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Byron Writers Festival 2022 relocates back to Elements of Byron for another year.



NSW Northern Rivers Breaking News

Byron Writers Festival 2022 relocates back to Elements of Byron for another year.

The 2022 Byron Writers Festival (Aug 26-28) will no longer be taking place at North Byron Parklands and will take place on the grounds adjacent to Elements of Byron, who have generously hosted the festival for many years.
“In the wake of recent weather events and after consultation with North Byron Parklands, it was agreed that Byron Writers Festival 2022 will relocate to Elements of Byron, who have generously offered to host the festival on the grounds adjacent to the resort for another year” said Zoe Pollock, Byron Writers Festival Artistic Director.

“We are very grateful to Elements of Byron, and to Byron Shire Council for expediting this change of site for Byron Writers Festival.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming our guests and patrons back to the 2022 Byron Writers Festival after a two-year hiatus to celebrate the power of stories to connect us.”

The festival will take place in five marquees on the grounds adjacent to Elements of Byron. The site change does not affect the festival program or the validity of tickets already purchased.

Held on the lands of the Arakwal Bumberbin of the Bundjalung Nation, we pay respect to the traditional owners of these lands and acknowledge them as the original storytellers of this region.

Byron Writers Festival 2022
Festival Dates: 26 – 28 August, 2022
Grounds adjacent to Elements of Byron
144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay.

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The National Circus Festival today reveals its complete program for its 2022 festival, to be held from 26 September – 2 October at the Mullumbimby Showground, with the program bolstered by the inclusion of Australia’s most acclaimed circus company, Gravity & Other Myths.

It’s been a long 12 months for the Northern Rivers and National Circus Festival. The 2021 festival was cancelled due to COVID and then the company and its festival site in Mullumbimby was ravaged by the Northern NSW floods in February 2022. Today’s announcement sounds the triumphant 2022 return of the festival in magnificent style.

Leading the artist announcement today is one of Australia’s premiere acrobatic companies, Gravity & Other Myths who will presents their staple production ‘A Simple Space.’  Gravity & Other Myths is an acrobatics and physical theatre company that know few boundaries and their show ‘A Simple Space’, has achieved momentous international success, having performed more than 850 times across 34 countries and receiving multiple awards, most notably the IPAY Victor Award for People’s Choice.

‘Werk It’ from Victoria’s Circus Trick Tease, is the celebration of spandex, high-vis, vitality and vigour! A riot of colour and movement – big tricks delivered by an all-star cast with more sass and swagger than a TLC video clip.  The Brunswick Picture House will present ‘Cheeky Cabaret’, a two-hour adult show, casting some of the best talent on offer, smashing together circus, vaudeville, comedy, new burlesque and everything in between.

Further adding to the celebration will be a healthy contingent of internationally acclaimed artists, including international juggling sensation, Joe Fisher, the rivalled trio of Debra Batton, Sharon Gruenert and Spenser Inwood, who redefine their own form of circus in A Good Catch, and the internationally renowned natural exhibitionist The Space Cowboy with his unnatural ability to shock audiences with his innovative sword swallowing.

The festival will also host some of Byron Shire’s brightest stars from the world-famous bubble man, circus and sideshow artist, Dr Hubble, Spaghetti graduate success story Hannah Richards, and Spaghetti Circus Performance Troupeshow ‘Bails of Hey!’ 

Adding to the festival weekend will be a collection of onsite activations and marvels to keep the imagination bounding along, joining the already announced arrival of The Famous Spiegeltent for the first time in the region is the high adrenaline The Wheel of Death from Warren Brophy. Warren will take on the 500kg steel pendulum that reaches a height of 12 metres, performing acrobatics, skipping and even walking blindfolded all while maintaining his balance atop the rotating cage, without the aid of safety nets or wires,

The Globe is a fully interactive, colourful 25 meters retired hot air balloon. A sensory delight and experimental play space, that can be enjoyed from afar as the space inflates and embraced from within the colourful kaleidoscope of light. A delight for kids of all ages.

Further, the National Circus Festival has teamed up again with the Mullum Music Festival to deliver a collection of astounding local and national talent, including a Yidinji / Bar-Barrum man from far North Queensland, The Boy of Many Colours, who combines the sounds of the distant past and the modern age A multi-disciplinary artist, producing, writing, editing all his work; he is a talent not to be slept on.

Another highlight is the duo of Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum, who need no introduction. One is good with his fingers; the other is good with his mouth.  Beatbox sensation, Tom Thum and bohemian singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell combine to create original, genre-defying music that is ‘redefining musical parameters’.

National Circus Festival Director Alice Cadwell said she was excited to release the 2022 festival program and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the festival this year.

After the past 12 months it’s great to come back in such a strong fashion with an amazing program,” Alice said.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s National Circus Festival. It will be a chance for the whole community to come together, enjoy world-class shows featuring amazing artists, wonder at the 25-metre inflatable globe, join a workshop, and watch out for The Wheel of Death.”

