Early bird tickets to the 2014 Mullum Music Festival are available now! Visit www.mullummusicfestival.com
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2014 Stall and Vendor applications are now open.

In 2014 the Mullumbimby Music Festival is expanding with new venues & locations, creating further opportunities for Vendors and Stall Holders. We are looking for unique stalls including Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors and community minded stalls that will add to our existing range of Vendors.

Applications close 5pm Fri August 8th.

Click here to submit your application now!

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Our Festival team has a great passion for children’s literacy and we’ve worked hard to develop a brilliant program for the 2014 Kids Big Day Out.

w Byron Bay Writers Festival Kids Big Day OutPopular television personalities Maddie and Possum of Prime7’s Possum’s Club, will host the event on Sunday 3 August. The exceptional line-up this year, designed to capture the imagination of children aged between six and twelve, includes Andy Griffiths, Mem Fox, Asphyxia, Nick Earls and Sally Rippin with local favourites Jesse Blackadder and Tristan Bancks and a special appearance by Bundjalung member Delta Kay.

As we want as many children as possible to enjoy the Festival, we offer a special discounted Youth Pass for just $40 ($35 for NRWC members) which permits access to Kids Big Day Out with an accompanying adult. BOOK

Book now and meet some of the ‘rock stars’ of children’s literature.


Getting The Crime ‘Right’ with  P.M. Newton 

If you think it is hard to commit the perfect crime – try writing one.

For many writers getting the crime ‘right’ is an intimidating prospect, it can work as a framing device for the spine of the plot as well as a way to develop character and setting. This workshop will explore three questions: What would be needed to solve this crime? This involves thinking about the elements or legal proofs of the crime – clues, evidence, witnesses, physical material, alibis, motives, means etc. It requires a little research and assembling the ingredients.

Follow former detective and crime author P.M. Newton as she shows you how to discover all of the opportunities that a crime provides.
Participants will need to select a crime novel of your choice – or you can use your own Work In Progress – and write a one sentence summary of the story. Then using no more than 6 bullet points, list the major plot points.

Thursday 31 July, 10.00am-4.00pm. Tickets are $100/$85 BOOK

Nature Writing with Inga Simpson

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers with a passion for the natural world, as well as professional writers in environmental fields.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message.

Thursday 31 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Tickets are $60/$50. BOOK

If you don’t want to miss out, book online today, call us on 02 6685 5115 or drop into the festival office at Level 1, 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay (above Witchery) to purchase your festival passes.

phone our booking hotline on 02 6685 5115.3-day pass includes entry to the Festival site from 1 – 3 August.
COST: $265 or $230 students/members of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre
Please note all tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-replaceable.
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Full Program on sale  NOW
Workshops begin Monday 28 July
Secondary Schools Day Thursday 31 July
Main Festival days Friday 1 – Sunday 3 August
Primary Schools days Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 July

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Whether the topic is terrorism, refugees, the true cost of free speech, war, the Catholic Church, or failing media empires – the Byron Bay Writers Festival is not afraid to tackle major social, ethical and philosophical issues.

writers THINKING BIG at the Byron Bay Writers Festival

With a featured guest list of some of Australia’s brightest thinkers and creative minds joined by a cast of esteemed international writers, Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the Festival will both challenge and excite audiences in conversations, which are destined to be remembered long after the event is over.

This year’s program is as diverse as it is rich and boasts several Big Issue sessions including Dream Boat Refugees; How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World; Secrets and Lies: Should the Catholic Church Confess; Shifting Sands: Lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan and The Cost of Free Speech. Wide-ranging, provocative and probing commentary will underpin this year’s Festival program.

One such session is destined to be Soldiers: Lambs to the Slaughter or Sacred Cows programmed on Saturday, August 2. Featuring James Brown, David Finkel and Rabia Siddique, it will be chaired by the former editor of The Northern Star, Russell Eldridge.

Panellist Rabia Siddique is a woman of many talents. She speaks four languages, has run the London marathon for charity, undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, United Kingdom and Australia and is a mother to five-year-old triplet boys.

Siddique is also a criminal and human rights lawyer, a retired British army officer, a former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor and published author. In 2006, Siddique was awarded a Queen’s commendation for her human rights work in Iraq, and in 2009, she was the runner-up for Australian Woman of the Year UK. She has recently written and published her memoir, Equal Justice.

Siddique is delighted to be involved in the Festival. “I’ll elaborate on the story told in my memoir and will further explore the issues of equality, resilience, authentic leadership and the need for us all to have courage in our convictions.”

