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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.

 

First Sun 2018: New Year’s Day in Byron Bay

Welcome the first sunrise of 2018 in Byron Bay at the family-friendly First Sun event. Held each year on January 1 at the Cape Byron Lighthouse from 5am to 8am, First Sun encourages all to set a positive intention for the new year.

Set against sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, attendees with will be among the first in Australia to see the day break.

First Sun will kick off at 5am, with relaxing music as the first light of 2018 peeks above the horizon. After sunrise, the morning’s activities will include crystal bowl soundscapes, yoga, guided meditation, peaceful intent, and more. All activities are free, and suitable for all ages.

Please bring your own yoga mat, torch, sunglasses, hat, and water. Plus, don’t forget to dress warmly and bring blankets – it can get chilly early in the morning, even in the middle of summer.

Attendees are encouraged to park at the Clarkes Beach carpark from 4am, and then walk up to the lighthouse. A guided walk will leave at 4.15am. Please note, the walk to the lighthouse includes a lot of stairs.

For those that cannot walk, a free shuttle bus will run between 4.30am and 8am.

Parking restrictions will apply between Clarkes Beach and the lighthouse. And, Lighthouse Road will be closed off between midnight, December 31, 2017 and 8am, January 1, 2018.

The Cape Café will be open from 4.30am for tea, coffee, and chai. Later, it will also offer a light breakfast menu with options for all dietary requirements and preferences.  

Start 2018 with an intention for peace, health, and happiness surrounded by the natural beauty of Byron Bay. Visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/new-years-eve to learn more.

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out with Byron Bay Merch

Byron Bay’s iconic “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” sign is loved by all, locals and visitors alike. Spreading good vibrations to everyone who drives into town via Ewingsdale Road, the sign has become a landmark and popular photo spot.

Now, you can take Byron’s chilled out, laid-back attitude with you wherever you go. Our new organic T-shirts, stickers, and tote bags are perfect reminders of your trip to the Byron region.

Byron Bay T-Shirts

Share positive Byron vibes with everyone you pass with a “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” T-shirt. Our tees are crafted from 100 percent fair trade, organic cotton, and are available in both men's and women’s fits.

Byron Bay Tote Bags

Say no to plastic bags Byron style with a canvas tote. Featuring our original sign graphic, this bag is made of 100 percent cotton canvas, and has reinforced shoulder straps.

Byron Bay Stickers

Decorate your car, laptop, fridge, notebook, desk, whatever with our iconic Byron Bay stickers. “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” stickers are 14.6cm x 10cm, and made from durable vinyl with a laminate coating that protects against scratching, rain, and sunlight.

Shop Byron Bay Now with Free Shipping

Check out the range of Byron Bay merch at byronbaynow.com. We offer FREE shipping Australia wide, and $5 international shipping.

2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. From Thursday, February 22 to Sunday, February 25, 2018, experience the best surf culture has to offer. From art, music, and film, to board shaping, fashion, and of course, surfing, get ready to celebrate the many facets of the surf lifestyle.

2018’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole host of brand-new events and Surf Fest favourites.

First up, the Surf Festival has been extended by one whole day. That means more opportunities to immerse yourself in surf culture, and get involved in the many free and paid-for events the festival has to offer.

Secondly, Friday will now host its own surf event. More details to come, so stay tuned.

Finally, the crowd-favourite ‘Surf Lit Lounge’ is getting an exciting makeover. Now titled the ‘Surf Legend Lounge,’ this event will kick off the festival in style. Taking place in the Byron Community Centre, the Surf Legend Lounge will give you the opportunity to mingle with some of the surfing world’s greatest icons, and soak up their inspirational insights on adventure, surfboards, arts, culture, and sustainability.

Early-birds will enjoy food and drink, plus live music. This event is a fantastic way to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, and feel inspired about the days to come.

Plus, all FEELGOOD and FREE events from the last Surf Festival will be back in action in 2018. That includes the iconic Sunset Cinema, the Art Show, the popular Surf Art Markets, Live Music, and much more.

Don’t forget to head to the beautiful Wategos beach, and get involved in the Freestyle &amp; Stoke sessions.

Learn more about the epic Byron Bay Surf Festival at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au
 

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2017/18

Bring in 2018 Byron style at the family-friendly Soul Street party. Hosted by the Byron Bay Community Centre, the upbeat, colourful spirit of Soul Street attracts thousands from the local region and beyond.

Byron’s main street, Jonson Street, will be closed off (see details below) and transformed into a celebratory community hub. Expect fun for the whole family, as you stroll through live performances (cabaret, DJs, and more), kids play zones, comedy sets, drag shows, circus acts, graffiti workshops, henna tattooing, tarot reading, and more.

Keep in mind, Soul Street is an alcohol-free event, but there will be plenty of delicious foods and drinks available for all.

The aim of Soul Street is to create an inclusive, immersive New Years Eve event in Byron Bay that everyone in our community – young and old – can enjoy. You and your loved ones will be safe and secure from start to finish.  

Soul Street Byron Bay New Years Eve Details

Soul Street runs from 4pm to midnight, December 31, 2017. The event is all-ages, and alcohol-free.

Road closures

Jonson Street will be closed between Byron and Lawson St from 6am on December 31, 2017 until 8am on January 1, 2018.

