Hypnagogic Tableau takes a look through a lucid window of space between consciousness and unconsciousness, a psychedelic paradise.
Lee McConnell is an ARIA nominated visual artist, director & animator, nationally known for his work with Dune Rats, Jack River and Mambo.
Hailing from the seaside town of Forster and now Byron-based, Lee takes inspiration from the strangeness of everyday reality and the surreal side of life.
Lee moved to the Sydney to work for Mambo as an artist, then as Art Director, before leaving to work as a freelance visual artist for festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Sydney City Limits, Big Pineapple, Electric Lady, and as Creative Director of Grow Your Own Festival.
His aesthetic has become widely recognisable, notably through collaborations with acclaimed artists Dune Rats; directing all artistic media from music videos (6 Pack), to stage installations and animations to the album package itself. Lee has designed all of Jack River’s single and album packages, notably her latest collaboration with Peking Duk; ‘Sugar’.
Lee is the 2019 Splendour in the Grass Artist in Residence, which will see him create the event’s artwork and bring it to life, running a masterclass and working his magic on installations across the festival site.
Byron Writers Festival and local cafes across the region are spreading kindness and connection through the act of reading.
Research shows that random acts of kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events. The miracle of kindness is that it is contagious. Furthermore, mounting evidence suggests that reading (particularly literary fiction) broadens our minds and improves our ability to empathise with others. What happens when you bring these things together? Random Acts of Reading.
In the lead up to Byron Writers Festival (2-4 August), more than 150 books by authors appearing at the Festival will be dropped at cafes across towns in Northern NSW for people to pick up, read and pass on. The books will be wrapped so people won’t know what they’re getting when they first pick them up.
“The joy of reading is something we hold dear to our hearts at Byron Writers Festival,” says Festival Director Edwina Johnson “We love the tradition of books being circulated between friends, passing through many hands and starting conversations. We love the idea of delighting strangers in local cafés across the region with the gift of a book. We hope they pass them on to someone else or return them to the cafe in the spirit of Random Acts of Reading.”
“We’re grateful for the generosity of Byron Writers Festival, in including our customers in this awesome initiative, Random Acts Of Reading,” said Anthony of Combi café in Byron Bay “Pop in to Combi, grab an endless cup of Chai or coffee and nestle in the winter sunshine with one of the books.”
Paula from The Bank Café in Lismore commented “Many of my favourite daily interactions with our cafe-goers revolve around what they’re currently reading. This wonderful initiative by Byron Writers Festival serves to bring us all onto the same page (pun intended) and is a collaboration of inclusion!”
Cafes taking part in Byron Writers Festival’s Random Acts of Reading include
Combi – Byron Bay
Woods – Bangalow
Jones & Co. – Brunswick Heads
Baker & Daughters – Mullumbimby
Shelter – Lennox Head
The Stockpot Kitchen – Lismore
The Bank Café – Lismore
Just some of the books by authors appearing at the Festival being gifted to cafes include Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales, The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie and Preservation by Jock Serong.
Byron Writers Festival would like to thank the following publishers for making Random Acts of Reading possible: Affirm Press, Allen & Unwin, Bloomsbury Publishing, Harper Collins, MUP, New South Publishing, Pan MacMillan, Penguin Random House Australia, Scribe, Simon & Schuster, Text Publishing, Transit Lounge, Walker Books.
This year’s Sample Food Festival’sSample Lunch will be a thoughtful curation of inventive dishes, reconnecting us to the Northern Rivers’ mountains and seas.
Key elements of each course will be foraged from our region and cooked, smoked, burnt, or buried with fire. This primal and honest method of cooking, showcasing the unique wild ingredients and allowing a sensory journey of earthy aromas and sophisticated flavours.
Fresh seasonal spring produce and native bush and ocean ingredients will be featured on the menu, prepared for you by some of the most innovative chefs from this region and beyond. Canapes, 6 courses and matching wines by ArtWine, brews by Stone & Wood and Treehouse Cider. Botero Coffee.
2019 SAMPLE LUNCH GUEST CHEFS
Federico Zanellato – LuMi Dining (Sydney)
Monique Guterres – Seaweed Cuisine
Francisco Smoje – Barrio
Joseph Griffin and Matthew Donohoe – Friday Hut Dining
Jason Barratt – Paper Daisy
Alastair Waddell – Harvest Newrybar
Enrico Semenzato – Beach Byron Bay
A daily digest of hot topic sessions at Byron Writers Festival.
