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Popped Urban Laneway Activation

This May, one of Byron Bay’s most notorious dead spaces will be invigorated by Popped Creative: a new, innovative collective that has an inspired vision for the future of arts and culture in our region.

In just one week, a team of Byron Bay’s most talented street artists will transform ‘Surf Alley’: the tired laneway in Johnson Street that has previously been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour.

Popped Creative is Byron Bay’s newest events and creative services firm. Popped is collaborating with a team headed by local artist Austin of Nitsua, on the transformational project, which will be celebrated on the weekend of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May with a urban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, talks & ideas program, and much more.

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community. The Fresh Air Gallery is a live street art gallery that will auction the finished artworks on Instagram at the end of the night, raising money for a charity of the gallery's choice, along with Popped's chosen beneficiary, the Byron Community Theatre, for its much needed upgrades.

“This is the first of its kind for Byron,” enthuses Creative Director Abbie Gibson, “We are bringing the gallery to the street, and making the arts more accessible for the wider community. It also gives our artists an opportunity to make money from their art, and garner exposure that will generate future opportunities. We are passionate about arts and culture, and want to see our local arts community thrive”.

Marketing & Media Manager Liesel Arden says “This is very much a local project with international ambitions. Our goal is to lead a new and exciting direction for regional arts; Byron Bay is the perfect place to set the precedent. As a community we can demonstrate to a global audience that there is a new generation of regional arts that are world-class, ethical, and viable all at the same time”.

The full program will be distributed throughout the region leading up to the event.

POPPED runs from 5pm – 11pm Friday 19 and 12pm - 11pm Saturday 20 May 2017.

Tickets go on sale Monday 27 March 2017 at 9am, $10 each, and can be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door. For an additional $5, ticket holders can purchase a return bus ride from outer suburbs Lennox Head, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads & Mullumbimby.

Learn more at www.poppedcreative.com.

Spell & The Gypsy Collective's Byron Bay Boutique

Spell & The Gypsy Collective, a loved and internationally recognised local brand, has come along way since its humble beginnings. The founders of Spell, sisters Isabella (nicknamed Spell) and Elizabeth, began selling handmade jewellery and clothing at the Byron Bay markets. From there, the bohemian brand gained traction and took off.

A far cry from the 4x4 market tent, the Byron Bay boutique at 15 Browning Street is mix of new and old, natural and manmade, the striking space embodies the carefree, gypsy character Spell is known and loved for.

The store’s arbours are made from timber reclaimed from the old Bangalow Bridge – an authentic nod to the history of the Byron region. Alongside the antler light, new hoop lamps adorned with feathers add a DIY element to the space. And, a small kids play area was included to give mums peace-of-mind as they shop.

Finally, a secluded mezzanine level provides shoppers looking for a little more privacy a place to try on Spell’s clothing. This unique shopping experience was designed to make customers feel right at home, as if they were in their own bedroom.

Many of Spell’s loyal customers experience the brand online – whether that be through their active social media accounts, their popular blog, or their online store. The new boutique gives shoppers a tangible experience of the brand, something real and authentic in the heart of Byron Bay.

Learn more and shop online at www.spelldesigns.com.

Most Popular Byron Bay Facebook Posts of 2016

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January 2016

A little windy on Main Beach Byron Bay.

February 2016

Crystal clear waters in Brunswick Heads, photo credit Graham Nixon.

March 2016

World Naked Bike Ride caused a 'Byron Style' traffic jam, video credit Boardshop Australia.

April 2016

Postcard perfect - Wategos Beach Byron Bay, image credit Sean O'Shea.

May 2016

Classic Byron Bay sunset with sand art by Craig A. Gascoigne Spiralman. Photo credit dice_a.

June 2016

The Wreck Byron Bay, photo credit Tim Samuel.

July 2016

Killen Falls, 30 minutes from Byron Bay.

August 2016

On a clear night Byron Bay - panorama of the Milky Way captured last night by Rod Evans.

September 2016

Byron Bay's surfing dolphins, video by Sean O'Shea

October 2016

Beachfront busking at Main Beach Byron Bay, video credit part.time_nomadz.

November 2016

Drumming circle at dusk, waiting for the super moon at Main Beach Byron Bay. Video credit Leila Cosgrove McKail.

December 2016

Beautiful Torakina Beach, Brunswick Heads. Photo credit Born in the Tropics.

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is back again in 2017, taking place at the Elements of Byron Resort on April 29.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect at this year’s ‘new wave festival’.

Local, National and International Fashion

With three distinctive fashion shows, the Byron Bay International Fashion Festival delivers a world-class showcase of established and up-and-coming talent.

