BYRON WRITERS FESTIVAL
Byron Writers Festival is the central hub to the Northern Rivers’ active, vibrant literary culture of reading and writing. Their primary purpose is to create and deliver programs that involve and enrich professional, amateur and aspiring writers (and readers) of all ages. Their mission is to promote literature (particularly Australian), enhance the skills of writers, and foster a culture of reading and writing among all age groups in the Northern Rivers and beyond.
The Byron Writers Festival began in 1997, when a small group of locals led by Chris Hanley wondered whether authors might accept an invitation to spend a winter weekend in Byron Bay. They did, and an audience of two hundred locals enjoyed a gathering of 50 Australian writers. Since then, the Festival has grown from a single venue event to fill five huge marquees and venues around town.
This major annual literary event, the largest regional Writers Festival, offers a seven-day program attracting more than 65,000 individual attendances and reaching more than 4000 school students.
Byron Bay Bluesfest showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW.
Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.
Bluesfest presents the biggest names in music to Australian audiences each year including Bob Dylan, Hozier, Paul Simon, Gary Clark Jr., Angus & Julia Stone, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, John Mayer, Jurassic 5, James Brown, Zac Brown Band, Joss Stone, David Gray, Trombone Shorty, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend & BB King, to name but a few.
From a modest crowd of 6,000 when it began in 1990, Bluesfest now attracts an audience of over 100,000. It is regarded as the foremost destination festival in Australia & renowned for being a safe, fun, family-friendly event.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Splendour in the Grass is an Australian largest winter music festival located at the North Byron Parklands, a beautiful 660-acre cultural arts and music events venue. The three day event has been held annually since 2001 and presents some of the biggest local and international artists.
With heaps of fun add-ons such as Splendour arts, Splendour in the craft, little Splendour, tasty delights, International Street eats, Grill’d Burger Park and the very small suburb you will never run out of fun & exciting things to do at Splendour in the Grass!
Falls Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday this year! Their quarter-century show-stoppers will land amongst the party palms, port cities and champagne shores of Australia’s heartland, as they release another collection of almighty salutations across the New Year period and first week of January.
It’s about moments, the big ones you share with everyone and the small ones with your nearest and dearest. Over the years Falls has been developed and fostered by a group of family and friends, this tradition continues today. Road trip, bring your friends, make some new ones and enjoy the music, arts and gorgeous natural settings that Falls Festival has on offer.
BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL
Launching in 2005, the Byron Bay Film Festival established a strong reputation for showcasing a range of films with an emphasis on content that seeks to raise social, cultural and environmental awareness. Locating the festival within Australia’s largest regional film hub, BBFF attracts industry folk, artists, film buffs, local residents and tourists with a program that caters to these different audiences, offering Adults Only sessions, Family sessions and screening works that celebrate our local community, its values and environment.
Independent filmmakers are the heart and soul of this festival, whose quality programming of hundreds of entertaining, inspiring and eye-opening films from over 40 countries sets the stage for filmmakers at all stages of their careers to showcase outstanding work across all genres.
It’s a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film.
BYRON BAY TRIATHLON
The Byron Bay Tri is like no other. It is regarded as one of the friendliest, most scenic triathlons in Australia. With a 12noon start, you will not find another Triathlon event where you can sleep in - race - party like this. Participants can choose from a range of distances including Olympic (1.5km Swim: 40km Ride: 10km Run), Sprint (750m Swim: 20km Ride: 5km Run), Tempta for beginners (300m Swim: 10km Ride: 2.5km Run) and Kids from 7 - 15 year.
Field entries are limited, so get your friends and family together for a weekend away and enter today.