on April 20th, 2014

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Cinephiles and romantics rejoice! Australia’s most glamorous film event is returning to Palace Cinemas and for the first time coming to Byron Bay. Thursday 24 to Tuesday 28 April 2014, PALACE BYRON BAY, 108-110 Johnson St.

Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the generous support of Gold Sponsor Citroën, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will screen 14 of the best films of the festival over five days.

The Finishers, a poignant drama with characters inspired by a true story, will take centre stage on Opening Night in. Screening courtesy of Madman Entertainment, directed by Nils Tavernier and starring Jacques Gamblin and Alexandra Lamy, The Finishers follows the journey of an embittered, former Ironman champion, and his disabled son who join forces to compete in a triathlon.
The films thereafter will feature the bewitching talents of a ‘who’s who’ of French and European silver-screen luminaries.

BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD (Les beaux jours)

Director: Marion Vernoux (Starring : Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais, Jean-François Stévenin)

In this tender romantic comedy, an older, still vibrant woman, embarks upon an affair with a much younger man, which becomes complicated by their age differences, her marriage and his string of other lovers.

IT BOY (20 ans d’écart)

Director: David Moreau (Starring: Virginie Efira, Pierre Niney, Gilles Cohen, Charles Berling, Amélie Glenn)

A hilarious look at sexual politics in the world of Parisian publishing. Beautiful, capable but uptight Alice suddenly finds her career chances improve, when a series of misunderstandings label her with a ‘cougar’ persona.

POPULAIRE (Populaire)

Director: Régis Roinsard (Starring: Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Béjo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier)

This utterly delightful film is a sparkling homage to classic Hollywood romantic comedies. Set in the late 1950s, Populaire’s heroine is Rose Pamphyle (César Award winner, Déborah François), a girl who lives with her widowed father but yearns for so much more than the aimless life her inevitable marriage to the local mechanic’s son promises.

TOUR DE FORCE (La grande boucle)

Director: Laurent Tuel (Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Bouli Lanners, Ary Abittan, Bruno Lochet, Élodie Bouchez)

Family man François Nouel (Clovis Cornillac) is the number one fan of the Tour de France – an obsession that costs him his wife and his job. At a loose end, François meets a former sports manager, Rémi (Bouli Lanners) who encourages him to take the plunge and do the Tour himself.

TURNING TIDE (En solitaire)

Director: Christophe Offenstein (Starring: François Cluzet, Guillaume Canet)

A thrilling adventure picture set on the open seas. This big budget production stars François Cluzet (The Intouchables and Art of Love) as Yann Kermadec, a taciturn Breton. After his friend Franck breaks a leg, Yann steps in to skipper a high-tech yacht for the Vendee Globe, a strictly solo three month round-the-world yacht race.

VIOLETTE (Violette)

Director: Martin Provost (Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel)

Set against the heady intellectual atmosphere of 1940s Paris, this is the compelling tale of novelist Violette Leduc and her struggle to find her voice as a writer. Scarred by both a childhood trauma and a loveless marriage, she finds a complex mentor in Simone de Beauvoir, and subsequently gains entry into the world of literary giants.

April 2014
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1 A special program on Buddhist Teachings and Daily Meditation at Crystal Castle 1 4 MayCrystal Castle is delighted to have Venerable Geshe Lhakdor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long term translator for over 16 years, joining us for four special days of meditation and teachings here at the Crystal Castle.

Venerable Geshe Lhakdor has served His Holiness the Dalai Lama as his translator and religious assistant for many years, accompanying His Holiness to many important conferences and forums throughout the world. He has translated numerous books by His Holiness from English to Tibetan and from Tibetan to English.

In his highly anticipated visit here at Crystal Castle he will be sharing teachings on Patience and guiding you through insightful meditations.  You don’t need to have any previous Buddhist or meditation experience to gain incredible value from this program.

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th May 2014

Visit our website for detailed information, daily program and entry fee’s


on April 11th, 2014

1-3 August 2014

Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Mem Fox, Malcolm Fraser, Poe Ballantine with Richard Fidler and so much more…

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Food, history, true crime, travel, music, politics, screenwriting, environment, memoir, journalism, sport, surf, poetry, art, romance, education, comedy…whatever your literary love, the Byron Bay Writers Festival has it covered. Early Bird tickets for the 18th Festival go on sale today and if history is any indication, they sell fast.

