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Byron's Big Weekend

Byron Bay is a popular town with plenty to see & do, and is part of why this region is such a great place to live or visit. This coming weekend; 25, 26, 27 May 2012 has so much going on across the whole of Byron Shire that it will surprise you when you see it all in one list... hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Hope we haven't missed anything, here we go;

  • The Paper Trail Fri, Sat & Sun, various locations : A celebration of all things paper. Produced by Paper Runway, the stylish Byron Shire-based magazine loved by paper aficionados and the design-conscious from Australia to London and New York, The Paper Trail will open with a paper-centric exhibition at Art Park at the Byron A&I Estate on Friday May 25.
     
  • Arj Barker – Keeper or Crapper Fri, Sat, Sun, Byron Community Centre : Join Arj, as he digs through his notes and try to figure out which jokes will make it into his new show, and which ones will end up getting flushed away! Some call it a work-in-progress. He calls it... Arj Barker: Keeper or Crapper 2012. Be there to experience one of comedy’s greatest comedy minds at work.
     
  • KINGTIDE Sat, The Mullumbimby Bowling Club : Sydney’s hardest working, premier original Rock Steady, Reggae-got soul, & Aria Award nominated band KINGTIDE return to Mullumbimby after recruiting fans and stunning festival punters with their roots, pop, reggae fix at The Mullumbimby Music Festival 2011.
     
  • Sew & Tell: Handmade & Hand-me-down Fair Sat, Bangalow A&I Hall : We're putting it all together in a crafty, vintage, thrifty love fest called Sew & Tell: Handmade & Hand-me-down Fair.
     
  • Mullum 2 Bruns Paddle Sun, Heritage Park Mulumbimby to Terrace Park Brunswick Heads : The main paddling events begin at Heritage Park in Mullumbimby and conclude at the Terrace in Brunswick Heads, where live music, free paddle clinics, a duck race, raffle, BBQs and other fun entertain the crowds throughout the day in a festival atmosphere.
     
  • Fiesta Fun Day; Save the Heart of Federal Sun, Federal : A magical community day of fun to celebrate and support the historic heart of Federal Village. Share in a Fiesta Fun Day around the hall and church with music, jumping castle, activities, stalls, art auctions & great food.

The weather forecast is for rain clearing on Saturday and sunny on Sunday. All you photographers - if you get any great shots, share them with Byron Bay on Facebook.

George Negus : Byron at Byron

On May 17 The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa will host legendary Australian media personality George Negus who - among other things - will share his thoughts on Australia's place in a monumentally changing world.

The first in the Byron at Byron Presents dinner series for 2012, the event follows last years' sell-out dinners with Bettina Arndt, Joanna Savill and David Clark.

George's most recent book The World From Down Under is a compilation of interviews with international "movers and shakers" for SBS Dateline that reveal George's passion to put significant world events into perspective for Australians.

"The world is in turmoil and sometimes we Australians tend to overestimate our own problems," says George. "I wouldn't go so far as to call us the lucky country, but we are definitely a fortunate country. Less than 25-million people out of 7-billion world-wide, we need to think about that and get it into a realistic perspective. We need to see Australia in relation to the world - not the world in relation to Australia.

"There are people in other parts of the world facing hardship and difficulty we can't imagine, yet our own politics has become so spiteful, small minded and uninspired. There's a leadership crisis in this country that goes right across the ideological spectrum. A lack of maturity and sophistication in our politics means we find ourselves complaining at a time when we should be thankful.

"I've seen third world countries handle the up-and-down nature of their affairs in a more dignified way. I'm disappointed that we can't get our heads out of our own sandy beaches".

Be it Syria, coal-seam gas in the Byron hinterland, caring for The Kimberleys versus the Amazon River or Byron's coast, the Greek economic collapse versus Australian real estate development and debt, George will discuss "What is our place, as Australians, in the global scheme of things? Why should we care for more than their own backyards?" 

