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NITSUA - Street & Visual Art

Born in New Zealand but currently living in Byron Bay, Austin is a street artist, graphic designer, creator, and founder of NITSUA.

Austin is a multi-talented creative with a distinctive bright and bold aesthetic. You’ve probably seen his eye-catching murals around Byron Bay, or maybe noticed the groovy tables he designed at The Tree House in Belongil. Austin has also worked with bands including Wolfmother, designing album artwork and tour posters. His style is an accumulation of a unique background in textile, print media, and product design beginning back in 1997, when he worked as a graphic designer in the fashion and skateboard industries.

In addition to his street art and visual art, Austin’s unique style is translated into commissioned wallpaper, video art, homewares, and furniture. Using stencils, spray paint, brushes, and a huge amount of colour, Austin’s solo projects completed under the brand NITSUA (Austin spelt backwards) have been hugely successful, catching the eye of well-known Australian artists.

NITSUA has come to represent freedom, interpretation, inspiration, and the desire to create art. Austin currently sells a range of original artwork, as well as prints. These stunning creations epitomise his exceptional eye for colour and design, which fuses psychedelic imagery, street art, and Byron Bay.

Learn more about NITSUA at www.nitsua.com.au and browse a range of affordable NITSUA art prints available for sale.

WILLOW The Magazine for Conscious Mamas

WILLOW is a one of a kind interactive and digital magazine, with a strong online presence. She has been created to provide support, love and empowerment to help women transition into motherhood with ease.

With focus on gentle birthing and conscious parenting, WILLOW provides a wealth of information for the parent looking to lead by the heart.

WILLOW is more than a magazine, she is also a community and opportunity for mothers and parents to share, interact, support and nurture themselves and others through the newness and uniqueness of every birth from conception through to the early years.

The founders Fiona Olsen, Arihia Henry and Sandra Colley are all young mothers themselves and with the support of professionals and experts are proud to present to you the Issue 1 ­ The Conception. Among her pages you’ll find expert advice, real life experience and relevant conversation on topics covering pregnancy, birth and beyond. This trinity of #startupmoms share a combined background in child care, special needs education, business management, neuro/training, kinesiology, yoga, writing and nutrition.

Willow ushers in the new business fractal of giving and receiving, through seeding a philanthropic model that creates a new paradigm for parents, families, communities and corporate spaces.

May no mama ever feel alone or unsupported again.

20% of every purchase sold will be donated to a chosen mother baby charity, with the first edition of The Conception donated to Yaysan Bumi Sehat foundation in Indonesia. Bumi Sehat provides free birth care for mothers and babies.

WILLOW was launched on the 28th of March 2016 and intends to be a tri­annual publication. Find issue 1 at: www.bit.ly/the­conception.

Learn more by visiting www.willowmagazine.org and be sure to follow Willow on Facebook &/or Willow on Instagram.

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

BBIFF 2016 is on 30 April 10am - 11pm at The Elements of Byron Resort

Byron Bay has long been a fashionable holiday destination for the young and glamorous, now it is so much more! The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is in its second year and earmarked to become an important date on the fashion calendar for emerging labels and international brands.  Last year's event showcased "15" local, national and international brands in a series of shows with the spectacular backdrop of Byron Bay's Main Beach.

This year the brand new five-star beach resort "Elements" will host the festival amidst its lush gardens, breath-taking pools and private beach. The day into night programme of indoor and outdoor runway shows will present everything from swimwear to lingerie, sport-lux, casual and evening wear modelled by a diverse group of beautiful models.

Patrons of the festival are encouraged to truly savour the location by staying at the resort and enjoying a "festival only" reduced rate in the beautiful villas and bungalows.

The festival will utilize all aspects of this beautiful location. The  state of the art pavilions equipped with the latest wi-fi technology will set the stage for the ticket only runway shows.  Enjoy international fashion films poolside on the "drive-in" style cinema screen, media and designer interviews in the main restaurant, group shows on the private beachfront and pool, and an exclusive wrap party that will bring to an end a day full of innovation, fashion and potential new collaborations between business and designers.

In the grounds surrounding the main festival buildings there will be an all day "shop the runway" fashion expo where the public and ticketholders can shop the many stalls of fashion, beauty and accessories and enjoy live music. Also open to the public are two sample shows, one on the beach and a swimwear showing poolside to showcase a selection of garments that will appear in the runway shows.

