20.4 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

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

Latest News

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

The Channon resilient after disaster

Northern Rivers communities are nothing if not resilient and The Channon community is preparing to take a proactive stance when it comes to disasters in the area.

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.

Over population

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar ‘Over population’ is seen by some as the main destructive driver causing many crises besetting the planet today. From...

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

A coast in need of management

It appears that the long-suffering management of perhaps the region’s most precious resource and attraction, Byron Shire’s beaches and estuaries, are not a high priority for Sydney-based bureaucrats and the Liberal-Nationals government.

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

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.

Tickets: circusarts.com.au/activities/circus-show-byron-bay/

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.

Previous articleBarrio Eatery & Bar
Next articleCinema: The Way Back

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

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.