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Culture in Byron Shire and Beyond from June 6, 2019

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Elani Butler presents Written in Bone album launch at Mullumbimby Civic Hall with an Art Fusion community celebration on Saturday

Elani Butler: Written In Bone – Album Release & Art Show

Mullumbimby Civic Hall  |  Saturday  |  5.30pm  |  $20 early bird, $25 online or $30 on the door

In these times of political, corporate, and climate unrest and challenge it is easy to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, depressed and so much more. When we gather together with creative focus we naturally nourish our personal power and peace as a community… leaving us feeling stronger and having inspiration and solutions for our challenges. For this reason Elani has chosen to weave a rich tapestry of local artists into the lineup of this event and put a call out to the deep roots of our community and Family Tree to come together and celebrate the incredible creativity we enjoy in our region, warm up our hearts, and strengthen our courage and resilience together with good food, good people, and good fun.

Elani’s music was born in the wilds of Papua New Guinea, developed in the outback of NT, and refined in our hills and beaches of the Northern Rivers. Her style is gypsy folk and her songs express her passionate respect for country and critter.

Arrive early at 5.30pm to enjoy an expansive art exhibition by local fine artists Howie Cooke and Lilu Multipaz while being assuaged with sublime tunes by DJ Spider Orchid, and sipping on a herbal elixir or hot cacao. Be there for the Opening Ceremony at 6.30pm and receive the blessing of story, song, and dance from bloodline to country, daughters of our caldera – Mae Mae and Jennifer Williams.

Murray Kyle, a world-class touring local muso, is opening for Elani with his soulful grooves and tunes. His set is sure to raise your vibe, open your heart and get you smiling on the inside.

Elani will be sharing songs from her album with an 8-piece band featuring some of the cream of our local musicians – Peter Hunt, Jamie Pattugalan, Russell Kereama, Rebekah Ray, Jennifer Williams, Dom Rado, Georgia Shine, and Murray Kyle.

The night will be topped off with another set by our resident DJ. With song, dance, story, poetry, good food, and good people… Saturday at Mullum Civic  Hall with MC Ilona Harker. From 5.30 till 12 midnight.

With 6.30pm Opening Ceremony – $20 earlybird, $25 online or $30 on the door. Tix www.tinyurl.com/elanibutler


Lulu Starman telling stories at Club Mullum on Sunday at Stories in the Club

Stories in the Club

Mullum Ex Services  |  Sunday 4pm – 5.30pm  |  $10 at the door

Leave behind your world weariness and allow words to enchant you at Stories in the Club on Sunday as members of Mullum Magic Toastmaters weave tales of life, transformation, and wonder at the Mullum Ex-Services Club. The tellers range in age and experience, but all are passionate to spin their tales and have been practising avidly. You will hear short tales from Sam Johns, Shona Anderson, Lulu Starman, Bruce Long, Ashni Murdolo, Bronte Alexander, and Louise Harrison.

After Sam Johns sold his cocktail bar in Sydney’s northern beaches, he wondered what next? He then stumbled upon agroforestry and now lives on a farm in Murwillumbah, learning how to farm the natural way and living his own ‘happy ever after’.

Writer, performer, and gardener, who told a beautifully crafted story in 2017 at Stories in the Club, will tell ‘The woman who gave birth to rocks’.

Lulu Starman loves living close to nature, surrounded by animals, and she loves the way stories can reveal beautiful essential truths, which she hopes to convey in her tale, The Girl in the Tower.

Bruce Long, will tell of his journey from being a conservative potato farmer in Gippsland, and moving to the Rainbow region to experience an alternative way of thinking and living.

Longtime local and Italian teacher Ashni Murdolo loves the wild nature here.  Born in Melbourne to Italian parents, Ashni lived a dual life – an Australian out in the world, while living in a little Italy while at home. She will share the immigrant tale of love and destiny that her students so love to hear.

Bronte Alexander is currently undertaking a PhD with a focus on forced migration and mobility. Her story ‘Little Lion’ reflects the pains and promises of dealing with anxiety in a life full of pressures.

Louise Harrison, president of Mullum Magic Toastmaters, as well as beloved member of the Stories in the Club team, curated the tellers and will MC, along with curator Jenni Cargill-Strong. 4 till 5.30pm. Club Mullum – Mullum Ex-Services. $10.


Turn of the Tide

Turn the Tide – Vol 1

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Friday 14 June  |  6pm

Swimming in a sea of bad news about the state of our oceans it is important to remember that we can be the change we want to see in the world. The Turn the Tide Film Tour presents an island of hope in what can often seem a sea of sadness.

Turn the Tide is a 95-minute program of inspiring environmentally focused ocean film from independent filmmakers from around the globe.  The vision of Turn the Tide is to inspire people to protect our oceans, re-invigorate those who are already working hard to protect it, and celebrate positive ocean conservation stories.  The 2019 Turn the Tide Film Tour comprises nine short films that shine the light on issues such as noise pollution in our oceans and its effect on whales, unique coral restoration programs, and the plight of sharks in the Bahamas. The films will introduce you to inspiring characters and incredible marine life. Travel from an African penguin colony to the nesting colony of 5,200 breeding pairs of shy albatross to the south of Australia. Celebrate the unique programs to conserve our oceans and the inspiring individuals who are making them happen.

Turn the Tide is inspirational, educational and entertaining. If you love the ocean you will love the Turn the Tide Film Tour. A film for the whole family to enjoy! At the Byron Theatre, at the Community Centre on Friday 14 June at 6pm. 

