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We’re all going to die, so why not have a festival?

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A three-day mini-festival dealing with themes around fear and our inevitable death will be held July 5 till 7 across various locations in Byron Bay.

Co-organiser Stefan Jose says don’t be fooled by the taboo name – ‘think of this event as an amusement park for your soul’.

The festival will feature ‘multimedia art, film, photography and immersive experiences, created by local and international artists.’

Byron Bay venues for the festival include Studio Tropico, Pighouse Flicks, the Solar Train, Beach Hotel, Service Denim and the Byron Scout Hall.

We’re All Going to Die came about after local Stefan Hunt’s ‘search for perspective on his day-to-day fears around failure, rejection, judgment, and how to find certainty around these things when making life decisions.’

Stefan says, ‘After penning a poem We’re All Going To Die, Hunt looked up and saw the clouds part.

‘He finally found the only guarantee in life – death! Fast forward three years and the poem has been published into a book, been adapted into a short film and interpreted by over 100 local and international artists to create a festival that sold out in both Sydney and New Zealand.’

Twenty-four Byron artists taking part include the Babe Rainbow, Brydie Watson, Brendan Eime, Claudia Smith, Courtney Hunt, Dan Marsh, DJ Retro Tile Vibe, Francisco Tavoni, Holly Graham, Kate Holmes, Kat Bak, Lisa Sorgini, Melody Jasmine, Ming Nomchong, Maggie Dylan, Max Finch, Matt Rabbidge, Matty Hannon, Ozzie Wright, Otis Carey, Paul McNeil, Stefan Hunt, Stefan Jose, Vanessa Marian and Vinnie Valdez.

On opening night, Thursday July 5, the We’re All Going To Die book will be launched at the Byron Bay Scout Hall, Byron Bay from 6 till 8pm.

A mini-film festival will be held Friday July 6, featuring 11 films that tackle themes of fear and death at the Pighouse Flicks, Byron Bay, from 7.15pm till 8.30pm

On Saturday July 7 Studio Tropico will host ‘immersive installations’ by Drop-In Life Drawing and Groove Therapy, along with an art and photography exhibition and music.

For more info vist www.wereallgoingto.com/byron.

Tickets are available at www.moshtix.com.au

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