The team behind the Byron Bay International Film Festival are putting their last call out for films made in the Northern Rivers. Entries have been pouring in from filmmakers from all over the world hoping to be a part of BBFF2014. “Over 300 Australian films have been submitted alongside 500 films from 62 different countries” BBFF’s Festival Director J’aimee Skippon-Volke said. “This is a record for BBFF, it’s been really exciting for our team to see films come in from Syria, Iraq, Tanzania as it reaffirms that each year the reach of the festival is growing and that we’re taking our place up there on the International Film Festival stage. Our Call for Entries campaign reaches over half a million filmmakers world-wide – and at the core of our message is that Byron Bay is an Australian hotspot for film talent.”
Described by SBS Film as arguably Australia’s most successful regional film event, BBFF provides Northern Rivers filmmakers at all stages of their careers the opportunity to showcase their work at an internationally recognised and respected Film Festival – right here in their own backyard. Local Filmmakers are offered discounted rates and extended entry deadline, young filmmakers under 25 are encouraged to submit their work in order to shine alongside the impressive line-up of emerging Australian talent who will be part of BBFF’s ‘Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year’ competition which is judged by film critic Peter Thompson and is a highlight of the festival. Organisers plan to put a special youth focus on the festival’s closing weekend J’aimee added “It’s always inspiring to see the world through the eyes of the next generation, I’ve seen some of the most innovative films I’ve ever come across come from young filmmakers form this area and so I’d like to offer young filmmakers who have a film they’ve just completed for their HSC a fee waiver to insure that being part of this event is obtainable for them”
J’aimee continued “Another aspect of the festival that we’re particularly proud of is that every year we see at least one of our local filmmakers or locals meet and collaborate an International Filmmaker who has made the journey to BBFF, one such example is the US Director Broderick Fox who came to BBFF2012 with his documentary The Skin I’m In and ended up returning to make a film with Zenith Virago called ‘Zen & The Art of Dying’ or US Director Rick Stevenson who comes back every year as he’s making a series similar to 7-UP with 20 kids from the area”.
BBFF2014 will run from Friday February 28th to Sunday March 9th. Film Entries close on December 12th.
For more information visit www.bbff.com.au
A twelve day Park and Ride scheme will be introduced as part of the Safe Summer in the Bay strategy.
“Traffic congestion and parking is one of the biggest challenges our locals and visitors face over the Christmas period,” Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said.
“Providing affordable $5 all day parking at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex on Ewingsdale Road, and regular free shuttle buses into town, is an obvious solution.
“If we can keep cars out of Byron Bay town centre, this is a big step towards improving traffic flow in the highly popular town.
“Areas of Byron Bay will be declared a special event parking area and a once a day 2 hour parking limit will apply.
“Parking at the BRSCC will be the most affordable all day parking in Byron, plus another advantage is the increased turnover in car parking spaces to help stimulate the retail economy,” he said.
From 26 December until 6 January, Council has declared Byron Bay a 2P Special Event Parking Area (SEPA). This means east of Belongil Bridge to south of Red Devils and everywhere in between, a 2 hour parking limit will be in effect, unless other parking laws apply. A $236.00 on the spot fine will apply to those who overstay the 2P special events parking.
For example, anyone can still park in the SEPA but needs to obey the posted time limits, be it 1P or 4P. Where no time limit is signed the SEPA 2P limit applies. It also applies after other time limit areas expire, for example many streets are time limited until 6pm, after which the SEPA 2P limit will apply.
Exemptions to the SEPA 2P time limit are possible for “Permit Holders”, who is any Byron Shire resident that correctly displays a valid Resident Parking Coupon and by doing so allows, for example, parking all day in residential streets such as Butler Street.
Special edition 12-day SEPA permits will also be distributed for those residents who don’t already have a permit. These will be provided FREE, two per household, to those eligible. Those already holding a valid coupon do not need the extra 12-day permit.
As for those visiting Byron Bay, and think the existing 1P, 2P or 4P or the SEPA 2P time limit is insufficient, Council will operate a Park and Ride service from the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex (BRSCC) between 10am and 10pm, except on New Year’s Eve where it will extend services to 2am and also operate from the St Finbar’s and high school cul-de-sac on the southside. Except on NYE, park and ride will cost $5 per day per vehicle and provide all day parking. On NYE Park and Ride will cost $30.
Free all-day, “early bird” parking will also be made available for the twelve days at the Butler Street Reserve, except Thursday Farmers Market (2 Jan) and Sunday market day (5 Jan). Vehicles will need to be parked by 10am and can not leave the car parking space until 3pm. The Reserve will be closed at 6pm to car parking.
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said, “We’re always looking for new ways to help things run more smoothly for residents and visitors alike. Between the Park and Ride option, more available spaces and 2P Special Event Parking times we hope to do just that.”
