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April 13, 2021

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week beginning July 3, 2019

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Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

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Empanadas and community spirit in wake of cancelled Bluesfest

With a collective sigh of disbelief and disappointment we processed the news that Bluesfest was cancelled

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Kingscliff RPA bringing it all back home

One of the Tweed Shire’s oldest residents’ associations is celebrating a long-awaited return to the Kingscliff Community Hall.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Half-price quarantine a step in the right direction, says NSW Farmers’ Association

NSW Farmers’ Association says it's pleased that calls for the subsidisation of quarantine costs for agricultural workers have been heard by the NSW Government.

Christopher F McIlrath presents Wake the F*ck Up at the Mullum Civic Hall on Saturday 13 July .

Wake the F*ck Up

Mullum Civic Hall  |  Saturday 13 July  |  2–3pm  |  Free

Some well-informed people are developing solutions to the planned extinction of life on our planet, 1–3pm Saturday 13 July in Mullumbimby Civic Hall and invite you to join them.

To keep a house functional US president and inventor Benjamin Franklin suggested ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’. Chris McIlrath’s update on that is ‘A place for everyone and everyone in their place’.

Chris says, ‘Obviously the place for people who think 100,000 nuclear bombs and endless poison is a good idea is a comfortable and secure mental hospital, not in control of the destiny of life on Earth. While humans, at the present rate of declining fertility, will be unable to reproduce within 70 years, 60,000 other species become extinct every year and rising. The corporations responsible remain in control of the media, money system, and are immune from prosecution. The time has come for the people to take control of Earth. How to do so peacefully before our own extinction is the question of the day.’


The QUAD calling out for submissions for DARK SCIENCE for 16 & 17 August. Applications for acts now open

Dark Science call out

email [email protected] by Friday 5 July!

Calling the kooky, wacky, dark, and different! The Quad is excited to announce Dark Science (16–17 August) a new multi-artform event. And they’re looking for acts to be part of it!

Set during science week, dark Science is a celebration of the intersection between the dark arts and the sciences – for adults! Committed to exploring all things experimental, borderline, out there, dark, brave, and mysterious, the two-day program will take place throughout The Quad precinct and surrounding buildings.

Email [email protected] or https://tinyurl.com/QuadDarkScience.with the name of your work, how long it goes for, and the technical requirements. But do it now – it closes Friday!


Steel Magnolias, an 8-performance run by Lismore Theatre Company at Rochdale Theatre July 5–20.

Lismore Theatre Company Presents Steel Magnolias

Rochdale Theatre, Goonellabah  |  Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 20–22 July  |  7.30pm with 2pm matinees  |  $17–23 

Excitement is building for the cast and crew of Steel Magnolias opening this Friday at the Rochdale Theatre in Lismore for a run of eight performances until 20 July.

The cast in this Lismore Theatre Company production have been working together for two months to perfect their dialogue and accent, develop their characters, and deepen the female bonds that are at the heart of this fabulous play.

The director Sylvia Clarke has recreated Truvy’s Beauty Spot, a home hairdressing salon that is the setting for the play that spans two years in the lives of the neighbourhood women who visit Truvy on Saturday mornings. An incredible show about female friendship full of one-liners! Book online at www.lismoretheatrecompany.org.au ($23/$17). All shows at 7.30pm except the Sunday matinees at 2pm.


Still from Spirit Walker, one of the films showing at the 12th Arakwal NAIDOC screening at the Byron Theatre Community Centre on Tuesday 9 July.

NAIDOC Screening

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Tuesday  |  6.30pm  |  $10/12 at the door.

Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest, & iQ Inc present the 12th Arakwal NAIDOC Film Screening this Tuesday.

This year’s theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. The program, curated from Flickerfest favourites, takes the audience on a journey with stories from filmmakers who have become some of the leading lights in Indigenous filmmaking. The program includes multi-award-winning comedy short film Yulubidyi, which won Best Australian Short at Flickerfest 2019; Djali by award-winning Australian actor Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman); plus the moving animated documentary Barbara by academic and writer Prof Larissa Behrendt. There will also be a screening of Lil Bois directed by Grant Thompson – the first ever film in the traditional language of Ngandi.

Celebrate Aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week and it’s a fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation, supported by the Indigenous Coordination Centre. Tuesday 6.30pm at The Byron Theatre. Tix are $10/12 at the door.


Susannah’s Fan. Repaired by Susannah Bourke. Photos by Lee Grant. Image copyright: Hotel Hotel

Lismore Regional Gallery opening event

Lismore Regional Gallery  |  Friday  |  6pm  |  Free

Art lovers can get a quadruple fix when Lismore Regional Gallery opens four beautiful exhibitions with one big event on Friday at 6pm. The exhibitions are Object Therapy, an Australian Design Centre touring exhibition where members of the public have submitted their favourite broken items to be creatively fixed by designers and artists; Gesture of Balance by acclaimed local artist Grant Vaughan, whose delicate wood pieces are inspired by nature; Eesti by Jay-Dea Lopez, whose video work consists of field-recordings and photographs taken over a number of weeks in the village of Mooste, Estonia; and Coming Home by Katka Adams, whose drawings relate to her experience as a refugee and looking at how migration has enriched Lismore’s community. All welcome. Check it out online here.


My Urrwai, a Norpa production

NORPA presents MY URRWAI by Ghenoa Gela

A Performing Lines production Supported by Ilbijerri Theatre

NORPA at Lismore City Hall  |  Wed 10 July till Sat 13 July  |  7.30pm  |  $25–36

Northern Rivers audiences can experience My Urrwai, Ghenoa Gela’s unflinching examination of race, identity, and belonging that was the hit of the 2018 Sydney Festival, when she comes to NORPA (Wed 10 July till Sat 13 July) on her national tour.

Drawing on her experience of life as a proud mainland Torres Strait Islander woman, Gela weaves story, movement, and comedy into a compelling and deeply moving theatre experience, produced by Performing Lines in association with Ilbijerri Theatre.

Gela has established a national profile as winner of the prestigious Keir Choreographic and Melbourne International Comedy Festival Deadly Funny awards; as a company member of the Helpmann-winning hit Hot Brown Honey; as a presenter on NITV’s Move It Mob Style; and through performances with companies including Bell Shakespeare and Force Majeure.

Ghenoa’s arts practice is inspired by her family stories and her passion to share her Torres Strait Islander culture. She aspires to inspire.

www.norpa.org.au  1300 066 772


Extinction at The Drill Hall Fridays and Saturdys 2–17 August at 7.30pm. Sunday 4 August with the performance with Q&A with Hannie Rayson.

Extinction

Drill Hall Theatre  |  2–17 August  |  7.30pm with matinees at 2pm  |  Tix $22–40 

The Drill Hall Theatre present Extinction, written by multi-award-winning playwright Hannie Rayson and directed by Richard Vinycomb. It kicks off on the first weekend as part of the Byron Writers Festival with a Q&A with Hannie Rayson.

In Extinction, Hannie delves deeply into the heart of our moral values. The narrative wraps an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story that materialises from a wild, rainy night, a twist of fate, and an injured Australian native tiger quoll, bringing together four interesting and diverse characters.

At The Drill Hall Fridays and Saturdys 2–17 August at 7.30pm. Sunday 4 August with the performance with Q&A with Hannie Rayson. 

www.drillhalltheatre.org.au & Mullumbimby Bookshop


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021