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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!

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.

2012 Byron Bay Film Festival

This is the year for Byron Bay International Film Festival. 16 World Premieres, 107 Australian Premiere’s, 191 films from 39 countries, a master class with Jack Thompson fresh from the set of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the latest film & a master class from surfing legend Jack McCoy, the Australian premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, a fundraiser screening of Paul Cox’s new film The Dinner Party, filmmakers flying in from around the globe.

For further information, ticket sales & festival programme, visit www.bbff.com.au

Mullum Music Festival : Poster

Mullum Music Festival : 4 Days, 8 Venues, Over 100 Performances. 24 - 27 November 2011.

For further information, visit; www.mullummusicfestival.com

stART me up

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

Surf Festival : Program


Visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com for further information.

Byron Bay Surf Festival

Byron Bay Surf Festival 'surf culture now' Oct 21-23 2011

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is about 'Surf Culture Now'. It's gonna be rad, it's gonna be diverse and fun, and like the blond kid with the dripping wet hair said, 'it's gonna be cool.' On the weekend of 21-23 of October 2011 history will be created when the town of Byron Bay hosts it's first ever, dedicated Surf Festival. The wholesome focus is on the creative culture within surfing, including live music, filmmaking, original art, photography, and the shaping and riding of handmade surfboards.

Opening the festival will be none other than international surfing icon, Byron Bay local Bob McTavish, presenting a live surfboard shaping demonstration whilst sharing an historic look at his first trip to Byron Bay. Events over the weekend include, Surf markets, Surf Swap Meet, 'freestyle&stoke' surf sessions, surf related clinics, Surf World Museum, live music by Dan Hannaford, Josh Hamilton, The Grains, and film collaboration/live music event by Andrew Kidman and The Windy Hills. Original art from James McMillan, Mark Sutherland (Sutho), Hanai Yusuke (Japan), Luke Taffe, Rusty Miller, Vanessa Janss (USA) and others, including photography from surf filmmaking legends George Greenough and Albe Falzon.

Just one of the inspiring events is 'stART me up', a new art exhibition and mentoring program for kids, developed by local artist James McMillan, in conjunction with Retrospect Galleries and the Byron Bay Surf Festival. The purpose of 'stART me up' is to give new and emerging young art kids (some very young!) a valuable and real opportunity to hang and expose their art, in a well known and established art gallery. There are prizes in each age category from 4-16 years with the winner of the 13-16yrs group receiving a 6-month artist mentorship program.

Another exciting event being held on the Sunday morning between 8am and 12 noon is the Surf Swap Meet, open to one and all, and the 'freestyle&stoke' surf sessions. The idea behind this Surf Swap Meet is quite basic, even old age, in that you can actually swap one thing for another and no money is exchanged. Although anyone is welcome to just browse or even buy. Shapers attending and showing boards on the day include, Tom Wegener, Sage and Paul Joske, Simon Jones, Gary Burden and Thomas Bexon, all well known and respected craftsmen who practice the art of hand-shaping surfboards. And the 'freestyle&stoke' surf sessions; an expression session format surf event from 10am-12noon with 4 categories of 10 registered surfers in each, for half hour per category; Log (incl old mal), Fish (incl stub, hull), Finless (incl alaia), and Vintage (pre1980). It's about fun as well as being a display of surfboard riding on these particularly chosen mix of surfcraft.

At a glance the purpose and intention of this event is about creating a sustainable surfbent event for the local community to build on, and at large it's for everyone that surfs. 'The simple motivation behind The Byron Bay Surf Festival is to have a killer weekend in Byron Bay immersed in Surf Culture as we know it right now.'

See website for all full program, locations and images. Enjoy most of the events for free, just like surfing is! www.byronbaysurffestival.com See you there.

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival – a treat for film enthusiasts

Movie buffs can look forward to a small but powerful film program featuring the great works of John Pilger, Louis de Bernières and Paul Cox as part of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival offsite events line-up.

Acclaimed film-making Paul Cox will participate in the In Search of Soul Festival series in the session The transformational power of trauma. Paul Cox’s book Tales from the Cancer Ward chronicles the moving portrayal of his own personal journey through liver cancer.  Festival Director Candida Baker says it is very special to have Cox present his film Innocence in a one-off screening. “Both Cox’s book and films seem to contain a quintessential European quality of dark and light sometimes missing from mainstream Australian film,” says Baker. “Cox will discuss the film after the screening which presents a rare chance to speak to one of the Australia’s most respected film makers.” Innocence will play at 5.00pm, Thursday, August 4, at the Dendy Byron Bay.

The Festival team is proud to present the Byron premiere of Louis de Bernières’ film Red Dog at the Dendy Cinema at 7.00pm, Friday, August 5.  De Bernières will be on hand after the film to explore further the story of the charismatic, hitch-hiking kelpie from the 70’s. “With the Observer describing the film as particular treat, Red Dog is for lovers of dogs and the Australian outback or just those who enjoy a good Aussie yarn,” says Baker. The screening is sponsored by Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas and Screen NSW.

Treats for film-enthusiasts don’t stop there.  A special screening of John Pilger’s controversial documentary The War You Don’t See will screen at the Byron Community Centre Theatre at 7.00pm Sunday, August 7. “We are thrilled that John will be available after the screening for a Q&A session, chaired by Mick O’Regan,” says Baker.

Baker believes adding film to the Festival program was an important aspect of the Passion theme: “All these filmmakers have created incredibly passionate works.  It is a great privilege to be able to present such a powerful line-up of films as part of the Festival program.”

Baker advises those wishing to attend film sessions to contact the Dendy and the Byron Community Centre.  Tickets for John Pilger are already on sale, and tickets for the Dendy shows will be available soon.

To purchase tickets visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

Ganga Giri at Durrumbul Hall

Earthdance Byron welcomes Ganga Giri as guest performing artist for this year’s event at Durrumbul Hall on Saturday September 18th with DJ selector and DJ Pob supporting. With lighting wizardry from Luminous Lights, decor by TrancEnhance and a pumping sound system – prepare yourself for an audio visual feast with one of the North Coast’s most popular and talented musicians. Ganga Giri, an inspired music creator whose passion brings people together in a modern day corroboree. Explosive and pulsating; ambient and flowing at times – Ganga Giri is a pumping percussive multi-layered experience of complex grooves and raw, deep natural sound.

Ganga Giri’s live show is a modern/primitive celebration; a melting pot unifying many musical genres and cultures. Delivering his unique and authentic taste of multicultural Australia GANGA GIRI’s music has been widely & wildly appreciated by music lovers in many countries in clubs, halls and at music festivals all over the world.

Earthdance is the world’s largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace. Since its inception, Earthdance has been held annually in over 500 locations in 80 countries with all events simultaneously joining together in the Prayer for Peace – a powerful moment of coherent intention. All the profits from this event will be donated to Olive Kids (www.olivekids.org.au) an organisation providing support for Palestinian orphans. Earthdance’ creed transcends the restrictive boundaries of ethnicity, nationality and religion aiming to unite people across the world in the name of peace through the medium of dance.

“We dance for peace and the healing of our planet earth, peace for all nations, peace in our communities and peace within ourselves”.

Everyone is welcome regardless of age and the event is alcohol free. Durrumbul Hall Saturday September 18th 2010 6:30pm – Midnight Tickets $20 on the door Volunteers needed in exchange for free tickets. Please contact Duncan on 0266 882350.

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