One month til Byron Pops!

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Byron Bay is abuzz with the whispers of POPPED –the exciting new arts project and laneway activation event coming to Surf Alley on Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May.

Commencing 12 May,a team of Byron Bay’s most talented street artists will transform ‘Surf Alley’: the tired laneway in Jonson Street that has, whilst held sentiments of honouring the legends of our local surfing community, previously been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour.

The celebration of the space reinvigoration will beanurban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, Live Ideas Program, and much more.

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community, launching The Fresh Air Gallery: a live street art gallery that will be a game-changer for community engagement with art.

“We want Byron Bay locals to reimagine their CBD and create news ways for people to engagewith their town,”says Creative Director, Abbie Gibson.

The project aims to revitalise the beloved ‘Surf Alley’, breathing new life into it, whilst honouring the legacy. “We are in direct and regular consultation with members of the honour roll, and working to achieve something new and exciting for the whole community, as well creating ways for new residents and visitors to learn more about Byron Bay’s surfing history, and ensure those stories are given a platform,” say Operations Manager, Monique Hartman, “In conjunction with our major partners Feros Care, we’re also using our Live Ideas program on the Saturday afternoon to use this opportunity for young and old to engage and learn about community together, through art and the power of story. It’s developing into something really special that many people will get a lot out of”

Popped artists are: Nitsua // Jeremy Austin // Burg // Shmik //Teazer // Sean Lemura (Set design & building) // Nikau (Greenery)

OPENING NIGHT – FRIDAY 19 MAY
5PM –11PM // 18+ only event, and fully licensed. BYO not permitted // $10 entry
Live art
Live DJs
Green walls courtesy of Niaku Byron Bay
Bespoke built furniture courtesy of SL Byron Bay
Street food courtesy of Three Blue Ducks
Bar co-hosted by Stone & Wood Brewery, Brookie’s Gin, and Bucha of Byron
New mural reveal
New honour roll reveal

LIVE IDEAS PROGRAM – SATURDAY 20 MAY
12PM –3PM// All ages // $10 entry
12:00pm Welcome drinks hosted by Bucha of Byron
12:30pm Placemaking:The history and future of Byron
1:00pm Expression and Freedom:The Street Art Movement
1:30pm Surf Alley: Stories from the Honour Roll
2:00pm Art, healing, and well-being
2:30pm Being Bold: Exploring Creative Courage

Panellists include Cr. Simon Richardson, Sarah Workman, Rusty Miller, Peter Woods, Andy Mac, Leanne de Souza, Feather, and many more still to be announced.

CLOSING NIGHT – SATURDAY 19 MAY

5PM –11PM // 18+ only event, and fully licensed. BYO not permitted // $10 entry
Live art
Live DJs
Green walls courtesy of Niaku Byron Bay
Bespoke built furniture courtesy of SL Byron Bay
Street food courtesy of Three Blue Ducks
Bar co-hosted by Stone & Wood Brewery, Brookie’s Gin, and Bucha of Byron

Tickets are $10 each, per person per session, and can be purchased via www.poppedcreative.com or at the door. For an additional $5, ticket holders can purchase a return bus ride, thanks to GO BYRON from outer suburbs Lennox Head, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads & Mullumbimby. Limited seats available.