The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is back again in 2017, taking place at the Elements of Byron Resort on April 29.
Here’s a taste of what you can expect at this year’s ‘new wave festival’.
Local, National and International Fashion
With three distinctive fashion shows, the Byron Bay International Fashion Festival delivers a world-class showcase of established and up-and-coming talent.
At 5pm, seven designers will showcase their summer 2017 swimwear collections in the Banksia Pavilion. At 7pm, six designers from around Australia and the world will present their casual collection. At 9pm, six additional designers will introduce their new eveningwear collections. Finally, a ‘nightclub’ themed group session will conclude the fashion shows for 2017.
The festival’s fashion shows are open to all-day pass holders, and are also independently ticketed.
The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival aims to explore the power and diversity of fashion across a range of mediums. In light of this, the festival will host a fashion film screening at 8pm that showcases the evolving role of fashion in art-house filmmaking.
An amalgamation of body art, fashion, and contemporary dance, the festival will also welcome back the acclaimed modern dance performance.
Food and Drink
From 4pm, the Banksia Pavilion Courtyard will come to life with an all-day, all-night, and all-female DJ program and Festival Bar. Here, you can plan your evening, visit the information desk, and mingle with other festival goers, including models, designers and photographers.
Dining at the festival provides another opportunity to network with buyers, modeling agencies, and other industry professionals. Lunch runs all day at a discounted price at Elements of Byron’s GRAZE restaurant.
The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2017 will conclude with infamous ‘Rock the Runway’ after party. Kicking off at 10pm, the party will see celebrity appearances, variety acts, and a headlining DJ performance.
Internationally acclaimed photographer, Craig Parry, opens Byron Bay gallery
Byron Bay’s dynamic arts scene is abuzz with the opening of a new gallery by internationally acclaimed nature photographer and local boy, Craig Parry.
Located on Fletcher Street, the gallery showcases Craig’s signature marine, aerial and landscape imagery. Each photograph presents everyday moments from unique perspectives with the focus primarily upon exhibiting images captured in the Byron Bay area.
The gallery has been a long-term project for Craig who has spent years capturing and curating content that would appeal to both a local and international market.
"My greatest inspiration is to connect humanity to nature through photography", says Craig. "I’m incredibly excited to share this passion with everyone and hope my images can act as a focal point to raise awareness for conservation and the beauty which can be found right on our doorstep".
To celebrate the gallery’s opening, this Friday (20th January) Craig will be launching an exhibition featuring some of his top images and unveiling a limited edition Migaloo print which has never been seen before!
Offering a wide variety of printing and framing options and finishes in addition to custom pieces there’s something on offer for all tastes and budgets. Head on down and check it out -
Celestron, Bintel & DNA Digital are bringing a “supergroup” of Australia’s leading scientists and experts in science, space, astrophysics and astrophotography to Byron Bay in June 2017 for the Star Stuff Festival.
Speakers include well known TV and Radio personalities Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne) who will be hosting a VIP dinner and keynote presentation at the Elements of Byron Resort.
Other speakers include astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack, a highly regarded scientist and presenter known for her work on dark matter and global science outreach from her adopted city of Melbourne.
Mark Gee (NZ), 2013 astrophotographer of the year, will also be taking the stage to share his aspirational story of success travelling the world and sharing his remarkable photos of the Sun, Moon and Milky Way.
Dr Duane Hamacher (Monash) is also on the bill to present an overview of his work decoding the ancient secrets of Australian aboriginal astronomy including such work with local indigenous groups.
Dr David Malin, whose name is literally synonymous with the highest echelon of scientific and photographic excellence (The Malin Awards) will bring his perspective on advancements in digital photography since he pioneered colour space photography in his early career.
Also on the line up is Dr Fred Watson, also known for his work at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), engaging presentation style and continuous work as a dark sky advocate. Watson was instrumental in the recent declaration of Australia’s first Dark Sky Park in Warrumbungle National Park – the first in the Southern Hemisphere.
Byron Bay astronomer Dylan O’Donnell joins the group to share his work as is Gilmour Space Technology’s Jamie Anderson whose work in rocket propulsion on the Gold Coast hopes to kickstart Australia’s private space travel industry.
Australia’s largest telescope and astronomer vendor Bintel will also be on site demonstrating consumer astronomy equipment, and the Southern Astronomical Society will facilitate day and night telescope viewings, photography workshops and sky tours if weather permits.
Claire Fell, event liason officer for Byron shire council noted “This is the perfect event for our shire.” While other enthusiastic space fans were less restrained. “Just take my f—king money” said one ticketholder when the speaker list was announced. "Now that got my attention! Beam me across from Canberra. Tix booked!" said another.
Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016/17 did not disappoint. Held over three days (31st December – 2nd January) at the North Byron Parklands, the festival was packed with great music, delicious food, market stalls, plenty of sun, a bit of rain, and much more.
The impressive Amphitheatre stage filled up each day with enthusiastic crowds dancing and singing the night away alongside this year’s killer lineup. On New Year's Eve, everyone dressed to impress for the Falls Festival Gold theme, transforming the full Amphitheatre into a dress-up party.
On days two and three, the Forest Stage featured some excellent acts from around the globe, including Parquet Courts, a rock band from New York City – they were my festival highlight.
There was also some incredible Byron Bay talent to enjoy in The Grove, including DELI, a local group that improvises every song.
In addition to the music, Falls served up some extra fun, including the Palm Springs pools, Market Stalls and the Ferris wheel. Of course, there was also a ton of exciting food options.
The heat was intense (around 34 degrees each day), and on the final afternoon a storm rolled in and there was a bit of rain. This didn’t stop the fun, and I am sure everyone’s excited to come back again next time.