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May 22, 2022

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week Beginning 30 March, 2022

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The Long Sunset has dropped the full line-up for their April event and it’s pretty damned spesh.

Joining the already announced Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music and Babe Rainbow are Jack Gray, Nice Biscuit, Clea, Asha Jefferies, Sofia Isella and Cheek2Cheek.

In just over a month the Scenic Rim will burst into life with The Long Sunset event – an incredible new boutique live music festival by the team at Queensland Music Trails, which promises to be a dreamy happening of sublime proportions. 

The Long Sunset will unfold over the sweeping green hills of Elysian Fields – a hidden treasure in the Scenic Rim that offers beautiful vistas of Canungra and Tamborine Mountain. 

As well as the fantastic live music, punters will be able to wander from the main stage through Artisan Alley.

Campers staying at Elysian Fields on Friday 29 April, the night before the event, will be treated to cosy acoustic performances by local acts The Inadequates and Alissa Schuller. For those who missed out on camping, a very limited release of spots are now available to book for ‘tent-only’ campers. 

As the sun slowly sets on the Scenic Rim, sending beams of golden light over the surrounding mountain peaks, The Long Sunset will be the perfect soundtrack to accompany one of the most beautiful locations in Australia. 

How do you get there? Event parking was slated for Canungra Sports and Recreation Grounds, but owing to the recent floods, parking has now been moved on-site at Elysian Fields. To keep roads free of congestion, event goers are encouraged to take the safe, worry-free option and hop on one of the dedicated bus services operating directly from Brisbane CBD, Logan, Upper Mount Gravatt, Nerang and Ipswich. One way and return tickets for coaches can be booked now at Mt Gravatt Coach & Travel. 

All ages and fully licensed, the gates open at 1pm on Saturday 30 April.

For those not wanting to miss out on what will, no doubt, be a sellout event, head to www.thelongsunset.com to buy final round tickets.

Wild Thyme

The other side of Wild Thyme’s song 

Arlene Fletcher, Katie Crane and Laura Targett met in Bellingen after local muso, Ash Bell, set them up predicting they’d get on really well. 

Laura and Katie got together to play some tunes on the deck one day, while their kids played – best mothers’ group ever! They’d heard of an amazing double bass player (Arlene), and when they heard she’d moved to town they booked her for a gig, which sold out, and they haven’t looked back!

Wild Thyme have just celebrated their first anniversary and they’re shooting for the stars. The trio has received a Regional Arts NSW grant to fund their debut album, which they will record in June. They play regularly in their home area and are looking forward to more tours and festivals.

Their inspiration is varied and eclectic. Katie has a background in bluegrass, Arlene has a strong background in jazz and Laura has a passion for traditional music from around the world, particularly Irish and Balkan Gypsy.  

Wild Thyme are going to play two wonderful shows locally – Thursday 7 April at Byron Theatre and Friday 8 April at The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah. Both shows are at 7.30pm and 50 per cent of the profits from both shows will go to local flood relief funds.

Fore more information and tickets, visit: byroncentre.com.au or the-regent.com.au.

Eishan Ensemble

The Byron Theatre crew are very excited about their April line-up

Starting the month is the Eishan Ensemble. Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian guitar player and composer, Hamed Sadeghi, the ARIA nominated Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West. This Friday at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, local filmmaker Nick Colbey presents Desmond – A Byron Bay Surf Film. A local fast-paced and electric surf film starring Soli Bailey, Danny Wills, Garret Parkes, Joel Paxton, Zak Skyring and a bunch of other nukes. 

Two screenings: 6.30pm and 8.30pm. 

Five dollars from each ticket sold will go to flood relief.

The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin Exhibition On Screen is a must-see documentary for all art lovers on Wednesday 6 April at 2pm. 

Later on Wednesday, Indigenous authors Ella Noah Bancroft and Bronwyn Bancroft launch their new book, Sun and Moon; a gorgeous story about the power of sibling bonds. The evening will include live music and dance performances at 6pm. A percentage of ticket sales will go towards flood recovery.

1927, from the golden era of Australian rock bands, play on Friday 8 April, to reinvigorate fans today. 1927 have been entertaining audiences for 30 years.
They start at 7.30pm.

Diesel hits Byron on 9 April at 8pm, on his Greatest Hits & Alone With Blues Tour, which showcases Diesel’s blues DNA on a macro level.

A National Theatre Live film screening of  Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning new play Leopoldstadt on Wednesday 13 April at 11am. 

For the first time in history, Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait  is an Exhibition On Screen on Wednesday 20 April from 2pm. 

The Victorian State Ballet will perform The Magic Toyshop, with four performances from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 April. 

On Friday 29 April, from 6.30pm, the Liquidelic Immersive Dance Experience will feature a breathtaking live performance infusing ‘liquid light show’ art, contemporary dance and original music, then the theatre seating will be retracted – creating a huge dance floor for an ‘immersive dance experience’.

