Culture in the Byron Shire for the Beginning November 15th, 2018

Jonathon Atherton at Corndale Hall

Corndale Comedy

Corndale Hall | Saturday | 7.30pm | $30

Did you come to the Corndale Comedy Night in March? If you did, you would have witnessed Jonathan Atherton performing at his best, and would know what a fantastic night it was! After spending some eight years establishing, developing, and encouraging standup comedy in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, Jonathan is back and delivering some of his best shows ever!

Jonathan returns as the comedy MC for Corndale Hall for another show in November, featuring several rising stars in Australia’s comedy scene. Headline is Lindsay Webb, considered Australia’s best crowd worker and a one-time holder of the Guinness Book of Records longest-ever comedy show! Stepping up are new talents including the likes of Ting Lim, a young female comic hailing from Brisbane, via Singapore.

The Corndale Comedy Night is on Saturday, kicking off at 7.30pm. Cost is $30 with an intermission supper provided. Around halftime, there is an open microphone, with a golden drinking voucher for the winning joke from members of the audience! This comedy night is the major fundraiser for the Hall’s annual public liability! Bookings: Richard 6688 2052 or Peter 0414 181 538.

And the winner is…

Gallery 7 is proud to announce the winner of its inaugural Art Prize 2018 is Lucy Vader with her work Ineluctable, Inscrutable, Unknowable. Lucy’s work refers to the dense unknowability, still, of the Australian landscape, its ineluctable mystery inscrutable.

Vader is a graduate of National Art School and has been exhibited in the Sulman Prize, the Salon des Refuses, the Mosman Art Prize, and Sculpture by the Sea. She is held in the Parliament House Art Collection in Canberra, and the High Commission of Australia in London.

Highly commended works this year were: Arnhem Girl by Angela Parr and Against the Light by Karyn Fendley.

The Gallery 7 Art Prize Finalist Exhibition is hanging in Gallery 7 until Sunday, 10am–4pm every day. Gallery 7 is located at 7/13 Lawson Street in Byron.

Karim’s Mojo Disco at The Studio, Lismore City Hall, on Wednesday 14 Nov

Karim’s Mojo Disco!

Wednesday 14 November| The Studio at Lismore City Hall |10am and 12pm  $10/15 

Get your Mojo risin’ with Karim, the world’s premier motivational NON-speaker!

Karim’s Mojo Disco is a life-changing motivational presentation and interactive live performance by three-time Don’t Dis My Ability ambassador, Abdul-Karim Bouchafaa. A young man with a lived experience of disability, Karim has a message of positivity and inclusion for everybody.

Karim’s Mojo Disco is a fun half-hour show, guaranteed to put a smile on your dial and a spring in your step. Karim’s Mojo Disco will completely change the way you think about people living with disability and might just change the way you look at yourself and the world altogether.

‘I am a people person so I want to take my experiences to the community through performance and workshops. I have teamed up with prominent actor Sean Barker to develop a creative approach to tell my story using movement, visuals and sound. I communicate using gestures, technology and sometimes words or phrases,’ says Karim.

Karim’s message to the community is that disability shouldn’t stand in the way of anyone achieving their goals. Karim has cerebral palsy and enjoys martial arts and dancing. He has been managing his individualised funding since leaving high school in 2009 and has set up a micro-business presenting disability-awareness workshops. He collaborates with Sean Barker, an artist working across film, television, voice, writing, music, and community arts. Sean’s Australian film and television credits include Neighbours, Home and Away, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Noise, Convict, All Saints, Love Child, Pimped and Riot.

In the community sector, Sean has made theatre with Amnesty International, Actors for Refugees, and Plan B, a theatre company specialising in work with men who’ve done time. Since 2011, Sean works as an associate artist with Milk Crate Theatre, a company making theatre to change the story of homelessness. Additionally, he co-wrote and directs Karim’s Mojo Disco, the one-man-show starring disability advocate Abdul-Karim Bouchafaa. Wednesday 14 November at The Studio at Lismore City Hall at 10am and 12pm with each show followed by a workshop Q&A. Tix $10/15 at

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