This year the Byron Spirit Festival is presenting night time events in two venues so festival goers will have a chance to experience a phenomenal range of ceremony, celebration, international music and dance.
Beginning at the Mullum Temple High School venue, the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 1st will be a ceremony engaging the talents of Deva Premal & Miten, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, local indigenous leader Lewis Walker and Vesica Pisces and Lady Lynx. The Future Sound of Yoga and Hawaii’s Nahko & Medicine for the People will then take us on a tribal dance journey.
Over at the Civic Hall, the Sacred Sufi Shabbat Fusion offers the exquisite kirtan of Sacred Earth, followed by Avishai Barnatan and Amir Paiss’ original prayers, blessings and music on the Friday night Shabbat, followed by the mystical verses of Sufi poetry sung in Urdu, Farsi, Hindi & Punjabi with the esteemed Tahir & the Qawwali Ensemble.
Saturday night offerings at Temple High commence with a guided Yoga Nidra within a traditional kirtan form with the delightful Edo & Jo, followed by the launch of Kevin James-Carroll’s long-awaited brand new CD of anthemic, heart-stirring songs and chants. This night of transformational singing concludes with the amazing Dave Stringer, a Los Angeles-based chanter whose worldwide mission is to mix traditional kirtan with the wild exuberance of rockin’, gospel-tinged groove and power.
The Civic Hall Saturday night opens with a sacred Cacao Ceremony followed by a Kundalini Yoga sequence, perfectly preparing all for the modern electronic synergy of Temple Step Project, followed by the inimitable, kundalini-raising live sounds of Wild Marmalade’s didj and dance beats. The evening concludes with DJ Shaman supreme- Dakini, creating an ethnic and sacred bassmusic dance journey designed for release and transformation – weaving ancient & modern sounds to create an ‘intentional dancefloor temple’.
On Sunday at Temple Mullum High, the Gratitude Ceremony will use the Dream Drone to re-balance all the weekends’ energetic input, followed by the delectable singer/songwriter Saritah to lift us further with her rootsy, groovin’ new tunes. Nahko & Medicine for the People will play their final festival set.
Weekend pass holders may go between venues on each night!
Tickets may purchased separately to evening events. Please see website to purchase all tickets, and all details: www.spiritfestival.com.au