Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning November 22, 2018

Barefoot dancing tootsies out to Durrumbul Hall in Main Arm and raise money, awareness, and sense of community to fight against the proposed NBN tower.

Doofin Fundraiser

Durrumbul Hall | Saturday 1 December | $20

The Rainbow Region: the place to escape, the place to find yourself. The place where you can escape the impacts of things like microwave towers – or at least make the argument against them. The place where you can sit and meditate or get up and agitate against the prevailing apathy that accepts the grinding advancement of technological solutions without questioning their impact on the community or environment.

Take your picnic blanket, kids, enthusiasm, and your barefoot dancing tootsies out to Durrumbul Hall in Main Arm and raise money, awareness, and sense of community to fight against the proposed NBN tower and the impact of exposure to microwave radiation. Against the tower that NBN are proposing in the valley where many of the first alternative communities in the region came into being.

The 45m tower will not only emit microwaves directly over a local preschool, primary school, and community gathering space; it will impact directly on many people who moved to the area to escape microwave radiation because they have electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

The Doofin Fundraiser will start at 2pm on Saturday 1 December and finish up at the witching hour of midnight. You will get to hear from a great range of DJs and live music from Shortcircuit’s Jerome, Big Foot and Luke from Strange Planet, to Vaggaphonics, who played at the Mullum Music Festival. Tickets $20 on the door.

Live performances from Miley and the Milkshakes, Doin a little Thing and Maria & Shelly, and other great entertainment will make the hall rock.

Food and drinks for sale so bring a plate and cup to this eco-friendly event. $5 from every sale of Conspirito by Floyd Davis will go to support the community’s fight against the tower being imposed on them.

Yogalates in Bangalow

Yogalates Gives Core Support for Breast Cancer

Yogalates Studio, 72 Byron Street, Bangalow | Sunday | 3pm | $35

This Sunday Louise Solomon, of Yogalates Studio in Bangalow, hosts a healing Cancer Council Pink Ribbon fundraising event in her beautiful Bangalow studio.

Treat yourself to a restorative Yogalates Breathing Meditation followed by Crystal Bowl Sound Healing by resident practitioner Emma Bellamy.

Following the class will be a delicious high tea including an engaging conversation with resident practitioner Amanda Da-Silva, a qualified remedial massage therapist and lymphatic drainage therapist, discussing post-breast-cancer surgery, oncology and recovery massage.

There will be raffles with a range of fantastic local prizes donated by the Bangalow business hub and the famous breastfeeding mother of the Byron Shire Mandy Nolan will be there to draw the raffle.

Money raised from Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon fundraisers goes to help fund vital research into breast cancer, cancer prevention and advocacy programs, and support services to help those affected at every stage of their journey.

The Pink Ribbon event will take place at 3pm at the Yogalates studio, 72 Byron Street, Bangalow. Places are limited so please book online at to reserve your mat. The cost is $35.

In addition, Louise is aiming to offer a very gentle Restorative Yogalates Class specifically for breast cancer survivors, which will be held on Wednesdays 10.30am for one hour at the Yogalates studio Bangalow.

Those interested please email [email protected] and we will be happy to give you a personal call.

Betty Davis – They Say I’m Different

Jazz Film Fest

Brunswick Picture House | Friday – Sunday

Jazz lovers are in for a treat this weekend with a Jazz Film Festival at Brunswick Picture House from Friday till Sunday.

Featuring Bill Evans: Time Remembered on Sunday at 1pm; at 3pm Betty Davis – They Say I’m Different about Betty Mabry Davis, a cult figure in popular music; and at 4pm on Saturday is Dingo, a film about how an impromptu concert by American jazz trumpeter Billy Cross (Miles Davis) on the tarmac of Poona Flat in Western Australia in 1969 after a delayed flight inspired a boy who was to grow up to be a trumpet player. There are some incredible jazz films all weekend including Chasing Trane, a film set against the social, political, and cultural landscape of the times, bringing the story of John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man and the artist. Coltrane’s dramatic life story was cinematic in its scope from his early musical life playing alongside giants Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Vinson and Jimmy Heath, to breakout performances with the Miles Davis Quintet on their classic recordings Round About Midnight and Kind of Blue, to the historic partnership with Thelonious Monk and then finally to his astonishing solo career that gave the world such musical diamonds as Giant Steps, My Favorite Things, Impressions, Live at Birdland and 1965’s seminal  A Love Supreme. Trane died at just 40 but his position as an enigmatic, dominant figure whose massive influence on generations of artists has grown even stronger since his death. Chasing Trane screens Friday at the Brunswick Picture House at 6pm.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Periwinkle

Perwinkle School | Saturday 1 December | 10am–2pm

Come and enjoy a magical Christmas Fair at Periwinkle Preschool on Saturday 1 December when they open their gardens to celebrate the year between 10am and 2pm to raise funds for the preschool.

Join children for a fun-filled program of live entertainment, interactive activities, vegetarian cuisine with plenty of arts, crafts and prizes to be had.

Entertainment onstage features circus favourites The Space Cowboy performing his miraculous feats and Dr Hubble’s incredible Bubbles plus special guests and live music from our talented Cape Byron students.

Craft activities include felt necklaces, silk ribbons, festive stockings, a crystal fossick and making gnomes and fairies.

In the spirit of the healthy, organic meals that children enjoy each day at Periwinkle Preschool, there will be a plentiful banquet of vegetarian food and drinks on offer, lovingly made by talented parents using local produce and donations.

This year features an Indoor Art Gallery where attendees have the opportunity to bid for art produced by local artisans in the Silent Auction.

Family fun with wholesome festivities – Perwinkle School on Saturday 1 December 10am–2pm.

Logie nominated and renowned standup comedian Troy Kinne is coming to the Byron Services Club on Friday 14 Dec.

Troy Kinne

Byron Services Club | Friday 14 Dec | 7pm | $45

Logie nominated and renowned standup comedian Troy Kinne is coming to the Byron Services Club on Friday 14 Dec.

His TV show Kinne Tonight has been picked up by Channel 10 to air next year! This will be your chance to see the king of Aussie skit comedy in the flesh!

Following recent sellout standup shows across Australia, New Zealand, and London the new rising star of Australian comedy, Troy Kinne, is on his way to treat Byron Bay with his hilarious standup comedy. Multi-award-winning standup and sketch comedy performer Kinne’s self-directed, -written and -acted comedy series aired on 7Mate to rave reviews, and huge popularity. The show was described by the Herald Sun as ‘Australia’s best new comedy show’. That same year Kinne was nominated for a Logie Award receiving the Graham Kennedy award as The Most Outstanding Newcomer. The following year KINNE season 2 aired (7Mate) again to rave reviews. In 2017, riding the high of two successful TV series, Troy took his comedy to the world, drawing sellout crowds to his shows across Australia, NZ, and London.

He has been described as a comic genius and is back on the road heading to the Byron RSL on 14 December. Tickets are $45 online at or at the club. Doors 7pm Show 8.30

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