The final line up of TEDxByronBay has been released showcasing some of the most interesting and inspiring people in the region.
“We’ve got underwater explorers (yes, Franck actually slept underwater for four days!), the nation’s favourite garden gnome, our local Deathwalker, an expert on the songs in our streams, an artist exploring why rainbows make us happy, a challenging talk on decolonising our public spaces, and that’s only half of the speakers,” said Kate Walsh - Director and Co-curator of the event.
“The theme for this year is ‘The Spaces Between’. “The idea for the theme came from Indigenous astronomy which places as much emphasis on the blackness as well as the stars. It made me think of the sky in a whole new way. These kinds of transformative ideas are what we are searching for at TEDxByronBay.” she continued.
The full list of speakers includes Dr. Gregory Smith, Costa Georgiadis, Delta Kay, Zenith Virago, Brett Solomon, Kate Constantine, Hiromi Tango, Emilia Decker, Melia Naughton, Catherine Ingram, Elle Davidson, Paul van Reyk, and Franck Gazzola.
Kate will be joined by Nell Schofield to co-curate this year’s program. Nell is an actor, arts journalist, presenter and documentary maker and will bring a special magic to the event.
“We’re gathering some fantastic speakers covering everything from the politics of bush-tucker to the future of digital rights. Our speakers' voices range from hyper sensitive to highly outraged in a program designed to stimulate our audience's mind.”
Speaker Kate Constantine will be exploring her experience of being a fair skinned Aboriginal woman. “It’s a precarious place to be between both worlds and both cultures, you participate in both and you are a part of both, but you aren’t part enough of either, that’s my take on it,” Kate said.
Another speaker, Dr. Gregory Smith is best known for his book “Out of the Wood” where he shares his journey from of childhood trauma and homelessness to completing his Phd and becoming a lecturer in Sociology at Southern Cross University. From sociopath to sociology professor is a story not to be missed.
And Australia’s favourite gardener, Costa Georgiadis will be travelling from Sydney to share his special brand of magic with the audience looking at the role of awe and wonder in his life.
Cost: $150. Tickets include lunch, generous goody bag and tickets to the afterparty at Stone & Wood from 5:30pm.
Date: Saturday, 26th June Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Johnson St, Byron Bay Time: 10:30 - 4:30pm
The 8th June is World Ocean Day – a day where everyone is asked to stop and think about our impacts, as humans, on our oceans.
With the Cape Byron Marine Park, home to more than 500 different species of fish, turtles, migrating humpback whales and the endangered grey nurse shark, it’s a timely reminder about the effects of litter on marine life.
To coincide with World Ocean Day Byron Council has released a new video which will play at different locations around the Byron Shire, highlighting the impacts of litter on local waterways.
Zoe White, Council’s Waste Education and Compliance Officer said that everyone, locals and visitors, have a role to play.
“Council picked up more than 10,000 pieces of litter over a four-year period for the Butt Free Byron project and Positive Change for Marine Life has collected more than 500,000 pieces on Main Beach at Byron Bay over the last nine years,” Ms White said.
“When you think that 90 percent of seabirds and up to two thirds of fish and turtle populations are ingesting plastic, we have a massive problem.
“Cigarette butts are a huge problem too and this was highlighted by the recent clean-up our staff did in Mullumbimby when we picked up more than 580 cigarette butts in 45 minutes.”
“Many of them would have been washed into the Brunswick River and then into the ocean in heavy rain, leaching toxic chemicals into our waterways,” she said.
“We know that more than half of all litter in the Byron Shire is smoking-related so we have a long way to go in a Shire that prides itself on its ‘green’ credentials.
“Council can’t do it alone – cleaning up our Shire is a team effort and we are offering to provide our new video, free of charge, to businesses and venues to help spread the message,” Ms White said.
Splendour in the Grass is thrilled to introduce Splendour XR, a bold and world first extended reality edition of your favourite Aussie festival. It’s online, priced to be affordable and It’s Unreal!
Splendour XR will hit your screen of choice from Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July. Available on mobile, tablet, browser, desktop and VR.
Always the innovators, when Covid pulled the plug on live music around the world, team Splendour set to work and is now preparing to flick the switch on a world first online experience, unlike anything you’ve seen to date, that will take Splendour in the Grass to audiences around the globe.
Available on mobile, tablet, browser, desktop and VR, Splendour XR combines technology, art and over 50 of your favourite music artists, in a true virtual Splendour in the Grass festival experience rolled out over two days.
