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Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week beginning 17 October, 2019

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The Girl with the Sun in her Face: Shearwater Wearable Arts

Shearwater Wearable Arts 2019: The Girl with the Sun in her Face’

Shearwater School Hall  | 6–9 November 

The halls are alive with the sound of arc welders, laughter and Motown; as Shearwater High School students prepare for the school’s annual Wearable Arts performance event – this year entitled The Girl with the Sun in her Face. Tickets for the Mullumbimby Steiner school’s nineteenth Wearable Arts performance event go on sale today via the shearwaterperformingarts.com website.

According to WAVE Production Coordinator Joshua Rushton, the production is ‘a bit like surfing’.  ‘The tension is building… we’re looking over our shoulders, and paddling furiously, and in three weeks and eight hours – we will be on that wave!

‘Shearwater’s Wearable Arts event has built, over almost two decades, an incredible production dynamic – a true artistic interface between high school and world. A competition that goes out to the community in April; a high school production that builds an incredible show around an inspiring theme… and finally the integration of the competition’s entries, which brings the show to life.’

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the magic that is Wearable Arts! 

The performances will be held 6–9 November, in the School Hall. For further information call the Shearwater Office on 6684 3223 or email [email protected]


The Byron bay Film Festival This Week
The Byron Bay Film Festival is Ready to Go

The Byron Bay Film Festival

Various venues  |  18–27 October

In case you hadn’t heard, The Byron Bay Film Festival starts this week – the BBFF is Australia’s largest regional film festival. It is an AACTA Awards accredited, independent awards-based film event screening at Byron Community & Cultural Centre, as well as Palace Cinemas (Byron), Pighouse Flicks (Byron), Brunswick Picture House and The Regent (Murwillumbah). BBFF’s 13th edition will take place from 18–27 October 2019. bbff.com.au


Louise Johnson presents The Harp’s Journey for Byron Music Society on Sunday, 20 October at St Mary’s Anglican Church in Ballina.

Byron Music Society presents The Harp’s Journey

Sunday, 20 October  |  St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina  |  $40 – $35 , Students $20

Louise Johnson is a star harpist. She has shared the stage with Cher and the Bee Gees, not to mention every major symphony, opera and ballet orchestra in the country. On Sunday, 20 October she presents a light-hearted program of The Harp’s Journey featuring her own green Irish harp, blue electric harp, and local musician Margaret Curtis’ superb concert harp. Louise has recently retired from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra after a stellar career as Principal Harp. Louise gave her first performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14, later joining the orchestra as a permanent member, and was appointed Principal Harp in 1985. She regularly appeared as a soloist with the orchestra: performing Debussy’s Danses sacres et profane with conductor Mark Elder in 1998; Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with James Galway (1990), Janet Webb (2005) and Emma Sholl (2011); and Spohr’s Concertante for violin and harp with former SSO concertmaster Michael Dauth (2006); Hindemith’s Concerto for winds and harp (2013); the premiere of Lee Bracegirdle’s Legends of the Old Castle (2014); and Tan Dun’s Nu Shu – The Secret Songs of Women (2017). 

Don’t miss this one-off show, The Harp’s Journey, exclusive to Byron Music Society. Sunday 20 October 3pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina (cnr Norton & Burnet Sts). Tix are $40 | $35 Members, concession | $20 Students. Tickets and more info here.


Wicked runs from 8 November till 1 December

Wicked at Ballina Players’

Ballina Players’  |  8 November till 1 December

Ballina Players’ Wicked begins with the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. Through flashback, we learn from Glinda that the two witches, Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West, whose real name is Elphaba, are old university friends who disliked each other intensely when they first met. Glinda is beautiful, spoilt and popular, while Elphaba is inconveniently green-skinned. Elphaba is never afraid to stand up for what she believes to be right, and demonstrates strong values. On a visit to Oz, she and Glinda discover that the Wizard is corrupt. Despite this revelation, Glinda is tempted by the Wizard’s invitation to join his administration, but Elphaba refuses – and vows to fight the Wizard’s injustice. Concerned that Elphaba might use her natural talent for sorcery against him, the Wizard uses propaganda to turn the people of Oz against her; denouncing her as the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’. A hunt begins, and Elphaba is forced into hiding. Glinda is left battling with her conscience, realising that Elphaba has had the strength to stand by what is right. When the people of Oz hear that a ‘female child’ has killed the Wicked Witch, Glinda announces that ‘All is now well!’, but secretly she mourns her lost friend, and vows to do good.