These Passes are all you need to gain access to the main marquee program between 1 and 3 August. Remember, Sunday 3 August offers the riotous Kids Marquee. The line-up of children’s authors is shaping up to be great fun and you can pick-up the discounted Youth Pass now too.

The big reveal of the entire program and huge list of over 100 writers and thinkers will take place on 6 June and we can’t wait to share our line up of literary stars. We’re bringing you the newest books, the freshest voices, the boldest ideas at the Festival writers clamour to attend.

Click to buy Early Bird Tickets

Learn more; www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au


on April 1st, 2014

Come and see the great range of fresh seasonal produce grown locally in the greater Northern Rivers region.

farmers Byron Farmers Markets

Byron Bay every Thursday – 8-11am Butler Street Reserve

Bangalow every Saturday – 8-11am Behind Bangalow Hotel

Connect with Byron Farmers Markets on facebook.

Learn more at the website www.byronfarmersmarket.com.au


on March 27th, 2014

Lonely Planet listed Byron Bay as ‘Best for Families’ in it’s recent Ultimate Australian Weekend Escapes story.

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With the trend towards Australians taking shorter breaks, Lonely Planet put together it’s list of the 8 best weekend escapes, Byron Bay was included as best for families.

Here’s what they said;

Iconic Byron Bay is Australia’s laid-back, organic-embracing, new age utopia with a stunning hinterland backdrop framed to the east by miles of picture-postcard coastline. Byron may appear to be a hippie haven, but its ample and affordable accommodation and diverse dining scene make it a perfect getaway for families. An adventurer’s playground, Byron also offers a superb selection of outdoor activities to keep the kids occupied from surf schools to circus courses. Plus it has a plethora of relaxation and spa treatments to assist in the rejuvenation of world-weary adults. Click Here to read their full article.

My favourite aspect of Byron is that it attracts all sorts of people from all over, if you are looking for a short break, be sure and visit byronbay.com’s popular Short Stay Accommodation & Holiday Guide

Underscore highrezcolour 1024x768 Underscore Orkestra Gypsy Dance Party Friday March 21

This Friday night is your last chance to see the 5 piece Balkan, gypsy, swing, New Orleans jazz band The Underscore Orkestra (USA) before they leave the country to return home!

Their syncopated rhythms and original dance vignettes are guaranteed to get you up and dancing, boost your bravado and put the ‘zing’ in your zinger! Their sound has been likened to a mix between gypsy rock big guns DeVotchKa and Gogol Bordello – but just not quite as manic! These guys live to play (and play to live!) so get out your dancing shoes and your ol’ timey attitude for some foot stompin’ fun!

Special guests Sara & Fingal from Rapskallion. At Kulchajam

1 Acacia St Byron Bay from 8pm.

Tickets $15+bf pre-sale from www.wildhoneyevents.com or $20/door.

Organic meals ‘n treats available. Enq Belinda 0420 398 590.

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Charlie Caldwell My COuntry Leading Bundjalung Artists Come Together To Celebrate Bundjalung CultureCharlie Caldwell, My Counrty

On Friday 21 March Arts Northern Rivers will launch Bunarm Bologaman Wahl Bundjalung (Brothers coming together of the Bundjalung Nation), an exhibition of works by 12 significant Bundjalung artists who have a deep connection to the culture of the Bundjalung Nation and as to each other as brothers, dedicated to protecting and caretaking culture for future generations.

Guests will be welcomed to country by Arakwal and Bundjalung representatives with the exhibition opening to be officiated by Federal Member for Page – MP Kevin Hogan and Byron Shire Mayor Cr. Simon Richardson.

The exhibition comprises of work from all areas of the Bundjalung Nations inspired by nuthung garra (ancestors), the higher spiritual source known as nuthung ngali and the butheram (creation times).

Arts Northern Rivers CEO, Peter Wood said ‘This exhibition, originally developed by ACE College in Lismore, is an important opportunity for the Northern Rivers community and visitors to experience a wide variety of works by Bundjalung artists in our region.