Indie rock royalty, critically acclaimed and genre defying singer-songwriters, viral pop sensations, hip-hop heroes and sought after collaborators, pioneering dance producers and artists who push way beyond boundaries into the unknown, will perform across Splendour XR’s stages alongside the hottest Australian acts of the moment.
DAY 1 - KHALID CHVRCHES. DENZEL CURRY. DUKE DUMONT. TASH SULTANA. MASKED WOLF. RUSS MILLIONS. BAND OF HORSES. LITTLE SIMZ. VIOLENT SOHO. AURORA. PHOEBE BRIDGERS. VERA BLUE. PINK SWEAT$. CLIENT LIAISON. GRIFF. POND. TAYLA PARX. DUNE RATS. METHYL ETHEL. THE CHATS. TRIPLE ONE. CAT & CALMELL. KING STINGRAY. THE SOUTHERN RIVER BAND
DAY 2 - THE KILLERS CHARLI XCX. VANCE JOY. GRIMES METAVERSE (SUPER BETA). THE AVALANCHES. OF MONSTERS AND MEN. KAYTRANADA. BLACK PUMAS. HOT DUB TIME MACHINE. MILLENNIUM PARADE. THE JUNGLE GIANTS. OCEAN ALLEY. JUNGLE. WHAT SO NOT. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD. SINÉAD HARNETT. HOLLY HUMBERSTONE. SPACEY JANE. CROOKED COLOURS. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS. WAFIA. AVIVA. THE SNUTS. BAND-MAID. ZIGGY RAMO. GRETTA RAY
Forget avatars, Splendour XR is bringing you the real deal, your favourite artists performing never-before-seen live sets that have been created especially for this global online event.
With single user tickets available from $19.99 for a single day/$34.99 for both days and with a $2.50 discount for Splendour in the Grass existing IRL ticket holders, punters can dive into Splendour XR from the comfort of their couch and watch with family and friends from across the globe or purchase an XR Party Pack and create their own Splendour XR house party.
Build your virtual self and move through an imaginatively embellished but faithful recreation of Splendour’s Byron Bay venue. And just like Splendour IRL, you’ll create your own schedule, travel from stage to stage to watch your favourite artists and all while virtually meeting up and partying with your mates along the way.
Kick off your Splendour XR day with yoga at Global Village and expand your mental bandwidth at Splendour Forum. Kids getting in your grill? Set those rug rats up with Little Splendour and buy yourself some chill time. Then dive in all over again!
Splendour XR has been created in collaboration with San Francisco based platform developers Sansar, the world market leaders in social virtual reality.
“Working with Splendour we have been challenged to go above and beyond anything we’ve done before. This is going to be the most impressive virtual live event that the consumer market has ever seen, and we can say that with absolute confidence” said Pouyan Afkary, Business Development, Sansar.
Alongside the music, art and festival feels, XR will also hone in on some more serious topics, like raising funds for live music industry workers, mental health and wellbeing, and sustainability.
Splendour XR will include an online medical centre to assist any patrons who are struggling with their mental health in this Covid world. And XR is committed to managing emissions and creating a clean and green platform with a minimal carbon footprint.
“Splendour has always offered patrons a deep programming experience with The Forum, Global Village, Little Splendour and more on offer alongside our favourite artists. We could not be more excited about Splendour XR and the opportunity to take the Splendour goodness online to our existing community and also to new audiences around the globe.” said Splendour in the Grass Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
Tickets available from $19.99 per day / Existing Splendour in the Grass IRL ticket holders receive $2.50 off early bird purchase.
Splendour XR will operate globally on a single timezone, 12pm to 2am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) (GMT +11) with programming from 2pm. All video content will be available as VOD for 7 days after the event. It will be available via the web and mobile versions. The virtual world will not be accessible.
PARTY PACKS available from $79.99 including weekend event passes, wristbands, Splendour tumblers, event posters and more to bring the festival vibes to your Splendour XR viewing party! Check the website for party pack options, inclusions, prices and delivery.
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July 2021 splendourxr.com
Byron Bay may be renowned for its wellness culture, but the region isn’t jumping on the well-being bandwagon or following some Instagram-fuelled trend. For decades, Byron and its surroundings have been a mecca for individuals seeking an alternative lifestyle.
Inspired by the speculator natural environment and long history of unconventional living, Byron Bay is home to several unique and memorable wellness activities. Here are some of our top picks for business events.
