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Byron Bay Surf Festival presents ‘stART me up’
Saturday October 22nd 1-5pm
Byron Youth Services

When I was a kid I would scribble perfect wave after perfect wave onto my schoolbooks. I would take my drawings of waves home and show my Mum and she always encouraged me and told me they looked great. So I kept drawing them. When I was older I looked back at the covers on my old schoolbooks and my drawings were never really that great, but because of my Mum's encouragement I never stopped producing art, and I still do today! JMc

Byron Bay Surf Festival presents 'stART me up', a new art exhibition for kids, developed by local artist James McMillan, in association with Real creative designs, Wings, and Volcom clothing. The purpose of stART me up is to encourage youth art and to give new and emerging young artkids (some very young!) a valuable and real opportunity to hang and expose their work, in an exhibition type environment.

There are prizes in each category, including paints and paintbrushes from Eco paints, with the major prize going to the winner of the 14 -18yrs group, receiving a 6-month artist mentorship program with James Mc. There is also the overall 'Volcom artist prize': One artists work, overall, will be selected to be a part of the Volcom clothing high-Summer range for early 2012 as a Featured Artist on their range of T-shirts which will be distributed all around Australia and New Zealand. This is Huge!! Once the their design is released the winner will also receive 10 of these t shirts to share with family and friends. Yew!!

The artshow will be on display at the Byron Bay YAC located in Gilmore crescent off Lawson Street opposite Byron main beach. It starts at 1pm and there will be a gold coin donations at the door, which will enable you to see the awesome art, watch the youth rock bands, and checkout the skating demo at 3.30pm. So come along everyone and have some fun!

Entries close Thursday October 20th at 4pm and can be delivered to 2/9 Marvell street Byron Bay, along with the $10 artist entry fee and A3 size artwork. More info at: www.byronbaysurffestival.com

The Music Warehouse : Launch Party

The Official Launch Party Of The Opening Of The Music Warehouse
Saturday 15 October. from 8pm
3/10 Wollongbar Street, Byron Bay, Australia 2481

Byron Bays premier underground showcase music venue, a place for locals and their guests to come together, share, socialise and check out the amazing talent of The Bay.
A MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE + AWESOME AUDIO VISUAL SHOWCASE
Local Line up includes;

  • 8pm - ALTOWAVE : Chilled House ( Dj Set )
  • 9pm - ZAHLU AND THE ALCHEMISTS OF SOUND : Rock, Groove, Roots
  • 10pm - WUAYAKILLA : Upbeat Pop Rock
  • 12pm - THE DIRTY DROPOUTS : Progressive House, Trance
  • Lights and Visuals by Kelidascopic Chris
The bands will be recorded live and the evening videoed so come and be apart of history.

We are asking for a donation of $15.00 at the door to assist in paying the production team for their services so we can continue to hold more events in the future for the community and create a ongoing platform for artists to perform.

For further information visit; www.facebook.com/themusicwarehouse.

6th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta

3 Nights & 2 Days of all things Latin!
4th - 6th November 2011, Byron Bay

An International & National event.

  • 35+ Latin Dance Workshops
  • 3 Nights of amazing Parties
  • Live bands CLUB HAVANA & OLB
  • Pre Parties & After Parties
All this & more plus the gorgeous beaches of Byron Bay!

With a reputation of being one of the best Latin dance festivals In Australia, you surely don’t want to miss out!

For further information visit; www.byronlatinfiesta.com

Sat Night Byron Bay Surf Festival

Saturday night 7-8.45pm: Byron Bay Community Centre
Andrew Kidman: Live music/film, Taylor Steele: Andy Irons short film

A night of live music and film from two of surfings most popular filmmakers, Andrew Kidman (Aust) and Taylor Steele (USA). First up at 7pm is Taylor Steele's raw short-film surf-doco on the surfing life of the late Andy Irons. Taylor, good friends with Andy, put together the footage earlier this year and has only shown the film once before in Andy's hometown on the Island of Kauai. Byron Bay Surf Festival is honoured to be showcasing this film in Australia. In the words of Taylor's wife Sybil, the film is set to the sound of one loud punk rock song! Taylor Steele's' first films along with his latest have all had this similar style…the best raw surfing in the world set against the sound of blaring punk rock.

