Surf Legends Lounge: Mark Occhilupo, Dave Rastovich, Taylor Steele (USA), and Dick Hoole chat with Vaughan Blakey
Byron Bay Surf Festival Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Thursday 21 Feb | 7pm | $25.80
The Byron Bay Surf Festival is just around the corner, presenting a weekend that celebrates surf culture then and now! The festival is all about creating a platform to bring surfers and those interested in surfing together in a celebration to showcase and support, to grow, and evolve a more sustainable industry and lifestyle. The four-day festival activates over 10 events including surfing, shaping, art, music, film, yoga, and environment with an awareness and focus on sustainability, education, and innovation. One of these events is at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Thursday for a Q&A event hosted by Vaughan Blakey and called the Surf Legends Lounge. Surf legends Mark Occhilupo, Dave Rastovich, Taylor Steele (USA), and Dick Hoole chat with Vaughan about their amazing lives and their love of the ocean. Rastovich is a surf activist passionate about engaging surfers in environmental issues and mobilising them to take action. Mark Occhilupo made his way onto the scene at 15, slipped away from the scene for a while, and then came back to win the 1999 World Title at 33 and has one of the most impressive surfing careers – he’s at most events still free surfing as well as he ever did! Taylor Steele is a surf film producer and director from the US, responsible for Momentum, Proximity, Sipping the Jetsreams, Castles in the Sky and The Drifter… and Dick Hoole, well he’s a director, cinematographer and photographer, someone obsessed with pulling focus on surfing for most of his career. Find out what makes these legends tick at the Byron Centre on Thursday at 7pm. Tickets and program info for this 20–24 Feb fest on byronbaysurffestival.com.au.
Raw Comedy with MC Mandy Nolan
Mullum Ex-Services Club | Monday 25 February | 8pm | $15
WOW! How good was Byron RAW comedy heat?!
There was laughter, there were tears, and then more laughter. A hard-fought, competitive comedy contest, as a selection of some of the very best of Byron’s comedy talent, came out for their shot at the bigtime… spectacular, edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting performances were witnessed by audience and judges alike, with the comedy hopefuls putting their heart and soul into every punchline hoping for that sweet taste of comedy glory and entrance into the RAW Comedy Queensland state finals!
The RAW Comedy Heats is the fastest way to comedy fame and fortune, except, of course, for videoing yourself lighting your underpants on fire and positing it on YouTube.
The benefit of RAW Comedy Heats is the only thing that can be damaged is your ego which, as we all know, can sometimes be more painful than burnt genitals… And it’s on again!
With Mandy Nolan as MC – at the Mullum Ex-Services on Monday 25 Feb. Tix are $15 at the door on the night or online at mandynolan.com.au.
I Want to Know What Love is
29 and 30 March | Lovemore
I Want to Know What Love is is a touring theatre show coming to NORPA in March and they want your stories to be part of it. Acclaimed Queensland performance collective The Good Room are asking members of the public anonymously to submit their stories of love – fragments and memories, confessions and admissions – to transform those secret submissions into magnificent declarations centre stage.
All submissions are anonymous and treated with care.
To submit your thoughts on love go to
NORPA is creating an entire lovefest experience around the performances of I Want to Know What Love Is on 29 and 30 March in Lovemore. More to be revealed! Tickets for I Want to Know What Love Is at www.norpa.org.au.
Byron Shire Seniors Festival & Expo
Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Tuesday 10am–4pm
Nowadays becoming a senior (from age 55) definitely does not mean ‘retiring’. Today, being a senior is often a fresh start with more time to enjoy a whole range new activities and pursuits.
This Tuesday the Byron Community Centre is hosting the Byron Shire Seniors Festival & Expo, in collaboration with NSW Seniors Festival, from 10am till 4pm.
This day is dedicated to the wonderful elders of our community. The theme of the festival is Love Your Life with activities to help you continue enjoying life every day. The festival will have information sharing, entertainment, and lots of activities, as well as hand, neck, and shoulder massages being offered throughout the day. Fearless Films’ Growing Bold Not Old will be screening in a special viewing room.
Come along to the Byron Community Centre on Tuesday. For full program see website www.byroncentre.com.au.
Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! Say Hello to Penny Arcade!
Brunswick Picture House | 1 & 2 March | 7pm | $40/45
Penny Arcade is New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and the grande dame of downtown performance art.
Hot on the heels of the Adelaide Fringe sensational revival of Penny Arcade’s infamous sex and censorship show Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! Penny returns to Brunswick Picture House after her sellout appearance in 2016 for an exclusive showing of her newest work, now in progress.
At the Brunswick Picture House 1 & 2 March at 7pm. Tix are $40/45 at brunswickpicturehouse.com.