Join thousands of ‘biketivists’ around the world on a clothing-optional bike ride around Byron Bay on 12 March for the World Naked Bike Ride 2017.
The World Naked Bike Ride is the largest naked protest in the world, with events held in over 74 cities in 17 countries around the globe. The event supports a number of different causes, from environmental issues to body positivity.
Firstly, the protest aims to spread awareness of cyclists and pedestrians on the road. Participating biketivists advocate for bike-friendly roads and footpaths in our towns and cities to ensure the safety riders and walkers.
Secondly, the World Naked Bike Ride protests against the use of unsustainable fossil fuels, citing the damaging effects they have on our environment and the health of our planet’s population.
Finally, not only does the clothing-optional dress code garner attention, it calls for body acceptance, confidence and positivity from both riders and onlookers.
Join the protest this year in Byron Bay on Sunday, March 12. Meet fellow riders at 1.30pm at Railway Station, Byron Bay, before embarking on a liberating cycle around town. The protest will last around 30 minutes.
The bike ride will be short and easy. Riders of any fitness level are welcome to join. Finally, nakedness is not compulsory – go as bare as you dare!
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, a loved and internationally recognised local brand, has come along way since its humble beginnings. The founders of Spell, sisters Isabella (nicknamed Spell) and Elizabeth, began selling handmade jewellery and clothing at the Byron Bay markets. From there, the bohemian brand gained traction and took off.
A far cry from the 4x4 market tent, the Byron Bay boutique at 15 Browning Street is mix of new and old, natural and manmade, the striking space embodies the carefree, gypsy character Spell is known and loved for.
The store’s arbours are made from timber reclaimed from the old Bangalow Bridge – an authentic nod to the history of the Byron region. Alongside the antler light, new hoop lamps adorned with feathers add a DIY element to the space. And, a small kids play area was included to give mums peace-of-mind as they shop.
Finally, a secluded mezzanine level provides shoppers looking for a little more privacy a place to try on Spell’s clothing. This unique shopping experience was designed to make customers feel right at home, as if they were in their own bedroom.
Many of Spell’s loyal customers experience the brand online – whether that be through their active social media accounts, their popular blog, or their online store. The new boutique gives shoppers a tangible experience of the brand, something real and authentic in the heart of Byron Bay.
Byron Bay based photographer and documentary filmmaker Evan Malcolm’s short environmental documentary film ‘Lapse of Reason’ has received official selection and has gone on to become a Finalist in the ‘Documentary / Social Commentary’ category at The International Timelapse Festival to be held on August 13, 2016 at The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, California. His unreleased film ‘Outlapsed’ also received official selection.
The captivating short environmental documentary, which was shown at the Byron Bay Film Festival in 2015, was selected by a world-class panel of judges renowned for their passion, creativity and leadership in the time-lapse art-form. The judges included Godfrey Reggio, Director of the 'Qatsi Trilogy': 'Koyaanisqatsi', ‘Powaqqatsi' and ‘Naqoyqatsi'.
'Lapse of Reason' will be screened at The Timelapse Festival Award Ceremony on August 13 to both industry peers and the general public. It's a significant career milestone for the Byron Bay-based documentary filmmaker to be acknowledged for his creative work at an international level.
“It is such a privilege to be recognised by some of my peers in time-lapse and documentary film-making, including Godfrey Reggio who directed ‘Koyaanisqatsi', probably the most important film in the evolution of time-lapse film-making” said Evan. “To be screened alongside the leading time-lapse film-makers in the world on an international stage is quite frankly, mind blowing”.
The audience for time-lapse films has grown worldwide and continues to be a passion for Evan’s current and planned projects.
Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Byron Bay
Border Ranges (QLD/NSW Border)
Bald Rock (NSW)
Tibuburra & Sturt NP (North West NSW)
Gibraltar Range NP & Ellenborough Falls (Mid North Coast)
ORIGINAL MUSIC by Trent Crawford
FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Byron Bay Film Festival 2015
The Timelapse Film Festival 2016
'Lapse of Reason' has been released independently. View more of Evan Malcolm's work at www.evanmalcolm.com.
Three day fusion of surf culture now, Surfing, Art, Music, Film & Lifestyle.
