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August 1, 2021

Entertainment for the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 30 June

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Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

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Why the rush?

Jason Beaumont, Suffolk Park I wanted to respond the brain aneurysm-causing letter by one Sara Rath (21 July). The letter writer...

New gallery and studio breathes life into old church and graveyard

Was it divine intervention or western democracy that changed the fate of a former country church on the Northern Rivers last week?

Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Kingscliff’s new ambulance station won’t be on State Significant Farmland

Concerns over the new Kingscliff Ambulance station being placed on State Significant Farmland were raised following the announcement of funding for the new ambulance station by Health Minister Brad Hazzard earlier this month.

Federal MP and rural Drs blast NSW Premier Berejiklian over Pfizer supplies

The decision by NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian to redirect Pfizer supplies from the North Coast to Sydney has drawn criticism from local Federal MP Justine Elliot.

Fake news

Ron Priestley, Main Arm What Neil Bowhay is proposing (Letters, 14 July) is that The Echo prints fake news. It is people...

Photo by Tree Faerie

With unexpected changes to restrictions owing to the current Public Health Orders, we suggest you check with venues before heading out to a gig or event. For more information about what is expected of you in public places in regards to masks and social distancing, visit the NSW Health website COVID-19 page: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Salon Lumiere – The Strumpet Salon will have you puzzled in Lismore during the holidays.

Salon Lumiere Escape Room at The Quad

During the school holidays The Quad is bringing you an escape room with a difference!

Step into the Strumpet Salon – a 1920s inspired micro-venue – and experience this immersive theatre game for two to six people at a time. The salon is transformed into a conspiracy laboratory where you will need to unlock puzzles and de-code conspiracies to get out. Check your closed and disenchanted minds at the door!

Shows: Wednesday to Sunday during the holidays, 9am–3pm. Bookings are essential. Kids 10 years and under need to be with an adult.

www.lismorequad.org.au | Lismore Quad, Cnr Magellan and Keen Streets Lismore. $25 pp per show. Show times: 9am, 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm.

Kiro Kiredor – Kiro Kiredor and bao at Foxy Luu’s on the weekend.

Travelling to Bizarre Dimensions With Kiro

Foxy Luu’s humble walls will be hosting a local legendary artist during the month of July. You may know Kiro Kiredor from the famous Wizard illustration at most festivals’ art tents, or the Dream Tree piece.

Kiredor’s bold paintings are going to inspire you to go on a voyage of imagination similar to a wizard on a mystical journey;  Travelling to bizarre dimensions in his, or her, very own hats – penetrating the veil – to a world of magical movement coupled with a calming silence.

In this world, colourful creatures and landscapes abound with keys to a place more fantastic than what the everyday world (at least seemingly) has to offer.

Inspired by the timeless archetypes of the wizard and witch, as well as the multitude of living creatures and forms that Earth offers us, Kiredor stylizes his work with a gentle nod to the art nouveau era of the 1800’s, together with a more obvious nod to illustrated books (often aimed at children) with their playful and often needed messages of wisdom – and a further nod to the blossoming visionary art movement.

Kiredor is currently writing and illustrating a series of books Adventures in a Wizard’s Hat aimed at children and young adults, to be published in 2022.

As part of Foxy Luu’s Art and Bao talks, which are held on the first Saturday of every month, Kiredor will talk about this creative process, as well as reading from his up and coming children’s book while a four metre illustration from the same book will cover the walls of Foxy Luu’s. See Kiredor this Saturday at 4.30pm.

African LEAF – Students from Kenya will benefit from the African LEAF fundraiser.

Helping Kenyan Children With Trivia

After seeing first hand the life of struggle and danger experienced by the children of the Nairobi slums in Kenya, a group of travellers decided to do what they could to help. African LEAF was formed – a small, Byron Bay-based charity, working to provide education and a safe living environment for orphans and other vulnerable young children in Kenya.

After a COVID-curtailed year-and-a-half of restrictions on fundraising, African LEAF will once again be holding its popular Trivia Night at the Byron Bay Bowling Club on Friday 23 July at 7pm.

The MC will be local comedian, Mark Swivel and questions have been compiled by trivia queen, Alison Mackay.