Andrew Kidman is a surfer and artist who expresses his innate connection to the ocean, surfing and life through many mediums, including music, film and the written word. Works of note include surf films 'Litmus' (1996) and 'Glass Love' (2005), his book collaboration (photography) with artist Andy Davis 'Way of the Bird' (2002), his current film and book release 'Lost in the Ether' (2010) and his current album with his band 'The Windy Hills' 'friend from another star' (2011). Andrew Kidman has always written and performed his own soundtracks, and his music has come to the fore in recent times, earning his band The Windy Hills (formerly The Brown Birds of Windy Hill) gigs at Splendour In The Grass, Mullumbimby Music Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival; also writing and recording the score to the film Searching For Michael Peterson with legendary guitarist Tim Gaze; and editing and touring the short film sensation Last Hope. Last Hope is an entirely unique melding of film and live music that has astonished audiences from New York to Brisbane. It is in this form that The Windy Hills will be playing live, at the Byron Bay Surf Festival, to films by Patrick Trefz's, Mick Waters and Andrew Kidman.

Saturday night continues with a live Dick Hoole film commentary followed by The Grains (live music) both at Woody's Surf Shack.

Surf Festival : Program


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Byron Bay Surf Festival Poster


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Voyeur Fashion Show : Poster




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Sample Food Festival : 'The Menu'

I've just been reading the Spring issue of Sample magazine and it contains plenty of info on the 'Sample Food Festival' this weekend in Bangalow... in particular The Menu. Between 9am and 3pm the restaurant marquees will offer $5 & $10 tasting plates... I'm thinking;

  • Belgian waffle with berry compote, mascarpone & pistachio parline.
  • King prawn, pink ginger & kaffir lime won ton with wasabi mayonnaise.
  • Baby back marinated ribs.
  • And, I'm a sucker for fancy burgers; I see two on the menu Wagyu beef with tomato, mint, garlic & parsley sauce or Barcoo beef with salad & plum relish.

I'll be at the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday between 9am - 3pm.

For further info visit; www.samplensw.com

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

Voyeur 2011 : Byron's premier Fashion Expose'

After the success of last year's sold out event, Voyeur 2011 is back on Friday 30 September.

Voyeur is a rare opportunity for designers of the Byron area to showcase their designs in a professionally produced runway show and network with others in the Industry. Awards will be presented on the night to Voyeur designer of the year, outfit of the night, and face of Voyeur.

For further information visit;

Standing Now : 26 August, Byron Theatre

Presented by the Creative Peoples Collective

Standing Now is an exciting theatre production fusing artforms such as contemporary dance, hip hop and aerial circus with the innovative use of music, digital media and film.

It explores the concept of self identity and how we define ourselves as the characters struggle to free the world from the clutches of an evil super villain who is controlling freedom of choice and independent thought through technology.

Danielle Stewart is a local Contemporary Dance choreographer/teacher and has been working on the show 'Standing Now' with the Creative People Collective. The show brings many art forms together to tell a story of finding our place in this world especially a creative voice. Danielle was commissioned to do workshops with kids in Coraki to give them a chance to try Contemporary Dance and be part of the performance. Workshops were held in the school holidays and then every Thursday afternoon until now, all of the children that attended had never done formal dance classes or contemporary dance before.

Danielle says it has been a wonderful experience connecting with these kids from a different community and giving them the opportunity to try a new art form, most of the kids have tried hip hop dance before and are great movers but Contemporary is very different and it took them a while to get used to all the floor work but after many moans and groans about bruises and sore backs they got really into it! The kids learnt about expressing meaning , ideas and story telling through dance and movement. "I hope I can work more with them in the future and as most of the kids are Indigenous use their traditions and storytelling to create dance"

The Creative Peoples Collective is run by sisters Zahra and Nadine Smith, they have sought funding to bring dance and theatre to kids in the Northern Rivers from Yamba, Evans Head, Mullumbimby, Coraki , Lismore and the wonderful experience of performing on stage in a professional theatre. The show also includes hip hop, aerial performance, theatre, song combined with film and digital media.

The show is on this Friday 26th August at the Byron Community Centre with a matinee at 11.30 am and evening show at 6pm, go to www.byroncentre.com.au for tickets and more info.

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