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Nimbin MardiGrass & Cannabis Law Reform
A Full Weekend Pass costs
$20 and gives you access to Peace Park and the Nimbin
Town Hall all weekend. This includes the Opening Ceremony and
Pickers' Ball on Friday night, the Harvest Festival Ball on Saturday
night, the Hemp Olympix, the Pot Psychosium and discussion forums,
book and film launches, etc, etc.
A One Day Pass for either
Saturday or Sunday costs $15.
Embassy endeavours to keep MardiGrass accessible to everyone,
but we rely on YOU buying a pass to cover costs and support our
efforts for Cannabis Law Reform.
Register as a volunteer at the Hemp Embassy
or the Information Booth in front of the Hall. Four hours volunteering
earns you a weekend pass. We love and need volunteers. That's
how MardiGrass happens; this is the twelfth!
Events program will change as new information comes to
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Throughout the weekend, Nimbin's magic will be on show in unexpected
locations continually, truly random events. Don't miss the Hemp
Embassy and Hemp Bar, the Rainbow Cafe stage, the Oasis Cafe,
the MardiGrass markets and stage, the Hub Cafe and music in Allsop
Park, the Bowling Club and the Pub.
Chill Out Zone
for quiet spells at the Nimbin Community
Gardens, away from the madding crowd. Remember, "Cookies"
are not a soft option. They can take up to an hour and a half
to take full effect. If you are inexperienced, be very careful.
Vitamin C is a good remedy.
If you do want a change of pace, there's an Open
Garden at "Wallaby Park", 46 Basil Road,
Nimbin, owned by Sue Boardman and Michael Hannan, open the 1st
and 2nd of May between 10:00am and 4:30pm each day. Adults: $4.50
Children: free. Toilets available. Phone: 02-66891731 Plants for
sale from Friends of the Koala Nursery. Proceeds to charity under
Australia's Open Garden Scheme.
Community Safety will be providing visitor information,
crowd safety, primary first aid, event communications and security/police
liaison during the MardiGrass. You will be able to recognise the
Jungle Patrol by their green T-shirts with yellow lettering.
The Jungle Patrol are here to help you. Ask them if
you need help. Help them if they ask.
Pot Art XI: Best
Shop Front or Window display gets to send two Judges to the Cannabis
Please support Nimbin's local charity stalls over the weekend
including the Fire Brigade, the AFL Demons, the A&I Society,
Nimbin Headers Sportsclub, local schools and others.
Watch out for
SBS Pizza filming a piece for the show.
Don't forget to buy a raffle ticket
for a chance at the honour of being a Cannabis Cup Judge.
Drawn in Peace Park after the Sunday
Cannabis Law Reform Rally.
To find out how to enter in the Cup, ask
at the Information Booth at the Town Hall.
FRIDAY'S LEAD UP EVENTS
Friday, 30th April, 2004
4:20pm - Hemp
Bar - MardiGrass TokeOff -
Hemp Bar starts its official
MardiGrass Live Webcast! Come and join us!
Nimbin HEMP Bar Big Bong Burger Bar
Peace Park at
SUNSET - Just after 5:00pm - MardiGrass
Opening Ceremony - includes Bundjalung Elders,
and Ganja Faeries in a Harvest Dance Performance.
Followed by : -
The Picker's Ball in Peace
Park with Monkey and the Fish, the Paranoia
Club, Dinosaur Spaceship, Bundjalung Dancers and more.
Rainbow Cafe 6.00pm:
Music by Monkey...
Town Hall - 6:00pm
- World Premiere of Kog's
Movie, "Marijuana..A Grower's
Lot", based on his book of the same name.
Meet the man himself, ask questions.
Followed by Bands - Fab, Destiny, Morphonic,
MC Battle, DeAnarchist DJ, and Kin203
Oasis Cafe 9:00pm
- and on into the night : Open
Microphone with Feature Acts.
7:30pm - Fresh Pickings
- $10 adults, $5 children $15 families. Film,
Dance Performances, Aerialists, Hip hop and DJ's. An alcohol
Saturday 1st May 2004
PEACE PARK HEMP FAIR PROGRAM
Saturday 1st May 2004
The HEMP Fair will be going all day in Peace Park, weather permitting.
If it rains some events will be shifted to the Town
PEACE PARK HEMP OLYMPIX STADIUM
The Official Opening of the IX HEMP OLYMPIX
by Chibo "Cookie" Mertineit, Torch Bearer
and Dedicated Founding Veteran of the HEMP Olympix with the Hemp
Olympix comperes Alan Glover and 'S', to be followed by the first
heats of Bong Throwing and the Growers Ironperson events.
is $2:00 for each event. Whatever you offer will be accepted as
the entry fee. No change will be available.
