Culture in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning, 18 March 2020

A Still from la Belle Epoque, showing at the French Film Festival.

French Film Festival

Palace Cinema  |  31 March–12 April

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is returning to the Palace Cinema, Byron Bay, for another incredible season, following last year’s exceptional 30th Anniversary. Representing the largest festival dedicated to French films in the world, the 2019 edition attracted more than 195,000 spectators, and further cemented a place in the hearts and minds of Australians. The success of the Alliance Française French Film Festival is undoubtedly a reflection of the unwavering friendship between France and Australia, underpinned by lasting partnerships that have been reinforced thanks to sponsors, partners, distributors, Palace Cinemas and Unifrance.

The French Film Festival wears the colours of France proudly, showcasing a changing industry, founded on creativity and quality. 2020 is a notable year for French Culture in Australia – this year’s theme ‘French Waves 2020’, is offering more than 35 major cultural events to audiences all around Australia.

French Film Festival. Palace Cinema, 31 March–12 April

Circus Show is a fundraiser for Friends of the Circus

Circus Arts Fundraiser

Circus Arts, Byron Industrial Estate  |  Friday 3 April  |  6pm

It’s back to the ‘80s with Circus Arts’ new and exciting circus show – with breathtaking aerial and acrobatic acts, teeterboard, and flying trapeze.

Get dressed up in your favourite ‘80s outfit – because the best dressed will win a free flying trapeze class!

The show is a fundraiser for Friends of the Circus, the not-for-profit arm of Circus Arts who help to fund additional training and performance opportunities for Circus Arts’ youth performance troupe.

There will be raffle prizes on the night, and $10 flying trapeze swings after the show for everyone who’d like to give it a go.


Circus Arts, Friday 3 April, 6pm.

David Suzuki

Going Local: Hope in a Time of Crisis Presented by Local Futures & New Economy Network Australia.


The goal of this three-day ideas festival is to explore and explain how we can shift direction – from a single globalised market toward economies that support renewal, resilience and greater human and planetary wellbeing. This gathering will emphasise the systemic root cause of our many interconnected ecological, social and economic crises, and identify key strategic shifts toward economic localisation that can solve them.

From food, land, water and human settlements, to businesses, knowledge systems, innovation, production and consumption, this festival focuses on translating understanding into action.

Within this context, the 2020 Conference has three key themes: understanding the dominant economic system and global market and its impact on democracy and local economies; showcasing and amplifying strategies for reclaiming local economies for the benefit of people and planet, and; stories of success – challenging corporate domination of national, regional and local economies.

Going Local. Byron Theatre, March 20–22.

Piers Lane

Piers Lane and Byron Music Society Music program launch


Piers Lane is a London-based Australian pianist who was to perform at the Byron Theatre on Sunday 29 March.

Reluctantly, Mr Lane says he has had to cancel this event, which was part of the Byron Music Society Music program for 2020. The launch has also been cancelled.

Piers was due to fly into Australia a few days before the concert.  He will now have to self-isolate for 14 days, so the event is out of the question.

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