There will also be no parking permitted in the Lawson Street South car park, the Main Beach car park, the Middleton Street car bark, or in Bay Street between Jonson and Middleton Streets from 6am on December 31, 2017 until 8am on January 1, 2018.

Free parking will be available at the Butler Street Reserve, which is located a short walk from the Soul Street festivities.

Signed detours will be available, but please expect delays.

You can download the road closures map here.

Taxi and bus services

Byron Bay’s taxi rank will be located at the main bus stop for the duration of the above road closures. The bus stop will relocate to the taxi rank near Marvel Street.

Taxis will offer the Nightrider bus during peak times. The Nightrider will depart from the taxi rank at a flat fee of $5 to Sunrise and Suffolk Park.

The Falls Festival Shuttle bus will run along Ewingsdale Road into town, and between Byron Bay’s centre and Suffolk Park. Non-festival-goers can catch the Falls bus for a flat fee of $5.

Plus, Blanchs Bus Lines will offer a 24-hour timetable during New Years Eve. Phone 6686 2144 or visit www.blanchs.com.au for timetable information.

Learn more at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/new-years-eve

NORPA reveals 2018 Season

13 shows, 12 Australian works, 5 premieres. 

NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) has revealed a gutsy, adventurous and exciting year of performing arts for 2018 that firmly places the theatre company as a maker and champion of brave new Australian work at front and centre.

 
NORPA will premiere its new work Wildskin directed by Julian Louis, a thriller set in local bushland featuring an all-female cast, as well as Rovers, Wonderbabes and Horses Mouth, three powerful new theatre works created by NORPA Associate Artists Caroline Dunphy, Kate McDowell and Kirk Page.


 
“This year, we’re venturing even deeper into the wild, as we confront all kinds of animals, truths, and potentially the wilder parts of ourselves,” said NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis “With provoking and challenging performances — plus a few laughs along the way — we’re inviting anyone who’s interested in examining the changing world around us, as well as the emotional landscapes within, to come along.”

 
Among other highlights at NORPA in 2018 will be the premiere of Peepshow by internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa; Paul Capsis in his award-winning portrayal of Quentin Crisp in Resident Alien; and Catherine McClements in The Events, a Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and SA State Theatre Company co-production that will feature a local Northern Rivers choir.
 
For young people and families there’s The 78-Storey Treehouse the newest, biggest blockbuster in the Treehouse series; 360 ALLSTARS created by local multi instrumentalist Gene Peterson featuring World Champion BMX riders, breakdancers and freestyle basketballers in a radical urban circus; two inventive and hilarious re-imaginings of classic fairy tales with Red Racing Hood and Big Bad Wolf.
 
NORPA has also launched a comprehensive year-round Education, Youth & Families program supported by Southern Cross University that includes a Summer Theatre Intensive (22-25 January, 2018), on-demand theatre workshops for schools, a student theatre club and work experience opportunities for young people. For performers wanting to further develop their practice there are regular Training Ground classes in physical devised theatre practice, a curated Masterclass Series and Artist in Residencies.
 
“NORPA couldn’t exist anywhere else, which is why we’re motivated to keep bringing the stories of the Northern Rivers to life and cementing its reputation as a cultural heartland,” says Julian Louis “We do this by collaborating with talented artists and creating original work that’s ingrained with a real sense of this place we all call home. In a small way, we’re shaping the Australia we want to live in by creating art that’s culturally respectful, inclusive, brave and playful, and by working for a company that’s been built around the same values.”
 
All 2018 NORPA shows are now on sale with a 20% discount for subscription packages of 3 shows or more. Many shows sell out so it is advised to jump on board and get your tickets early at www.norpa.org.au or call the NORPA Box Office during business hours on 1300 066 772.

NORPA 2018 SEASON now on sale
Tickets and information at www.norpa.org.au
Telephone: 1300 066 772
3 shows from as little as $60 for Under 25s or $90 for adults.

Rod Evans: The Artist Behind the Moon Rise Time-lapse

In early September, we shared an incredible time-lapse of the full moon rising behind Byron’s iconic lighthouse to the Byron Bay Facebook page. It was one of our most popular posts ever, with over 75,000 minutes of video watched by more than 350,000 people.

The time-lapse shows a huge, yellow-orange moon rise from the horizon, up past the lighthouse, and into the darkening sky. The footage is spectacular – you can watch it below.

The time-lapse was created by local photographer and teacher-in-training Rod Evans. Evans lives in the lush Byron Hinterland, and captures the natural beauty of the region’s beaches, landscapes, sunsets, markets, moon rises, and more in his stunning photography and time-lapses.

As well as posting his work to his Instagram and Facebook page, he is an ABC Open contributor.

Recently, Evans has explored the possibilities of light painting.

Light painting is a photographic technique where images are made by moving a light source while taking a long exposure photo. The results are otherworldly, as streams of colour ribbon through the night sky seemingly independent.

Evans’s light painting images have had great success: they’ve been featured in The Weekend Australian Magazine, placed at the Lismore Show, and even reached the number one spot on the front page of Reddit.

Alongside fellow Byron Bay photographer Caroline Fisher, Evans has assisted with light painting workshops. These give photography enthusiasts the chance to learn light painting techniques – including the correct camera settings – and experiment with light-producing materials.

Keep up with Rod Evans on Instagram, his Facebook Page and visit www.rodevansvisual.com to learn more.

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

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