Morning flying trapeze experience at Circus Arts Byron Bay
Forget stock-standard icebreakers and token team-building activities. Take your corporate getaway up a notch (or twenty) and challenge your employees to face their fears head-on with a 1.5-hour trapeze workshop with Circus Arts Byron Bay. Barriers will be broken and words of support and encouragement will be shared as you and your team soar sky-high on the flying trapeze.
If the flying trapeze is one step too far, Circus Arts Byron Bay also offers mobile circus workshops that teach hula hoop, devil sticks, juggling, acro-balancing, pyramid building, and more. This option is ideal for larger groups of up to 120.
Late afternoon cycling tour with Lifecycles Travel
Experience the best the region has to offer by bike with an all-inclusive, fully customisable guided tour. Lifecycles Travel specialises in corporate cycling events, equipping your team with premium road, electric, and gravel bikes and catering to all cycling abilities.
Fun and physical, Lifecycles Travel scenic tours promote health and wellness, get your team moving, and provide a unique opportunity to soak up the region’s breathtaking views.
Sand sculpture building with Sandology
Founded by master sand sculptor Steve Machell in 1998, Sandology is one of Australia’s leading and longest-running professional sand sculpture companies. These aren’t the sandcastles of your childhood – Sandology teaches the techniques needed to create show-stopping, awe-inspiring sand art.
Workshops bring your team to Byron’s world-class beaches, where they will learn simple yet effective methodologies that they can use to wow family and friends for years to come.
Corporate events can be customised to suit your group size and objectives – run a sand sculpture competition, work together to shape your company’s logo, or split into teams and foster communication and camaraderie.
Jam with Stukulele
Even if your team has never touched a ukulele before, by the end of one of Stu’s workshops, you’ll be strumming away like a pro.
Stu from Uke Mullum has over a decade of experience teaching ukulele to people of all ages and running group and corporate workshops. He can tailor your event to suit the size of your group or to cover particular songs.
Challenging, hilarious, and joyful, there’s nothing like music to bring your peers and employees together.
Byron Bay might be renowned for its natural beauty and colourful character. But for the food-loving visitor, idyllic beaches and lush rainforests pale in comparison to the region’s thriving food scene.
If you’re planning a business event in the Byron Shire, give your employees and co-workers the foodie experience of a lifetime. Here’s a suggested itinerary that’ll satisfy even the fussiest of culinary connoisseurs.
Bespoke cooking class & lunch at Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School
Simple, delicious, and nourishing food enjoyed in a nurturing, uniquely Byron environment – that’s what Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School is all about. Your team can stroll through the ever-green countryside, soak up the panoramic mountain views, and enjoy back-to-basics, hands-on participation.
Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School can create custom events, classes, tastings, and workshops to meet your group’s specific needs and schedule. A bespoke cooking class and lunch is a fantastic choice, making for one of the best ways a team of foodies can spend the morning.
Afternoon tour and tasting at Cape Byron Distillery
Brookie’s award-winning gin contains 25 botanicals, 17 of which are native to the Northern Rivers. The Cape Byron Distillery, where Brookie’s Gin is hand-crafted, offers fun, sensory guided corporate tours and tastings that take you from the inner workings of the distillery to the subtropical rainforest.
Learn how the Brookie’s team marry native flavours, smell and touch the rainforest botanicals that give the Byron Dry Gin its complex flavour, and work your way through an in-depth tasting.
Explore Byron with Table Under a Tree
The Byron region is dotted with roadside stalls selling home-grown produce, farms growing fresh fruits and veggies, and world-class foodie hotspots. Table Under a Tree offers private, customisable tours for business groups that explore Byron Bay and its spectacular hinterland through a culinary lens.
Sample artisan products, learn about farming in the region, and connect with small, premium producers. Tours typically run from 9 am to 3 pm and include three to four locations, coffee and morning tea, and an indulgent lunch at a local café or restaurant.
Afternoon guided tour of Stone & Wood’s Byron Brewery
Stone & Wood may be adored across the country, but it was born and raised here in Byron Bay. Its tasting room and brewery in the heart of Byron’s Arts & Industry estate houses 31 brewing tanks, a canteen offering snacks and share plates, and a spacious, laid-back beer garden.
Tours kick-off with a welcome beer and insightful overview of the drink’s history, ingredients, and Stone & Wood’s socially conscious approach to business. Your group will then explore the brewing deck before a guided tasting of five beers, including one-offs and limited releases.
Spoil Mum this Mothers day with a brunch or long lunch in the heart of Byron Bay. Share the love and make memorable moments all here on our iconic Balcony. Mum will be showered with attention starting with a glass of Chandon Rose on arrival followed by a take home gift from us. Bookings essential.
