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I got the message from fellow TAFE student Dale Simone Roberts to spread the word about the preview screening of OUR GENERATION, the long awaited documentary on Aboriginal rights in Australia at the Byron Bay Community & Cultural Centre on Tuesday December 8th.

This will be followed by Q & A with the filmmakers and a special free gig by dub groove favourite Oka. To check out the sounds of Oka click here

This project started out in June 2007 and is being independently funded, so that its message can stay clear, truthful and uncompromised. There will also be special screenings across Australia (including remote Aboriginal communities), as well as educational outreach through schools and universities.

Our Generation Documentary on Aboriginal Rights

Date: Tuesday 8th December
Venue: Byron Bay Community Centre
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $15 from venue box office (02) 6685 6807 and Planet Corroboree

For more information and to view the trailer for the film click here



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The Mullum Music Festival kicks off with the Gala Opening Night Performance tonight at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall at 7.30pm with Vince Jones, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sal Kimber & The Rollin Wheel, M Jack Bee, Ange Takats, Leah Flanagan, Domini Forster & some very special surprise guests. With 50 acts over 4 days it will be unforgettable!

Music festivals are not only great for the local community to come together and have a fabulous time, but are very important for the local artists to share their talents with the community. One third of the acts are local and will be performing amongst international acts.

You never know what talents are in our midst. I enquired about the Mullum Music Festival to my TAFE teacher Tony Hogan – who is also a musician and runs the very popular Acoustic Guitarist blog – and found out a fellow IT student is playing there on the weekend.

Sal Yates is a multi talented and highly motivated guitarist and vocalist in the band Ghost Mountain. They are releasing a new album soon “Art Without Audience”, and Sal is fired up!! 
To preview one of the new tracks “Animal”, click here

This is what she had to say about her Mullum Music Festival experience.

“Last year the Festival was awesome. It is such a community event that everyone enjoys in a relaxed way. Moving from venue to venue through the streets of Mullum and running into every random you could imagine makes the experience like a home coming. Everyone is in top spirits and there is a sense of pride from the locals and their friends alike.

The music last year was amazing, artists from all over Australia and beyond. I was extremely proud to be a part of it and very impressed by the work that Glen Wright and his team from Vitamin Records put in to make it happen. For Glen the whole Festival is a labour of love. He is a true music appreciator and this especially made the whole event be the success that it was.

We play on Saturday at the RSL at 6pm and would love to see you there!”

To check out Ghost Mountain, click here

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The Mullum Music Festival is almost here!

Starting on Thursday 26th November till Sunday 29th November.

4 Days      8 Venues     50 Acts

Over 100 performances and workshops!

The Mullum Music Festival has a great website with all the Artists listed with buttons that go to their websites and YouTube videos so you can check them out.

Here’s a taste of what it had to say about the Opening Night Gala Performance:

“Every festival has it’s blue ribbon event. At Adelaide Festival it’s the opening night cabaret, at Melbourne Comedy Festival it’s the Gala Comedy night and at our very own Mullum Music Festival it’s the Opening Night Gala Performance.

Opening Night Gala Performance

The opening night is about short / sharp tastes of the festival and the line up is a snapshot of the diverse cross section of International, National and Local acts. This is a chance to catch the best of the fest, to see your favourite artist in a cabaret setting, collaborating and creating in the spirit of community created by that magical phenomenon we call ‘festival.’

With performances by Australia’s leading Jazz Vocalist Vince Jones, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sal Kimber & The Rollin Wheel, M Jack Bee, Ange Takats, Leah Flanagan, Domini Forster & some very special surprise guests.”

For more information about all the artists, events and to purchase tickets click here

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Spread over the 4 nights and three days of Surf, Music, Movies, Art and Lifestyle events, the Kirra SurfStock Festival was blessed with sunny weather, pumping waves, big crowds and has set the scene for a successful annual event.

Damien Norman

Damien Norman

World title contenders Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning made their presence felt on Friday morning at Kirra for a Live SEAFM radio outside broadcast with special guests Bob McTavish author of “Stoked”, new General Manager of Surfrider Foundation Kristy Theissling, Movie Man Tim Bonython and Surfer/Musician Lucas Proudfoot of Max Judo.

There were many events over the 4 days including a free concert on Kirra beach with musical artists generously sharing their talents to bring back one of the best surf breaks in the world. One of the bands was The Genes and here’s a YouTube video from the concert.

