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Nimbin MardiGrass 2018

May 4 - May 6

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The Nimbin MardiGrass is an annual rally & celebration in the tiny village of Nimbin in northern NSW, Australia.  Beginning in 1993, MardiGrass is held to protest the drug laws, educate people on the various uses of cannabis (medicinal, industrial, recreational & spiritual) and to celebrate the culture that has grown here over the last 40 years.

Our mission is to bring about change with as much fun as possible.

26th Annual MardiGrass Opening Protest

10:45am : Gather on the footpath outside Nimbin Hospital

11:00am : March for cannabis law reform from Nimbin Hospital across the road to the Police Station to deliver a request for them to treat us, and our choice of medicine and recreation, as part of everyday life – not a criminal matter.

1993 was the year when Bob Hopkins surrendered to Nimbin Police in protest of Cannabis prohibition during the first MardiGrass rally.

Nimbin Town Hall/School of Arts

MardiGrass Info Booth, chill zone, medical Cannabis meeting place, forums, with advice and education in the garden. The cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.

12 – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference

Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, industry, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

We are pleased to present some mind-bending action at the 26th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their medical and industrial cannabis expertise and experiences, as well as reveal the campaigns and gains made in other cannabis loving communities around the planet.

6 pm : Medical Cannabis Healers Circle – Town Hall Garden

Considering MardiGrass is a great national and international melting pot, it is a perfect opportunity to have an open meeting for all those currently advocating for medicinal cannabis access. We are doing our community a disservice by not having open and clear communication on the number and variety of cannabis users in Australia. We want this community united like never before and to make ALL voices across Australia be heard: healers, advocates and users.

7.30pm : Great Green Cabaret

A fabulous fast-paced variety show featuring comedy, acrobatics, poetry, hip hop and salsa and flamenco dancers, plus singers and musicians…a grand mix of performers from Nimbin and all around the region & more!! MC Australian champion poet, David Hallett. Entry $10 or MardiGrass wristband

9 pm : Picker’s Ball

 

 

Allsop Park

5 pm : 26th MardiGrass Opening Ceremony

Fire dancers will herald the arrival of Chibo carrying the Hemp Olympix Torch with the Eternal Flame For The Victims Of Prohibition, the Bundjalung Custodians will do a smoking ceremony and welcome to country followed by a minutes silence to remember our Brothers and Sisters, Victims of this senseless War on Drugs. Captain Cook stayed at Botany Bay from 29th April to May 7th 1770 when he raised the flag 247 years ago.

SPontanous Art Event #imaginorium

Friday & Saturday : Prop And Costume Making For Sunday Parade

(On the way to the skate park) DRop in and get creative with local makers of sculpture, puppets and fun. #imaginorium is building some fabulous props for this years protest parade on Sunday. EVer wanted to be a more colourful part of protest? Get your creative skates on to paint, sew, cut and bedazzle!!

 

Disco Sista’s Tent

7 pm : Comedy – Weed Laughs!

Hosted by Laugh Mob. Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! And we sure need it to handle these ridiculous, discriminatory, inhuman, archaic, ludicrous and laughable cannabis laws.

8 pm : Indigo Embassy Video Exhibition

Indigo Embassy is a music, video and design production studio born of East Coast hip-hop mastermind Tycotic. Since it’s established in 2010 The Embassy has produced hundreds of videos, ranging from underground 1 take spits to multi-media green screen and animated showpieces, some which have been featured on the MTV Australia/ New Zealand television channel. In 2014 Tycotic produced Kerser’s S.C.O.T National Tour DVD, which managed to rank #2 on the ARIA charts; his music video work for Kerser alone also clocking millions of views on YouTube.

This all aussie hip-hop showcase highlights the genre’s strong ties to marijuana culture, selecting the dankest videos from Australia’s East Coast hip-hop community, featuring artists such as Fortay, The Hed Udb, Hyjak, Kerser, Jacquie Lomas, Losty, Nix, Tycotic himself and many more.

