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November 28, 2021

Culture: 4 July 2018

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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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Vale Mullumbimbian, Noel Ernest James

A Mullumbimbian through and through, Noel James was born in Mullum on April 3, 1928, in what seems to be a world away from today, but in his words, ‘it was only 93 short years ago’. 

IP dispute over aquaponics invention

Two organic farmers from Nimbin, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson, invented a sustainable food production system that they hoped would help feed the world. Now they say they risk losing 20 years of work owing to a legal battle with ‘big business interests’ that backed the technology.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Coming out of the Cave

It was 2018, and in this crisis we witnessed the best that the world can be. We all watched in nervous anticipation as cave diving hobbyists from around the world became experts in a rescue never before attempted. It showed the power of collaboration for a higher purpose. It showed true courage; of the men who risked their lives in the complex underground maze of caves, of the boys who maintained the most incredible calm, and of the parents who never gave up hope.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 24 November, 2021

Lots of things that are happening in the Byron Shire, all in one place

NAIDOC Nan & A Whole Lot Of Trouble

NAIDOC Week 2018

The 11th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening 2018 | Byron Theatre Community Centre | Tuesday 10 July | 6.30pm | $8-10

The Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ Inc are thrilled to present an inspiring evening of Aboriginal storytelling celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018 and this year’s theme Because of Her, We Can showcasing the lives and impact of Aboriginal women.

This year’s program curated from Flickerfest favourites will take you on a special journey with some incredibly funny, powerful and strong Aboriginal women whose uplifting stories will inspire and delight.

The program includes Nana, She Say and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun’, plus Nan and a Whole Lot Trouble and Hush.

Come along and enjoy unique stories from incredible filmmakers championing Aboriginal women through this year’s NAIDOC theme. A fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation and supported by the Indigenous Coordination Centre.

Tickets: The Byron Theatre, byroncentre.com.au

The Loveys launch their EP at the Brunswick Picture House

The Loveys

Brunswick Picture House | Thursday 5 July | 7pm | $15-20

The Loveys – four women telling it like it is – are heroic, humorous and hip! Stylish, yet down to earth, opinionated yet full of love, playing original songs, with big, beautiful vocal harmonies, accompanied by keyboard, ukuleles, bass guitar, drums and featuring the bassoon.

The audience is right at home with the cabaret-style humour of The Loveys. Original songs slip past their too-red lips and overstated eyewear, their gentrified hats, and put great-grandma’s Royal Doulton to a new, unintended use as the china tinkers out a syncopated funk.

More info here

Revelation Perth International Film Festival

Brunswick Picture House | Screenings from Friday 6 July till Friday 13 July

Revelation Perth International Film Festival is highly regarded as the premier event for very independent new-wave and hyper-alternative screen content. This is the first time Rev has ever left Western Australia and The Brunswick Picture House is screening a highlights program concurrent with the Perth event.

More info here

We’re All going To Die Festival

Byron Bay | 5–7July | various venues | Various prices plus Free

We’re All going To Die is coming to Byron Bay this week after selling out across Sydney and New Zealand. Byron local Stefan Hunt has decided it’s the Shire’s turn to soak up the incredible message – fear less, live more, because we’re all going to die anyway right?

The three-day mini-festival deals with themes around fear through the lens of our inevitable death. This multimedia festival of art, film, photography and immersive experiences, created by local and international artists, will spring up all over Byron across Studio Tropico, Pighouse Flicks, the Solar Train, Beach Hotel, Service Denim and the Byron Scout Hall. Don’t be fooled by the taboo name though; think of this event as an amusement park for your soul.

Info: www.wereallgoingto.com

Study at SAE for a day

Are you interested in studying audio, graphic design, or film? Spend a day at SAE and experience student life at their Byron Bay campus.

Learn from industry-experienced academic staff, and get hands-on training with actual coursework from our degree programs. Find out what student life is like at SAE.

The workshops are a fantastic way to experiment with the creative media fields, and can provide great insight for those who are still unsure of their study plans. Lecturers will introduce you to technical skills in your discipline of choice, and provide insight into careers in your chosen field.

