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2018 Starlight Festival

Have a Byron Bay experience, discover your light and reconnect with your true essence at the Starlight Festival.

Join us for a festival of awakening and a celebration of infinite connection. This annual festival captures the essence of Byron Bay with a space for sharing information a bringing together of a community of like minded people. Starlight Festival is a diverse event, with live music, chanting, workshops and Yoga. It is the perfect opportunity to ignite your soul and celebrate conscious living.

The event attracts people of all ages and is a family friendly event. With renowned practitioners and specialists across a variety of fields including massage, yoga, natural products, beauty, sustainable goods, soulful food and healing. The Starlight Festival also offers connection with practitioners of ancient shamanic wisdom, soulful sound journeys and psychic knowledge.

Join us at the Byron Bay Starlight Festival in Bangalow from January 4th to 7th 2018 for four days of spiritual growth, enlightenment and expanding consciousness.

A&I Hall Bangalow
Jan 4th-7th 2018 
www.starlightfestival.com.au

First Sun 2018: New Year’s Day in Byron Bay

Welcome the first sunrise of 2018 in Byron Bay at the family-friendly First Sun event. Held each year on January 1 at the Cape Byron Lighthouse from 5am to 8am, First Sun encourages all to set a positive intention for the new year.

Set against sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, attendees with will be among the first in Australia to see the day break.

First Sun will kick off at 5am, with relaxing music as the first light of 2018 peeks above the horizon. After sunrise, the morning’s activities will include crystal bowl soundscapes, yoga, guided meditation, peaceful intent, and more. All activities are free, and suitable for all ages.

Please bring your own yoga mat, torch, sunglasses, hat, and water. Plus, don’t forget to dress warmly and bring blankets – it can get chilly early in the morning, even in the middle of summer.

Attendees are encouraged to park at the Clarkes Beach carpark from 4am, and then walk up to the lighthouse. A guided walk will leave at 4.15am. Please note, the walk to the lighthouse includes a lot of stairs.

For those that cannot walk, a free shuttle bus will run between 4.30am and 8am.

Parking restrictions will apply between Clarkes Beach and the lighthouse. And, Lighthouse Road will be closed off between midnight, December 31, 2017 and 8am, January 1, 2018.

The Cape Café will be open from 4.30am for tea, coffee, and chai. Later, it will also offer a light breakfast menu with options for all dietary requirements and preferences.  

Start 2018 with an intention for peace, health, and happiness surrounded by the natural beauty of Byron Bay. Visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/new-years-eve to learn more.

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out with Byron Bay Merch

Byron Bay’s iconic “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” sign is loved by all, locals and visitors alike. Spreading good vibrations to everyone who drives into town via Ewingsdale Road, the sign has become a landmark and popular photo spot.

Now, you can take Byron’s chilled out, laid-back attitude with you wherever you go. Our new organic T-shirts, stickers, and tote bags are perfect reminders of your trip to the Byron region.

Byron Bay T-Shirts

Share positive Byron vibes with everyone you pass with a “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” T-shirt. Our tees are crafted from 100 percent fair trade, organic cotton, and are available in both men's and women’s fits.

Byron Bay Tote Bags

Say no to plastic bags Byron style with a canvas tote. Featuring our original sign graphic, this bag is made of 100 percent cotton canvas, and has reinforced shoulder straps.

Byron Bay Stickers

Decorate your car, laptop, fridge, notebook, desk, whatever with our iconic Byron Bay stickers. “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” stickers are 14.6cm x 10cm, and made from durable vinyl with a laminate coating that protects against scratching, rain, and sunlight.

Shop Byron Bay Now with Free Shipping

Check out the range of Byron Bay merch at byronbaynow.com. We offer FREE shipping Australia wide, and $5 international shipping.

2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. From Thursday, February 22 to Sunday, February 25, 2018, experience the best surf culture has to offer. From art, music, and film, to board shaping, fashion, and of course, surfing, get ready to celebrate the many facets of the surf lifestyle.

2018’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole host of brand-new events and Surf Fest favourites.

First up, the Surf Festival has been extended by one whole day. That means more opportunities to immerse yourself in surf culture, and get involved in the many free and paid-for events the festival has to offer.