Negus began his career as a Queensland teacher, before moving into journalism and working behind the scenes in Canberra. He burst onto our TV screens during the heady days of 60 Minutes (1979-86), then spent several years as founding presenter on ABCs Foreign Correspondent (1992-99). His many other forays into our lounge rooms include Nine's Today Show, ABC's This Day Tonight and programs tagged with his own name such as ABCs George Negus Tonight and Ten's 6:30 with George Negus.

His exceptional list of interviewees spans politics (Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Gaddafi, Mikhail Gorbachev, an entire last generation of Australian Prime Ministers), music (Bob Marley, Annie Lennox, Bob Dylan), religion (His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Richard Dawkins), Hollywood legends (Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg) and thinkers including Richard Branson, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Dr David Suzuki, Sir Bob Geldof and Fatima Bhutto.

George's most recent book The World From Down Under follows his two earlier bestsellers The World from Islam and The World From Italy.

Byron at Byron Presents George Negus "Australia's Place in the World"
7:00pm Thursday May 17, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
$70 for two courses from Head Chef Gavin Hughes, a glass of wine and George. Stay the night from $285 for two people.

Bookings essential. 02 6639 2105 or [email protected]

Travelling Film Festival

Dendy Cinema, Byron Bay 18-20 May 2012

The Travelling Film Festival is on the road again; returning to Dendy Byron Bay 18-20 May with a weekend of world cinema - nine features and three shorts, from seven different countries. The Travelling Film Festival once again treats regional audiences to the best of Australian and international cinema on the big screen.

Opening Night, Friday 18 May, is Australian documentary Life in Movement - a celebratory documentary about the acclaimed Australian dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke. The dedicated 29-year was appointed as director of the Sydney Dance Company but before she could take up the position she was tragically killed in a road accident. Eighteen months later, Tanja's collaborators (including her partner Sol Ulbrich) embarked on a world tour of her award-winning productions. Life in Movement was a sold out session at Sydney Film Festival 2011 and took home the prestigious Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize. Special guest TBA.

International selections include Buck - the fascinating documentary about the horse whisperer Buck Brannaman (the inspiration for Robert Redford’s film, The Horse Whisperer); Medianeras, romantic comedy from Buenos Aires; Romantics Anonymous – charming French comedy about chocolate and true love; A Dangerous Method - an elegant adaption of John Kerr’s acclaimed novel starring Michael Fassdbender as Dr Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightly as Sabina; Goodbye First Love - a classy French post New-Wave story of love, loss and youth, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve (The Father of My Children); Happy, Happy - sexy drama from Norway, winner of the Wold Jury Prize at Sundance and The Kid with a Bike - winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at Cannes Film Festival 2011, another masterful entry directed by the multi-award winning Dardenne brothers.

Closing Night Film is Weekend – the multi-award winning, unconventional love story from the UK about two young men and a single weekend, screens with Dendy Award Finalist short film Cropped.

Also on the line-up are short films Nullarbor, winner of the Yoram Gross and AACTA Animation Award (screens with Buck) and Dendy Award Finalist Two Laps (screens with Medianeras).

Tickets on sale at Dendy Byron– Ph: (02) 6680 8555 (Save over 30% with subscription and flexi pass deals. Under 26s just $8!)

For full program information pick up a program at the box office or visit sff.org.au – Travelling Film Festival – Byron Bay.

Splendour in the Grass 2012 Event Poster

2012 Byron Bay Film Festival

This is the year for Byron Bay International Film Festival. 16 World Premieres, 107 Australian Premiere’s, 191 films from 39 countries, a master class with Jack Thompson fresh from the set of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the latest film & a master class from surfing legend Jack McCoy, the Australian premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, a fundraiser screening of Paul Cox’s new film The Dinner Party, filmmakers flying in from around the globe.

For further information, ticket sales & festival programme, visit www.bbff.com.au

Splendour In The Grass In Byron for 2012 !

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."

