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The Paddy Cakes at the Byron Bay Brewery, Friday 31 May

Boisterous and explosive Gippsland boys, The Paddy Cakes are quickly forging a name for themselves with their fast-paced, high energy live shows, a contagious sense of mischief and fun, and some seriously slick sound production. Taking influence from a range of international favourites, The Paddy Cakes have crafted an eclectic and danceable indie rock sound reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks and Two Door Cinema Club, whilst bringing a uniquely Australian charm to the table. Having started ...
Tags: Byron Bay, Culture, News


Splendour is a visual feast, a wonderland of workshops, a hive of creativity, a craft lovers haven and a festival within a festival for little moshers. Somewhere in the grounds is a sensory experience waiting to be discovered. Dive into these five spectacular realms that Splendour has to offer! GLOBAL VILLAGE  At the very heart of Splendour lies an exotic oasis of hot chai, yoga flows, dance floor vibrations and international sounds. THE BOHEMIAN LOUNGE Take 5 (or forever, it’s easy!) in this ...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay

Tokyo festival faces and fatigue

Traditional Japanese festivals are always worth seeing as there’s a unique energy that makes each and every one of them enjoyable. But for those involved, the effort to create that dynamic can clearly be exhausting.
Tags: Culture, Photography, Religion

Marionette Museum in Palermo

By Walter Sanders At first I balked at paying 5 Euro for a ticket to see what … a marionette museum? But Sharon said, “We have to experience this. UNESCO lists the Sicilian puppet theater on its Intangible Heritage site.” Now I think that the Antonio Pasqualino Museo Internazionale delle Marionette ticket is a bargain. […]
Tags: Travel, Art, Artisans, History, Culture, Unesco, Puppets, Italy, Palermo, Sicily, Miscellany, Italy Travel, Italian Culture, Sharon, Sicilia, Walter Sanders

20 of the UK's best free half-term activities and attractions

Take in all the fun of fairs and festivals, beaches, farms and museums with this pick of family events around the countryThe museum is celebrating the launch of Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival (25 May-2 June) with a family open day. Events are drop-in and free and include performances, pop-up installations and arts for all ages. There’ll be digital music creation as part of interactive sensory environment Soundplay Studio, a wearable jet pack workshop, walkabout dancing with Eggy L...
Tags: Travel, Family, UK, Life and style, Culture, Museums, Festivals, Day trips, Family Holidays, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Short breaks, United Kingdom Holidays, Creative Electric, Unicorn Dance Party

Ball Park Music – Beach Hotel

w/ special guests Sweater Curse & Butternut Sweetheart. The Beach Hotel, Friday 24 May from 8pm, tickets available online at  Ball Park Music are pleased to announce that they will take their hit record GOOD MOOD to regional towns and cities across Australia. The Good Good Mood Tour will boast an extensive twenty-one date run and take the band to cities they’ve never played before. 2018 was another benchmark year for Brisbane’s melancholic-pop masters. Their fifth album GOOD MOO...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, Culture, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Riverstage Fremantle Arts Centre

Can you guess the British city from the vintage travel poster?

Leeds or Llandudno? Can you tell these popular destinations from their marketing material?Which city or town is this?BournemouthBrightonBognorWhich city or town is this?PortsmouthNewcastleGlasgowWhich city or town is this?NorwichNottinghamNewportWhich city or town is this?DurhamEdinburghOxfordWhich city or town is this?Wells-next-the-SeaWeymouthWeston-super-MareWhich city or town is this?ChesterWinchesterYorkWhich city or town is this?OxfordCambridgeLondonWhich city or town is this?HastingsHoveH...
Tags: Travel, UK News, History, Cities, Culture, Leeds, Llandudno, Twitter Facebook

Gift Guide: Summer Adventure Essentials

Be prepared for the seasons picnics, beach trips, bike rides and more As the days get longer and nights stay warmer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), the appeal of spending time by the beach, at the pool, in the park or even the backyard or rooftop grows. While there’s something to be said for a spontaneous trip, being prepared never hurts. From a reclining …
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Design, Sports, Summer, Bikes, Culture, Biking, Beach Accessories, Bike Accessories, Northern Hemisphere, Towels, Picnics, Coolers, Summer Activities, Summer Adventures

Cunning Stunts 37th (AND FINAL FOR NOW) Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

