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Melbourne Cup 2016

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup 2016 here in Byron Bay and surrounds on Tuesday November 1st. Local restaurants & venues are putting on a range of special events this year.


Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and this year we have something for every pony. With multiple screens, sweepstakes and best dressed prizes you'd be silly not to get involved. $49 - $65 per person


Beach Byron Bay

Mingle on the deck and soak up the sunshine this Melbourne Cup at Beach.

Sip on a cocktail or champagne upon arrival and enjoy canapes on the exclusive beachfront deck, with entertainment from Haz and Matty Bone Trio. Race day sponsor Frank and Joy will be styling the space with their must-have designer pieces. Cheer on the race with prizes for best dressed and charity sweeps for 'Our Kids'. Tickets $95 per person.


The Byron Bay Bowling Club

Club Byron is putting a day-long celebration for the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Showcase your raceday fashion on the green, with prizes for the best-dressed, and the best fascinator. Rob Rhodes & Reloader will be performing live.


The Byron Bay Services Club

Enjoy the Melbourne Cup at the Pandanus Room Raceday Luncheon. Full tab facilities will run from 8am, with all the action up on the big screen. Book now, as tickets always sell out.


Elements of Byron

Elements will host a Melbourne Cup Luncheon, running from 12pm – 4pm. Tickets are $90, and include a 3-course meal, and bubbles on arrival. The races and sweepstakes will be shown on big screens throughout the venue. Drinks will be served all afternoon.


Harvest Newrybar

Sparkling wine upon arrival & 4 course lunch. Whisky by Dan Woolley, fashion parade & live music, give aways for best dressed, live music by Luke & Sebastian, fashion parade by Driftlab. Place your bets before you arrive & enjoy the race on our large projector screen. 12.30pm start, $85 per person.


Hotel Brunswick

Relax in the beer garden at Hotel Brunswick, with the races live on the beer garden big screens. Entertainment will start at 12pm, and will include trivia, and prizes for ‘fashion on the field’. The kitchen will be putting on food and beverage specials, too. Entry is free.

10th Byron Bay International Film Festival

Spring is synonymous with festivity and with a 10th anniversary to celebrate as well as new dates the 2016 Byron Bay International Film Festival will see NSW's Northern Rivers abuzz with this world-class event from the 14th to the 23rd October.

BBFF is considered by many to be one of Australia’s most dynamic film festivals and is renowned for its diverse and entertaining program of compelling and thought-provoking films as well as its glamorous red carpet parties. The Festival's 10th Opening Night will be the most dazzling to date - a glittering night at the Byron Theatre where the stars won't just be in the sky.

As it's grown over the past decade the festival has become a valuable platform for local and international filmmakers - bringing together passionate and aware audiences with emerging and esteemed industry professionals, connecting the film-loving and filmmaking communities together through conversation and collaboration within a wide array of screening sessions, Q&A's, panels and gala events.

The program is packed with variety and satisfies all tastes - over 10 days BBFF screens everything from films for or made by kids to surf and action, animation, emotionally charged documentaries and outstanding dramatic features from around the world. Providing audiences with cutting-edge storytelling experiences has always been at the heart of the BBFF experience and this year the festival is giving audience members the opportunity to dive into new dimensions with a selection of the world's best Virtual Reality experiences.

The Festival's full program will be announced in September, for more details visit www.bbff.com.au.

The Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival marked its 20th year with its strongest and best received program yet, breaking box office records and presenting a festival full of history making moments like Stan Grant’s Thea Astley Lecture that people will continue to talk about for years to come.


Blue skies broke for our 'True Believers' Leigh Sales, Kerry O'Brien and Sarah Ferguson on Festival Friday Pic: Evan Malcolm

After severe storm damage on the Wednesday night, it took a gargantuan effort to open the gates on Friday morning. I would like to thank the Festival team, the volunteers, our partners and everyone in the community who all went above and beyond to make it happen. Also to our wonderful patrons who remained good-humoured and enthusiastic despite the weather.

How heartbreaking it would have been if we hadn’t been able to listen to the beautiful Festival conversations that moved us so profoundly. Our storytellers are our most important teachers and I would like to thank all the writers and people who chaired each session for leading us on incredible journeys over the three days. It is my sincerest hope that all of us who witnessed those stories carry them out into our communities so that the conversations continue to live on.

Edwina Johnson, Director

The Byron Writers Festival hosts a number of out-of-season events and workshops throughout the year. Learn more at their website www.byronwritersfestival.com.

