Take Stoney Chute Road from Nimbin,
and head for Kyogle. Exactly 20km north of Kyogle turn left.
This road has no sign but there is
some fluro material to identify it, and it's the first left after
"O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat,
and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this" Drug War
! Mostly Shakespeare
Cannabis does not make us criminals. The
Please help us continue the struggle to
end the criminalisation of cannabis users, and continue to stage
MardiGrass. For pot's sake, buy a pass and stand up for cannabis.
A one person full MardiGrass
pass, including a two night campsite at the A & I Showgrounds
nights $10 per person. Showgrounds open from Wednesday.
Full Weekend passes without campsite are $30. A Saturday only pass
costs $20, Sunday only $10. That pass gives entry to all venues
except the Cannabis Cup.
Green Triangle MardiGrass
Buses from Brisbane
Nimbin's ATM's always run
out of money. Huge Queues. Bring cash.
Nimbin's MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) gears up for the village’s
seventeenth annual MardiGrass, a cannabis law reform protest weekend
that has cost NSW taxpayers a fortune in excessive policing of recent
years, an extraordinary situation is emerging in America. New Jersey
has just become the 14th state to legislate for medical cannabis.
Further, the US Attorney General has just reassured law reformers
the new government will be treating drugs as a health issue not
a criminal one, as Obama promised pre election..
To tell us why California hasn't succumbed
to psychosis after a decade of medical cannabis being available,
Cheech and Chong are expected to visit, along with Mat and Sita,
fresh from Canada to tell us about the latest developments there.
A free armband, that is a MardiGrass weekend pass, to anyone with
a Medical Cannabis Card or Permission letter who will join in the
Saturday Medical Forum in the Town Hall and share their experience
with everyone. Many thanks to Grooven
for support in bringing DACHAMBO
from Japan to MardiGrass. Do visit their shop across the road from
Byron Bay's Woolies if you get the chance.
Click for image of the band
Anaid is collecting footage for her new film clip over the MardiGrass
weekend. Saturday she will be welcoming the Kombi Konvoy in the
main street from 3.30 followed by her joining the Global Million
Marijuana March at 4.20. She then sings in the pub at 7.30. Then
on Sunday we will hear her again around 3pm at the Rally in Peace
Park at the end of the Cannabis Law Reform Parade. www.myspace.com/dianaanaid
will be coming from Canada to speak on Industrial Hemp, and hemp
nutrition. A petition for the re-assessment of hemp foods is in
Volunteers of all sorts are still needed and we know from
experience this is the way to really enjoy the weekend, from the
inside. We also especially need more car parking space (got a spare
paddock nearby?) and drug free drivers for MUNCH operatives! (See
There's a new Hemp Olympix event planned for this year
called 'Correct Weight'. Or 'Fair Deal' as some want to call it.
Entrants have to estimate an oz weight in a standard cliplock bag.
28.3495231 grams to be exact. It's
a gold medal event and some are already practising.
Also this year for the first time there will be a Fringe
Mardigrass, "The Red Pill Circus of Truth", hosted by
Jago Jago. The proposed program will include guest speakers on various
subjects that are taboo on the mainstream media. Subjects covered
will be history, medicine, politics, finance, military and other
relevant issues not normally discussed or made available to the
general public, and will include film screenings from Friday evening
to Sunday night.
The "Wake Up Australia” MardiGrass this year
is on the weekend of May 2 and 3, and organizers gather in the Hemp
Bar every Friday at 5:00pm if you want to join in and help. Otherwise
drop into the Embassy or the Hemp Bar anytime and leave a message
in the ‘blue book’.
Timing is everything, and all MardiGrass times are Nimbintime!
We have been asked if we would like Cheech
& Chong to come to MardiGrass, but the asking price is bigger
than our budget. There is a page on Facebook put up by an Organising
Body member that would like to see them at MardiGrass.
Do you really want to see them?
Get Cheech & Chong to Nimbin MardiGrass
From: Sarah-Jane Loxton
Hello MardiGrass supporters,
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has supported our
mission to get Cheech & Chong to Nimbin MardiGrass.
It has been a challenge, but I finally got to to speak to Tommy
Chong himself. He would love to come along, and was very open to
the idea, but the thing is, this is a comedy tour being organised
by a promotions company, not Cheech or Chong. For Tommy to come
it will be a case of squeezing in a short visit between shows.
