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Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

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Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

Doing it right

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Water and the dam

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Save Broken Head

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Exotic and hybrid

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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.
Wearable arts by Oceana Piccone

Artist in Focus: Oceana Piccone

Award-winning designer and Year 12 Shearwater student Oceana Piccone has been awarded the Youth prize at the prestigious Wearable Art Mandurah for Morphett’e – a costume made from hundreds of recycled plastic bags. Morphett’e was also a section winner at the Mullumbimby Steiner School’s 2017 Wearable Arts performance event.

A painter, photographer, stylist and costume designer, Oceana has been creating garments for the Shearwater event since she was 12, winning prizes for every entry over the past five years. She says she was thrilled to have won her section of the Mandurah event, which saw her costume modelled by a professional ballerina and star in a photo shoot. ‘I almost didn’t enter it because the postage was so expensive!’ she said.

Oceana, who has been accepted into LCI Melbourne Art and Design School to study a Bachelor of Design Arts in Fashion & Costume Design, has been a Shearwater student since she was seven, and credits the school with fostering her creativity. ‘As well as all the painting and drawing and making things, I’ve had so much encouragement along the way,’ she said.

Shearwater is calling for community members with creative flair to enter this year’s Wearable Arts event. Check out the website for details. www.shearwater.nsw.edu.au

Winter tasters are back

Sample some of the great courses Byron School of Art offers in 2018 and enrol in their tantalising Taster Classes these winter holidays. BSA has its Mullumbimby doors open for classes in Still Life Painting, Narrative Painting, Life Drawing, Mixed Media and Expanded Drawing with many of their well-loved teaching staff. Murri artist Michael Philp is back with his inspiring Spirit workshop, and kids are also welcome for an exciting workshop on collaborative drawing and 3D activities with Jacqueline Smith.


A day of life drawing

Immerse yourself | A warm luscious setting. Beautiful poses by five inspiring life models | An opulent presentation for those who find pleasure in painting the human form

Male and female models | When two or more models pose together the dynamic shifts and lifts, a relationship is created, and the subject becomes larger than the sum.

An indulgent day for artists to connect and create | This is a unique day for creative souls to gather and enjoy art, food, music, and a spicy glass of mulled wine!

Follow Your Art presents: AN ARTISTS AFFAIR ‘Winter is Warm’

Sunday 29 July | Limited places | 0401 181 959 | Katherine Toka: [email protected]


uplifting art with Sylvia Meissner

Internationally acclaimed artist Sylvia Meissner combines uplifting art and metaphysical healing to enhance energy, joy and wellness in her unique Holistic Gallery. Working with modalities including colour healing, Reiki, Crystals, Liquid Crystal readings, Mediumship and Psychic readings among others, Meissner’s team of professional healers and local artists showcase a gorgeous range of healing gifts to support your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Get inspired with Byron Writers Festival Workshops

This year’s Festival offers an eclectic mix of workshops that cover a fascinating array of topics.

David Ritter, Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO will tackle Activism, Community and Advocacy, drawing on the powerful StopAdani campaign, which is a focus of his new book The Coal Truth. He will also speak about past Greenpeace campaigns and workshop the question ‘How do we create change in the world?’ Wednesday 1 August, $65/55.

This is just one of the twelve workshops running from Monday 30 July to Thursday 2 August. Be sure to book your place now as spaces are limited.


School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Diverse and resilient

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A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

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A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place for already pampered outsiders to...