If you’re looking for new insights into some of the big issues pervading modern consciousness, look no further than Byron Writers Festival 2019. Read on for an overview of just some of the hot-topic sessions you won’t want to miss each day…
Friday 2 August
Panel discussion ‘Growing Up Queer in Australia’ will feature authors, performers, activists and commentators S.L. Lim, Evelyn Ida Morris, Nevo Zisin, and Benjamin Law discussing personal stories from across the spectrum of sexual and gender identity.
With pressure mounting in response to the global climate crisis, it’s time to talk ‘Environmental Solutions’ in this session with 2040 filmmaker Damon Gameau, space archeologist Alice Gorman, and award-winning author of Dark Emu Bruce Pascoe.
Parents and grandparents – don’t miss a timely exploration of how social media and screen time is affecting teenagers’ lives, as author David Gillespie and Mandy Nolan discuss how children are being set up for a life-time of addiction in ‘Teen Brains’.
Saturday 3 August
Saturday morning sees David Leser and Jennifer Byrne come together for a critical conversation on ‘Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing’: one of the most talked-about articles of 2018 recently expanded by Leser into his latest book that is making waves as the water-cooler book of the #MeToo era.
Meanwhile, we celebrate UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages with an important discussion around the need for ‘Preserving Indigenous Languages’ with Daniel James, Samia Khatun, Patrick Nunn and Tara June Winch.
In the session ‘Domestic Violence’, author of See What You Made Me Do Jess Hill, social affairs writer Rick Morton, and Chair of Our Watch, Natasha Stott Despoja will tackle this national emergency.
Saturday also sees The Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans dish up the dirt on our appetite for cheap meat in ‘How to be an Ethical Carnivore’.
Sunday 4 August
Sunday morning kicks off with an inspiring exploration of ‘Living Consciously’ with tree-enthusiast Sophie Cunningham, conservationist Tim Flannery, and Matthew Evans.
Next up, we open the floodgates to online decorum in ‘We Need To Talk About Trolling’ with The Saturday Paper columnist Maxine Beneba Clarke, Troll Hunting author Ginger Gorman, Greens Senator and author of En Garde Sarah Hanson-Young and Tracey Spicer.
Sunday also will also see retiring head of World Vision Tim Costello discuss the role and challenges of fighting for change in the session ‘Social Activism’. Plus, esteemed writer and educator John Marsden will share insights from his 30-year career writing for and working with young people. His ambitious manifesto The Art of Growing Up tackles the minefield that is growing up ‘happy’ in the 21st century.
Byron Shire residents and visitors are being asked to stay away from the dunes at Clarkes Beach.
Director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, said the area has seen significant coastal erosion and dunes could potentially collapse.
“Safety is paramount. People are urged to not walk or sit close to the erosion escarpment and not allow children (or anyone) to play or dig near the dunes.”
“Clarkes Beach is presently starved of sand due to the limited sand bypassing Cape Byron. Plus, we’ve had high tides and dangerous surf conditions. ”
Staff have been monitoring the situation and removing debris from Council controlled areas over the weekend. Council has also been working closely with National Parks, the Office of Environment and Heritage and Reflections Caravan Park.
Access tracks from the coastal reserve to Clarkes beach have undergone severe erosion, collapsed and have been closed to the public until they can be repaired. Council will be undertaking works on the all-abilities beach access and asks beach goers to not use it until it is fixed and to please not take down the signage or tape.
Be aware of the risk that unstable dunes present
Avoid walking or lying/sunbathing directly under the escarpment
Do not allow children to play directly under or around the dune escarpment
Stay off the dunes to allow the dune vegetation to re-establish
Only use formal access paths to access the beach and if they are closed do not ignore the signs and tape.
The foreshore dune at New Brighton has also suffered some erosion that has created an escarpment around 1m in front of the existing dune protection fencing and if it continues, dune fencing may be affected. Council staff are also monitoring these areas.
After 8 joyous years, Miss Amber and Stukulele present the final Mullum UKE NIGHT back at the Courthouse Hotel, where they began the monthly event back in July of 2011.
