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Entertainment in the Byron shire and beyond for the week beginning 13 April, 2022

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Locals take points in first all-female surf event

Ross Kendall The Le-Ba Ladybirds won the final event of the inaugural, and Australian first, All Women’s Surf Series held...

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Tweed Council to sponsor community events

With disasters like fires, floods and pandemics, still smouldering in our recent memory, Tweed Shire Council wants to know if you have an event that will help the Tweed community reconnect and celebrate after tough times?

Trees Not Bombs gone but not forgotten

On Friday evening the space that was home for the Trees Not Bombs recovery café stood empty of its tent, pots and pans, makeshift kitchen sink and cups of tea and cake, but the most noticeable absence was the smiles and support of the volunteers.

Active Fest and Olympics heading to Byron

Want a fun day of netball, rugby league, soccer, skateboarding, BMX, baseball 5, or tennis? The Active Fest is coming to the Cavanbah Centre in Byron on July 14.

Locals tix on offer for Writers Fest

Byron Writers Festival is again offering Sunday locals’ passes, supported for the third time by partners, Stone & Wood.

ARTEXPRESS to visit Tweed Regional Gallery

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is one of only two regional venues exhibiting ARTEXPRESS 2022. The exhibition is an annual showcase of exemplary artworks from the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on the Wombs

The right to safe abortion is the cornerstone of the women’s movement. It’s the ground on which we stand to become lawyers and academics and policy writers and journalists and activists. It’s allowed us reproductive freedom and put us on equal footing with those without wombs; mainly cis men who, for centuries, saw our bodies as countries to rape and pillage. Our wombs were colonised – the cock was the flag that ploughed deep into our stolen earth.


Floodlights are stoked to be playing this Flood Relief gig on Friday.

Floodlights for flood relief

Continuing The Flood Aid series of concerts, proudly presented by The Bank of Queensland, Secret Sounds would like to announce that Floodlights, supported by Girl and Girl, and Seasoning, will be playing at Bangalow Hall on Good Friday to continue to raise money for those affected by the recent flood devastation in the region. One hundred per cent of proceeds from ticket sales will go to chosen Flood Aid charities: Lifeline, GIVIT, Koori Mail and Northern Rivers Flood Fund. Secret Sounds aims to raise $1million dollars in a month.

After such a tough few months in the Northern Rivers/ Bundjalung Country, Floodlights are stoked to announce they will be playing this gig. The band says they feel really lucky to be able to play in this spot that holds such a special place in their hearts and to help raise funds for the communities who have been hit hard. They are looking forward to seeing friends, family and new faces – with all proceeds from the show for flood relief.

Doors open at 7pm on Friday at the A&I Hall Bangalow.

Alone With Her Dreams was filmed on the rugged and beautiful Sicilian coast.

Four great films to screen at Bangalow Film Festival

With two days to go, the Bangalow Film Festival still has four great films to screen at the A&I Hall, and The Man from Snowy River, The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson, Facing Monsters and Alone With Her Dreams are well worth heading up to Bangalow to see.

Alone With Her Dreams will celebrate its Australian Premiere in Bangalow. Directed by Paolo Licata and starring Lucia Sardo, Marta Castiglia, Ileana Rigano, Alone With Her Dreams is set in the late 1960s as Lucia is left behind with her grandmother while her parents emigrate to France to find work. Lucia is greatly distressed that she must stay in Italy and struggles to learn her role in the tiny, traditional village under the watchful guidance of her stern grandmother, who Lucia struggles to understand.

Unbeknownst to the young girl, her grandmother hides a hideous family secret, which endangers Lucia’s well-being.

Filmed on the rugged and beautiful Sicilian coast, Alone With Her Dreams explores the universally timely themes of family separation, emigration, generational conflicts and feminine repression.

Alone With Her Dreams is rated MA15+ and is in Italian with English subtitles. Thursday at 6pm.

An Australian cinema classic, The Man from Snowy River is showing at BFF.

An Australian classic, George Miller’s The Man from Snowy River is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Starring Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton and Lorraine Bayly, the Banjo Paterson ballad comes to life.

After the death of his father, proud young  Jim Craig sets out to become his own man. Taking a job with horse rancher Harrison, Craig is treated poorly by the more experienced cowboys, but wins the heart of the rancher’s daughter,  Jessica.

When one of the horses escapes and the blame falls on Jim, he has to return to the hills where he grew up, in order to find the horse and come back a man. 

