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Byron Bay Writers Festival launches 2014 Program

"If there’s a story to be told and if the story has some validity, some resonance, then you don’t keep it to yourself."
From Stories We Tell by Canadian Film Director Sarah Polley

The Byron Bay Writers Festival proudly opens the pages of the 18th edition of this major literary event showcasing a cavalcade of more than 130 writers, thinkers and creative spirits and a world of ideas over three action-packed days.

Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the 2014 Program is designed to challenge, provoke, connect and inspire.

'We've created a stimulating program featuring a strong core of powerful Australian writers together with acclaimed international talents. Securing celebrated UK author, Jeanette Winterson, is an enormous coup for the Festival. She’s considered one of the world’s Top 10 writers to see live and will deliver the Festival’s Keynote Address. US author Poe Ballantine will discuss his lauded memoir and will be joined by esteemed international writers including Geoff Dyer and Susie Orbach.'

'Cognisant of David Suzuki's belief that 'mounting climate evidence underscores the need to act' we have again afforded the environment a strong focus this year, Johnson says. 'We're looking forward to Bob Brown's session with Tim Flannery exploring an environmental vision for Australia.'

Johnson says the Festival team has continued with its tradition of not shying away from the complicated issues. 'Julian Burnside, Antony Loewenstein, Joanne McCarthy, and Kate McClymont are all attending. We expect robust debate about how our country treats some of the world’s most vulnerable people.'

Don't miss Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel, author of the brilliant and harrowing Thank You for Your Service and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser as they explore Australia’s relationship with the US, prompted by influential commentator, David Marr.

The Festival will also probe into our past with authors of fiction and non-fiction including the 2014 Stella Prize winner, Clare Wright, M.L. Stedman, James Brown, Ashley Hay and Mike Carlton.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without food events. Travel the Indian spice route with fêted chef Christine Manfield at her Literary Lunch at the Byron at Byron resort. Saturday's supper with substance will be dished up by national treasures Julian Burnside and Frank Moorhouse in conversation with Sian Prior.

See John Safran's acclaimed live show Murder in Mississippi at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Then dust off your Ziggy Stardust outfits as one of Melbourne's best-loved spoken word events Liner Notes literary cabaret comes to Byron for the first time. A literary cabaret, this year's performers include, among others, Andrew Denton, Missy Higgins and Benjamin Law.

Relish another musical treat with Richard Clapton in conversation with David Leser. And let the music keep playing with Missy Higgins at the launch of her new album.

Kids Big Day Out adds an extra Festival dimension on Sunday featuring some of Australia's favourite authors led by Andy Griffiths, with Sally Rippin, Martin Chatterton, Nick Earls and two Byron Shire locals, Jesse Blackadder and Tristan Bancks. Enjoy another Festival first as Asphyxia unfolds her magical world of marionettes, and if you're one of the millions of kids who own a copy of Possum Magic, bring it along for Mem Fox to sign.

If that’s not enough literary action, delve into memoir, screenwriting, travel, poetry, romance and more at festival panels and at hands-on skills development Workshops. Enjoy over 105 sessions commencing with a John Weiley Retrospective Film Screening and conversation with Kerry O’Brien on Wednesday night and closing with the sweet voices of the Byron Bay Public School Choir.

Festival founder Chris Hanley believes the 2014 Program offers enormous depth. 'Curating any landmark international literary festival requires knowledge, dexterity and passion. Certainly, this year’s Festival signposts Byron Bay as a destination literary event.'

The Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July. For more Festival information or to purchase tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.

Burlesque Festival in Byron Bay

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2014 is coming to Byron Bay June 12!

The ‘ABF Tour Showcase’ will be held at the Byron Community Centre, offering a night of glamorous Bump n’ Grind tease and vintage cabaret. Local and international burlesque performers will take the stage at the Byron Theatre, tantalizing the senses with their unique mixture of traditional entertainment and neo-burlesque.

The Australian Burlesque Festival has become internationally renowned for its incredibly talented performers, and eclectic burlesque shows since it began in 2010. The festival brings together a unique blend of the best Australian performers and burlesque icons from around the world.

Doors open 7pm, show begins 8pm
Tickets : click to purchase online

Byron Bay Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke rolls out the red carpet for the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival, 28 February – 9 March 2014.

Festival on 28 February – 9 March 2014
Free Full Moon beachside screening 14 February 2014
Learn More at www.bbff.com.au

After 12 months scouring the globe for eye-opening, invigorating and cutting-edge films, the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF 2014) is once again preparing for thousands of film lovers, directors, producers, actors and other creative spirits from around the world to descend upon the breathtaking shores of sub-tropical Byron Bay and expand their worldview through a massive independent 10-day celebration of film.

