Announcing the ‘Echoes of Aquarius’ event to be held at Kohinoor Hall Upper Main Arm on June 25th presented by:
A fundraiser for the Roundhouse Cultural Centre
The name derives from a desire to explore the cultural ‘echoes’ resulting from the so-called Aquarius Festival that was supposed to happen in Main Arm in 1973
but ended up in Nimbin. Those echoes include of course the local independent newspaper the Byron Shire Echo one of whose founders, Nick Shand, attended the festival with a band of locals from Main Arm. Some of the organisers of the original Aquarius Festival of University Arts
in Canberra 1971 had heard of the alternative lifestylers in the hills of Byron Bay. The rest is history.
During the event local historian Frank Mills will be previewing his book on the region’s colourful local history, particularly that of Main Arm where he was born. Frank will also be giving a fascinating informal talk and audio-visual presentation with a local historical theme.
Frank liked the name ‘Echoes of Aquarius’ so much he decided to use it as the title for his book. Tune in to Bay FM’s ‘Intersecting Culture
‘ show on June 18th at 4pm’ and the Page Turners
‘ show on Friday 24th June at 11am to listen to the live Frank Mills interviews. 2481 Undone
will also be having a chat with the director of Electric Forest on the 15th June at 10am. Bay FM subscribers will have the chance to win a double pass to the event during each of these shows so stay tuned to your local radio station or log on to the station’s live web stream by clicking this link: listen.pls
There are, of course, many reverberations from the countercultural revolution that visited our region almost 40 years ago. These include the resurgence in the creative arts, feminism, ecology and alternative lifestyles and music to mention but a few.
It is the first and last of these that are the foci of the event since it is a fund raiser for the Roundhouse Action Group, auspiced by Ocean Shores Community Association to assist in their recently thwarted attempt to develop council owned land at Ocean Shores into a community cultural centre tentatively named the Roundhouse Cultural Centre. The pressing need for such a centre is directly related to the flourishing art culture in and around the shire which owes its scope and depth in part to the aforementioned cultural upheaval in the 70’s.
Art, historical publishing and music are the main themes of the event in the spirit of the original ‘Aquarian Exposition’ held in upstate New York in August 1969 better known as the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The underlying intention of this event is to promote awareness of the region’s history and to stimulate understanding of the growth and significance of alternative culture and music and to consider the forward trajectory of that culture from this point on.
I feel the project complements Sharon Shostak’s Echo Doco, (parts of which she has offered to complement Frank’s presentation), and represents an opportunity to expand the frame of reference for a period of history that has been extraordinarily significant to our local culture. The event features: Nakula, a local electroacoustic fusion/trip hop band featuring multi-instrumentalist Dharma melding electronic beats with live instruments and Bunny’s ethereal vocal style; Wild Strings featuring Laura Targett and friends, and two outstanding local dance music producers who evolved out of the local underground electronic music scene: Short Circuit and Double Vision. These two young producers are very much in demand on the alternative festival circuit and deliver seamless danceable electronic music to packed dance floors across the nation.
Tickets are $20 on the door.
local history book preview and presentation 5 - 6.30pm
(Laura Targett & friends) 6.30-7.30
Wild Strings is a musical meeting of two exciting fiddle players, Cleis Pearce and Laura Targett, joined with multi-string-instrumentalist Luke Plumb. Together they ride a journey that celebrates inspired string music from the heart and from around the world. They have a unique sound, combining swinging rhythmic fiddling and sublime improvisation with harmonising vocals. Their inspirations are wide and deep, from the dance music of Ireland to folk tunes of India with stops in Romania and the Middle East, and from ancient places to contemporary Australia, borrowing tunes with love and respect for tradition. On stage, they present a show of unaccompanied string virtuosity, with dynamic use of live effects and loops. They recently released their self-named debut album, featuring eclectic melodies and original compositions.
Nakula - electroacoustic/fusion/trip hop 7.30-9pm
Nakula is a Sanskrit word that means “endless flowing river with no banks”. Formed with the inspiration to create cross-cultural multi-layered fusion music Nakula is a mash-up of Spanish vocals, Indonesian gamelan, flamenco elements, bass, sax, and live percussion with solid beats & genre-bending electronica. Adaptation has always been the ethos. Performing at festivals around Australia and supporting grass-roots, multicultural & community causes since 2007, Kohinur Hall will see Nakula presenting ethnic world sounds and insatiable grooves with a brand new combo. Featuring Bunny on vocals; Dharma on bass, bonang and electronic production; Chinta Reiss on percussion; Ben Blay on acoustic & midi sax. Join Nakula as they ride the gypsy space train. (For more info and music go to myspace or facebook)
Double Vision (Psytrance) 9-10.30
Short Circuit (Psytrance) 10.30-12pm
Supported by the Roundhouse Action group
1973 Aquarius Festival