Award-Winning Tim Bonython is back with his latest documentary:
THE BIG WAVE PROJECT.
Five years in the making, Tim follows a tight-knit crew of leading big wave surfers who are working together to attempt a personal goal that drills to core passion of surfing: Riding the World’s Biggest Wave.
“The Danger Level increases as we attempt to climb a mountain of water where the peak keeps getting higher” Alex Gray, Big Wave Surfer.
We hear candid, personal, no-holds barred accounts as the real fear of death walks side by side with ultimate personal glory.
The BIG WAVE PROJECT depicts the history of the how the sport has developed from humble origins to modern tow-in surfing with the latest challenges of returning to the simple art of unassisted paddling into 100-foot walls of water.
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https://www.facebook.com/timbonython.swellchasers/5.30pm – Internet Sales close6.30pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Events Bar open7.00pm – Theatre doors open7.30pm – The Big Wave Project9.30pm – Event concludes (with interval)
In what promises to be an unforgettable evening of conversation, insight and emotion, Byron Writers Festival is presenting a double-bill on 31 May; two events in one evening with bestselling author Susan Faludi in conversation with Zacharey Jane followed by a talk by acclaimed author and storyteller Ivan Coyote.
Event One (6pm) – Susan Faludi
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Susan Faludi whose astonishing memoir In The Darkroom was named 2016 New York Times Book of The Year. It also won the prestigious Kirkus Prize for memoir in late 2016. Starting as an investigation into the life of her estranged father, ‘the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life’, the feminist writer discovered that her 76-year-old father had undergone sex reassignment surgery.
Event Two (7.45pm) – Ivan Coyote
Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. A natural born storyteller, ‘Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture’ (Ottawa Express) and often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity as well as family, class and queer liberation.
More about the Authors
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, and The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America. Her most recent book, In the Darkroom, a memoir on her transgender father and a meditation on identity in its many forms, won the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction and was named 2016 New York Times Book of The Year. Faludi’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Nation.
Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writers’, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Australia.
The Globe and Mail called Coyote ‘a natural-born storyteller’ and the Ottawa Xpress once said that ‘Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.’ Vancouver Sun said ‘Coyote is by turn eloquent, provocative and persuasive.’
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Cariad (the Welsh word for Love) is the coming together of two talented singer/songwriters and guitarists from the Byron Shire, Virginia Cook and Geraint Jenkins. Together they weave a magical blend of unique melodies, meaningful lyrics and sublime harmonies to create original, uplifting music from the heart.
Cariad’s music fuses Celtic/Roots/ Alt. Folk and Blues influences. “A Thousand Dreams” is their debut album, recorded by renowned producer, Paul Pilsneniks at Rocking Horse Studios and Pete Murray’s Studio in Byron Bay. Friends and fellow musicians : Greg Sheehan, Si Mullumby , Maria Stratton, Murray Cook and Matt Connolly added their magic into the mix.
Joining them on the night will be Murray Cook (Mixed Relations, Warumpi Band, Mental as Anything, Midnight Oil) on keys; local singer/songwriter Maria Stratton (Heartworn Highway, Miley and the Milkshakes, ABC recording artist) on strings; Al Brooker (Heartworn Highway, Paul Kelly, Nick Barker) on double bass, along with Matt Connolly on Irish flute and percussion.
This promises to be an intimate evening of beautiful, original music. Not to be missed!
Gabriel Otu Orchestra is a collaboration of high energy African Rhythms sounding Afro-beats into Afro-flow; showcasing an array of percussion on the djembes, doun doun’s, kick-bass, shakers, bells and asalato with fun romantic vocals to sing along to.
Including international guests Samuel Oblah, Nii Armah and Ago Tettey, fellow Ghanaian musicians. These folk have been creating music together for over 15 years touring around the world. Featuring a special dance performance of Traditional Ghanaian, Congolese, Guinean drumming and dancing and the famous South African Gumboot dance – be ready for a cultural treat!
5.30pm – Internet Sales close
6.30pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Events Bar open
7.00pm – Theatre doors open
7.30pm – Gabriel Otu Orchestra
Times TBC – 2 x Intervals (20 min.)
11.00pm – Event concludes
Louise King, cello and Catherine Guinevere Lynagh, piano.
Debussy, cello sonata; Shostakovich, cello sonata; Arvo Part, Spiegel im Spiegel, and music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Ravel.
Sparkles and Canapés by Nadine Abensur
After the concert, adjourn to the balcony of Byron Theatre and enjoy scrumptious canapés by Nadine Abensur. Nadine Abensur (of The Cranks Bible and a half dozen other cookery books), was a director of the iconic chain of Cranks restaurants in England and she now lives in our region. What luck!
Louise King is an exciting example of an independent contemporary classical musician. A refined English cellist with extensive international experience and training, she is an inspiring concert artist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and event producer. Louise has won prestigious scholarships, solo prizes and several international chamber music competitions and now performs in Australia’s finest music festivals and classical concert series.
As Artistic Director of Cello Dreaming she runs a busy private teaching studio, produces and presents community and professional concerts, workshops, collaborative performance projects, mentors emerging young musicians, and is Music Director for the Southern Cross Soloists Winter Music School and tutors for the Australian and Queensland Youth Orchestras.
Louise King moved to Australia in 2003 after working extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and as a cello, chamber music tutor and conductor of the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department, Manchester.
