Arts & Culture
Behind sunsets, fashion and amazing food, one of the things that makes the Shire so special is the Byron Bay art scene. This cultural art also sees a strong connection to traditional Aboriginal Culture, much of which is very much strongly embraced throughout the shire.
The Arakwal National Park’s name is learnt from originates from the people of The Bundjalung of Byron Bay, whose strong connection to the reserve was recognised in 2001. Shortly thereafter, Indigenous Land Use Agreement was signed and exchanged between the tribe and the NSW State Government. Arakwal National Park is a 3km drive from the town centre and is home to an array of amazing wildlife such as rare birds, the Superb Fairy-wren.
The Byron Bay art scene is so prosperous that world-class galleries can be found a short stroll out of town in its very residential streets. Acacia Street in the Arts and the Industrial estate is home to galleries such as Matthew Farrel, where you can browse delight in a mesmerising collection of hand blown glass.
For a more interactive Art experience, discover the Waywood Gallery. The pieces are dedicated to creativity and inspiration, and the artist is… you. Choose from a range of classes such as canvas sketching and watercolours.
The richest of the shires shire’s creative arts, talents and skills can be uncovered on the famous “Arts Trail” – a 3km industrial circuit which showcases the Byron Bay art gems of local artists, art shops and galleries.
Byron Bay is home to the 29 years running “Bluesfest”, formerly known as ‘Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival”, a 5-day event which, over the years, has seen performances from a diverse array of world-class artists such as John Butler Trio, Buddy Guy, Kendrick Lamar and Joss Stone. Bluesfest is an all ages event, offering an abundance of arts and craft and delicious street foods that the whole family can enjoy. The Byron Bay festival lineup is also graced by the inevitably “sold-out” Splendour in the Grass and, new to the bill, “Falls Festival”.