Byron Bay’s Jonson Street Lane will soon be popping with POPPED

Popped Artist Nitsua
Popped Artist Nitsua

POPPED, the exciting new Byron Bay arts project and laneway activation event is coming to Surf Alley on Friday 19 and Saturday May 20.

Commencing May 12, a team of Byron Bay’s most talented street artists will transform ‘Surf Alley’, the laneway in Jonson Street that – despite its murals honouring local surfers – has often been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour.

The celebration of the space reinvigoration will be an urban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, Live Ideas Program, and much more.

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community. The Fresh Air Gallery is a live street art gallery that will auction the finished artworks on Instagram at the end of the night, raising money for the Byron Community Theatre’s much needed upgrades.

The project aims to revitalise the beloved ‘Surf Alley’, breathing new life into it, whilst honouring the legacy. “We are in direct and regular consultation with members of the honour roll, and working to achieve something new and exciting for the whole community, as well creating ways for new residents and visitors to learn more about Byron Bay’s surfing history, and ensure those stories are given a platform,” say operations manager, Monique Hartman. “We’re also using our Live Ideas program on the Saturday afternoon to use this opportunity for young and old to engage and learn about community together, through art and the power of story.”

Fresh Air Walls - part of POPPED

Fresh Air Walls – part of POPPED

Popped artists are:

Nitsua // Jeremy Austin // Burg // Shmik // Basix // Sean Lemura (Set design & building) // Nikau (Greenery)

The Popped team is committed to social and environmental responsibility. Local supplier Paint Earth has donated paints that are eco-friendly and non-toxic, and the event has a zero waste policy. Go Byron and Steer group are working with the event to promote responsible drinking and getting home safe.

The full program will be distributed throughout the region via Media partners The Echo on 10 May.

OPENING NIGHT – FRIDAY 19 MAY

5PM – 11PM // 18+ only event, and fully licensed. BYO not permitted // $10 entry

Live art

Live DJs

Green walls courtesy of Niaku Byron Bay

Bespoke built furniture courtesy of SL Byron Bay

Street food courtesy of Three Blue Ducks

Bar co-hosted by Stone & Wood Brewery, Brookie’s Gin, and Bucha of Byron

New mural reveal

New honour roll reveal

LIVE IDEAS PROGRAM – SATURDAY 20 MAY

12PM – 3PM // All ages // $10 entry

12:00pm                   Welcome drinks hosted by Bucha of Byron

12:30pm                   Placemaking: The history and future of Byron

1:00pm                    Expression and Freedom: The Street Art Movement

1:30pm                   Surf Alley: Stories from the Honour Roll

2:00 pm                   Art, healing, and well-being

2:30pm                   Being Bold: Exploring Creative Courage

Panellists include Cr. Simon Richardson, Rhoda Roberts, Sarah Workman, Rusty Miller, Peter Woods, Andy Mac, Leanne de Souza, Feather, and many more still to be announced.

CLOSING NIGHT – SATURDAY 19 MAY

5PM – 11PM // 18+ only event, and fully licensed. BYO not permitted // $10 entry

Live art

Live DJs

Green walls courtesy of Niaku Byron Bay

Bespoke built furniture courtesy of SL Byron Bay

Street food courtesy of Three Blue Ducks

Bar co-hosted by Stone & Wood Brewery, Brookie’s Gin, and Bucha of Byron

Tickets are $10 each, per person per session, and can be purchased via www.poppedcreative.com or at the door. For an additional $5, ticket holders can purchase a return bus ride, thanks to GO BYRON from outer suburbs Lennox Head, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads & Mullumbimby. Limited seats available.

Traffic conditions will change for the duration of the event. No motor vehicle or cyclist access to the south entrance of the Lawson Street carpark from 12am Thursday 18 May until 9am Sunday 21 May

More information:

Facebook.com/poppedcreative

Instagram @poppedcreative

Artist and media enquiries:

Abbie Gibson 0411 215 296 // abbie@poppedcreative.com

Operations enquiries & Partnership opportunities:

Monique Hartman 0410 759 465 // monique@poppedcreative.com

Popped is produced in partnership with Byron Shire Council as part of the 2016 – 17 Placemaking Seed Fund.

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