Cunning Stunts 37th (AND FINAL FOR NOW) Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is raising money for It Takes a Town . Did you realise that 1 in 5 children in the 2484 postcode area are living below the poverty line. It takes a Town is built upon the premise that we all have a role to play in creating change – residents, services, clubs, businesses, schools and government. With a focus on nurturing the qualities of collaboration, generosity and responsiveness. To celebrate this milestone event in which we’ll be c...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Archibald, Stephen Allkins, Laura Peck, Sarah Sutton Dale Stephen Lord Sut, DUBSE Mandy Nolan, Craig Ruddy

The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that hid art banned by Stalin

This museum in a bleak outpost has one of the world’s greatest collections of avant-garde art, rescued from Stalin’s clutches by an electrician. But now it needs a rescue of its ownI am sitting at a huge table at the Ministry of Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as officials explain what sounds like a wonderful opportunity. There’s currently an international call-out to find someone to run a gallery in the country, one housing the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant garde art. What...
Tags: Travel, Art, Protest, Environment, Painting, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Communism, Uzbekistan, The art market, Joseph Stalin, Stalin

The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that rescued banned masterpieces

This crumbling museum in a bleak town by a dried-out sea has one of the world’s greatest collections of avant-garde art, rescued from Stalin’s clutches. But without urgently needed help, it will dieI am sitting at a huge table at the Ministry of Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as officials explain what sounds like a wonderful opportunity. There’s currently an international call-out to find someone to run a gallery in the country, one housing the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avan...
Tags: Travel, Art, Protest, Environment, Painting, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Communism, Uzbekistan, The art market, Joseph Stalin, Stalin

Welcome to the inaugural… Festival of the Voice!

Festival of the Voice — a collaboration between Brunswick Picture House and Song Dynasty Music Events — is a celebration of all things vocal from rap to slam poetry to solo, ensemble and choral singing. 24 May – 2 June 24 concerts, recitals, musicals and workshops 9 days 3 venues 1 small town From Janet Swain — singer, songwriter, choir maker: “Ever since I started making choirs 30 years ago I have attempted to make interesting performances — candlelit 4 hour extravaganzas on dark winter’s nig...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Uganda, Culture, Voice, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Brunswick Picture House, Janet Swain, African Children 's Choir, Brunswick Heads Collaborating, Michaela Burger

A Tokyo geisha

On an ordinary, nondescript Tokyo street, was a decidedly far from ordinary pedestrian. I’d heard there were still some geisha in Tokyo, but I’d never seen one, and to be honest, never really expected to. Then turning a corner there she was, quickly making her way to an appointment. A wonderfully unusual moment that was almost as surreal as it was surprising.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture

The award-winning post-punk musical cabaret comedy sensations are coming back to Byron Theatre!

Fans of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords, say “Hallo!” to your new favourite band: Otto & Astrid are Die Roten Punkte (‘The Red Dots’). Orphaned as kids, the brother and sister duo found shelter in a Berlin squat and never rockin’ well looked back. Eurosmash! packs the best and worst of Eurovision into one night of warped and riotous entertainment. In this, Otto and Astrid’s latest show, the dysfunctional siblings are ready for mainstream chart success. It’s a tough choice between dancing ...
Tags: Travel, News, Berlin, Culture, Canada, Otto, Byron Bay, Conchords, Astrid, Byron Theatre, Otto Astrid, Roten Punkte, Herald Sun Melbourne, Broadway Baby Brighton UK

Confessions of an Italian Appassionata

In a culinary academy in Florence, I asked an architect-turned-chef-turned-restaurateur about the passions that had changed her life: How did she know that she was choosing the right one? “Ah, signora,” she replied. “We do not choose our passion. Passion chooses us.” I understood. Italy chose me. More than thirty years ago, shivering in a frigid Swiss station after a talk in Gstaad, I impetuously headed south to a sun-kissed country I’d never visited. I had no reservations, no itinerary, no ink...
Tags: Travel, Books, History, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Venice, Florence, Palermo, Parma, Sicily, Sardinia, Stefano