The Kirra SurfStock raised nearly $8,000 for charity with the beneficiaries being Surfrider Foundation, Kirra Surf Club, Kirra Surfriders and Kirra Point Inc. Organizers are now planning next years event. To see more photos from the event click here

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The Ukitopia Festival Opening Ceremony on Saturday was exceptional and I love watching the YouTube videos that I made about the Wishing Wall and Be the Love.

Not only was there non-stop entertainment on the Main Stage in Uki Village all day on Sunday, the famous monthly Uki Buttery Bazaar was in full swing also. There were many interesting stalls and a line-up of entertainment and activities at the Buttery Market stage.

The little village was packed with people keen to see and experience all that was on offer. The Images of Uki Art Exhibition was most impressive and the Uki Primary School held their 1st Annual Eco-Expo.

Fresh Organic Vegies from Bio Organic Farm

Fresh Organic Vegies from Bio Organic Farm

Zehvitt and her husband Avi from Bio Organic Farm grow certified organic fruit and vegies and have recently opened a stall to the public on their property at Byangum.

Solarwise Hot Water

Solarwise Hotwater

James from Solarwise Hotwater was glad to be in the shade and Mt Warning Spring Water next to him should have been doing a roaring trade as it was so hot!

I learn’t a lot about the environmentally friendly and sustainable options available and was amazed at all the local businesses and groups there to share their knowledge. Free workshops were available throughout the day and the Uki Kids Club had activities for the kids.

I spoke with the new Principal Jeff Robinson (who was once my son’s teacher) and he was very happy with the day and looks forward to it being bigger and better next year.

Caldera Art Display

Caldera Art Display

Caldera Art and the Rainforest Information Centre had a lovely display with art students working on their latest creations under the tutelage of Andy Reimanis.

Art Student Regina in residence

Art Student Regina at work

For a slide show, click the link Ukitopia Festival 2009 Photo Gallery

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Dangerously Poetic Press is a community group from the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, that encourages, publishes and promotes quality local poetry.

Author Laura Shore is one of the main driving forces behind this organisation as she is very passionate about poetry and the written word. Laura is also very eloquent and expressive when it comes to poetry readings and fires up the audience with her enthusiasm!

Dangerously Poetic Press have 2 upcoming poetry readings that are sure to be uplifting and inspiring.

Laura Jan Shore and Bev Sweeney will read selections from Dangerously Poetic’s latest anthology

All the Way Home, Poetry From Byron Bay and Beyond.

Enjoy a cuppa.

Check out the library’s free flowing poem.
You might like to add a line.

Laura Shore, Katherine Boorman and Mayor Jan Barham at the Book Launch

Laura Shore, Katherine Boorman and Mayor Jan Barham at the Book Launch

2pm  Thursday November 19 Mullumbimby Library. Station St . Mullumbimby.
This is a free event.

Also, Mark your calendars for our last 2009 reading

A Celtic Christmas Celebration

This will be held at the
Yogalates Centre in Bangalow on Sunday, the 29th of November at 3:30 pm.

Our own local Irishman, Karl Farren will regale us with his original songs.
Poetry on the Celtic theme will be performed by local actress, Susan Hayward and poet, Paul C. Pritchard.

Open Reading…

You are invited to share your favourite poem on the theme of celebration or a Celtic poem either classical or contemporary. Or share a poem you have written.

Please bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. Pre-wrapped books perfect for holiday gifts will be available at sale prices as well as Karl’s cds so save some shopping for Sunday afternoon.

Admission $5.

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The Ukitopia Festival is about celebrating all that is Uki. It was a beautiful start to the festivities with wishes from the community Wishing Wall being sent out to the universe. Armed with a hand held camera and no experience, I filmed some of the event and created my first YouTube videos.

Through the dedicated and untiring work of Natascha Wernick , the Ukitopia Arts Collective and a team of local community groups, they served up the most engaging opening ceremony that set the stage for an extremely unique celebration of Uki life, arts and culture.

Natascha and Sue lead a fabulous sing along with some of the local musicians weaving their talents into the colourful kaleidoscope that is Uki, and with the captivating Deya Dova and Loren lending their vocal talents, the crowd was spellbound and wanting more.

Afterwards we were lead by Natascha to the hall for the opening of the Images of Uki Art Exhibition. When the door opened we were greeted with an amazing display of talent and imagination that filled the hall.

Images of Uki Art Exhibition

Images of Uki Art Exhibition

The evening festivities had only just begun and things were hotting up with live music and DJ’s getting the crowd going off. Everyone was in a celebratory mood and I tell you, there was dancing in the streets!

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