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Arts and Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 August, 2020

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Hunnybee – one of the young music acts from BYS livestreaming at 2pm on Saturday on the Byron Youth Services Facebook page.

BYS in Rockdown

Byron Youth Service have not let lockdown stop their plan for a revival of their once-pumping music program, and have been offering the Byron Youth Music Sessions via LIVE video stream over Facebook.

The LIVE streams have included more than 15 local artists from the Northern Rivers presenting all original music, and have so far reached an estimated 9,000 people.

The streams have been very well supported and have entertained people of all ages who have been stuck at home during lockdown. These good numbers show the level of community support for our budding musicians.

Local rock goddess, Lindy Lou Smith is hoping to return the YAC to its former glory as a live music venue, and said she has been blown away by the level of talent among the young artists.

This initiative is a partnership between BYS, Byron Music and ACEntertainment, with additional support from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.

The third LIVE stream is on Saturday at 2pm.

Please support local, young and talented musicians and tune in to the Byron Youth Facebook page at 2pm.

For more information on how to get involved you can contact BYS directly.


Mandy Nolan and George Catsi present Talk Bank

The Talk Bank

Do ideas excite you? Do you love to hear the inspiring stories of others?

The simple act of sharing stories is the way human beings have communicated ideas, knowledge, and inspiration, since they first sat around the fire sharing the highlights of the day’s hunt and gather.

The global success of TED talks – simple curated talks that speak to our human experience and evolution – has shown that human beings love to learn and hear the ideas and experiences of others. Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi run Authentic You Masterclasses that focus on our diverse experiences and insights and how those inform narratives. Moving away from a dry emotionless approach to learning and knowledge, these are carefully crafted dynamic narratives from people who work across all sectors: from scientists to healers, to academics, to dancers, to doctors, to psychologists, to ordinary people who have done extraordinary things! Like the woman and her architect husband who almost lost everything, but decided to take their family and secretly live a simple life in a tent for a year to save the farm. These are stories that go deep. The Talk Bank is the presentation event for the participants of the second stage intensive of the Authentic You Masterclasses. Prepare to be inspired, amazed, and moved by these seven-minute presentations by these incredible speakers. The MC will be Mandy Nolan.

The Byron Theatre, Sunday 30 August at 1pm.
Tix are $15 from www.byroncentre.com.au.

For more information go to www.authenticyoumasterclasses.com.

Ballina Region Refugees Seeking Asylum 2020 Poetry Prize

Poems About Refugee Freedom

The annual Ballina Region Refugees Seeking Asylum 2020 Poetry Prize has been extended an extra two weeks. The poetry competition draws attention to Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, who can be held for more than seven years even though they have broken no law. Those who feel strongly about this inhumane treatment of refugees are invited to submit their poem. This year’s theme is ‘Holding Patterns’ – perhaps lives going nowhere, families on hold, dreams on hold – interpret it in any way you like.

If you’re taking up the challenge to express your feelings on this topic, entries close 31 August . First prize is a $300 digital subscription to The Saturday Paper, with winning poems to be published in the online journal Coolabah.

Entry details are at https://br4r.org.au/poetry-comp.

Dylan Ely Masterclass

Masterclass series in mixing and PT session techniques

Mix engineer Dylan Ely has worked with industry hard hitters such as Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Justin Beiber and Gwen Stefani. In this final chapter of SAE’s three part engineering masterclass series, Dylan Ely refines your knowledge of fundamental mixing techniques that apply to Digital Audio Workstations (DAWS) like Pro Tools, DP and Ableton, to flesh out proper production methods that take a track from inception to completion. As he concludes this masterclass, Dylan will reveal the top take-aways from the sessions, and how you can keep focused on your inspiration and goals into the future.

Thursday 3 September, 4–6pm.
Online at www.sae.edu.au.

Contact: 1800 723 338   [email protected]

Bringing art and culture to public spaces

Screen artists on call for lightbox

Dashboard Animals, in partnership with North Coast Events, presents In-Side-Out, a pop-up exhibition at a shopfront lightbox in the Ocean Shores Village Carpark, next to Target. They are calling on Northern Rivers artists who use screens and projection in their practice to contribute to three nights of ‘pivoting in light’.

This is an open screen event for 2&3D digital artists, mappers, filmmakers, sound designers, performers, dancers and everything in between. Outside the windows will be a rear-projected canvas. Inside, a ten seat micro cinema for short films. Take your work from the handheld device and let the passers-by stop and watch. No swiping. Audiences can also watch from the carpark; this is a headphone (supplied) experience and will be COVID-safe with social distancing.

From sunset Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August.

Contact [email protected] for technical specs and exhibition guidelines and registration.

Bringing art and culture to public spaces – Dashboard Animals in partnership with North Coast Events present In-Side-Out a pop-up lightbox exhibition, at Ocean Shores Village 28–30 August.

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