Get a team of eight friends together or join another table. You don’t have to be good at trivia, it’s all just for fun. There will be great prizes plus you’ll be helping LEAF to help orphaned and vulnerable Kenyan children. To book at team, email [email protected] or call 0407 573 386. $25p/p.

Djuwalpada – The documentary Djuwalpada, will feature at the fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation during NAIDOC week (4–11 July).

NAIDOC Week Films Heal Country!

With NAIDOC Week 2021 starting this Sunday, the Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest and iQ Inc are thrilled to present their annual evening of inspiring Aboriginal storytelling on Wednesday 7 July, celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021.

The NAIDOC 2021 theme, ‘Heal Country!’, calls for everyone to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

This year’s programme has been curated from recent Flickerfest favourites. It will take you on a special journey with some incredibly strong and powerful stories, whose compelling voices will inspire, move and delight.

The filmmakers featuring in the 14th Arakwal NAIDOC Week screening are some of the leading lights in Indigenous filmmaking today, blazing brightly on Australian screens and stage.

The programme includes, 10 multi-award winning short films with highlights including thrilling short The Moogai, by Casino writer/director Jon Bell; Closed Doors by award winning Australian actor Hunter Page-Lochard; Cleverman, starring Wayne Blair; the delightful and inspiring documentary Djuwalpada, from Wagilak songman Daniel Wilfred, all the way from south-east Arnhem Land; moving sibling story Bala, the first short film by Bangarra Dance Theatre’s former senior choreographer Deborah Brown; and Bama by local emerging filmmaker Jahvis Loveday, winner of the jury and audience award at this year’s iQ Flickerfest Byron All Shorts.

Local Arakwal woman, Delta Kay, will welcome us all to country on the night and share the local film Break It Down – Bunyarra by Desert Pea media, in which she stars.

Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy these unique stories from incredible First Nations filmmakers championing Aboriginal voices through this year’s NAIDOC. This event is a fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation and is supported by the Indigenous Coordination Centre.

Come and celebrate Aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week. Wed 7 July, 6.30pm | Byron Theatre. Tickets: Byron Theatre & byroncentre.com.au | and at door $17 / $15 con (+bf). Programme details & info: www.iQ.org.au.

Blood Moon by Tree Faerie

Look, up in the sky…

The Quad has partnered with North Coast Astronomy, the Northern Rivers Science Hub and Inspiring Australia to present a night dedicated to exploring and demystifying our night sky, on Friday 20 August.

There will be solar viewing to see sunspots and solar activity from dedicated solar telescopes, and the North Coast Astronomy Planetarium Dome will be in the gallery’s event space, accompanied by presentations from Glen Cousins from North Coast Astronomy.

Well known astronomer and radio personality, David Reneke (affectionately known as Astro Dave) from Mid North Coast Astronomy will present Secrets of the Universe, an audio-visual show with an accompanying commentary, followed by a question and answer session.

This will be a free event at The Quad, Corner Keen and Magellan Streets Lismore – stay tuned…


Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Jack Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte are The Fabulous Caprettos

The Fabulous Caprettos

Owing to the current NSW lockdown, The Fabulous Caprettos show scheduled for Casino RSM this Thursday has been rescheduled to 9 Sept. The promoters apologise for any inconvenience and advise that all tickets purchased are valid for the new date. The promoters ask for understanding during this difficult time and thank everyone for their cooperation.

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium has announced that, in light of the current COVID-19 restrictions across NSW, that have very sadly had to postpone their Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra event on Thursday 8 July at Lismore City Hall, to a later date yet to be confirmed.

Dr Jamie Rickcord

Have a Good Chat With the Good Doctor

The Northern Rivers is a region that’s long known the benefits of plants as medicine. Now, thanks to recent changes to the laws, and progressive practises like Ananda Clinics, everyone can access these treatments in a modern, professional setting.

Looking to help spread the word on the important work Dr Jamie Rickcord is doing in this field, Habitat is relaunching Good Chat, their series of casual business talks, exploring the topic of ‘plant-based medicine and working outside the mainstream’.

Good Chat is a chance for Byron businesses to get together and learn something. It’s also been described as a networking event for people who hate networking.

Entry is free, with snacks and good beer provided by Stone & Wood. Thursday from 5pm at Habitat Workspace, 1 Porter St, Byron Bay. This event has been postponed.

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