits from some of their most legendary shows, the movie gives you an Access All Areas pass to see the band behind the scenes and where the action is. Feel the electric energy onstage and witness the personal struggles of the band members as they try to balance the equally compelling demands of both music and politics when lead singer Peter Garrett decides to join the race for an Australian Government Senate seat.


World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 3 June from 10am to 3pm at Knox Park in Murwillumbah.

World Environment Day Festival 2018

Caldera Environment Centre is holding its annual World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 3 June from 10am to 3pm at Knox Park in Murwillumbah.

“Beat Plastic Pollution” (If you can’t reuse it, refuse it) is the United Nations theme for World Environment Day 2018 – a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.

For more information about this year’s World Environment Day theme visit http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/about/beat-plastic-pollution

The World Environment Day Festival promotes sustainability and protection of the natural environment and encourages people to care for the environment by providing the information, resources and encouragement to reduce our environmental footprint.

The Festival will include presentations, demonstrations, stalls with local community groups, schools and sustainable businesses, environmental art, children’s activities, speakers space, musical entertainment and delicious food.

Renewable energy will be showcased by the Tyalgum Energy Project solar trailer producing power from the sun on the day and stalls by Enova Energy, the Northern rivers based community owned electricity retailer and Tweed Climate Action Now (Tweed CAN).

Presenters at this year’s event will include Sue Higginson former lead solicitor for the Environmental Defenders Office, Aidan Ricketts, trainer and author of the “Activist’s Handbook” and Jeremy Tager, former environmental adviser to Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

The World Environment Day Festival is a sponsored event of Tweed Shire Council.  Everyone is welcome to join the celebration, have fun, be informed and inspired.

For more information or to book a stall email [email protected]

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