on October 24th, 2014

The Crystal Castle is hosting the 9th annual Natural Death Care Centre’s Day of the Dead celebration on Sunday 9th November with free entry from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

DotD tree Day of the Dead Ceremony at Crystal CastleThe 9th annual Natural Death Care Centre Day of the Dead will be celebrated on November 9th at the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens. There will be free entry to the Crystal Castle from 3:30pm on Sunday 9th November for those attending this community event.

Local celebrant and Deathwalker, Zenith Virago will facilitate the creation of community art, personal memento making and writing messages as “memento mori” for those sharing love and loss. At 5.00pm she will conduct a gentle and inclusive ceremony of remembrance with music from the Mullumbimby Choir.

Zenith Virago 986x1024 Day of the Dead Ceremony at Crystal CastleAt the end of the ceremony a candle light procession will follow the Rainforest Walk to the “Forest of Friends & Family” at the Quongdong Grove, where those who wish to may place photos and have spoken tributes made to their loved ones. The Quondong Grove will become a permanent sacred space for honouring the dead.

The event will conclude with a celebratory cake, which everyone is welcome to share.

According to Zenith Virago, “The Natural Death Care Centre charity has an inspirational dream, that every individual, community and service provider has the knowledge and capacity to do death well. We believe in a holistic, empowered approach to death, dying and loss.

We are encouraging people to be informed of their options and to make good choices, and to participate as fully as they choose, which we see makes for an easier bereavement.

The annual Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together to honour and remember our loved ones that have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way.

Although it has the same name as the South American day, this is a uniquely Australian cultural experience, open to any religion, spirituality, belief or culture.

A chance to remember, honour and celebrate, and to create positive social and cultural change, the Day of the Dead is particularly wonderful for teaching children something real and gentle about death and bereavement. All are welcome.

Byron Bay has always been popular for its lifestyle, but for many years now it has been cutting edge with its deathstyle. Please come along and create the change you want to see.

EVENT DETAILS:

When:          Sunday, 9 November 2014

Where:         Crystal Castle 81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby

Time:            3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Cost:              Free Entry from 3:30 pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/708836075850967/

 

 

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Join us from 31st Oct – 2nd Nov, 2014 for the 9th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta at the Byron Bay Brewery! This event has a reputation of being one of the best Latin dancing events in Australia!

BLF2013 PartywithLiveBand 1024x644 The 9th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta October 31   November 2Held over 4 Nights & 3 Days, come and enjoy a feast of Latin Dance Workshops & Parties with International, National & Local instructors & performers! Catering to beginners and seasoned dancers alike, there is something for everyone at the Byron Latin Fiesta! Get truly inspired from the energy of Latin dance & music plus experience the unique attributes of Byron Bay & the North Coast of NSW!

The 2014 event will have lots of amazing performers! Dance schools are coming form all over Australia & some from our closest neighbours! Take a look at the 2014 show schedule.

BLF2013 PartyinAction The 9th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta October 31   November 2Prepare for an inspiring weekend.

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on October 16th, 2014

The Byron Bay Surf Festival 2014 program continues to ramp up and grow ever more electrifying. With people from all around the world joining in on countless festivities this year, the festival is looking to be markedly attended. With almost double the amount of events it has certainly grown from last year and we simply can’t wait!

Pascale duct tape surfing 1024x576 Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 26 Oct 2014Film and music events will be reaching the stars each night at the Main Beach festival site, Community Centre and Beach Hotel venues; Australian film premieres ‘Beyond the Surface’ and the Californian ‘Expencive Porno Movie’, the Donovan Frankenreiter and Collective of Life Minded Musicians presented by Sanuk, Bonjah band, The Vanns and The Griswolds are just some of the over 20 live music gigs worth tuning into over the weekend.

The Saturday of the festival will host dozens of simultaneous events by the beachfront – from Coastalwatch seminar ‘The Art of Surf Forecasting’ to the many handycraft workshops like Nobuhito ‘Nobby’ Ohkawa’s wooden fin making, Grown Surfboards handplane making, tie died boardbag making, traditional wood splitting demo – from tree to board and dozens of surf board shapers exhibiting their latest and greatest creations. Shapers this year range from high-end performance designs by the likes of Gary McNeill and Geoblank to the old school and naturals like Joel Fitzgerald or Gato Heroi.