In the end he did say "OK, I'll come, go ahead and advertise
it, I'm coming". We're not entirely sure yet when or where
he'll be appearing at MardiGrass, but keep inviting your friends
FaceBook page and come to MardiGrass yourself and find out!
At least Beach & Bong
are definitely coming to MardiGrass!
Beach & Bong, long lost Australian brothers of Cheech
and Chong, are coming to MardiGrass in hopes of shaming their brothers
into showing for a family re-union. We believe
they will arrive in a pink bus(?) Watch
out for them as they wander around MardiGrass, waiting for a sighting
of their more famous brothers. They've been mulling over what to
say for years.
We have been told that no-one among the past
doof organisers is organising a doof this year. Can it be true? Hard
to imagine MardiGrass without one. Any budding promoters out there?
Time is short!
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Please respect our little peace of Gondwanaland.
Click on the map above for a larger
You can register as
a volunteer at the Hemp Embassy or the Information Booth in front
of the Hall.
We need volunteers
from as early as Monday on, so if you want to be part of the preparations,
come early. You do not have to register in advance, just come. Volunteers
are needed throughout the weekend.
Camping is available
at many sites near the village, a bedroll and sleeping bag are minimum
kit. The nights are starting to get cold at MardiGrass so make sure
you bring warm clothing and whatever else you need in case it rains.
Jobs are varied,
and according to the needs of the moment. They can include fence
and barricade construction, rubbish collection, erecting marquees
and tents, "joint" rolling, setting up stages, constructing
big joints, and anything else that needs to be done to make MardiGrass
CAMPING with showers AVAILABLE
For the second time
ever, the Nimbin Agricultural and Industrial Society (A&I) plan
to open the showground for camping and parking for
the MardiGrass weekend, which is May 2nd & 3rd. The A
& I don’t get the Government grants they used to get and
need funds to maintain the place. They can also help minimise the
impact of so many visitors to the village over the big weekend.
A good example of community organisations helping each other.
You can get a
campsite, with access to toilets and
showers and a full weekend pass
for only $50 per person.
The A&I volunteers will be camped there for the weekend to help
out, as well as cooking country breakfasts with bacon and egg rolls
a specialty. People who camped there last year loved it.
You can book ahead
by sending a $50 money order per person to the MOB,(MardiGrass Organising
Body), PO Box 177, Nimbin, 2480. $50 secures you an all weekend
entry to MardiGrass and a campsite at the showground. We will keep
a register and when you arrive at the showground and identify yourself
your pass and site will be given to you.
Camping ground opens Wednesday. Additional
nights $10 per person. If you want this camping with hot showers
arrive early. There will still be plenty of other camping, but with
cold showers or none...
Friday night full reception open
til 10:30pm. Later than that, you will be directed to a temporary
area, and a site will be allocated in the morning.
$50 per person for camping with showers and a full weekend pass.
They will have a local band playing
on Saturday night. People who camped there last year loved it.
or Hemp Embassy 0266 891842
Nimbin Rox YHA Backpackers Resort, 74 Thorburn Street,
Nimbin: Phone International (+612) or Australia (02), then 66890022.
They have camping and parking areas open in the fields along their
driveway at the end of Thorburn Street. See Accommodation
for more info.....
The area around Rainbow Power is under development, and
will not yet be available at the time of MardiGrass. There will
be no camping or parking available there this year, so if you were
thinking Rainbow, then the Nimbin Rox parking might be the go.
As at 13 January 2009, staff of the Australian Electoral
Commission had the following results for the 42 persons who were
attempted to be contacted from the Party membership list:
• 14 confirmations of membership
• 11 denials of membership
• 17 could not be contacted by registered mail
The random sample membership check did not disclose any cross-party
or internal duplicates and no members under 17 years of age.
See the Australian
Hemp Party website or this page for
NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR BRAVER HEMP PARTY
Please don't join
the HEMP Party unless you are willing to confirm your membership
to AEC officials on the phone. If you are unfindable or unwilling
to confirm membership, don't join, because it stuffs it up for the
rest of us. Sorry, but that's how it works. Give us as many ways
to contact you as possible to make it easier to confirm your membership
with the AEC. They insist on checking up to see if members really
Be an effective
HEMP Party member! Meetings at the HEMP Party Bar at 6:00 pm each
evening of MardiGrass!
LETS DO IT!
Is Mardigrass a tradition
yet? Is seventeen years enough?