Treat mum and you (and, go on, even your annoying little brother) to a decadent brunch platter to share in Forest. Loaded with all the sweet and savoury trimmings you dream of, every guest will also get a glass of Louis Roederer champagne each.
Our dedicated team of expert therapists and an extensive menu of rejuvenating treatments will make your mums experience at endota day spa Byron Bay a wellbeing journey to remember. Give mum a moment of calm, self-care or bring the spa experience home with our specially selected, limited-edition gifts.
A gift for Mum on Mother's Day needs to express years of gratitude and thanks. A beauty hamper is the ideal gift for women who love a relaxation session. Think sumptuous candles and bath soaks to soothe tired muscles. Wine gifts also make popular presents for mothers and for Mum's who prefer a relaxing cuppa a tea gift hamper is the answer.
Byron is blessed with some of the best artisan producers in the country. So we would love the opportunity to share their incredible range of local cheeses, dips, fish rillettes, salami, fresh juice and more! You can be sure that these will bring a taste of Byron to your mum on Mothers Day.
Boasting a 100% Byron and North Coast line-up, the inaugural Byron Music Festival (BMF) artist announcement is here!
BYRON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 June 2021
Plus more to be announced
BMF Programming Manager Alain De Carne said “We're so proud to be showcasing local music at Byron Music Festival. We really wanted to celebrate the diversity of the Northern Rivers music scene by featuring renowned and emerging artists that cross all genres and styles - from rock, to hip hop and everything in between”.
The goal for organisers is to spark the resurgence in the local live entertainment scene, showcasing a line-up of local iconic and emerging artists, as well as hosting a robust music industry conference program that ignites a public conversation about the importance, power, and positivity of music for all.
Conceptualised and produced by Byron Music Proprietor and passionate local Nick Sergi, BMF has a prodigious ambition for these uncertain times but organisers have experienced enthusiastic support not just from artists and industry but a wide variety businesses and community members who see this is as a fabulous opportunity for the Northern Rivers.
Peter Wood, Executive Director of Arts Northern Rivers said “Arts Northern Rivers is more than thrilled to be supporting the Byron Music Festival. With the music sector particularly impacted by the COVID19 health crisis, projects like these are an essential part of the creative recovery process supporting our musicians and rebuilding audiences - make sure you get along to it to show your support”.
BMF artist Steve Banks from The Sidemen enthused “As a performer, the BMF is just about the perfect platform for what we do. Steve Banks and the Sidemen are dedicated to bringing quality live performance to this region particularly.
Nick and his team at BMF have a vision: in my opinion, it is about promoting local talent (of which there’s an abundance) and bringing in well-known and respected acts to a very music savvy and appreciative community. The cross-pollination in terms of talent and experience is invaluable.
It is an ambitious project in these troubled times but I feel there’s a tangible light at the end of the tunnel. I commend BMF’s courage and creativity and its commitment to keeping live music alive. I cannot countenance the alternative”.
From 18-20 June, the Byron Bay CBD will come alive with multiple live music performances, a youth music showcase, local business activations, markets, and a music industry conference and speaking program.
BMF is working with charities Support Act, Byron Youth Services and Be Happy Music Club.
Events will be held at Denning Park, Byron Youth Centre, The Beach Hotel, Byron Theatre, and The Great Northern Hotel.
Each event ranges from free entry to modest ticket prices.
BMF is presented by Byron Music Productions and proudly supported by Byron Music, Arts Northern Rivers, NSW Government, Create NSW, Byron Bay Brewery, The Beach Hotel, McGrath Real Estate, Lifecykel, Roland, Byron Bay Accom, SAE, Husk Distillers, Calibri Wines, Scenstr, Bay Fm, Byronbay.com, Destination Byron, Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce and more to be announced.
Renew Fest, now less than two weeks away, has just released its full action-packed schedule of around 100 presenters, including its music and arts program.
"We are really thrilled with all the musicians and artists coming together for Renew Fest this year. Our earthy and contemplative arts offer experiences to weave people’s big visions and learnings with their hearts and whole selves," says musician and Renew Fest arts programmer Luke Jaaniste.
The festival begins and ends with Indigenous performers and Elders. At the Opening Night both Delta Kay, Arakwal Bundjalung woman, and Uncle Magpie Yerrubilgin, Minyungbal Yugambeh song man, will offer a Welcome to Country, before Indigenous Elders Judy Atkinson and Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann open up a dialogue on deep listening and truth-telling.