Top 10 new outdoor artworks and exhibitions in the UK

This crop of summer exhibitions by world-class artists in sculpture parks, gardens and beaches all make for a grand day outDale Chihuly, the celebrated US glass artist, exhibited at Kew Gardens 13 years ago. It was his most recent major outdoor show in Europe – and one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at Kew. Now he is back with Chihuly: Reflections on nature – 32 dazzling installations, including his Sapphire Star, the Seaforms series and a new work specially designed for the Temperate...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, US, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Day trips, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, United Kingdom Holidays, Pavilion, Kew Gardens, Kew, Sapphire Star

Coco Republic at the Byron Bay Brewery – Saturday 25 May

Coco Republic, Byron’s best underground dance party is back at Byron Bay Brewery with 2 stages of Funktion One sound with DJs Jai Piccone, Al Royale, Marcel Manzoni, Lippo Pre-pay tickets available now for $15+bf. Only a limited number available and it’s $25 on the door before 10pm and $30 after. Last time we turned 100 people away so please buy a ticket or arrive early Byron Bay Brewery – Saturday 25 May, 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm Buy tix at The post Coco Republic at the Byron...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Byron, Byron Bay, Byron Bay Brewery, Coco Republic, Jai Piccone, Al Royale Marcel Manzoni Lippo

Art in the open: the joys of Jupiter Artland sculpture park

The innovative sculpture park near Edinburgh is reopening for summer, marking its second decade with new commissions and an art and music festival‘You imagine what you desire,” reads an arty light sculpture in the grounds of Jupiter Artland. It’s my first visit to this privately owned sculpture park five miles west of Edinburgh and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed – Jupiter is a destination that challenges easy definitions. It has more than 100 acres of fields and woods, with views across rolling ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Jupiter, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Edinburgh Holidays, Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley

National Geographic’s Tips on Ethical Wildlife Tourism

In an attempt to navigate tourists away from problematic and unethical wildlife experiences, National Geographic has published five tips for tourists.  To prevent animals’ suffering, one must tread lightly and look for red flags. Research, of course, is most important. As tourists love animals and the industry can be responsive, we must all look through potentially misleading terms like “gives back to conservation,” “sanctuary,” and “rescue,” …
Tags: Travel, Design, Animals, Nature, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism, National Geographic, Linkaboutit, Wildlife Tourism

Summerland Credit Union Bangalow Billycart Derby 2019 – Sunday 19th May

From preschoolers to celebrities, those willing to brave the big hill congregate with their wacky carts. Gravity presides and the Autumn sun shines on the thousands watching. Sharon Shostak, Lyn McCarthy, along with many other photographers, catch the action footage of the thrills and spills from the annual Summerland Credit Union Billycart Derby at Bangalow at the end of May every year. The Bangalow Lions Club organise this incredible community event, with support from local volunteers and the ...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Festivals & Events

Top 12 Things To Do in Tbilisi: Explore Georgia’s Capital Like A Local

Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. Famous throughout Europe for its hospitality, Tbilisi is a hip and picturesque city offering fascinating architectural contrasts. Buildings from hundreds of years ago share spaces with modern crystal constructions for a fascinating ambiance. Source
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Europe, Activities, Georgia, Nature, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Guest Post, Food And Drink, Sightseeing, Tbilisi, Eastern Europe, Misc, UK & Europe


In a throw-back to mind-bending psychedelia, Stone & Wood have relaunched their Sticky Nectar hazy IPA under the independent brewery’s limited Counter Culture range, which kicked off in March with an Imperial Berline Weisse called Killer Kween. Counter Culture Launched in March, the Counter Culture beers will release a new brew every eight weeks or so, after which they’ll disappear. The range will also feature recipes never tried within the independent Northern Rivers brewery, as well as popular...
Tags: Travel, Food, Featured, News, Culture, Amarillo, Byron Bay, Northern Rivers, Caolan Vaughan, Imperial Berline Weisse, Sticky Nectar, ABV Hops, Zeke Hower

How to get tickets to the Statue of Liberty when they’re sold out

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s great icons and a must see when you are visiting New York City. There’s a catch though: tickets to Liberty Island sell out really fast, even in the middle of winter. For me, the first time I got lucky and managed to extend my trip three-days to climb to the Crown. The second time I had to find a way to get five tickets to the Statue of Liberty when they appeared sold out, but I did get my hands on five tickets and I want to share how. How to get ticket...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, Saving, New York City, Culture, United States, New Jersey, North America, Destinations, Jersey City