Secondly, Friday will now host its own surf event. More details to come, so stay tuned.

Finally, the crowd-favourite ‘Surf Lit Lounge’ is getting an exciting makeover. Now titled the ‘Surf Legend Lounge,’ this event will kick off the festival in style. Taking place in the Byron Community Centre, the Surf Legend Lounge will give you the opportunity to mingle with some of the surfing world’s greatest icons, and soak up their inspirational insights on adventure, surfboards, arts, culture, and sustainability.

Early-birds will enjoy food and drink, plus live music. This event is a fantastic way to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, and feel inspired about the days to come.

Plus, all FEELGOOD and FREE events from the last Surf Festival will be back in action in 2018. That includes the iconic Sunset Cinema, the Art Show, the popular Surf Art Markets, Live Music, and much more.

Don’t forget to head to the beautiful Wategos beach, and get involved in the Freestyle & Stoke sessions.

Learn more about the epic Byron Bay Surf Festival at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au
 

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2017/18

Bring in 2018 Byron style at the family-friendly Soul Street party. Hosted by the Byron Bay Community Centre, the upbeat, colourful spirit of Soul Street attracts thousands from the local region and beyond.

Byron’s main street, Jonson Street, will be closed off (see details below) and transformed into a celebratory community hub. Expect fun for the whole family, as you stroll through live performances (cabaret, DJs, and more), kids play zones, comedy sets, drag shows, circus acts, graffiti workshops, henna tattooing, tarot reading, and more.

Keep in mind, Soul Street is an alcohol-free event, but there will be plenty of delicious foods and drinks available for all.

The aim of Soul Street is to create an inclusive, immersive New Years Eve event in Byron Bay that everyone in our community – young and old – can enjoy. You and your loved ones will be safe and secure from start to finish.  

Soul Street Byron Bay New Years Eve Details

Soul Street runs from 4pm to midnight, December 31, 2017. The event is all-ages, and alcohol-free.

Road closures

Jonson Street will be closed between Byron and Lawson St from 6am on December 31, 2017 until 8am on January 1, 2018.

There will also be no parking permitted in the Lawson Street South car park, the Main Beach car park, the Middleton Street car bark, or in Bay Street between Jonson and Middleton Streets from 6am on December 31, 2017 until 8am on January 1, 2018.

Free parking will be available at the Butler Street Reserve, which is located a short walk from the Soul Street festivities.

Signed detours will be available, but please expect delays.

You can download the road closures map here.

Taxi and bus services

Byron Bay’s taxi rank will be located at the main bus stop for the duration of the above road closures. The bus stop will relocate to the taxi rank near Marvel Street.

Taxis will offer the Nightrider bus during peak times. The Nightrider will depart from the taxi rank at a flat fee of $5 to Sunrise and Suffolk Park.

The Falls Festival Shuttle bus will run along Ewingsdale Road into town, and between Byron Bay’s centre and Suffolk Park. Non-festival-goers can catch the Falls bus for a flat fee of $5.

Plus, Blanchs Bus Lines will offer a 24-hour timetable during New Years Eve. Phone 6686 2144 or visit www.blanchs.com.au for timetable information.

Learn more at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/new-years-eve

NORPA reveals 2018 Season

13 shows, 12 Australian works, 5 premieres. 

NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) has revealed a gutsy, adventurous and exciting year of performing arts for 2018 that firmly places the theatre company as a maker and champion of brave new Australian work at front and centre.

 
NORPA will premiere its new work Wildskin directed by Julian Louis, a thriller set in local bushland featuring an all-female cast, as well as Rovers, Wonderbabes and Horses Mouth, three powerful new theatre works created by NORPA Associate Artists Caroline Dunphy, Kate McDowell and Kirk Page.


 
“This year, we’re venturing even deeper into the wild, as we confront all kinds of animals, truths, and potentially the wilder parts of ourselves,” said NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis “With provoking and challenging performances — plus a few laughs along the way — we’re inviting anyone who’s interested in examining the changing world around us, as well as the emotional landscapes within, to come along.”

 
Among other highlights at NORPA in 2018 will be the premiere of Peepshow by internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa; Paul Capsis in his award-winning portrayal of Quentin Crisp in Resident Alien; and Catherine McClements in The Events, a Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and SA State Theatre Company co-production that will feature a local Northern Rivers choir.
 
