Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

13th Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia’s independent showcase, 18-27 October 2019


Echo NetDaily, 4 October 2019:

In two weeks time, the Northern Rivers’ biggest movie festival event 
will unfold in cinemas screening a massive 125 feature-length and 
short films.


The 13th Byron Bay International Film Festival Australia’s 
independent showcase for cutting-edge films, documentaries and 
VR experiences has announced its official programme selection 
for 2019 to screen across 10 days in a diverse set of venues in 
Byron Shire and the Tweed.
Highlights of the event include screenings of The Cave, dramatised 
account of the rescue of the team trapped underground in Thailand 
last year, a documentary following Freestyle Footballers from all 
corners of the world; Gloomy Eyes a VR film narrated by Collin 
Farrell; In My Blood It Runs, an up-close study of a gifted, 
questioning 10 year old Aboriginal boy, Dujuan Hoosan; A Son of 
Man – Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film, featuring the real life characters, unscripted and shot purely by drone in the 
Amazon jungle; Honeyland, the most awarded film in Sundance; 
Out Deh – The Youth of Jamaica portrays the daily struggles of 
three young Jamaicans searching for a way to create bright 
futures for themselves; Live Baby Live sees iconic band INXS’s 
legendary 1991 Wembley Stadium tour restored
The festival will feature 22 documentaries, 17 dramatic features, 
20 music videos, 78 shorts, 10 films by young Australian 
filmmakers and a mind-blowing range of over 15 Virtual Reality 
experiences were chosen from more than 1000 films submitted 
from all over the world.
The 13th Byron Bay Film Festival runs from October 18-27 at 
the Palace Cinema, the Byron Community Centre, Pighouse 
Flicks and venues in Brunswick Heads and Murwillumbah......
Palace Cinema 'phone number is (02) 6680 8555 for screening 
details/booking information.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Quality of Australian television & radio will take a dive under a re-elected Morrison Government



The ABC is facing "inevitable" job cuts and programming disruption if the Morrison government is returned to power, the national broadcaster's new managing director has warned.

In his first interview in the new job, David Anderson told Radio National's Patricia Karvelas that planning for two possible budget scenarios was at the top of his to-do list, after establishing a new leadership team.

One of those options is a budget in which the ABC's indexation funding is frozen for the next three years.

"If the Coalition is returned, then we have an $84 million budget reduction over the next three years," Mr Anderson said.

"Having been through a number of budget reductions to this point, I don’t see how we can avoid staff cuts and, I think, disruption to our content. I think it’s inevitable."
None of the options available for finding $84 million in savings were great, he said.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Big Bat & Wildlife Festival in Maclean rained out but not before locals enjoyed the talks, music and stalls


The flow on effects of a cyclone saw the inaugural Big Bat & Wildlife Festival in Maclean cancelled in February 2019.

Resheduled for Saturday 30 March the festival fun began at noon - then around 3pm the rain came pelting down.

The following is the observations of one of the festival organisers.

“We love the rain but why did it have to fall on the Saturday of the Big Bat and Wildlife Festival?!

During a dry patch I was coming down from the displays and presentations in the Jim Thompson pavilion to the activities on the oval and I stopped to have a look around. And I thought, 'Have a look at all those happy kids down there, and all their happy parents - and not having to get their wallets out'. Smiles under the umbrellas.

Anthony of Australian Wildlife Displays was a hit with the kids with the live animals. I heard one boy announce Anthony was his new hero.

We were down on quite a few stalls and activities due the wet weather but things were going on very well and we had a good attendance ducking in between light showers, until about three o'clock.

It just started to pour and was set in. In the movies the band keeps playing, but not when safety comes first. A shame all outdoor activities had to pack up and we had to call that part of the event closed.

The best part of the day was so many people asking about the NEXT Big Bat and Wildlife Festival...…. so thank you for all those people who came to enjoy the day in the rain, and thank you all of the festival participants for all your much appreciated efforts. Looks like we going to do it all again next year.”

Some pics from the day

Cr. Greg Clancy and Yaegl Elder Ron Herron
A lesson on snakes

Handmade homes for wildlife
Talking Boobook with an interested festival goer


Sunday, 24 March 2019

Big Bat & Wildlife Festival, Noon to Sunset, 30 March 2019 Showground, Maclean NSW



Cyclone Oma might have postponed the festival but the events organisers are ready to go again. 

The new date is Saturday 30th March at the Maclean Showground. 

It is the same day as the Yamba Gourmet Food festival - so the Clarence Valley can offer culture and conservation. 