Humanus Courtney Webb Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 26 Oct 2014Concepts, ideas and discussion of interest take form in Lauren Hill’s ‘Third World Girls, Social Justice and Surfing presentation with special international guests and free Loving Earth chocolate giveaways, Sam Gowing’s Surf Spa Food – food as medicine presentation, Fiona Duncan’s Ocean Fit Pilates session, Courtney Webb’s Humanus Habilitation surf injury prevention workshop, and Ananta morning yoga with Geoff Brooks. Australian Seabird Rescue will handle a release of Clayton the Green Sea Turtle at Main Beach, which is one of the many educational aspects of the festival, geared especially to the groms. Additionally, The SurfLit Lounge sponsored by the New Philosopher Magazine and Mary Ryan’s, hosts an entire day schedule of book launches, ideas and discussion panels. Some of these sessions will include an intimate interview with the renowned Carroll brothers, Bali book launch by Phil Jarratt, a chat with Duct Tape surfer Pascale Honore, panels on self publishing, editorial, photography, and local and international issues; some discussed by reps from positive brands Sanuk, Patagonia, Smile, Toms and Banks. Nested nearby Santos Organics, AllPress Coffee and Loving Earth will be providing some seriously delicious (and über healthy) edibles. The food element of the festival is looking to be extremely tantalizing.

BBSF Surf yoga Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 26 Oct 2014

GoPro will be hosting added film and photographic events including the Surf Shorts Film comp, training sessions by GoPro tech Gurus Nigel Raynard and Willem Ungermann and Russell Ord and Joe night are also teaming up to deliver a workshop on the skills of big wave photography. If that doesn’t satisfy your thirst for fun, then down at Wategos beach the festival has planned a day in the sun with the Corona Party Wave cash grab alongside the annual and most loved swap meet besides a new concept of surfboard testing with shapers comments from the beach. It’s also the showground for the traditional Hawaiian surf canoe paddled to shore by Dave Rastovich and Tom Wegener. This is perhaps the most colorful and playful day of the whole festival.

Another few interesting quirks to keep a keen lookout for will be the Uppercut Deluxe ‘Zoom and Groom’ classic car show and haircut station and also in the realm of style, Golden Breed will be onsite with a historical board display and old board evaluation centre ready to size up those dusty, hidden gems in the closet!

Uppercue Deluxe 51 chevy hute Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 26 Oct 2014Do keep your eyes glued to the stacking program online at byronbaysurffestival.com. There is so much to look forward to it is absolutely overwhelming. We hope you’ve packed your bags, roped your boards and ready to head to Australia’s most easterly point and favorite surf town. Sea you there very soon!

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Only 2 weeks to go until one of the most unique surf culture festival hits the most easterly point of Australia for 3 days of stoke, jam packed with over 40 events – Program here – www.byronbaysurffestival.com/program/

Dave Wetsuits0 1024x436  2 Weeks To Go AND Dave Rastovich BBSF Film ReleaseThe third in a series of three online commercials “Citizens of the Sea” featuring one of the worlds most stylish professional freesurfer, creative activist and inquisitive experimentalist Dave “Rasta” Rastovich for the 2014 Byron Bay Surf Festival.

Citizens Of The Sea – Dave Rastovich – Byron Bay Surf Festival 2014 from Stefan José Films on Vimeo.

Filmed and edited by Stefan José Films – stefanjosefilms.com @stefanjosefilms

BBSF | 24th – 26th Oct 2014
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on October 11th, 2014

Don’t miss the pork pop-up sale at the Cromwell Farms this Sunday.

unnamed Pork Pop up Sale at Cromwell Farms October 12Wood Smoke Ham and Bacon from $13/kg.

Free Taste testing including Sarah Swan’s 100 Mile Table bacon butties on Jordan’s rolls with tomato jam and herbed mayonnaise.

We will have the wood oven fired up so you can get a taste of our Free Range Ham all glazed up with our honey…so yummy.

There will be other farm fresh treats on offer from our garden and Espresso Unplugged will be pumping out complementary coffee.

Don’t miss out as this will be your only chance to Ham up for Christmas. Pat our Butcher from Clunes has sealed our pastured goodness up for a little rest in the freezer before Santa comes.

Sunday, 12 October at 10am
Cromwell Farms
191 Sheaffes Rd, Goonengerry, New South Wales

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CIRCUS OZ rolls into NORPA at Lismore City Hall on Fri 24 Oct and Sat 25 Oct with their brand spanking new show ‘But Wait…There’s More’ that has been gob-smacking audiences in sell-out shows across the nation.

oz NORPA Presents A New Show From CIRCUS OZ October 24 25 Cooked up in their custom-built secret circus laboratory in the heart of Collingwood, Melbourne, and performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More is a punchy, exciting and funny vaudeville-inspired show for humans of all ages.

