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Coronavirus (COVID-19) cancellations in Byron Bay

A range of events and venues are being canceled, postponed and temporarily shut down in Byron Bay due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is a list with links through to further details. 

Updated 31 March at 10:00 am, please send any related information through to ask@byron-bay.com

Byron Shire Council responses to COVID-19
Council-managed community halls ar closed, a temporary three-month suspension of all busking licences and Main Beach and Clark’s Beach carparks ar closed. Full detail via www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Community/Public-health-and-safety/Coronavirus-COVID-19.

Closed: Stage 1 restrictions from midday Monday 23 March.
All Registered and licensed clubs and licensed premises in hotels and pubs. Entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos and nightclubs. Indoor sporting venues including gyms. ️Places of worship. And, Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only. Full detail via www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-220320

Closed: Byron Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is closed from 24 March till further notice. Full detail via their Instagram.

Cancelled: Byron Writers Festival 2020
2021 dates are 6-8 August. Full details at www.byronwritersfestival.com.

Closed: Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
They look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible, full announcement via www.crystalcastle.com.au.

Closed: Stone & Wood Brewing
Tasting Rooms are closed until further notice, our Byron Tasting Room TAKEAWAY WINDOW is now open and they're offering FREE online shipping to your door Australia-wide. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Paused: The Byron Flea Market
The Byron Youth Activities Centre (YAC) team,  is sad to announce that the Byron Flea is on hold until further notice. For updates on the Flea & other YAC offerings visit www.bys.org.au.

Closed: The Farm
It's with heavy hearts that we must temporarily close The Farm gate to the public tonight until further notice. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Suspended: Byron Solar Train
Services suspended from 24 March, they will resume service as soon as possible. Full details at www.byronbaytrain.com.au.

Rescheduled: Splendour in the Grass Festival 2020
Splendour in the Grass 2020 is being rescheduled to Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2020 at North Byron Parklands. Full details at www.splendourinthegrass.com

Cancelled: The 2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest, Easter long weekend
Event organiser Peter Noble posted to Facebook on 16 March. "It is obvious we will not be on this Easter. We are heartbroken as we believe we were presenting one of the best ever bills of talent for you." Full detail at www.bluesfest.com.au

Paused: Byron Markets
It is with heavy hearts that the Byron Community Centre announce the pausing of all Byron Bay Markets until further notice – this includes Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market. Full details via www.byroncentre.com.au.

Postponed: Byron Bay Triathlon
The event is on hold while the organisers work with their partners on a suitable rescheduled date. Full detail via www.byronbaytri.com.au.

Closed: Byron Theatre
It is with a heavy heart that the Byron Community Centre wish to inform you that the Byron Theatre will be closed for all events until further notice. Full details via www.byroncentre.com.au.

Closed: Palace Cinema Byron Bay
Will temporarily close all Palace Cinema locations from Thursday the 19th of March for an indefinite period and intend to re-open as soon as circumstances allow. Full detail via www.palacecinemas.com.au.

Closed: Brunswick Picture House
Has taken the decision to postpone all our upcoming shows and events and are effectively closed until after renovations are completed later this year. Full detail via www.brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Cancelled: The Bangalow Market 
The March 22 market has been cancelled, the status of future Bangalow Markets will be actively monitored and updates posted on their website. Full detail via www.bangalowmarket.com.au.

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and Maritime Museum 
The grounds and precinct are open, but the Lighthouse itself is closed, the museum is closed and tours have been suspended. Full detail at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Postponed: Stone & Wood Murbah Open Day 2020
This event brings our Northern Rivers community together, Stone & Wood are disappointed to postpone Murbah Open Day 2020 until further notice. Full detail via www.stoneandwood.com.au.

Postponed: Renew Fest 2020 
Renew Fest 2020 has been postponed to 20th-22nd of Nov. and is exploring other ways they can assist our local and national communities. Full detail via www.renewfest.org.au.

Cancelled: Harvest Festival 1-9 May
Northern Rivers Food has reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Harvest Festival. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Cancelled: The Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic 
The organisers are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the event and that they are unable to donate to their selected charities and local organisations. Full detail at www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au.