Rounding off April is Beatles Unplugged, on Saturday, 30 April, at 7.30pm. This concert is a unique celebration of, arguably, the greatest songwriting team and rock ’n’ roll band of all time, with their timeless hits stripped back and reimagined.


Chef Recipes for Revolution

Bangalow Film Festival 2022 (take #2!)

After making the decision to postpone the January edition of the festival, the Bangalow Film Festival is pleased to announce its rescheduled dates and program for the second annual event (take two!) at the Bangalow Showgrounds and the A&I Hall in April.

The festival will pop-up for seven nights at the Bangalow Showgrounds with a line-up of critically acclaimed films, including premieres, internationally renowned releases, cult classics, thought provoking documentaries and more.

Opening the festival is the regional premiere of The Drovers Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson. Directed by, written and starring Leah Purcell, the award-winning film is a post-colonial reworking of Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story.

The much loved Australian classic, The Man From Snowy River celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and is definitely worthy of a rewatch! Not to be missed is Australian film Little Tornadoes, a period drama that depicts a newly single father weathering turbulent times. Director Aaron Wilson will be in attendance as the film makes its NSW premiere.

Chef Antonio’s Recipes for Revolution takes us into the restaurant of Italian chef Antonio de Benedetto who transforms lives by employing young people living with Down Syndrome. Staying in Italy and filmed on the Sicilian coast, Alone With Her Dreams explores themes of family, female repression and family secrets.

Thought-provoking documentary Green Is The New Black will have a special screening at Bangalow Film Festival. It is a film that homes in on music and sustainability, following internationally renowned Byron Bay band, In Hearts Wake as they strive to become the first carbon neutral band in the world, and is the directorial debut by Bangalow local Jake Taylor, who also fronts the band. One hundred per cent of ticket sales for this film will be donated to flood recovery.

The festival will close with Facing Monsters, a documentary about WA surfer Kerby Brown and his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep Southern Ocean.

All films commencing at 7pm.

Funds raised for Northern Rivers Flood Relief, plus the BFF Kids Club!

8–14 April 2022, Bangalow Showgrounds and A&I Hall. bangalowfilmfestival.com.au

Flickerfest: Close Ties To Home Country

Flickerfest celebrating 25 years in the Northern Rivers

It’s been a tough two years for people who organise and host events, and Flickerfest Director Bronwyn Kidd says it has been challenging. ‘We have been very lucky at Flickerfest to be able to present all of our festival events in real life, but despite the challenges, audiences have been solid and proven that people love cinema and connecting with inspiring stories.’

Ms Kidd says filmmakers are an incredibly resilient bunch and the 3,200 received entries this year have certainly proven that. ‘Most filmmakers have remained focused on the bigger picture of life and want to tell uplifting contemporary stories that are not focused on the pandemic but rather their personal creative reflections on the myriad of contemporary social and cultural themes of modern life. It’s also been great to see so much comedy come through!’

Flickerfest at Bangalow is planned to be a smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films handpicked from over 200 films screened at Bondi.

From this year’s program, Kidd says the Best Of International Shorts is a highlight. ‘Some of my favourites are the heartwarming and contemporary Close Ties to Home Country with Timothee the French Pug and his delightful millennial dog sitter and the award winning New Zealand comedy Space Invader, where Max – a young boy with a big imagination and love of Star Wars – and his dad, form a tight knit crew.

Highlights of the programme for The Best Of Australian Shorts include; the quirky black space comedy The Home Team, starring comedy legend Paul McDermott and acclaimed actress Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom); The delightful animation Wanmari; and all the way from the Ngukurr story project in South East Arnhem Land is super fun WA Indigenous Person of the Year Karla Hart’s insightful Noongar story Tooly – a strong and heartfelt reminder of the endurance of First Nations culture.

On Saturday 2 April, Byron All Shorts presents 12 incredible Northern Rivers’ short films battling it out for a range of awards. Mullumbimby director Luca Fox’s sensitive sibling tale You Know How He Is, based on his own childhood, is poignant and intimate and stars a cast of talented young local actors. I was also impressed by the mastery of local circus tale Tribe, about a tightrope of youth surviving and thriving. 

Opening night will kick off Flickerfest’s three-day celebration of short cinema as Flickerfest celebrates 25 years in the Northern Rivers, so the opening night party will also be an opportunity to raise a toast to Flickerfest and mark this milestone.

Flickerfest Bangalow and Byron All Shorts 2022 is a fundraiser for the Koori Mail’s flood relief for Bundjalung, rural and remote communities and the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood centre. Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts has moved to the Bangalow A&I Hall, whilst its usual home of the Mullum Civic Hall is used as the Resilience NSW Recovery centre.

Flickerfest Bangalow runs from Thursday to Saturday; or the full Flickerfest Bangalow and Byron All Shorts programme and tickets go toiQ.org.au/flickerfest-bangalow-and-byron-all-shorts-2022/.
You can also catch Flickerfest at The Regent Cinema on Sunday 3rd April, 4pm Best of Australian Shorts & 7pm Best of International Shorts; for programme & tickets go to: the-regent.com.au

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