Audiences can expect an astonishing mix of stunt-jumping acrobatics, cutting-edge juggling, virtuosic unicycling, elegant trapeze flying, the exciting Rou Cyr rim, cheeky impersonations, ridiculous knockabout and multi-skilled human physical exuberance, all accompanied by an original, rocking eclectic live band.

But Wait…There’s More uses circus to satirise the rising tide of information, speed, consumerism, visual pollution, television, the ‘net and today’s manic fast-paced lifestyles. All of this is entwined within original music performed by Circus Oz’s live and ridiculously acrobatic band.

Circus Oz shows are co-created from the inspiration, ideas and energy derived from the unique skills of each member of the extremely diverse ensemble that are then woven into the core concept of the show like layers of a collage. For 2014 an extensive casting process was undertaken across Australia’s vibrant circus community looking for recruits to add to the Circus Oz ensemble, structured around an equal number of men and women with various backgrounds, skills and bodies. Eight new performers are making their Circus Oz debut in 2014, joining four returning Circus Oz artists.

“With so many new artists joining our ensemble, we are excited about the explosion of ideas and creativity that will emerge through the collaborative process” explained Mike Finch, Circus Oz Artistic Director.

Performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More accelerates to become an explosive roller-coaster of circus excitement with an Aussie larrikin spin.

NORPA’s presentation of CIRCUS OZ is proudly supported by The Macadamia Castle.

FRI 24 OCT – 7:30pm

SAT 25 OCT – 1:30pm & 7:30pm

NORPA at Lismore City Hall

Bookings: 1300 066 772 or www.norpa.org.au

Olive & Luca diner, Macadamia Castle pancake stall, bar & live music from 6pm

(+ surprise visitor from Macadamia Castle)

Adults $47 | Seniors $42 | Concession $40 | Under 18 $20

2 hours (including interval)

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on October 4th, 2014

The Byron Bay Surf Festival looms near. With less than a month until the opening, the full program is online, locked in and bursting with good cheer. Many new events and festival trimmings have been added this year, especially in the realm of music, art and exhibition.

BBSF 2014 promo Program Out Now Byron Bay Surf Festival Big music news to announce this week is that our favorite surf-muso Donavon Frankenreiter will be lifting the new Seaview Stage (at Main Beach). Festival partner Sanuk and Low Pressure Sound System present “A Collective of Life Minded Musicians”, spearheaded by Donavon and special guests with a one off jam session by Ash Grunwald, Shannon Sol Carol & Oj Newcomb (Band of Frequencies), Dave Rastovich, Scotty Owen (The Living End), Terepai Richmond (The Whitlams), Vinnie LaDuce (Mt. Warning). These legendary musos are playing to raise awareness, inspiration and continued support for local environmental and educational not-for-profit organizations Take 3, Seabird Rescue Centre, and the Burra Jurra Indigenous Surf Program. This comes as an incredibly rare occasion; a colourful mix of surf culture icons and musical talents performing at a FREE family friendly open-air venue surrounded by sustainable brands like Banks in the Tipi Pop-Up Block, next to gourmet food partners Santos Organics, Loving Earth, Chia Co and Allpress Espresso. Across the road, long time sponsors the Beach Hotel and Corona Extra will continue musical entertainment throughout the festival nights.

BBSF Tipi Pop Up Program Out Now Byron Bay Surf Festival More big announcements this week include the much-anticipated Australian premiere of the Californian produced ‘Expencive Porno Movie’ shot entirely on 16mm film in true 70’s retro style, showing at the local Community Centre during the festival. This will be an exciting fringe venue, which also hosts a ‘GoPro tech-tips’ seminar by GoPro guru Nigel Raynard of Unique Images Australia as well as the GoPro photo comp final presented by pro photographer Willem Ungermann who will also host a GoPro beach day for the grommets.

Willem Ungermann presentation with GoPro Program Out Now Byron Bay Surf Festival On the crafty side of the spectrum, the festival is hosting a variety of special workshops; Handplane Shaping by Grown Surfboards, Board Bag Making and Indigo Dye by Byron Bay Board Bags and a very exclusive Wooden Fin Shaping workshop by master craftsman and Itako historian Nobuhito ‘Nobby’ Ohkawa who is travelling all the way from Japan for this event. In fact, this year the festival hosts quite a large contingent from Japan, as well as from the USA.