“We have the Outdoor Cinema, music acts in collaboration with Mullum Music Festival and The Famous Spiegeltent! It will be fun for the whole family, unexpected delights, great food and coffee, and so much more.”

To be held at the Mullumbimby Showground from 26 September – 2 October, the National Circus Festival hosts a dual program with two distinct streams, including a four-day National Training Program from 20 – 23 September, assembling the nation’s best performers in one location to collaborate, trial new shows, develop existing works and skill share.

Following the training program, the weekend of 30 September – 2 October will see the festival go into full swing, with a program of more than 220 performers at five venues including two Big Tops and The Famous Spiegeltent.


National Training Program
Monday 26 – Thursday 29 September

Festival Weekend
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October

Mullumbimby Showground, NSW

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National Circus Festival is a celebration of circus for everyone.

SEE internationally acclaimed acts by Australia’s leading artists at one of our two big tops, the Famous Spiegeltent, aerial rigs, studios or under the fig trees. Wander through a 25-metre inflatable globe, meet roving performers en route to our family play space or lounge at the outdoor cinema.

HEAR the raucous applause of festivalgoers being blown away by impossible, daring feats. Share in the sheer delight and childish squeals of families enjoying physical theatre, street art and interactive play spaces.

FEEL the fear, excitement and anticipation as artists undertake death-defying stunts, swing from the trapeze at great heights, juggle danger and perform awe-inspiring acrobatics.

TASTE delicious meals as our food stalls take your tongue for a culinary adventure across the globe. Then take a stroll down Sweet Street for fairy floss, ice cream, crepes, popcorn and other saccharine delights.

BREATHE pristine air in paradise at the base of Mount Chincogan in the Byron hinterland. Truly one of the nature’s spectacles, Mullumbimby is a stunning place to host this magic event and come home to.

STAY for a day, the weekend or camp for the whole festival, you’ll find plenty to please the senses. And if it all gets too much, unplug, reconnect and wet your whistle at our festival bar The Plover and Pony.

National Circus Festival acknowledge the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we live, love, work & play.

National Circus Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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2022 has already been a whirlwind for country-pop rising star, Brittany Elise. She ignited the main
stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in April as a Top 10 Toyota Star Maker Grand
Finalist and was named Most Popular New Female Artist of the Year at the Australian Independent
Country Music Awards. Her recent single ‘Sunshine Hurricane’ blew into the CountryTown Hot 50
airplay charts at #35, where it remained for a whopping 4 months. Now she’s coming in hot with her
brand new track, ‘Feel The Fire’.

This new single is the type of vibrant release we’ve come to expect from Brittany Elise. Its title refers
to the too-often ignored, passion and ambition that stirs within many of us. “Go for that job, switch
careers, work overseas, go back to school, ask for a pay rise!“ she exclaims. Co-written with David
Carter (Carter and Carter), she set out to craft a song that would encourage listeners to “be fierce and
follow what’s burning inside of them.”

Produced alongside Adrian Hannan at The SongStore (Vanessa Amorosi, Delta Goodrem), the
explosive track embodies the empowering nature of Brittany Elise’s message. “We really wanted to
create a choir, anthem vibe throughout the production of this song to resemble a live audience.”
The accompanying video clip, shot by Golden Guitar winning Jay Seeney of Blacklist Productions,
continues the theme. “The whole production of this video was extremely fun and electric,” recalls
Brittany Elise. Filmed in the charming Macarthur/Wollondilly region, it features some breathtaking
scenery and of course, pyrotechnics. “It was super fun to include the CO2 cannon and firework

‘Feel the Fire’ is destined to be a rousing foot-stomper in Brittany Elise’s live set. “We are very excited
to get back out on the road. There is nothing like live music with great friends,” says the Queensland
native. This year will see her embark on the ‘Sunshine Hurricane’ tour – a list of over a dozen dates,
spanning from North Queensland to Tasmania, including an appearance at the beloved Gympie Music
Muster and an opening spot with freshly minted, Golden Guitar recipients, Darlinghurst.
Brittany Elise’s passion and need to inspire transcends her music; she also has a penchant for
philanthropy. Working with her local women’s shelter she started ‘Raise Your Voice’ – a concert to
empower female singer songwriters and supporters. This year’s sold-out show donated all of its
proceeds towards the shelter.

With each release Brittany Elise goes from strength to strength. ‘Feel The Fire’ is poised to be a winter
warmer worthy of even greater feats. With the release of this latest track, Brittany Elise has shown us
yet again that she is an exciting talent, not afraid to share her spark with the world – as the tune’s
lyrics attest – “I might make some mistakes / But I got what it takes, to feel the fire”.


