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Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 15 August, 2019

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Abouchar honoured with Order of Australia

The new head of the Byron Community College (BCC), Chantal Abouchar, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contributions to business and the media.

Old ANZ Mullum

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Ocean Shores swimmers power to strong results at regional swimming competition

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Only nine weeks to Bluesfest and 18 new artists announced

Easter is on its way and that means Bluesfest is only nine weeks away. 

Dr Philip Nitschke to visit Lismore

Controversial founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, Dr Philip Nitschke will hold a free public meeting on NSW’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying Act at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday.

Controversial development that would dwarf Uki under appeal in L&EC – Tweed Nightcap Village MO

The contentious Nightcap Village $39M multiple occupancy development near Uki, promoted by Pete Evans, will have its appeal to the Land & Environment Court against the NRPP's refusal heard from 9 February.

Kate Stroud, from the Dusty Attic in Lismore is one speaker at the Music Careers Symposium

Music Careers Symposium

Southern Cross University Lismore Campus, D Block  |  9am till 3pm  |  Friday 16 August   |  Free (bookings essential )

This Friday at Southern Cross University, music makers and industry shakers are taking the stage to talk about what it means to have a career in music. With panels running from 9am till 3pm featuring Peter Wood, the executive director for Arts Northern Rivers, Glenn Wright from Mullum Music Festival, Vanessa Tomlinson, the Professor of New Music at Queensland Conservatorium, director of Brisbane International and Melbourne Women’s Jazz Festival, Lynette Irwin, and many more. The music industry is full of diversity, with many innovative and creative people carving their niches. One such person is Kate Stroud. She’s young, fiercely creative, and passionate about music. A maker of music, typography, community, and atmospheres. Bringing people together to celebrate creative endeavours has been the foundation on which Kate Stroud’s career has been established. Designing experiences that move and connect with people leaving a lasting impression fuelling the soul is Kate’s drive and joy in life. Obsessed with spaces, hand lettering, the power of human connection, pretty settings to be present and gather has led to the birth of Lismore’s newest live-music lounge Dusty Attic. In this space Kate has collected all her loves and unleashes them upon the world. She will be talking about her passion for bringing people together with music and the challenges of creating a live music venue at the Music Careers Symposium in Lismore on Friday. It’s free. Register at eventbrite.com.au/e/63545607623.

Last week of Extinction at the Drill Hall


Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby  |  Friday, Saturday 7.30pm  |  Sunday 2pm  |  $22/30

Hannie Rayson, multi-award-winning playwright, weaves her words with wit, intelligence, and a great understanding of the human condition. She is the true dialogue diva! Extinction delves deeply into the heart of our moral values, drawing the audience into an emotive story, interwoven with both environmental and social ambiguities.

Playing at The Drill Hall; this is the last weekend. Performances Friday–Sunday at 7.30pm with Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tix $22/30. drillhalltheatre.org.au

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ballina Players Theatre, Swift St, Ballina  |  23 August till 1 September 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm

In the movie of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, released in 1975, both Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratched) and Jack Nicholson (Randle P McMurphy) won Academy Awards for their performances. In Ballina Players’ production, John Rado and Kasadevi Curtis re-create the roles, and early rehearsals are showing why these two roles were so good for Fletcher and Nicholson. The film, described as a ‘tragicomedy’, was only the second to win the five major categories at the 1975 Academy Awards, a feat only followed by Silence of the Lambs in 1991, that may never again be achieved. For the movie the actors also witnessed electroconvulsive therapy being performed on a patient to try to achieve the same level of human reaction to these events in the play.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina, on 23 August for seven performances, finishing on 1 September. Tickets are $25/adult, $15/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. 

Leah Harvey and CJ Beckford. Photo by Brinkhoff Moegenburg

NT Live Screening of Small Island

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday  |  1pm

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.

Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors takes to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story.

Saturday at the Byron Theatre at 1pm. Tix at byroncentre.com.au

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