At 5pm, seven designers will showcase their summer 2017 swimwear collections in the Banksia Pavilion. At 7pm, six designers from around Australia and the world will present their casual collection. At 9pm, six additional designers will introduce their new eveningwear collections. Finally, a ‘nightclub’ themed group session will conclude the fashion shows for 2017.

The festival’s fashion shows are open to all-day pass holders, and are also independently ticketed.

Entertainment

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival aims to explore the power and diversity of fashion across a range of mediums. In light of this, the festival will host a fashion film screening at 8pm that showcases the evolving role of fashion in art-house filmmaking.

An amalgamation of body art, fashion, and contemporary dance, the festival will also welcome back the acclaimed modern dance performance.

Food and Drink

From 4pm, the Banksia Pavilion Courtyard will come to life with an all-day, all-night, and all-female DJ program and Festival Bar. Here, you can plan your evening, visit the information desk, and mingle with other festival goers, including models, designers and photographers.

Dining at the festival provides another opportunity to network with buyers, modeling agencies, and other industry professionals. Lunch runs all day at a discounted price at Elements of Byron’s GRAZE restaurant.

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2017 will conclude with infamous ‘Rock the Runway’ after party. Kicking off at 10pm, the party will see celebrity appearances, variety acts, and a headlining DJ performance.

For further information visit www.bbiff.com.au.

New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Craig Parry, opens Byron Bay gallery

Byron Bay’s dynamic arts scene is abuzz with the opening of a new gallery by internationally acclaimed nature photographer and local boy, Craig Parry.

Located on Fletcher Street, the gallery showcases Craig’s signature marine, aerial and landscape imagery. Each photograph presents everyday moments from unique perspectives with the focus primarily upon exhibiting images captured in the Byron Bay area.

The gallery has been a long-term project for Craig who has spent years capturing and curating content that would appeal to both a local and international market.

"My greatest inspiration is to connect humanity to nature through photography", says Craig. "I’m incredibly excited to share this passion with everyone and hope my images can act as a focal point to raise awareness for conservation and the beauty which can be found right on our doorstep".

To celebrate the gallery’s opening, this Friday (20th January) Craig will be launching an exhibition featuring some of his top images and unveiling a limited edition Migaloo print which has never been seen before!

Offering a wide variety of printing and framing options and finishes in addition to custom pieces there’s something on offer for all tastes and budgets. Head on down and check it out -

Gallery Address:

Shop 7, 8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm everyday
Learn more at www.craigparryphotography.com

Byron Bay’s Newest Festival “Star Stuff 2017” with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Celestron, Bintel & DNA Digital are bringing a “supergroup” of Australia’s leading scientists and experts in science, space, astrophysics and astrophotography to Byron Bay in June 2017 for the Star Stuff Festival.

Speakers include well known TV and Radio personalities Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne) who will be hosting a VIP dinner and keynote presentation at the Elements of Byron Resort.

Other speakers include astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack, a highly regarded scientist and presenter known for her work on dark matter and global science outreach from her adopted city of Melbourne.

Mark Gee (NZ), 2013 astrophotographer of the year, will also be taking the stage to share his aspirational story of success travelling the world and sharing his remarkable photos of the Sun, Moon and Milky Way.

Dr Duane Hamacher (Monash) is also on the bill to present an overview of his work decoding the ancient secrets of Australian aboriginal astronomy including such work with local indigenous groups.

Dr David Malin, whose name is literally synonymous with the highest echelon of scientific and photographic excellence (The Malin Awards) will bring his perspective on advancements in digital photography since he pioneered colour space photography in his early career.

Also on the line up is Dr Fred Watson, also known for his work at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), engaging presentation style and continuous work as a dark sky advocate. Watson was instrumental in the recent declaration of Australia’s first Dark Sky Park in Warrumbungle National Park – the first in the Southern Hemisphere.

Byron Bay astronomer Dylan O’Donnell joins the group to share his work as is Gilmour Space Technology’s Jamie Anderson whose work in rocket propulsion on the Gold Coast hopes to kickstart Australia’s private space travel industry.

Australia’s largest telescope and astronomer vendor Bintel will also be on site demonstrating consumer astronomy equipment, and the Southern Astronomical Society will facilitate day and night telescope viewings, photography workshops and sky tours if weather permits.

Claire Fell, event liason officer for Byron shire council noted “This is the perfect event for our shire.” While other enthusiastic space fans were less restrained. “Just take my f—king money” said one ticketholder when the speaker list was announced. "Now that got my attention! Beam me across from Canberra. Tix booked!" said another.