Entrants sign in at Peace Park
Olympix Stadium on May 1st.
" Bong Throw & Yell "
- where entrants throw a bong full of stinking bong
water as far as humanly possible whilst yelling "Free the
Weed" or something similar.
- " Growers Ironperson Event"
- Involves lugging a sack of fertiliser and buckets
of water around the simulated planting area obstacle course
with a tick and leech infested lantana tunnel. The men's event
is a 40 KG sack while the ladies contend with a 8 KG sack. The
top five crawl into the final . A disclaimer
must be signed to compete in this event.
- " Joint Rolling " (Must
burn from one end to the other):
The four categories follow:
1. Speed Roll - Roll a standard three-paper
joint as fast as you can. The three fastest go into the finals.
Joints must include a cardboard filter, or will be judged
incomplete. If this custom is alien to you, consult a local
before the event.
2. Artistic Roll - Roll the most beautiful
joint within ten minutes with as many papers as you like.
The three best examples enter the finals.
3. Roll in the Dark - Athletes are blindfolded.
- 4. Adverse Conditions Roll - Dependant on
weather conditions on the day and the judges' creativity.
- NEW EVENT
- to prepare us for new roadside drug testing, the Gob
Swab Squad Lob will be held within the discretion and
imagination of the comperes.
All times are Nimbin times and
all events are subject to change
The "Just Say Know"
Forum will operate all weekend for head to head
matters, with discussions about leading Australian Cannabis research
in the HempExpo Tent at Peace Park.
Speakers and events today include:
12:00pm Steve Bolt on legal matters
Thorpe from Herbal Highs
2:00pm - Cloning Workshop
4:30pm Arrival of Kombi Konvoy
and Million Marijuana March at Park after its arrival in the village
Followed by da Skunk Party,
a Big Gig to End da War on Drugs.
Max White, Grimoire, Zahlu, Stipsky, Proem3, and Mousemoon
TOWN HALL PROGRAM
Saturday 1st May 2004
11:00am , Keith Bolton, Industrial
Mop Crop trials, etc.
12:00 - 3:00pm - The Pot
Psychosium is a forum to discuss Cannabis use
and any associated mental health issues . Facilitated by John
Howard of the Ted Noffs Foundation. Speakers include Doctors
David Helliwell, Harry Freeman, and Andrew Katelaris, John Jiggens,
Maire Barron and local identity, Dr Paul Recher.
have a say online
current online contributions
3:00pm - Launch of the John Jiggens
Book, "The Sydney Connection", to be
launched by Drew Hutton, Queensland's Green
Senate Candidate for the upcoming Federal Election.
book is a narrative of investigations into the Nugan Hand, Murray
Riley & the murder of Donald Mackay.
Who Killed Don Mackay?
The Sydney Connection reveals the darkest secret of the Black
Knights of the NSW police force: several former detectives have
been involved at the highest level of the global drug trade, acting
as transshipment agents linking the U.S. Mafia to Asian drug armies
allied to the CIA.
Although the Mackay murder sparked the biggest manhunt in Australian
history, the NSW police were unable to solve the crime. In 1986,
a small-time criminal named Jimmy Bazley was framed for the Mackay
murder. Said Jimmy Bazley;
"The dogs have been barking for several years that a
NSW policeman killed Donald Mackay. That policeman was Fred Krahe."
3:30pm - Eve Sinton's book launch, "Cooking
4.20pm - Kombi
Konvoy arrives in Nimbin with the
IX HEMP Olympix Torch, the
Eternal Flame for the Victims of Prohibition.
Million Marijuana March bursts forth from the HempBar distributing
joints to the Kombi drivers, and those mobile enough will make
their way to Peace Park to sit in the Peace Chairs for 4 minutes
20 seconds...at last count similar protests will occur in 216
other cities around the world on MayDay........
5:00pm - Medical Cannabis
Discussion includes Andrew Kavasilas's
Medical Cannabis book launch, by Dr Andrew Katelaris and Justin
6:00pm - IX
HEMP Olympix Joint Rolling events
in the Town Hall
8.00pm - Harvest
with Dub Sessions, Quanda Kumanje, Fish Soup, Earth Reggae,
Rhythm Kings, and One 4 One.
Saturday 1st May 2004
Cafe 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm
Music Award Heats. The winner from
each heat will sing on Sunday at the Rally in Peace
Park. There will be three judges, but they will be influenced
by audience reaction
Hemp Embassy - 3:00pm
- Steve White movie
Behind the Museum - 1:00pm
and 3:00pm - Indigenous dance by Nununkal/Bundjalung Dancers
Rainbow Cafe 8pm
- Music by Ewen James, Asia, Doug and Biskit...
