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February 28, 2021

Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning January 10, 2019

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Super swim challenge accepted

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Sing Lisa Sing

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One of the highlights of the Australian Shorts at Flicker Fest is Desert Dash by Gracie Otto screening on Saturday 26 January. Flickerfest opens Friday 25 January

Flickerfest – Kapowerful Short Films!

Mullumbimby Civic Hall | 25-27 Jan | $12-55

Flickerfest returns to the northern rivers from 25 till 27 January, for its 21st year screening a smorgasbord of the best short films from the Byron region, Australia and the world, across one cinema-packed short-film weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Celebrating 28 years in 2019 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy®-accredited and BAFTA–recognised short-film festival, ensuring an A-list short-film program recognised amongst the best in the world. The Flickerfest program includes the Best of International Shorts and the Best of Australian Shorts, curated from the Flickerfest International and Australian programs in competition at Bondi; and Short Laughs Comedy, an off-kilter selection of clever comedy shorts from across the world. This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world; expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia and the world has on offer.

At Flickerfest Mullumbimby there will be over 30 Flickerfest short films, handpicked into three highlight programs over three nights, many of which are world or Australian premieres. 

Also presented will be Best of Northern Rivers Shorts at the Byron All Shorts finalists’ screening the local finalists, selected from around 50 entries, showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from the very talented local filmmakers on a range of themes that reflect northern rivers life including surfing, music, comedy, love, and everything in between.

Mullumbimby Civic Hall, 25 Jan 7pm Opening Party, 
26 Jan 3pm, 27 Jan 7pm
Tix at iQ.org.au or at the door.


Space Cowboy & Professor Patrick Sparks perform three shows only in Byron Bay!

The Space Cowboy presents Stranger than Fiction

Circus Arts| Friday 11 6.30pm | Saturday 12 Jan 12.30 & 6.30pm | $12-25

 See the stunts that crowned The Space Cowboy winner of the Science Channel’s hit series Outrageous Acts of Science as he reveals the secrets of his craft in this all-new Science Stunt Show.

Arthur C Clarke said: ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’ Well that got Space Cowboy thinking…

Joined by special guest and mad scientist Professor Patrick Sparks this dynamic duo put this hypothesis to the test in a string of experiments that push mind, body, and science to the limit. Acting as human guinea pigs they will conduct bizarre experiments upon themselves and others including a high-speed lesson in reaction time and blindfolded arrow catching, give demonstrations of mind control with neuroscience, and discover the conductivity of human skin with high-voltage electricity. 

Stranger Than Fiction is a hilariously entertaining, educational and daring Science Stunt Show not to be missed.

Warning – sparks and arrows will fly and your heart will pound during this jaw-dropping performance created for children and adults alike.

Three shows only in Byron Bay! Circus Arts at 17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay, on Friday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 12.30pm and 6.30pm. Book tickets now at thespacecowboy.com.au or phone 6685 6567.


NRCG Ballina launches four exciting new exhibitions this month

Art on Show in Ballina

Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina | Wednesday 16 Jan – 10 March | FREE

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina launches four exciting new exhibitions this month and welcomes community and visitors to join them in the gallery.

Myth and Magic | Ann Belle and Philippa Leader

Ann Belle presents a series of pastel drawings. Her art relates to her lifelong absorption with myth and mysticism. While the works by Philippa Leader explore her response to the lifestyle she lives in the lush subtropical bush on a community in the Nimbin region, Philippa paints figures using motifs and designs connected to the alternative scene and its roots.

Peregrine to Platypus | Carol Gray and Carmel Watts 

From the rainforest to our backyard, Carol Gray and Carmel Watts are passionate about the serendipitous nature of colour and form in Australia’s flora and fauna. The duo’s kismet is to portray their past and present, influenced by what they see and feel.

Swinging The Lamp | Penny Bennett

Working in stippling, Penny Bennett has created a body of work around boats – serene and yet full of movement, life, and history. Boats are transient and permanent, built for longevity and yet nomadic.

‘O’ to be a young poet in Paris – TS Eliot | Kerry Elias Moore

In the autumn of 1910, the poet TS Eliot spent a year in Paris, writing the first fragments of his poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock. This poem was the inspiration for artist Kerry Elias Moore for the concept of paintings as poems. Set in Paris and on the road in France, this series of emotive, nostalgic, and celebratory paintings map Kerry Elias Moore’s own journeys, both cultural and personal.

All exhibitions open Wednesday 16 January and continue until Sunday 10 March. The official launch event is Thursday 17 January from 5.30 till 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.


‘Mates at first sight’ Tommy Little & Luke McGregor

Little & Luke

Brunswick Picture House | Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 Jan | $30-35

Two of the biggest names in Australian comedy, Tommy Little and Luke McGregor are bringing their bromance to Brunswick Picture House.

When comedians Tommy Little and Luke McGregor met ten years ago, it was definitely a case of ‘mates at first sight’ – now they are taking their bromance on the road and bringing their standup to Bruns!

Tommy Little is an unrivalled storyteller with an irresistible energy that audiences around Australia have fallen in love with since he burst onto the standup scene more than a decade ago. A regular on Channel Ten’s The Project, he is also one half of the Hit Network’s Carrie & Tommy with Carrie Bickmore.

Luke McGregor is well known to Australian audiences as one half of the formidable team that brings Rosehaven to ABC TV, one of the national broadcaster’s most successful comedy series in recent years. Don’t miss one of Australia’s favourite comedians… being awkward live on stage.

Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17, and Friday 18 January at 7pm at the Brunswick Picture House. 


Toni Clarke’s painting Lost & Found will be auctioned for S.H.I.F.T. project on Monday

Lost and found!

Byron Services Club | Monday 14 Jan | LIVE FUNDRAISER AUCTION & ONLINE

A few weeks ago artist Toni Clarke lost one of her paintings out of the back of her ute. She was driving them down to an exhibition so was devastated to find one of her favourite pieces had literally disappeared. After a callout, her painting was found – a beautiful 1.3m x 1.3m oil on linen depicting an anonymous woman. There was a slight dent on the top of the frame, which Toni patched – she believes now it is part of the story and renamed the painting Lost and Found. She believed then that the painting was meant for something else, and so has donated it to be auctioned for S.H.I.F.T. project – the incredible self-funded project that supports older women experiencing homelessness back into their lives. In a sense S.H.I.F.T. project totally embraces the ethos of Lost and Found. 

The painting will be auctioned by Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan at their Women Like Us show in Byron Bay on Monday. They will also be auctioning online. 

Bids can be placed under the picture on their Women Like Us Facebook and if you tune in after 10pm on Monday you should be able to catch the auction live and put in your bid along with the live audience! 


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