A Tribute to Tim Caraco’s “Freedom Machines”

THRILLS invites you to join us for a night of art, music, food and drinks in tribute to Tim Caraco’s “Freedom Machines”. Late last year, many of us sadly lost a dear friend. Tim Caraco was an endlessly talented photographer and an immensely charismatic personality. Tim captured chopper subculture, not just here in Australia, but also on an international scale. For many years, he worked tirelessly to bring people together through his imagery. His passion for motorcycles put him at the forefront o...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Nz, Tim, Courtney, Byron Bay, Caraco, Tim Caraco, Alex Michelle, Freedom Machines

Writing Narrative Non-fiction with Benjamin Gilmour

Just like fiction, successful narrative non-fiction must immediately engage its readers. But how do we thread the, messy texture of lived experience into a cohesive narrative form? From what narrative position or voice do we tell our story and how should we structure it? What should be left out and what should be included? In this workshop on narrative non-fiction, Benjamin Gilmour, author of Paramedico, will explore the many questions that arise when telling true stories. Benjamin Gilmour is an...
Tags: Travel, Afghanistan, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Gilmour, Bangalow, Jonson St Byron Bay, Benjamin Gilmour, Paramedico

Byron Writers Festival reveals first guests for 2019 Festival (2-4 August)

Behrouz Boochani, Damon Gameau, Benjamin Law, Min Jin Lee, Alison Lester, Sisonke Msimang, Bruce Pascoe, Leigh Sales, Tara June Winch, Markus Zusak with many more to be announced. Early Bird tickets are now on sale for Australia’s largest regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. Available for one week only from 8-14 May. Byron Writers Festival proudly announces Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani will be taking part in this year’s Festival, appearing via livestream from ...
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, New York Times, Manus Island, Richard Flanagan, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Markus, Alison Lester, Walkley, Damon Gameau, Benjamin Law


The official Splendour in the Grass 2019 Resale Facility opens 9am Monday 13 May! If you can’t make Splendour in the Grass or want to get your hands on some tickets then it’s your lucky day. The RESALE Facility via Moshtix is back for 2019! It is the ONLY fair, safe and secure way for ticket buyers to sell their Splendour in the Grass 2019 tickets. For those still wanting to buy a ticket, this is the ONLY way to secure a legitimate ticket to Splendour. Tickets cannot be obtained through any othe...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Moshtix

Sculpture from the saddle: a cycling and art tour of Belgium

Only in bike-mad Flanders could they create an installation like Limburg’s Cycling Through Water, part of an art trail designed to regenerate the region – and be seen from a bicycleA ring-necked duck swam by at eye level, the water rippling beside me without spilling over the high metal sides of the Cycling Through Water bike path.This 212-metre concrete path is 1.5 metres deep and slices a pond in two, allowing cyclists to pedal straight through it. From a distance, the position of the path cre...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Art and design, Flanders, Belgium, Cycling Holidays, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Europe Holidays, Limburg, Belgium holidays

Palermo Flea Market

By Sharon Sanders Our first full day in Palermo started with great time at the Sunday flea market. Mercatino Antiquario di Piazza Marina runs weekly from 7 a.m. to midday. Dozens of vendors surround the lovely gated park and nearby streets. Just a five-minute stroll from our apartment in the Kalsa District, Walter and I […]
Tags: Travel, Lifestyle, Markets, Culture, Palermo, Sicily, Miscellany, Palermo Flea Market, Sharon Sanders, Mercatino Antiquario di Piazza Marina, Kalsa District Walter

May Stories in the Club: Courage

On Sunday, May 12, please join us for Welcome from Athol Compton and stories of Courage from all male guest tellers with Joseph Raya, Martin Killips and Stu Eadie (Stukelele) plus Jenni. Stuart Eadie (A.K.A. Stukulele) has been running the local Mullumbimby UKE NIGHT for 8 years this July. With partner Amber and their 2 year old son they left Coogee and landed in Coorabell in 2004, the year their daughter was also born. ‘Stu’ has almost had a financially successful career in music for 30 years. ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Culture, Stu, Coogee, Mullum Ex Services Club, Athol Compton, Joseph Raya Martin Killips, Stu Eadie Stukelele, Jenni Stuart Eadie, Coorabell, Martin Killips, Joseph Raya

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