Byron Spirit Festival: Ceremony, Celebration + Music

The fourth Byron Spirit Festival comes again to Mullumbimby this April, with a full daytime program as well as a succession of evening events that are more than just a concert.  Each evening event is crafted for immersion via ceremony, art, ritual, music, song and dance in an experience that resonates beyond the purely aesthetic or social.  “Connecting to our ancestral seeds” is this year’s theme.

FRIDAY:  Indigenous welcome by followed by a Maori traditional response.  Songbird and song preserver Peia (USA), joined by local talents Shai Shriki and Murray Kyle, will present her newest music and older favourites.   The Australian debut of world touring trio Lulacruza (Argentina/Colombia) follows.   They create ‘songs that sound as if a shaman, Manu Chao and your favorite dubstep DJ had an orgy’, according to their reviews!

SATURDAY:   Commences with the Ancestral Ceremony with global cultures represented and celebrated.  The one-man ignition – Elijah Ray (USA), brings his mind-blowing ‘soundtrack of awakening’ in his Australian debut, followed by Wild Marmalade’s mesmeric rhythms.  Transportation to the never never follows with Si’s Dream Drone experience.

SUNDAY:  Sydney kirtani Edo Kahn will share his new chants and songs, followed by the authentic qwaali  big band Tahir & Kirtaniyas.  The Closing Ceremony, Kala Shekinah’s Prayers for the Waters’ dance performance, and a final big sing with the inspiring Kevin James will bring the 4th Byron Spirit Festival to a memorable completion.

Tickets for the evening events can be bought separately.

The day events are too varied and numerous to mention, but you can check out the full program here.

All tickets can be purchased here. 

April 15 – 17th, at Mullum High School

PHOTO: Ingrid Pullen Photography

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