Ticket sales and event information can be found at : starstuff.com.au

For media enquiries, sponsorship, school science outreach or volunteer information contact dylan@starstuff.com.au or susan@starstuff.com.au

Re-Cap: Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016/17

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016/17 did not disappoint. Held over three days (31st December – 2nd January) at the North Byron Parklands, the festival was packed with great music, delicious food, market stalls, plenty of sun, a bit of rain, and much more.

The impressive Amphitheatre stage filled up each day with enthusiastic crowds dancing and singing the night away alongside this year’s killer lineup. On New Year's Eve, everyone dressed to impress for the Falls Festival Gold theme, transforming the full Amphitheatre into a dress-up party.

On days two and three, the Forest Stage featured some excellent acts from around the globe, including Parquet Courts, a rock band from New York City – they were my festival highlight.

There was also some incredible Byron Bay talent to enjoy in The Grove, including DELI, a local group that improvises every song.

In addition to the music, Falls served up some extra fun, including the Palm Springs pools, Market Stalls and the Ferris wheel. Of course, there was also a ton of exciting food options.

The heat was intense (around 34 degrees each day), and on the final afternoon a storm rolled in and there was a bit of rain. This didn’t stop the fun, and I am sure everyone’s excited to come back again next time.

First Sun NYD Byron Bay

A dawn ceremony at Cape Byron Lighthouse

Start the first hours of 2019 with a guided meditation, relaxing music and yoga. This family-friendly event offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to welcome the New Year with conscious intentions at the most Easterly point of Australia’s mainland.

All activities offered are free. Please ensure you are comfortable in these early hours by bringing a yoga mat, warm clothing, torch, a blanket, sunglasses/hat and water.

Parking is advised at Clarkes Beach carpark from 4am. We recommend walking to the lighthouse from here. A guided walk will depart at 4:15am. As an alternative for those unable to walk, free shuttle buses will operate between 4:15am – 8am.

2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is back and better than ever. The event will take place this summer, between February 24 and 26, 2017.

As the recipient of the 2015 Surf Culture Award, the festival is known internationally for its contribution to the surf world.

Jam-packed with over 25 ticketed and free events, the non-competitive festival celebrates culture, innovation, and sustainability. As well as surfing, events include music, art, film, yoga, surfboard design, fashion, literature, history, food, and health. The festival comes to its climax on the final day, with the spectacular Freestyle and Stoke surf session at stunning Wategos beach.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL FROM OUR LAST FESTIVAL!!!!! from Byron Bay Surf Festival on Vimeo.

Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017 Schedule

Friday, February 24

The Byron Surf Festival is set to open at the Lone Goat Art Gallery with an art exhibition. Festivities will move to the foreshore of Main Beach, where the opening ceremony and popular outdoor cinema will take place. The celebration will continue with live music at the Beach Hotel.

Saturday, February 25

Saturday begins with the free Surf Art Market along Main Beach. The tipi markets attract all sorts of people, whether or not they’re into surf culture. Later in the day, the ticketed events will take place. The program includes live music, a surf film competition, and yet-to-be-announced surprises.

Sunday, February 26

On Sunday, the Byron Bay Surf Festival goers head to Wategos beach to check out (or participate in) the action both in and out of the water. The foreshore will be dotted with a diverse array of handmade surf crafts. In the water, surfers will showcase their joy and creativity in a non-competitive environment. To finish, the Surf Festival will host a casual, ticketed closing party.

11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta

The 11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta (4-6 November 2016) is set to ignite Byron Bay with the passion and energy of Latin music and dance once more this November! After a successful relocation to the Byron Community Centre and feeder venues to celebrate the 10th Anniversary in 2015, the event is happy to say it will continue to be held in its home, the heart of Byron Bay.

The 2016 event, to be held 4th – 6th November, is excited to announce International Kizomba Artist Anais Million (France) and Bachata Artist Edwin Ferreras (New York), both coming to the event for the first time, together with an impressive line-up of national and local dance instructors and performers. Live bands feature Chukale, Australia leading Afro-Cuban Salsa Ensemble and the fresh new sounds of Bombolaye, an industry favourite.

Run over 4 nights and 2 days the event includes more than 40 dance workshops plus parties with performances, live bands, and Latin DJs. There is something for everyone. Beginners and experienced dancers are all invited to learn from the vast array of talent on offer while party guests are encouraged to watch, listen and enjoy! You may even decide that you always wanted to learn to dance!

Don’t miss out on one of Australia’s longest running and most popular Latin dance events. Tickets are selling fast.

Tickets and further information at www.byronlatinfiesta.com.au.

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