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Byron Writers Festival Announces Full Program

Byron Writers Festival 2018 (3-5 August) has announced a thrilling program featuring 140 writers, thinkers and commentators who will converge in Byron Bay for Australia’s largest regional literary event. The three day 2018 Festival of panels and conversations will unfold across six stages at the stunning beachside Festival site, and will be complemented by diverse writers’ workshops and evening feature events in Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region.

Photo by Kurt Petersen

‘The Byron Writers Festival program seeks to inspire, engage and cultivate conversations between our writer guests and avid audiences,’ said Festival Director, Edwina Johnson. ‘This year the stories in our program will take us from the wilds of New Zealand to North Korea, Tuscany and back home to near-by Goonengerry. We traverse much territory including anxiety, crime, the Frontier Wars, the Anthropocene, science, comedy, immigration, the wellness industry, and poetry. We explore music, whales and romance and debate whether reading can make you happier. Writers will nominate the books that changed them, and will examine how to shape life into story. For three days we celebrate emerging writers and literary giants from near and far.’

2018 Highlights

Local Authors  

Many exceptional writers living in the Northern Rivers will be featured at this year’s Festival including literary luminary Robert Drewe who will launch his new collection of short stories The True Colour of the Sea at the Festival, Jessie Cole author of the acclaimed and heartbreaking memoir Staying, and Southern Cross University Lecturer Gregory Smith who came Out of the Forest after spending more than 10 years surviving in near total isolation in the forest of Goonengerry.   

They join Sixty Seconds novelist Jesse Blackadder, debut novelist Jarrah Dundler who has caught the attention of the literary world with his devastating portrait of youth, rage and tenderness in Hey Brother, and untiring advocate for gun control and children’s rights Walter Mikac. Also featured are contemporary women’s fiction writer Lisa Walker, award-winning climate scientist and writer Joelle Gergis, Fergus & Delilah children’s authors Míša Alexander and Erin Knutt and Emma and Tom Lane who will release a book later in the year about their experience of creating local enterprise, The Farm.                                                      

Locally based Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning and Women Like Uscomedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs will also bring music, laughter and delight to this year’s Festival.  

International Guests  

Among many esteemed guests travelling from across the globe to Byron Bay are best-selling UK authors Matt Haig and Hannah Richell, award-winning author of The Reader Bernhard Schlink (Germany) and celebrated poet and UK based broadcaster Lemn Sissay. They join inspirational Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood (The Netherlands), and North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee whose memoir The Girl with Seven Names is a global bestseller.

Fiction  

Just some of the highlight Australian writers include Tom Keneally, Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, Melissa Lucashenko with her much anticipated new novel Too Much Lip, award-winning novelists Josephine Wilson and Steven Carroll, and debut novelist Future D. Fidel. Crime lovers will be delighted with a line-up that includes Candice Fox, Dervla McTiernan and Jane Harper whose book The Dry has been requisitioned by Reese Witherspoon’s film production company. Matters of the heart are covered with romance best-sellers Rachael Johns, Victoria Purman and Christine Wells.  

Inspiring True Stories  

The 2018 Byron Writers Festival will reverberate with inspiring, heartbreaking and hopeful real-life stories from young Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (Daring to Drive), Bri Lee whose recently released memoir Eggshell Skull tells of her journey through the Australian legal system as a survivor of sexual assault and Danger Music author Eddie Ayres whose travels through Afghanistan teaching the cello to children led to a self-discovery almost too hard to bear.   

Also sharing the stories we need to hear are Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis (Power of Hope), Jessie Cole (Staying), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner), Sarah Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful), Dr Anita Heiss (Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds (This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited). Beloved broadcaster Richard Fidler will take his turn in the hot seat with Saga Land co-author Kári Gíslason transporting us on a Viking journey to the edge of world.  

Politics and Society  

Byron Writers Festival will bring together a formidable contingent of inspirational and outspoken women in politics including Tanya Plibersek, Jacqui Lambie, Christine Milne, Australia’s first federal female parliamentarian of Muslim faith Anne Aly and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs who will deliver the annual Thea Astley Address.  

Expect more debate, discussion and revelations with foreign correspondent Peter Greste(Freeing Peter), who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail, former Cabinet and Foreign Minister Gareth Evans (Incorrigible Optimist), Warren Mundine (Black + White: Race, Politics and Changing Australia), Clive Hamilton (Silent Invasion), Louise Milligan (Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell) and Professor Jenny Hocking (The Dismissal Dossier) in conversation with Kerry O’Brien.   