 It is also Earth Hour on the 30th March. 

At the Big Bat & Wildlife Festival Uncle Ron Heron will be giving a Welcome to Country; while Bill Walker will tell some yarns about Yaegl experiences with wildlife and explaining totems. 

As for the singers in the community they are planning an 'all-together-now' performance of 'Sing for the Climate' lead by the Macleles Ukulele Band. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Sydney New Year's Eve display failed on local content


I think the city of Sydney and all those involved in planning the new year's eve fireworks celebration should be ashamed of themselves.  The theme of celebrating the artists 'we' lost in 2016 featured foreign artist's and not our own.  Australia lost many great talents last year and they should have been at the forefront of this celebration but instead it was a most un-Australian event.  Eyes of the world were on Sydney and were told we value their artists over our own.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the work of Prince, David Bowie and Gene Wilder but if we are to celebrate the talent of those who had passed in 2016, surely and more appropriately it should have, without question, been our own artists put on show for the world to see.  We should have celebrated our own people and showed pride in their achievements and presented them to the world as worth remembering. It is for these reasons I find the display on new year's eve, disgusting!

Quickly to mind, who should have been featured instead; Musicians: Jon English and Stevie Wright. Jon English was a master at rock 'n' roll, ballads, rock opera, operetta, comedy and drama. Stevie Wright was a rock 'n' roll legend in this country and his rock classic Evie pts 1, 2 and 3 could bring the house down (or a bridge). The pick of works from these two could have been put to an impressive light display that we could have been proud of.

As far as celebrating one Australian Actor: Peter Sumner (who, if you want more international appeal, was in Star Wars) who had a long and distinguished career in this country, but he wasn't our only actor loss to choose from.

The limited approach and lack of consideration of celebrating our own people in the City of Sydney NYE display was a telling reminder that this country still suffers 'cultural cringe' when presenting itself to the world.  The only thing Australia and certainly, Sydney, need to cringe about is its dismissal of its own talents lost in 2016.

Celeste Warren
Yamba

 * Guest Speak is a North Coast Voices segment allowing serious or satirical comment from NSW Northern Rivers residents. Email ncvguestpeak at gmail dot com dot au to submit comment for consideration.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Mark Your Calendar: 40th Grafton Truck Show on 10 June 2017


Clarence Valley Council, media release, 11 January 2017:



Big rigs for big 40th show in 2017

The Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club has been going strong since 1977 and therefore this year will be the 40th Grafton Truck Show.

Club president Adrienne Dentler said, "the club was very happy to receive funding from Clarence Valley Council's Community Initiatives Program at the end of 2016."

"The funds will be used to help pay for the annual parade at the Grafton Truck Show on June 10, 2017 and this year will be a big one. The day will include the usual free kids activities and judging with some exciting changes this year including entertainment by country music legend, Adam Eckersley", Adrienne said.

For information about the Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club, please contact Adrienne Dentler via email graftontruckclub@gmail.com or phone 0407 815 026.

Any not-for-profit organisations or individuals wanting more information on funding opportunities through the Community Initiatives Program are welcome to contact the Community Projects Officer by email sammy.lovejoy@clarence.nsw.gov.au or phone 6642 0957.

The next funding round opens on February 13, 2017 for projects/initiatives from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Release ends.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Yamba Triathlon Festival and Yamba Colour Run, Saturday 27 February 2016


This annual triathlon caters for all ages. From 7-9 year old competitors in the miniman up to adults running in standard, enforcer, sprint and enticer distance events.

Details of race event locations and start times here:
http://www.eliteenergy.com.au/event/yamba-triathlon-festival/#start.

A word from the sponsor Elite Energy:

Yamba is becoming NSW’s own North Coast festival with a difference and 2016 will be no exception with the ever popular triYamba returning to Yamba Bay.
With stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants, Yamba is a unique holiday or lifestyle experience for the family. Explore the myriad of waterways, stroll the uncrowded beaches, go swimming, fishing or surfing but most of all discover Yamba’s friendly hospitality all year round.
Yamba is situated at the mouth of the Clarence River in Northern NSW, the biggest river on the east coast of Australia.
Location, location, location. Located just hours from Brisbane, and even closer from the Gold Coast and only a 2 hour flight from Sydney (via Grafton), this sea side town has a relaxed lifestyle with access to all services and is within easy reach of Ballina, Lismore and Grafton.
This year the Yamba Triathlon Festival has a Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/YambaTriathlonFestival/.

