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Stone & Wood’s 2019 Festival of the Stone

FESTIVAL OF THE STONE TO TAKEOVER STONE & WOOD’S NEW BREWERY ON JUNE LONG WEEKEND

As the first-ever event inside the space, Festival of the Stone 2019 will take over Stone & Wood’s new brewery in Byron Bay on Saturday 8 June from 3.00pm til 10.00pm with live bands, food trucks and fresh beer. 

As part of the independent brewery’s biggest annual beer and music festival fundraiser, Stone & Wood is soon to reveal an exciting music line-up, with bands like Kingswood, Polish Club, Last Dinosaurs and Tropical Zombie playing at past events. 

Opened in December 2018 with a greater capacity than the former brewery, the new Stone & Wood brewery and Tasting Room will accommodate the biggest Festival of the Stone to date, with food trucks, their Malt Disney kids’ area and beers pouring from their dedicated beer truck and Troopie, Clyde and Trevor. 

The Music

Melbourne-based songwriter Alex Lahey played an epic gig at last year’s Splendour in the Grass following her triple j Unearthed success, while her album I Love You Like A Brotherlanded on several ‘albums of the year’ lists around the country. Energetic, super fun and with a new album, The Best of Luck Club, under her belt, we’re stoked to welcome Alex to Festival of the Stone!

With her ethereal voice and funky neo-jazz electronica, artist and producer Alice Ivy has supported major international acts including Foster the People, Billie Eilish and Flight Facilities, and has performed at our favourite festivals around the country, including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Her dreamy tracks will set the ultimate backdrop to a starry festival night.

Local favourite soul queen Lisa Hunt – who’s worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Tina Arena and Macy Gray – will also light up the stage with her soaring vocals and funk and soul tracks. Once a closing act for Byron Bay Bluesfest, Lisa makes light work of pulling people onto the floor.

Also on the line-up is the 28-man ‘Russian’ choir from Mullumbimby, Dustyesky, who came together as a group with a love of vodka and Russian folk music, and later became a national Russian news story. Meanwhile, besides a few live DJs, there’ll be rock n’ roll for the young ones with the head-banging Bunny Racket.

Besides the music, we’ll have beer pouring from our beer truck Clyde and Troopie Trevor, food trucks Gunter’s Flammkuchen, Pocket Curries, Spice Pirate BBQ and Zicatela serving up delicious meals and our dedicated kids area Malt Disney complete with entertainment from Spaghetti Circus.
 

A family-friendly community event, last year the Festival raised $17,000 for Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit the inGrained Foundation, which it donated to Northern Rivers-based Big Scrub Landcare. This year, all event profits will again go to the inGrained Foundation for donation to a local charity, yet to be announced. 

General tickets go on sale Thursday 16 May at 9.00am ($45 +BF) through Eventbrite, which includes a tasting of Stone & Wood’s seasonal limited Stone Beer. Ticket sales contribute to the donation amount for the chosen local charity.

For Festival of the Stone news and updates, readers are encouraged to visit www.stoneandwood.com.au and check Stone & Wood’s socials

 

Most popular social media posts of 2018

We're pretty active across social media, we like posting and sharing a wide variety of images in order to best showcase the Byron region. Looking back over 2018, here are some of our most popular posts. Be sure an follow byronbay.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest

The World Naked Bike Ride day in Byron Bay

The World Naked Bike Ride is both popular AND popular to share on social, our 2018 post was huge, the 2019 details are available now.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls are located a little outside of Byron, but a popular waterfall to visit and always popular on our social media.

Jared Hues Lunar Eclipse over Cape Byron Lighthouse

This was very popular when we re-posted it in July.

Sunset Surf video by ali_byron2481

Alison posts sunrise photos of Byron Bay most days, this sunset clip was v.popular when we shared it in November.

Bluesfest Sunset

All the great Byron festivals generate plenty of popular social posts, but the rays in this sunset image made it a little more popular than most.

Sean O'Shea encountered Migaloo the white whale off the coast of Byron Bay

Sean captures so many great images of Byron's coastal wildlife and landscapes, but his photos of Migaloo truely went viral in July and August.

Welcome to Byron Bay

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out... always popular across social media.

Photography Byron Bay - Sera J. Wright

Sera is a local photographer that's immensely popular on social media, our followers lover it every time we share one of her images. 

Crystal clear lagoon at Wategos Beach

Saxon Kent is a young, local creative, aerial photographer who has a knack of capturing another view of Byron with his drone. Everything he posts is popular.

 

Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride 2019

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport, to "deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world". The dress code motto is "bare as you dare".

The Byron Bay event is on at 3pm Sunday 10 March. (The Nimbin event is Saturday 9 March and the Lismore event is on Sunday morning.)