Environment & Science  

Distinguished guests at the forefront of contemporary discussions about science, technology and the state of our planet include Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, leading science writer Elizabeth Finkel, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific and The Coal Truth author David Ritter, and regenerative farmer Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler. Marine biologist, pioneering researcher and mother of two daughters raised at sea Micheline Jenner will tell us all about The Secret Life of Whales.  

Art, Music & Comedy  

Acclaimed Australian visual artist Tracey Moffatt will deliver a talk about her artistic practice while You Am I front man and Detours memoirist Tim Rogers and Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning will open up their songbooks.   

Kitty Flanagan comes clean about Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies, comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs perform the smash hit that inspired their book Women Like Us, The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen will tell us why Comedy is the most addictive thing you’ll ever do and Future Tense presenter Antony Funnell reveals his comedic side with So Far, So Good.

Poetry  

Lovers of poetry and spoken word will be delighted with a line-up that includes award-winning poet Shastra Deo with her first book The Agonist and 2017 Poetry Slam co-champion Jesse Oliver joining Lemn Sissay (UK), NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ). The Byron heat of 2018 Poetry Slam will also be held at Byron Bay Library.  

Children and Young Adults  

Kids Big Day Out on Festival Sunday with local MC Shep Huntly offers a jam-packed, fun-filled program for the whole family with a huge array of activities for kids of all ages. Ready to delight will be Oliver Phommavanh (Natural Born Loser and Thai-riffic!), Lian Tanner the best-selling author of children's fantasy adventure trilogy The Keepers, and Funny Kid for President author Matt Stanton amongst many others.

Locals Tickets  

This year Byron Writers Festival is looking after locals with $80 Sunday Locals Tickets, a saving of over $50. Available to residents of Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas, tickets are only available for purchase from the Festival office in Byron Bay during weekday business hours (Level 1, 28 Jonson Street). Purchasers will need to present proof of address and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per person. This is a limited release offer and will be available until sold out.

Feature Events  

The Festival has partnered with local arts organisations throughout the region to present an exciting range of Feature Events well worth an excursion, including live performances by Ailsa Piper and Kate McDowell in Lismore, Liane Moriarty in conversation at Lennox Head, and Draw Your Weapons author Sarah Sentilles from the UK at Art in the Pub in Mullumbimby.   

These events complement Feature Events taking place in Byron Bay including The Coal Truth: David Ritter in conversation with Dan Fitzgerald at the Beach Hotel and Peter Greste in conversation with Jane Hutcheon at the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa. Byron Theatre will feature The Saturday Paper’s Bedtime Stories with MC Tim Rogers as well as Richard Fidler in conversation with Lemn Sissay (Friday) and Sarah Krasnostein (Saturday). Patrons are advised to book early for these separately ticketed, in-demand events.

Byron Writers Festival 2018 will unfold from 3-5 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron resort. 
3-Day passes, 1-Day passes, Feature Events and Workshops are on sale now at byronwritersfestival.com (02) 6685 5115.

