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Culture for the Byron Shire and Beyond from December 6-12, 2018

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Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

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Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

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Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

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Leadership lost

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Djuki Mala appearing at Brunswick Picture House on Saturday

Chooky Mob in Brunswick!

Brunswick Picture House | Saturday 8 Dec | 4pm & 7pm | Adult $40, Concession $35, Child $25 | Family of 4 $120 

Indigenous dance sensation Djuki Mala lands in Brunswick Heads for two special performances in a Brunswick Picture House exclusive this week.

Direct from Elcho Island, northeast Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala’s extraordinarily humble journey started eleven years ago when Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy uploaded a video clip of the group dancing an exuberant interpretation of Zorba the Greek at Ramingining Festival. Frank’s daughter was cared by a woman of Greek heritage in Darwin, and the dance showcased how two strong cultures could come together. The clip was an overnight success and went viral with currently over 2.8 million views.

Since then, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning ‘chooky’ with a Yolgnu accent and Mala meaning ‘mob’) have been thrilling audiences and touring extensively both nationally and internationally. Djuki Mala’s highly energised dancers present their re-interpretations of pop culture, dance and storytelling, juxtaposing traditional dances with contemporary Yolngu culture. Embracing a variety of styles, Djuki Mala pay tribute to Motown, Bollywood, techno, hip-hop, breakdance, krumping, and classic numbers. There’s a salute with umbrellas, to Singing in the Rain against the backdrop of their spectacularly beautiful island home. Michael Jackson’s black suit and spangled glove are slipped into a Billie Jean routine, all done with a hefty dose of heart and soul. Interspersed with multimedia, this retrospective and autobiographical show is a marvel of timing, comedy, and clowning, and offers a rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia, leaving the audience feeling genuinely happy!

The show’s creative producer, Brunswick Heads resident Joshua Bond, says, ‘As a Bruns local, I am super excited to have the opportunity to bring our show to my hometown. Bruns has shown me so much love over the last few years, I’m genuinely excited to be able to show some back.’

Tix at brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Coral launches at The Bookshop Mullumbimby on Thursday with a book-signing.  Image: Robet Delfs.

Coral book launch with book signing by Antoinette Ensbey

The Bookshop Mullumbimby | Thur 6 Dec | 11.30am | FREE

Local author Antoinette Ensbey has just released her latest book Coral. Antoinette holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Psychology and Philosophy. The significance of the human connection to nature and the bond between humans and other species compel her to focus on animals in her writing.

Coral is a modest account of the plight of the marine animals set in the Great Barrier Reef. It takes an empathetic viewpoint and goes right into the heart and soul of the marine creatures, how they have been affected by human activity. What gives this book an added interest is the insight into the dolphin spirit, which facilitates our connection to the universe and to continual creation. Even early into the campaigning movement for the reef, the environmental activists seemed not hugely hopeful that we could succeed in safeguarding the reef from further demise.

Coral is a contribution to creating awareness and educates the mind to be concerned and to care for wild life and natural environments.

Coral launches at The Bookshop Mullumbimby on Thursday at 11.30am.

Mandy’s latest crop appear at Byron Services Club on Monday

Standup Comedy Virgin Sacrifice with MC Mandy Nolan

Byron Services Club | Monday 10 Dec | 8pm | $10/15  at the door

Mandy Nolan’s latest crop of standup comedians are ready for the humour harvest. After planting the satirical seed, six weeks of watering, sunshine, loving encouragement, and some harsh conditions to build resilience, the latest group are ready to rock. With a schoolteacher, a mathematician, an ethical investor, an actor, a childcare worker, an MMA fighter, a musician/comedian, a builder, and a young aspirant in tow this is sure to be a cracker of a night. Come and see what the cat dragged in this time! One of the area’s favourite nights where students dish the dirt… on themselves!


Lynne Wallis Ambiguous light. Ambiguous sky is showing at Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina until December 23.

Lynne Wallis landscape exhibition

Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina | until 23 Dec | FREE

If you are in Ballina make sure you swing by the Northern Rivers Community Gallery to catch the exhibition of landscape paintings by local artist Lynne Wallis. Lynne’s paintings capture quiet moments when shifting light or conditions render familiar landscapes more ambiguous or mysterious, evoking the beauty and timeless qualities of the natural world. 


Following its premiere on 18 December, Byron Surf Flix is planning on becoming a monthly feature at Byron Theatre every third Tuesday of the month.

Byron Surf Flix presents Morning of the Earth

Byron Theatre | Tuesday 18 December | 7.30pm | $15

Byron Surf Flix gets on board with Positive Change for Marine Life to support our local surfers at the Byron Theatre on 18 December.

It takes off with the screening of surf film classic Morning of the Earth introduced by Rusty Miller who appears in the film.

Morning of the Earth portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australia’s northeast coast, Bali, and Hawaii.

Surf Flix organiser Daniel Wilson Barrios, a surfer for over 20 years, says that Surf Flix will be ‘somewhere we can bring together the surfing culture and to celebrate what we love to do’.

Following its premiere on 18 December, Byron Surf Flix is planning on becoming a monthly feature at Byron Theatre – the third Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm.


Expressions of interest for the Indigenous Makers’ Studio will open Monday.

Indigenous Makers’ Studio

NORPA | Expressions of interest open 10 December 2018

The Indigenous Makers’ Studio is a new NORPA initiative supporting emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who have a strong desire to enhance their performance practice.

