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Culture in the Byron Shire for the week beginning December 4, 2019

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

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NORPA 2020 Season Launch

NORPA Program Launch

Lismore City Hall  |  Friday  |  7pm  |  FREE

Find out on Friday what NORPA has in store for 2020, when they launch their upcoming program at Lismore City Hall. There will be performances and insights from special guest artists – all are welcome, but attendees need to RSVP to norpa.org.au.

After the launch, the party continues in The Studio with Sofiella & The Handsome Husbands. This is a free event for the community, brought to you by NORPA and Kate Stroud of Dusty Attic Music Lounge.

Bar and Dinner from 6pm. Launch from 7pm. RSVP norpa.org.au

Byron Community College Stand Up Comedy final graduation class of 2019 at the Mullumbimby Ex Services on Monday 9 December.

Virgin Sacrifice with Mandy Nolan MC

Mullum Ex-Services  |  Monday  |  8pm  |  $10/15

Catch the latest crop of stand up comics at the Mullum Ex-Services on Monday when Mandy Nolan presents the group she’s touting as the best class yet. Byron Community College continue to create more comedians than any other college in Australia. One of their past students, Hannah Gadsby even won an Emmy. Not bad from kicking off at a community college!

Monday at 8pm. Doors at 7pm. Tickets are $10/15 from mandynolan.com.au

She aint dead yet


Lismore City Hall  |  Sunday 29 Dec  |  7.30pm

The star of Les Girls, Australian icon, political activist and living legend, Carlotta, is back with more stories and songs from 50 years on and off the stage.

Carlotta has led an extraordinary life: good times, bum times, she’s seen them all, and my dear, she’s still here! Accompanied on piano by Helpmann Award winner, Michael Griffiths.

She performs at Lismore City Hall on Sunday 29 December at 7.30pm. 

Sprung!!’s Gala performance, 5–6pm at the popular Bangalow Bowlo venue.

Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre

Bangalow Bowlo  |  Sunday  |  5pm

This Sunday, for the 8th consecutive year, Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre present their Annual Gala Performance at The Bangalow Bowlo.

The Integrated Dance Theatre Company based in the Northern Rivers is inviting audiences to be uplifted, moved and entertained by the inspiring participants from their annual programs and collaborations. In 2019, Sprung!! has welcomed 30 participants across the Senior Dance Program, Lismore Open Doors, Tintenbar Open Doors and the Clowning workshops. The annual programs are culminating with a showcase of the skills and creative joy of all in the Sprung!! community, with and without disabilities.

Sprung!! is celebrating the finale of a thriving year, including the major production French Café, an applauded dance theatre cabaret presented at the Brunswick Picture House. Merchandise featuring breath-taking images from the production, taken by respected local photographer Kate Holmes, will be available to purchase at the event and online, in addition to Sprung!! wear.

President Robyn Brady describes the event as her favourite event of the year, ‘The Gala honours International Day of Persons with Disability and is my favourite event of the year. It’s a true celebration of diversity, and provides an insight into what life might look like if everyone was given the opportunity to bloom in a respectful and stimulating environment.’

Audiences can enjoy a pre-show game of bowls and are welcome to join the Sprung!! community at the venue’s award-winning One Green Acre restaurant following the performances.

Sprung!!’s Gala performance, 5–6pm at the popular Bangalow Bowlo venue. To book your spot for dinner please contact [email protected]

Full Moon Chanting with Kevin James on Thursday at Byron Theatre, Community Centre.

Kevin James – full moon kirtan chanting

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Thursday, 12 December  |  Dinner/chai 6pm, concert 7pm

Kevin James is a devotional singer songwriter and chant leader from Australia.

30 years ago, Kevin went on a pilgrimage to Asia with his guitar and discovered mantras and the teachings of the East which transformed his life and music forever.

By the year 2000, he began composing devotional music and guiding song circles around Australia. Following numerous invitations, in 2010 he left the shores of Byron to travel the world sharing his vision.

Now, with almost 10 years of global travel, in over 30 different countries, devoted to supporting the movement to reconnect to the heart through devotional music, he returns home to share the journey, in the language he knows best. The one universal song of the heart.

Kevin is a chant leader who offers the stage to the circle which, in his words, is his greatest strength. This is a co-creative experience.

Weaving ancient mantra’s with his own prayers and heartsong, his music and the songs are an invitation to reconnect. He draws influences from traditional Indian Kirtan, Bhajans, Celtic and Sufi chants mixed with western folk sounds and world instruments.

Accompanied by his partner, Susana Rodrigez on harmonium, they will be joined by Chris Lane (Oka) on bansuri, and Dion Pfisterer on percussion. This is a fundraiser for the life project of local woman Kira Kay, based in Nepal, building an earthquake resilient home for displaced and orphaned children in Annapurna.

Thursday at Byron Theatre, Community Centre. For tickets, go to www.tickettailor.com/events/kevinjamesheartsongs/294269 and for further information see https://www.handswithhands.com

Wednesday 11 December at The Byron Theatre for a funny, provocative and playful production of The World’s Wife

Public Act Theatre: The World’s Wife

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  7pm  |  Wednesday, 11 December  |  $18

Public Act Theatre present their upcoming theatre performance of The World’s Wife, a series of dramatic monologues written by Carol Ann Duffy and directed by Philippa Williams. This is a unique collection of satirical poems from the Poet Laureate, filled with her characteristic wit. It is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old stories. It gives the women of ancient history, the unsung women of myth, fairytale and culture, a glorious and powerful voice; Mrs Freud, Mrs Icarus and Mrs Aesop, along with many other ‘wives’ (and mistresses) will join their voices with Medusa, Delilah, Salome and others, to tell it as it really was.

They perform Wednesday 11 December at The Byron Theatre for a funny, provocative and playful production of The World’s Wife. Tickets $18 from byroncentre.com.au

The final Courthouse Comedy Open Mic night for the year

Courthouse Comedy with Mandy Nolan MC

Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby  |  Thursday 5 Dec  |  8pm  |  Free

The final Courthouse Comedy Open Mic night for the year, not to mention – the decade – is on this Thursday at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby. Hosted by Mandy Nolan, Byron’s queen of comedy, and International Gold Medal Winner for Best Use of Podcast at the International Advertising Awards in Berlin, and recently, quite accurately reviewed by Australian Stage as being able to ‘make a rock laugh…’

But this night isn’t about Mandy, it’s about her comedy cannon-fodder; the battlers, the underdogs, the stand up comedy tragics. Those who are tormented by the dream of comedy fame and fortune.

So, get down to the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby, Thursday from 8pm, for some belly laughing action – it’s your last chance to see a long list of stand up comedians FOR FREE.

Don’t miss this exhilarating show!  At the Byron Theatre 19 & 21 Dec

Brisbane Ballet: Entropy

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  19 December and 21 Dec  |  1.30pm and 7.30pm

Entropy is the final season for 2019 for Brisbane Ballet with three distinct works that demonstrate how entropy works in the universe, at an emotional and physical level. The first piece, Isolation, will enthral audiences with its 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 dance music with ultra-classical ballet. There will be something for everyone, from lovers of ballet to those that have never set foot in a theatre.

Don’t miss this exhilarating show!  At the Byron Theatre 19 & 21 Dec at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 1.30pm. Tickets from byroncentre.com.au

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