Friday 12th August – Nebo Hotel – Nebo, QLD
Saturday 13th August – Magpies Sporting Club – Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th August – Sunday 28th August – Gympie Music Muster – Gympie, QLD
Saturday 27th August – Darlinghurst support act – Moonbar Moments – Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 1st September – Airlie Beach Hotel – Airlie Beach, QLD
Friday 9th September – Marcoola Surf Club – Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 17th September – Under the Trees Music Festival – Boyne Island, QLD
Thursday 22nd September – Charleville RSL – Charleville, QLD
Sunday 25th September – Salisbury Hotel – Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 28th September – The Hamilton Station Hotel – Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th October – Twin Towns Services Club – Gold Coast, NSW
Friday 30th December – Longley Hotel – Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 4th January – The Drunken Poet – Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th February 2023 – Agnes Blues and Roots Festival – 1770, QLD

**Tickets available via**

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triple j, UNFD, New World Artists and Earthwalker present

Featuring RedHook, Pridelands & Banks Arcade
+ special Pay Per View screening of GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK documentary 

Australian heavy music act In Hearts Wake are stoked to announce a massive national tour in celebration of their new feature length documentary, GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK, which has recently finished screening across the country and internationally alongside Earth Week 2022.

The huge 27 date GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK tour will be hitting cities and regional towns across Australia throughout August, September and October 2022 and will also feature some of the most exciting heavy acts in the country with support from RedHookPridelands and Banks Arcade.

“After not being able to tour properly for the past two years, it is our great pleasure to announce this huge national run of shows and return to towns that we love. We are also excited to take this new touring model out on the road and keep learning along the way. We  cannot wait to celebrate Green Is The New Black with you!” said In Hearts Wake.

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK examines the music industry’s relationship to the environment. While the film chronicles the making of In Hearts Wake’s 100% carbon offset 2020 album Kaliyuga and their journey to becoming the first band to be a certified Carbon Neutral Organisation, it is more than a film about one band and one album. As In Hearts Wake examine their processes and search for more environmentally sustainable options, inspiring new possibilities for an entire industry begin to emerge.

In Hearts Wake’s GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK Tour will see the band perform brand new songs written and produced especially for the new film, along with fan favourites from the outfit’s impressive five album discography.

In true In Hearts Wake form, the band will offset 150% of the carbon emissions created from their touring operations, carefully calculating all emissions produced to cater for their transport, energy and consumption over the run of shows. The band are also pleased to share that the video for Worldwide Suicide has been nominated for the first ever Environmental Music Prize, a new  award that amplifies the voices of artists who inspire action for climate and conservation through inspiring music videos. Fans can vote for Worldwide Suicide here.

In addition to the tour, In Hearts Wake today also announce that a special Pay Per View screening of GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK will take place on Tuesday 17 May, along with a live Q&A hosted by the band. There will be one tree planted for every admission. Tickets to the screening and the tour will be available from 9am AEST Wednesday 4 May via Any fans that purchase a ticket to GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK Tour before 11:59pm AEST Sunday 15 May will gain automatic access to the Pay Per View screening and Q&A – so gather your friends and get on to tickets quick.


Thu 18 Aug 2022 – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury WA
Fri 19 Aug 2022 – Magnet House, Perth WA
Sat 20 Aug 2022 – Freo.Social, Fremantle WA
Sun 21 Aug 2022 – Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough WA
Sat 27 Aug 2022 – Landmark, Darwin NT
Wed 31 Aug 2022 – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone QLD
Thu 1 Sep 2022 – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay QLD
Fri 2 Sep 2022 – Otherwise, Townsville QLD
Sat 3 Sep 2022 – Gilligans, Cairns QLD
Thu 8 Sep 2022 – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta QLD
Fri 9 Sep 2022 – Eleven Dive Bar, Maroochydore QLD
Sat 10 Sep 2022 – Blanks Space, Toowoomba QLD
Thu 22 Sep 2022 – Drifters Warf, Central Coast NSW
Fri 23 Sep 2022 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Sat 24 Sep 2022 – Manning Bar, Sydney NSW (Early Show)
Sat 24 Sep 2022 – Manning Bar, Sydney NSW (Late Show)
Thu 29 Sep 2022 – Uni Bar, Wollongong NSW
Fri 30 Sep 2022 – UC Hub, Canberra ACT
Sat 1 Oct 2022 – Beer Deluxe, Albury NSW
Wed 5 Oct 2022 – Volta, Ballarat VIC
Thu 6 Oct 2022 – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Fri 7 Oct 2022 – The Wool Exchange, Geelong VIC
Sat 8 Oct 2022 – Pier Bandroom, Frankston VIC
Fri 14 Oct 2022 – Altar, Hobart TAS
Sat 15 Oct 2022 – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide SA
Sun 16 Oct 2022 – Northern Sound System, Elizabeth SA (Licensed All Ages)
Fri 21 Oct 2022 – Vinnie’s Dive, Gold Coast QLD
Sat 22 Oct 2022 – The Northern, Byron Bay NSW

Tickets to the tour go on sale from 9am AEST, Wednesday 4 May via

Tickets to GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK Pay Per View screening & live Q&A on Tuesday 17 May are available from 9am AEST, Wednesday 4 May via
Any fans that purchase a ticket to GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK Australian Tour between 9am Wednesday 4 May – 11:59pm Sunday 15 May AEST will gain automatic access to the screening and Q&A

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