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Culture in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 6 February, 2020

Firesticks present Good Fire For Country at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Wednesday 5 Feb

Firesticks: Good Fire for Country

Mullumbimby Civic Hall  |  6–9pm   |  Wednesday 5 February   |  $10

This Wednesday, 5 February at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, Firesticks Alliance will be hosting Good Fire for Country, an evening of short films and discussion on Indigenous Cultural Fire and ecological management. Organisers say ‘we are creating an opportunity for the public to learn more about the work we do, the benefits of reinstating cultural burning on country, and how, by supporting this, we can protect and enhance landscapes and communities for the long term.’

A panel of guest speakers have been invited to discuss these topics and take questions from the audience. It will be hosted by Leeton Lee (Bundjalung and Thunghutti). Speakers include: Firesticks CEO, Oliver Costello (Bundjalung), Firesticks Director, Sian Hromek (Yuin), Indigenous Ranger, Norman Graham (Arakwal), and fire ecologist, Andy Baker (Northern Rivers local). Short films to be announced. Opening ceremony by Bunyarra Culture Collective. Catering by Rider, Northern Rivers Co-op. Food available for purchase from 5:30). $10 from trybooking.com


Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – in the return of the 2019 smash-hit comedy, The Gospel According to Paul

Jonathan Biggins: The Gospel According to Paul

Lismore City Hall  |  7.30pm  |  Friday 28 and Saturday 29 February

One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in the return of the 2019 smash-hit comedy, The Gospel According to Paul. Full of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating, the man who – as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.

Lismore City Hall, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm. The show is written and performed by Jonathan Biggins. Bar and Diner from 6pm. lismorecityhall.com.au


Country Witches, Mandy Nolan and Áine Tyrrell have more trouble brewing at the Brew House Theatre at the Byron Brewery on Friday 21 Feb

Country Witches Association: Mandy Nolan & Aine Tyrrell

Brewhouse Theatre, Byron Brewery  |  8pm  |  Friday 21 Feb  |  $25 plus bf

Tired of waiting for change, creative women around the world are getting ready to stir the political pot – welcome to the CWA!

The (dis)organisation everyone’s been waiting for, the Country Witches Association!

Where musician, Áine Tyrrell, and comedian, Mandy Nolan, mix genres in the cauldron to bring dangerous dialogues and uncomfortable collaborations to the boil.

This is angry feminism made fun. Àine Tyrrell says, ‘If you’re not doing something that you would have been burnt for 400 years ago, then you’re not trying hard enough.’ While women aren’t being literally burnt in 2020, Tyrrell and Nolan acknowledge the role the media often plays in ‘burning’ powerful women. ‘We know that if we raise our voices, that we’ll be targets on social media. Look what happened to Julia Gillard when she had an empty fruit bowl!

The idea came about quite by accident when the two were raising money for a local cause, and while sweeping the floor after a gig joked ‘We’re like the CWA – except we’re the Country Witches Association.’ When Mandy mentioned it on stage (as a joke), someone yelled out ‘Start it!’ And so did another, and another.

Mandy Nolan and Áine Tyrrell present Country Witches Association – back to the Byron Brewery’s Brew House Theatre by popular demand on Friday, 21 Feb, 8pm. Tix are $25 plus booking fee from ainetyrrell.com.


Introduction to Abstraction, with local artist Imbi Davidson

Introduction to Abstraction

Six Tuesdays, from 11 February until 17 March  |  6.30pm – 8.30pm | Ignite Studios, Ballina

Ignite your inner artist. Make 2020 the year you unleash your artistic self with like-minded creatives! Ignite Studios in Ballina is offering a new adult evening art course; Introduction to Abstraction, with local artist Imbi Davidson.

Over six weeks this course will introduce participants to the fundamental principles of abstract drawing and painting. Using a range of methods, participants will be guided through mark making and exercises to free up expression. They will learn background and layering techniques, and develop concepts to complete their own abstract painting. The course runs for six Tuesdays, from 11 February until 17 March, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Ignite Studios, Ballina. Ignite Studios is an extension of, and adjacent to, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery – A place to create!

Places are limited, and bookings are essential. For further information contact the gallery on 6681 0530, or book online through nrcgballina.com.au


Two comedy heats in the Byron Shire: $15

Melbourne International Comedy Festival RAW Comedy Comp, hosted by Mandy Nolan

Heat 1: Monday 2 March, Byron Services Club  |  Heat 2: Monday 16 March, Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club  |  8pm  |  $15

Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s RAW Comedy Competition, Australia’s largest and most prestigious comedy comp has cannonballed some of the nation’s finest funny makers into comedy fame and fortune. Home grown greats such as Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine, Anne Edmonds, Becky Lucas and Aaron Chen, just to name a few, are all graduates of the RAW comedy competition, and look at them now!

