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Culture in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 23 May, 2019

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Other News

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

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What’s happening with South Ballina Beach?

The debate about the future of the beaches south of Ballina is heating up again as councils and concerned citizens grapple with the ongoing issue of 4WD-related damage.

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

All About Eve

NT Live Screening at Byron Theatre: All About Eve

Byron Theatre | Wednesday 29 May at 6pm | Saturday 1 June at 1pm

Gillian Anderson and Lily James lead in the National Theatre’s live streaming of All About Eve, filmed live for cinemas from the West End in London.

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors Ivo van Hove, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth, and identity never seems to get old.

All About Eve is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L.

At the Byron Theatre on Wednesday 29 May at 6pm and Saturday 1 June at 1pm. For tickets go to byroncentre.com.au


Tribal Sound Meditation at St Martin’s Hall on Saturday

Tribal Meditation

St Martin’s Mullumbimby  |  Saturday  |  4–7pm  |  $20 at the door

Meet at the St Martin’s Hall in Mullumbimby on Saturday for an afternoon together in mystical, cinematic, and tribal sound. It kicks off with a DMTFM collaboration sound journey and closing with a big sound mandala to create a 99-people intuitive choir! Led by De Meru Tikal.

This is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to the Mongolia Eco Arts Tour 2019 – an Australian-Mongolian Multicultural project that will help to protect Mongolia’s largest lake from mining waste. 4–7pm. Bring a cushion. $20 at the door.


Rusty Berther at the Big Gig at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 30 May and Ocean Shores Country Club for Country Club Comedy on Tuesday 4 June

From Scared Weird Little Guys: Rusty Berther!

Thursday 30 May Ballina RSL: Big Gig 7pm  |  Tuesday 4 June Ocean Shores Country Club: Country Club Comedy 8pm  |  Free

After 20 years as half of Australia’s favourite musical comedy duo, The Scared Weird Little Guys, Rusty Berther (the little one) continues the musical hijinks and slick silliness that established The Scaredies as one of the most sought-after acts in the country.

Rusty brings his unique musical humour to the Ballina RSL for the very first time. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Australia’s best-known comedy personalities offering all his 20 years of comedy experience to the stage.

Ballina RSL on Thursday 30 May at 8pm and at the Ocean Shores Country Club on Tuesday 4 June at 7pm. MC’d by Mandy Nolan with fabulous guest support acts. Both shows are free.


Exposing Edith at the Brunswick Picture House for Festival of the Voice – Sunday at the Brunswick Picture House at 5pm.

Exposing Edith

Festival of the Voice: Brunswick Picture House  |  Sunday  |  5pm  |  $30/35 or $25 kids

This award-winning cabaret tells the story of the legendary French star Edith Piaf. From critically acclaimed seasons at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Leicester Square Theatre, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices, 10 Days On the Island, Fringe World, and Auckland International Cabaret Festival, winner Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and nominated for a Helpmann Academy, Exposing Edith charts the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time, Edith Piaf. Experience her life, loves, and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom including La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien.

Created and performed by Michaela Burger (vocals) and Greg Wain (guitar), Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds. Having explored the undertones of Piaf’s vocals and lyrics, Burger and Wain have created their own unique interpretations of Piaf’s work, using voice and acoustic guitar and the subtle use of loop, delay, and effect pedals.

Showing as part of Festival of the Voice – Sunday at the Brunswick Picture House at 5pm. Tix are $30/35 and $25 for kids at brunswickpicturehouse.com


Byron Writers Festival presents Sweden’s Anna Rosling Rönnlund talking about Factfulness at Byron Theatre on Thursday 23 May

Byron Writers Festival presents Anna Rosling Rönnlund: Factfulness

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Thursday  |  6pm  |  $25

Byron Writers Festival invites you to an insightful evening with Sweden’s Anna Rosling Rönnlund, whose hopeful book Factfulness is changing the way we view the world.

Asking big questions about the world is easy. How many people live below the poverty line? How many girls go to school? Why is the global population increasing? But answering them ‘factfully’ is hard. So hard in fact that because of our internal biases we get them wrong more often than not.

In Factfulness Hans Rosling and his two lifelong collaborators, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling-Rönnlund, show why this happens.

Fresh from Sydney Writers’ Festival and multiple TED talks, this is an illuminating evening for anyone interested in the real state of the world. Thursday at the Byron Theatre at 6pm. Tix $25 and available at byroncentre.com.au


Damon Gameau’s 2040 is featured at this year’s Byron Writers Festival

2040 – Free for school kids

Palace Cinema Byron  |  Thursday  |  Free for kids

2040 is a film for the new generation of thinkers and innovators and a must see for kids to regain belief in humanity’s future. Madman Entertainment and Palace Cinemas have partnered to announce that school-age students will be able to see the new film 2040 without charge on opening weekend at Palace Cinema locations around the country.

Directed by and starring Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film), 2040 is a positive and empowering journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shift them rapidly into the mainstream.

2040 opens nationally in Australian cinemas THIS Thursday. To redeem the ticket you must be a student 18 years or younger – bring your current student ID when purchasing a ticket; must be accompanied by one paying adult. Palace Cinema


Khenpo Choying Dorjee is coming to the Northern Rivers from June 10 till 23

Khenpo Choyting Dorjee

Pubic talks and teachings  |  Various locations  |  10–23 June

Khenpo Choying Dorjee is coming to the Northern Rivers from June 10 till 23 and will be giving various public teachings. Khenpo (a title that is given to a monk or nun with great erudition and human qualities) is the head principal and abbot of a large monastic college in India with over 1,000 students. Born into a Buddhist family in northwest Nepal in 1972, Khenpo has studied with some of the greatest lamas and scholars of his time. In 2002 he received the Khenpo title from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and in 2004 he also received this title from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2013 he became the dean of the Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. He has a number of local teachings.

For info contact si.org.au or contact Jangchub Haubner on 0448 324 391 or Kamala Kennedy on 0427 568 185.


Terri Bradley’s artwork on show at the Community Centre on Kirra Hill until 31 May. Call 0414 376 057

Terri Bradley Exhibition

Kirra Hill Art Gallery, Community Centre  |  Until 31 May  |  9am–4pm

Working in pastel artist Terri Bradley  paints animals and birds, subjects she describes as her passions. She supports charities that rescue injured or mistreated animals and nurses them back to health. She will be donating 10 per cent of her proceeds of the sales of her upcoming exhibition to Four Paws Australia.

You can see Terri’s work at the Kirra Hill Gallery at the Community Centre (behind the Iron Eagle). 9am–4pm. Until May 31.


Pirates of Penzance opens at Ballina Players Theatre on 14 June for 14 performances, finishing on 7 July.

Ballina Players present Pirates of Penzance

Ballina Players Theatre  |  14 June till 7 July 8pm, Sundays 2pm  | $22–30

The musical Pirates of Penzance was written in 1879 by Gilbert and Sullivan and it remains a classic musical with huge popular appeal. Pirates of Penzance opens at Ballina Players Theatre on 14 June for 14 performances, finishing on 7 July.

Tickets are $30/Adult, $22/Child (16 & under), and are available at Just Funkin Music, 124 River St, Ballina, 6686 2440 (a $2 booking fee applies) or online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au (no booking fee). All shows are at 8pm except for Sundays, which are at 2pm.


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