Fellow human rights barrister, Julian Burnside will tackle the emotional topic of refugees in the session Dream Boat Refugees to be held on Friday, August 1. Burnside will be joined by Vietnamese refugee, award-winning author and publisher Carina Hoang and Antony Loewenstein, Guardian columnist and best-selling author who will also feature in another powerful Festival session, How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World.

Then the Big Issues turn to politics and the environment…

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel will explore Australia’s relationship with the US, prompted by influential commentator, David Marr, while journalists Mike Carlton, Terry Hayes and Kate McClymont will discuss The State of the State.

They will be preceded by retired politician Bob Brown and Tim Flannery, who will explore their environmental vision for our wide brown land…

‘You may laugh, you may debate and you may even shed a tear or two, but above all you’ll be privileged to hear and discover powerful evocative stories that will echo and ripple into the community and beyond,’ says Johnson.

The Festival runs from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July. For more Festival information and feature event tickets, visitwww.byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.

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on July 8th, 2014

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Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra is a three-day school holiday event held at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, culminating in a public concert at SCU’s Whitebrook Theatre on July 10 at 6:00 pm.

60 students aged 7-21 from Yamba to the Tweed will converge in Lismore along with 10 buddies from the Sydney Conservatorium tertiary program and a guest international conductor, Mr Luis Fernando Madrid, from Colombia.

The full Orchestra will be playing two original pieces written and arranged by Wendy Turner. These are: Moods of Ireland and Symphony Funtastick (a play on words on the famous Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz ).  They will also play a prize -winning American orchestral piece especially written for Junior Orchestra, called Millennium.

The String Ensemble will play two pieces- one from the traditional string repertoire- Romanian Dances by Bartok and a modern piece called Legend.

The Concert Band will play a piece called Synergies which will show their talents.

The Senior Orchestra, comprising students from Year 6 and above will play John Williams’ challenging film score, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The repertoire chosen for the workshop will capture the musical imagination of the students and all pieces include technical and performance challenges. Adaptations to scores have been made to make the experience inclusive for all students.

Tickets are $10 and $5 and are available from the Conservatorium on 6621 2266 or at the door

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Entries are officially open for the 2014 Byron Bay Surf Festival Surf Shorts Film Comp presented by GoPro.

Film Comp social media ad 2014 1024x1024 Enteries Open for the 2014 Byron Bay Surf Festival Surf Shorts Film CompThis year we’ve upped the ante on prizes, sponsorship and media coverage including a GoPro cash/prize package of $3000 and more. The clip time limit is TEN minutes and the theme ‘Citizens of the Sea’. Also is a new ‘democratic’ online voting format; the most voted wins! So, the earlier you enter, the more time you have to accumulate votes and to be featured with our video partners including Coastalwatch, Korduroy TV, Skuff TV and all social network platforms. Everything weird & wonderful welcome.

Get shooting and enter!



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Inject some adrenalin into your life.

The Byron at Byron is thrilled to present extreme health experts Dr. Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan for a night of mind-blowing inspiration.

Dr Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan 1024x768 Byron at Byron presents Dr Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan This husband and wife team has set three World Records in extreme sport, including the world’s highest BASEjump in a wingsuit over the Himalayas. The achievement is made even more remarkable by the fact that Heather was a corporate executive who was afraid of heights.  Over six years she trained with Glenn to become physically fit, mentally focused and emotionally tough enough to climb a Himalayan mountain and fly off the top.

“Heather’s transformation was inspirational,” said Glenn. “She had never planned to climb anything higher than the corporate ladder but by overcoming her fears she attained much more than she ever imagined possible”.

By changing her diet and exercise regime she changed her body fat content and became physically strong. Through techniques like meditation and visualization she overcame her fears and by joining Glenn on a ‘Vision Quest’ their relationship “was deepened and enriched beyond measure”.

Accompanied by spectacular photos and videos, Heather and Glenn will share their story and their process at the Byron at Byron.

Dr. Glenn Singleman is a world famous professional adventurer, expedition doctor and award winning documentary filmmaker. He has accompanied expeditions to Antarctica, the North West Passage, the Himalaya and the Andes. He was a part of James Cameron’s recent expedition to the deepest part of the ocean; the Marianas Trench and has accompanied the Hollywood director on expeditions to the Titanic and the hydrothermal vents. His own films have won 25 international awards and been seen by hundreds of millions of people. He has twice been named as one of the ‘Top 5 Presenters in Australia’ and is a popular media commentator on extreme sport, fear and managing risk.

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Heather is an award-winning author of two non-fiction books and freelance photojournalist. Before her radical career change she was a corporate executive managing International and Australian businesses. She has received a ‘Spirit of Adventure Award’ from Australian Geographic and has presented to hundreds of audiences around the world.