Oasis Café 9:00pm
- Night of Comedy continuing into the small hours....
Just out of Nimbin - DOOF
4 Drug Law Reform – follow the signs. $20.00
Have a good Saturday Night, but save some for Sunday!
SUNDAY'S MARDIGRASS PROGRAM
Sunday, 2nd May, 2004
- The Bowling Club
11.00am - IX HEMP OLYMPIX
: in Peace Park Stadium
The 2nd Heats the Grower's
Iron Person Event followed by second heats of the Bong Throw,
and then the final of the Grower's Iron Person Event.
11.00am - Seed Swap
Town Hall 11:00am
- John Howard on Cannabis - a discussion
on cannabis use today and the harm minimisation approach - the
discussion includes Steve Bolt with legal advice, Ray Thorpe from
Herbal Highs, and Dr David Helliwell.
Rainbow Cafe 11:30pm
- 3:30pm: Music by Cranky Hank...
CANNABIS LAW REFORM RALLY
March Assembly Point - Top
of Cecil Street, opposite the Police Station.
12:00noon - Ganja Faeries gathering
at assembly point for Cannabis Law Reform March. Dress up early
and come to the street dance workshop there.
All are welcome.
12.30pm - Prepare for Cannabis Law Reform March
- Those wishing to take part join everyone at Cecil street, opposite
the Nimbin Police Station.
1.00pm - CANNABIS
LAW REFORM RALLY.
Led by the BUNDJALUNG PEOPLE and GANJA FAERIES
and GOBLINS and THE BIG JOINT
with everyone joining in, proceeds down Cullen Street, Sibley
Street, ending up in Peace Park.
STAND UP AND BE COUNTED !
About 2:00pm - Cannabis
Law Reform Rally arrives in Peace
Doug & Biskit & Friends
greet the arriving parade with a sing along of "Tetra - Hydra
Speakers to follow include Doctor Andrew Katelaris
(Hemp Advocate), Kog
(Cultivation Author & Moviemaker) and John
Kaye (NSW Green Senate Candidate).
See the three finalists from Saturday's heats sing in the Marijuana
Song Contest. Final Winner chosen by audience reaction!
Also, the Recorded Track winner will be announced, and, if present,
asked to play.
Drawing of Nimbin MardiGrass Cannabis
Cup Judges Raffle. Tickets
for a chance to be a judge in the Nimbin MardiGrass Cannabis Cup
available all week-end at Hemp Embassy and at the information
booth outside the Town Hall.
IX HEMP OLYMPIX FINALS
3.00pm - Bong Throw and
Yell in Peace Park.
- Joint Rolling Finals
in the Town Hall
5.30pm - Nimbin MardiGrass
Location not to be announced!.
Sunset - Closing
Ceremony and Magic at Peace Park
- Vanessa Hoffman, Grant, Red Eyed Frogs, Bohemian Fringe, One
4 One, and Hot Rubber Glove.
- 5:00pm: Mousemoon
- Final Toke - 8:00pm:
Evolove, Max White, Peppa Rose, Big Notes, Spirits of Eve, Mousemoon,
and a special guest.
Oasis Café 9:00pm
- More Comedy into the small hours leading to....
10:00pm - (Roughly) Presentation
of MardiGrass Cannabis Growers Cup
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Film, Dance Performances, Aerialists, Hiphop, DJ's
friday 30 april 7.30 pm.
kids $ 5, adults $ 10, family $ 15
Dinner, snacks and drinks are
available from the cafe all night from 6.00 pm.
A Cold Summer (R)
A raw, emotional, passionate and uncompromising portrait
of the lives of three young people living in Sydney.
An Australian, low budget, independent movie, directed
by Paul Middleditch, distributed by Potential Films, Melbourne.
Rated: R. Restricted to adults 18 years and over.
thu 29 april, sat 1, sun 2, tue
4, wed 5 may 7.30 pm
Have dinner in our cafe or or
on the terrace by the creek side from 6.00 pm. Take aways
This is our Twelfth Mardi Grass
and although PEACE
is still the obvious theme of the times, this is a cannabis cultural
gathering and is a great opportunity to enlighten yourself and
others with any knowledge you have on this extraordinary herb.
MAY YOUR GRASS GROW HIGH !
We need Volunteers, or none
of this would be possible!
Please do a few hours.
If you want to help, contact the Nimbin
Phone: (02) 6689 1842, or email email@example.com,
or, on the day, go to the Embassy Info Booth outside the Town
Please remember Mardi Grass is put
on by Volunteers
Don’t Give Them A Hard Time!