‘The exhibition also sits within our broader Bundjalung Project, which has been funded by the Federal Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Support Program’.

The project, which focuses on the significance of traditional mark-making practices and explores how these practices can influence our approach to developing contemporary images, was first inspired by the acquisition by Grafton Regional Gallery of three traditional Bundjalung clubs dating back to the mid 1800s.

‘The Bundjalung Project is an exciting initiative that seeks to assist local Indigenous artists to reconnect with traditional Bundjalung artefacts to develop a unique style for our region through the incorporation of ancient Bundjalung Nation markings and motifs into modern indigenous art works’ Mr Wood said.

The artists, who are all teachers and mentors strong in their culture and art, each offer a unique perspective on their djugun (country) and all are dedicated to creating work that inspires the youth of the Northern RIvers to reconnect to their culture.

With over 70 works, Bunarm Bologaman Wahl Bundjalung will be a rare opportunity to see such a significant collection of contemporary Indigenous art outside of a Regional Gallery.

All works will be for sale with all proceeds going directly to the artist.

For further information visit www.artsnorthernrivers.com.au

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Vishva 5 elements WEB Yogrishi Vishvketu Weekend Workshop April 5 and 6

Journey Through The Five Elements Weekend Workshop

Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th 2014

Cost : $65 per session or $110 for one day

$200 for the whole weekend making a saving of $60


Yogrishi Vishvketu is here again!! He brings to Shiva Shakti an incredible weekend workshop journeying through the 5 Elements of Existence. Each session can be attended separately or you can book in for one day or the whole weekend for a discounted price. We are incredibly blessed to have this beautiful yogi share his unparalleled wisdom with us and guide us through this incredible experience.

Saturday 9:00-12:00 Session

Journey through the Five Elements.

In this workshop session, we will about the energetic layers of being (5 koshas), and how they operate in our lives. This holistic practice will take you through a short repeated sequence on an ever deepening journey through the layers. As we complete the bliss layer, we will enjoy a spontaneous relaxation and meditation. As usual with Vishva ji’s holistic Akhanda Yoga classes, this class will include asana, pranayama, visualization, relaxation and meditation.

Saturday 2:00-5:00

Hip Opening Akhanda Flow Session: Theme – Root and Sacral Chakras

Removing energy obstacles and flowing through stuck emotions.

Discussion: Water, movement, going with the flow. What does it mean, and when should we resist habitual patterns and consciously create new ones. Recent research in neuroplasticity confirms what Patanjali mentions in the Yoga Sutra (I:…) When a pattern is dysfunctional we can “cultivate the opposite” and literally re-create our reality, sculpt the flow of our lives.

Mantra practices and Closing Mantra

 Sunday 9:00-12:00 Session

Fire Puja followed by Classical Kundalini Class

In this class we will explore oscillating movements, postures, mantra, and both dynamic and integrative pranayama techniques. We will also work with chakra visualizations and seed sounds – the rich symbolism of the Tantra tradition. The flow of the class will be particularly geared towards the theme of the Navel and Heart Chakras, and Fire and Air.

Discussion: The meaning of fire and light in yoga. Exploring what arose in the class, pranayama explanations, and the energetic doorway/movement from the navel to the heart chakra.


Sunday 2:00-5:00 Session

Going more deeply into integrative and nurturing breathing practices like Anuloma Viloma and Brahmaree

Hatha-Raja class: Discovering bliss through the sound of the bees, including 15-minute meditation. Theme: 3rd eye and crown.

An astoundingly beautiful practice, meditative and deeply opening, a beautiful finale to this astounding workshop.

Mantra and Closing ritual


BOOKINGS: yogainbyron@gmail.com



Shiva Shakti Yoga

17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay

0420 542 267


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While the number of female directors at the helm of the US top 100 grossing films dropped to a paltry 2% in 2013 according to Variety Magazine, the number of female filmmakers at the Byron Bay International Film Festival continues to grow.

One-third of BBFF’s 2014 programme is thanks to women filmmakers and on International Women’s Day, Saturday 8th March, BBFF celebrates their talent with a special showcase of their work.

