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July 5, 2022

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 1 June, 2022

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Once again the community of Lismore came together to celebrate with the Lantern Parade on June 25.


Get in the flow

A very special gig is planned on 10 June at the Byron Theatre. Local electronic music label, Flow Music is featuring festival headliner, Doppel, playing a two hour live set of Melodic House and Techno. Support for this event is stacked with well known and loved DJ’s: Butterz, Christopher Brooks, Jason Lewis and LuciDream.

In the spotlight, LuciDream is an outstanding young and talented female producer and DJ. She just finished a 3. 33 hour mix on 333 sessions, which is available on Flow Music’s Soundcloud channel: soundcloud.com/flowsessions. The mix will give you an idea of what to expect from her; Flow Music are proud to bring this rare talent to the Byron Theatre.

The seats at the The Byron Theatre will be retracted creating a huge timber dance floor with a 350 person capacity. This is the first music event to be held at the Byron Theatre and will be open till 3am – offering a full-scale production includes, Funktion-One sound, lighting and decor by Crystal Grid and Mr Ashbrown, theatric performers and the cutting edge sounds of a highly curated group of DJ / producers. This will be a sell-out event, so make sure to secure a ticket from the Byron Theatre Box Office.

Tickets: Byron Theatre Box Office
www.flowmusic.one info: [email protected]

Sprung!! into action

Sprung!! Dance and theatre skills is on!

Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre is in full flood-recovery mode after losing its office and rehearsal spaces in the first big Lismore floods. 

Sharing the joy of dance, movement and theatre is what Sprung!! does best and after several aborted attempts to take its magic to the Tweed Shire, the long-awaited Introduction to Dance and Theatre Skills is going ahead! 

If you are aged 15 years or older, identify as having a disability, and you love dance, movement and theatre, then join Sprung!! at Banora Pt High School for what promises to be a very special day of movement, joy and community connection.

Dance and Theatre Skills is on this Saturday. For more info, visit: www.sprung.org.au.

A Stasi Comedy

German Film Festival in Byron

Presented by Palace in collaboration with German Films, the 2022 German Film Festival’s full programme has been revealed and features a stand-out selection of twenty-six films. 

New German cinema direct from European festivals, Kino for Kids and new Austrian and Swiss cinema all take centre stage.

This year’s Festival opens with A Stasi Comedy (Stasikomödie), a fresh release direct from Germany starring festival favourites David Kross and Tom Schilling and set in Communist East Berlin in the early 1980s. Ludger (played by Kross) is hired by the Stasi to infiltrate a subversive countercultural movement in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. After falling in love with the mysterious Nathalie and sleeping with his first target, Corinna, Ludger ends up living two lives – one as an underground poet and one as a Stasi agent – both of which eventually come back to haunt him, 30 years later.

The Festival Centrepiece, direct from its Berlinale premiere, is The Forger (Der Passfälscher), based on the true story of Samson ‘Cioma’ Schönhaus, a Jewish graphic artist who hid in plain sight in 1940s Berlin, moving freely about the city using fake documents, while secretly forging IDs to help hundreds of others. Louis Hofmann masterfully embodies Schönhaus and leads an exceptional, young cast, directed by Maggie Peren.

This year’s Festival Special Presentation is Dear Thomas (Lieber Thomas), a historical monochrome biopic of East German writer and filmmaker Thomas Brasch, starring Albrecht Schuch ( Fabian: Going to the Dogs and Berlin Alexanderplatz GFF21 ). It follows Brasch as he transforms into a prolific writer and poetic rebel – but struggles with the reality of censorship in communist East Germany.

Other great films include Chasing the Line (Klammer) which follows legendary Austrian downhill skiing legend Franz Klammer over several days during the 1976 Winter Olympics; Risks and Side Effects (Risiken und Nebenwirkungen) a dark comedy from Austria; Caged Birds (Bis wir tot sind oder frei) , starring Marie Leuenberger and Jella Hasse; Monte Verità (Monte Verità – Der rausch der freiheit), an historical drama set in the early 20th century that centres on a young mother and a group of society dropouts who search for a free-thinking paradise at Monte Verità.

The German Film Festival will be held at Palace Cinemas nationally; The Palace Byron dates are 3–19 June. The entire program can be found on the Palace website and tickets are now on sale visit www.germanfilmfestival.com.au.

Remembering and Healing Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM

Violence and humanity, war and peace

Renowned peace activist Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM, is coming to Lismore for a public conversation with Lismore’s former mayor, Dr Jenny Dowell OAM: Violence and Humanity – Acknowledging War and Peace.

North Coast peace group Remembering and Healing is organising this event for next week at the Rochdale Theatre. The conversation and Q&A will be followed by light refreshments.

Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM is an Australian academic, human rights activist and author who is the founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation and Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. He is the author of the recent Cruelty or Humanity – Challenges, Opportunities, Responsibilities.