Closed: Byron Bay Brewery
Because the venue is connected with the brewery, they are closed as a precaution to the brewery site allowing them to keep on brewing. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Closed: Lone Goat Gallery
Lone Goat Gallery will temporarily close, initially for two weeks (from 17 March 2020). The forthcoming exhibition by Hannah Cutt -Buoys will be Buoys- is postponed. Full announcement via www.lonegoatgallery.com.

Postponed: CARNABYRON 2020
Organisers are working on the best outcome for their community event, a new date will be announced as soon as possible. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Date Change: Curious
The April CURIOUS is now re-scheduled for May 2 and will be the first Groove Terminator show for over 12 years in Byron Shire. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Bangalow Billycart Derby 
In consultation with the Bangalow Public School P&C and Byron Shire Council our new date for the derby is set for Sunday 20th September 2020. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival 
Organisers looking for a date later in the year. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Northern Rivers EV Forum 2020
At this stage, Zero Emissions Byron aim to reschedule to 26 September 2020, unless this date needs to be updated due to changing circumstances. Full announcement via their Facebook Event.

Cancelled: Circus Arts Byron Bay
The circus show "80's Circus Jam" on the 3rd of April 2020 in their Byron Bay venue has now been cancelled. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Closed: Woody's Surf Shack
Have made the decision to close their doors and cease operations until this public health crisis is resolved. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Byron Council's public community consultation events
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Byron Shire Council has postponed plans for a range of public community consultation events in the coming months. Full details via www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

Postponed: Lismore Lantern Parade
Organisers are disappointed to announce that the 2020 Lismore Lantern Parade must be postponed to November. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride 8 March 2020

Byron Bay participates in the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) on Sunday 8 March 2020. 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". 

Participants meet at 1.30pm for paint up at Gilmore crescent near the YAC. Ride commences at 3pm. The easy ride will take about 30-minutes, and is suitable for all fitness levels. No walkers permitted, you must be on a bike, skates or blades. 

Come Join the biggest and best World Naked Bike ride Byron Bay has seen, a sunny Sunday afternoon is forecast for 8 March, which will again ensure the naked bike rid through Byron Bay attracts plenty of participants and spectators.

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".

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

This year the Byron riders will be asking for donations as they ride to help support The ongoing running costs of the World Naked Bike Ride.

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

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V-Day Dance Main Beach 2020

Be part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against all women & children! 

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 AM – 9 AM

Main Beach Byron Bay, meet at 6.30 to dance at 7am.

Wear red. Wheelchair accessible & AUSLAN interpreted. 

Learn the dance (free workshops available), watch the videos, or just dance wild. 

This is our 8th annual protest, in global solidarity with millions of other humans who want a better world. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, learn more at www.onebillionrising.org.

Also part of V Day, two shows Friday 14th & Saturday 15th February, 7.30-10pm at the Byron Theatre.

Vagina ConVersations #5 presented by Zenith Virago & Byron Community Centre

After sell out performances four years running, this informal, diverse collective of some of Byron Shire’s powerful, creative women and non-binary people with vaginas, are presenting their pieces – some are personal or professional or political stories, which inspire and educate, empower and support.

It’s funny, sad, courageous, challenging and celebratory.


 

Take 3 for the Sea Byron

Every year Byron’s stunning natural beauty draws over 2 million visitors.

We love to share our beautiful region with friends and fans from all over the world, but paradoxically, this annual influx of nature lovers has the potential to create a devastating impact on the very environment they’ve travelled so far to enjoy.

Want to get involved and do something good for Byron Shire and the planet?

Here’s how you do it, It’s seriously simple...

Just Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave a Byron beach, waterway or nature spot and you’ve done it.

Who knew making a difference was that simple!

Be sure to:

take a picture of your haul and post it to Instagram;

tag @take3forthesea_byron;

include the hashtag #Take3forByron

so we can all see the impact we’re having.

From time to time they’ll be prize promotions to make saving the planet even sweeter.

Check the details of current and upcoming promotions.

Take 3 for Byron is a joint initiative between Byron Shire Council and Take 3 for the Sea.

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 2020 Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride event details - click here

The Byron Bay event is on at 3pm Sunday 10 March 2019. (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 2019 - 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. 

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