The Man from Snowy River was a major critical and box-office success when released in 1982, becoming the highest-grossing Australian film until Crocodile Dundee was released four years later.

Rated PG it screens this evening, Wednesday 13 April, at 5.45pm.

The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson was written, directed by and stars Leah Purcell.

Another Australian period piece, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson was written, directed by and stars Leah Purcell, and is the first Australian feature film with an Indigenous woman writing, directing and performing the lead role.

Set in evocative locations, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is a stunning reimagining of Henry Lawson’s iconic short story.

Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving sheep, leaving her alone to care for their four children in the remote Snowy Mountains. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps various threats, from nature and other people, at bay.

Rated MA15+ The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson screens tonight 8pm right after The Man from Snowy River. 

Facing Monsters digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian ‘slab wave’ surfer Kerby Brown.

Directed by Bentley Dean the last film of the festival is Facing Monsters, a film that digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian ‘slab wave’ surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. This film is far more than just a surfing story.

It’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep Southern Ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before.

It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as we explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him, and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

Facing Monsters screens on Thursday at 8pm and is rated M.

For more information about the Bangalow Film Festival, visit: bangalowfilmfestival.com.au.

The vinyl junkie will be DJ-ing to get you in the mood to browse at Ewingsdale Hall.

Byron Bay Easter Record Fair

Now in its twelfth year the Byron Bay Easter Record Fair is one of the biggest and best in the country. The event returns again to the wonderful Ewingsdale Hall.

Matt the Vinyl Junkie has spent years going on buying trips to the USA and Japan scouring dusty warehouses, shops, flea markets and private collections to bring Australian collectors an astounding 40,000 records, all in one place and covering most genres. Despite issues with COVID Matt managed to get a new shipment of stock in from the USA for this momentous five day event in Byron.

The Vinyl Junkie will also be DJ-ing most days at the fair and will be playing records from the crates, so if you hear something you love be quick to buy the copy on the decks while it spins.

Starting Good Friday, 15 April this year’s fair runs until Tuesday, 19 April and is an event not to be missed for any record lover.

Also featured at this years fair will be an art exhibition by Brisbane-based artist Saskia Monsoon Riviera who is a self-taught artist and painter who primarily works in acrylic and oil. Saskia is known for her use of vivid colour and pop photo realism, working with both high detail fine layering techniques and pointillism. Saskia’s passion for music comes through in her portraits of musicians, capturing snapshots of the musical soul in paint and pigment.

Byron Record Fair, 15–19 April, 10am–6pm, Ewingsdale Hall.

Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught

Building your dreams with The Brickman

An immersive Brickman experience and world first exhibition featuring over 150 creations made from more than 1 million LEGO® bricks is coming to HOTA, Home of the Arts, this April.

From life-sized animals, to fashion and fantasy, some of the biggest and best LEGO® creations will be featured for the first time on the Gold Coast, when Bricktionary: The Interactive LEGO® brick Exhibition opened on the weekend.

Created by one of the leading LEGO® brick Artists and only LEGO® Certified Professional (LCP) in the southern hemisphere, Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught – this brand-new exhibition is based on his latest book, The Bricktionary: The Ultimate A-Z of LEGO®.

Built to inspire LEGO® builders’ imaginations and challenge visitors with six interactive build zones, the exhibition will feature over 150 models from McNaught’s book and include models from television’s LEGO® Masters Australia, never-seen-before creations and over 45 new models from the imaginations of The Brickman team.

The Brickman said he is thrilled to be bringing the experience to the Gold Coast for LEGO® enthusiasts to enjoy.

Transforming the aptly coloured HOTA Gallery’s largest 1000sqm gallery space, the exhibition is designed as an immersive LEGO® brick experience, offering a fun-filled journey of creation for families, children and adults alike.

With brand-new interactive challenges and featuring over 1 million LEGO bricks, participants will learn how to turn LEGO® dreams into reality, with amazing creations and something to spark everyone’s creativity.

Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now and start from $16.

Bricktionary: The Interactive LEGO® brick Exhibition premieres at HOTA, Home of the Arts and is on until Sunday 7 August.

For more information on the exhibition, head to the HOTA website: www.hota.com.au/bricktionary.

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Will Byron become the Malibu of the antipodes?

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Attempt to manage Byron’s fragile coastline impeded by State Government, report finds

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