For young people and families there’s The 78-Storey Treehouse the newest, biggest blockbuster in the Treehouse series; 360 ALLSTARS created by local multi instrumentalist Gene Peterson featuring World Champion BMX riders, breakdancers and freestyle basketballers in a radical urban circus; two inventive and hilarious re-imaginings of classic fairy tales with Red Racing Hood and Big Bad Wolf.
 
NORPA has also launched a comprehensive year-round Education, Youth & Families program supported by Southern Cross University that includes a Summer Theatre Intensive (22-25 January, 2018), on-demand theatre workshops for schools, a student theatre club and work experience opportunities for young people. For performers wanting to further develop their practice there are regular Training Ground classes in physical devised theatre practice, a curated Masterclass Series and Artist in Residencies.
 
“NORPA couldn’t exist anywhere else, which is why we’re motivated to keep bringing the stories of the Northern Rivers to life and cementing its reputation as a cultural heartland,” says Julian Louis “We do this by collaborating with talented artists and creating original work that’s ingrained with a real sense of this place we all call home. In a small way, we’re shaping the Australia we want to live in by creating art that’s culturally respectful, inclusive, brave and playful, and by working for a company that’s been built around the same values.”
 
All 2018 NORPA shows are now on sale with a 20% discount for subscription packages of 3 shows or more. Many shows sell out so it is advised to jump on board and get your tickets early at www.norpa.org.au or call the NORPA Box Office during business hours on 1300 066 772.

NORPA 2018 SEASON now on sale
Tickets and information at www.norpa.org.au
Telephone: 1300 066 772
3 shows from as little as $60 for Under 25s or $90 for adults.

Rod Evans: The Artist Behind the Moon Rise Time-lapse

In early September, we shared an incredible time-lapse of the full moon rising behind Byron’s iconic lighthouse to the Byron Bay Facebook page. It was one of our most popular posts ever, with over 75,000 minutes of video watched by more than 350,000 people.

The time-lapse shows a huge, yellow-orange moon rise from the horizon, up past the lighthouse, and into the darkening sky. The footage is spectacular – you can watch it below.

The time-lapse was created by local photographer and teacher-in-training Rod Evans. Evans lives in the lush Byron Hinterland, and captures the natural beauty of the region’s beaches, landscapes, sunsets, markets, moon rises, and more in his stunning photography and time-lapses.

As well as posting his work to his Instagram and Facebook page, he is an ABC Open contributor.

Recently, Evans has explored the possibilities of light painting.

Light painting is a photographic technique where images are made by moving a light source while taking a long exposure photo. The results are otherworldly, as streams of colour ribbon through the night sky seemingly independent.

Evans’s light painting images have had great success: they’ve been featured in The Weekend Australian Magazine, placed at the Lismore Show, and even reached the number one spot on the front page of Reddit.

Alongside fellow Byron Bay photographer Caroline Fisher, Evans has assisted with light painting workshops. These give photography enthusiasts the chance to learn light painting techniques – including the correct camera settings – and experiment with light-producing materials.

Keep up with Rod Evans on Instagram, his Facebook Page and visit www.rodevansvisual.com to learn more.

Street Removed: Connect with the Byron Shire Community

Discover the people that make Byron Shire’s communities so special with Street Removed. Lead by Bangalow resident Terry Brown of Byron Video, the videos provide an authentic look at beautiful Byron Bay and surrounds.

Street Removed goes behind the scenes of the town. The method is simple: Terry picks up a camera and microphone, walks through the town, and chats with locals. Everything is entirely unscripted and 100 percent real. These conversations help fellow residents, as well as visitors, get to know the warm and welcoming community and culture of the region.

Incredibly, Street Removed's walk around Bangalow was chosen as one of nine Australian finalists in QANTAS's #mytownspirit promotion. Voting has now closed, and we eargerly await the result. 

Check out this episode of Street Removed. You’ll meet Mon, an employee at Woods Bangalow with a passion for hats.

For even more Street Removed, head over the Street Removed Facebook Page for live walks through town, where Terry stops and connects with the locals for more insightful conversations.

Or, learn about the dedicated people who make local events – such as the Sample Food Festival – possible.