2018 WRITERS & PRESENTERS

Nicole Abadee, Michael Ableman, Alex Adsett, Míša Alexander, Ali Alizadeh, Manal al-Sharif, Anne Aly, Sarah Armstrong, Eddie Ayres, Sunil Badami, Tristan Bancks, Paul  Barclay, Caroline Baum, Tony Birch, Jesse Blackadder, Mark Brandi, Ellen Briggs, Ellen Broad, Phil Brown, Jane Camens, Steven Carroll, Kylie Chan, Jo Chandler, Anna Clark, Allan Clarke, Alan Close, Jessie Cole, Matthew Condon, Robin Cutler, Trent Dalton, Marele Day, Michelle de Kretser, Brigid Delaney, Richard Denniss, Shastra Deo, Ceridwen Dovey, Robert Drewe, Jarrah Dundler, Jill Eddington, Eskil Engdal, Gareth Evans, Bernard Fanning, Future D. Fidel, Richard Fidler, Elizabeth Finkel, Alan Finkel, Kitty Flanagan, Candice Fox, Phillip Frazer, Antony Funnell, Steven Gale, Joëlle Gergis, Carey Gillam, Moreno Giovannoni, Kári Gíslason, Peter Greste, Matt Haig, Clive Hamilton, Chris Hammer, Chris Hanley, Andrew Hansen, Jane Harper, Lynda Hawryluk, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Ben Hobson, Jenny Hocking, Shep Huntly, Jane Hutcheon, Zacharey Jane, Micheline  Jenner, Rachael Johns, Lloyd Jones, Sarah Kanowski, Kon Karapanagiotidis, Delta Kay, Tom Keneally, Erin Knutt, Campbell Korff, Sarah Krasnostein, Laura Kroetsch, Jacqui Lambie, Miriam Lancewood, Emma & Tom Lane, Hyeonseo Lee, Bri Lee, Deborah Lee, Hans Lovejoy, Melissa Lucashenko, William MacNeil, Selina Tusitala Marsh , Charles Massy, Dervla McTiernan, Courtney Sina Meredith, Miles Merrill, Karen Middleton, Walter Mikac, Barney & Kada Miller, Louise Milligan, Christine Milne, Rosemarie Milsom, Tracey Moffatt, Liane Moriarty, Warren Mundine, Mandy Nolan, Kerry O’Brien, Jesse Oliver, Mick O'Regan, Oliver Phommavanh, Ailsa Piper, Tanya Plibersek, Victoria Purman, Jennifer Rayner, Henry Reynolds, Hannah Richell, David Ritter, Jessica Roberts, Tim Rogers, Kjetil Saeter, Bernhard Schlink, Nathan Scolaro, Sarah Sentilles, Adam Shoemaker, Lemn Sissay, Gregory Smith, Matt Stanton, Adam Suckling, Lian Tanner, Margaret Throsby, Gillian Triggs, Elise Valmorbida, Lisa Walker, Christine Wells, Debbie Whitmont, Kate Wild, Michael Williams, Sarah  Wilson, Josephine Wilson, Chris Womersley, Bernard Zuel.

STONE & WOOD PREPARES FOR PRE-SALE TICKET RELEASE FOR UPCOMING FESTIVAL OF THE STONE

Join Stone & Wood for a night that celebrates community, live music, good food and the release of their 2018 Stone Beer, all while raising money for Big Scrub Landcare. 

Sign up on the festival website: www.festivalofthestone.com to be notified when pre-sale tickets come online for Festival of the Stone happening Saturday 9th June, 3 – 10pm (Queen’s Birthday long weekend, NSW) at Stone & Wood’s brewery in Byron Bay.

Come along and kick back as the sun sets and the beer flows. Enjoy live music and food truck cuisine with your friends and family at the annual event that celebrates the release of their dark winter seasonal ‘Stone Beer’. 

Stone & Wood will be pouring their beers from their iconic beer truck Clyde and the newest addition to the brewery’s fleet Trevor the Troopie . The first kegs of 2018 Stone Beer will be tapped and available until the tap runs dry. Brewed eight weeks earlier, the beer honours the ancient techniques of brewing. By adding wood fired stones to the kettle to rouse the boil, the malt characters are intensified, which contributes to the beer’s roasted caramel aroma that’s balanced with a warming, full bodied cocoa flavour… perfect for a cold winter’s night!

All profits from the beer sales and tickets will go directly to national not-for-profit Ingrained Foundation, a separate entity of Stone & Wood that was set up to extend upon the brewery’s community program, which to date has donated $630,000 to a long list of not for profit partners. Stone & Wood will donate $1 per h/l sold to the Ingrained Foundation which along with proceeds raised from events such as Festival of the Stone will be used to partner and support local charities to create progress in their communities.

This year the Ingrained Foundation will donate proceeds from Festival of the Stone to Big Scrub Landcare. The brewery works closely with this local charity who focuses on restoration and growth of the Northern Rivers Big Scrub Rainforest.

Shannon Greenfields from Big Scrub Landcare says of hearing the news “It is simply fantastic that we are able to partner with Stone & Wood for their Festival of Stone. We are so proud of the work the team do to help our charity and continue to show in the community”

Family friendly, the festival is about bringing the community together. There will be a kid’s area ‘Malt Disney’ with tunes for the kids to dance along to, as well as crafts and entertainment from Spaghetti Circus.

Tickets are $30 via Eventbrite (going off last year, there won’t be any on the door!) and transport to and from the brewery will be available. To guarantee your alert for ticket pre-sale, makes sure you sign up at www.festivalofthestone.com.

Splendour in the Grass 2018 lineup announcement

Splendour in the Grass 2018 (Fri 20, Sat 21 & Sun 22 July) is just around the corner. Drawing some of the biggest names in music to the North Byron Parklands, Splendour is one of the most popular festivals in the country.