Owing to the tertiary level of the workshop content, this event is open to anyone aged 15 years and above (year 10 and over).

SAE – Byron Bay | Friday 6 July | $35


Heart Cart for kids

Newrybar | Wed 11 July | 10am–1pm 

The Heart Cart is an interactive art cart based in Byron Bay using natural and recycled materials. Their mission is to create beautiful works of art using recycled and natural materials while spreading messages of love, inclusion and respect for our beautiful planet and each other. In this workshop, children can design and make their very own bedroom banner.

Ph 6687 2233

Stories from the club, get back to the garden

Stories in the Club

Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club | Sunday 8 July | 4pm | $10

You’ve got to get yourself Back to the Garden – the theme for July’s Stories in the Club. Partly inspired by Joni Mitchell’s classic song Woodstock, as well as the multiple benefits of gardening for the soul, for the community and for the environment, and also the garden as a metaphor for innocence and the simple life. However, tellers are empowered to interpret the theme in their own way.

Star Stuff 2

Well-known local singer/songwriter and storyteller Cass Curran will open the afternoon with some ballads about gardens, including her rendition of Woodstock.

The day will feature Dr Philip McLaren, Jacquelina Wills, Stephen Nugent and Greer Dokmanovic. Curator of the event Jenni Cargill-Strong will also tell a story. If you love gardening, stories and gathering in community.

Recommended 14 years and up.

Star Stuff II

Elements of Byron Resort | July 7–8 | $129-259

This weekend the skies dark down so the stars can light up – under the moonless sky, with the Milky Way high overhead in the dark skies of Byron Bay, Australia’s leading experts on space, cosmology, astronomy, astrophsyics, astrophotgraphy and science come together for Star Stuff II, a series of keynote talks on everything from Australia’s new space agency to space photography and even a movie screening.

Speakers include: Fraser Cain, Dr Alan Duffy, Amy Shira Teitel, Geoff Notkin, Terry Lovejoy, Dr David Malin, John Sarkissian OAM, James Gilmour, Greg Quicke, Cathal O’Connell and Dylan O’Donnell.

There will be onsite solar and night-time viewing (weather permitting), telescope and equipment vendors, night photography tours, as well as plenty of giveaways and special promotions.

Tickets are available at www.starstuff.com.au/tickets

Public Act Theatre: La Pocha Nostra,

La Pocha Nostra

Public Act Theatre are excited to host internationally acclaimed rebel artist troupe La Pocha Nostra, whose last residency in Australia dates back to 2003.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who has been described as ‘without question the best-known Latino, Chicano, Mexican performance artist in the United States, Latin America, and the art world of the North Atlantic corridor,’ is a transnational figure in terms of his biography and his work.

Since 1993, Gómez-Pena and members of the Pocha Nostra performance troupe have conducted cross-cultural/cross-disciplinary/cross-generational workshops involving performance artists, actors, dancers and students from diverse ethnic communities, generations and artistic backgrounds. Thanks to Public Act, the stage is now set for one of their legendary workshops to take place right here in the Byron Shire.

Join forces with performance artists and activists from across the globe, producing works to create new spaces and communities through pedagogy and performance media that transcend easy categorisation in terms of race, gender, and even species! Workshop places are limited and filling quickly, with the cut-off for applications on Friday 13 July 2018.

To apply email [email protected], visit: www.publicacttheatre.com/la-pocha-nostra or call 0497 535 031. This will be the only opportunity to work with these artists during their visit, so get in quickly to secure your place today!

Brenda Monaghan teaches expressive Masks

Masque Expressif

Ewingsdale Hall | 21–22 July | 9.30am | $270-310

Expressive Mask and Movement Workshop comes to Byron Bay. 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.

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 practice-based training that heightens the actor’s sensory awareness, sensitivity and responsiveness to stimuli while also exploring the expressive potentials of the body.

Earlybird by July 11 | Bookings: www.brendamonaghan.com.au

Brenda Monaghan: 0421 759 627 | Email: [email protected]

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