Come and Enjoy
Another Traditional MardiGrass!
remember to respect this village that allows this festival, and
try to conduct yourself as a true ambassador for HEMP. Do not give
our opponents free ammunition through bad behaviour. The whole world
is watching, possibly when you least expect it.... Be your best
Please do NOT
block driveways when parking your vehicle!
Patrol, the parking attendants, all the people doing the work
that make it possible, they are all VOLUNTEERS,
so please try to help them to help you.
Chill Out Zones: So
far, Peace Park and Town Hall. Ask at the Information Booth.
We need licensed non-stoners with
vehicles to be the M*U*N*C*H vehicles, which will patrol the approach
roads to Nimbin making sure police don’t turn people away
from the MardiGrass like they did in 2006, saying “Nimbin
is full, turn around and go home!” and observe police behaviour
generally. Our fleet of M*U*N*C*H vehicles will be monitoring any
unfair Nimbin Cannabis Hype and measuring Omega 3, 6 and 9 levels
to make sure you are a healthy driver with a good singing voice.
Hemp Seedcake, a winner at the last Nimbin Show, will be provided
for those without a glossy coat. Healthy drivers equal better drivers.
Try a Hemp Bar today!
ANNUAL AUSSIE GROWERS CUP?
We still have a proposal for an annual
grower's cup possibly held late June or early July to allow grower's
a bit of time post harvest to prepare and select their best.
Organic only? Different Categories?
Rules on how to determine categories? What if its organically grown
Judging criteria ideas so far include
entries and equivalent guests; minimal weight ten grams, no maximum.
All unused bud returned to grower, all donations gratefully recieved!
The time and location for a meeting to discuss this idea of an National
Aussie Cup is understandably a bit vague but keep your ears to the
ground at MardiGrass!!
To Make Cannabis Legal
We would like as many video-witnesses
as possible to encourage the peace,
and to bring cameras to HeadsQuarters
to share your footage with us all via computer !
NIMBIN MARDIGRASS and CANNABIS LAW
We're Growing Ahead!
Names and artists will
grow in numbers between now and MardiGrass. The MardiGrass Organising
Body is holding weekly meetings from which the 2009 program takes
shape, between February & May, so this page will change frequently
in the lead up to MardiGrass. One thing you can be certain of, we
are growing ahead.
LIST OF ATTRACTIONS!
Industrial HEMP Expo, Medicinal Cannabis Info, Ganja Faeries,
BIG JOINT, KOMBI KONVOY, “Cannabis Reconciliation” Forum,
Parade Float Competition, Rainbow Lane Market, Photo and Video Competitions,
local musicians, PotArt Competition, street theatre, live HEMP web-cam,
DOTYA Dealer of the year awards (Nominations need to be left in
writing at the Nimbin HEMP Party Bar), Michael Phelps Award...a
special award for treading water, or poor bong disposal, awarded
at the judges discretion, Cannabis Cup, Pickers Ball, HEMP OLYMPIX,
MardiGrass Market open all weekend, Bubblehash
and Vaporiser Demonstration, Seed Swap, Oasis Comedy Café,
Cannabis Cup, Pickers Ball in the Town Hall Friday, Kaptan Reefer
and the Kone Scapers doing street music and more!!!
forget the core event, 2.30pm Sunday - Cannabis Law Reform Rally
Don't miss Dutchies Café (Official Hemp Embassy
Cafe) next to the Stage in Peace Park!
Industrial Estate: For information about hemp masonry
building and the availability of hemp masonry building materials
this summer, call down to the sheds from 10am daily in Alternative
Way, past the Bowling Club and opposite Rainbow Power Company. Klara
Marosszeky will be at Nimbin Heads Surf Screenprinters in Shed 8
with some hemp masonry samples and information .... Also check out
the women's hemp jackets, screen printed didge covers, fabrics,
cushion covers, bandannas and tshirts... look out for the coloured
flags. Also at the sheds, Live Art and Music at Riq's Art Bar from
12pm onwards on Saturday... Sunday maybe...
SOMETHING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
COLOURING IN COMPETITION
14 and under: win an I-Pod Nano.
7 and under: win a Nintendo DS.
Entries available at Information Booth and Hemping Around.
Winners announced prior to parade on Sunday.
