Illumine Byron Bay

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In celebration of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, the Byron Bahá’í community are holding a 2-day exhibition featuring art works inspired by the oneness of humanity, followed by a multicultural concert on the 29th evening at 6pm. The concert will feature wonderful and diverse local musicians and will celebrate Bahá’u’lláh’s appearance in the world 200 years ago, His vision and message of oneness for humanity.

29th October 6pm CONCERT

One of the featured artists at the concert is Tom Francis.

“New Zealand born, Byron Bay residing singer/songwriter Tom Francis has spent much of 2014 performing on street corners and at intimate house concerts. “I’m often asked why I play on the street. For me there’s an honesty and romance to one musician and an instrument. I also enjoy pulling people in when they aren’t expecting it…” It’s this same musical purity and honestly that…

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Helene Safajou

Some of the work to be featured at Illumine this weekend.

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Helene Safajou was born in Ethiopia and raised both in East Africa and France, Helene followed her husband to Australia in 1995 after many years living as a nomad.

After a life in the corporate and teaching world, and seeking relief from postnatal depression, her life as an artist started in 1998.

She does not have any formal training in art. Everything she has learnt has been through self guided learning, weekend workshops and informal online courses, with a large dose of trial and error! In 2009, she studied Graphic Design at Kingscliff TAFE.

She loves using oils, acrylics, inks, collage and hand stitching in her work, which gives her the opportunity to express her family and spiritual heritage.

For her, art is a spiritual practice to connect with the past and the present and most of all a tool for meditation and healing.

Helene is participating in Illumine, Byron…

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Luke Slott’s Kickstarter Funded Project

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To support this project visit KICKSTARTER LUKE SLOTT

Super encouraging my blog followers to support this wonderful album project of Luke Slott.

There are some beautiful rewards for your support such as having Luke visit your community, or a skype hangout – but most of all a copy of the album.

Luke has been humbled and thrilled by the support, but many of us are not surprised because his musical talent and dedication to spiritual things, just speaks for itself.

The album is already definitely happening, but now the goal is to produce music videos for the songs.

“Growing up in Ireland, music was in the air. My childhood was a medley of my father playing in jazz clubs, my uncle playing in traditional Irish music sessions and my brother’s homemade hip-hop beats. I began writing songs in my teens and spent most of my youth playing in bands around Ireland.

In my early 20s, I discovered the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith and began writing music to go with the Bahá’í Writings – writings about the unity of mankind and the need for universal peace.

Singing the Bahá’í Writings has made me think about music in new ways – it’s made me realise that music can be used as a force for good in the world – a tool for bringing people together and helping people to understand themselves and each other. For me, making music has become a way of offering a positive message to society through art.

Over the last several years, I’ve had the immense privilege of traveling to over 20 countries to sing and play in an amazing variety of places – from Westminster Parliament in London to the hottest corners of the Arabian Peninsula. The love and support I have received on my travels has been truly life-changing, and my one dream is simple: to make music that brings people together.”