There on 31 December 2015 Elite Energy announced:
In 2016, our team is excited to partner with Color Me Rad (the worlds 2nd largest event of its type). Color Me Rad is currently the only global colour event that combines both colourful gel and powder. We are looking forward to our national regional tour kicking off in the colourful and vibrant town of Yamba 28th February. Pre-sale entries opening 11 Jan - register your interest at http://www.colormerad5k.com.au/location/Yamba.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Rabbits Eat Lettuce rave saga continues


The Daily Examiner 16 January 2015:

Organisers of the Rabbits Eat Lettuce rave have accused Coffs Harbour City Council of wasting ratepayers' money to stop a pre-festival launch party that was never going to happen.
The council went to the NSW Land and Environment Court for an injunction to stop this weekend's 24-hour electronic dance music event going ahead at 500 Fridays Creek Rd in Upper Orara.
However, the festival's organisers issued a statement saying that location was never on the cards.
"The event on the weekend has never been advertised as being in Coffs Harbour Shire," it stated.
"The event on the weekend is our launch party for our festival (on the Easter long weekend).
"We notified the lawyers representing Coffs Harbour Shire that the event is not taking place at the Friday Creek venue in Coffs Harbour Shire, however they did not listen and wasted ratepayer money to file an injunction at the Land and Environment Court." 

Background
Rabbits Eat Lettuce won’t be dancing at Upper Orara this weekend

UPDATES

2:11pm 17 January

It would appear that the situation is hotting up Ebor way:


5.30 pm

Everyone trekking back home after NSW Police close the rave.


UPDATE

Echo Netdaily  21 January 2015:

A police raid that closed down a weekend dance party on private land near Coffs Harbour was an over-reaction according to organisers.
The event, at Ebor, was closed down in its early stages on Saturday afternoon when just over 150 people had arrived and were in the process of setting up camp.
It was organised by Rabbits Eat Lettuce and was intended as a launch event for a much larger Easter party in the Richmond Valley.
The Rabbits Eat Lettuce (REL) electronic dance music parties have been running for around six years and are attended by up to 1500 people. Last year’s event ran without incident near Casino.
Police said they were called to the party because, NSW Forestry, which owns land on the Styx River adjoining the event site, expressed concerns there were illegal campsites, cars and portaloos in the forest.
Coffs Harbour Shire Council had attempted to have the party stopped by the Land and Environment Court on Friday afternoon but organisers told them they had the wrong site.
Police said they attempted to speak with the event organisers at the site but were ‘denied entry and shown a handwritten note allegedly granting permission to hold the event from the land owner’.
‘As police and forestry rangers began to clear the forestry land, organisers of the party moved all persons there onto the adjacent private property, telling partygoers that police could not stop them from holding the event,’ a police media spokesperson said.
But police say they managed to persuade the landowner to revoke permission for the event and then went about disbanding it.
‘About 5.30pm, police issued demands to the organisers and patrons to shut down the party. When this did not occur, police cut open locked gates to gain entry and shut down the event without further incident,’ the spokesperson added.
‘Senior police also authorised the use of a roadblock to turn around a large number of people attempting to attend the event.’
Just one person was charged over the raid, for trespass. There were no drug arrests....

Kids & Adults Creative Workshops at Grafton Regional Gallery 22-23 January 2015


Holiday fun at the library

Friday, 17 October 2014

Culture on the Clarence, Skinner St, South Grafton - Sunday 19th October 2014



Culture on the Clarence: showcasing the talent of the Clarence Valley with a fantastic lineup of local musos, food and community groups, October 19, 2014.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Take the plunge and experience arts and culture in the Clarence Valley, 26 March - 26 April 2014