Each year, festival-goers are spoilt for choice, with local talent and international superstars performing right here in the Byron Shire. From the smaller, more intimate tents, to the spectacular amphitheatre, Splendour sets the stage for some truly memorable acts.

In addition to the world-class music, Splendour gives artists a chance to showcase their work in colourful, often interactive works throughout the festival site. Lights, sculptures, and paintings bring the festival site to life.

Alongside the incredible arts and music, Splendour hosts a range of market stalls, circus performers, and exotic food vendors.

The 2018 line-up has dropped, and this year’s festival is set to be bigger than ever:

KENDRICK LAMAR • LORDE (ONLY AUS SHOW) • VAMPIRE WEEKEND (ONLY AUS SHOW) • KHALID (ONLY AUS SHOW) • THE WOMBATS • HILLTOP HOODS • CHVRCHES • MIGUEL • GIRL TALK (ONLY AUS SHOW) • ANGUS & JULIA STONE • GANG OF YOUTHS • FRANZ FERDINAND • MGMT • BEN HOWARD • DUNE RATS & FRIENDS • BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE • PNAU • JAMES BAY • THE AVALANCHES DJ SET • CHROMEO • DMA’S • BALL PARK MUSIC • HENRY ROLLINS (ONLY AUS SHOW) • SAFIA • THE JUNGLE GIANTS • LIL XAN • METHYL ETHEL • AMY SHARK • THE BRONX • OCEAN ALLEY • CARMADA BY L D R U & YAHTZEL • DZ DEATHRAYS • LORD HURON • MIDDLE KIDS • HOCKEY DAD • TOWKIO •CUB SPORT • TOUCH SENSITIVE • SAMPA THE GREAT • DEAN LEWIS • SKEGSS • ALBERT HAMMOND JR • MALLRAT • MARMOZETS • ALEX LAHEY • RITON & KAH-LO • JACK RIVER • SUPERORGANISM • ANNA LUNOE • LEWIS CAPALDI • ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS • ALEX THE ASTRONAUT • YUNGBLUD • CROOKED COLOURS • NINA LAS VEGAS • SOCCER MOMMY (ONLY AUS SHOW) • ELDERBROOK • ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER • TIM SWEENEY • STELLA DONNELLY • BULLY • BAKER BOY • WAFIA • NO MONO • WAAX • ANGIE MCMAHON • WEST THEBARTON • EVES KARYDAS • G FLIP • THE BABE RAINBOW • HAIKU HANDS • DIDIRRI • ALICE IVY • AMYL & THE SNIFFERS • ZIGGY RAMO • FANTASTIC MAN • LO’99 • HUMAN MOVEMENT • MANU CROOK$ • KASBO • MADAM X • ANDRAS ALTA • ARA KOUFAX • TWO PEOPLE • B WISE • MADE IN PARIS • JENSEN INTERCEPTOR • WOODES • TEISCHA • ANTONY & CLEOPATRA • MUTO • ELK ROAD • TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS

PLUS MIKE GURRIERI • LOVE DELUXE • LAUREN HANSOM • POOLCLVB • GODLANDS • NYXEN • EMMA STEVENSON • EBONY BOADU

Tickets are on sale Thursday, April 19, 9.00am sharp AEST moshtix.com.au or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

Learn more at splendourinthegrass.com

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2018

On 29 April, 2018, the five-star Elements of Byron Resort will play host to the 4th annual Byron Bay International Fashion Festival, an event that celebrates the thriving Byron fashion scene. Attendees will be treated to an afternoon and evening of forward-thinking fashion, music, and performance.  

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival will bring together talented designers from around the world. Showcasing both local talent, emerging brands, and global successes, the festival’s runway shows will cover swimwear, activewear, resort and casual wear, eveningwear, and lingerie.

In 2018, more than 20 designers will present collections at this boutique event, including Lahana Swim, Vale, Love Revolution, Helan Grant, Jenny Jazz, Niki Teljega, Styelle Bikinis, SASHED, Wild Barra, Miau Swimwear, and more.

Clothing will be brought to life by some of the country’s leading runway models. With a backdrop of edgy techno tracks and choreographed lighting, the catwalk shows become an artistic fashion spectacle.

Between runway shows, attendees can catch over 30 of latest award-winning fashion short films created by acclaimed directors and producers. The extensive film program adds depth to the festival, giving guests an insight into the fashion world.