As it is a birthday celebration you can expect a cast of thousands including: Raku One O’Gaia, Sara Tindley, Ash Bell, Clelia Adams and many more surprises.
This may not be the last ever UKE NIGHT in Mullumbimby though it will mark a break for an undetermined time. Stu and Amber wish to extend their sincere gratitude and love to the Ex-Services Club for the last four years of generous support and to each and every being who has shown up, ukulele in hand or not to share so many great memories, musical or otherwise.
Always showcasing the finest array of music and arts this side of the Southern Hemisphere, Falls Festival returns to Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle for another fun filled New Year’s stretch in 2019 / 2020!
This year, well prepared fans will have the chance to lock in their NYE plans nice and early as Falls rolls out a special offer allowing exclusive access to an Early bird mates-rates Presale with a chance to win one of 10 VIP double passes to the show of your choice, just by registering! Allocations are super limited, so organise your festival friends stat.
The ultimate end of year getaway is now in site! The tranquil banks of Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle will once again play host to incredible national and international artists who will ply their trade amongst the stunning natural beauty of your coastal dreams.
Slated to occupy the traditional New Year’s period on the East Coast and early January for the newest members of the family out West, anticipation for this year’s Falls Festival starts now.
2019/20 FESTIVAL DATES
Lorne VIC: 28 Dec · 29 Dec · 30 Dec · 31 Dec
Marion Bay TAS: 29 Dec · 30 Dec · 31 Dec
Byron Bay NSW: 31 Dec · 01 Jan · 02 Jan
Fremantle WA: 04 Jan · 05 Jan
EARLYBIRD PRESALE Register for the Earlybird Presale
Early Bird tickets on sale 9am Wed 10 July local time
Visa Checkout is the payment method available for Early Bird Presale, sign up here.
Falls Festival is a proud partner and supporter of Your Choice, working to create a safer and more enjoyable live gathering environment for everyone.
Missed out on tix? Today is your day… FINAL RELEASE OF TICKETS AVAILABLE 12PM AEST THU 4 JULY (TODAY!) AT SPLENDOURINTHEGRASS.COM. SNAP THEM UP WHILE YOU CAN!
The air is getting fresher, the puffer jackets are out in full force and festival throwbacks are filling your social feeds. #TakeMeBack!
But nothing says “Splendour is almost here – it’s time to hammer those tent pegs back into shape and dust off the fanny pack” quite like the release of the SET TIMES and EVENT MAP!
The best way to program your party is via My Splendour, a new feature that lets you select the artists, talks, performances and workshops you want to be at and creates a personalised schedule just for you. You can check it out now on the website. My Splendour will also be available real soon on the Splendour mobile app, update or download it now so you’re ready!
All this planning got you feeling hungry? Avoid food FOMO and book your Icebergs sitting around your schedule, tickets are available here. The same goes for your bus tickets, which you can book here.
Once you’ve got your party programmed, get ready to dive into the fourth dimension! In a world first, Splendour in the Grass has partnered with Augmented Reality leaders tagSpace to unleash a site-wide AR experience for festival-goers.
Navigate North Byron Parklands using AR tags that point to and identify key locations around the festival site. From stages, bars, places to eat, water refill stations, loos and places to dance, you won’t miss a beat using SplendAR.
Looking at the Amphitheatre? SplendAR will serve you info in real time, such as who’s playing and who’s up next. The best bit? You can create your own personal place makers to drop wherever you like. Create a designated meeting spot with your mates, pin your tent or tag your car. “Front left, third lantern behind the speakers” no more! You can find SplendAR in the mobile app.
Splendour has also received word that sadly MorMor is unable to make it to the festival this year.
In light of this, Fremantle indie-rockers Spacey Jane will be making their inaugural trip to North Byron Parklands this July!
New kids on the block, Spacey Jane have hit the ground running. Support from industry and fans continues to grow with the release of each new track, with their tour in support of the latest single “Good Grief” being a sold-out affair. Alongside Splendour, Spacey Jane will take a new single on the road once more in this year, playing their biggest rooms to date. Onwards and upwards!
Missed out on a ticket to Splendour? Final tickets are available now. Purchase HERE.