This is obvious also within the infamous Art Photography Show with well-known Japanese artists Iki YasuoHi-DutchKei Otsuka, Kuni Takanami and Yoge Kensuke Yoshida featuring alongside Australian up and coming artists Kasper Raglus, Kye D’arcy, Josh Rufford and renowned American artists Andy Davis, Heather Brown, Matthew Allen and The Captain Surfs of Hawaii. The stART-me-up youth art show and sustainable craft workshops by Meet Make Create is open for kids to do their own recycled/up-cycled art and includes awesome fun prizes donated by local businesses such as a Hot Air Balloon ride up for grabs and groovy surf gear. Local youth are also represented on the music stage. Nearby, major sponsors Golden Breed and Uppercut Deluxe will also be putting on special displays with plenty of historical, vintage surfboards, 50’s cars and bikes. Exhibits well worth spending time with!

BBSF twinny surf off Program Out Now Byron Bay Surf Festival With so much choice and variety of things to do, feel, smell, see, surf and create; the Byron Bay Surf Festival plans to keep you busy and entertained all weekend. The Friday night opening film ‘Beyond the Surface’, the Saturday markets with Tipi Pop-Up Block and infamous Corona Party Wave dash for cash at Wategos Beach, besides surfing and demo events on Sunday will be full of sunny merriment. Almost everything is free, outdoors and fun. For the few ticketed events at the Byron Community Centre and Beach Hotel, get in quickly because they will sure sell fast.

Keep an eye on the ever-mounting program at www.byronbaysurffestival.com, be sure to lock in any flights, friends or accommodations soon and we look forward to sea-ing you there!

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on October 3rd, 2014

The first announcement for the 3rd Sea Shepherd Benefit Gig at the Brunswick Hotel on Saturday 8th Nov!!!!

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If you haven’t already booked out this day in your diary… i suggest you do it now.. because there are some incredible bands and speakers that have put aside their time in support of Sea Shepherd.. and there are more Big Names to come!!!

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From Wednesday October 8th through Sunday October 12th the Gyuto monks will be offering a beautiful daily program of morning and afternoon chants, meditations and fun and enriching cultural activities.

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Click here for full program schedule and information.

If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day, please email stephanie@crystalcastle.com.au.

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on October 2nd, 2014

Following their sold-out national tour in June, Melbourne’s favourite boys from Woodlock are packing up and hitting the road again in September and October.

 Woodlock Come to Byron October 817 shows, 6 states and 3 regional festivals will welcome the indie-rock threesome. The five week tour celebrates the release of their new single The Garden, which represents a shift in sound for the band. Addison Lynch from Hillydilly Music described the track as a “celestial masterpiece”, saying “Woodlock excels at transforming elemental components of a rock band into a work of art with little aid from the digital world.”

The Garden is the second single from their recently released EP Labour of Love, which debuted in the overall ARIA charts top 100 and also in the ARIA top 50 digital downloads chart. The release also sat comfortably, for over 3 weeks, in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts.

Woodlock are being supported on THE GARDEN TOUR by Fieu (pronounced fee-yu), Brisbane’s six piece alternate pop collective headed by powerhouse songstress Emily Brewis. Think London Grammar or Portishead with ultra-sizzling lyricist.

Brothers Eze and Zech Walters and Bowen Purcell, who are Woodlock, do things differently. They built the love around their music through busking. Many of their over 17,500 facebook followers enjoyed their street shows and have supported them since. The band have no label, no investors and no radio airplay as yet.

“We are blessed, we seem to have a very loyal fan base” said Eze Walters. They are not just numbers on our facebook, they are people who enjoy our music and are willing to make the effort to come and see us. It’s something we really appreciate”.

THE GARDEN TOUR takes the band to Western Australia and Tasmania for the first time.

WEBSITE:  Woodlock Music 

DOWNLOAD: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/woodlock

PROMO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huFMWJ8Bm9o

THE GARDEN TOUR:

*Thurs 18th Sept – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide

Fri 19th Sept – Hyde Park Hotel, Perth

Sat 20th Sept – Rottofest, Rottnest Island

*Thurs 25th Sept – Beav’s Bar, Geelong

*Fri 26th Sept – Babushka Bar, Ballarat

*Sat 27th Sept – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

*Sun 28th Sept – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (hold)

*Fri 3rd Oct – The Cambridge Hotel Side Bar, Newcastle

*Sat 4th Oct – The Pier, Port Macquarie

Sun 5th Oct – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie

Wed 8th Oct – The Rails, Byron Bay

*Thurs 9th Oct – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

*Fri 10th Oct – Newtown Social Club, Sydney

*Sat 11th Oct – RAD, Wollongong

*Sun 12th Oct – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra

Fri 17th Oct – Fresh, Launceston

Sat 18th Oct – Republic Bar, Hobart

24-25 October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong

 

With special guests FIEU*

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