Broken Stone Records ~ Roadshow Showcase

Byron Bay Brewery - Friday 10 February

Featuring Live Performances By: Sister Jane, Caitlin Park, Magnetic Heads, The Maple Trail

For tickets and further info, visit; roadshow.brokenstonerecords.com.

Backsliders in Byron Bay

Sat Jan 21st at Community Theatre in Byron Bay

Fans of blistering live blues and roots music take note: Australia's foremost, iconic blues and roots group Backsliders were nominated in the Roots category for the 25th Anniversary ARIA AWARDS, are playing in Byron on Saturday January 21.

Named by Doug Mulray in 2003 as "the best acoustic blues band in the country", and with an abundance of career awards including 'Band of the Year' (Rolling Stone), 'Best Live Australian Blues Act' (Blues on Air Magazine) and 'Blues Album of the Year' (Rhythms Magazine), Backsliders are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre: the 'delta-blues wall of sound'.

Live in concert, the band are a force to be reckoned with, fiercely blending an amped up authentic, original blues style, along with their evocative, unplugged 'deep south' acoustic delta blues mode. Backsliders feature guitarist/ vocalist, founding member and key songwriter Dom Turner plus drum and percussion virtuoso Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, The Break). The band have notched up 25 years experience serving up the finest, meanest acoustic-based blues, starting out before "blues and roots" was a well-known term in the Australian music industry.

The new 2011 Backsliders album, Starvation Box, will be released via Fuse Records on August 12, available in all good record stores and online. Recorded in another former Midnight Oil member Jim Moginie's studio, Oceanic Studios on Sydney's northern beaches, Starvation Box is an affectionate nod the band's past heroes containing five covers of past greats including Lead Belly, Robert Johnson and blues mandolin elder statesman and another key Backsliders influence, Yank Rachell.

The album title itself is based on the story that Lead Belly's father Wes used to call his son's guitar a starvation box, "coz you ain't gonna make no money outta that thing!" After Lead Belly's death, The Weavers went on to make a good income from his song "Goodnight, Irene", so his father was partly right.

Many of the album's original tracks follow the theme of paying tribute to musical heroes: "Failed Preacher Blues" is about the 'Father of the Delta Blues' Charlie Patton, for example, and"Bowie County" also mentions Lead Belly and the famous jail where he served time and escaped under an alias 'Walter Boyd'!

On this run of concerts, Dom Turner and Rob Hirst will play as a 3-piece, alternately joined by two of Australia's supreme and most creative harmonica players; the legendary Brod Smith(Dingoes, Brod Smith's Big Combo) and ARIA award-winning harmonica guru Ian Collard(Collard, Greens & Gravy). Each of these blues-harp masters colour the Backsliders sound with a fiery display of guts and melody – you never know who will play on each night – but you can be sure that both pack a punch.

Fans can expect to hear a mixture of classic favourites from the band's healthy back catalogue as well as the sublime cuts from Starvation Box. Make sure you come to a show and find out why the Sydney Morning Herald says "the Backsliders are the rarest of blues bands" and why Drum Media proclaims they deliver "contemporary roots music at its best!"

BACKSLIDERS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

FRI JAN 20 The SOUNDLOUNGE Currumbin Gold Coast, QLD
SAT JAN 21 COMMUNITY THEATRE Byron Bay, NSW

For all tickets go to www.gaynorcrawford.com

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Byron Arts Classic : Entry Form

'bringing art to the community and the community to art'

An exciting community art exhibition which showcases the diverse range of artwork from North Coast visual artists. The Byron Community Centre is transformed from top to bottom as it is filled with over 340 artworks from emerging and established visual artists. The Arts Classic aims to showcase the area's gifted artisans to the local community and to the many visitors from around the globe A capacity 500 people attended last year's opening and thousands came to view the artworks over the following 5 days. The Byron Arts Classic offers a rich 6-day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts.

Online entry's now open, visit Arts Classic Online Entry Form now.

Byron Arts Classic exhibition is open Friday 6 January – Wednesday 11 January at the Byron Community Centre

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