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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

Byron Bay NYE Special Dinners

Some restaurants in Byron are putting on special New Year's Eve dinner and celebrations. Here's a rundown to inspire you if you're in Byron this New Years Eve, bookings are essential, so - if you are interested, get busy.

Beach Byron Bay has you covered. With two dinner sittings, you can choose to dine from 5pm and get an intimate look at the sun setting for the very last time in 2017, as you enjoy a three-course menu and time with family and friends. Or take-in the later sitting at 8pm for an evening of food, drinks and music; expressly designed to usher you from this year to the next including a complimentary glass of midnight bubbles. Talk about finishing strong.
 
Click to discover more about Beach Byron Bay’s New Year’s Eve Dining.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. New Year's Eve and celebrate in style in our beautiful new Restaurant featuring a stunning menu by new Executive Chef Matt Kemp. Bookings essential. See in the 2018  New Year with a decadent 5 course tasting menu,  and a glass of celebratory sparkling on arrival. Live music from Soul'd.
 
Click to learn more about New Years Eve at The Byron at Byron

Groove into the New Year in Byron Bay at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co with bubbles on arrival, a premium seafood platter, fish tacos, sliders and a charcuterie and cheese platter. There will be a live DJ and plenty of people watching along the streets of Byron Bay. 

We are offering two sittings for New Years Eve. The first will be for groups wanting an early dinner from 5 pm-7 pm. We will then be offering a set menu for guests wanting to celebrate with us for the whole night. We will be offering reservations for the set menu from 7:30 and will be open until 2 am. Click for NYE at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Positioned directly opposite Main Beach, Byron Bay. The Italian Byron Bay is a contemporary Italian restaurant, offering a relaxed atmosphere serving great food, wine and cocktails.

Sunday December 31st 2017 from 8pm - $155pp. Click for detail of New Years Eve at The Italian Byron Bay.

 

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
 

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.

The Byron Bay International Film Festival 2017 Award Winners

The 2017 Byron Bay International Film Festival, which ran between October 6 – 15, has come to an end. The festival saw a spectacular program of Australian and international short and feature length film screenings at a number of venues across the region.

The Closing Gala included a short but sweet awards ceremony, where the coveted ‘Best Film’ accolade was awarded to festival favourite ‘One Less God.’ This moving feature held audiences spellbound during the two festival screenings, as it revealed the intense experiences of Taj Mahal Palace guests and staff as they faced two terrorist attackers in 2008.

Co-producer Maren Smith had this to say about the film’s Byron debut: “The packed houses and the audience buzz at Byron really bodes well for our upcoming theatrical release, so we can’t wait to share it with a wide audience.”

‘One Less God’ will be screened in Mumbai this year.

Other notable winners included ‘Jungle’ directed by Greg McLean, which took out Best Dramatic Feature, and ‘Church of the Open Sky’ directed by Nathan Oldfield, which won Best Byron Film.

The Best Short award was given to ‘Uncanny Valley’ directed by Federico Heller, which offered a harrowing look at the impact VR technology and advanced video gaming could have on our society.

The full list of winners, which you can check out below, is a true representation of the diversity and incredibly high calibre of filmmaking the Byron Bay International Film Festival offers.

We look forward to seeing what BBFF brings to the region in 2018.

 

The 11th Annual Byron Bay International Film Festival Winners

BEST FILM AWARD WINNER

One Less God

Director: Lliam Worthington

 

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE WINNER

Jungle

Director: Greg McLean

Honourable Mention: An American in Texas

Director: Anthony Pedone

 

BEST SURF FILM

Heavy Water

Director: Michael Oblowitz

 

BEST ANIMATION

Loving Vincent

Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

 

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM

Blue

Director: Karina Holden

 

BEST YOUNG AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER

Mwah

Director: Nina Buxton

 

BEST BYRON FILM

Church of the Open Sky

Director: Nathan Oldfield

 

BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARD 

Broken Head

Writer: Clare Sladden

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Radio Dreams

Director: Babak Jalali

 

BEST EXPREMINETAL FILM

A Dragon Arrives

Director: Mani Haghighi

 

BEST SHORT

Uncanny Valley

Director: Federico Heller

 

BEST INTERACTIVE VR

Hue

Director: Nicole McDonald

 

BEST CINEMATIC VR

Miyubi

Director: Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

 

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Love is a Lonely Dancer

Artist: Antony & Cleopatra

Director: Alan Masferrer

 

Learn more at www.bbff.com.au

BIG SCRUB IS BACK! - LIMITED RELEASE -

New Age Lager reminds us to preserve the beauty of our backyard... 