Terry believes that it’s the people – not the landmarks – that make a town unique. Through his Street Removed project, he hopes to encourage others to connect with one another. It’s as easy as saying hello!

11th Annual Byron Bay Film Festival October 6-15

#CINEMAFORTHESENSES

It’s time to answer the siren call of Byron Bay – to its beautiful beaches and bush, and to the rich cultural feast that is the Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF).
 
Now in its 11th year, BBFF spans across ten days in six venues, featuring over 175 independent films, and attracting filmmakers and film-lovers from all over the world; it is the Australia’s most loved regional film festival.
 
Last year the festival celebrated its milestone 10th birthday, with celebrity endorsements from some of the film world’s top names – including A-listers Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Hiddleston, who said it was “certainly the best film festival in Australia”. The festival had its stamp on the international calendar, and as it has done every year, increased its international reach.
 
This year the festival launched with a stirring video made by acclaimed Storm Surfers director and now local resident, Justin McMillan, with Director of Water Photography Stefan José joining other Byron locals to help out.
 
The video captures not just the glory of surfing on this part of the coast, but the freedom to be found in the Byron landscape, and embodies the high-quality aesthetic of the festival, and lights up the sensory experience of both the unique Byron Bay experience, as well as the immersive wonder of film. It captivates and offers the viewer ‘Cinema for the Senses’ – the perfect taster of what festival goers might experience in 2017. View the trailer now, via www.bit.ly/2iA5jJ5
 
Once again there is a unique and diverse line-up from around the world. This is truly an international event, with documentaries, drama and comedy from some of the most remote corners of the earth, as well as the best from young Australian filmmakers and their contemporaries overseas. Find out more about the Young Filmmaker Award via www.bbff.com.au
 
Virtual Reality (VR) and other high tech of the moving image will be explored and shared. The Byron Bay Film Festival has been a pioneer and leader in the burgeoning Byron Bay innovation movement, which has created countless entrepreneurial and industrial opportunities for the creative industries and beyond. The Ncubat8 Program offers the opportunity for a young filmmaker to work on VR with a local industry professional. More information on this can be found on the festival website.
 
Move seamlessly from one world into another: dry off, brush the sand from your feet, and step into the infinite universe of the cinema, to be transported to another place and time.
 
Then there’s the parties, the meet-the-stars and film-makers events, the workshops, live music and action!
 
The Byron Bay Film Festival is illuminated with two dazzling red carpet gala events in the heart of town. Opening Night offers a chance for industry networking and a taste of the flavour of the festival to come, and features a highlight film screening. The culminating celebration event is an exciting night of recognition for filmmakers, the festival, Byron Bay, and the international film industry, and not to be missed. Early ticket purchases are recommended to avoid disappointment to these two popular events.
 
The 11th Annual Byron Bay Film Festival is held on Friday 6 – Sunday 15 October 2017 in multiple venues throughout Byron Bay and surrounding suburbs.
 
Program will be released over the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale now via www.bbff.com.au
 

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

Cunning Stunts presents the monthly Nudge Nudge Wink Wink sundown event. Family friendly with activities for kids, it's held on the first Sunday of the month at The Billinudgel Hotel. 

The party with a conscience is now a TICKETED monthly event running from September - June that brings the community together in an all inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents.

Food trucks, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special family friendly event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Bringing their together collective artistic skills, knowledge and community spirit to create awareness and generate funds for incredible local charities that tirelessly devote themselves to supporting and helping Northern NSW residents achieve a better quality of life.

The core team - Darren & Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck & Dale Stephen tirelessly devote themselves to putting our fundraising events on every month as a charitable endeavor, assisted by our sponsors, supporting businesses and the nudgers - our amazing event patrons.

The season features an assortment of highly experienced, diverse and amazing local DJ’s playing deep and blissed-out Balearic beats, delicious dubs, left field excursions, oddball disco and killer obscurities are world class.

Raising over $54,000 thus far for local charities across 17 events, Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink eclectic events continue to set the bar.

Fundraising at their events is raised through ticket sales, vendor and attendees’ donations, merchandise sales and the selling of raffle tickets. 100% of profits donated to local well deserving charities.

For further information on Cunning Stunts:
Website: www.cunningstunts.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cunningstuntevents

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