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In Burra Jurra, a surfing charity seeks to promote positive social change in local indigenous communities by reconnecting indigenous children with their roots through surfing. The world premiere screening will be attended by Director/Producer, Juliet Carrington and Burra Jurra Patron, Layne Beachley. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/72864162

The highlights include:

  • World premiere of Aussie surf film Burra Jurra (Ocean), a doco about the life-changing indigenous surf charity that features patron Layne Beachley and a long roll call of Aussie surf talent including Adam Melling, Joe Haddon, Pauline Menczer and Sean Kay.
  • World premiere of Aussie documentary A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex, by Director/Producer Sally McKenzie, which explores if women need emotional connection?for good sex and features the infamous Heidi Fleiss and Jesse Jane.
  • World premiere and Closing Night film Rise of the Eco Warriors, by award-winning Director Cathy Henkel, which traces the journey of a group of passionate and adventurous young people in Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving the rainforests and endangered orangutans.
  • Australian premiere of New Zealand film Pretty Brutal, by Director/Producer Monica De Alwis, follows self-titled girl skaters Pieces of Hate, Kid Vile and Naki Kronik into the full-contact world of New Zealand’s first Roller Derby league.
  • Australian premiere of American documentary Coney Island: Dreams For Sale, about the struggle to protect the renowned amusement park from an unscrupulous developer. American filmmaker Alessandra Giordano will be in attendance.
  • Ones to watch, Young Australian Filmmakers, former Tropfest winner Genevieve Clay (The Interviewer), Natalia James (Tritch) and Charlotte Hamlyn (The Dangers of The Aquarius).

Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke says, “This year’s selection of films by female filmmakers is outstanding. At a time when the number of female directors is shrinking in film capitals like Hollywood, we thought it was important to showcase and celebrate the achievements of female filmmakers.” Skippon-Volke adds, “This year we have around one-third female filmmakers. I look forward to the day that reaches one half.”

“We were fortunate to be able to schedule the films to coincide with International Women’s Day on Saturday 8th March, an annual flagpole inspired by gender equality and recognising the value women’s perspectives bring to our world balance.”

AFI Award-winning Australian director, Cathy Henkel says, “Women represent half the population and a different point of view. I think it’s essential that audiences by able to experience that point of view.”

Henkel adds, “Australia fares better than the US – we have a lot of talented female producers and directors – but there’s definitely room for more. And a comment like Cate Blanchett’s in her Oscar’s speech helps enormously to bring attention to this continuing imbalance in Australia.”

Don’t miss this incredible all female line up at Byron Bay Film Festival 2014 on Saturday 8th March.

Session Times:
Burra Jurra: Saturday 8 March 6.30pm SESSION 29 at Byron Community Centre.  http://vimeo.com/72864162
A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex: Saturday 8 March, 8.30pm SESSION P5 at Pighouse. http://awomansdeeperjourneyintosex.com/trailer/
Rise of the Eco Warriors: Saturday 8 March 6.30pm, Closing Night Gala Party Film at Palace Cinema. http://vimeo.com/71936468
Pretty Brutal: Saturday 8 March, 10.30am SESSION 26 at Byron Community Centre. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFBw_m28q2o
Coney Island: Dreams For Sale: Saturday 8 March1.00pm SESSION 27 at Byron Community Centre. http://vimeo.com/67427702
Female Young Australian Filmmakers: Saturday 8 March 3.30pm SESSION 28 at Byron Community Centre. http://vimeo.com/67427702

For tickets, program information and news, visit www.bbff.com.au


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A night of great music at The Blue Kat, Byron Bays weekly jazz & blues club. See our house trio with Steve Russell, Thierry Fossemalle & David Sanders. Joined by headline vocalist Dee Dee Lavell & opening vocalist Caroline Agostini.

Wednesday 5 March, doors open at 7pm
SOHO Lounge – Upstairs 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay

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Doors open at 7pm for $8 sunset cocktails between 7 & 8pm. Show starts at 8pm – 11pm. $12 entry on the door! SOHO Lounge – Upstairs 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay. Serving wines, fine cocktails, beers and yummy tapas in a sophisticated relaxed seated atmosphere.