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Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning 24 October, 2019

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Spaghetti Circus presents Bails of Hey!

Spaghetti Circus presents Bails of Hey!

Friday 25 October 7pm; Saturday 26 October 2pm and 7pm; Friday 1 November 7pm; and Saturday 2 November 2pm and 7pm  |  $22 Adults / $12 children / Family ticket $65

The artists of the Spaghetti Circus performance troupe are all fired up about their new show Bails of Hey! inspired by their feelings about the climate crisis and the response from government to students’ participation. They feel passionately about adding their voices to the call for urgent action.

The 17 young artists of Spaghetti Circus’ performance troupe, aged 11 to 18,  have been collaborating with guest director DJ Garner and master artist / choreographer Petrina Hutchinson to create this work – Mullum-style.

The shows will take place in the Spaghetti Circus Back Shed at the Mullumbimby Showground on:

Friday 25 October 7pm; Saturday 26 October 2pm and 7pm; Friday 1 November 7pm; and Saturday 2 November 2pm and 7pm. Ticket prices are: $22 Adults / $12 children / Family ticket $65 full price $60 for members. On sale now at Trybooking www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=547654&

Hot Shorts at the Drill Hall

Hot Shorts 2019

The Drill Hall, Mullumbimby  |  Friday November 1 – 10. Friday, Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday at 2pm

The Drill Hall Theatre Company are proud to present, yet again, another season of cutting-edge and oh-so-new shorts – so hot, they cannot wait to set them free in the wild to be viewed (and judged) by you.

Hot Shorts 2019 promises to bring comedy, drama, farce and all topics (personal, political and social) to the fore, and if last season’s performances are anything to go by, this year will be a winner for all involved!

In keeping with the Drill Hall Theatre Company’s commitment to community involvement, the plays are being produced by people from across the Northern Rivers region, showcasing some of the best theatrical talent the region has to offer.

All the short plays are locally written, each with something to say on so many levels (tempting, teasing and tantalising the imagination). Each has been carefully selected (eight finalists from thirty six entries) and they are now ready to be performed, viewed and judged.

As in the past, audience members will get to vote for their favourite plays, and prizes will be awarded at the final performance.

Hot Shorts 2019 opens on Friday November 1 at The Drill Hall, 4 Jubilee Avenue, Mullumbimby and will run for two weekends, up to November 10. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7.30pm and Sunday performances at 2pm, with doors open beforehand for a snack and a libation. Organise a group and get involved as an audience. Live and local theatre!

Tickets can be obtained from The Bookshop, Mullumbimby or through The Drill Hall Theatre Company website: www.drillhalltheatre.org.au.

The Good Liar is part of the British film Festival

British Film Festival

Palace Cinema  |  30 Oct – 13 Nov

Proudly presented by Palace Cinemas and MINI, the British Film Festival returns for its sixth and biggest year yet. The Festival features some of the most eagerly anticipated British films of the year including powerful true stories, literary adaptations and biographies, and modern classics starring some of Britain’s best known and beloved stars.

Thirty exceptional films from emerging talent and accomplished industry professionals will be showcased on the big screen in seven cities and 19 cinemas across Australia. With 16 Australian premieres, you won’t want to miss out on this year’s exceptional line-up!

The MINI British Film Festival runs from 30 Oct – 13 Nov, at Palace, Byron Bay. Visit britishfilmfestival.com.au/sessions/byron-bay for more details

Four nights of Latin dance parties

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.

If you go to the Byron Latin Fiesta you’re going to be busy, busy, busy! Enjoy four nights of latin dance parties with live bands, performances and social dancing as well as two days of latin dance workshops and pre-parties and after-parties, master classes and more.

The 2019 festival features international artists Kim and Geo (from Canada), teaching and performing the Dominican Bachata and Mambo, and Chris Py and Sara (from France ), for Kizomba. There will also be 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, as well as friends and spectators.

