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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Some of the work to be featured at Illumine this weekend.
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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Delighted to have a new collection of poetry for the bicentennial year, almost edited. These were some of the comments back from Beta readers. They also offered some great constructive critique as well to improve the work. I thank them so much for their time, guidance and beautiful words.
Will be sharing some of these poems for the first time in public on the opening night of Illumine
Comments on June’s new collection
I enjoyed the stream of consciousness. Some of the poems reminded me of Rabindranath Tagore’s work. I related to the references to Holy Spirit and reference to Joseph in poems like Art as a Gift of the Holy Spirit and Dear Artist.
Very deeply felt and flowing verse, reminding me of thought patterns in the Eastern spiritual tradition. The Poetry Bird / Swirling, Almost Something / Prince of Peace / The Dreamer each struck a…
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One of the artists featured in Illumine.
Art Work by Ruha Fifita
Ruha Fifita was born in Vava’u, Tonga, in 1990 and has spent most of her life with her family in Vava’u, Ha’apai, and Tongatapu. In 2006 she co-founded ON THE SPOT (OTS), an arts organisation aimed at exploring and utilising the arts as a tool for community building. She sees Tongan culture as a living entity and hopes her artwork inspires young people to take ownership of it. Ruha has a degree in Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. She is currently Pacific Arts Research Assistant for the GOMA and is extensively involved in community building in the Goodna and scenic rim area.
Interviews with Ruha
SBS interview with Ruha Fifita and Robin White