Culture Roundup, June 20th 2018



Lismore City hall | Fri 29 and Sat 30 June |

Under the 2018 theme Because of Her, We Can! NAIDOC Week will be celebrated at NORPA over the weekend Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June.
The foyer areas of Lismore City Hall will host celebrated Bundjalung visual artwork and the much-lauded Balun Gilamahla (River Journey) weaving installation.
Before all performances of Thomas ES Kelly’s [MIS]CONCEIVE a pop-up diner will be operating, serving delicious bush tucker-inspired food created by Bundjalung elders.
The Friday-night performance of [MIS]CONCEIVE will be preceded by a women’s smoking ceremony and then a welcome to country and blessing by Rev Dorothy Gordon, and the Ngalingah Mijung Dubais (Our Happy Women) will show off their fashion creations in The Studio.
On Saturday 30 June come and enjoy a women’s Yarning Circle discussing this year’s NAIDOC theme, performances by Nini Nahri Gali Girls’ Dance Troupe, and three short documentaries will be playing in the Fountain Room.
More details at

Strung Out

Byron Bay Brewery | Sunday 24 June | 7pm | $49.90

Exploding onto the southern California punk scene, Strung Out were one of the first bands signed to Fat Mike’s Fat Wreck Chords, issuing their debut album in 1994. It was the band’s sophomore effort, however, that truly proved Mike’s faith in the band was so very well placed. Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues was thirteen chucks of socially aware punk speed pop metal riffage that guaranteed carnage every time the Play button was hit on the dash.

Twenty-two years later and Strung Out are a monster of a band, and for the first time ever the band are playing Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues in its entirety

Yea verily the gods of punk have smiled upon the faithful with the promise of nothing but the best – a show jam-packed with attitude, speed, creativity and energy. Machine-gun drums, scorching guitars, hard-hitting basslines, and an in-your-face singer with more melodies than Top 40 radio.

Grab your tickets online at Oztix.

Surf Festival films

Surfing Festival of Film

Brunswick Picture House | 20-23 June |

The Brunswick Picture House is excited to partner with Byron Bay Surf Festival to showcase four amazing surf films: Big Wednesday, Nevertown, Take Every Wave, and Between Land & Sea.

Founded in 2010, the Byron Bay Surf festival showcases core and creative surf culture by presenting innovative and experiential ideas through unique and engaging experiences.

Join in the fun on opening night Wednesday 20 June. Bay FM’s The Sand Pit will be broadcasting live from the Picture House and there will be live music and great food. Multi-session discounts available.

Surf Festival Films.

Big Wednesday | Wed 20 June | 7pm

Between Land & Sea | Thurs 21 June, 7pm | Sun 24 June, 4pm

Nevertown | Fri 22 June, 7pm | Sat 23 June, 4pm

Take Every Wave | Sat 23 June | 2pm


The Call

The Call

Drill Hall Theatre | From June 29 | 2pm and 8pm | $22-25 |

Based on the early life of David Hicks, the Australian who spent seven years in Guantanamo Bay as a prisoner of the US military, The Call by Patricia Cornelius will play at the Drill Hall from next week.

A champion of the social outcast  Cornelius in The Call portrays a young man whose life is one of monetary, educational and cultural poverty who turns to Islam in a desperate effort to bring meaning to that life. Tinged with bitter humour and hugely confronting dialogue, The Call is an outstanding piece of Australian theatre that must be seen.

The Call contains very strong, uncompromising language.

Bookings can be made at

Ay Pachanga

Ay Pachanga!

Italo Club, Lismore | June 29 | Workshop 6pm | Show 7.30pm | $25/$17 |

Ay Pachanga is the Latin party of the year. Following sellout shows in Sydney, Ay Pachanga celebrates the world’s largest Latin label, Fania Records, transforming into a buzzing party filled with Latin-jazz and salsa rhythms.

Music director Martin Taylor (Mucho Mambo) is returning with his stellar lineup of top Australians musicians performing famous Latin sounds of the 60s and 70s – Latin boogaloo, salsa, and mambo. Joining them onstage are award-winning dancers in a colourful showcase, celebrating the street styles of Latin New York in the Fania era.

Fania Records is renowned for housing some of the greatest pioneers of salsa music, a style of music that was born in New York in the 60s and 70s that fused musical genres such as Cuban Son, Mambo and Latin Jazz. Some of the label’s artists include Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, and Ruben Blades just to name a few. The label showcased a melting pot of musical influences derived from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, America and Panama.

Come and join Ay Pachanga at the Italo Club for more party than you can handle.

Melinda Saxe as Janet Horne in The Last Witch

The Last Witch

Rochdale Theatre, Lismore June 21–24 | Kohinur Hall, main Arm from June 29 | $25 / $20

Written by Rona Munro The Last Witch begins its run in the northern rivers this week.

Produced and directed by Tim Winton-Brown, played by a talented and experienced ensemble cast, and supported by a sensational design and technical team, the play is based on the true story of Janet Horne, a woman accused of witchcraft and consorting with the devil. The production, which opens on the winter solstice, reveals the strength of women living in a brutal and unforgiving time.

Tickets from Main Arm General Store, The Mullumbimby Bookshop, Music Bizarre in Lismore.

Healing Space Gallery

Enjoy a nourishing day out at the Healing Space Gallery, a unique and powerful creative hub showcasing the talents of local artists and healers and promoting Colour Chi Energy to uplift and enhance Inner Wellness, Harmony, Energy and Joy.

Self-taught international/Australian artist, gallery owner, healer and environmentalist Sylvia Meissner has displayed her art in Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong and New York, promoting environmental awareness and Colour Medicine for the 21st Century.

Meissner’s team of gifted healers offers a wide range of modalities, including Liquid Crystal Reading, Clairvoyance, Mediumship, Reiki, Intuitive Pranic Healing Massage, Psychic Readings, Chakra Balance, Forensic Healing and Aroma Touch – powerful tools for holistic wellbeing.

The gallery offers wearable crystal energies, Swarovski sun catchers, boho bags, sculptures, aromatherapy, crystals, art gifts and souvenirs.

Shop 2B, Azura, Kingscliff

Acting Masks

Expressive Mask and Movement Workshop for Actors

Ewingsdale Hall | July 21 & 22 July | 9.30am – 5pm | $270 (earlybird by July 11) and $310 (after earlybird date) |

A new opportunity is available to actors to explore the wonders of working with the expressive mask and extend their skills in physical expression. Practising and teaching with mask for more than twenty years, mask teacher and maker Brenda Monaghan presents her Masque Expressif Australia tour, coming to Byron Bay, Ewingsdale Hall, 21–22 July 2018.

Brenda brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, having trained and worked with some of the best mask teachers in the world, including masters in Paris, Poland, the UK and Melbourne.

Her workshops offer practise-based training that heighten the actor’s sensory awareness, sensitivity and responsiveness to stimuli while also exploring the expressive potentials of the body.

Benda’s intention with her workshops is to provide an intensive experience, and present whole-body immersion that the actor can then take away and digest.

Brenda uses quality full and half masks made by master craftsmen in France, Italy, Bali, and New Zealand. Brenda is also a mask maker and makes full expressive masks.

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