Participants meet at 1.30pm for paint up at Butler Street Reserve Byron Bay. Ride commences at 3pm.

The easy ride will take about 30-minutes, and is suitable for all fitness levels. If you’re not keen on revealing all, you can still join in the fun. The dress code encourages you to come along ‘as bare as you dare'. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.

Every year in March, thousands of ‘biketivists’ from over 70 countries around the globe take part in the World Naked Bike Ride.

The event promotes a number of worthy causes. First, it advocates for bike-friendly towns and cities that protect the safety of riders, walkers, and drivers. The nude cyclists draw attention to the unique dangers riders face on the roads and footpaths on a day-to-day basis.

Second, the World Naked Bike Ride protests against the use of harmful, unsustainable fossil fuels that damage the wellbeing of our people and our environment.

And third, the spectacle ignites discussions on body image and body acceptance. The clothing-optional dress code calls for both riders and on-lookers to celebrate imperfections, practice body positivity, and embrace our natural state of being.

Learn more about the Byron Bay event at their Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride Facebook Page.
Learn more about the  World Naked Bike Ride on their Wiki

V-Day Byron Bay - One Billion Rising

Fact: 1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime – that’s One Billion Women across the world.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. Every February, women rise – in countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like. We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one
where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

Since it started, V-Day events have: Raised over $100 million Taken place in over 200 countries In over 48 languages Benefiting 13,000 community anti-violence programs Reached over 1 Billion people with our
message to end violence

“Probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade” The New York Times

Learn more about V-Day at www.onebillionrising.org

The women of Byron Shire, in solidarity with women around the world, celebrate V-Day annually with a Flashmob Dance on Main Beach and evening performances of Vagina Conversations – a local take on the well-known
Vagina Monologues, where local women share their stories.

7th Annual V-DAY - One Billion Rising
WHAT: V-DAY Byron Bay Flashmob Dance
WHEN: Thursday 14th February 2019 6:30am gather … 7:00am dance
WHERE: Main Beach, Byron Bay WHO: Everyone is welcome Wear Red. Bring Placards.
Join the Dance. Facebook: www.facebook.com/V-Day-Byron-Bay-457321201034759

Fields of Healing Byron Bay 2018

A PIVOTAL conversation began last week, on the topic of Ecological Healing and what the term means both locally and globally.

The conversation was sparked ahead of next month’s inaugural Fields of Healing event and was facilitated by the event’s Community Director, Adam Collett who has been working closely with the team at Unity Earth - the organisation responsible for co-ordinating the gathering.

The event which will attract indigenous leaders from across the globe will be held at the North Byron Parklands over the weekend of November 24 and 25 and aims to highlight three key pillars, explained Mr Collett; the concepts of intercultural, ecological and personal healing.

Last week’s conversation invited a diverse group of innovative leaders with varying backgrounds from across the region to share their wisdom, experience and unique skillsets. The group collectively explored moving forward with a number of creative real-world solutions that can serve to heal our relationship with the planet.

The Northern Rivers is home to an incredible amount of innovation in the field of regenerative agriculture and building a circular economy. Fields of Healing is an opportunity to showcase the solutions emerging within our community to a global audience; while also creating a space for us to learn from each other and the incredible wisdom held by this collective of Indigenous Elders from around the world.

"We have a chance to leave a legacy within this, a collective vision with tangible outcomes that help us build new pathways towards ecological healing on the earth," Mr Collett said.

If you're interested in being a part of the solution and evolving the concept of ecological healing, you can contribute by sharing your knowledge and learning about ways in which we can reduce our impact on the earth by attending Fields Of Healing 2018.

Two day convergence of global Indigenous leaders, live music, workshops, panels, art, healing, ecology & more! Visit the website for more information, or to book your tickets fieldsofhealing.com.au.
 

World Indigenous Leaders Converge at Byron Bay for Global Healing

UNITY EARTH presents “Fields of Healing: A Journey of Awakening”
BYRON BAY, NOVEMBER 24-25, 2018: 

  • An historic convergence of local and global Indigenous leaders joining artists, activists, musicians and healers for the inaugural “Fields of Healing” event at North Byron Parklands.
  • Legendary Eskimo Shaman from Greenland, Uncle Angaangaq to visit Australia for the first time 
  • Grammy Nominated Reggae Star Rocky Dawuni and other acclaimed international Artists coming to support the event
  • Hereditary Dakota Chief and Global Unity Activist Chief Phil Lane Junior’s first visit to Australia
  • Dr. Mindahi Bastida, Director for the Original Caretakers Program at the Center for Earth Ethics, returns to Australia for Fields of Healing
  • Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the momentous occasion of the Return to Country of Mungo Man. Indigenous people from the Lake Mungo descendants coming to Byron offering ceremony and songs for healing
  • UNITY EARTH is partnering with local indigenous community and other grassroots community organisations
  • Sam Cook, an indigenous Australian woman with a global profile and track record of event management is Event Director for Fields of Healing

A truly historic gathering, Fields of Healing, is to be held at North Byron Parklands, on the 24th and 25th November 2018. The event will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic “Convergence of Healing”. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place.  UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative. The inaugural event Fields of Healing is delighted to also feature outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY® nominated Rocky Dawuni. Rocky was recently appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment. Local artists including Áine Tyrrell and Dane Kennedy are also performing.  

