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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

Other News

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.

Incarceration Nation screens as part of Reconciliation Week

As part of Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3), Sisters for Reconciliation and the Cavanbah Reconciliation group will host a screening and discussion of the powerful documentary, Incarceration Nation.

Climate-related disasters influenced the election, Climate Council says

There was a clear connection between climate change-related disasters and voting in the Federal Election, according to the Climate Council.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 25 May, 2022

The Jezabels The Jezabels are on a national tour to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their multi-award winning Gold Album Prisoner. For the first time, the...

A gold star campaign and a result full of hope

It’s not surprising that Mandy Nolan got so many primary votes at Saturday’s election for the seat of Richmond – her campaign has been relentless and her volunteers all stellar.

Elliot ecstatic about Albo and confident of a Richmond win

While her win in Richmond has not yet been confirmed, Justine Elliot is very happy about the overall result for Labor and a new government.

Artist In Focus

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Geoff Hannah

Born in Coraki and living most of his life in Lismore, master craftsman Geoff Hannah is one of the finest cabinetmakers in the world.

Awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the work of the great cabinetmakers of Europe in the 1980s, Geoff has been passing on his passion for wood and uncompromising attention to detail to a significant band of students, some of whom have been attending his classes each week for more than twenty years.

Lismore Regional Gallery is currently honouring Geoff’s contribution to the field with the exhibition In Glue and Dust We Trust,  revealing his latest work The Chinoiserie Cabinet, alongside more than sixty works by his students.

The exhibition features a behind-the-scenes documentary Secrets and Sawdust: A master and his students prepare by Cloudcatcher Media and commissioned by the Gallery, showing the creation of his latest masterpiece and the journey of his students preparing for a major exhibition. Geoff’s fascinating life story is also revealed in the biography Geoffrey Hannah: Never a Less Likely Bloke: from Relinquished Child to Renaissance Man written by Meg Heggen. 

Record numbers of visitors have been flocking to the exhibition In Glue and Dust We Trust, which continues at Lismore Regional Gallery until 24 September.

For more information visit www.lismoregallery.org.


land-markMark Lang Photographer

Known principally for his landscapes, photographer Mark Lang also shoots portraits. Musicians, writers and artists have been his subjects − people whose work he loves. Recently he spent seven years on the road photographing the Australian landscape, during which time he spent two years working with Kakadu elder ‘Big Bill’ Neidjie, recording his words and photographing his country for the book Old Man’s Story, which was published by Aboriginal Studies Press and launched at Parliament House, Canberra, in 2015.

The portrait that he took of Bill Neidjie is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. He has since returned to Byron Shire and is still shooting portraits.

Please call 0412 122 772 or email [email protected] if you’d like a portrait taken by him.


Othello Bell Shakespeare

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.

One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and passionate tragedies, Othello is directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Peter Evans and plays only two shows on 11 October at the Arts Centre on the Gold Coast. The story follows a warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words. Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous rage when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, the cynically destructive Iago.

Presented as Australia’s premier Shakespeare Company, this gripping production that will touch audiences to their core.

Tuesday 11 October at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. Book now 07 5588 4000


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The Object of Flight

Northern Rivers Community Gallery’s (NRCG) latest Art at the Airport at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport showcase features the works of artist Damien O’Mara. Visitors will experience the complex structure and industrial designs of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Series. O’Mara’s Dreamliner Series seeks to challenge the symbolism of the industrial form as established through modern art photography.

Further information visit the website at www.nrcgballina.com.au.


Byron School of Art Open Day

This Saturday 17 September is BSA’s Open Day at their Bangalow studio. Come in for a chat and a cuppa and you will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and current students, and find out more about the many courses on offer in 2017. BSA courses are developed for all levels of experience. First round of applications closes 21 October.

www.byronschoolofart.com


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MEOW MEOW in Feline Intimate

Hang on to your hats – the cat is ready to pounce!

International singing sensation and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow is set to descend upon NORPA at Lismore City Hall in all her glittery glory on Sept 30 and Oct 1.

Post-post-modern diva Meow Meows unique brand of kamikaze cabaret and performance art exotica has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences globally.

The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century (Time Out NY), with trail-blazing sell-out seasons from New York's Lincoln Center to London's Apollo Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. And she is about to hit NORPA at Lismore City Hall for two wild nights of sequins and satire, original chansons, revisionings of witty wicked Weimar, Brel, Brecht, Kitt and Radiohead, music, politics and mayhem.

MEOW MEOW in Feline Intimate
Fri 30 September & Sat 1 October 7.30pm Dinner and bar open from 6pm NORPA at Lismore City Hall
$22–$56 visit the website at
norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 772.

Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.