Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 19 December, 2019

The work of Nhoj can be seen at the Ninbella gallery space in Bangalow

Nhoj ‘Endangered’

Ninbella Gallery, Bangalow

‘If we include microbes, insects and all living beings that make up our fragile ecosystem, billions are threatened with extinction every 24 hours as a direct response to man’s footprint on the Earth. The animals I chose to paint in this series are those that are very much front of mind. Arousing an emotional response and hopefully a change in consciousness and a call to action’ – Nhoj.

Ninbella hosts a superb collection of award-winning contemporary art – the work of Nhoj can be seen at the Ninbella gallery space in Bangalow.

Byron Brewery, 7.30pm and Sunday at 4.15pm

Welcome to the inaugural first meeting of the CWA!

Brew House Theatre, Byron Brewery  |  Friday 7.30pm, Sunday 4.15pm  | $25

The (dis)organisation everyone’s been waiting for – the Country Witches Association is coming.

Tired of waiting for change, creative women around the world are getting ready to stir the political pot – Mandy Nolan and Áine Tyrrell are bringing comedy and music to the boil, to facilitate dangerous dialogues and uncomfortable collaborations.

The CWA’s First Meeting format invites the audience to participate, by becoming members, and suggesting topics for the agenda to be discussed by Mandy and Áine. This will be one of the show’s highlights as it has an unscripted, improvised format decided by the audience. The content will form the basis of the CWA podcast to be recorded as part of this innovative live show.

Join the coven on Friday at the Brew House Theatre, Byron Brewery, 7.30pm and Sunday at 4.15pm. Tickets here

Santa and other silliness from 4pm on saturday

Sing-a-long with the Picture House

Brunswick Picture House  |  Saturday  |  4pm

Christmas is just about the perfect time to sing, and if you need to brush up on your carols, you are invited to the Brunswick Picture House this Saturday from 4pm to 5pm for a quick run through. Led by local singer Janet Swain, you’ll get a chance to practise. ‘Picture House hosts Real Carols at the Right Time as part of their Church for All People Christmas at the Brunswick Picture House on Christmas Eve – bring along the whole family and join them for a big community sing-a-long.

Santa and other silliness from 4pm. Entry by donation.

Van Gogh & Japan – Exhibition On Screen presented by Byron Theatre

Van Gogh & Japan – Exhibition On Screen

Byron Bay Theatre  |  Tix $20, Conc $18, BT Club $18, U18 $15

‘I envy the Japanese’, Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.

In the exhibition on which this film is based – Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan, it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.

In this little-known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

Directed by David Bickerstaff, this event will screen on Sunday, 22 December at 3pm at the Byron Theatre.

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At the Byron Centre

Entropy at Byron

Byron Theatre  |  Saturday, 21 December  |  1.30pm & 7.30pm

Entropy is the final season for 2019 for Brisbane Ballet, with three distinct works that demonstrate how entropy works at an emotional and physical level in the universe.

The first piece, Isolation, will enthral audiences with rippling movement, and partnering that defies gravity.

Entropy, the second work, thrusts classical ballet technique into the hearts of everyone present with its extreme lines and non-stop athleticism.

Finally, Equilibrium, will surprise many with its fusion of electronic music and ultra-classical ballet.

There will be two performances at the Byron Theatre on Saturday, 21 December, 1.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets from the Byron Centre

Palace Encore! brings you the best in classic and cult cinema around the country.

Palace Encore! Christmas Season

Palace Encore! brings you the best in classic and cult cinema around the country. Contained within curated seasons, Palace Encore! will have your sleigh bells jingling for the silly season this December with a series of Christmas-genre gems.

This Friday, the amazing It’s a Wonderful Life – Frank Capra’s story of an angel who is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman, by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed, will screen at 8.30pm.

Tickets are the price of a stocking stuffer, at only $10 for Movie Club, and $15 for General Admission.

Entries deadline has been extended until 27 December – just over 1 week to enter.

All Shorts entries deadline extended

Byron All Shorts celebrates the film-making talent of the Northern Rivers region and encourages audiences to experience the many amazing films and local stories that are produced here each year.

The best of local shorts from the Northern Rivers will screen in the Byron All Shorts finalists program on Sat, 1 Feb 4pm, alongside the best of the rest (Australia and the world) at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival running Thur 29 Jan, Fri 30 Jan and Sat 1 Feb.

Filmmakers from across the region are invited to submit their short films, of up to 30 minutes in length, from all genres.

Prizes and cash, to the value of around $3k, will be awarded for the Flickerfest-iQ Best Short Film Award, the SAE Qantm Emerging Talent Award, the Audience Award and more – recognising the incredible talent in our region.

If you live in the Northern Rivers, or have produced a film in the Northern Rivers, or have made a film about the Northern Rivers,  you can enter Byron All Shorts.

Entries deadline has been extended until 27 December – just over 1 week to enter. Entry Forms & Info: | 0414 779 881

Spoons will be screening at Byron Bay Surf Festival 12 Feb, 2020 at Byron Community Centre

Byron Bay Surf Festival

Spoons is called ‘A Santa Barbara Story,’ but it’s an Australian story too. Sure, Santa Barbara has some good waves, but when it went flat during the summer, guys went to Australia to feed their addiction to right handed point breaks.

Among those early travellers were Renny Yater, George Greenough, Bob Cooper and Michael Cundith. This was the beginning of the cross-culture meshing of ideas between California and Australia. The place they initially chose was Byron Bay, and that connection changed the world of surfing forever. To this day, Byron Bay and Santa Barbara have a lot in common. There is good surf, and easy attitude, and they’re both enduring the same culture-alterations brought on by money and tourism, but their special draw remains, and we expect that it always will.

Spoons will be screening at Byron Bay Surf Festival 12 Feb, 2020 at Byron Community Centre. Tickets on sale now at

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