Uncle Angaangaq from Greenland has been travelling the world since 1975 raising the alarm to the global community about climate change and the melting of the Big Ice in this homeland. 

He says “my father told me to never go anywhere without being invited and I am so happy to be invited and accept that invitation, I’ve never been to Australia, I’ve never had a chance to visit you, you are my family, I will come with an open heart. Most importantly I will come with peace in my heart.”

Chief Phil Lane Jr, founder of Four Worlds International Institute has been a global activist working on peace, human unity and reconciliation for decades but like Uncle Angaangaq has never before been to Australia. Uncle Phil who believes that “Fields of Healing, is part of the fulfilment of Indigenous Prophecies everywhere on Mother Earth” is being accompanied by his Dakoda “Koda” (spiritual brother) Darcy Demas. Chief Phil says “both myself and my Koda Darcy Demas are so looking forward to visiting our relatives in Australia for Fields of Healing in November.  We are fulfilling a journey my beloved father always talked about. He said they have very good horses in Australia”. 

Of further historic importance, the event will also mark the one-year anniversary of the deeply historic Return to Country of Mungo Man in November 2017. This profound healing moment when the ancient remains of Mungo Man, a 42 000 years old human ancestor, were returned to his country in the Willandra Lakes Region of New South Wales, marks an important moment for Australia’s waking up and growing up. Representatives of the Indigenous group associated with Lake Mungo will attend Fields of Healing, continuing the important healing journey of this Ancestral Spirit. 

Dr Mindahi C. Bastida Munoz is a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi Peoples of Mexico and Director for the Original Caretakers Program at the Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Dr Bastida was one of the international dignitaries at the Mungo Man Return to County commemorations in 2017 and is delighted to be returning To Australia for Fields of Healing, saying: 

“After attending the historic ceremonies of Return to Country of Mungo Man last November in Mildura, I am excited to be returning to Australia for Fields of Healing in Byron Bay. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our connections with aboriginal peoples and our aboriginal brothers and sisters from ancestral Australia. Also for the healing and balancing Mother Earth through ritual ceremonies in Australia’s Sacred Sites”. 

North Byron Parklands is a stunningly beautiful 660-acre cultural arts and music events venue. It is country which has deep significance for the local Aboriginal groups the Minyungbal and Arakwal people.

The two-day gathering is designed as both a “gathering” and a “retreat” offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. Sam Cook is the Creative Director, herself an indigenous Australian and highly credentialed Festival director with decades of experience utilising the Arts as a force for healing and cultural expression. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along. It is a not for profit event. Unity Earth invite all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event. Early bird tickets are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.

Unity Earth Background
Unity Earth is a worldwide collective dedicated to promoting intercultural harmony, healing, and transformation through music, events and by weaving stories together into larger inclusive narratives. Unity Earth was a convenor and sponsor of the Return to Country Festival commemorating Mungo Man’s homecoming in 2017 as well as U Day Festival in Ethiopia in 2018. U Day Festival is planned for India in 2019 and Jerusalem in 2020. 

Take part in the annual Whale Census

Cape Byron Lighthouse Sunday, 24th June, 7am to 4pm 

The census is organised by ORRCA and relies on volunteers to get outdoors and record how many whales are spotted. This data is used to help understand more about whale populations and their migration along the NSW coast.

There will be ORRCA and National Parks volunteers at the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, the perfect spot to join in the annual Whale Census. Spot whales from the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse or take in the sights along the Cape Byron walking track.

Learn more at www.wildaboutwhales.com.au
 

Byron Bay's best coffee in town

Byron Bay takes its coffee seriously.

When in town, we like to drop into a whole range of coffee shops for our caffeine fix. So, we asked our Facebook fans which cafe they believe serves up the best coffee in Byron Bay.

We tallied the votes, and here are the top five picks (in alphabetical order).

Bayleaf

Bayleaf has been a favourite spot for coffee in Byron for years. With a bustling atmosphere and hip interior, it’s the perfect spot to escape the heat in summer or cosy up with friends in winter.

Passionate about serving locally-sourced, seasonal produce, the team at Bayleaf offer an inventive, ever-changing lunch and breakfast menu alongside their top-notch coffee.

