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Economics of Happiness Conference

Take part in the growing localisation movement! Join amazing thinkers, visionaries and activists from around the world at ISEC's Economics of Happiness Conference in Byron Bay, 15-17 March 2013 at the Byron Community Centre.

For further information, visit; www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org.

Byron Bay Spirit Festival 2013

1-3 March 2013

Over 100 talented teachers from the world over. Highlights include; Yoga Workshops, Dance Workshops, Tantra Program, Ayurveda, Eco-Marketplace, Healing Arts Village, and more.

For further information, visit; www.spiritfestival.com.au

Mullum Music Festival 2012

Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 November

4 Days, 8 Venues, Over 100 Performances.

WIN! the ultimate music festival experience. Accommodation, food, festival tickets & more! Entries close 5pm, 14 November.

For further info, visit; www.mullummusicfestival.com

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Sample Food Festival 2012

6 Oct 2012, Bangalow Show Ground

Get ready for another Northern Rivers smorgasbord at the Sample Food Festival.

This one-day event will again be a unique opportunity for local growers, producers and chefs to showcase their best and make it available to the public.

For more information, visit; www.samplensw.com

And... be sure to watch our Sample Food Festival TV ad

If you're looking for somewhere to stay over the Sample Food Festival weekend, checkout our Accommodation Available for Sample Food Festival guide.

Mullum Music Festival 2012 Artist Announcement

Mullum Music Festival 2012 Artist Announcement

We are excited to announce our Artist Lineup for the Mullumbimby Music Festival 2012!

This year's international guests include the legendary Jamaican vocal trio The Abyssinians with their 9 piece band, masterful blues and African roots musician Boubacar Traoré from Mali, Chicago’s gritty singer songwriter Joe Pug, the exclusive appearance of the passionate Chilean world music star Nano Stern and the fun and energy of Londoners Will and The People with their mix of reggae, pop and rock.

Returning to the festival are Husky with their classic pop and rich harmonies, Darren Percival with his band fresh from those amazing performances on The Voice, the gloriously infectious sensuality of Tinpan Orange and Mama Kin, roots, pop, reggae from Sydney live music stalwarts King Tide, as well as returning jazz legend Vince Jones with his band of grandmaster jazz musicians.

Festival newcomers hold lots of surprises including the swinging speakeasy charm of Melbourne outfit Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes, the soulful cool of Melbourne’s Electric Empire, the indie sounds of Gossling and Winter People, the roots music of Mia Dyson, Joe Robinson, Liz Stringer and Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson and much more...

Visit us at www.mullummusicfestival.com as we continue to unveil MMF 2012.

Splendour in the Grass 2012 Pics

I must confess, I missed the Friday (namely the hail & Jack White) - but had a blast all Saturday & Sunday.

These images were taken with a 40mm prime lens & no cropping - so it's pretty much what I saw. They are popular on Byron Bay's facebook page.

My favorite act was Father John Misty, my favorite food was Beatbox Burgers ... and I'm already looking forward to next year!

We trust you all had fun, got home safely and are looking forward to Splendour in the Grass 2013!

Brunswick Heads Photo Competition

the old, the new, the green, the blue

Entries are now open : Eighth Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photography Competition and Exhibition

New moon, new friends, new whale season, new day, new music, new life, new ideas, new...?

Entery forms available online; www.brunswickheads.org.au or at the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre.

This years sponsors include;

2012 Byron Bay Writers' Festival

Byron Bay Writers' Festival Program Launches

Festival Director Jonathan Parsons is delighted to launch the program for the 16th Byron Bay Writers' Festival, which will take place from 3-5 August 2012.

There has been a frenzy of activity in the last few weeks, as Jonathan and his team finalise a dynamic and entertaining program for this year's Festival. Bringing his own brand of literary curation to the Festival has resulted in a fresh and enticing line up. 'It's been an incredible privilege to immerse myself in Australia's and the world's literary cultures and curate a program that reflects where we are now in 2012. It's a delight to shepherd one of Australia's most loved literary events, and I hope it will again enthral lovers of literature and ideas in the delightful setting of Byron Bay ' said Jonathan, on the eve of the program launch.

International guests at this year's Festival include: from the U.S. the Pulitzer Award winning Katherine Boo; from Hong Kong, Xu Xi with her trans-global fiction, and Australian girl done good Sarah Brennan; from Pakistan, the 'rambunctious, vulgar, funny and moving' Mohammed Hanif; from India, 'one of world literature's great cult writers' Kiran Nagarkar; from Singapore, environmental children's author and crime writer Shamini Flint; and from Indonesia the best- selling Indonesian author of all time, Andrea Hirata.