A culture of deviance in itself, hip-hop to it’s community is not just a genre of music but a way of life. Drawing on the 4 artistic elements of rapping, DJing, graffiti writing and b-boying, hip-hop has always had strong connections to cannabis and activist cultures, like a connecting puzzle piece in a patch work of unorthodox art societies. Come and immerse yourself in this collection of oz-hip-hop weed anthems, selected specially for the annual Nimbin Mardi Grass and bought to you by The Indigo Embassy.

9 – 10 pm : Green Light Party

Hosted by Disco Sista

Nimbin DJ Club presents Open DJ Sets / Fire Dancers / Lights / Videos / Fx… dance in the largest rainproof tent…. Featuring: Kron, Kalle Berry & Sassy Gang, T.L.E. Crew *Tallen* Lachy *Evil and Video DJ Disco Sista

 

 

Hemp [Party] Bar @ the Embassy

This is the home of POT ART though there will be more next door in the Embassy also. Meet old hippies here and long time cannabis law reform activists. Coffees, teas, healers and archival Mardigrass footage. The Bar hosts Ghosts of MardiGrass Past! Join the HEMP Party here. And if you live in Victoria or NSW, please sign up and help us register state HEMP Parties. Armband entry only!

4.20 pm  Web Cam Broadcast begins at HEMP Party Bar and includes Church of the Holy Smoke MardiGrass Blessing with the sacrificial $US100 note lighting the joint on the very moment of 4:20. NimbinHempBar.com. Please join our church over the weekend!

6 pm   GREY POWER outside the HEMP BAR. Annual gathering of grandparents, parents and children for the POLITE SERVICE to capture evidence in images to record the proof that pot is anti-aging! www.BigJoint.org

Cullen St – Outside Daizy’s

7 pm : Nimbin Street Drummers

Please leave the street open for traffic!

 

Djanbung Gardens

8 am – 4 pm Cafe & DJ Lounge
2.30 pm Workshop:  Organic Growing Masterclass – the Magic of Biochar and Compost Tea (free with armband, others by donation)

Plantem Park

4:20 am to Dawn

Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10.30 am Legal Advice

Cannabis is a “prohibited drug” under NSW law. Any activity involving cannabis is illegal – possession, use, supply or cultivation. It is also an offence to drive with THC present in your saliva. This session presents general advice and guidance regarding cannabis laws.

11:30 am Hemp Olympix

Register at Sativa Stadium for the 2018 Hemp Olympix! $2 Entry into all HEMP Olympix Events.

12 pm : Tug O’ Drug Peace

Recreational Versus Medical Pot Users

With the Big Hemp Rope!

Sadly, in 2018 police don’t want to compete in this famous event. Well, it is a bit embarrassing to keep losing to the stoners! Maybe they’ll change their mind, but if not, we’ll do the Hillsong Skip to celebrate outlasting the recently retired NSW Police Commissioner. He did his best to make out life difficult! Last man, or woman, standing wins gold!

The tug is followed by the Hemp Olympix First Heats of the Bong Throw and Yell and then the Growers Ironperson Event.  Hosted by S Sorrensen and Alan Glover.

Followed by the Fringe Hemp Olympix with Nic the Hippy, Bigbong, Gary the Plumber, Dr Smooth, and Baldenstoned all assisting in this fast growing event. This begins with the Beard and Dread Stash. How much can you hide in your hair anywhere? Followed by Correct Weight where contestants attempt to fill a baggie with as close to an ounce as possible, 28.349 grams.  Seed Sorting, and the wheelchair obstacle course where contestants will attempt to score a Licence To Care*.

* Extremely rare and impossible to get in Australia!

5 – 11 pm Music @ Hash Bowl Stage

Nimbin Town Hall

MardiGrass Info Booth, chill zone, medical Cannabis meeting place, forums, with advice and education in the garden. The Greek Street Food Cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.
11 am – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference
Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

We are pleased to present some mind-bending action at the 26th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their medical cannabis expertise and experiences, and reveal the campaigns and gains made in other cannabis loving communities around the planet.

5 pm : HEMP Olympix Joint Rolling First Heats

Must burn from one end to another!