Set to quench thirsts as the weather heats up, Big Scrub - Stone & Wood's refreshing new age lager is back. Only brewed from time to time, Big Scrub will be going on tap and hitting shelves across the country mid October.

Protect your local rainforest! With only 1% left of the largest sub-tropical rainforest on the East coast, the remnants of Big Scrub serve as a reminder to preserve the natural beauty of our backyard, and are the inspiration for our Beers from our Backyard limited release.

Our Big Scrub is a new age lager. It’s different to traditional lagers by being dry hopped, using new world hops and it’s left unfiltered. It pours golden with a slight haze from extended cold maturation (5 weeks), with a luscious, creamy head. Big Scrub balances floral aromatics, spicy herbal notes and hints of citrus from the dry hopping. It has a dry, firm bitterness that makes for a moreish finish.

We are lucky to live in one of the greatest places on Earth, with an incredible hinterland that needs to be protected and appreciated. Big Scrub is our local rainforest, that once covered 75,000ha prior to European settlement. It was the largest area of subtropical rainforest on the East Coast of Australia, and is an important part of Australia’s rich biodiversity heritage.

For us, we are conscious of treading lightly on earth and are inspired by the incredible regeneration and restoration work of our local community, work that has helped save our local rainforest. Leading the charge is Big Scrub Landcare, a not-for-profit we continue to support, working together to raise awareness and actively preserve our hinterland.

Learn more about Stone & Wood + purchase online, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au.

Falls Festival Byron Bay Foster a Band - Anna Free & The Unsolved Crimes

Falls Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with one of the biggest line-ups to date. Headlining acts include Flume, Run The Jewels, Glass Animals, Angus & Julia Stone, Fleet Foxes, Liam Gallagher and many more.

Plus, the annual Foster A Band competition has now opened. Paired with their media buddies, one local Byron Bay band will have the incredible opportunity to take the stage in front of thousands of people at this year's Falls Festival. 

Voting is open to the public through the month of October on the Byron Falls Festival website. 

Vote for Anna Free & The Unsolved Crimes

This year, Byronbay.com is supporting local band Anna  Free  & the Unsolved Crimes

Anna Free & the Unsolved Crimes sound uncannily like your favourite band used to before the drugs, synthesisers and/or Japanese conceptual artist came along and ruined the whole thing. Anna has been performing her own curious blend of piano-based garage pop around Byron for several years, including performances at the Byron Bay Blues Festival and Bangalow Music Festival, and has just finished her brand new EP ‘This Doesn’t Feel Like Nothing’.

Anna’s lyrically driven songs explore a range of topics from cats to teenage angst to teenaged feline angst and much more. Her first single “Make You Happy” was awarded the Song of the Year in 2015 by the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association and her follow up self-titled album took out the Dolphin Award for Album of the Year.

Growing up in Bangalow, Anna was playing music with her family from a young age. Her brother Sammy taught her to play guitar and she learnt piano by teaching herself every Regina Spektor song in existence. Soon they had the chops to rock out with their father, Mark, and eventually infiltrate his band to create the Unsolved Crimes.

The Crimes went on to play on home turf in the Byron Shire and tour the East Coast before heading back to the studio. The last year has seen Anna bumping around in the big smoke with Sydney punk juggernaut ‘Good Pash’, but now she’s back in Byron to play with old friends and looking to break some eardrums and/or play some quality progressive rock n’ roll.

Listen here

Click this link to cast your vote for Anna Free & the Unsolved Crimes: fallsfestival.com/byron-bay/goings-on/foster-a-band

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
 

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