On home turf, bestselling author Elliot Perlman will wield enormous punch in conversation with lover of literature Mary Delahunty. Michael Kirby and Daryl Dellora will be swapping notes on their view from the bench and Peter Doherty and Julianne Schultz will be among the guests asking 'What is Australia for?'

This year's Festival sees the hilariously provocative Andy Griffiths vying for attention with Morris Gleitzman while he tries to save ten lives with a paperclip, iconic authors Gail Jones and Charlotte Wood swapping notes on the literary life, and Geoff Gallop searching for the truth in politics. Sexual anthropologist Bella Ellwood-Clayton and novelist Susan Johnson will examine female desire as stories of extreme journeys are compared by Anna Rose, Ailsa Piper and Jessica Watson. Ian Lowe and George Megalogenis will ask Is the big country big enough?, and Michaela McGuire and Susan Johnson pull the 'F' word apart as they discuss feminism in the here and now.

Sophie Cunningham, Niromi de Soyza, Denise Leith and Sally Neighbour will give us their hot tips on the art of survival whilst Alex Miller waxes lyrical on his lust for life and art. Robyn Arianrhod, Peter Doherty and Venero Armanno will demonstrate the benefits of slow simmering ideas whilst Stephen Sewell, Marc Fennell and Antony Funnell serve up a portion of digital bang bang. Rohan Wilson and John Baileys pioneering Australian explorers and thugs will contrast John Marsden's Steiner and the Simpsons. The 'bashed, sued, celebrated and revered' former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown will share a conversation with Kerry O'Brien, and Deb Cox, Lois Randall and Jon Bell will be keeping the family together as they appease the Gods of Wheat Street.

And if your fancy hasn't been tickled by this smorgasbord of literary culture, there's always Jane Caro and Mandy Nolan divulging their hottest tips on how to resuscitate your child's guineapig.

This August, you can look forward to a lively and dynamic mix of literary talent across live radio broadcasts, readings, panel discussions, book signings, conversations, films, literary food events and book launches. Be delighted and inspired by over 120 featured writers, readers and thinkers from around the globe.

Widely regarded as one of Australia's premier literary events, the Byron Bay Writers' Festival will take place from 3-5 August. It is an event that draws together thousands of literature lovers for three days of intelligent discussion, passionate interaction and fun. To peruse the entire Festival programme, book tickets and for all further information visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com or call the booking hotline on 1300 368 552.

Long Weekend in Byron

Queens birthday weekend gives you 3 days to enjoy the region - if you're still looking for something to do... Here's a range of what's on offer 9, 10, & 11 June 2012.

The Old & Gold Festival

The Old & Gold Festival is back in Brunswick Heads and celebrating its 11th year. If you’re into collectables, antiques or anything secondhand or just on the lookout for a great bargain, the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads on Saturday the 9th June is for you!

For further information, visit; www.oldngold.com.au

Trip Kicks ‘School Party’

An indoor festival with DJ's. Sat 9 June in The Backroom at the Great Northern Hotel. $20. For more information, visit Trip Kicks on facebook; www.facebook.com/tripkicks.

BANDALUZIA FLAMENCO

Mullum Drill Hall, Saturday 9th June.
Bandaluzia is a Sydney based Flamenco ensemble led by Damian Wright, consisting of a group of acclaimed musicians and dancers at the forefront of Flamenco in Australia. Combining contemporary and traditional Flamenco into a truly mesmerising display of explosive dance, virtuosic guitars, soulful singing, dynamic improvisation, masterful percussion, soaring violin and inspiring bass, embodying the passion, mystery and power of this remarkable art form.

For further information see the BANDALUZIA FLAMENCO event on facebook.

2012 All Girls Surf Showdown

June 9th, 10th & 11th.


The All Girls Surf Showdown is the longest running all female surfing competition in Australia. The event was established in 1993 and turns 20 years old in 2012. This event promotes girls and women’s participation in the exciting and healthy lifestyle of surfing.

For more info, visit; ww.allgirlssurfshowdown.com.

Sew & Tell Re-Cap

Saturday morning we headed off to beautiful Bangalow to check out the Sew and Tell Handmade and Hand-me-down Fair. It was a wonderful morning out, loads of people, great atmosphere and some gorgeous wares!

A great turn out!

Sweet little owls all in a row.

Beautifully made dresses, so pretty.

Talented artist! Adorable.

Hard working volunteer - Kelly.

The obligatory patient old dog at the door.

A well earned cuppa!

Can't wait till the next Sew and Tell.

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