6 pm : Hemposium Pot Politix Forum

Topic TBA

Hosted by Nick Wallis and speakers include: Derryn Hinch [Justice Party Senator Victoria], Andrew Kavasilas [HEMP Party], Fiona Patten [Sex Party MLC Victoria], David Shoebridge [Greens MLC NSW]

7.30 pm : Stand Up Comedy Show

MardiGrass comedy in the Town Hall Saturday night at 7.30. Hosted by SSorrensen and Alan Glover, with special guests Steady Eddy and Jonathan Atherton.

10 pm MUSIC

Disco Sista’s Tent

12 – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference

Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

5 pm : Comedy at the Laugh Grass Tent!

Hosted by the Laugh Mob. Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! And we sure need it to handle these ridiculous, discriminatory, inhuman, archaic, ludicrous and laughable cannabis laws.

8.30 pm Tribal Fire Show

The dance of Shiva sets the rhythm of life and death that orders the universe … The ring of fire represents the eternal cyclical nature of existence.

9 – 11 pm : Green Light Party

Hosted by Disco Sista

Nimbin DJ Club presents Open DJ Sets / Fire Dancers / Lights / Videos / Fx… dance in the largest rainproof tent…. Featuring: DJ Nug in the Hilux, Digital Bionics [DJ Roger Andre], DJ Miles Jackson and Video DJ Disco Sista

IMF Hemp Tent

10 am – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference
Talks, workshops, demos, forum and expo on industrial hemp

This year’s Mardigrass Hemp IMF Tent will promote hemp solutions for Industry, Medical and Food use. Our highly experienced Hempies have had many years of experience in developing hemp for new clean green hemp/bamboo farming and renewable raw materials to replace mining and petrochemicals.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

Mullaways Camp

10 am – 4 pm : All day Gardener’s Breakfast with Mullaway and friends. All gardeners and wanna-be green thumbs welcome!

Get a flying start to the day. MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS MEETING. Tony Bower will be here. Originally helping MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers in Australia’s first medical cannabis dispensary trial, Tony was arrested and imprisoned for growing the 200 tagged medical cannabis he needed to keep his commitment to his patients. A few months and expensive legal fees later Tony was freed by a higher court. Forced by the threat of jail to reduce his effort, Tony has since been focusing on genetic child epilepsy patients where some outstanding results have been seen and publicised by the media. “My culture prohibits me from not helping someone if I can.”

Town Hall Garden

Open all weekend: Medical Cannabis meeting place, advice and education from local and visiting experts, as well as herbal extraction and cooking demonstrations.

10 am – 4 pm : Medical Cannabis Advice, Information, Education and Demonstrations. Please drop in any time to share with local and visiting experts.

Advisors: Dave, Heather, Francis, Kendra, Gary, Zane, Radic Al, Brooke
Demos: Radic Al, Nick the Hippy

Community Market Stage

Family Friendly space featuring a chill-out chai tent, markets, and the best of music from the Rainbow region all weekend.

10 am – 10 pm: Music

Birth & Beyond

This year at Nimbin Mardigrass, the Birth and Beyond room (next to the Apothecary) will be alive with harmonious Yogic vibrations. Please join us for one of our scheduled classes or pop in to soak up the energy.

8 am – 9.30 Stoned Yoga

CONFRONTING STEREOTYPES …. YOGA IN ACTION: Inhale …. hold …. exhale…..relax. Are you pulling a morning bong, inhaling deeply on a mother gunja spliff supreme, yoga breathing or a combination of all three simultaneously? Stoners, hippies, yogis….it’s time to confront tired stereotypes. All stoners aren’t lazy and dirty; all hippies don’t wear rainbows and dreadlocks and all yogis aren’t super athletes in tight lycra.. All you need to be able to do is breathe. Yoga and cannabis are ancient tools to enlightenment or simply put a more peaceful joyful experience of your life. Stoned Yoga will provide a quiet morning space amidst the chaos to breath, stretch and re-connect. Some mats supplied but please bring your own!!!!!

10 am – 11.30 Sativa Salutations

2 pm – 3.30 Yoga on the Grass

Mingle Park

Solar powered DRY CAMP in the middle of the village, includes chilled chai tent, hemp education and demonstrations on using hemp seed for nutrition, music, workshops, Stoned Chess, and movies after dark

11 am: Register for the MWSCC (MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship) on the old Museum site next to Daizy’s by 12:00 pm Saturday.