A series of cutting-edge dance performances will complement the runway features and film program. Combining body art, fashion, design, and dance, these unique performances were commissioned by the Fashion Festival, giving designers the opportunity to collaborate with traditional dance companies.

Finally, an exciting all-female lineup of model DJs will set the scene and kick-start the party. Enjoy a fresh mix of contemporary tunes in the courtyard area and Festival bar from the early afternoon until the “Rock the Runway cocktail party finishes at midnight. 

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is an opportunity for industry leaders, emerging designers, established brands, influencers, bloggers, buyers, and fashion enthusiasts to network, discover new trends, and make their mark on the booming Byron fashion scene.

Learn more and buy tickets at bbiff.com.au

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018 Re-Cap

The Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018 (29 March to 2 April) has come to an end, and what a festival it was. Despite a little wet weather over the long weekend, the world-class musical talent and showmanship, friendly crowds, and colourful festival vibes surpassed expectations.

In true Bluesfest tradition, the festival kicked-off on Thursday with a downpour. Although the mud didn’t dampen the festival spirit, we were all grateful to see blue skies and spectacular sunsets on Sunday and Monday.

This year’s line-up was packed full of incredible artists. Our favourite was Eric Gales, the virtuoso guitarist, who we saw for all three performances last year and all three performances this year. Watching such a master musician play up-close was mind-blowing.

Some performances were truly heart-wrenching. Blues musician Walter Trout – accompanied by his son on guitar – paid tribute to the stranger who saved his life by donating their liver. The crowd went wild as the set ended, and Walter broke down in tears.

Darren Hart of Harts played a killer set before hinting at his retirement and smashing his beloved guitar.

Other highlights included Canned Heat, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Gomez.

We also ran into Michael Franti walking among the crowd, singing, and taking selfies with his fans.

As always, the food at Bluesfest was an experience in itself. The coffee tent was a great place for a much-needed rest, and the Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts – the longer the line, the better the doughnut tastes – did not disappoint.

Finally, the vibrant market stalls, kids’ activities, circus performers, dancers, and polite and considerate crowds made the festival a real pleasure to attend. We cannot wait to see what Bluesfest has in store next year for its 30th anniversary.

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

Star Stuff II: Festival of Space, Science & Astronomy

After the success of Start Stuff: Festival of the Cosmos, festival organiser Dylan O’Donnell has confirmed that space-themed event will return - under moonless skies - to Byron Bay on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of July, 2018.

Star Stuff II will feature three internationally renowned speakers: Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today; Amy Shira Teitel, space historian and host of the Vintage Space YouTube channel; and Geoff Notkin, star expert as seen on the popular TV show, Meterorite Men.

Held at the Elements of Byron Resort, Start Stuff II will boast a range of space and science related talks and activities. Weather permitting, festival-goers can engage in solar and night-time astronomy.

In addition, they will be treated to several back-to-back keynote talks from industry experts. Speakers include Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne/ABC), Dr David Malin (AAO), Dr Cathal O’Connell (Cosmos Magazine), comet discover Terry Lovejoy, John Sarkissian (CSIRO), Greg Quicke aka “Space Gandalf,” and Gilmour Space Technologies and local astronomer Dylan O’Donnell.

What’s more, high-tech astronomy equipment will be exhibited by suppliers. While this exhibition is open to the general public, ticket-holders will get the VIP treatment: giveaways, a movie screening, a luxurious dinner, the Fraser Cain speech, and entry to win a Celestron Evolution 6 complete telescope package.

Designed to encourage interest in astronomy, space, and STEM industries, Star Stuff is a privately funded festival. Last year, proceeds funded a small observatory for Wiley Park Girls School in western Sydney.

Not to be confused with astrology, Star Stuff II: Festival of Space, Science & Astronomy is set to be an inspiring, educational, and out-of-this-world event.

Learn more at www.starstuff.com.au

World Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay 2018

Join a group of like-minded individuals for a scenic bike ride around beautiful Byron Bay on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 3pm. The catch? The ride is clothing-optional.

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.

Have a bit of fun and promote a number of great causes this year at the 2018 World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay on Sunday, March 11. Meet at 2.30pm at the Railway Station in Byron Bay, before setting off on a liberating ride around stunning Byron Bay at 3pm. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.

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.’

Learn more about the fantastic World Naked Bike Ride on their Wiki

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