The 14th Edition Byron Latin Fiesta, 31 October to 3 November. Visit byronlatinfiesta.com.au for more details.


Wicked at Ballina Players

Ballina Players  |  8 November – 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

This year there will be a colourful street-food vibe

Fairtastic at Brunswick Heads Public School

Get your Halloween colours on and get down to Fairtastic at Brunswick Heads Public School.

Brunswick Heads Public School Relieving Principal, Mel Currie says this is the sixth Fairtastic, so it is easy to find your groove. ‘This is an event for the whole community, she said. ‘Our Halloween Fair has been such a hit over the years because parents love the opportunity to have some Halloween fun in a safe, family-friendly environment.’

This year there will be a colourful street-food vibe. Yummy options include brisket, barbecue, curries, sushi, felafel, cakes, barista coffee and ice-cream!

While parents might come for the food, the kids will come for the rides with six awesome rides at this year’s event – The perfectly-themed Bat Tower and ever-popular Super Slide return. There are two levels of jumping castle – one for the bigger kids and one just for littlies. New this year are Tea Cups for those seeking a more gentle thrill, and the Round Up for those ready for some adrenalin.

Those brave enough to enter the Haunted House – a new feature of this year’s fair – can also expect a shot of adrenalin as they make their way through the lights and sounds of Halloween.

Traditional Fairtastic elements will be there for enjoying, with the Best Dressed and Cake Decorating competition. Dressing up is not essential, but throwing on a witch’s hat or skeleton t-shirt will make you feel right at home.

The school has been overwhelmed with generous donations towards their biggest fundraiser of the year, giving you  opportunities to win big from either a single raffle ticket purchase or putting in your best bid for showstopper items like Falls and Laneway Festival tix, accommodation, and balloon rides.

Bring your gold coins for the Carnival Arcade games like Lob-a-Choc, the Trick or Treat Hallowheel, Five Pin Vortex and Chocopault. There’s free entertainment from 4pm and rides start at 5pm. All-night ride passes can be pre-purchased for $25 at the school office before Friday 9.30am, or for $30 on the night ($5 per single ride).

Fairtastic – Saturday 26 October at Brunswick Heads Public School, 4–9pm. Check out full details at Facebook @Fairtastic.

Still from ‘The Cave’ at the Byron Bay Film Festival

The Byron Bay Film Festival

The Byron Bay Film Festival has started – 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

Earth Laws

Australian EarthLaws Alliance: rethinking Sustainability

Recognising the rights of nature and the natural world are vital if we are to move into the future with a planet that is inhabitable for humans, flora and fauna. There is a current drive to shift the law from a human-centred approach to the recognition of the interconnectedness of nature, of which humans are just one part.

This body of work has become known as Earth Laws or Earth Jurisprudence and is looking at how the system can recognise the rights of nature and the impacts of ecocide. In Australia this debate is being supported and presented by the Australian EarthLaws Alliance. Co-founder and national convenor Dr Michelle Maloney will be in Bangalow at the A&I Hall on November 3 to do a free workshop based on these principles from 3 till 5pm.

Dr Maloney is a Brisbane-based environmental lawyer and adjunct senior fellow at the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University. She will be running the workshop Rethinking sustainability: Exploring bioregional governance, that will look at the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss and how we can look at new ways of re-framing environmental governance.

‘I was recently in Margaret River, WA, where Michelle addressed the local community and I came away inspired and motivated about possible ways to make positive changes to our environment, says organiser Rosy Whelan.

‘The workshop will enable participants to discuss and critique systemic problems within the current legal, economic and political system, explore new thinking around community and wellbeing economics, and bring the existing and new initiatives within a positive framework for change. The Greenprints program also offers a useful mapping tool designed to support citizen science and citizen governance and rethink our approaches to sustainability.’

Book online for this free workshop at at Eventbrite, eventbrite.com.au/e/77776490577 or email Rosy for more info: [email protected]

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