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April 23, 2021

Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning February 26, 2020

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East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

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Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.

You Donne good

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I’d like to thank whoever decided to reprint John Donne’s beautiful poem ‘No Man is an Island’...

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for...

Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a...

s p a c e is proud to launch a nationwide series of Ambitious Conversations.

Ambitious Conversations

Bangalow Bowlo  |  Thursday  |  11am–12.30pm  | FREE

Where do we want to be? How can we protect our future, while better acknowledging our past? How do we create a more ambitious Australia? We can’t predict what is in store for us in 2020. To move forward, we need to have more conversions with people who we don’t see eye-to-eye with. Could trying this approach unlock an insight on your own point of view? Could it give you insight into how to persuade someone to see things differently?

s p a c e is proud to launch a nationwide series of Ambitious Conversations, starting in Byron Shire. Welcoming Orange Sky Australia to the region, they will host a conversation about the state of homelessness in Australia, at the Bangalow Bowlo, Thursday from 11am–12.30pm.

The event is free, but register your interest by emailing [email protected]


Trip of compassion

Compassion: A window into psychedelic assisted psychotherapy

Byron Bay Community Centre  |  Saturday 7 March  |  8pm

Peter Hunt, Tania de Jong and team, are thrilled to announce the premiere screening of the acclaimed Israeli documentary, Trip of Compassion: A window into psychedelic assisted psychotherapy at the Byron Bay Community Centre, on Saturday 7 March, at 8pm.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A panel with several leading experts in the field. This will be an opportunity to engage in a discussion about medicine-assisted therapies for mental illness broadly, and what Mind Medicine Australia and other local organisations are doing here in Australia. Tickets at Byron theatre


NORPA presents The 91 Storey Treehouse at Lismore City Hall on Thursday 5 March

The 91-storey Treehouse

Lismore City Hall  |  Thursday 5 March  |  5pm and 7pm  |  $25–$38

The latest instalment in the wild, weird and wonderful world of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s bestselling series The 91-storey Treehouse, is about to hit the stage at NORPA. In this adaptation, Andy and Terry are going to be challenged like never before! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry and Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? The best-selling, award-winning series of books by this much-loved duo has inspired children across Australia to let their imaginations run wild.

Thursday 5 March, at Lismore City Hall, 5pm and 7pm. (60 mins, no interval). Tickets: $25–$38 from norpa.org.au.


One of the submissions for the poster comp for the Go Wild For Wildlife Bush Dance at Marvel Hall on Sunday

Go Wild for Wildlife

Marvel Hall, Byron Bay  |  Sunday  |  5pm  |  Fundraiser

Go Wild For Wildlife bush dance, is on this Sunday at 5pm, Marvel Hall and features Chris Aronsten, singer Holley Sommerville-Knott and the Larnook Mountain Band. This is a fundraiser for WIRES Northern Rivers, and Bangalow Koalas. MCs are Mark Swivel and Zoe Gameau. Auctioneer is Robert Bleakley with both a live and silent auction of artworks, services – and unexpected items!

There’s even a poster competition – have a look at the Facebook event: Go Wild For Wildlife , or email Jude Fanton on [email protected]


Nimbin poet David Hallett will be launching ‘Out of the Blue’ at Byron Bay Library on Thursday 5 March.

Poetry of David Hallett

Byron Bay Library  |  Thursday 5 March  |  5pm  |  FREE

Long-time host of Byron’s Writers at the Rails and award-winning Nimbin poet, David Hallett, will be launching Out of the Blue, his first collection of poems in ten years, at Byron Bay library on Thursday 5 March, at 5pm (free entry). Twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, and winner of 2019 Reciter of the Year award, David has been writing and performing poetry since the mid 1970s.


Mick Meredith headlines at the Ballina RSL on Thursday

Taking the Micky

Armed with just his guitar and a pocketful of wit, comedian Mick Meredith blends music and comedy in a seamless rapid-fire delivery. Mick began his music-to-comedy journey at the legendary Sandringham Hotel, Newtown, in the ‘80s playing in rock bands before switching to comedy in the ‘90s. He is supported by Matt Sutherland, who has evolved into something that is half guru–half comedian; intoxicating and insightful – and scary! MC’d by Ellen Briggs. Thursday at 8pm, at  Ballina RSL. Free.


Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tear.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Get dressed up in the sizzling 1920s theme and see Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears at the Palace Cinema on Wednesday. In her debut cinematic adventure, join detective extraordinaire, the Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), as she embarks on a globe-trotting romp of mystery and mayhem across the exotic 1920s Negev desert, through glamorous manor-house ballrooms, and down the dark back alleys of London. After freeing a young Bedouin girl, Shirin Abbas, from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a wartime mystery concerning a priceless jewel, an ancient curse and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.

Alongside Essie Davis, you’ll see Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Lapaine and Jacqueline McKenzie.

This adventurous tale is directed by Tony Tilse, written by Deb Cox and produced by Fiona Eagger and is based on the Phryne Fisher mystery book series by Kerry Greenwood.

It’s classified M, runs for 101 minutes and is set to be released on Thursday, 27 February – BUT, you can get an early look at this episode of Miss Fisher’s adventures this Wednesday with a preview screening at the Palace Cinema, 7pm; with Q&A with screenwriter Deb Cox and hosted by Mandy Nolan.


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