For further information and tickets, visit www.bbiff.com.au.

2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest Review

Fun music, enthusiastic fans, a variety of food and an all-round great festival vibe - another Byron Bay Blues Festival to remember. My headliner highlight was The National my blues highlight was Blind Boy Paxton, my rock-n-roll highlight was the Eagles of Death Metal, my weirdo highlight was The Residents and my food highlight was the Tempura Vege Bowl from (Federals) Doma Cafe.





Bluesfest hosted 82 bands, a total of 633 artists and their tour party members and recorded a tad over 100,000 attendances over the Easter long weekend. You can always tell the artists really enjoy playing Bluesfest, here's what some of them had to say:

“This is a much heralded festival and it’s our first day here and we understand why..” VINTAGE TROUBLE

“The overwhelming feeling I get at Bluesfest is that people love music..” GRAHAM NASH

“Probably one of my favourite shows we have played in a really long time” ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

“Bluesfest is one of the best line-ups that I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of” ALLEN STONE

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be here” THE WAILERS

“I think Bluesfest manages to outdo itself every year" DUSTIN THOMAS

Please browse more of byronbay.com's 2016 Bluesfest images on our facebook page: Thursday images, Friday images, Saturday images, Sunday images and Monday images.

Donatella Parisini Photographer

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Donatella Parisini is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia. Her career in fashion commenced in her early twenties – working as a model and a stylist in Europe’s major cities before relocating to Australia in the mid 90s. Here her unique creative style combined with her genuine passion for life and connection, led her to transition to her current role as one of Byron Bay’s most highly renowned professional photographers.

Known for her keen eye for beauty and composition and an undeniable ability to relax and elate those around her, Donatella’s technical expertise, infectious positivity and decades of industry experience has attracted clients nationwide. Her work includes cosmetic campaigns, independent designer collections, look books, accessory lines, modelling portfolios, musician promo, professional rebranding, portraiture and fine art photography. Her work has been featured in numerous publications both in and out of Australia.

A five minute drive from Byron Bay CBD Donatella’s fully equipped photography studio in Suffolk Park provides a relaxing and professional environment to see your visions realised. Only a minutes walk away Tallows Beach and Arakwal National Park provide a plethora of easily accessible locations in Australia’s stunning natural landscapes. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are available for use on site with contacts for Models/Hair/Makeup/Styling/Catering by request.

” My work is a blend of all the places I have been, the people i met and loved, the music I have danced, the books I have read and the art that i see and inspire me and keep the passion alive . It is a privilege to be standing on Bundjalung country, I am grateful with all my heart for being welcomed to such a beautiful corner of this planet, it is an honour to share this experience in this magical place. I respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this land the Bundjalung people. Together we acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of us and all children and people in this country we all live in and share together “. Donatella Parisini

Enjoy a sample of Donatella's work and learn more by visiting www.donatella.com.au &/or following on social media: www.facebook.com/DonatellaPhotographer, www.instagram.com/dotheinstathinghy" or www.twitter.com/ontweettoo.




Lismore Lantern Parade

The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. It is recognised as the iconic event for the City of Lismore along with the North Coast National.

The Lismore Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people each year and provides a safe and enjoyable experience for all those involved. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more.

Lanterns, fire and outdoor celebration are deeply embedded in many cultures from China, Japan, Burma and Vietnam to Europe and Africa. The lantern represents a positive metaphor for community optimism and hope throughout the world and it was from this tradition that the Lismore Lantern Parade was born. The universal and multicultural theme makes the Lantern Parade appealing to people from all walks of life and nationalities.

The 2016 Lismore Lantern Parade will be held on Saturday, June 25.

For further information visit www.lanternparade.com.

Images by www.natsky.com.au.

The Byron Arts Classic

The Byron Arts Classic is an exciting community event held annually around Easter time that celebrates the talent and diversity of artists from the Northern Rivers and beyond.

The Byron Arts Classic was established in 1982 as the Easter Arts Classic, which ran until 2003. In 2010, after a seven-year break, the event was renamed, restored, and hosted at the Byron Bay Community Centre. It has been there held annually ever since.

