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April 23, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 7 April, 2021

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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.

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Interview with Dave Callan

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Paco Lara: Sell out shows at the Sydney Opera House

Paco Lara and his Andalusian Guitar in Byron, After Sell Out Opera House Gig

Acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Lara is currently on his 2021 Australian tour for his new album – The Andalusian Guitar.

Fresh from his packed-out concert at the Sydney Opera House, the maestro himself and his amazing ensemble will play one concert only at the Byron Theatre on 10 April.

Paco Lara, boasts a distinguished career in Europe and Australia. The Andalusian Guitar is his first solo album – featuring some of the finest musicians from Spain and Australia.  Embodying the unmistakeable, toque sound of Spanish, Jerez flamenco guitar playing, Paco Lara presents flamenco guitar in all its authenticity, culture, and artistry.

The Andalusian Guitar and interprets themes from some of the greatest guitar classics of all time from composers including Paco de Lucía, John Williams, Joaquín Rodrigo and Chick Corea.

Paco Lara has a professional career of more than 30 years playing alongside some of the leading Spanish artists. He has toured internationally alongside Maestro Paco Cepero (one of flamenco’s most legendary guitarists and composers), Mercedes Ruiz (dancer), and Isabel Pantoja. He has also been at the vanguard of Flamenco Fusion with hugely successful groups such as El Barrio and Los Delinquentes.

Apart from his skill as a formidable soloist, Paco is also revered for his ability as an accompanist in the specialised world of flamenco singing (cante); having recorded and performed for many years with flamenco’s most significant singers including: Beni de Cádiz, Juan Moneo “El Torta”, El Capullo de Jerez, La Macanita, Remedios Amaya, Jose de los Camarones.

The live preformance will feature Deya Miranda Giner (flamenco dancer) Byron Mark (percussion and piano) and Carlito Akam (second guitar).

This is an experience not to be missed!

Paco Lara, The Andalusian Guitar: 8pm, 10 April, Byron Bay Community Centre. This show sold out at the Sydney Opera House in two days – so get your tickets fast. byroncentre.com.au.


Art By one of the teachers, Christine Willcocks

Byron School of Art Presents its Latest

BSA is offers a program of short courses and weekend workshops starting in April. Over eight weeks Ceramic Sculpture with Kat Shapiro Wood teaches students the potential of clay. Working with Metal, with Edward Blower, presents an understanding of core techniques, processes and finishes when working with metal – offering a deep knowledge and experience of metalwork practice. For those wanting to delve more into their abstract painting, there is a six week course with master abstractionist Michael Cusack, and Drawing into Painting with Rene Bolton, running for eight Mondays, and Life Drawing with Belle Bassin running for six Wednesday evenings. If you are into large scale prints, Christine Willcocks shows you how to use multiple plates to create large scale work. There are two weekend workshops; Hyper real Sculpture, using recycled material, with Susan Gourley, and Clay as Canvas with Stephen Bird.

For more details go to byronschoolofart.com


Dancing with a little Nudge

Giving Dancing a Nudge

Fingers crossed that things return to normal in our area and the good people of Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink get to host their much loved party with a conscience at the Billinudgel Hotel on Saturday. This 18yrs+ event is a fresh dance restart with a line-up of fave Nudge and Curious DJs, along with residents Dale Stephen and Lord Sut and special guest international star DJ, Phil Perry, and local ARIA awarded artist DJ Crucial D!

There are still some tickets available – visit cunningstunts.com.au


Learning to act

Acting Workshops

NORPA, the region’s leading theatre company, is offering two sets of acting workshops in April: a School Holiday Acting Intensive for young people (ages 12–16 years) and Open Acting Workshops for adults (18+).

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn acting with acclaimed actor and NIDA teacher Scott Johnson, NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis and leading professionals in NORPA’s fully equipped Studio and Theatre. The School Holiday Intensive runs over three consecutive days from Tuesday 13 April to Thursday 15 April, 9am– 3.30pm daily. Early Bird cost is $220, standard $270. $100 Creative Kids Vouchers from NSW Government can be used. The Open Acting Workshops for adults runs on Tuesday nights: 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May, from 6.45–8.45pm. Cost is $150 for the four classes. Drop-in rate is $50 per class.

For more information and bookings visit www.norpa.org.au.


Music at the Con

Calling Young Musicians!

In the first week of the July school holidays, scores of young musicians from across the region will converge on the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to become the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2021. The three-day orchestral workshop will culminate in a finale concert at Lismore City Hall at 6.30pm on Thursday 8 July.

Now in its ninth year, after a covid-enforced hiatus in 2020, the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2021 program will extend regional music students by providing the opportunity to experience the social and educational benefits of playing together in a large ensemble. Be assured, as with all NRC activities, strict COVID Safe protocols will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

For more info and to enrol in NRYO 2021, head to the NRC website www.nrcac.edu.au. Be sure to take advantage of the early bird discount that closes on 31 May. Creative Kids vouchers can be used for participation in NRYO 2021.


George Catsi presents Am I Who Am I Say I am? 17 June at Federal Hall, 18 June at the Citadel in Murwillumbah and 19 June at the Bangalow Bowlo.

By George – It’s All Greek to Me

Mandy Nolan presents, Am I Who I Say I am?, a comedic memoir about one father and four surnames. This is storytelling at its best, AWGIE award-winning satirist, writer and academic George Catsi immerses you in his tales of multiple names, a wayward father. He delves into an identity pulled together by multiple Greek diasporas, upheavals and revolutions and tells a ripping yarn centred around his father which balances absurdity with pathos, journeying from Crete to Cairo to Detroit to Sydney. The result is a funny, lively and heartfelt evening of stories that has delighted his audiences.