PLUNGE 2014 : 26 March - 26 April 2014 
What?
Where?
When?
Description

Sydney Film Festival -Travelling Film Festival
 
Saraton Theatre, 99 Prince Street, Grafton
Yamba Cinema, 13 Coldstream St, Yamba
Grafton:27 March to 30 March
Yamba:28 March to 31 March
One of Australia’s longest-running touring festivals and a much-loved cinematic event, founding by David Stratton back in 1974, the Travelling Film Festival is coming to the Clarence Valley in March 2014.
Saraton Theatre -50th Anniversary Celebration: Roy Orbison & Del Shannon
Saraton Theatre, 99 Prince Street, Grafton
4 April 2014, 8pm
Come and relive the magic and the classic hits of two of the world’s greatest Rock’n’Roll Music Legends of all time. 2014 marks a magnificent milestone as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 release of Roy Orbison’s iconic worldwide smash hit single “Oh Pretty Woman”.
Arts Northern Rivers / Clarence Valley Council -Clarence Pop-Up Shop
Maclean - visit website for details
15 April to 20 April
Arts Northern Rivers has partnered up with Clarence Valley Council to take our Northern Rivers Creative Pop-Up Shop on the road and cute as a button Maclean is the first stop on this creative industries roadshow. The space will host a brilliant program of skills development workshops for artists, lively industry forums for businesses and be decked out with wares by some amazing Clarence artists.
Lower Clarence Scottish Association -110th Maclean Highland Gathering
Maclean - various locations
18 April to 19 April
This is your chance to experience the caber toss, a massed pipe band display and a Highland fling! Each year on the Easter weekend, the “Scottish Town in Australia” comes alive to the sound of bagpipes and drums when Maclean attracts som 50 pipe bands and over 600 competitors for its Highland Gathering.
Clarence Valley Conservatorium -Grant Collins: Concert & 2 Day Drum Clinic
Clarence Valley Conservatorium, 8 Villiers Street, Grafton
28 March to 30 March
Australian master drummer, Grant Collins, is bringing the largest drum kit in the Southern Hemisphere to Grafton! The drum kit will make for one amazing concert to be held on the Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday, Grant will lead a 2 day drum clinic for junior and senior drummers.
The Danger Ensemble - The Holistic Performer Workshop
Grafton Community & Function Centre, 59 Duke Street, Grafton
Sat 26 April, 10am to 5pm
Following the great success of this workshop in 2013, The Danger Ensemble returns to the Clarence Valley to explore the use of the basic elements of theatre to create performance that impacts the senses and emotions.
Clarence Coast Theatrical Society Inc. -HMS Pinafore
Maclean Civic Hall and Yamba Bowling Club
4 April to 13 April
Set sail on Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore when it is performed in April by the Clarence Coast Theatrical Society.
City of Grafton Eisteddfod Society - 60th Anniversary: Grafton Eisteddfod Dance Section
South Grafton High School, Tyson Street, South Grafton
11 April to 17 April
Dancers aged 3 years and up from across Northern NSW and Southern QLD will perform in a variety of styles, with more prizes and scholarships on offer.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Rolling Stones: The Covers 1972 - 2010 exhibition
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
The cover of Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon, grace by everyone from politicians to pop stars. For the first time in history, 150 of the greatest Rolling Stone Australia covers, from the 1970 to the present, are on display.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Dave Funnell: Who said you have to buy a guitar?
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
Assemblage is not a common way to create a musical instrument however the Wombat Creek artist has created sculptures that look like and in a way play like guitars, banjos, ukuleles and mandolins.
Grafton Regional Gallery -Clarence Valley in Focus: Grafton
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
The gallery’s courtyard features the finalists of this year’s valley wide photography competition that sought to capture Clarence Valley’s music scene.
Clarence Valley Council -Clarence Valley in Focus: Yamba
Treelands Drive Community Centre, Treelands Drive, Yamba
26 March to 25 April
The foyer of Treelands Drive Community Centre will come alive with a large scale exhibition of the finalists of the 2013 Clarence Valley in Focus Competition.
Grafton Regional Gallery - John Millington: Bridges to Abstraction
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
Through revisiting the “hard edge” painting style of the 1960’s, the Maclean based artist explores themes of the rainforest, waterfalls, the sugar industry and open-cut mining. John’s artistic journey to this point of abstraction is documented through digital images of past works.
Grafton Regional gallery - Through the Lens: Marking the Centenary of WWI
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
Photographs along with cameras in use at the beginning of the 20thcentury from the Clarence Valley community form this exhibition held to mark the Centenary of World War I.
Friends of the Gallery - Rocking High Tea
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
Sun 30 May, 2pm
Join us for high tea while we celebrate the rock & roll legends with delightful food from the Friends.  There are few more civilised things in this world than good conversation over an indulgent afternoon tea. Bookings essential.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Little SmARTies