Midday: World Stoned Chess Championship

Winner decided by sunset. Drug testing will be compulsory, but not after every move.

12 – 10 pm: Music and workshop

Program TBA

10 pm Funmaker Silent Disco

4 pm KOMBI KONVOY

Arrives in Nimbin, having wended its way from Byron Bay via Lismore. Sponsored by Rvbyesque.

4:20 pm * Global Marijuana March*

Meet for a world record attempt at the most joints ever lit at once in the one place……. Everyone is encouraged to roll a joint so that when the Konvoy has passed,  at the call of the Nimbin time 4:20, we can light up simultaneously and please blow as much smoke as possible for the cameras.

Well over 1 million cannabis law reform activists in nearly 300 cities around the globe will be protesting. In Nimbin we will once again aim to break our record for the most joints ever lit at once in the same place at the same time. This is a big call now because weed is now legal – for those who enjoy it – in 8 American states.

Be smart and bring a “joint”! After the last Kombi has passed, wait for the call and we will light up,and produce as much smoke as possible for the cameras recording the event. Viva la Fume!

Hemp [Party] Bar @ the Embassy

6 pm : HEMP Party members meet here every evening from 6pm. Join the HEMP Party here. And if you live in Victoria or NSW, please sign up and help us register state HEMP Parties.

8.30 pm till late The HEMP Bar and Polite Bureau on the Embassy verandah will be hosting a W.A.N party, where the focus is to be on uploading images and other information to YouTube, Facebook and other networks, bring your laptop, mobile phone and camera.

Don’t forget to check out the POT ART EXHIBITION featuring Cannabis inspired art. Meet old hippies here and long time cannabis law reform activists. Coffees, teas, healers and archival Mardigrass footage. The Bar hosts Ghosts of MardiGrass Past!  Armband entry only.

Bush Theatre

Enjoy a superb chill zone in a beautiful setting by Mulgum Creek, featuring:

Nimbin’s Bush Theatre: Screening pot movies all weekend.

Phoenix Rising Café: Delicious food daily with many of the menu’s ingredients grown on-site or provided by local producers.

9 am – 8 pm Saturday & Sunday : Live music all weekend!

3 pm Saturday : A Dead Set presented by the Grateful Dead Appreciation Society

Other Roadside Attractions

Sativa Stadium

4:20 am to Dawn

Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10 am The Pot Poet’s Breakfast

Hosted by award-winning Nimbin poet olympian David Hallett, this poetic wake-up call will be a pot-pourri of Nimbin & other worldly poetic tales. Visiting pot poets are very welcome! Just turn up or email: david.a.hallett@gmail.com

11 am Seed Swap

11:30 am Hemp Olympix registration

Register at Sativa Stadium for the 2018 Hemp Olympix! $2 Entry into all HEMP Olympix Events.

12 – 2 pm Hemp Olympix

Last Heats and Finals: Growers Iron Person Event & Bong Throw and Yell.

Music – After Rally & Parade @ Hash Bowl Stage

Program TBA

Nimbin Town Hall

MardiGrass Info Booth, chill zone, medical Cannabis meeting place, forums, with advice and education in the garden. The Greek Street Food Cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.

10.30 am – 2 pm: Hemposium Conference

Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

We are pleased to present some mind-bending action at the 25th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their medical cannabis expertise and experiences, and reveal the campaigns and gains made in other cannabis loving communities around the planet.

5 pm Joint Rolling Finals

Hosted by SSorensen and Alan Glover.

Followed by the Plantathlon Award for the best Hemp Olympix All-rounder, in memory of Chicken George, the legendary Plantem of previous MardiGrass.

Special 26th MardiGrass Plantem look-a-like competition.

Great green prizes!

6 pm HEMP Party meeting

Town Hall Garden

Open all weekend: Medical Cannabis meeting place, advice and education from local and visiting experts, as well as herbal extraction and cooking demonstrations.

10 am – 2 pm : Medical Cannabis Advice, Information, Education and Demonstrations. Please drop in any time to share with local and visiting experts.