In ‘To end war, a language of peace, for Ukraine and for Russia’ Stuart Rees says that despite hatreds generated by aggression and slaughter, a ceasefire in Ukraine depends on respect for the dignity of all parties and on their potential to recognise a common humanity. ‘Priorities for peace in Ukraine include support for refugees and for generous aid to enable Ukrainians to rebuild their cities. In the same vein, the current demonising of Russia and Russians should be replaced by regard for that country’s citizens and their aspirations. Healing and rebuilding will also need to occur in Russia.’

Thursday, 9 June at 5.30pm at Rochdale Theatre Goonellebah. No bookings required. Donations of $10 appreciated. For more information on Remembering and Healing Inc. contact [email protected]; or phone Sabina 6688 6214. 

A little bit of blue

Get ready to get your giggles on

With just over a week to go, organisers of the Byron Comedy Festival are getting pretty excited about the list of great acts coming to town.

And though a big appeal of the Festival is seeing acts who don’t normally tour to regional towns, there is also a great line-up of local acts as well.

There’s a great line-up of local comedians in the Local Flavours Comedy Smorgasbord. The show will be MC’d by Lindsay Webb, a guru of crowd warm-ups for shows including Q&A, Gruen Nation and Australia’s Got Talent. He’s also a comedy circuit veteran.

The line-up of local flavours of comedians starts with Ballina’s Alexandra Hudson, a newcomer to comedy who was a joint winner of 2022’s Raw Comedy Competition, with her musings on life as a disabled woman (hint: she finds non-disabled people to be the oddities).

Then, there’s Sandeep Totlani from the Gold Coast, who is both a dentist and a pizza-eating champion.

Paul McMahon, who hails from the Byron Shire, has been a regular on the comedy circuit for over a decade, continuing to find hypocrisy in hippies, faults with our food, and he flays our flounderings in first-world woes.

Last, but by no means least, Vanessa Larry Michelle is a cannonball of confidence and a firing-squad of laughter when she gets on stage around the country or at her Northern Rivers-based roving comedy club, Larry Laughs Loud.

Two local chicks, Nolan and Briggs, prove that being a woman in a social media world is easier when you’ve got Women Like Us to be your guides. Need some help with the Sunday morning timeslot? You’ll enjoy complimentary breakfast bubbles with these two legends of local comedy. 

Sunday 12 June, 10–11.30am, Beach Hotel, $35.

Sunday is also Family FunDay!

10am – A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive detective story told with puppets. Puppeteer, Jenny Ellis graduated in Puppetry from Vic College of the Arts and was awarded a major fellowship to research contemporary puppetry in Europe. Coupled with an Environmental Education degree, Jenny’s work is award winning, fun and captivating. This is a rare opportunity to engage with an ancient artform in a contemporary and fun way. Tix $25.

11am – The Magical World of Weird Science is a visual science demonstration that teaches a wide array of science concepts in a spellbinding and fun way. Richard Scholes is a multi-award winning entertainer, scientist and teacher who will bring giant columns of elephant toothpaste, levitations, huge bubbles, mountains of slime and MAGIC! He has won Australian Stage Magician of the year and Queensland Entertainer of the year. Tix $25.

12.30pm – Rebel Bingo is an all ages 1.5hrs of pure FUN! Music, dance, twister and roller skates – this is BINGO as it has never been seen before. Enjoy food and beverages whilst aiming to complete your BINGO card first for some unique and collectable prizes. Rebel and her faithful assistants are colourful, funny and completely fabulous. Tix $20 or Family Tix $50

Sunday Fun Pass $55 (access to all three shows).

If you’re keen on some laughs but feeling short on cash, your ticket to the Byron Comedy Festival can be purchased using one of three vouchers, all courtesy of the NSW government!

All NSW adults have received multiple $25 Dine & Discover vouchers, which can be used at any show. And, if you’re a parent, you’ll also have access to $50 Parents NSW vouchers, which can also be used for some much-needed light relief.

And, because comedy is creative, you can also use the $100 Creative Kids vouchers to bring the young ones to kid-friendly shows on Sunday 12 June at the Byron Surf Club.

For more info and tickets: byroncomedyfest.com.

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink

Fire for your soul and your feet

June’s Nudge Nudge Wink Wink fires up the heat for your soul and feet! With a sizzling line-up that will have you dancing from start to finish – interstate DJs, Kylie Rose and Liz Millar join beloved Cunning Stunts resident DJs, Lord Sut and Dale Stephen, who bring the heat to every set they play!

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is warmly welcoming DJ Kylie Rose back to the shed for her fourth visit. Kylie has been igniting dance floors for over 18 years. Lover of disco, soulful house and dirty tech house, she’s played: Tropical Fruits, Mardi Gras, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, Curious, Sleaze Ball, Queens’ Ball and many, many more, always keeping the vibe upbeat and fun. Her keen ear for an uplifting track and her finger on the pulse of what makes a dance floor tick are all part of the magic Kylie brings to convert a winter’s night into a summer’s day.

Blazing in for her Nudge debut is globally awarded DJ, Liz Millar, a Melbourne original, Liz has been winning over dance floors and awards since the ’90s. She’s played clubs and festivals in every state in Australia, as well as London, Chicago, New York, Mexico and Thailand. Featured on many dance culture docos including ABC Arts Show God is a DJ,and Alchemy on SBS, Liz is well known for her weekly dance shows on 3RRR, 3PBS and KISS-FM. Get fired up to see Liz fan the flames of our dancefloor. 