Heather and Glenn have been married for 18 years and together have four children. They have appeared twice on Australian Story as well as 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, 7:30 Report, Sunrise, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Revealed and Wide World of Sports (to name a few).

Join them as they share their recipe for being brave, being healthy and having a great relationship. Hear how you too can tap into the wilder side of life over some intriguing menu choices that will match the flavour of the evening.

“We are so excited to bring two great Australian adventurers as a part of our Byron at Byron Presents series” said General Manager of The Byron at Byron Lyn Parché. “We kicked off this series with the irrepressible Bettina Arndt, and haven’t looked back. Australia has so many creative people to inspire us along our journeys. We are lucky we live in such a beautiful place so that we can entice them here to share their stories”.

Thursday July 10, 7:00pm.

$70 including two courses and a glass of wine.

Bookings are essential.

Please contact 02 66392105 or reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

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Circus Arts Byron Bay & Varietyville Productions presents Dandyman this school holidays.

edit School Holiday Fun At Circus Arts Byron BayDANDYMAN takes you on a journey of the imagination.  Everyday objects transform fluidly in the hands of this talented physical comedian. Armed with just a pocket full of drinking straws, Dandyman fills the stage with characters, landscapes, and wild adventures. Rediscover the joy of playfulness as Dandyman sweeps you up in this invigorating and crazy world.

A master and maestro of the moment “Dandyman” aka Daniel Oldaker is an award winning, 5 star,

circus and physical comedian who’s performed one man, duo and ensemble physical comedy shows in over 25 countries for the last 15 years.

Take a dash of Mr Bean, throw in a pinch of Ed Grimley, a handful of Jacques Tati, some juggling balls, a bowtie made of straws and a whole lot of charisma and you’ve arrived somewhere in the neighbourhood of Dandyman. He’s a true original who draws on comedy, top-notch circus skills and blends them into something entirely fresh and a little bit chaotic.

“Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience” 5 STARS – CBC Manitoba – Sarah Michaelson

“Oldaker is a master of object manipulation.” 4 1/2 STARS – Herald Sun – Stephanie Glickman

“withdrawing the predictability to offer a genuinely unique Festival experience” The Pun – Jonathan Rivett

“High energy clowning rivals Buster Keaton.” The Adelaide Advertiser

Dates and times: Monday 30th June – Friday 4th July at 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Venue: Circus Arts

Where: 17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay

Tickets: $8

Dries Trapeze Catch web School Holiday Fun At Circus Arts Byron BayFor further information about Dandyman, and other activities available this school holidays, visit www.circusarts.com.au/byronbay

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Food, the delicious play by theatrical marvel Steve Rodgers, comes to NORPA next month following sell-out seasons in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Untitled Force Majeure and Belvoir Serve Up a Feast for the Senses at NORPAA co-production between Force Majeure and Belvoir, Food combines elements of drama, comedy, dance and cookery in an erotic mix of words and movement.

Rodgers, the playwright and co-director, said that food and sensuality were both central themes in the play, which draws closely on his own personal experiences and observations. “Food, as the title suggests, is a play about food and cooking. But it’s also very much about sex, and how our relationship with both can define us,” Mr Rodgers said. “It’s hard to work out when my memory stops and fiction starts. A lot of it comes from my own experience and the people I’ve observed and loved in my life: my family, girlfriends, mates. But the characters in the play take over and it becomes something else.”

Rodgers co-directed Food with acclaimed choreographer Kate Champion, Artistic Director of Force Majeure. Together Rogers and Champion have crafted a communion between the audience and the characters as they come together around the dining table.

Food Emma Jackson and Fayssal Bazzi 372 1024x681 Force Majeure and Belvoir Serve Up a Feast for the Senses at NORPAElma (Mel King) and Nancy (Emma Jackson) are sisters. Nancy left their remote, truck stop home many years ago; Elma stayed. Nancy chose chaos, freedom and sex; Elma stayed behind and cooked. Now Nancy has returned and their lives are disrupted by the arrival of Hakan Leventoglu (Fayssal Bazzi) ‘Hassan, son of Handsom’, a restless Turkish traveller.

A play called Food would not be complete without the real thing. At each performance selected members of the audience will be served supper.


Force Majeure and Belvoir

Directed by Kate Champion and Steve Rodgers

FRIDAY 11 & SATURDAY 12 JULY, 7:30pm

Bar, live music and Olive & Luca diner from 5:30pm

NORPA at Lismore City Hall

For further information visit www.norpa.org.au

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The Hard-ons play at the Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on their 30th Anniversary tour, 8pm, Thursday June 19.