More information on these measures will be provided to households.
Get ready for a total eclipse of the art as The Falls Music & Arts Festival release their immensely diverse program for The Village area of the festival! The line-up presents a labyrinth of performance-based art that continues to grow bigger every year, physically and metaphysically! With artists and installations from across Australia and the world, The Village is a space packed with an organised kind of chaos, loveable characters, enchanting music and charming surrounds.
Mixing local and national artists this year the Byron program is filled to the brim with performers of many varying genres, including gypsy folk bands, hip-hop beat producers, singer-songwriters, cabaret performers, glitchhop artists, scratch djs, burlesque danseuse, time travel artists, Bollywood dancers, theatre productions, yoga, creative workshops, giant puppet weddings and more!!
Here’s the weird, wonderful and whacky characters who are bringing a unique Byron flavour to the arts activities at FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL BYRON BAY, in alphabetical order: Bollywood Sisters, The Button Collective, CabilWoolfzinger, The Captain Syphilis Experience, The Cassettes, Dangling My Tootsies – Songs of Weimar Berlin by Annie Lee, Deya Dova, Die RotenPunkte (The Red Dots) – Otto & Astrid Rot, Dr. Seth Greengil, Hussy Hicks, Ilona Harker, Invisible Friend, Jimmy Willing presents: Bring On The Dancing Girls, Joel Salom, Juzzie Smith, Kimberley McIntyre, The Lab, Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva, The Lollipop Ladies, Miss Belle Benét, Miss Renee Simon, Mr Speaker and the People Party, The mysterious case of Ms Mae Wilde’s identity crisis, Porcelain Punch, Rapskallion, Reilly Fitzalan, Safety First, Sistagurl, Shep Huntly, Shiny Shiny, The Slow Show, So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance, Suzy Leigh, Ten Minute Dance Parties, The Tiniest Circus with the Biggest Heart!, Wacko and Blotto, Willow Beats.
THE FALLS FIESTA:
Back again at Falls this year is the one of the festival highlights, the Falls Fiesta! It’s an effervescent extravaganza on the last night of each event, which entails a colourful explosion of dancing and costumes with a huge parade designed to bring everyone together. Puppets and sculptures created throughout the art camps before and during the events lead the parade to party music. Everyone is welcome to get involved and be apart of something very special.
MAIN PROGRAM: ANNA LUNOE, !!! (CHK CHK CHK), ASTA, BIG SCARY, BOMBINO, BONOBO, BORN RUFFIANS, THE CAT EMPIRE, CHET FAKER, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, CUB SPORT, CYRIL HAHN, EMMA LOUISE, FLIGHT FACILITIES, GOSSLING, GRIZZLY BEAR, HANNI EL KHATIB, HERMITUDE, HORRORSHOW, JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW, THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS, JOHNNY MARR, THE KITE STRING TANGLE, LONDON GRAMMAR, LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS, MGMT, NEIL FINN, OLIVER TANK, THE PAPER KITES, POND, POTATO POTATO, THE PREATURES, QUESTLOVE (THE ROOTS) DJ SET , THE ROOTS, THE RUBENS, RUFUS, SOLANGE, TOUCH SENSITIVE, THUNDAMENTALS, TOM ODELL, TYLER TOUCHE , VAMPIRE WEEKEND, VIOLENT FEMMES, VIOLENT SOHO, THE WAR ON DRUGS, WAVE RACER, WHITE DENIM, THE WOMBATS.
BOOGIE NIGHTS: CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES, THE CORRESPONDENTS, HOT DUB TIME MACHINE, LATE NITE TUFF GUY, LEGS AKIMBO, MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO, TOM THUM.
COMEDY: AMOS GILL, DAVE CALLAN, DAVID QUIRK, MICHAEL HING, NATH VALVO, RONNY CHIENG. Locals Ellen Briggs, Greg Sullivan, Lindsay Webb, Mandy Nolan, Mark McConville, Nick Penn and Paul McMahon
LOCAL TICKETS FOR FALLS FESTIVAL BYRON BAY AVAILABLE BUT GOING FAST!!!! www.byronbay.fallsfestival.com.au
CAR PASSES: Don’t forget that if you’re heading to Falls Festival Byron Bay in a car you will need to pre-purchase a car pass. If you arrive with 3 or more ticket holders in your car will get a full refund.
For further information visit www.byronbay.fallsfestival.com.au
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Celebrate New Years’ Eve in style at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. Party like Jay Gatsby and be transported to the outrageous and spectacular 1920s.
The Byron at Byron is getting into the swing by theming the resort. “Expect decadence and extravagance 1920’s style” said Marcus Corcoran, the resort’s Food and Beverage Manager. Guests are requested to dress to impress (think bowler hats, sparkles and pearls).