The program will be led by experienced Indigenous artists and NORPA associate artists. 

The Indigenous Makers’ Studio was made possible through Create NSW – Creative Koori Aboriginal Strategic Program funding and has been designed to elevate and enhance the skillset of the next generation of young, Indigenous storytellers and performers. 

Expressions of interest for the Indigenous Makers’ Studio will open Monday. Visit norpa.org.au for more details.

Come and learn some practical skills in communication in relationships and let go of old pains and traumas at Byron Community Centre on Wednesday.

ReConnect yourself with Romi Grossberg

Byron Community Centre | Wed 12 December | 6 – 10pm | Adult $120 | Concession $100

Romi Grossberg brings ReConnect, her highly successful workshop from her beloved home at The Sanctuary in Thailand to Byron Bay this Wednesday. Romi is an author, holistic counsellor, writing therapist, meditation facilitator and public speaker.

ReConnect back to YourSelf aims to empower participants with skills and tools to lead a peaceful and fulfilled life. This four-hour workshop will focus on the two themes of Communication in Relationships and Letting Go of Old Stories.

How do we create conscious communication? Come and learn practical skills in communication in relationships. Understand how arguments occur – what happens psychologically and physiologically? What causes them? How do you find your triggers? Let go of old pains, traumas (that we don’t dare call traumas) – divorce, bereavement, family upbringing, arguments, bullying, anything that holds us back or disallows us to move forward in friendships and relationships. 

Australian born, Romi has been living in Asia on and off since 2006 working at the frontier of using creative arts and art therapy in challenging communities. Through managing a hip-hop centre in Cambodia for street kids, Romi has presented in numerous forums about alternative approaches to mental, emotional and physical health, most notably at Tedx Phnom Penh in a talk titled Dance Your Life Around.

Since 2013 Romi has based herself in Thailand to write, run her holistic counselling sessions and run courses. 

Bookings: www.romigrossberg.com/events.

The open mic loser of 2018 at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on Thursday

Who was the loser in the Comedy Court House?

Court House Hotel Mullumbimby | Thursday 6 December | 8pm | FREE

This month comedians look back at the year that was and nominate their Loser of 2018 at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on Thursday when Mandy Nolan hosts the regular open mic comedy night.

With 2018 about to come to a close Mandy has asked the comedians to prepare material on someone they would like to nominate for Loser of the Year. Clearly Donald Trump should expect a few nominations, especially after his recent comments on preventing forest fires by ‘raking’. But look who we’ve got here: Barnaby Joyce! Mark Latham! Pauline Hanson! Jarryd Hayne! We have no shortage of losers right on our doorstep. After hosting comedy at the Court House for over eight years now Mandy has mixed up the format with only five open-mic comics and a featured comic with a comedy challenge to get comics thinking on their feet! This month features comedy by Louis Spiteri, Matthew Price, John Peacock, Lisa Sharpe, and Grace Hogan, and a feature by Robert Grayson. Mandy Nolan will be there as MC.

Liz Friend’s exhibition runs at Clem’s Cargo in Brunswick Heads until 6 January.

Liz Friend art exhibiton opening

Clem’s Cargo, Brunswick Heads | Thursday 6 December 2018 – 6 January 2019 | 5pm | FREE

Liz Friend co ordinates her Dynamic Drawing classes in Byron and Mullumbimby and this Thursday presents her latest work in a powerful exhibition of paintings. This exhibition will include a spectacular range of Liz’s works that exemplify her language-based painting ability. Liz has built an increasingly strong profile, both within the classes and beyond. Her work is wholly original, deeply informed with luxurious use of colour and jazz-like dissonance, and is not to be missed. 

Following recent sell out shows in London & across Australia TROY KINNE is coming to the Byron Bay Services Club on Friday December 14.

Australia’s funniest man

Byron Bay Services Club | Fri 14 December | 8.30pm | $39

Troy Kinne brings his show to Byron on Friday 14 December. Troy is often recognised from his performance on The Search for Australia’s Funniest Man DVD featured with FHM magazine in January 2006. He is the writer, director and performer for his own sketch comedy TV show Kinne, which has just been picked up by Channel 10 for a season next year. He’s a powerfully funny standup and his sketch comedy is reminiscent of the heyday of the Paul Hogan Show! 

Don’t miss his only Byron Show!

Tix at trybooking.com/ZAPO.

A celebration of diversity in art on 7 December at RSL Lifecare.

A Special Event

RSL Lifecare Suffolk Park | Opens Fri 7 till 21 December |3-5pm | FREE

Why have an art exhibition? A nursing home, after all, is supposed to be the place where old people go to pass the time before they move on…

A group of residents and staff at Patrick Bugden VC Gardens has shattered that stereotype once before and they’re about to do it again. 

Their nursing home strives to be a community; to reconcile and embrace all the differences, backgrounds and characters of all those who dwell within. This means promoting acceptance and the appreciation of differences and this ethos is reflected in this latest exhibition. 

This will be their second exhibition in seven months and again it will include painting, sculpture, and ceramics, and on display will be the work of seven artists, as well as some pieces from the residents’ art therapy group. 

The styles and subject matter are wide ranging, a celebration of diversity. The exhibition is strong. It is an illustration of what can happen when creative possibilities are embraced. 

RSL Lifecare, 184 Broken Head Rd, Suffolk Park. 

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