Please check with the individual venues, once we are out of lockdown, as to new programming.
Spectacular cinema at Byron Theatre
The next few weeks at the Byron Theatre will see an eclectic array of films with tonnes of adventure, spectacular landscapes, fine art – and dogs! This is an incredible lineup of events for the end of September and the start of October.
Breathtaking (literally), The Alpinist is the story of a lone climber: No partner. No ropes. No margin for error.
As the sport of climbing turns from a niche pursuit to a commercial televised event, Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Leclerc’s approach is the essence of solo adventure.
This is an intimate documentary of a visionary climber who follows the path of his own passion, despite the most final of possible consequences.
Friday 24 September, 7pm. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
Three Lords are back with another spectacular A/V show to celebrate Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece; Inception.
Three Lords and Dashboard Animals will take you on a mind-bending audio visual journey, which will pay
homage to beautiful landscapes and architectural shapes and designs.
Saturday 25 September, 7pm. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
Lost Track Atlantic is a four-part series that takes you on the journey of a lifetime, from the far north Atlantic to the tropical, equatorial coast of West Africa.
Follow best friends, surfer Torren Martyn and filmmaker Ishka Folkwell, in their search for waves and lifelong memories, as they journey down the Atlantic coastline passing through one of the most culturally diverse regions on the planet.
Filmed in late 2019 before travel restrictions, this four-part feature captures Torren’s timeless surfing against a backdrop of beautifully contrasting landscapes and countries.
Episode 4 will be screened over two sessions, 6pm and 8pm, Sunday 26 September. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
For the first time in history, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together all of Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.
This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for Exhibition on Screen to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.
The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.
Wednesday 29 September, 3pm. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
For dogs, dogs, dogs and yet more dogs, the Top Dog Film Festival 2021 is the place to be on 2 October.
Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen; from talented dancing poodles to the award winning New Zealand sheep dogs. Find the perfect guide dog in Canada and meet the New York dog walker winning over her pack. Meet four-legged heroes,witness unbreakable bonds with canine companions who enrich the lives of all those they encounter. Experience heartfelt stories of people who dedicate their lives to improving the outcomes for man’s best friend, and take a look at the lighter side of the pet-owner relationship.
You’d be barking mad to miss it!
Saturday 2 October, 2pm. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
In the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour 2021 you can experience the incredible highs, stunning natural landscapes and emerging communities of some of the world’s most adventurous women.
Offering something for all ages, genders and adventure lovers, the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour is packed full of adrenaline, inspiration and fuel to fire your passions. The film was born out of a desire to showcase the strong, inspirational, adventurous women of the outdoor world and the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour 2021 presents a carefully curated selection of short films that will entertain, enthral and inspire.
The tour will take you around the globe: by bike, longboarding in the French Alps, breaking through barriers, getting big air on skies and much more.
Saturday 2 October, 7pm. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
The inevitability of Budjerah
For 18-year-old artist Budjerah Slabb, making music was an inevitability.
Raised in a home full of instruments by a family whose time was split between playing in family bands and leading worship services in the local church, Budjerah has crafted a sound that melds the formative elements of gospel and soul, with contemporary pop and R&B references.
He found kinship with ARIA and J Award-winning artist Matt Corby, who produced his upcoming debut EP. Corby’s studio is located close to Budjerah’s home in Fingal Head – traditionally the land of Bundjalung people, from which Budjerah is descended – and the two clocked countless hours comparing notes and crafting the sound that would introduce the world to what Budjerah can do.
His debut single Missing You was immediately added to rotation on Triple J and spent over a week at the #1 position on the station’s ‘most played’ chart.
We might still be in the first few chapters, but it’s clear Budjerah’s tales will bring listeners closer together.
Byron Theatre, Monday 11 October, 7.30pm. byroncentre.com.au/whats-on
Applications open for BSA 2022
Byron School of Art (BSA) is now accepting applications for their 2022 Year Long Courses.
2022 will be BSA’s seventh year offering a three-year course in Contemporary Visual Arts studies. This small team of dedicated and passionate artists couldn’t have dreamed that their studio-based art school of 2013 would become the thriving and celebrated art school that it is today.
All through the week the Mullumbimby campus is buzzing with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year students immersed in their work, investigating contemporary ideas and practices while learning the practical skills needed to build and sustain an informed visual arts practice.
Students can study from one to three years in BSA’s structured year-long courses, incorporating disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D studies, installation practice, digital media, design principles, colour theory, art history and critical thinking.
Applications close 31 October.
Information Session and Campus Tour: 10am, Wednesday 20 October.
Sunset is the time for Soirées at The Regent
The Balcony Sessions at The Regent are taking dusk to a whole new level with The Sunset Soirées slated for Saturday evenings from 5–7pm.
Opened in 1947 The Regent is the Art Deco jewel in the crown of Murwillumbah and the cultural heart of the M-Arts precinct. The Balcony Sessions are intimate shows on the alfresco Balcony that has great views over the town to the award-winning Knox Park. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoying a sublime selection of musical artists – with a cocktail and tapas canapés as part of the price.
Excellent musicians have been curated from our incredible local music scene for the Sunset Soirées, including Ilona Harker, on 25 Sept, and Jex Lopez launching her new single Little Red on 2 October.
Also at The Regent are the Weekly Wind-Downs ($15/10) every Friday night from 6–8pm; on 24 Sept join First Nations’ Blues man Craig Atkins, and folk-troubadour
Luke Vassella on 1 Oct.
World Music ($15/10) is presented every Sunday from 1–3pm with Will Henderson: Flamenco to Soul perform on 26 Sept and Sahar on 3 Oct. Plus – yes, there’s more – The Regent also offers a gorgeous cinema, a friendly cafe that serves Byron Bay Pizzas and a SE Asian menu at weekends, and a licensed bar – with a monthly featured cocktail; this month it’s frozen Margaritas!
The Sunset Soirées are $30 PP and you can book online at the-regent.com.au.