HARD ONS 2014 1024x698 Hard Ons 30th Anniversary Tour @ The Northern Hotel June 19

Within a proverbial blink of an eye, the legendary punk / pop / metal / psych hybrid Sydney band the Hard-ons turns 30 in 2014. To be precise, on the 21st of July 2014 the middle-aged yet brilliant trio will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their inaugural public appearance. In 1984, on that day, the multiracial band of bare-chested teenage misfits climbed onto a pub stage for the first time. It is fair to say, they have not looked

On surface, the Hard-ons were doomed: a Croat, Sri-Lankan and a Korean collectively Playing pop, punk AND metal music at impossible volume and velocity at a dark prehistoric time when fascist punks and elitist indie snobs ruled the roost in Sydney,
the Hard-ons paradoxically survived and thrived once they crawled out of the primal Punchbowl ooze.precisely because of their initially perceived unattractiveness. The one thing Australians love is an underdog. Another thing the Australians love is somebody who has a red hot go. The Hard-ons were underdogs personified and they had a huge go. Unburdened by any sense of prefabricated style nor scene-specific sound, the teenaged Hard-ons let loose upon the bewildered and unsuspecting underground music scene with their previously unthinkable mix of punk, metal, garage, thrash and bubblegum pop! Their shows were and still are, wildly unpredictable action-packed affairs, providing ear-shredding volume and an upliftingly
beautiful gaggle of melodies in equal measure!

To celebrate this milestone of 30th anniversary, the Hard-ons welcome the temporary return to the band, original member Keish de Silva. Together, as a four piece consisting of original members Peter “Blackie” Black, Ray Ahn, Keish de Silva as well
as current member Murray Ruse, the Hard-ons will for the first and last time in their career, tour the breadth of Australia and play entire sets consisting of only songs fromtheir first incarnation pre-initial break-up; the years spanning 1984-1993! The set whichthe Hard-ons will play will be made up entirely of songs most requested by their fansfrom an on-line fan opinion poll! This first formative decade had given the band a record 17 consecutive number 1s on the Australian alternative charts, as well as several notable hits abroad. Never finding nostalgia anything but distasteful, the Hardons have however rightly succumbed to the need to pat themselves on their collective backs for a job well done in the past 30 years, the 6 years when the band was inuncertain hiatus (1994-1999) notwithstanding, AS WELL as give something unique and special back to their unwavering loyal fans. Make no mistake: these upcoming shows will be never-to-be-repeated historical events.

For more information check out the Facebook Event here.

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The fourth Great Australian Ride will start out in Byron Bay on Saturday August 9.

GAR Supporters Photo The Great Australian Ride Kicks off in Byron Bay August 9

A group of adventurous motorbike riders will be undertaking a gruelling trans-Australian charity ride for SIDS and KIDS (www.sidsandkids.org) in August of this year. We intend to ride from Byron Bay (the most easterly point of Australia) to Steep Point, WA (the most westerly point of Australia). The ride will see us leave Byron Bay on Saturday the 9th August and head out through Goondiwindi and Cunnamulla to Cameron’s Corner before heading north to Birdsville, west to Alice Springs past Uluru and then over the Gibson Desert towards Warburton, Laverton and ultimately to Steep Point….approx 20 days later….

This is the fourth year of the ride – so far the ride has raised over $90,000 in the last three years and last year alone we raised nearly $35000 for SIDS and Kids.


This will be a huge challenge for us, however, one that does not even compare with the everyday challenges faced by those in need of the charity we are proudly supporting… SIDS and KIDS are a not-for-profit organisation that provides professional free support to bereaved families and anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child. They receive only 3% government funding and rely heavily on public donations. We are riding to raise awareness of the great work this charity does and are asking for public support by way of monetary donations to go to this most worthy of causes. 100% of all monies raised will go directly to the charity and will go a long way towards assisting with the valuable support SIDS and KIDS provides to the community. We need  help to reach our target of $40,000.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductable and these can be made online through our secure Everyday Hero site. This site will automatically generate a tax receipt for you. Choose a rider to support, or, make a team donation – no amount is too large or too small!!


So far there are 12 registered riders as well as our support vehicle and medic. All riders are funding their own way across the country, are giving up their own time and all leaving behind families of their own to raise money for a very worthy cause. We all have children of our own and are moved by the good work that this charity does and hope to raise a lot of money to support them.

Our fundraising is already well underway and our aim is to raise $40,000 for our charity which will go a long way to helping them provide the valuable support services they provide to bereaved families who have lost infants and children to sudden and unexplained death. To achieve our goal we need as much coverage as possible out there in the community to help us raise awareness of our campaign.

For more information visit www.thegreataustralianride.com

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