So what can audiences expect in 2014? “This year we are looking forward to fabulous red carpet Opening and Closing Night gala parties, unique events that explore Byron’s way of life and an inspirational selection of panels and workshops”, says Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke.

"However, as a prelude we are also very excited to be hosting Byron Bay’s most romantic night of the year, as our iconic Full Moon beachside screening will be held on Valentine's Day - Friday 14 February 2014. We will be screening a selection of the best romantic short films from our past seven seasons. Thousands of people will join with picnics in tow for a free night of heart-warming cinema under the stars to the backdrop of the Byron lighthouse."

Famous for its surfing and laid-back, bohemian lifestyle, Byron Bay’s buzz during the film festival is infectious. A fun, friendly and inclusive vibe sees audiences and industry heavyweights mingling side by side at the BBFF’s sunset bar or the many great cafes and restaurants nearby.

Byron Latin Fiesta

1–3 November 2013

8th Annual BYRON LATIN FIESTA, A weekend feast of Latin music & dance!

4 Nights of Parties & 2 Days of Latin Dance Workshops. International, National & National Latin Dance Artists, Live Bands, Latin DJS & Performances! All this & more plus the gorgeous beaches of Byron Bay.

For further information visit www.byronlatinfiesta.com.au or phone 0413 146 889

Boomerang Festival

4 - 6 Oct Long Weekend 2013

A new world indigenous festival for all Australians

Boomerang is the first of its kind, never has an Indigenous festival of this holistic calibre been so accessible, featuring an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts, along with cultural knowledge exchanges and thought provoking conversation It is an all embracing event – for peoples of every persuasion – come join us.

Boomerang is taking place on Bundjalung land, at the home of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, the magical Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of beautiful Byron Bay in subtropical Northern NSW. You would need to travel to a remote area of Australia to experience such an amazing event and even then it would not present near as many of the incredible artists that define the Australian Indigenous experience that is Boomerang.

For further information, tickets & the full program, visit; www.boomerangfestival.com.au

Sample Food Festival 2013

The 2013 Sample Food Festival is set to showcase qualities that create the mark of local distinction and excellence for Northern NSW food.

When: Saturday September 7th, 2013
Time: 8am to 4pm
Where: Bangalow Showground

200 exhibitors to browse including 25 of our regions top restaurants serving a $5 and a $10 tasting plate.

On festival day, highlights include. A Byron Farmers Market breakfast from 8am, Celebrity guests, Cooking demonstrations, Cheese making class, live music, children’s entertainment and product launches. Entry is free.

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

For more information visit the website www.samplensw.com

Splendour in the Grass 2013 SOLD OUT

Splendour in the Grass, July 26 – 28 : SOLD OUT

This year SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS finally moves to its idyllic, permanent home at North Byron Parklands. Picture wide green meadows, flower covered dams, trees, trees and more trees. From July 26 – 28 this eden will be transformed into a nirvana for music and arts enthusiasts.

Over three monumental days, punters can random shuffle their feet between 80+ of the hottest acts on offer today, from global tastemakers to the “ones to watch” to festival favourites as you’ve never seen them before, to seasoned internationals and truly iconic Australian acts.

SPLENDOUR 2013 will include all of the event’s popular festival features plus some super new additions!

For further information, visit; www.splendourinthegrass.com

TEK* 2013 : Konvergence

The Konvergence 2013, a massive spectacle of light, sound, art & technology to be held at the Byron Sport & Cultural Complex on Thursday June 20th. 12 hours of performances, workshops, panels, workshops, stalls and much more...

Thursday June 20th

11am - 11pm

Byron Sport & Cultural Complex

$40 / $30 concession

Tickets & Further Information, visit; www.tekstar.tv

Kites & Bikes Festival 2013

Brunswick Heads' Kites & Bikes Festival is an 'eco-friendly family fun' day day features a flying display of the biggest kites in Australia, a Rokkaku kite flying challenge, kite making workshops, kite surfing, Expressive Bikes stunt demos, a decorated bike parade, the Apartments Inn Byron Duck Race and dance off.

For further information, visit the website; Kites & Bikes Festival

2013 Byron Bay Film Festival

In 2013, the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) celebrates its seventh year. The festival continues to grow, this year screening over 200 films from more than 30 countries with a program comprised of feature films, documentaries, animation and short films that support and celebrate local and international cinema.

Visit the Byron Bay International Film Festival for more information.

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