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Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 25 December, 2019

Brisbane based meditation teachers Candance and Simon Earl present sessions at Starlight Festival at Bangalow A&I Hall 2-5 Jan

The Starlight Secret

Now in its 25th year The Starlight Festival is a nationally renowned cultural event that features four transformational days of keynote speakers, sound baths, yoga, workshops, chanting, breath work and more. Each day features a full program of events included with entry to the main hall with its celebrated community of healers, artists, yogis, psychics, practitioners and presenters. Showcasing more than 100 workshops over four days, participants can choose their own itinerary and enjoy a truly Byron Bay experience. Featured speakers include Brandon Bays, the international bestselling author and pioneer of the Journey Method. She is one of the most dynamic, inspirational and innovative teachers in the field of personal growth and cellular healing. Her radically transformative work has grown organically and exponentially over the last 20 years. She offers practical, accessible and liberating process work that can be used by anyone, in all areas of life, to uncover and awaken limitless potential and bring about healing, freedom, true fulfilment and abundance on all levels of being – emotionally, physically, spiritually, materially. Brandon is an authentic living example of her work. Her open, candid nature, combined with her genuine compassion for the human condition, and her relaxed, warm-hearted humour, bring her teachings alive with insight, depth, humanity and grace. She counts it as the greatest blessing in her life to be given the immense privilege of serving in the process of awakening and healing around the world.

Also featured is Daniel Raccani – an Australian Shamanic practitioner, who received his first initiatory experience into the world of spirit at the age of 22 months when, during a convulsion he clinically died. It was from this time that he was called, by the world of spirit, as every night he embarked on soul flights where he would explore the lands of the dead and watch the newly dead either cross over into the light or stumble around lost and confused. He says, ‘During these explorative journeys I was given insights into energy, souls, life, death and dying.’ Sure this is pretty unconventional – but that’s what Starlight Festival is all about – a degustation of New Age and spiritual teachers who are here to expand consciousness and share their wisdom.

2–5 January 2020, at the A&I Hall in Bangalow. Tickets are $25 for one day, or $60 for four days. Tix at the door or online from starlightfestival.com.au


Austen Tayhus – at the Byron Services on Monday 6 Jan and Lennox Bowlo on Sunday 12 Jan

Austen Tayshus in the New Year!

The yin and yang of Aussie comedy come together with Austen Tayshus and Mandy Nolan presenting their 2020 Vision show to herald a brand new decade. The combination of these two fearless feature acts offers a relentless ride that is both hard and soft, traverses the nasty and the kind, the dangerous and the gentle. Both Tayshus and Nolan are known for their incisive and often outrageous social comment, and for their shared billing. At 2020 Vision you can expect nothing less than satirical explosions of genius, outrage and narcissistic self-interest!

Austen Tayshus, the infamous, great white shark of Australian Comedy, cutting and dangerous. Mandy Nolan, mother of 5, caring, warm, and insightful. Two of Australia’s most respected and experienced comedians back to back, taking us on a journey through the highlights and the lowlights of the last 10 years.

At his most recent show at the Bondi Pavillion this is what Stage Whispers had to say in their review:

‘Pulverising the audience with gag after gag, whilst at the same time being able to humiliate audience members with ease, all combines for a night out of terror and uncontrollable laughter… Austen leaves you battered and bruised, but dying for more.’

What better way to download the decade! Local shows are at the Byron Services Club on Monday, 6 January, and Lennox Bowlo on Sunday, 12 January. All shows $30 at the clubs or from mandynolan.com.au


LAUREN HILL at the Byron Surf festival

Waves Breaking at the Byron Brewery for Surf Festival

Surfers, Beach lovers and Water people – Save the date; The 2020 Byron Bay Surf Festival is nearly here! The festival kicks off on Friday, 14 February, 2020 in Australia’s much-loved beach town Byron Bay. It’s time for some super surfing fun, chock full of music, art, surf, environment and culture. Wow! Say hello to annual favourites including the Surf Art Markets, Sunset Cinema, The Shaka Events, the BBSF Artshow, Sunday/Funday Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions at Wategos Beach, and live music and partying every night at the Byron Bay Brewery. Meet this year’s epic line-up of special guests, including surfing world champs, international film makers, surf culture artists, surfboard shapers, activists and local and national musicians. Get ready… it’s going to be huge fun!

Last year’s festival was amazing, with pumping waves thanks to cyclone Oma, and this year we have planned for something even better (with or without the help of cyclones), with a new major event; the Wategos Wizards Surf Comp!

