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2021 National NAIDOC Poster

The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.

Using the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country!, as inspiration, ‘Care for Country’ is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.

The artwork includes communities, people, animals and bush medicines spread over different landscapes of red dirt, green grass, bush land and coastal areas to tell the story of the many ways Country can and has healed us throughout our lives and journeys.

Find out more about the story behind the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster and download your copy of the poster today.

Happy World Ocean Day - 8th of June

The 8th June is World Ocean Day – a day where everyone is asked to stop and think about our impacts, as humans, on our oceans.

With the Cape Byron Marine Park, home to more than 500 different species of fish, turtles, migrating humpback whales and the endangered grey nurse shark, it’s a timely reminder about the effects of litter on marine life.

To coincide with World Ocean Day Byron Council has released a new video which will play at different locations around the Byron Shire, highlighting the impacts of litter on local waterways.

Zoe White, Council’s Waste Education and Compliance Officer said that everyone, locals and visitors, have a role to play.

“Council picked up more than 10,000 pieces of litter over a four-year period for the Butt Free Byron project and Positive Change for Marine Life has collected more than 500,000 pieces on Main Beach at Byron Bay over the last nine years,” Ms White said.

“When you think that 90 percent of seabirds and up to two thirds of fish and turtle populations are ingesting plastic, we have a massive problem.

“Cigarette butts are a huge problem too and this was highlighted by the recent clean-up our staff did in Mullumbimby when we picked up more than 580 cigarette butts in 45 minutes.”

“Many of them would have been washed into the Brunswick River and then into the ocean in heavy rain, leaching toxic chemicals into our waterways,” she said.

“We know that more than half of all litter in the Byron Shire is smoking-related so we have a long way to go in a Shire that prides itself on its ‘green’ credentials.

“Council can’t do it alone – cleaning up our Shire is a team effort and we are offering to provide our new video,  free of charge,  to businesses and venues to help spread the message,” Ms White said.

For more information about Byron Council’s litter programs check out the waste initiatives on Council’s website.

Byron Bay business events: Sample itinerary for wellness

Byron Bay may be renowned for its wellness culture, but the region isn’t jumping on the well-being bandwagon or following some Instagram-fuelled trend. For decades, Byron and its surroundings have been a mecca for individuals seeking an alternative lifestyle.

Inspired by the speculator natural environment and long history of unconventional living, Byron Bay is home to several unique and memorable wellness activities. Here are some of our top picks for business events.

Morning flying trapeze experience at Circus Arts Byron Bay

Forget stock-standard icebreakers and token team-building activities. Take your corporate getaway up a notch (or twenty) and challenge your employees to face their fears head-on with a 1.5-hour trapeze workshop with Circus Arts Byron Bay. Barriers will be broken and words of support and encouragement will be shared as you and your team soar sky-high on the flying trapeze.

If the flying trapeze is one step too far, Circus Arts Byron Bay also offers mobile circus workshops that teach hula hoop, devil sticks, juggling, acro-balancing, pyramid building, and more. This option is ideal for larger groups of up to 120.

Late afternoon cycling tour with Lifecycles Travel

Experience the best the region has to offer by bike with an all-inclusive, fully customisable guided tour. Lifecycles Travel specialises in corporate cycling events, equipping your team with premium road, electric, and gravel bikes and catering to all cycling abilities.

Fun and physical, Lifecycles Travel scenic tours promote health and wellness, get your team moving, and provide a unique opportunity to soak up the region’s breathtaking views.  

Sand sculpture building with Sandology

Founded by master sand sculptor Steve Machell in 1998, Sandology is one of Australia’s leading and longest-running professional sand sculpture companies. These aren’t the sandcastles of your childhood – Sandology teaches the techniques needed to create show-stopping, awe-inspiring sand art.

Workshops bring your team to Byron’s world-class beaches, where they will learn simple yet effective methodologies that they can use to wow family and friends for years to come.

Corporate events can be customised to suit your group size and objectives – run a sand sculpture competition, work together to shape your company’s logo, or split into teams and foster communication and camaraderie.

Jam with Stukulele

Even if your team has never touched a ukulele before, by the end of one of Stu’s workshops, you’ll be strumming away like a pro.

Stu from Uke Mullum has over a decade of experience teaching ukulele to people of all ages and running group and corporate workshops. He can tailor your event to suit the size of your group or to cover particular songs.

Challenging, hilarious, and joyful, there’s nothing like music to bring your peers and employees together.

 

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Browse our Byron Business Events Guide | Venues | Services | Activities | Transport | Accommodation

Find out why you should choose Byron for you next business event, browse all the facts & figures of the Byron region and be sure to download our Byron Business Events Tool Kit.

This 2021 Business Event Guide to Byron Bay has been curated by byronbay.com with the support of Tourism Australia's Business Event Boost program.