Byron Bay will host a Surf Festival with a focus on the creative culture within surfing. We believe Byron Bay is the perfect venue to showcase all that is unique and attractive about surfing, drawing from the rich local and national surfing heritage, the creative energy and natural surfing location that is Byron Bay.
Yes that's right. Splendour In The Grass is planning to return to Byron Bay for the 2012 event.
The dates for the 2012 event are Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.
After two years at Woodfordia in Queensland, Splendour In The Grass organisers are currently working on taking Australia's premier winter music and arts festival back to where it all started, Belongil Fields in Byron Bay.
"Despite great efforts to have the festival at North Byron Parklands this year, we are yet to have a determination on the application." said Splendour Co-Producer Jessica Ducrou.
"In the meantime and after much consideration we are excited at the prospect of returning to the birth place of Splendour."
One of Australia's premier holiday locations, Byron Bay is internationally renowned for its beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and laid back culture.
Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham has welcomed Splendour back to Byron Bay for 2012.
"Splendour's home is Byron Bay and there is defined benefit that the festival delivers to the area, especially in winter, so it is a welcome return" said Mayor Barham
"Taking the event back to Byron Bay allows us to give our audience the true Splendour experience, a quality music and arts festival combined with that distinctive Byron culture." Ms Ducrou said.
"We'd like to thank Woodfordia and the very wonderful Bill Hauritz, Mayor Allan Sutherland and Moreton Bay Regional Council for welcoming us with open arms and hosting our event for the last two years."
The inaugural Byron Spirit Festival will immerse participants in mesmeric, healing music throughout the weekend. In addition to the three evenings of concerts and dances, spontaneous and programmed kirtans, sound showers, chanting circles, and jams will take place in venues night and day.
From Sydney we welcome the rapturous rhythms of Edo & Jo and their eclectic live kirtan. Former Byronite Carmella Baynie is an award-winning composer and singer who's range of sacred music takes in renaissance, choral singing, and traditional forms from India and Africa. Bali-based Daphne Tse is the rare contemporary folk singer/songwriter who's source material is her spiritual practice. Mullum's own Lucknow Sankirtan has developed a unique voice, and their playful approach to chant circles reaches deeply into the heart. No previous experience necessary to fully experience these uplifting and healing sessions of devotional music.
Friday night's concert begins with a Welcome to Country by local indigenous elders, a blessing by Mother Maya, and a Greg Sheehan percussion circle (bring something to bang on!). Kevin James and Mel Dobra will lead the first kirtans of the festival, fresh from their hugely popular appearances at the Woodford Folk Festival, followed by Future Sound of Yoga. This Sydney-based duo have been taking their sensory and sacred live DJ dance event to festivals in Hong Kong, Bali and finally to Mullumbimby. The OKA boys will ensure no body is unmoved as they bring their electric Didj, pumping beats and message of love and harmony to the first night dance party.
On Saturday night, bring a cushion and settle in for a journey around the globe's top conscious musical forms. Composer, mulit-instrumentalist and true traveller through cultures is Mullum's own Yeshe. From a start in Germany to a life lived through music in Africa, Asia, North America, and Australia, Yeshe's multi-lingual songs performed on exotic instruments will mesmerize. Nomadic Voices blends Hebrew devotional songs, Middle Eastern, European, and North African melodies and rhythms to create moving traditional and original compositions. For the second half, Deva Premal & Miten, performing with Manose on basuri flute, and Denmark's Maneesh de Moor on piano, will share their songs and chants from twenty years on the road. And for the first time anywhere, they'll also perform two pieces with the Gyuto Monks.
Sunday's closing event mixes it up with a Healing Soundshower lead by Avishai Barnatan and his array of Tibetan Bowls, flutes, chimes, overtone singing and natural soundscapes. GLO Dance joins Byron Spirit Festival in presenting Deya Dova and her tribal world dance fusion, plus Earthdance founder Chris Deckker's DJ turn with global electro beats to insure our final gathering unites us all.
When Richard visited Byron Bay he used us to organise his accommodation. He stayed at Watego's the first time and then we organised a bigger house for him and the family when he returned. We were pretty chuffed that he chose us and we know that he's being sincere when he says that he "loves Byron". We organised a beachfront villa at Belongil for his kids on another visit. It's pretty cool that someone like Richard Branson, who among other things owns his own Island, still manages to enjoy a surf trip to Byron.