“This will be the premier gig for the year” said Steve Sax, saxophonist with the WellSwung Daddies, who will be providing the tunes for grooving on the evening. “The Byron at Byron is such an institution, it’s where anybody who’s anybody wants to stay. We’re going to raise the roof”.
The ten piece outfit will play a mixture of arrangements from the modern swing masters like The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue and Brian Setzer to past masters like Louis Jordan, Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Ray Charles. “Our music is transcribed and arranged from original recordings and represents a modern interpretation of swing, jive, rock n roll and lindy hop” outlined Steve Sax.
With a male vocalist, two trumpets, two saxes, trombone, guitar, bass, drums and piano, the Daddies are in demand up and down the east coast and have a large following of swing and rock n roll dancers.
31st December 2013, 8:00pm $199 per person which includes a drink on arrival, a four course celebratory dinner and live entertainment from The WellSwung Daddies.
Bookings 6639 2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Years’ Eve menu
Crusty ciabatta with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Prawn Asian salad with bean sprouts, radish, mint, cucumber red chilli ginger and lime dressing
Smoked duck breast with baby beetroots, ruby chard and caramelised vinaigrette
New England grass fed beef fillet with potato galette, red wine, onions and black cabbage
Buttermilk panna cotta with poached peaches, raspberries, white peach granita and tuile biscuit
Circus Arts Byron Bay serves up a big bag of troupe and trainer treats in its Summer of Circus Cabaret. After a year of hard work, the Performance Troupe will deliver their 45 minute show, full of the best that the school has to offer with exciting aerial acts, group acrobatics, hula hoops and juggling. Then be entertained by the Circus Arts trainers as they strut their stuff performing diabolo, doubles trapeze, silks and capoeira. The night ends on a high with a flying trapeze show from our advanced students sure to thrill and excite. The inimitable Shorty Brown (AKA Buzz Buzzz the Clown) will keep the laughs coming with some magic MCing so hold on to your Santa hats and get ready for one hot summer night!
Summer of Circus Cabaret
Friday 13 December, 2013
17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
Tickets available on the door
$5 Adults, $3 Kids, Under 3 FREE
Café and Bar open
Sausage sizzle, $5 trapeze swing after the show and raffle prizes to be won!
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UPLIFT Festival is a globally live-streamed 4 day Festival happening in Byron Bay. An expanded celebration of love and humanity, it brings together some of the finest global evolutionary leaders who will join millions worldwide calling for a positive shift for Planet Earth.
“This year’s Festival is a rare opportunity to connect with an unprecedented gathering of evolutionary leaders in one space,” says UPLIFT Founder Bharat Mitra. “UPLIFT 2013 is for everyone. It supports a deep knowing that we are all fully connected to each other and that the essential truth of Oneness is the foundation of all life.”
This year’s extraordinary line up features some of the planet’s most current consciousness leaders including 2012 New York Times best-selling author Anita Moorjani, author of Dying To Be Me, Dr Bruce Lipton, author of Proof of Heaven and The Honeymoon Effect, Dr Eben Alexander and the inimitable Dr Patch Adams.
Recently awarded the Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award, Xiuhtezcatl gives unbelievable belief in the power of our new generations to lead the world towards a truly environmentally sustainable solution.
Four of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers will appear at UPLIFT. The Grandmothers were drawn together from across the planet to create the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and specifically to inspire a way of life that will bring the planet back into balance, at a critical time in history when their ancient knowledge was needed for the survival of the next generation.
UPLIFT will also present a special 12m Unity Pole carved by ‘Artist in Residence’ Tonu Shane. His work has been exhibited across the world and has been received by Nelson Mandela, David Suzuki and Kofi Anand.
The base of the Unity Pole will include a time capsule filled with messages and sacred prayers from local Bundjalong elders, the indigenous Grandmother Council, UPLIFT Presenters and members of the Byron shire, including the Mayor. It will be erected permanently in Byron Bay after the festival.
The Festival unites a dynamic tapestry of disciplines that stimulates mind, body and heart, featuring experts from the fields of science, wellness, art, music, ecology, new economics, indigenous culture, the wisdom of youth and more.
The program features inspiring lectures, interactive talks and dynamic panel discussions, plus ongoing sessions featuring yoga, dance, devotional chants, sound therapy, art workshops and a dynamic youth space.
With the huge response to the 2012 program, UPLIFT’s organisers have expanded the event and will deliver cross-discipline collaborative, dynamic and innovative workshops.
The evening hours are devoted to the best of world music and uplifting dance beats from international musicians and world-class Australian acts including Deva Premal and Miten who are playing their only Australian show for 2013 at UPLIFT and award winning Canadian band Delhi 2 Dublin, who are making their first appearance in Australia.