Advisors: Dave, Heather, Francis, Kendra, Gary, Zane, Radic Al, Brooke
Demos: Radic Al, Nick the Hippy

12 – 2pm : Dr Andrew Katelaris, and other speakers will be available for advice and information exchange.

Mullaways Camp

10 am – 2 pm : Gardener’s Breakfast with Mullaway and friends. All gardeners and wanna-be green thumbs welcome!

Disco Sista’s Tent

12 – 2 pm : Hemposium

Grower’s circle and demo about the wide ranging benefits of the cannabis plant

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

5 pm : Comedy – Weed Laughs!

Hosted by Laugh Mob. Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! And we sure need it to handle these ridiculous, discriminatory, inhuman, archaic, ludicrous and laughable cannabis laws.

6 – 9 pm : Green Light Party

Hosted by Disco Sista

Nimbin DJ Club presents Open DJ Sets / Fire Dancers / Lights / Videos / Fx… dance in the largest rainproof tent…. Featuring: Enchanted Movement * Fire Logan Mcalpin, DJ Amozon, DJ Nug in the Hilux, DJ Psy Stew, DJ Bush Grub and Video DJ Disco Sista

HEMP IMF Tent

12 – 2 pm : Martin Ernegg, Hemp Fibre Fusion

Workshop: Hemp Bead Molding

Birth & Beyond

This year at Nimbin Mardigrass, the Birth and Beyond room (next to the Apothecary) will be alive with harmonious Yogic vibrations. Please join us for one of our scheduled classes or pop in to soak up the energy.

8 am – 9.30 Stoned Yoga

12 – 1.30 pm Yoga Nidra / Deep relaxation

CANNABIS LAW REFORM RALLY AND PARADE

* Prohibition is an incitement, not a control!

2 pm * Gather and get ready for the MardiGrass Parade

If you want to be in it join us inside the exit of the western car park, across the road from the Community Market. The march is the main event, so please come.

2:30pm CANNABIS LAW REFORM RALLY

The Parade this year will gather inside the western car park near the exit and led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, with children holding the Koori flag, make its way south along Cullen street to the Police Station where it will turn left and head down past the Greenbank into to Sativa Stadium for the Cannabis Law Reform Rally, speeches and presentations. Just follow the GANJA FAERIES and the BIG JOINT!!

Sometimes the parade might stop while the Ganja Faeries up front do a brief performance. This keeps the parade from being too hasty and allows the crowd a better opportunity to take it all in. Everyone wait behind the BIG JOINT until the procession continues. No rush.

Percussionists who have not been practicing with the Ganja Faerie troupe are asked to form a second Drumming Troupe, further back in the parade to provide a continuing accompaniment for the parade. People are asked not to occupy the space between the Ganja Faeries and the first group of Drummers.

When we finish the march there will be short speeches by Bundjalung Elders and guests. Parade Float prizes will be awarded, followed by more speeches.

This is our twenty sixth consecutive annual Rally for Cannabis Law Reform. We vowed to Rally every year on the first Sunday in May until we are no longer criminals for using this herb!

Hemp [Party] Bar @ the Embassy

Fair Dinkum stand up voters can register here to join the HEMP Party all weekend. Join the Church of the Holy Smoke for free!

Mingle Park

Solar powered DRY CAMP in the middle of the village, includes chilled chai tent, hemp education and demonstrations on using hemp seed for nutrition, music, and workshops.

Program TBA

Community Market Stage

Family Friendly space featuring a chill-out chai tent, markets, and the best of music from the Rainbow region all weekend.

Bush Theatre

Open all weekend! Food, music and superb chill zone by the river.

10 am – 11 pm MUSIC

Bands to be announced!

Cannabis Cup * Somewhere, Sometime …

Details

Start:
May 4
End:
May 6
Website:
http://www.nimbinmardigrass.com

Organiser

Nimbin Hemp Embassy
Phone:
02 6689 0326
Email:
head@hempembassy.net
Website:
www.hempembassy.net

Venue

Nimbin Showground
33 Cecil Street
Nimbin, NSW 2480 Australia
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Phone:
0458 872 228
Website:
www.nimbinshowsociety.org.au