A light-hearted way of pulling the threads of family and seeing where it unravels. Presented at the Sydney Comedy and Sydney Greek Festival – and now touring to the Northern Rivers.

17 June at Federal Hall, 18 June at the Citadel in Murwillumbah, and June 19 at the Bangalow Bowlo. Tix on mandynolan.com.au or humanitix.com.


Drawing on Lennox

Drawing on Lennox

Drawings by the Lennox Head community will be etched and printed onto footpath pavers to be installed during the Ross Park upgrade later this year. The Leave Your Mark in the Park paving art project is part of a larger suite of art interventions being implemented by Ballina Shire Council as part of the Lennox Village Vision project. The Lennox Arts Board invited the local community to express what they love about Lennox Head through art making. The theme What does Lennox Head mean to you? saw participants draw water dragons, banksia flowers, waves, sunshine, and lots of friends and ice creams. Melissa Wright and Kellie O’Brien from the Lennox Arts Board facilitated the production of more than 150 drawings by families, adults and children. They have selected 70 of the best, which Council will have etched and printed onto clay pavers and install as part of the footpath for the Ross Park upgrade.

For more information about the Lennox Village Vision project, including the Ross Park upgrade, visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/LennoxVillageVision.


TraLaLaBlip: One of the bands at Burringbar Hall

Less Talk More Music

A night of alternative music is happening soon in Burringbar Hall. Enjoy good conversation, share an open bottle and enjoy some DIY electronic and acoustic tunes from a variety of local and interstate bands.

Featuring Tralala Blip, Lackadasies (Bris), Amber Rose, and Millie Ivaschenko. Burringbar Hall, May 29 from 6pm. Tix on oztix, or at the door $18.


You could be Iron Creative

Iron Creative

Musicians and artists invited to join new Iron Creative.

Northern Rivers musicians and artists are invited to put their talents and imagination to the test in a new initiative set to deliver a lot of fun, and some truly original works.

The brainchild of Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s Resident Creative Artist, Sean O’Boyle AM, the Iron Creative plays on the idea of the popular Japanese TV show, Iron Chef, where chefs are challenged to make dishes based on unusual secret ingredients.

In the case of the Iron Creative, six teams will have three hours to create a new 5–8 minute performance work – from scratch – using a list of ingredients assigned to them.

The Iron Creative is free for all participants and open to anyone with an interest in creative expression.

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium has engaged six mentors to work with the teams in the six weeks prior, to teach them how to successfully collaborate within the parameters of an Iron Creative event.

The inaugural Iron Creative event will be held on Sunday 23 May 2021. Teams will create and rehearse their works at the Conservatorium during the morning, then present them at a public performance at 2pm at Lismore City Hall, where the winners will be announced.

Applications close on Friday 23 April. Musicians and artists can register their interest online at enrol.nrcac.edu.au


Wednesday 14 April at Lismore City Hall, Thursday 15 April and Friday 16 April, 10am–8pm at The Quad and multiple venues

Lismore Youth Festival – Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Lismore Youth Festival is back, bigger and better than ever! Three days packed with music, performance, art and workshops to entertain and inspire young people. Lismore Youth Festival will take place across multiple venues in Lismore 14–16 April. And it’s all free!

Kicking off the festival on Wednesday 14 at NORPA, Lismore City Hall, Bundjalung hip-hop sensation and 2020 Triple J Unearthed Winner of the Year, JK-47 will headline an awesome line-up of music by local acts. Then on Thursday 15 April and Friday 16 April, The Quad and surrounding buildings will come alive with a half-pipe, skating comps, DJs, comedy, light sabre dance-offs, and a huge workshop program that offers everything from street art to bush survival!

The half-pipe will be set up by the Popsgood Skateboarding crew and their coaches are hosting free learn-to-skate clinics and comps for all ages, genders, and abilities. There’ll be prizes for the top three riders in each division, as well as fun skate jams to practise new tricks. Bring the picnic blanket and relax on the grass, listening to The Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s youth Jazz Orchestra on Friday afternoon. Check out the super special public art installation by the Quad-based student crew from New Choices (Rivers Secondary College), and Lismore Regional Gallery will feature youth art exhibitions by Defiant / Beyond Empathy and The Rainbow Collective (LGBTIQ Youth Group).

All of Lismore Youth Festival events are free but bookings are required for some workshops and events as numbers are limited. Jump onto www.lismorequad.org.au for full program and details.


Antoinette and he Donkey

The Palace – Byron Bay – Antoinette In The Cévennes

An Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes International Film Festival, writer/director Caroline Vignal’s hilarious and life-affirming comedy sensation Antoinette In The Cévennes stars the wonderful Laure Calamy (Call My Agent!, Aurore) as a woman who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery in somewhat unexpected circumstances.

40-something primary school teacher Antoinette (Calamy, in a career-making turn) has been eagerly looking forward to a long-planned weekend escape with her married lover Vladimir (C’est la vie!’s Benjamin Lavernhe), the father of one of her pupils. However, their plans are upended by his wife’s booking of a surprise hiking trip in the picturesque Cévennes mountains in the South of France (a six-day trek made famous by best-selling author Robert Louis Stevenson). Completely unversed in the ways of the wilderness, the spurned Antoinette impulsively decides to follow them, and once paired with an unlikely companion – an obstinate, but evidently wise, grey donkey named Patrick – discovers much, much more than she bargained for…

Carried by the remarkable Calamy, Vignal’s wonderfully mischievous film offers both Antoinette and audiences an uproarious and poignant reminder of the virtues of independence, and that the journey, not the destination, is often the reward. Buoyed by rave reviews and phenomenal word of mouth, this understated, heartfelt charmer outperformed several US blockbusters, becoming one of France’s biggest hits of the year.

Screening starts Thursday 8 April.


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