Byron Bay business events: Sample itinerary for foodies

Byron Bay might be renowned for its natural beauty and colourful character. But for the food-loving visitor, idyllic beaches and lush rainforests pale in comparison to the region’s thriving food scene.

If you’re planning a business event in the Byron Shire, give your employees and co-workers the foodie experience of a lifetime. Here’s a suggested itinerary that’ll satisfy even the fussiest of culinary connoisseurs.

Bespoke cooking class & lunch at Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School

Simple, delicious, and nourishing food enjoyed in a nurturing, uniquely Byron environment – that’s what Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School is all about. Your team can stroll through the ever-green countryside, soak up the panoramic mountain views, and enjoy back-to-basics, hands-on participation.

Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School can create custom events, classes, tastings, and workshops to meet your group’s specific needs and schedule. A bespoke cooking class and lunch is a fantastic choice, making for one of the best ways a team of foodies can spend the morning.

Afternoon tour and tasting at Cape Byron Distillery

Brookie’s award-winning gin contains 25 botanicals, 17 of which are native to the Northern Rivers. The Cape Byron Distillery, where Brookie’s Gin is hand-crafted, offers fun, sensory guided corporate tours and tastings that take you from the inner workings of the distillery to the subtropical rainforest.

Learn how the Brookie’s team marry native flavours, smell and touch the rainforest botanicals that give the Byron Dry Gin its complex flavour, and work your way through an in-depth tasting.

Explore Byron with Table Under a Tree

The Byron region is dotted with roadside stalls selling home-grown produce, farms growing fresh fruits and veggies, and world-class foodie hotspots. Table Under a Tree offers private, customisable tours for business groups that explore Byron Bay and its spectacular hinterland through a culinary lens.

Sample artisan products, learn about farming in the region, and connect with small, premium producers. Tours typically run from 9 am to 3 pm and include three to four locations, coffee and morning tea, and an indulgent lunch at a local café or restaurant.

Afternoon guided tour of Stone & Wood’s Byron Brewery

Stone & Wood may be adored across the country, but it was born and raised here in Byron Bay. Its tasting room and brewery in the heart of Byron’s Arts & Industry estate houses 31 brewing tanks, a canteen offering snacks and share plates, and a spacious, laid-back beer garden.

Tours kick-off with a welcome beer and insightful overview of the drink’s history, ingredients, and Stone & Wood’s socially conscious approach to business. Your group will then explore the brewing deck before a guided tasting of five beers, including one-offs and limited releases.

Plan your business event

Browse our Byron Business Events Guide | Venues | Services | Activities | Transport | Accommodation

Find out why you should choose Byron for you next business event, browse all the facts & figures of the Byron region and be sure to download our Byron Business Events Tool Kit.

This 2021 Business Event Guide to Byron Bay has been curated by byronbay.com with the support of Tourism Australia's Business Event Boost program.

Viva Lava - EDM Group from Byron Bay

Viva Lava formed in mid 2019. Based in Byron Bay the duo are singer/song writer Amber Rose Jolly and renowned Psy-trance Dj/producer Dhillon Tiffin aka (Spliffun). 

Coming from completely different musical backgrounds the two have come together to merge their styles to forge a unique sound! Viva Lava have released 5 original tracks on all stream sites. 

Their ethereal dreamy dance tracks will take you on a journey. Each tune reflecting a different time and space. The two plan to keep working in their live show and hit the stages by later in the year. 

Their latest song and music Video “Comfort zone” is inspired by the trials of last years restrictions and changes. This song is all about breaking free and letting your soul dance. 

Viva Lava have more tasty tunes cooking away but for now do your self a favour and  go to their Spotify and add them to your playlist. Suited for every occasion.

Be sure to follow and enjoy Viva Lava on

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6 Lifestyle Trends Influencing Australia in 2021

COVID-19 has played a prominent role in reshaping the way Australians shop, work, travel and live. 2021’s major lifestyle trends have largely been affected by our response to the virus and our ideas about how to best cope with its aftermath. While COVID-19 wasn’t at all a good thing for our economy, our physical health or our mental health, it has actually brought about a few positive changes in the way we live and work. Let’s take a look at 6 of the most prominent lifestyle trends influencing Australia in 2021:

1. A Renewed Appreciation for All Things Local

People have been forced to lead more of a homebody lifestyle than they may have been used to before the coronavirus crisis disrupted our lives. This has led to a greater appreciation for all things local including local travel, local food and local experiences.

Here in Byron Bay, we’ve been welcoming sizable numbers of New South Wales locals who have been looking for fun things to do close to home. Local road trips were popular in 2020, and they’re shaping up to be a thing in 2021 as well.

2. Pet-Friendly Travel

An emphasis on local travel has resulted in a trend towards pet-friendly holidays. It might not be convenient to take your fur babies on an international flight, but they can easily come with you on a short road trip.

