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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

Stone & Wood Brewery Byron Bay

Drop into the local independent brewery... Stone & Wood Brewery Byron Bay

Born and raised in Byron Bay, Stone & Wood is proudly independent, brewing and bottling handcrafted beer in the Northern Rivers of NSW, one of the greatest places on Earth. 

The three founders Brad, Ross and Jamie chose to set up the brewery on Australia’s most easterly tip in 2008, inspired by the idea of a creating a village brewery and with the vision of building a conscious business that reflects the best of what the industry is all about.

The Byron Bay brewery is the birthplace and the heartbeat of Stone & Wood. It is in hippy terms, their spiritual home. A place to come for a tour, try their beers in the tasting room and where some of their limited releases and untried, experimental Pilot Batch brews are produced.

Nothing makes them more stoked to have people rock up for some beer, a carton or a tour and tell their unique story about how they first tried a Stone & Wood Beer... and for them to be able to show punters around the brewery and tell their story. If you’re around town, drop in for a tasting paddle or book a tour in advance! 

Stone & Wood Brewery Byron is open seven days. 

Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm
Weekends 12 – 6pm
 
Tours run every day except Tuesdays.
To book a tour or enquire about the Tasting Room, visit their website www.stoneandwood.com.au or give them a call on 02 6685 9220.

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.

 

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

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

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
 

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

Cunning Stunts presents the monthly Nudge Nudge Wink Wink sundown event. Family friendly with activities for kids, it's held on the first Sunday of the month at The Billinudgel Hotel. 

The party with a conscience is now a TICKETED monthly event running from September - June that brings the community together in an all inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents.

Food trucks, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special family friendly event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Bringing their together collective artistic skills, knowledge and community spirit to create awareness and generate funds for incredible local charities that tirelessly devote themselves to supporting and helping Northern NSW residents achieve a better quality of life.

The core team - Darren & Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck & Dale Stephen tirelessly devote themselves to putting our fundraising events on every month as a charitable endeavor, assisted by our sponsors, supporting businesses and the nudgers - our amazing event patrons.

The season features an assortment of highly experienced, diverse and amazing local DJ’s playing deep and blissed-out Balearic beats, delicious dubs, left field excursions, oddball disco and killer obscurities are world class.

Raising over $54,000 thus far for local charities across 17 events, Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink eclectic events continue to set the bar.

Fundraising at their events is raised through ticket sales, vendor and attendees’ donations, merchandise sales and the selling of raffle tickets. 100% of profits donated to local well deserving charities.

For further information on Cunning Stunts:
Website: www.cunningstunts.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cunningstuntevents

Splendour in the Grass 2017

Warm blue sky days and cool clear nights made for an easy and enjoyable Festival. 

Splendour in the Grass 2017’s line-up of over 100 acts played to a capacity 32,500 audience across four main stages - The Amphitheatre, Mix Up Stage, GW McLennan Tent and Tiny Dancer - while the festival’s campground became a home away from home to 19,500 music fans.

The music, artwork, light installations, sunny days and excess glitter helped provide colour and movement across the whole festival.

Appreciative audiences for all performances added to the energy.

Fun bars and interesting food all around - my favourite were the Mary's Burgers. All up, another excellent Splendour - I can't wait for next year!

2017 Mullum Music Festival

Mullum Music Festival (MMF) is a boutique festival in Mullumbimby, a quaint but vibrant little town in the hinterland of Byron Bay, NSW. Celebrating its 10th festival in 2017, which has gradually grown from very humble beginnings since the inaugural event back in 2008 – a memorable year for Mullum with the refurbishment and renovation of the Civic Hall, the epicentre of the festival.

The unique structure of MMF creates a special community atmosphere, adding a distinct and special flavour to the event, which festival goers hold dear to their musical hearts.

The action packed program is spread across multiple venues throughout the town. The use of existing structures is a very special aspect of the festival and reinforces not only the ‘roaming community’ vibe of the event, but also the sustainability of the town both financially and environmentally – two things which the organisers work very hard to ensure.

Artists are routinely seen mingling with the crowd and jumping in as guest performers all over the festival as a part of the laid back family atmosphere and the calibre of attending artists (as both performers and punters) is nothing to sneeze at. Mullum has been blessed with the likes of The Church, Ron Sexsmith (CAN), Ajak Kwai (Sth Sudan), Montaigne, Olympia, Tash Sultana, The Basics, Elana Stone, Marlon Williams (NZ), Robert Forster, Pieta Brown (US), Nano Stern (CHILE), Mama Kin, Arte Kanella, Megan Washington, Montaigne, All our Exes Live In Texas, Sticky Fingers, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, King Tide, Tinpan Orange, Mojo JuJu, just to name a few...