A multi-award and competition-winning graduate of the Royal Colleges of Music in London and Manchester, Louise underwent international masterclass and postgraduate study with Christopher Bunting, William Pleeth at Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Anner Bylsma, Karine Georgian, Ralph Kirschbaum and Steven Isserlis at International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove sponsored by the Musician’s Benelovant Fund and chamber music coaching with the Amadeus, Chillingirian, Fitzwilliam, Lindsey and Kronos Quartets.
Bright Lights Performance School proudly presents ‘Food Glorious Food’. This is the culmination of our Holiday Workshop. The show features all participants from the ages of 5 years through to 15 years. ‘Food Glorious Food’ is a variety show featuring singing, dancing, acting and Musical Theatre items. The show is suitable for all ages and highlights the fun and the talent that emanates from the Bright Lights Holiday Workshop.
For more information on Workshops, please visit the website
Join Sea Shepherd Byron Bay for the much anticipated feature length documentary, A Plastic Ocean, followed by a Q&A.
Described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”, in A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean.
A Plastic Ocean brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle and shows never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.
“There is no away – because plastic is so permanent and so indestructible. When you cast it into the ocean, there is no away” – Sir David Attenborough
Sea Shepherd’s Marine Debris Campaign promotes and facilitates coastal & river clean-up activities in Australia. The campaign is run entirely by volunteers. For more info, go to www.seashepherd.org.au
Eight-time ARIA nominees Justice Crew are hitting the road in June and July 2017 bringing their hot new show for 17 special performances across Queensland and New South Wales. Performing their biggest hits, including “Que Sera,” “Boom Boom”, “Everybody”, “Best Night”, “Love my Life” and their hottest new material.
Since winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2010, Justice Crew has set the nation on fire releasing non-stop chart smashing music. Their #1 ARIA Single “Boom Boom” is certified 6 x Platinum, backed up by two further ARIA Top 10 hit
singles “Best Night” and “Everybody”, both of which are certified 2x Platinum. Their debut album Live By The Words, released in 2014, debuted at #7 on the ARIA Album charts and sparked the 5x Platinum hit smash “Que Sera” which rewrote the Australian history books, spending nine weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles chart.
Justice Crew continue to solidify their place in Australian music by releasing chart topping music, as well as tour with industry heavy weights One Direction, Jason De rulo, Chris brown, Kesha and Pitbull. Justice Crew are very loyal to their fans and have added several new tour destinations to their POP DAT BUCKLE Part 2 tour, to show their appreciation. Justice Crew love nothing more than performing and touring, so buckle up, because the POP DAT BUCKLE Part 2 tour is coming live and direct.
VIP Sound Check Party Ticket – Meet the Justice Crew
5:00pm – 5:30pm:
Justice Crew Sound check experience with VIP ticket holders
(Ticket holders can watch sound check than have a Q&A session with artists before the live show)
3.00pm – Internet Sales close for both tickets types
4.00pm – Box Office open | Bar open
5:00pm – Justice Crew Sound check experience with VIP ticket holders
5.30pm – VIP Sound Check Party concludes | Theatre doors close
6:30pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Divine Our Destiny
7:20pm – Interval
7:40pm – Justice Crew
8:55pm – Merchandise signing
9:30pm – Event Concludes
Shai Shriki (Israel) Byron based Vocalist, Oud & Guitar player composer and writer of contemporary music with traditional sounds from the Middle East, Hebrew songs and Spanish guitar.
This new album – Strings Attached – was inspired by the true nature of simplicity.
The vision was to capture the authentic sound of the instruments and voice in their natural sound without the accompaniment of many musical elements or sound effects. Just like playing music at home around the fire, busking and solo performances.
At this album launch Shai will showcase the songs and the sound of the new album and will play some of his new unreleased music accompanied by a piano, wind instruments, bass and soft drums.
Shai’s original moving melodies with excellent stage presence and musicianship takes the audience on a musical journey through time. Comprising of the ancient Hebrew songs, the Oud and Spanish guitar in a fusion of the contemporary sounds of piano, wind and rhythm section.
A great balance between songs and instrumental pieces that make you travel through deep emotions and great joy.
Please note: Patrons who purchase the CD + event package ticket will be given their CD on the night.
For more info on this event, visit www.shaishriki.com
Acrobatic clowns bring great family entertainment to Byron Bay during the Easter Holidays.
Fresh from a twelve month tour of Queensland this action packed 60 minute show is a must see in the Easter holidays. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the side-splitting duo of Julian Roberts and Patrick Heilmann are coming to the Byron Bay Theatre for two shows only.
Chores is the story of two brothers hanging out in their very very messy bedroom. Mum wants them to clean it up and when they hear her coming they step up the pace to make sure they don’t get into trouble.
The duo’s attempts to tidy their room are met with a generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics. Mum is kept at bay and the rewards come flooding in!
High level circus stunts and uproarious, interactive gags, with very little spoken dialogue, the audience will find themselves on the edge of their seats and giggling until the chores are done.
Chores is brought to you by Hoopla Clique performers Patrick Heilmann and Julian Roberts. With collectively twenty years experience, the exuberant talent of these two clowns redefines slapstick humour and showcases the true value of tenacity, teamwork, trust and cooperation through physical theatre.
“From the very beginning…they had me laughing out loud, and the show only got funnier as it went on.” – Yaniism, Adelaide Fringe Festival
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