You never know who is going to be getting up on stage, it could be your yoga teacher, your garbo, or that hot hipster barrister who always looks at you with disdain…

The best part of it is they are up there to entertain you. It’s all about you laughing at them, or with them, depending on how deftly their comedy material is selected, written and delivered.

Many have tried, and most have failed, but each year there are some spectacular comedy moments delivered by the most unsuspecting comedians. This is probably the only gig in the world where a comedian can go from zero to hero in one show, well… two or three shows. Still, not too much work. After literally 15 minutes on the RAW stage they could end up on a stage in front of thousands, or broadcast to a live TV audience of tens of thousands becoming famous almost overnight! Don’t miss this folks, the excitement is incredible. Always unpredictable and always hilarious – hosted by that very funny woman, Mandy Nolan.

Heat One is on Monday 2 March, at the Byron Services Club, Heat Two is Monday 16 March, at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. These shows always sell out – so get your tickets now!

Two comedy heats in the Byron Shire: $15 from mandynolan.com.au or at the venue on the night. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm.


Byron Bay Surf Festival art markets, beach events 14 – 16 Feb at the Byron Bay Brewery and Wategoes

Byron Surf Festival – Surf Art Markets

Byron Brewery  |  Saturday 15 Feb

The BBSF annual Surf Art Markets will be held at the Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday, 15 February, 9am till 4pm, throughout the entire venue, and into the sunny beer-garden at rear where that fabulous giant fig tree makes things all the more special! There will be an assortment of sustainable and eco-friendly surf and fashion brands, as well as surfboard shapers, artists, photographers, jewellers and other purveyors of surf culture and ocean-related goodies. As well as the vendors, there will be an assortment of events in and around the markets; including two stages of free live music (from 9am), with a very talented bunch of musicians. The music lineup includes Luke Morris, Nick Cunningham, Beach Plums, Josh Lee Hamilton, Dusty Boots, Tyler Nakoa, and Felipe Baldomir, there is also the rumour of a potential music surprise at the epic FallenBrokenStreet Bus set-up, where there will also be a hat-making workshop! Featuring at the in-house cinema, from 1pm, will be several new and inspiring films including; Happy Sad Man, Crystal Voyager (surf classic), Self Discovery for Social Survival (NYC), and the world premiere of local filmmaker Mick Waters’ new surf film, Outdated Children. Also, at 4pm, there will be a unique opportunity to see a live podcast unfold with the WaterPeople crew, Dave Rastovich and Lauren L. Hill. So much to see and do! And the very good news is that the Markets are weather-proof this year! There will be food available all day, from 9am onward (including vegan options), and cold beer on tap from 11am.

Let’s come together community, and enjoy everything on offer in this wonderful space that is such an easy place to hang out with your friends – with all you need for a quality day, right there!

Any vendors wishing to participate can do so via the BBSF website ‘Applications,’ but due to location, spots are limited, and there are just a handful remaining. Festival 14–16 Feb, byronbaysurffestival.com.au


Girl with the Golden Bikini Book Launch

Lisa Walker, The Girl with the Gold Bikini, Book Launch

The Book Room at Lennox  |  6pm  |  Thursday February 13

Byron Bay author, Lisa Walker, launches her sixth book: The Girl with the Gold Bikini at The Book Room in Lennox, on Thursday 13 February. Her first young-adult fiction features Olivia Grace, an eighteen-year-old detective, inspired by Veronica Mars and Nancy Drew, who is driven by a desire to ‘set things right’ after an assault two years earlier. Set between the bikini-body Gold Coast – where Olivia assists her childhood friend Rosco (former Han Solo to her Princess Leia) at his detective agency – and yoga-mad Byron Bay, where she dives deep into the deceptively complicated case of a sleazy yoga instructor suspected of adultery, The Girl with the Gold Bikini is a screwball romp with a serious side. Launch kicks off at 6pm. [email protected]


Parasite. The winner of more than 150 awards, including the Cannes Palm d’Or and Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival.

Federal Films: Parasite

Federal Hall  |  Saturday 8 February  |  6.30pm dinner, 8pm film

This Saturday, Federal Films will be screening Parasite. The winner of more than 150 awards, including the Cannes Palm d’Or and Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival, and with six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Bong Joon Ho, Parasite Is the standout film in what was a great year for cinema. Parasite is a film that defies genre… a comedy, tragedy, thriller and satire rolled into one glorious vision. The film starts at 8pm. The caterers this month are Federal Community Centre. Served from 6.30pm, the Korean-inspired menu will include vegetarian options. There will also be a selection of delicious home-made cakes, plus teas and coffee at intermission.

For more information – call 6684 9313, or email [email protected] or go online to www.federalfilmsociety.com and www.facebook.com/federalfilmsociety. Federal Films – building community through film and food.


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