During the weeklong celebration, the Byron Theatre is transformed into a multi-tiered, floor-to-ceiling exhibition space titled the ‘Dawkins Gallery’. The ground floor is home to an inspiring sculpture garden, and photographs, paintings, and works on paper line the walls. These continue on the second and third levels, where smaller artworks are arranged more intimately. What makes this exhibition unique is that up-and-coming, and even amateur artists are hung side-by-side with established, well-known local talent. The exhibition gives everyone the opportunity to share their art with a large audience.

Each year, the exhibition starts off with the coveted Gala Awards Night, where acclaimed judges determine the very best artists of that year’s Arts Classic. Awards are handed to the young, the beginner, and the established working in all mediums, from sculpture to photography, from print making to oil painting. Guests enjoy the colourful array of artwork amid live music. All works are for sale.

The Byron Arts Classic attracts artists from Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Tweed Heads, and more. The exhibition aims to showcase the varied ideas, values and talents of the region to both members of the Byron community and visitors from near and far.

The 2016 event opens Thursday 24 March – Wednesday 30 March 10am-4pm with a Gala Awards Night Wednesday 23 March 6pm til late. For further information, visit The Byron Arts Classic website.

Registrations are open from the Monday 1st February until 4pm Monday 29th February. Full details available online.

Byron Music Society

Byron Music Society provides not just concerts but wonderful and unique experiences of beautiful classical music (often combined with fantastic food), in intimate venues.

You don’t necessarily need to know your glockenspiel from your xylophone to dress up and enjoy an afternoon with Byron Music Society.

By staging these experiences we hope to promote the study, performance, listening and enjoyment of group, solo, vocal and instrumental fine music.

Byron Music Society concerts are usually held either in the Byron Community Centre auditorium, Byron at Byron Resort, or in St Martin’s Anglican Church in Mullumbimby. All venues are pleasing, intimate performance spaces. Every seat is a good seat and the audience has the unique opportunity to enjoy the concerts in close proximity to the artists.

Byron Music Society is not for profit and without significant funding. Our concerts are financed by memberships and admissions, which we strive to keep affordable. The concerts are staged by a voluntary committee.

Recent events include performances by: ACO2, Daniel de Borah, Simon Tedeschi, Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov, Sally Whitwell, I Dolci Venti, Gerard Willems, Ensemble ARIOSA, Ambre Hammond and Marcello Maio, Bridget Crouch and Friends, Strelitzia Trio, Attilla Sautov and the Mueller Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016 we are fortunate to have as our President the highly esteemed and extremely talented Nicholas Routley.

For further information and upcoming events, visit www.byronmusicsociety.com.

The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health, indigenous culture and conscious music from around Australia and abroad. Participants attend workshops of their choice in these modalities, and celebrate through music, dance, chanting, story-telling, and ceremony , to create greater harmony, awareness and healing for individuals and the community.

The festival format encompasses workshops for both children and adults. The festival has been designed to incorporate local; interstate and international professionals to capitalize on the branding of the region as Australia's premier destination for healthy lifestyle practices and holistic living.

The event is located throughout the entire town of Mullumbimby utilizing existing venues such as the Civic Hall, churches and schools. This enlivens the entire community and showcases the special charm of the town. The Festival incorporates a Free Community Village with concerts, talks, meditations, food and vendors. This allows the entire community to participate in the event without needing to purchase a ticket.

Attendees, artists and personnel are bought together by this unique event to experience abundance and support in community. The support of Festivals Australia would enable the project to expand to include more presenters and to develop different aspects of the festival further. A deepening of the focus on health and well being; indigeneous culture & sustainable lifestyles.

The 4th BYRON SPIRIT FESTIVAL returns to Mullum April 15 - 17, 2016

Learn more, visit www.spiritfestival.com.au.

Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great success with organisers declaring it one of the best they’ve had at the venue.

With perfect weather, a festival site that is easy to get around and a couple new features including the Palm Springs water park and the air-conditioned Foxtel movie venue - it was no surprise everyone was having fun.

My favourite act was Courtney Barnett and my pick of the food was the Cuban Street Food (near the main entrance). Enjoy a selection of images captured walking around and watching the bands at Falls Festival Byron.









































































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