Combi

Dedicated to delivering the very finest brew, Combi was another favourite among our Facebook fans.

The baristas use a fair-trade blend of beans with a medium to strong flavour complimented by a pinch of sweetness. Plus, all coffees are made double shot, so if it’s a morning kick you’re after, Combi is a great option.

Dip

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, Dip serves up some of the best coffees in town. Using local, organic coffee beans, the skilled baristas at Dip help locals and visitors alike take on the day – even if that means lying on the beach!

The outdoor seats are the ideal place to people-watch as you enjoy your cuppa – you’ll want to sit there for hours.

Safya Byron Bay

Speciality coffee, Egyptian-inspired food, and one of the homeliest café settings in Byron Bay serviced by a friendly, tight-knit team of locals: that’s Safya

Bringing in a new single-origin brew every week, Safya is a coffee-lovers paradise.

Sparrow Coffee Co.

Need coffee fast? Drop into Sparrow for coffee on the fly. At Sparrow’s Byron location (you’ll find Sparrow Coffee Co. in several spots throughout NSW and QLD), expect quality, hand-crafted Allpress coffee without the wait.

If you’re feeling peckish, indulge in organic sourdough bread and pastries from The Bread Social.

Looking back at the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival

Despite some less-than-perfect weather, the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival (February 22 – 25, 2018) was a huge success. Over the four days, Byron Bay played host to a number of inspiring surf, art, film, and music events, each celebrating the inclusive spirit of surf culture.

Image by Elliot Kirkwood

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is unique among other surf events across the country. “BBSF has a non-competitive approach to surf events,” said the festival’s Creative Director, James McMillan. “We have a focus on culture, art and environment.”

Without the pressure of competition, surfers are free to express themselves in the water. This year, the beloved Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions and the new FreeRadical Surf Experiments invited surfers of all levels to have a bit of fun.

Image by Kane Skennar

“I was high as a kite after the Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions on Sunday,” said McMillan. “It was a really amazing day with so many stoked and smiling people, both surfers, non-surfers, families, kids and the oldest surfer in Byron Dr Bob even dropped by. The surf sessions on Sunday are about fun [which] creates a totally different and inclusive vibe to all who participate.”

Image by Alex T Roberts

The celebration of surf culture continued out of the water. The always-popular Surf Art Market drew a crowd on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. A curated collection of ethical and environmental vendors put their unique wares on display, drawing attention to the importance of sustainability in surfing. “Giving these companies an opportunity to show and sell their products educates and brings focused awareness to the public,” said McMillan.

In addition, festival-goers were treated to an incredible surf art exhibition at the Lone Goat Gallery, live music at the iconic Beach Hotel, and the crowd-favourite Sunset Cinema, which began with a traditional Welcome to Country by the local Arakwal People.

Image by Raffaella Creative

“Many surfers are creative, surfing is a very creative expression,” said McMillan, commenting on the many imaginative manifestations of surf culture on display at the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival.

“Every time a wave comes in you never know exactly how it is going to play out. You paddle, jump to your feet and start co-creating with Mother Nature as you weave your way along the swell... It all feels amazing. The feelings and emotions from surfing stir a certain thing inside many surfers and this sparks creativity in many different ways.”

With its beautiful beaches, creative spirit, and laid-back attitude, Byron Bay was – once again – the perfect backdrop to one of the most progressive surf events in the country. “[The area] is open and accepting of alternate thinking, arts, and activities,” commented McMillan. “The Byron Bay Surf Festival easily fits in and sends people home smiling.”

We look forward to seeing what the Byron Bay Surf Festival serves up next year.

Learn more at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

The Byron and Beyond 2018 Accommodation Guide

Discover the best of beautiful Byron Bay and surrounding towns and villages with the 2018 Byron and Beyond guides. Both the annual What’s On and Accommodation Guides are packed full of inspiring editorial content and informative business and event details, all alongside striking visuals.

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is Byron Bay’s official printed guide. Discover uniquely Byron activities, tours, and attractions in Byron Bay’s township and surrounding areas. Learn more about Byron’s beaches, check out the ever-growing list of Byron’s gourmet eateries, and find out more about watching whales during migration season.

Plus, this year’s magazine offers seven maps, which you can use to navigate the Byron Shire and beyond.

The What’s On Visitor Guide is distributed to over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Or, read online.

Alongside the What’s On Visitor Guide, Byron and Beyond publish an Accommodation Guide, which includes information about Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Nimbin and beyond.

In addition to the curated editorial content, you’ll find a range of practical information about transport, food, and an accommodation directory that covers the Byron Shire and surrounding regions.

The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia. And like the What’s On Guide, it’s available to read online.

For anyone visiting the Byron Bay region, a flick through these popular guides is a must.

Learn more and read these guides at byronandbeyond.com

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