RISE Byron Presented by Green Beautiful Foundation

March 19, 2015 @ 7:30 am – 12:45 pm
Byron Theatre
69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Adult $25 (Doors 6pm)
0457 807 422


RISE Byron Bay


Time is running out and while there are still thousands of hectares of original forest remaining in Indonesian Borneo, these ancient forests are very vulnerable to exploitation and are often not well-protected. This impacts on the surrounding Tribes, we focus in particular on the Dayak people of Borneo.

Byron Bay residents Sharon Bele-Verdy, Producer Mark White, Indonesian-based filmmakers Erick Est and David Metcalf as well as Producers /Composer Michael Cuming and Silvana van Dijk from Culturebank productions are organising a series of Byron Shire events to highlight the fight to protect the forests and indigenous Dayak cultures of Borneo.

This is also an event with focus on Australia’s displacement of Indigenous People and Culture and the disappearing wild live in the Northern rivers area through proposed development in particular the Koala.


Music , Dance and Culture

Internationally acclaimed ARC Dreaming Aboriginal Dance theatre under the direction of Composer Michael Cuming, Silvana van Dijk and The Nunukul Yuggera Dancers will join one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed rock musicians and passionate environmentalist, Robi Navicula, the Dayak Dancers accompanied by Musicians Siti and Yadi as well as Uyau Moris a composer and musician from the Dayak Kenyah tribe of North Borneo

The Dayak dancers and musicians Siti and Yadi, and Uyau Moris, a composer and musician from the Dayak Kenyah tribe of North Borneo will also add to this Epic Traditional and Contemporary celebration of Music,Dance and Film.


Rise of the Eco Warriors- Film Screening (104 minutes, rated PG)

Directed by Cathy Henkel, and filmed in West Kalimantan, ‘Rise of the Eco-Warriors’ will have its first screening at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Mullumbimby-based producer Mark White and Eco-Warrior Kodi Twiner will be on hand for Q&A and update the situation since the award-winning documentary closed the 2014 Byron Bay Film Festival, and offer a sneak peak at ‘The Eco-Warriors’, a new 13-part TV series about a group of young international volunteers working with acclaimed conservationist Dr Willie Smits in Borneo. The film was screened on March 9, 2015 to a national Indonesian TV audience on Kompas TV


Long Sa’an The Journey Back – Film Screening (20 min,rated PG)

‘Long Sa’an ╨ The Journey Back’ tells a story of Philus, a 60-year-old Dayak man who reconnects with his mother’s grave and his home where he grew up in the forest deep in the heart of Borneo. The film evolved and the journey began in August last year when 15 people (including six Dayaks) made the journey back deep into the heart of Borneo into some of the most significant, pristine forests left on the planet.

New Zealand producer David Metcalf and Indonesian filmmaker Erick Est will discuss the journey and screen a short clip from the documentary. David, a professional photographer, will also be presenting a visual celebration of the forests during the show. David says, ‘We hope ‘Long Sa’an ╨ The Journey Back’ will draw international attention and exposure to the wise indigenous tribes of the area and the connection both spiritually and physically with the land and the ancient burial grounds of their ancestors’. The film is a heartfelt personal journey and a connection that everyone can make with their own mother and Mother Earth herself.



Long Road to Olympia – Film Screening (56 min, rated PG)

Produced and directed by Michael Cuming

In an ageless domination of the world by mercenaries and merchants, against all odds, we follow Culturebank and the Nunukul Yuggera, Indigenous dancers from Australia as they leap the hurdles of social, political, racial and financial obstacles to reveal a deep and eloquent expose of eco-cultural content.

Rich wildlife and nature photography, combined with montage invokes an intimate experience of the landscape, culture and totems of the Nunukul and Yuggera peoples of the east coast of Australia.

A rare insight into contemporary urban Australian Indigenous culture and multiculturalism in action.

Culminating in a finale, we see Culturebank and Indigenous performance group Nunukul Yuggera tour through Greece, as part of the Cultural Olympiad, performing on sacred sites, including the original running track in Olympia and the Herodus Atticus at the Acropolis in Athens.


Walk For Borneo

Byron resident Sharon Bele-Verdy will be completing an 800km pilgrimage walk in Spain and France, closing the event in Paris on the eve of the UN Summit for Climate Change on November 30, 2015 to support these tribes.

Many celebrities will join in on the walk including musicians, artists, government leaders, peace walkers, environmentalists, indigenous tribal leaders and some of the Dayak dancers themselves.

Sharon will talk about her walk for the forests, her sound healing and clearing of the sacred ancient pilgrim pathways for Mother Earth and humanity in collaboration with Mark White, David Metcalf, Erick Est and Michael Cuming.

There will be incredible merchandise available for sale and to order on the evening from Stunning Photographs of Indigenous tribes, Davids book ‘Finding Borneo’.. Dvds of the films and trailers. CDs portraying the wonderful music and cross cultural fusion of these amazing artists. The Raffle will include this merchandise.

Aside from raising awareness and bringing international attention via the films and walk, the organisers will raise awareness of the numerous educational, environmental and eco-tourism projects in the villages of Kalimantan and opportunities for the local Northern Rivers community to get involved.

Indonesian Director of Long Sa’an, Erick Est, Robi Navicula, RISE Producer Mark White and Eco-Warrior Kodi Twiner will be on hand for Q&A after the screenings.

BYRON BAY THEATRE 6.30 pm Thursday March 19, 2015

One night only!

Tickets $25

For more information please contact

The Green Beautiful Foundation

Email: greenbeautifulfoundation@gmail.com

+61 0457 807 422

A performance and presentation will also be held at the Byron Spirit Festival, March 21-22.

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