Here's some more images from the 2016 Byron Bay Writers Festival.


Stan Grant's moving Thea Astley lecture captivated us all Pic: Evan Malcolm


Mandy Nolan, Magda Szubanski, Rosie Waterland and Richard Glover (not pictured) had us all in stitches. Pic: Evan Malcolm


The 2016 Byron Writers Festival captured the minds and imaginations of every generation. Pic: Kate Holmes

The Byron Flea Market

The Byron Flea is a monthly market (Every second Saturday of the month 8am - 2pm) nestled in the parklands behind the Byron Bay Library right in the centre of town and 2mins walk from Byron Bay’s pristine coastline. A social enterprise aimed at giving young people opportunities and bringing the community together, the Byron Flea is a monthly event not to be missed. 

The market attracts an eclectic bunch of locals and travelers selling art, second-hand goods,  as well as creative enterprise and locally made food. The Byron Flea Market is described as having that unassuming ‘Old Byron’ feel and people return month after month for its quaint charm.

Stalls only cost $10 for people 20 years and under and $20 for everyone else. This includes Public Liability which makes it affordable for everyone to participate. 

There is parking on Gilmore Crescent or at the end of Tennyson Street.

To book a stall visit: www.bys.org.au/byronflea/ or email: byronflea @ bys.org.au for more information

 

Evan Malcolm's environmental film 'Lapse of Reason'

Byron Bay based photographer and filmmaker receives International recognition at The Timelapse Film Festival for short environmental documentary film 'Lapse Of Reason’.

Lapse of Reason from Evan Malcolm on Vimeo.

Byron Bay based photographer and documentary filmmaker Evan Malcolm’s short environmental documentary film ‘Lapse of Reason’ has received official selection and has gone on to become a Finalist in the ‘Documentary / Social Commentary’ category at The International Timelapse Festival to be held on August 13, 2016 at The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, California. His unreleased film ‘Outlapsed’ also received official selection.

The captivating short environmental documentary, which was shown at the Byron Bay Film Festival in 2015, was selected by a world-class panel of judges renowned for their passion, creativity and leadership in the time-lapse art-form. The judges included Godfrey Reggio, Director of the 'Qatsi Trilogy': 'Koyaanisqatsi', ‘Powaqqatsi' and ‘Naqoyqatsi'.

'Lapse of Reason' will be screened at The Timelapse Festival Award Ceremony on August 13 to both industry peers and the general public. It's a significant career milestone for the Byron Bay-based documentary filmmaker to be acknowledged for his creative work at an international level.

“It is such a privilege to be recognised by some of my peers in time-lapse and documentary film-making, including Godfrey Reggio who directed ‘Koyaanisqatsi', probably the most important film in the evolution of time-lapse film-making” said Evan. “To be screened alongside the leading time-lapse film-makers in the world on an international stage is quite frankly, mind blowing”.

The audience for time-lapse films has grown worldwide and continues to be a passion for Evan’s current and planned projects.

FILM LOCATIONS

Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Byron Bay

Border Ranges (QLD/NSW Border)

Bald Rock (NSW)

Tibuburra & Sturt NP (North West NSW)

Gibraltar Range NP & Ellenborough Falls (Mid North Coast)

ORIGINAL MUSIC by Trent Crawford

FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Byron Bay Film Festival 2015

The Timelapse Film Festival 2016

'Lapse of Reason' has been released independently. View more of Evan Malcolm's work at www.evanmalcolm.com.

Splendour in the Grass 2016

Sunny and warm winter days reaching 27 degrees made for a very comfortable three days in which to enjoy the music, art and food. The North Byron Parklands festival site has so many different vantage points to explore - we ended up walking over 45kms!

My eldest daughter and I enjoyed seeing the headline acts each night, the energetic emerging artists each day, the Wil Anderson & friends Comedy Club, The Global Village and the excellent variety of food. For me, I'm still humming 'Cattle and Cane', making Robert Forster in the GW McLennan Tent my personal highlight of Splendour 2016.


My personal highlight, Robert Forster in the GW McLennan Tent

Here's a selection of images from the Splendour in the Grass 2016 - looking forward to seeing you all again next year!


Another highlight, Courtney Barnett


High energy and crowd pleasing show by Tired Lion


Fat White Family just before loosing his pants



Great atmosphere


Splendour in the Craft


King Gizzard The Lizard Wizard


The Cure


The Global Village


Splendour in the Grass


Wil Anderson & Friends Comedy Club - funny stuff!