The vibrant annual street parade and Mullum’s own Magic Bus have also become favourite festival hallmarks.

Since the beginning festival organisers, Red Square Music, have worked to maintain the individuality, authenticity and integrity of the festival on a number of levels. Not only does the event support the town, its musicians and the national and global music world, but it includes several programs to reinforce and promote sustainability. One of these is The Mullum S.E.E.D. program which involves a series of educational, sustainability focused talks and workshops which take place alongside the music timetable.

The MMF also continues its commitment to nurturing youth in, not only the music industry, but in a wide range of industries, offering a unique youth mentorship program for young musicians and also a range of TED-style talks for youth which fall under the banner of The Youth Training Station (formed in 2014).

Since its inception in 2008 when opening night was very nearly rained out and people came out of the woodwork driving miles to avoid fallen trees and powerlines to support what they knew would be a worthwhile event, the festival has grown from strength to strength, evolving and transforming along the way to become one of the most successful boutique festivals in the country.

The Mullum Music Festival - November 16th - 19th 2017. Further information and tickets, visit www.mullummusicfestival.com.

Byron Writers Festival 2017 Full Program

Byron Writers Festival (4-6 August) reveals an exciting and compelling program featuring more than 130 guests. The 3-Day 2017 Festival will unfold across six stages at the stunning beachside Festival site, and will be complemented by diverse writers’ workshops, satellite events and literary dinners throughout Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region.

‘The 21st Byron Writers Festival program aims to soar high across many different dominions. We seek to inspire, engage and cultivate accessible conversations between our writer guests and avid audiences,’ said Festival Director, Edwina Johnson.

‘We are especially proud of this year’s Program ¬– for its cultural diversity, scope and probing amalgamation of important topics and different writing genres.’

Acclaimed Australian novelists include Kate Grenville, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Hannah Kent, A.S. Patric, Nicolas Rothwell, Kim Scott and Byron Bay based Rob Drewe who will launch his new novel Whipbird at the Festival. They join a best-selling line-up of Australian crime writers, including David Free, Mirandi Riwoe (M.J. Tjia), Michael Robotham and Jock Serong.

ABIA Award winner and rock icon Jimmy Barnes will discuss his bestselling, critically acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. Legendary singer and songwriter Tex Perkins will reveal his newly released autobiography. The two will come together for a special ABC Radio National session with presenter Sarah Kanowski. Sarah Blasko will feature in a one-on-one conversation with The Saturday Paper’s Erik Jensen as well as a Music Makers session with musician and novelist Holly Throsby.

Richard Roxburgh and Andrew Knight take us behind the scenes of the hugely popular TV-series Rake. Roxburgh will also entertain at Kids Big Day Out with his first children’s book Artie and The Grime Wave. In his startlingly honest memoir My Idol Years seventies pop star, barrister and Australian Idol judge Mark Holden spins the chair for us on the TV and music industries.

Master illusionist and escapologist Cosentino will share his greatest trick – how he learned to read – and was transformed from a bullied isolated 12-year-old boy with learning difficulties to one of the world’s most popular magicians. Sudanese refugee Deng Adut will recount his journey from child soldier to lawyer and 2017 NSW Australian of the Year alongside his co-author Ben Mckelvey.

Other highlight memoirists and biographers include Caroline Baum, Jane Hutcheon, Nikki Gemmell and Kim Mahood whose Position Doubtful Tim Winton nominated as his 2016 favourite book saying: ‘If anyone's written more beautifully and modestly about this country and its people I'm not aware of it. I think it's a treasure.’

Politics, much-needed debate and a good dose of humour will shine a light on the key issues facing Australians and the world when leading commentators take Festival centre-stage. Peter FitzSimons argues The Case for a Republic in the annual Thea Astley Lecture; satirist John Safran and respected journalist David Marr unravel the second coming of Pauline Hanson and the socio-political landscape that has given rise to the likes of Trump. Susan Carland makes the case that feminism and Islam can be complementary in Fighting Hislam; The Hon. Dr Barry Jones takes us on a journey through the music and literature that has inspired him, while Gold Walkley award-winning reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna gives insight into her investigative journalism for ABC TV Four Corners.