This is yet another reason Byron Bay has been busier than ever lately; our area offers some excellent opportunities for pet owners and their furry friends to enjoy spending time together. There are some excellent dog-friendly beaches and exercise areas available in Byron Bay. There are also multiple pet-friendly accommodations available in the area.

3. Greater Acceptance of Flexible Work and Study Options

Before COVID-19 became an issue, there was already a fringe group of people who were enthralled by the idea of working remotely and traveling all over the world. Some of these people refer to themselves as “digital nomads”. COVID-19 put a damper on the digital nomad phenomenon, because many countries closed their borders and experts discouraged international travel.

However, COVID-19 did provide a catalyst for dramatic growth in acceptance of remote work. That means many Australians are enjoying increased levels of freedom to work and study from anywhere. People no longer feel chained to office buildings and university classrooms. The availability of mobile technologies has resulted in increasing numbers of opportunities to work from home – or from your favorite resort or hotel room

The recent proliferation of online degree programs makes it viable to earn a degree remotely while also focusing on other aspects of your life. You could be working, travelling, caring for a sick family member or raising a family while also studying, for example, a Master of Education degree or a certificate in cybersecurity or any number of other interesting courses.

4. The Rise of the Micropreneur

One of the worst things about COVID-19, aside from the actual sickness, has been the closure of many wonderful businesses and the reductions in work hours that many workers have suffered. This has left many Australians either unemployed or underemployed. While many of these people are searching for work, a portion of them have settled into the role of “micropreneur”. The rise of the micropreneur is one of Australia’s key lifestyle trends for 2021.

5. Top Quality Food

People have numerous options for food and drink; but if there’s one thing many of us are concerned with consuming right now, it’s wholesome and healthy comfort foods that nourish and heal the body. On the menu this year: Rainforest foods; plant-based dishes such as leafy green salads with ancient grains; bean dishes, particularly ones that include chickpeas; and plenty of coffee.

6. Reconnecting With the Natural World

Last year, COVID-19 forcibly dragged us out of the gym and into the great outdoors. While some gyms have reopened, and customers are returning to them in droves, we haven’t quickly forgotten our recently-rediscovered enthusiasm for outdoor activities. In fact, Australians are now realising what a crucial role exercise plays in mental health. We’re going out of our way to take part in mind and body activities that renew our spirits as well as providing the exercise we need to stay healthy.


Now you’re updated on 6 of the most important lifestyle trends influencing Australia thus far in 2021. We hope this information is helpful to you as you decide how you want to spend your time this year.

19TH BANGALOW MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 DATES AND EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE

APRA AMCOS nominated event, the annual Bangalow Music Festival (BMF), proudly owned, operated and presented by Southern Cross Soloists (SXS), one of Australia’s most formidable and long-running chamber music ensembles, will hold its 19th edition in 2021. The 2020 festival was postponed due to COVID-19.

The 19th BMF 2021 will take place in the historic A&I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow, New South Wales, from 5:30pm Thursday 12 August through to 5:00pm Sunday 15 August 2021. Early Bird Ticket savings can be purchased now at www.stickytickets.com.au/o5vvu/bangalow_music_festival_2021/buy-tickets. Early Bird ticket savings are only available until Friday 16th April 2021.

Artistic Director Tania Frazer announcing the dates for 2021 said, “We cannot wait to build on the tremendous success of our APRA AMCOS nominated 18th BMF 2019. Cancelling last year’s event was so disappointing for us, as the festival is always a major highlight in our annual calendar of activities. As such, we are really looking forward to working closely with our supporters and partners to deliver an even better BMF in August 2021. This year’s program celebrates the joy music brings us and the important place it has in all of our lives. Something we are now much more aware of due to the restrictions faced over the last 12 months. I am currently putting the finishing touches to the 2021 program which is looking very exciting and will be announced in full in the coming months.”

The 19th BMF 2021 features the SXS and highly acclaimed chamber music ensembles, plus leading Australian and international soloists in a wonderland of musical works and genres inspired by friendships. The full program will be available after the 19th BMF 2021 official launch in mid-April.

Festival subscriptions include admission to all concerts in the festival apart from Zentveld's Coffee Concert or Locals Night. These events are ticketed separately. Platinum Subscribers are guaranteed the best seats in the house (first three rows in the stalls or first two rows in the balcony). Zentveld's Coffee Concert seats are general admission. This concert is not at the A&I Hall and the seating map does not apply for this concert.

Bangalow Music Festival
A&I Hall Bangalow
12-15 August 2021

 

Southern Cross Soloists SXS is a not-for-profit organisation, operating successfully for 25 years. SXS is one of Australia’s most formidable chamber music ensembles and is a Company-in- Residence at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). In addition to presenting fine chamber music nationally and internationally with world-renowned, virtuosic artists, the SXS run educational programs across Queensland, and present the regional festival, Bangalow Music Festival each year in New South Wales.

 

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