No matter how cold it may be outside, in the beloved shed of Nudge Nudge Wink Wink – it’s always sizzling! 

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink will continue to keep you warm this winter on every first Saturday of the month, as they continue their six-plus year purpose to assist local communities. 

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is a FUNdraiser providing essential connection, charitable support and warming of spirit for all who attend. 

You have helped the Nudge Nudge crew raise over $354,717; helping 29 charities since December 2015. Let’s keep that impact growing! Funds are donated to local registered NFP’s assisting our communities during these challenging times. June’s event continues with a cumulative percentage of our profits being donated. Community supporting its own! 

This Saturday from 4pm at the Billinudgel Hotel

Tickets: https://cunningstunts.com.au/event/nudge-nudge-wink-wink-04-06-2022.

Master Class with Kim Farrant

The masters of acting

Kate Jaggard and Diva Cory of The Actors Room Byron Bay are delighted to present the life changing masterclass for actors by director and acting coach Kim Farrant. 

Kim is back in Australia, between directing films, to teach her Raw truth of Performance class in Byron.

Kim’s latest psychological thriller The Weekend Away (starring Leighton Meester and Ziad Bakri) streamed recently on Netflix, was the number one film streamed worldwide on Netflix for its first ten days. 

Kim’s other films include Strangerland (Sundance Grand Jury prize nominee) starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, and her psychological thriller Angel of Mine with Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Luke Evans and Richard Roxburgh. Kim has also directed television in Australia (Rush) as well as making multiple award-winning short films and feature length and half-hour documentaries.

The course includes: scene work; detailed script analysis; how to give greater meaning and visceral relationships to objects, people, places, issues, events and time frames; how to find the subtext in a scene and differentiate with inner monologue; unique effective tools on how to move through historical emotional blocks that prevent you from accessing all of your emotional and physical instrument in service of character and; techniques to further find the depth, breadth, masculine and feminine qualities in your characters. This course is open to all actors with either industry experience or professional training.

For more info email [email protected] and put in subject field ‘Raw Truth’.


Bob’s Burgers at The Palace

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

The Bob’s Burgers Movie is based on the animated television series Bob’s Burgers created by Loren Bouchard. The original voice cast from the series reprises their roles including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, David Wain, Zach Galifianakis, and Kevin Kline. 

The plot follows Bob, his wife Linda, and their family as they struggle to pay their loan after a sinkhole opens in front of their restaurant and affects business.

One week before summer vacation, the Belchers are all preparing for things to change. In a tried and true trope, Bob and Linda ask their bank for an extension on their business loan, but the manager, Mr Dowling, turns them down and gives them one week to make the month’s payment or face repossession of the restaurant equipment. Yes we’ve seen this scenario before, but it usually works.

The Belcher kids have usual kid stuff going on – Tina wants to ask Jimmy Jr to be her boyfriend but is afraid; Gene is interested in creating a band, and Louise refuses to perform a stunt at school out of fear of losing her hat which she believes makes her brave.

Add to all of that an underground watermain bursts, creating a giant sinkhole directly in front of the entrance to Bob’s Burgers. Calvin Fischoeder, the family’s landlord, suggests that he may allow them to delay the month’s rent so they can make the loan payment. Business falters badly, but Teddy, the burly, movable, hard-done-by, wannabe family member, constructs a grill cart so Bob can sell food on the street.

The real drama begins when Louise falls to the bottom and discovers the skeleton of Cotton Candy Dan, a carny who disappeared six years earlier. 

The Bob’s Burgers Movie is rated PG and is something the family can all watch together. Check it out at Palace Byron this week.

The Duke at Ballina Fair

The Duke

The title refers to Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington and the film is based on a true story, set in 1961, which follows Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who steals the painting from the National Gallery in London – the first and only theft in the Gallery’s history.

The portrait was put up for auction at Sotheby’s in 1961. The Wolfson Foundation offered £100,000 and the government added a special Treasury grant of £40,000, matching the top bid. The painting landed in the National Gallery in London, where it was first put on display on 2 August 1961. It was stolen nineteen days later by Bunton.

In The Duke, Bunton (Jim Broadbent) appears in Court Number 1 at the Old Bailey, pleading not guilty to charges of stealing Goya’s portrait and its frame. Soon afterwards he is jailed at Durham for thirteen days for watching TV without a licence. Although he can afford one, he refuses to do so as part of his campaign against pensioners having to pay for it; part of his wider strong beliefs about supporting the common man.

After he steals the painting, Kempton sends a series of ransom notes to the government, saying that he will return the painting on the condition that the elderly be exempted from paying for a TV licence – and the fun begins.

Rated M you can see The Duke this week at Ballina Fair Cinemas.



The Ballina Region 4 Refugees is having a Fundraising Film Night and will be hosting a special film screening of Limbo  to raise funds for their work assisting refugees and asylum seekers both within and outside Australia.

Byron Theatre on Thursday at 7pm.

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