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
Wed 2 April, 10.30am
A creative program especially for preschool aged children to share with their parents. Each little smARTies session includes a tots’ gallery tour, creative art activities with local artists and a live tots’ music concert performed by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Arts In Mind
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
Tue 15 April, 10am
Community members who live with dementia and their carers are invited to join an interactive tour connecting participants in a shared intellectual activity through memory and personal insights. After the tour enjoy an informal gathering over morning tea at Piccolo in the gallery courtyard.
Kingstudio -Cultural Crossover - Exploring Vedic Cultural Traditions
Kingstudio, 105 River Street, Maclean
19 April to 11 May
Experience an exiting exhibition of new works from David Benson. David’s vibrant works in paint, print and collage explore the spiritual through David’s connection with and practice of Bhakti Yoga and the Hare Krsna movement.
Kingstudio - Ezy-Carve Print Workshops
Kingstudio, 105 River Street, Maclean
29 March to 27 April
A series of four 2-day print workshops will investigate block, scratch board, silk screen and digital printing. Each workshop is limited to 6 people and will focus on mixed media works that explore cultural and spiritual crossovers or your own specific project.
Bazil Grumble -School Holiday Workshops
Yamba Skate Park and Wooli Skate Park
13 April to 24 April
On offer are a series of workshops for young people and children including Monster Origami, Juggle-A-Rama and Clay Critter Adventure Walk. Download the program for full details and workshop schedule.
Clarence Valley Council - Face to Face: Children’s Intergenerational Portrait Workshops
Grafton Regional Gallery Studio and Maclean Civic Centre
14 April to 24 April
Face to Face is a free, hands-on children’s portrait workshop for creative kids aged 6-11 years old. Held in Grafton and Maclean, Face to Face gives children a unique opportunity to express their connection with their grandparents through art. Download the program for full details and workshop schedule.
Clarence Valley Libraries - Plunge into Memoir: Writing Your Life Story
Grafton Library / Maclean Library / Wool St Hall (Yamba) / Iluka Library
26 March to 4 April
I’m guessing you have a few stories up your sleeve. Stories you haven’t told the kids about yet, let alone the grandkids! Here’s your chance to open the vault and let the memories loose, put them into words and create your own life story.
Grafton Art Club Inc. - Grafton Art Club Open Day
Grafton Art Club Centre, 365 Dobie Street, Grafton
Sat 29 March, 10am to 3pm
Establish in 1968, Grafton Art Club will be holding an open day at its Art Club Centre. It will be an opportunity for you to see demonstrations of many different media and techniques, browse the display of artworks and check out the wide variety of activities and classes offered.
Grafton Art Club Inc. - Get Creative! Youth Art Workshop
Grafton Community & Function Centre, 59 Duke Street, Grafton
15 April to 17 April
Here is an opportunity for young people aged 7-to-18 years to explore a variety of mediums and techniques under the guidance of the Youth Art Coordinator, Rhondella Hyde. All materials included in the workshop cost.
Upson Downs Artisans Group -Master Artisans Exhibition
‘Westmoreland House’ Upson Downs, 2952 Clarence Way, Winegrove
28 March to 30 March
Don’t miss the fantastic collection of artworks by the Upson Downs Artisans Group! Opening Night will be on Friday 28 March, 5pm to 7pm. All welcome. For more details, download the program.
Upson Downs Artisans Group -Harp, Hebel & Knife Making Workshops
‘Westmoreland House’ Upson Downs, 2952 Clarence Way, Winegrove
13 April to 20 April
Join Geoff Welham for a harp making workshop or Tommy Welham for a knife making workshop or Linda Westmoreland for a Hebel workshop! For more details, download the program.
Port of Yamba Historical Society - Yamba Museum
Yamba Museum, River Street, Yamba
Ongoing
The award-winning Yamba Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Yamba. The displays interpret Yamba’s strong maritime history and the importance of the mighty Clarence River to this area.
Island Collective -Tonight I Am Swimming To The Island
Island Collective, Unit 1, 16 Uki Street, Yamba
28 March to 11 April
Contemporary artists in the Clarence Valley and other creative industries professionals were invited to respond to the theme “Tonight I am swimming to the island” in a conceptual or representational manner.
This Is Art Market
The Barn, Grafton Showground, Prince Street, Grafton
Sun 30 March, 9am to 2pm
This Is Art Market is an annual stall market, dedicated to art. The market will showcase a diverse range of affordable art from artists in the Clarence Valley and surrounding areas, along with fantastic food and beverage stalls, live music and a relaxing atmosphere.
Simply Handmade Markets Yamba
Raymond Laurie Sports Complex, 78 Angourie Road, Yamba
Sun 13 April, 9am to 2pm
Simply Handmade Markets in Yamba are bringing together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all to one destination. This is a unique event not to be missed.
Weekly & Monthly Markets
Various locations across the Clarence Valley
Ongoing
Download the program and get the updated Weekly & Monthly Markets schedule.