It couldn’t be funnier if it was in Byron… oh wait!
The Byron Comedy Fest is a carefully curated event for our community and it will be hitting the foreshore of Main Beach 9–12 June.
Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. A good laugh reshapes the way we see the world and lightens everything up.
Who doesn’t want that?
You don’t have to be ‘into’ stand up comedy to enjoy everything that Byron Comedy Festival has to offer. Delivered early in June each year this festival really offers up a gorgeous boutique style experience from beachfront Byron Bay.
World class entertainment is not the only thing Mell Coppin and Zara Noruzi (the Festival directors) deliver. Locally sourced food and delicious cocktails are served in a vintage Scandanavian-style space with the waves of Main Beach lapping just metres away. And, as if you could want for more, the festival purchases carbon offsets, so it is carbon neutral.
Being a regional town, Byron is not automatically on artists’ touring list. So the primary motivation of the Festival is to get fabulous comics to Byron who wouldn’t have ordinarily stopped by. From all accounts they’ve done an excellent job with performances from some of the greats of comedy; Glenn Robbins, Dave O’Neil, Denise Scott, Jean Kittson, Peter Rowsthorne, Joel Salom, Andy Saunders, Gerladine Hickey, Zoe Coombs Marr, Fiona O’Loughlin and the list goes on…
The diverse program is delivered over several days and has been carefully considered to ensure there is something for everyone; great family shows in the daytime and lots of adult fun as the winter sun settles down.
Comedy provides the space to talk about the most provocative current affairs in the most joyful way and this festival celebrates the connectedness between the artist and the audience. The Byron audience are nothing if not engaged, and this town thrives on provocative current affairs spun in clever and amusing ways.
The true Byron vibe is on display at this event and with 1kg of plastic removed from the oceans with every ticket purchased, thanks to The Hidden Sea Wines, it’s an event worth weaving into your Byron Bay experience. www.byroncomedyfest.com
Green is the new black in Byron
Green Is The New Black is a documentary created by Byron’s internationally renowned metalcore band, In Hearts Wake, examining the music industry’s relationship to the environment. While the film chronicles the making of In Hearts Wake’s 100 per cent carbon offset 2020 album Kaliyuga and their journey to becoming the first band to be a certified Carbon Neutral Organisation, it is more than a film about one band and one album. As In Hearts Wake examine their processes and search for more environmentally sustainable options, inspiring new possibilities for an entire industry begin to emerge.
A special screening of Green Is The New Black, next Tuesday, will be followed by an in person audience Q&A with the driving forces behind the film; Jake Taylor, director and vocalist of In Hearts Wake; Nidala Barker, musician and First Nations educator and activist; and Jono Salfield, founder of Afends sustainable street and surf wear company, in conversation with Mandy Nolan, comedian, author and The Greens federal candidate for Richmond.
The proceeds from the screening will be donated to Rainforest 4, with one tree planted for every ticket sold. So gather your friends and get your tickets quick.
Proudly presented by In Hearts Wake and Rainforest 4. Byron Theatre, Tuesday 17 May, 6.30pm. byroncentre.com.au
Four Seasons in Tango
Byron Music Society presents a sizzling concert program that will have you alternately tapping your toes and swooning in your seat!
The extraordinary Orava Quartet has rushed back from the Canberra International Music Festival to perform for you in Bangalow. They are teaming up with the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra to perform an exciting mix of Greek dances, Australian summer dances, Romanian folk dances – and more, including The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (music by Astor Piazzolla arranged by Leonid Desyatnikov). Featuring music by Skalkottas, Bartók, Edwards and others.
Sunday 15 May at 3pm, St Kevin’s Catholic Church, Bangalow. Tickets at byronmusicsociety.com
NORPA Youth and Shakespeare
The community are invited to the first public screening of NORPA Youth’s short film project, Street Shakespeare.
As part of the project in 2021, participants explored selected works of William Shakespeare and developed professional techniques in the analysis and performance of classical text for the camera. The scenes and monologues were then professionally shot in urban locations across Lismore.
The resulting short films, directed by actor/teacher Scott Johnson, will now be presented in the Lecture Theatre at SAE Institute, Byron Bay, on Friday 27 May at 5.30pm.
Following the devastation of NORPA’s home at Lismore City Hall owing to floods, we hope you can make the journey to celebrate our NORPA Youth!
Street Shakespeare short film, 28 May at 5.30pm.
Please RSVP attendance and numbers, with subject ‘Street Shakespeare 2021’ to: [email protected]
El Festival de Cine Español es magnífico
The Moro Spanish Film Festival presented by Palace has returned for 2022 with a curated selection of dramas, thrillers and major box-office hit comedies from across Spain, plus a selection of gems from Latin America. Rediscover the big screen with this unforgettable celebration of Hispanic culture.
The Festival’s full program is magnífico with reel inspiración for film festival lovers. A sensational line-up of leading Spanish language cinema from Spain and Latin America features famous faces, including Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, Paco León and Blanca Portillo along with exciting new talent, and will be screening nationally at Palace Cinemas.
The rich program of twenty-nine films features a wide range of genres: from period-set drama to documentary, realist drama to satire, and riotous comedy. The films are brought to you from across Latin America, including Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic, and one from the USA, and one from Spain by a most intriguing Spanish auteur, Manuel Martín Cuenca.
You can find the complete list of films at The Palace Cinema website
The 2022 Moro Spanish Film Festival will run until 15 May at Palace Byron Bay.
For updates and more information, visit spanishfilmfestival.com.
It can’t get any stranger
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a 2022 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics, featuring the character Doctor Strange. The film was directed by Sam Raimi, written by Michael Waldron, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (as Stephen Strange), alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.
The film swirls around Dr Strange, who protects America Chavez (Gomez), a teenager capable of travelling the multiverse, from Wanda Maximoff (Olsen). America Chavez, and a version of Dr Stephen Strange, are chased by a demon in the space between universes while searching for The Book of Vishanti. Strange is killed and Chavez accidentally creates a portal that transports herself and Strange’s corpse to Earth-616, where that universe’s version of Dr Strange rescues Chavez from an octopus demon with help from the Sorcerer Supreme, Wong. Chavez explains to Dr Strange that the demons are hunting her because she has the power to travel through the multiverse…
The excitement just builds from there.
You can see this Marvel-ous film this week at the Ballina Fair Cinemas, visit: ballinafaircinemas.com.au for movie times and tickets.