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Culture in and around the Byron Shire for the week beginning 19 September 2019

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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

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Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

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Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Now I gotta cut loose, footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes

Footloose 80s Prom Night (dress up!)

Brunswick Picture House  |  Saturday 20 September

Everyone loves the 80s in their own way… and many of us, who lived through the 80s, have both good and not so good memories… but who didn’t love the music? So Footloose, an iconic 80s movie, was Brunswick Picture House’s choice for their next film event. They’ve been waiting for a chance to bring out all the 80s classic hits… so the Picture House Prom was born. Tying in with the Footloose movie, they were fighting for the chance to have their own school dance… and BPH will be having their own Picture House school dance, MCd by Drew Fairley – expect some audience-generated playlists through social media. Basically this is just a great opportunity for people get out and have a dance to all their favourite songs… and relive their teenage angst.

Saturday at Brunswick Picture House. Tix at the venue – brunswickpicturehouse.com

Peace Concert 2019

Giving peace a chance

Byron Community Centre  |  Saturday  |  7pm

The second annual Byron Peace Meditation Concert is on International Peace Day, this Saturday, 7pm at Byron Theatre. It’s much more than just a concert, and it’s not a demonstration! There will be beautiful songs from troubadours Raku

One O’Gaia, Julie Hayes and Kim Banffy (Kim Lesley Davidson), a sound-healing from Camila Nova, followed by a group intentional meditation for world peace, and some sacred silliness from Hanuman Dass so we don’t take ourselves too seriously! To finish, the performers will join with the audience to join voices and hearts in two songs that everybody knows. BYO kazoos for the dah, da-da-da-dah part in All You Need Is Love! Tickets at byroncentre.com.au

Ben Gilmour

Byron Writers Festival: in conversation with Benjamin Gilmour: The Gap

The Book Room, 27 Fletcher Street Byron Bay  |  Thursday 26 September  |  6–7pm  |  FREE

Byron Writers Festival invites you to a free in-conversation event with paramedic turned writer Benjamin Gilmour about his memoir The Gap, an unflinching, no-holds-barred look at what happens after the triple-zero call is made. In this riveting memoir, Gilmour recounts the call-outs one very difficult summer working as a paramedic in Sydney: some dangerous, some gruesome, some downright ridiculous.

Thursday 26 Sept, 6pm at The Bookroom. Free event. Bookings to byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on. Tickets at www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=550116&

Damon Gameau – one of the many guests on Mandy Nolan’s Byron Live at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby on Saturday 5 October.

Byron Live with Mandy Nolan

Drill Hall Mullumbimby  |  Saturday 4 October  |  8pm  |  $35

People always ask the question: What is it about Byron? Why does it attract so many out-of-the-box thinkers?

Creative, disruptive, challenging thinkers abound in the Byron Shire. So much so that they’ve become part of the mythic story that has seen the place become world renowned as the spiritual home of everyone’s crazy dream, left-of-centre vision quest or simple desire to save the planet.

Mandy Nolan, comedian and writer has always felt at home among Byron’s eclectic and diverse people. Byron Live, Mandy’s newest endeavour is as eclectic and eccentric as Byron Shire itself. A live talk show where Byron Shire’s most colourful characters, world champions, thought leaders, industry disruptors, international influencers, entrepreneurs, provocateurs, and conspirators who call the Byron Shire home have an opportunity to tell their unique stories…

The first Byron Live features new Byronite, Damon Gameau, Space Cowboy, Áine Tyrell, Pricasso, and Yoni mapper Karlyn Boyter.

Sit back and relax while Mandy asks all those sticky, probing questions… the questions you wanted to ask but weren’t game to. Hey, and there’s even a house band! The Lovejoy Threesome are tuning up to make this first live show something special. Be part of the studio audience! It’s going to be one crazy party at the Drill Hall.

Drill Hall Mullumbimby, 5 October at 8pm. Doors at 7pm. Tix are $35 at mandynolan.com.au


Bright Lights: Hairspray JR

Saturday 28 Sept, 2pm & 6.30pm  |  Sunday 29 Sept, 2pm

Bright Lights Performance School Senior Musical Theatre students proudly present the Tony Award-winning musical, Hairspray JR. A story about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance and change the world. A show that celebrates diversity and will bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and sense of humour. The show is directed by Rebecca Balfour and choreographed by Lee Purdie.

Hairspray JR is a family-friendly musical piled high with laughter, friendship, deliriously tuneful songs and an abundance of energetic dance numbers!

Hairspray JR will be presented at The Byron Theatre on Saturday 28 September at 2pm and 6.30pm, and Sunday 29 September at 2pm. Tix available online www.byroncentre.com.au

Bee there

Spring Fair

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School  |  Saturday  |  10am  |  Free

This Saturday Cape Byron Steiner School host their annual Spring Fair –a family friendly day themed this year as Sparks of Wonder with a focus on bees and the crucial role they play in the ecosystem. Kicking off with an opening ceremony at 10am, followed by a full day of musical entertainment across two stages from talented students of all ages; with duos, trios, choirs, ensembles and varied band performances. The Songwriter Competition is once again a feature of the program. With craft activities, pupae shows and fun family activities, along with some incredible delicious food. All welcome.

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