Golden Book and DVD is available in the Hemp Embassy and you can
talk to him about working with Spirit to successfully grow a crop
of excellent cannabis. Find Kog at the Tattoo show, HEMP Party Bar,
or Red Pill Circus of Truth. Kog will be around all weekend.
"Nimbin MardiGrass Lantern Camp 2009" :
Candle lit lanterns will create visual splendour
and enchantment during MardiGrass. Wanted: Bearers of Light. Lantern
volunteers, that is. The task involves making and maintaining the
lanterns, and lighting and arraying them each evening Fri, Sat,
Sun. Learn the art from master lantern maker, Graeme Dunstan, founder
of the Lismore Lantern Festival. Enquire at the Lantern Camp, just
south of the Post Office.
Steve "Cry Me a River" Posselt: Steve
Posselt is a career water engineer, passionate about kayaks and
rivers. Actively opposed to the Traveston dam on the Mary River,
last year he kayaked up the Brisbane River, dragged his kayak over
the mountain, paddled it down the Mary River to its mouth at the
Great Sandy Strait, then down the coast to Brisbane to bring attention
to the folly. In 1970 he kayaked (paddled and towed) from the Pacific
Ocean to the South Ocean from the Brisbane River and along the Darling.
He has a story to tell and book to sell. Talk to him about the plight
of our rivers. Display stall beside Lantern Camp.
HEMP EXPO includes hempseed meal, hemp plastics
and hemp clothing, hemp cosmetics, hemp oil, hemp paper, hemp bricks,
hemp building products and anything else that is made from the versatile
POT ART ....IN REGIONAL GALLERY AND HEMP BAR...with
Annie Heitmann, Rodney Sharpe and Elspeth Jones.
FORCE...new members are always welcome. However there is
a rigorous training program under Stupidnonintended and members
are encouraged to bring their own set of blue overalls if they can
find some. Slow down training is essential, chillax degrees essential
and humour testing continuous and random. Duties include carrying
and looking after Big Joint, slowing people down (reminding them
nothing is that important), checking greed and raw deals, and checking
everyone has an armband .....
CENTRAL CHILL.....On the street between the Museum
and Happy Herbal Highs. An undercover chill area where people can
sit, relax and meet. Also a central safe house for young people
MardiGrass Industrial Hemp Forum – Hemp
paper making, hemp plastic products and hemp-lime building technologies
will be demonstrated during the weekend.
GET HEMPED FASHION SHOWS
with Judy Who and friends. Friday night at the Pickers Ball in the
Saturday: 2pm walk thru Peace Park then a show in the Town Hall
at 2.15 following the Industrial Hemp Forum.
Sunday: Look for the Get Hemped Float in the Rally and Parade, then
a show in the Town Hall around 4.45 before the Joint Rolling Finals.
Cup Raffle - You must have a ticket, be
there, and have a valid armband in order to be eligible.
JUNGLE PATROL NEEDS YOU.
First Aid Training will be offered free and locals are encouraged
to be leaders in this field. Jungle Patrol operates from Friday
8am through to early Monday morning and people are urged to sign
up for two four hours shifts .Sign up at the Hemp Embassy or for
further info call Heidi 0266897589. If you are here the Wednesday
before you could do Red Cross Save
A Mate Training.
Faeries on Parade
- Ganja Faeries are the spirit of the MardiGrass
Cannabis Law Reform March and Rally. They dance behind the Bundjalung
people who traditionally welcome the protesters to their country
each year. The ganja faery dance has itself become a tradition simply
because the laws remain unacceptable to all self respecting ganja
users, be they Bundjalung, faeries or otherwise.
Each year the dance community in Nimbin come
together to choreograph a routine for the march and the result is
a riot of colour and rhythm on the day. You are welcome to join
us. One week before MardiGrass (last weekend in April) there will
be a dance workshop held at the Nimbin Dance studio especially for
the march, on the Saturday. No experience needed, just enthusiasm.
Ask around town when you get here. Start dreaming up your costume
now – the common thread is green, in all its shades, in all
styles, in all your glory! Ganja Faeries are all different but all
the same. Check out the past years photos and the video footage.
If you can’t get here in time for the workshops you are urged
to simply join the march and stand up and be counted in all your
Last Rehearsal opposite Community Markets
Comedy Club, the traditional night of laughs that will
once again turn the Oasis Café in Nimbin into Humour Central
on both Saturday and Sunday nights as our local funnyman S
Sorrensen leads the charge into the annual investigation
into life, hemp, Nimbin and beyond. (Is there life beyond Nimbin?
