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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.

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.

Byron Beachside Markets

Next Beachside Market: 30 March 2018, 8am - 4pm, Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay.

Held four times a year in early January, Easter, July and late September, the Beachside Markets are a make it, bake it, grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. The perfect location to experience some of the most original products by one of the worlds’ most famous beaches.

Open from 8 – 4pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, toys, clothing and music created by local artists and designers as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners.

The focus and emphasis of the Beachside Market is on authenticity and fosters both originality and sustainability. Echoing worldwide popularity and the growing demand for direct-from-the-artist-to-you handmade, high quality product. This Artisan Market provides an unparalleled opportunity for local artists, creators and healers to showcase their talents. With over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometer of beachfront at Byron Bay Main beach, this market is the perfect location, right on the doorstep of one of the worlds’ most famous beaches and destinations to experience some of the best and most original products and services.

Come with family and friends to experience the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, brunch or lunch while you listen to some fabulous live music and browse the stalls.

For further information, visit www.byroncentre.com.au/markets/beachside-market/.

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.









































































5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

Byron Bay is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush hinterland and relaxed culture. Whenever people travel to Byron they make the most of the gorgeous beaches that line the North Coast of NSW, however, there are many other activities which should not be missed when staying in Byron Bay in order to make the most of this beautiful part of the world.

Gyrocopter Tours

To start, take a gyrocopter flight tour to explore Byron by the sky and get a bird's-eye view of the NSW coastal region. Byron Bay Gyrocopters is a flight training facility offering passenger flights 7 days a week. These flight tours leave from Tyagarah Airstrop just 5 km north of Byron Bay. The flight path takes you over waterfalls, national parks, Mount Warning and the Byron Bay hinterland, not to mention the famous Byron Bay lighthouse. From the sky, you will be able to take in a different perspective of the area’s native marine life like whales, dolphins and sharks.

Byron Bay Ballooning

Byron Bay Ballooning offers daily dawn flights for an hour over the Byron Bay region. During these flights you can enjoy the spectacular unobstructed view of the sunrise over the ocean from the skies. The balloon ride is a unique guided tour around the Byron Bay area showing off the green cauldron and boasting views of the Mount Warning Volcanic Caldera in the north. It also displays views of Byron Bay's gorgeous beaches in the east. To cap it all off, when you come into land, there is a champagne breakfast waiting for you to enjoy.

Night Vision Eco Tours

What better use for military technology than exploring the rainforests of Byron Bay by night to discover an abundance of native wildlife without disturbing them from their nightly routines? Eco Tours offers a 4 hour night vision tour of the Byron Bay rainforests with only 1.25 hours of walking. These night tours offer the opportunity to see many native species such as possums, pademelons, bandicoots, tawny frogmouths, leaf tailed geckos, fusipes, crayfish, melony’s, micro bats, frogs, koalas and owls. Guests are picked up from their accommodation in Byron Bay in time to commence the walk by 8 pm.

Snorkel and Dive Tours

Jump on the ‘Bay Warrior,’ a very spacious 8 and a half meter long cougar cat dive & snorkel boat. The professional charter service is based in Brunswick Heads harbour and offers tours to the frequented Julian Rocks, and not so frequented Windarra banks to see the cod gardens, and Cape Pinnacle. Julia Rocks is a small Volcanic island less than 5km offshore from Byron Bay. With over 800 species of fish, 3 types of resident turtles and a gorgeous coral reef; the northern side of the island is known as the ‘nursery’. This area is a shallow diving area which is sheltered from the ocean swell, currents and winds. All equipment for diving and snorkelling is provided by Blue Bay Diving Tours including snorkels, fins, goggles and wetsuits in the colder weather.

Sky Diving

Jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet high and freefall for up to 60 seconds on your own or with the assistance of a tandem diver to get the most exciting and adrenaline rush inducing experience of viewing the spectacular region.

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

With family-friendly events, a music festival, and great parties at local pubs and bars, there’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than Byron Bay.

Soul Street

Every year, the Byron Bay Community Centre hosts Soul Street, a New Year’s Eve event suitable for the whole family. Jonson Street will be transformed into a celebratory market, with tons of stalls, food options, and amusement rides. There will also be a range of circus performers, including fire twirlers and drummers. The event runs from 4pm to 10pm on December 31, and is alcohol free.

Note that Jonson Street will be closed as of 12 noon on the day, and will reopen at 7am on January 1. There will also be no parking available at the Lawson Street South car park or on Bay Street from 6am on December 31 until 7am January 1.

First Sun New Year’s Day 2016

New Year’s celebrations don’t end on the 31st in Byron Bay. Catch the first sun of the New Year at beautiful Main Beach with the silent sunrise meditation beginning at 5.30am. The meditation will conclude with the sounding of gongs as the sun breaks over the ocean. There will also be free yoga and Qi gong classes on the grass, and intricate sculptures and mandalas in the sand.

Falls Festival

Bring in the New Year with your favourite musicians at the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron Bay, held at North Byron Parklands. Running from December 31 to January 3, Falls Festival will see some incredible music acts from around Australia and across the globe. Tickets are still available, and all festival goers can camp onsite for free.

The Byron at Byron

Ring in 2016 with the roaring 20’s. Join the Byron at Byron family for a welcome drink and canapés on arrival followed by a decadent dégustation dinner. The Well Swung Daddies will be kicking off the party from 8pm with their ‘Big Band’ swing tunes. Prizes for best dressed! Call or email to make your reservation reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au or 02 6639 2105.

The Beach Hotel

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay has yet another NYE party planned. This year’s Paradise Found party will see food stalls, DJs, break-dancers, cocktail bars, and more. Tickets are available now at Oxtix. The Beach Hotel is also offering a locals discount when tickets are purchased at the Beach Hotel’s bottle shop.

The Byron Bay Brewery

The Byron Bay Brewery is joining forces with the Sunday Safari promoters to bring you a New Year’s Eve party to be remembered. The full program has yet to be announced, but a limited number of early bird tickets are available now at the Brewery’s bar.

Woody’s Surf Shack

Supaaafresh SolMix Byron Bay cocktails // live DJs // good vibes // and best of all... FREE ENTRY before 10pm.

Treehouse on Belongil

Backup to the Future NYE. We will all be dressed in our interpretation of R’n’B vs time travel. The drinks will be cold and the complimentary margarita pizzas fresh outta the woodfired oven. Live music from Bobby Alu, and Vinnie LaDuce and a carefully curated DJ set selected by Chris Bradley.

St Elmo

New Years Eve Fiesta Cocktail Party. Live music till 1am. There will be three separate food stations serving Oysters & Champagne, Cheese, Cured Meats & Paella; as well as tapas & pintxos being served from the kitchen.

New Years Eve Accommodation

New Years is a popular time durring peak season in Byron, most visitors secure their accommodation months in advance. Browse our New Years Eve Accommodation Guide if you haven't secured a booking yet.

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