Flume closing Splendour 2016 to a very full house

The Mullum Uke Club

Held upstairs at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, the Mullum Uke Club sees enthusiasts from around the region get together and celebrate the ukulele.

Mullumbimby resident Stu, known as Stukulele, formed the club back in 2011. Along with his passion for all things music, Stu has extensive experience teaching children and adults ukulele. He wanted a place for his students to play together, and the Mullum Uke Club was born. The monthly meet-ups proved to be incredibly popular, with a regular attendance of between 70 and 200 people.

Meetings take place on the last Thursday of each month. Ukulele players of all levels and ages come together to sing and play songs from a themed monthly songbook, which can be downloaded from the Mullum Uke Club’s newsletter. The songbook contains 20 well-known songs suitable for beginners and seasoned players alike. Players are welcomed to suggest songs, too.

Those who intend to play will need to bring their own ukulele, and if possible, a tuner. If you don’t have one, you’re welcome to come along, watch, and sing. Kids of all ages and adults just starting out are encouraged to play – the number one objective of the Mullum Uke Club is to have fun.

This month, the Mullum Uke Club is turning 5! Players will celebrate with the Songs of the Silver Screen songbook. Plus, singer-songwriter Leigh Carriage will be attending the birthday meet-up on July 28 at 6:30pm. Entry is $12.50 for adults, and $2.50 for children under 10.

For further information, visit their www.ukemullum.com website or follow Uke Mullum on Facebook.

6 Best Byron Bay Ocean Views

Byron Bay is well known for its relaxed beach lifestyle and stunning scenery. If you’re wondering how to see the best of the region during your stay, here are six ways to score a great ocean view.

1. Ride in a Gyrocopter

It’s hard to beat the view from 1,500 feet. Many who’ve done it swear that a gyrocopter flight is the best way to see Byron Bay. The helicopter’s slightly goofy­looking cousin, gyrocopters are among the world’s safest aircrafts. Fly to heights between 150 and 500 metres, taking in the region’s countryside, mountains and beaches; you might even spot dolphins, rays and turtles swimming below. Other aerial activities to consider during a visit to Byron Bay include hang gliding and – for the truly adventurous – skydiving.

2. Hike the Cape Byron Walking Track (“The Lighthouse Trail”)

The Cape Byron Walking Track winds 3.7km through lush rainforest and along clifftops and beaches, stopping by at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. This coastal trail offers spectacular views of some of Australia’s best beaches and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. For a truly memorable experience, start your walk an hour or two before sunset. This way, you can add a splash of vibrant, autumnal colour to the already breathtaking views.

3. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse

If the weather is less than ideal, or if you’re just not feeling up to the walk, you can just as easily park your car at the lighthouse and skip to the highlight of the trail. Built in 1901, Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of Byron Bay’s biggest attractions, drawing over half a million visitors every year. Thanks to its status as Australia’s most easterly point, the lighthouse offers uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Byron Bay hinterland, ocean, and unending coastline.

4. Start Your Morning at Beach Byron Bay

Perched high on the dunes overlooking Main Beach and the ocean beyond, Beach Byron Bay (formerly ‘Byron Beach Cafe’) is one of the most scenic places to dine in Byron Bay. Enjoy a coffee as you watch the sun rise from furthest corners of the horizon, or treat yourself to a meal on the outdoor deck accompanied by the sound of crashing waves below. Beach Byron Bay is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

5. Splash Around in a Sea Kayak

Consider soaking up Byron Bay from an entirely different perspective: from the seat of a kayak. There are few better ways to get up close and personal with the ocean and its inhabitants than by gliding through the crystal clear waters of Cape Byron Marine Park in a sea kayak. Book a tour to get the most from your time on the water and get the chance to encounter turtles, dolphins, whales, and other marine life. With many tour companies providing snacks and drinks, plus wetsuits in the cooler months, it’s easier than ever to get out on the waters of Byron Bay.

6. Grab a Pint at the Beach Hotel

For over 25 years, the Beach Hotel has been one of Byron Bay’s busiest food, drink and entertainment venues. On sunny days, the hotel’s beer garden is a great spot to enjoy a frosty beverage with the locals along with the stellar view. Evenings at the Beach Hotel often feature live music from established bands, as well as up­ and­ coming artists. Consider stopping at Main Beach’s only beachfront pub for a drink, a meal, and a priceless view.