Events get cranking on Thursday when BBSF will be premiering the film Spoons from the USA, with the directors & special guests. Friday continues the creative vibe with The BBSF artshow. Grab a bevvy and enjoy some of the best in Surf Art with Ozzie Wright, Ty Williams (USA), Jaleesa Vincent and others, and live beats to keep it all rolling along. Friday also features a festival favourite – the family friendly Sunset Cinema, at Byron Bay Brewery Beer Garden, including the Opening Ceremony with traditional Welcome to Country, special guests, acoustic band and a new Australian feature film – all under the stars and that big old resident fig tree!

Saturday is a huge one! Commencing 7am, with our annual beach clean-up at Wategos; with Patagonia and Dr Bronners, then from 8am; Wategos Wizards Surf Comp with some of the world’s best long boarders. 9am sees you doing Yoga at Byron Bay Brewery’s rear (beer) garden, attending the Surf Art Markets and Shaka Events, as well as watching movies in the Byron Bay Brewery front carpark. To finish off this ultimate Byron Saturday, you can catch live music by the Goons of Doom, rocking it at Byron Bay Brewery.

Sunday, we’ll sign off another big year with Fluoro Friday (yes it’s on Sunday) and Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos beach including the inaugural festival Party Wave, with a big wrap up party and awards ceremony back at the Brewery!

Tix and program info on byronbaysurffestival.com.au


Come and get your vinyl fix

Vinyl Junkies get their fix

Brunswick Heads is about to explode with vinyl after a recent trip to the US saw local DJ Matt Bowden, aka The Vinyl Junkie, spend five weeks trekking across the country in a bid to source some of America’s finest quality vinyl gold. The end result – a shipping container bound for our sunny shores, filled to the brim with fresh, original US pressings that Bowden describes as ‘all killer, no filler’. The new stock will make up a large portion of the 40,000 records on offer at this years’ Brunswick Heads Record Fair. In its fifth year, the event coincides with the annual Falls Festival and will be held over five big days from Tuesday, 31 December–Friday, 3 January at the Fingal Street Memorial Hall in Brunswick Heads.‘The quality of stock is super high this year, there’s loads of rare, highly sought after and valuable picks for serious collectors, stuff you don’t often see around here,’ Matt said.

‘We’ve got everything from jazz and soul to rock and blues, country, surf, ‘50s rock’n’roll, there’s soundtracks, spoken word, punk, new wave, indie, hardcore heavy rock, death metal, psychedelic, funk, hip hop, house, disco, techno, drum and bass and reggae.

Regardless of what genre you’re into, you’ll absolutely pick up some classic tunes at this years’ fair.’

If you have a turntable you have to be there! If you don’t have one, then you should get one, because all the cool kids have one. What I’m saying is, I have a turntable and I’m totally getting my vinyl fix!


Talking Dogs – back by popular demand, Brunswick Picture House.

Every kid’s dream come true!

A Brunswick Picture House crowd favourite – and back by popular demand!

A comedy variety show with a real difference for kids aged 4–11. Where else can you see two talking dogs, and one world-class juggling human?

Erik is a magnificent metal robot dog with a huge personality, he loves showing off, doing stunts and was a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent. Alan is a soft, adorable muppet of a dog who likes hanging out, chatting with kids and singing his own special songs. Joel Salom is the human behind the dogs. As the International Man of Circus, Joel has toured and performed in over 25 countries. However, since teaming up with Allen and Erik, for this crazy hybrid circus/dog show, he has realised it doesn’t matter how mad your skills are, you’ll always be upstaged by a talking dog.

Talking Dogs – back by popular demand, Brunswick Picture House. 11am Fri 3–Sun 5 Jan, and a second show Sat, 4 Jan at 1pm.


Judith Lucy coming to the Brunswick Picture House

Judith Lucy is single – again

… and 51. She recently reflected on her entire history with men and concluded that maybe it was time to shut up shop. ‘Whatever it is that I’m selling, a lot of straight guys simply aren’t that interested in buying it and I’m including people like my father.’ In amongst exploring stereotypes and her own desires, Judith Lucy will recount her full history with the opposite sex and leave it up to the audience to determine whether she should ever date again. Should Judith hang up her vagina for good? In 2019 Judith did a massive sell-out tour around the capital cities asking this question, but she wants a second opinion. Brunswick Heads – the decision is yours!

Brunswick Picture House, 6pm Wed 8–Fri 10 Jan, 5pm Sat 11–Sun 12 Jan. Tix $40–$45 from brunwsickpicturehouse.com


Get your films shown at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival

All Shorts Deadline Approaches

Want to submit a film to Flickerfests’ Byron All Shorts? You have until Friday! Filmmakers from across the region are invited to submit their short films of up to 30min in length, from all genres.

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.

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

The best of local shorts from the Northern Rivers will screen in the Byron All Shorts finalists program on Saturday, 1 February at 4pm, alongside the best of Australia, and the world, at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival screenings from Thursday, 29 January–Saturday, 1 Feb.

Entry Forms and Info from iQ.org.au  0414 779 881


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