The Ballina Player season of Wicked runs from 8 November till 1 December. Tickets are now on sale, for more information visit: ballinaplayers.com.au.


Lindsay Webb is one of the Comedians at the Beachy

Comedy at the Beach Hotel with MC Mandy Nolan 

Tuesday 29th Oct  |  8pm  | Free

Over the last few months the iconic Beach Hotel has been offering a fabulously funny night of comedy headed up by Mandy Nolan. ‘They took out the pokies and put in the jokies’ laughs Nolan about the pub’s ethical stance against gambling. This month they’ve moved it to the later time of 8pm, and Nolan welcomes two of her favourite comedic colleagues to the stage; Lindsay Webb is an international comedian worth his salt as a former World Record holder for longest continual comedy-show by one comedian; at 38hrs and 6mins! From humble beginnings growing up on a sheep and cattle station, Lindsay has done it all in comedy: TV, radio, talkshows, podcasts – with appearances on big-rating shows such as Good News Week, The Footy Show, and Stand Up Australia. Lindsay is the go-to-guy for big name comedians looking for a quality opening act. 

Don’t miss him headlining at Comedy at the Beachie this month, supported by Greg Sullivan. Award-winning local stand-up comedian, Greg Sullivan has been captivating comedy audiences around Australia and beyond – including with performances all the way over at The Famous Improv in Los Angeles. 

Get down to the Beachie to see these two home-grown comedy acts get the crowd crowing with their non-stop award-winning stand-up comedy.

Comedy at The Beachy, Tuesday 29 October, 8pm with MC Mandy Nolan. Free Event.


Official Secrets at The Palace

Mini British Film Festival

Palace Byron Bay  | 30 October– 13 November

Official Secrets has a stellar cast including Kiera Knightly and Ralph Fiennes who shine in Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood’s ( Tsotsi, Eye in the Sky ) superb true-life political thriller about an accused British whistle-blower who leaked information about the Iraqi invasion.

It’s 2003 and British and American politicians are pressing the case for the invasion of Iraq. British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun (Knightly) is a secret service employee who receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: The United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on U.N. Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in favour of an invasion of Iraq. Aware of the potentially explosive repercussions of this illegal directive, Gun is unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into war. Making the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press, Gun becomes a reluctant heroine who risks it all in trying to prevent a war and save the lives of thousands.

Official Secrets is just one of the great films in the upcoming Mini British Film Festival at Palace Byron Bay, 30 October till 13 November. It screens Thursday 31 October 6.20pm, Tuesday 5 November 1.30pm and Friday 8 November 8.45pm. Tickets and more info here.


four nights of Latin dance parties

The Byron Latin Fiesta

Various venues  |  31 October – 3 November

The Byron Latin Fiesta is Australia’s longest running Latin dance festival held annually in the heart of Byron Bay. The fiesta is four nights of Latin dance parties; with live bands, performances and social dancing, plus 2 days of Latin dance workshops as well as pre-parties and after-parties, master classes and more. 

The 2019 festival features international artists Kim & Geo (Canada) teaching and performing Dominican Bachata and Mambo, plus Chris Py & Sara (France) for Kizomba, along with a huge line-up of Australia’s finest talent. Learn, and dance to the rhythms of Salsa, Samba, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Reggaeton and other popular Latin styles. 

Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced dancers plus friends and spectators. This is a popular event and you can buy your tickets in advance. 

Tickets available online from byronlatinfiesta.com.au/tickets/ or at the event until sold out.


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