World’s Largest Crystals Move To Byron

This week Byron will become the permanent home of the two largest crystals in the world, a towering 5.5 metre smoky quartz geode and a 5.5 metre wide amethyst geode cave. The Crystal Castle in the Byron hinterland has purchased the natural giants in a monumental deal with a Uruguayan farmer and long term friend of the Castle. The acquisition marks the Crystal Castle’s 30 th Anniversary and they will join what is already the largest outdoor display of crystals in the world.


Naren King inside the enchanted crystal cave

“Thirty years ago we were seen as offbeat hippies out the back of Byron Bay” said Naren King, the Crystal Castle’s “Managing Dreamer”. From humble beginnings on their twelve acre property Naren and his family have guided the Crystal Castle, which encompasses the world renowned Shambhala Gardens, to their current status as a State Significant Tourist Attraction. In 2012 the Castle added the only Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace in the Southern Hemisphere, a project blessed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Thousands of visitors of all ages and faiths make the pilgrimage along the scenic escarpment to visit annually. Princess Mary of Denmark, Chris Hemsworth and his family, Katy Perry and Natalie Imbruglia were all enchanted. Kerry O’Brien is a regular.


Naren King and daughter Manya King with the world's biggest crystal

Both crystals, estimated to be 120 million years old, will be on display for visitors to experience. The amethyst cave, becoming known as the “enchanted cave” will also be available for group and private meditations, where visitors can sit inside the crystal for intensive inspiration. “Amethyst has many qualities, perhaps the most powerful being higher inspiration” said Naren King. “So we are creating a range of guided meditations that people can listen to whilst inside the crystal, if they choose. It’s an extraordinary experience to sit inside this cave surrounded by millions of sparkling crystals”.

The science behind crystals has long been accepted with clear quartz used in high precision surgery, computer chips, watches and electric guitars. “Amethyst and smoky quartz are clear quartz with certain minerals present” explained King, “So whilst clear quartz is programmable these crystals come with their own program, or specific healing energies. It’s no coincidence that the Pope’s ring is amethyst and the Queen’s crown is set with crystals”.

Naren King hails from globally renowned esoteric stock. To survive three years in Changi as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War his father, Sydney Piddington (King changed his surname) developed an ESP show for the other prisoners of war to help maintain morale. Following the war Sydney and his young wife Lesley were signed to present a series of live radio broadcasts for the BBC “The Piddingtons”, which garnered 20 million listeners.

The broadcasts, which demonstrated the Piddingtons’ telepathic abilities, was the first BBC broadcast from the stratosphere and saw Naren’s mother as the only woman to be locked up in the Tower of London and get out alive. To this day the Piddingtons are considered to be one of the greatest two-person telepathy acts of all time.

Watch The Piddingtons Keep Millions Guessing (1950) on youtube.

“People have travelled to Byron for inspiration and dreaming for thousands of years” said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson. “So it is only fitting that these beacons of hope should make their way here. I can’t wait to see them”.

For further information, visit www.crystalcastle.com.au.

Byron Yoga Day Festival

NEW DATE - Saturday 25th June Join the world wide celebrations for the United Nations International Day of Yoga at the first Byron Yoga Day Festival, a FREE community event featuring inspiring teachers, artists, food, stalls and musical performers. A day of fun and festivity for all the family.

Saturday 25th June at 11 AM - 3 PM at Denning Park, Main Beach, Byron Bay

  • Yoga Asanas! Flow through a fun, creative sequence culminating in a free form yoga dance and rock your asana with two live bands.
  • Meditation! Learn to breathe deeply and completely, filling your lungs with fresh, ocean air then find your inner peace with wonderful meditation that is simply relaxing.
  • Relaxation! Lie back under the trees, listen to the waves rolling in and find an oasis of deep relaxation and calm.
  • Music! The ancient chants of India to the melodies, beats and rhythms of the modern world. Get your mantra on with The Aloha's sweet captivating medlodies, Yadudes with their heart felt soulful songs and then dance the afternoon away with DJM's Mantra Trance Experince!!! to move like you've never before.
  • Stalls by the locals packed with heaps of healthy, delicious food.
  • Inspirational and thought provoking talks on topics such as ‘How to Lead a Balanced Life’, Benefits of Mantra Meditation and the question of 'Who am I?’

A day of fun and festivity for everyone! Join the festival via their Facebook Event Page or visit www.yogadayfestival.com.au NOW & share the LOVE by inviting all your friends too.

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