The hugely popular Best of Insiders event returns to Byron Theatre with host Barrie Cassidy and panelists Malcolm Farr, David Marr and Laura Tingle taking us through all the big political developments of 2017. The Festival also pays tribute one of our greats, John Clarke, with a special evening event at Elements of Byron featuring Bryan Dawe and Andrew Knight.

The Festival also features media luminaries Julia Baird, Paul Barclay, Jennifer Byrne, Richard Fidler, Clementine Ford, Antony Funnell, Peter Helliar, John Lyons, Kerry O’Brien, Tracey Spicer, Lisa Wilkinson and Tony Jones who will talk about his debut novel and political thriller The Twentieth Man.

Charlie Veron, known as ‘the Godfather of Coral’, invites us to explore the wonders of his Life Underwater. He will also introduce a special screening of a startling documentary ‘Chasing Coral’. Lawrie Zion takes us into the eye of the storm with Our Weather Obsession. Acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery investigates exciting new technologies with Sunlight and Seaweed. Best-selling author and long-time farmer with a PhD in social change Charles Massy discusses regenerative agriculture, while Bruce Pascoe challenges the claim that pre-colonial Aboriginal society was essentially a hunter-gatherer society in his award-winning book Dark Emu.

Kate Cole-Adams explores of the gift of oblivion with Anaesthesia; and David Gillespie reveals the science of identifying and dealing with psychopaths at work and home with Taming Toxic People. Numbers nerd Adam Spencer will encourage us to get our geek on and beloved broadcaster and author of more than 15 books Robyn Williams will guide us through 40 years of ABC Radio National’s Science Show.

Art critic for The Boston Globe Sebastian Smee paints a fascinating picture of four friendships, betrayals, and breakthroughs in modern art in The Art of Rivalry. Artists Joshua Yeldham, Venkat Shyam, and Kim Mahood come together with Jill Eddington to discuss Making Art About Country.

International guests travelling to Byron Bay include US novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker whose debut novel The Animators is a dazzling story of female friendship; one of Indonesia’s most influential writers Eka Kurniawan; and celebrated columnist for The New York Times Roger Cohen. They will be joined by acclaimed UK writer and foreign affairs reporter Christina Lamb; Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mei Fong whose recent book One Child reveals the true cost of China’s one-child policy, and by Indian-born British writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik who traces the developments from The Satanic Verses to Charlie Hebdo in his book From Fatwa to Jihad.

Award-winning science writer Dava Sobel looks to the stars to reveal the hidden history of female astronomers in The Glass Universe, while American biology professor David George Haskell puts a stethoscope to nature’s most magnificent networkers and listens to The Song of Trees. Celebrated New York based philosophy professor Emrys Westacott shows us why less-is-more and shares The Wisdom of Frugality.

On her recent Australia Council trip to India, Festival Director Edwina Johnson encountered many wonderful writers, artists and speakers. Three will feature at the Festival – novelist and poet Kunal Basu, novelist and performance storyteller Vayu Naidu and celebrated Gond artist and now published author Venkat Shyam.

Kids Big Day Out on Festival Sunday offers a jam-packed, fun-filled program for the whole family with a huge array of activities for kids of all ages including the chance to meet their literary heroes. On hand to spark their imaginations will be Hilary Badger, Tristan Bancks, Morris Gleitzman, Peter Helliar, Lucas Proudfoot, Sally Rippin, and Richard Roxburgh.

The Festival is again partnering with local arts organisations to present additional Feature Events outside Byron Bay. These include Jimmy Barnes in conversation with Matt Condon at Lennox Head Cultural & Community Centre Saturday 5 August (Partner: Lennox Arts Board); John Safran in conversation with Bec Mac at Lismore City Hall Friday 4 August (Partner: NORPA); and Joshua Yeldham who will open his exhibition Endurance at the Tweed Regional Gallery Friday 4 August. These events complement other Feature Events, Performances and Literary Dinners throughout the Festival. Patrons are advised to book early for these in-demand sessions.

Byron Writers Festival 2017 will unfold from 4-6 August in the beautiful grounds of Elements of Byron resort.

It will be preceded by a series of hands-on skills development writing Workshops commencing on 31 July and the annual Festival Schools Programs for primary and secondary school children across the region. The Byron Writers Festival Road Trip will feature spoken word artist Miles Merrill and novelists Sophie Green and Jennifer Down aboard the StoryBoard bus that is headed to Casino, Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

Byron Writers Festival All tickets on sale now Festival Dates: 4-6 August 2017 Tickets: byronwritersfestival.com or call (02) 6685 5115

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