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2012 Byron Bay Surf Festival

October 26-28 2012

"It’s about time that there is a Surf Festival in Byron Bay." - Bob McTavish. What more is there to say, Byron has had a profound impact on generations of travelling, crafting and searching surf & ocean enthusiasts from all around the globe.

This is how the local and international acclaimed surf legend Bob McTavish opened the inaugural 2011 Byron Bay Surf Festival and was honoured to be part of this 3 day fusion of community focused events pertaining the creative culture within surfing including surf – art, music, film, photography, surf markets, workshops, surf history display, kids stART me up events, surf swap meet, freestyle & stoke expression session, surf demo's, mermaids, charities and more... 'SURF CULTURE NOW'

After a huge success last year with surfing legends like Dick Hoole, George Greenough, Alby Falzon, Taylor Steele, Tom Wegener, Andrew Kidman, Neal Purchase Jnr, Rusty Miller, Danny Wills, Mick Waters and the like contributing to a very special festival and raving about the great vibe it created amongst likeminded people around town it is fantastic to see that this year's festival October 26-28th is determined to put another icing on the cake.

Come along and get stoked to experience 'Surf Culture Now' events being hosted all around beautiful Byron town and it’s beaches The Opening Ceremony Friday 26th Oct will be presented by international surfing and ASP legend Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, held at the Byron Bay Brewery & Buddha Bar, which is shaping up to be a night not to be missed - with presentations, the 'Surf Culture Now – Art & Photography Show', renowned surf bands and more.

So, what's new, well besides other additions like beach debris art creations, more surf legends and environmental kids projects this year there will be a 'Surf Shorts' short film competition where budding surf film makers get a chance to present their 7min short films to a esteemed panel of judges. The final 5 entrants will be shown on the Saturday night 27th Oct at the Byron Community Centre before the surf film premier. For the winner and runner-ups there are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including a film mentorships from a renown surf film maker Taylor Steel, a McTavish surfboard and a screening at the 2013 Byron Bay International Film Festival. Contact the Byron Surf Festival crew - www.byronbaysurffestival.com for details.

This year the workshops will feature a special surf literature surf workshop by Tim Baker, a Tom Wegner demonstration on how to make an alaia and belly board, Shaun Levings from World Surfaris will take us to the top 5 surf destinations plus much more.

Make sure to bring your boards down to the surf swap meet on Sunday Oct 28 th. The Surf Swap Meet will be open to all keen collectors and swappers with some hand selected shapers from AU, Japan and California exhibiting their unique craft.

Stay tuned for additions to the program on www.byronbaysurffestival.com . See you at the 2nd Byron Bay Surf Festival 26-28th October 2012 ...where most events are FREE, just like surfing is ...yew!

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;

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.

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 reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

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.

25th Ocean Swim Classic

The 25th Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic & Westpac Mini Swim, presented by the Byron Bay Winter Whales on Sunday 6th May 2012.

The Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim Classic was first held in 1988 and has been running annually ever since. Starting out with a very small number of ocean swimmers, "swimming for charity", the Winter Whales Ocean Swim has now over 1700 regular participants and the numbers continue to rise every year.

A choice of two swims - The Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic and the shorter Westpac Mini Swim, both finishing at Main Bach Byron Bay. Both swims are along a buoyed course with ample water safety provided.

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

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