Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 May, 2020

The Cassettes are back in Term Three, but in the meantime Marissa is running a 10 week self-care course.

The Cassettes are RAD

The Echo caught up with Marissa from The Cassettes to find out what’s been happening with these dynamic dancers! The Cassettes are taking Term Two off but are going to be back with a vengeance in Term Three. Marissa says, ‘I decided early to put The Cassettes on hold during COVID. We had a show ready for Brunswick Picture House, which cancelled, and in-person sweating and smiling together just isn’t the same online. But I’ve sent Cassettes Care Packages to our online community in the meantime – lounge room ‘80s dancing videos with myself and a fellow Cassettes teacher.’ Marissa has been spending the time working on her online 10 week self-discovery and -recovery course for creative, sensitive women. The first module just finished, and the next is due to start in a few weeks. ‘The first group has been a full class of 25 students from Australia, the US, and NZ – incredible, intelligent women aged 30–60yrs.  In the live classes each week, there’s been almost 100% attendance – that’s unusual for an online course.  It’s a fun and nourishing course and is properly helpful, bringing sparkles and confidence into real life. The course supports women to trust their own judgement and insights. That’s really important – the world needs to make room for more empowered women.’

To find out about Cassettes classes or shows, email [email protected]

And you can download a four steps to win the day like a She-Ra, morning routine – including a downloadable pdf with yoga affirmation video at

Brett Canning’s working with school students to share their isolation experiences.

Sound Connections: Kids in Iso

Spending time with family, missing friends, a time for reflection, and ‘staying home with my new unicorn’ are just some of the pros and cons of COVID isolation that school students have shared with sound artist and composer, Brett Canning, for Lismore Quad and Lismore Regional Gallery’s Together/Alone project.

Brett Canning asked 15 students, based in Northern NSW, ranging from kindergarten to Year 12, to make audio recordings responding to questions about how they are feeling, how they are connecting with family and the outside world, what community looks like for them at the moment, and what they are looking forward to doing, once restrictions ease.

Brett combined their responses with sounds recorded in the Northern Rivers natural environment to create a delightful and insightful audio work called Sound Connections.

‘I wanted to give a voice to school students and encourage meaningful connection in this time of social distancing. I hope the students listening to the finished work can know that they are not alone in the way that they may feel at the moment,’ said Brett.

You can listen to the work on

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