Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the week beginning October 17, 2018

Sabina is one of the international latin dance teachers coming to run classes at the Byron Latin Fiesta 1–4 Nov

Byron Latin Fiesta

Byron Theatre, Community Centre and associated venues | 1–4 November

The Byron Latin Feista welcomes Parisian dance teacher and choreographer Sabiha Bastide to Byron. She trained as a Kizomba instructor and studied by taking private lessons in Dominican Bachata, body movement techniques and Salsa inline. In 2013 she won the Bachata connotes King of Bachata in the category of troupe and she also won the Bachata contest Latin X factor in the Couple category. She has worked as a professional dancer since 2014 and believes ‘music is the answer’. She is really excited about teaching and performing at the Byron Latin Fiesta. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this very talented dancer. Byron Latin Fiesta 1–4 November. Go to for more info.

Shai Shriki will be playing at the 10th birthday celebration for the Mullumbimby Community Gardens on Saturday 27 October

Mullum Community Gardens 10-Year Celebration Family Fun Day

Community Gardens, Mullumbimby | Saturday 27 October | 10am | Free

On Saturday 27 October the Mullumbimby Community Gardens will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in true party style, doing what it does best: bring community together expect a huge family fun day for all ages. It really gives everyone a chance to enjoy this wonderful community resource.

A 70s Flower Power fancy dress theme will add to the colour and mood and there will be prizes for best dressed.

Several talented Mullumbimbian musicians will be there to brighten the day. Shai Shriki will be joined by Amir Paiss and Avishai Barnatan will be interweaving melodies. Mr Happy Africa himself, Gabriel Otu, will be doing children’s workshops in the morning and get us all up to boogie later in the day. Losumo, Elani Butler and Cleis Pearce are just a few of the others who have volunteered their time in the true community spirit that keeps the garden flourishing.

Jenni Cargill-Strong and Uncle Athol Compton will sharing stories along with many other performers and their offerings.

The kids olympics is one of the highlights of the children’s morning. Gumboot throwing, wheelbarrow races, plus egg-and-spoon all MCed in high circus style by the delightful Suzy Leigh.

Eco-info talks, craft workshops, and delicious freshly picked organic food will all help make the day a Mullumbimby party to remember.

The day kicks off at 10am. Gardens are over the creek from Mullum Market grounds. Entry by donation.

Mark Colvin’s Kidney

Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby | Friday & Saturday 7.30pm | Sunday 2pm

Mark Colvin’s Kidney is one of the most popular shows the Drill Hall have put on, with sessions selling out. So they’ve extended for an extra week for three more performances. You will need to book, though, because this will be your last chance!

Drill Hall Theatre’s production of Mark Colvin’s Kidney is on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets at or at The Bookshop, Mullumumbimby.

The Big Bad Wolf at Norpa

Big Bad Wolf in Lismore

Lismore City Hall | 25 & 26 October | 6pm

The Big Bad Wolf is the most misunderstood character in fairytale history.

Put simply, he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes, and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No-one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double-check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place. Don’t miss this very clever and warm-hearted production.

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October at Lismore City Hall at 6pm. Tickets at

Dangerously Poetic

Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah | Sunday | 3pm | FREE

Dangerously Poetic present a reading featuring a sample of local poets from their latest anthology, Furiously Knocking, Poems about Truth & Lies from Byron Bay and Beyond. Dangerously Poetic is a community group that supports and encourages north coast poets through publications, readings and workshops. Original folk ballads by Ocean Shores singer Kat Sefton will be accompanied by Angus Ferguson on the double bass. These songs are drawn from rich life experiences. Bring along an original poem to share or one you love by someone else for the open section on the theme of Truth and Lies.

This event held at the Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah is free. Books will be available for purchase. Thai food and drinks will also be available.

Making a Web Series

SAE Creative Institute Byron Bay | 25 & 26 October

Spending so much time watching Netflix that you think you could write your own drama series? Here’s your opportunity to give it a try. Screenworks is bringing some of Australia’s most successful web series creators to SAE in Byron Bay for the two-day seminar Creating a Web Series.

This seminar has been designed to take participants through the range of skills and techniques required to write and produce a successful web series, as well as the strategies for attracting an audience – which is ultimately the key to success.

Writer and story producer Mike Jones (Deadlock) will take participants through the unique writing process for online episodic series. Web series creators Julie Kalceff (Starting from Now) and Luke Eve (High Life) will run sessions sharing their industry expertise on how to create mega hits and attract audiences. Screen Australia’s Online Investment manager Alyce Adams will talk about the funding and initiatives available to online creators. Local writer and director Clare Sladden will deliver a case study on how she worked in the region to create her popular web series Freudian Slip.

Screenworks’ Creating a Web Series guest speakers include some of the best in Australia. Julie Kalceff is the creator of one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects Starting From Now. It has amassed over 100 million views, been watched in 230 countries and was sold to broadcast television in Australia.

Luke Eve created the online series Low Life: A Black Comedy About Depression. It went on to win over 20 major festival awards and was sold to Amazon Prime and CanalPlay. In 2017 he completed the follow-up series, High Life, which was executive produced by Stephen Fry. The series won over 30 major awards and took out the Web Series World Cup in 2017 for being the most awarded and successful web series on the festival circuit.

Screenworks two-day Creating a Web Series seminar is being held at SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay on 25 and 26 October and is open to anyone interested in writing and creating drama or comedy series. For more information or tickets visit

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