Yes. Sort of, but not as we know it.)
S will be ably assisted by his comrade in comedy, Alan Glover.
(Alan and S also do the commentary for the Hemp Olympix– a
sporting event to rival the Chinese version. Genuine Tibetans trying
to put out the torch will be welcome.)
The MardiGrass Comedy Club sets sail for laugh land Saturday and
Sunday nights from 9pm.
Holy Smoke Communion -with Hempseed Balls and
the Goddess of the Church of the HolySmoke.
CWA - Cooking With Attitude, Rainbow Market, Pickers
Ball, Pot Art Exhibition, Pot Art Tattoo Show, Dance for Cannabis
KOMBI KONVOY -arrives
in Nimbin between 3:30 and 4:20pm on Saturday.
Red Pill Circus of Truth" hosted by Jago Jago In the
marquee behind the Oasis. Proposed program will include
guest speakers on various subjects that are taboo on the mainstream
media. The intent of this fringe event is to create a space which
informs & educates people about alternate perspectives &
information not available in the mainstream media. Subjects covered
will be history, medicine, politics, finance, military and other
relevant issues not normally discussed or made available to the
general public, Where is the economic collapse heading ? How can
we protect our quality of life during the coming collapse? Was 9/11
an inside job ? Is Australia's legal system legitimate? Is Fluoride
safe ? What is the agenda behind GM food? These and other issues
will be presented and screened at the 'Red Pill Circus of Truth'
from Friday evening to Sunday night.
Are you ready for some
feel good music? Well you really need to check out Rich Hardesty.
With the #1 played jukebox song on the I.U. campus (yes , the #1
party school in the USA) and the song, 'All My Friends are Stoners'
featured in the movie 'Totally Baked'. Not to mention headlining
for John Mellencamp's 50th birthday bash.
Before the release of the latest record,
Rich Hardesty has sold more than 50,000 CD's and has gained a worldwide
fan base by playing over 2000 live shows across the U.S., including
a 36 city Jagermeister - sponsored tour in 2001, opening for bands,
which include Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, and Eddie Money. Not only
has he played 6 consecutive spring breaks at beach bars and resorts
in Jamaica, but he has also played in Florida and Southern California,
and the list goes on building up to his credibility of being Indiana's
#1 selling artist.
A Marijuana Music Award winner, Rich
will be appearing at MardiGrass Saturday Evening!
Performers confirmed for MardiGrass
include Fyahwalk, Diana Anaid, Chocolate String, Zennith, Antibodies,
CC the Cat, our old favorite Kaptan Reefer and the Kone Scrapers,
Saritah, Groove Foundation, Pagan Love Cult, IBM, Homeless Yellow,
Bo Kaan and Essie Thomas.
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.
Correct Weight - You've got vegetable matter, a
baggie and no scales. Make up an ounce bag. Closest to the correct
weight wins. (1 ounce = 28.3495231 grams)
Growers Ironperson Event
-involves lugging a sack of fertilizer 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 40kg sack while
the women contend with an 20kg sack. The top five crawl into the
final. A disclaimer must be signed to compete in this endurance
The joint must burn from one end to the other. The categories are
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 professional
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
3. Roll in the Dark - Athletes are blindfolded.
4. Adverse Conditions Roll – Dependent on weather conditions
on the day and the judges’ creativity.
5. Seed Sorting -You have to get the “seeds” out of
the “mull” faster than anyone else. How fast are you?
You could win a Bling Medal at the HEMP
Plantathlon Award in memory of Plantem,
'Chicken' George for the best allrounder in the HEMP Olympix. They
must be able to kick an Aussie Rules ball.
Last year we created the world's biggest vaporiser bag,
cunningly disguised as the new lighter meaner more portable Big
Joint. It takes a lot to fill this sucker and its in the march again
this year! See the new rapid deployment model at this year's MardiGrass.
If you need a Big Joint overnight
.... who you gonna call?
Check out the 2NimFM radio podcast
site at http://nimbinradiomedia.libsyn.com/
This site includes podcasts of many of the 2NimFM radio programs
broadcast during last MardiGrass. They will be recording events
over this MardiGrass and posting new material as it comes in.
at MardiGrass, Tune your FM radio to Nimbin's
own NIM FM 102.3,
broadcasting and interviewing live from venues around the village.