The closing ceremony, “Weaving Our Dreams Together”, will be led by the didgeridoo playing of Bundjalung Elder and Wahrla-Bal Custodian Uncle Lewis, along with Uncle Magpie and his dancing group.
Nattali Rize and the Black Sistaz will be headlining the Saturday night music, poetry and fireside program. Nattali is a global powerhouse and conscious artist from Blue King Brown.
“Nattali's stripped back acoustic performance will showcase the power of her rich vocals, energising rhythms and inspiring lyrics. Accompanied by the Black Sistaz from West Papua, she will be positive, all embracing, interactive, raw and emotive,” says festival organisers.
Also appearing on the festival music lineup is the Batala Percussion Group, Laura Targett and Peter Hunt. The immersive "music for the Fig Trees" soundscape created by Luke Jaaniste will return, having been a festival favourite in 2018.
The contemplative and interactive arts and performance program includes the Weaving Connection space led by Kim Tait, spinning wheel mediation by Joss Lewis, a labyrinth walk created by Jacqueline Wills and Jenni Cargill-Strong, morning movement sessions with WeMove and Noa Rotem, pop up performances from Byron Youth Theatre, with poetry and story-telling from Vashti Eastern, Paul Crebar, Thomas Keily and others.
Children and young people can enjoy the Little People’s Nature Crafts program, and the Youth Zine Making space hosted by Byron Youth Service.
The festival is free for Indigenous First Nations people, as well as children 16 years and under. The festival runs Mother’s Day Weekend at Mullumbimby Showground 8-9 May, with an opening night Friday 7 May at Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Full program and tickets at www.renewfest.org.au.
Byron Bay is an attractive place to live and work. This community’s economy is a resilient one; while Byron Bay is a comparatively small city, it offers a diversity of interesting job opportunities. If you’re moving to Byron Bay, you might want to consider seeking work in any of the following industries:
Hospitality and Food Service
Byron Bay offers numerous options for accommodation and for dining out. The area has many wonderful hotels, restaurants, cafes, eateries, pubs, clubs and bars.There are frequently job openings for chefs, servers and baristas and occasionally openings for restaurant or hotel managers.
If you plan to work at a bar or restaurant that serves alcoholic beverages, you will need to obtain a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificatebefore you’re legally employable.
If you’ll be relocating to Byron Bay permanently, be sure to explain that to prospective employers; it will be a way to distinguish yourself in a good way, as many of them prefer to hire long-term help.
Many tradies live and work in Byron Bay. The council is currently undertaking multiple building and construction projects that are providing work opportunities for tradespeople with relevant qualifications.
Real Estate and Finance
Byron Bay is home to a sizable number of real estate brokers and investment firms.
To work as a real estate representativein Byron Bay, it’s ideal to obtain a certificate III or IV in real estate practice or property services.
There are multiple pathways you could take if you’d be interested in obtaining a finance industry job in Byron Bay. You’d usually need to possess a relevant qualification such as a diploma of accounting or a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. If you’re hoping to obtain a well-paying senior level role, it would be ideal to also hold a postgraduate degree – perhaps a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Financial Technology.
Byron Bay has its own hospital known as Byron Central Hospital. This facility is a public hospital that provides an ambulatory care unit, emergency services, mental health services, dental care, birthing services and maternity services. It also has its own pharmacy. If you’re a credentialed healthcare provider practicing in any of the above-mentioned specialisations, this facility would be your likeliest source of work opportunities in the Byron Bay area.
If you’re hoping to find work in Byron Bay, these industries are some of your most probable prospects. However, these aren’t the only industries you’ll find in Byron Bay. There are numerous other industries that are less prominent but still viable.
Byron Bay’s many boutiques and retail stores hire retail sales professionals and store managers.
If you’re an educator who specializes in early learning or teaching primary school, you might be able to find work locally in Byron Bay. There might also be opportunities for VET trainers in the area.
Many of the people in Byron Bay have a strong connection to religion and spirituality, which creates opportunities for reiki practitioners, meditation teachers and yoga instructors.
People flock to Byron Bay for weddings. This creates opportunities for wedding planners, event coordinators, wedding photographers, videographers and caterers.
There are also some employers in the tech sector and ICT.Furthermore, some of the employers in other sectors hire ICT staff to help them with their information technology needs.
Byron Bay attracts a variety of writers ranging from bloggers to journalists to copywriters to novelists. This area is also an increasingly popular destination for remote workers of all varieties. Overall, Byron Bay is welcoming to individuals with a broad diversity of talents and skills.