Tix at byroncentre.com.au


Dance for cancer

Byron Shire Dance for Cancer

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Friday  |  6pm   |  $3o

Stars of Byron Shire Dance for Cancer is one of  the Cancer Council’s most exciting events! It is a dance gala and fundraising event where local legends, everyday heroes and influential teams are paired up with a professional dance teacher. Each team learns one dance to perform on the event night and fundraise along their journey. Stars of Byron Shire Dance for Cancer has been running in the Byron Shire now for four years and are very excited to be back in June at the Byron Theatre. This is the fourth year this fundraiser has happened so come and check out all the fabulous dance routines! The Star Teams have undertaken to fundraise for the Cancer Council as part of their involvement, with the event as much about raising funds for cancer research, services, and prevention programs as it is about raising awareness of cancer in the community.

For more event information head to everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofbyronshire2019 and follow all the action on Facebook www.facebook.com/byronshiredanceforcancer. This year’s event is on Friday at 6pm at The Byron Theatre. Tix are $30. Tickets for the event will go on sale in the coming weeks at The Byron Theatre box office or on their website, www.byroncentre.com.au.


Ellen Briggs – the MC of Comedy at the Court House in Mullum on Thursday

Comedy at the Court House: Ellen Briggs

Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby  |  Thursday  |  8pm  |  Free

Over the last few years comedian Ellen Briggs has gone from strength to strength, proving herself to be one of the most in-demand comedians on the national circuit. Earlier this year she was called up onto Hughsie We Have a Problem, she tours nationally and regularly performs to sold-out crowds with her comedian colleague and partner in crime Mandy Nolan. A demon storyteller, Ellen not only can spin a yarn, she can use it to crochet a mighty fine rug.

Catch her at The Court house in Mullumbimby on Thursday when she is the MC for the free open mic night the day before she jumps ship to perform alongside Dave Hughes and other comedy heavyweights on the P&O Comedy Festival Cruise!


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

Ballina Players: Pirates of Penzance

Ballina Players Theatre  |  June 14 – 7 July  |  8pm (Sundays 2pm)  |  $22-30

Pirates of Penzance is Ballina Players’ latest production and revolves around one of the pirates, Frederic, who plans to leave the band and dedicate his life to the pirates’ destruction because he feels that the life of a pirate is abhorrent to him and, anyway, ‘they are not very good at it’. However, he has been indentured to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and the musical opens with his leaving.

However, in a curious twist, because Frederic was born on 29 February, on his 21st year of being alive he has only experienced five actual birthdays! Because of this paradox, he feels that it is his ‘sense of duty’ to stay with the pirates.

Pirates of Penzance opens at Ballina Players Theatre on June 14 for 14 performances, finishing on July 7. Tickets are $30/Adult, $22/Child (16 & Under), and are available at Just Funkin Music shop at 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.


Shoplifters in Federal

Federal Films: Shoplifters

Federal Hall  |  Saturday  |  7.30pm  |  Dinner from 6.30pm

This Saturday at 7.30pm, Federal Films will be screening Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, at Federal Hall. The winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2018, Shoplifters explores the meaning of family and captures the magic of everyday life, with humour, warmth, and insight.

This month’s caterers are Upper Coopers Creek School. They will be providing a taste of Japan, with miso soup, teriyaki chicken, tofu, and soy-flavoured corn on the cob. Dinner is available from 6.30pm, with tea/coffee and a selection of delicious cakes at intermission.

For more information,  call 6684 9313 or email [email protected]  www.federalfilmsociety.com


Old man dancing

Old Men Dancing with Kimberley McIntyre & Drill Hall Theatre Company

Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby  |  Mondays 2.30pm – 4.30pm until 8 July  |  $5 per session

Something very innovative is happening at the Drill Hall. Old men are dancing. This is a project let by Kimberley McIntyre with the Drill Hall Theatre Company. It’s for any man who is keen to identify with the wonder of old, and it’s pretty well a drop-in improvised-movement project for old fellas to really show what they are made of. It started on Monday and will run through Mondays at the Drill Hall from 2.30pm till 4.30pm. $5 per session.

Old men are invited to come along Mondays for a look. For details email [email protected] or look on the website.


Khenpo Choying Dorjee is here in the Northern Rivers from June 10 till 23

Khenpo Choying Dorjee, Buddhist Teachings 

June 10 – 23

Khenpo Choying Dorjee is here in the  Northern Rivers from June 10 till 23 and will be giving various public teachings. Khenpo is a warm, approachable, and interactive teacher who, in addition to having extensive knowledge of the Buddhist science of enlightenment, is also familiar with the trends and sciences of modernity.

In 2002 he received the Khenpo title by 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.

Since 2007 Khenpo has been teaching internationally, in South-East Asia, Europe, and North America, lecturing recently as visiting scholar at universities such as UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia.

Currently he has been visiting the Buddhist centres of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in North America, Europe, Russia, and now Australia. Khenpo will be teaching weekend seminars and giving public talks in Mullumbimby and Newrybar, as well as at SCU Lismore. Khenpo will be teaching the Buddhist theoretical science of wisdom and enlightenment and its application – the path of actively unveiling the mind’s natural intelligence and selfless potential.

For further information see Siddhartha’s Intent Australia’s website, si.org.au or contact Jangchub Haubner on 0448 324 391 or Kamala Kennedy on 0427 568 185. 10–23 June.


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