The 2013 UPLIFT Festival provides a meeting place for people of all ages and traditions to share, celebrate and envision a world that we want to create, live in and hand onto our children.
For further information visit www.upliftfestival.com
Soul Street NYE Byron Bay
New Years Eve in Byron Bay this year will be a family friendly event! Bring the kids out from 2pm til 9pm and venture through Jonson St which will be full of artisan stalls, food stalls, craft activities, face painter’s, numerous local bands and acts in Railway Park, buskers, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, amusement rides and children’s activities galore. Come down to the heart of Byron and celebrate with us the talent we have in this region as it fills Jonson St between 2pm -10pm on New Years Eve. This will be an alcohol free event to help keep our streets safe, family oriented and in support of Byron’s vision of reclaiming the streets on New Years Eve. For further information visit the events Facebook Page.
Byron Bay Brewery
The Byron Bay Brewery will host an NYE Party between 7pm – 2am. The amazing line-up will be spread between two stages and includes Spoonbill, Electrik Lemonade, Mista Savona, 2Face and more. There will be a free shuttle bus service, free food served throughout the night and a brand new Maddog surfboard to be won. Pre-paid tickets $49, door price $60. For further information visit www.byronbaybrewery.com.au
The Beach Hotel will hold a BEACH themed NYE party between 8pm – 2am. Festivities will begin in the beer garden with an outdoor DJ and snacks. The DJs will continue all night long and there will also be a live show by Rhythm & Cutloose. This is an 18+ event. Tickets are $107 + booking fee. For further information visit beachhotel.com.au
Bring in the New Year at the Hotel Brunswick with Tijuana Cartel and Dan Hannaford & Taya. The New Year’s Eve party will take place between 7:30pm – 1:30am and will raise money for the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club. Early bird ticket are on sale now for only $40. For further information visit hotelbrunswick.com.au and www.facebook.com/HotelBrunswick
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa will host a 1920s themed New Year’s Eve where guests are expected to dress to impress. The night begins at 8:00pm, guests will be served a four course meal and enjoy live entertainment from The WellSwung Daddies. Tickets are $199 per person. For further information visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au
As more events are announced, this post will be updated.
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The Fair Go skateboard competition will be held on November 30. Ballina’s Fair Go is a staple amateur event on the Australian Calendar. There is no regional event with a turn out like this. With $3,000 in prizes there is plenty to be won, and if last year is anything to go by it will be a hell of a fun day with loads of amazing skating going down.
This is open to amateurs only meaning no one with a pro model board is eligible to enter.
For more information visit sba.org.au
With summer just weeks away, November’s Sunday Safari plans to celebrate with a dream team of festival favourites including DJ pocket-rocket Alison Wonderland, 2013’s electro pop game-changer Wave Racer and one of the best party acts to date Linda Marigliano.
Alison Wonderland. Enough said. With a background in indie and classical music (she toured Europe as a principal cellist for Sydney Youth Orchestra), the Sydney-based DJ has been enjoying the success of her 2012 debut compilation album, Welcome to Wonderland – finishing a massive tour in support of her original release ‘ Get Ready’. Alison is now in the final stages of her forthcoming debut record, soon to be released. Collaborating with the likes of Owl Eyes, Alison Wonderland is about to set the tune for summer, Sunday Safari included.
Wave Racer, also known as Tom Purcell, is a 21-year-old Sydney-sider taking cues from cross-continental club sounds and gold-plated production standards. Purcell’s blend of pixilated future-funk is fast taking Australia by storm from his mind-bending Jersey Club anthems to a sun-drenched take on modern Hip Hop instrumentals. Having just released his double-A side single ‘Stoopid/Rock U Tonite’ and a bootleg remix for Ghost Town DJs ‘My Boo’, Wave Racer is now amongst one of the most played artists for 2013 on Australia’s Triple J radio station whilst appearing on BBC Radio 1 and topping the indicative Hype Machine charts at number two. With further remixes under his belt, this Safari is in for a treat.
And finally, another well-known name and always welcome guest joining this month’s line-up is Triple J favourite Linda Marigliano. Most of you will know this wonder woman as the sexy voice of Triple J radio station’s ‘Good Nights.’ But as well as being a TV presenter, voice over artist, host and musician, Marigliano can spin some beats. She has DJ-ed alongside the likes of DJ Mehdi & Ratatat. The gal covers anything from pop, indie, techno, disco, new wave, Bollywood anthems, hip-hop and everything in between. Welcome back Linda!.
This Safari will be held at Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel on Sunday November 24th, starting from 8:00pm.
Tickets on sale now – available from www.sundaysafari.com.au and The Beach Hotel Bottle Shop.
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