2010 PROGRAM

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Welcome to the 2010 MardiGrass Program.

For Pot's sake, please buy an armband to help us continue ...


Welcome to Mardigrass 2010. Australia, the oldest continent on Earth is languishing behind in attitudes towards drug use. Neither of our Prime Ministers this century have ever inhaled nor do they appear to have any idea of what the massive cannabis culture is about. Worse, they believe the reefer madness propaganda.
The good news is we are about to find out the truth because in America the laws against cannabis use are crumbling like bricks in the Berlin wall. Firstly medicinal cannabis use has now been legalised in 14 States and the benefits everywhere are quickly apparent.
In September this year California will vote for new legislation giving anyone over 21 years of age the right to carry an ounce of pot and each house can grow a two metre square patch! Instead of spending a fortune in trying to enforce impossible laws, America is reversing its attitude quickly with a regulated and taxable supply of cannabis similar to alcohol and tobacco looking like the future.
We'll see soon enough whether California drowns in psychosis as the Australian Government is convinced will happen! We actually predict the opposite if the laws change; a flowering of creativity and ingenuity plus the obvious huge savings in social disorder and health costs.
Nimbin has been in the thick of the war on cannabis for several decades now and many of our youth are scarred for life by it. Imagine the change if it rubs off here. No more hiding away paranoid smoking poor quality hydro with tobacco through an orchy bottle and the neighbour's hose bong; a perfect recipe for psychosis?
Real education and research on how to appreciate and use possibly nature's most diverse and useful plant can truly begin when the laws change. This is the vision that brings us all together for Mardigrass in Nimbin on the first weekend in May every year until the day we have a Government brave enough to put this issue on the agenda and change the archaic laws.
Thank you for coming and everyone have a wonderful time and know that eventually the truth must reveal itself. Look out for each other, listen to the Jungle Patrol crew, and always respect our Village and its environment.

Comedy is at the fore Mandy Nolan from Mullumbimby and Bob McHugh from Sydney with Nimbins very own Nick the Hippy and Sean Choolburra joining SSorrensen and Alan Glover who compere the Hemp Olympix. At least 5 venues for music will be on all weekend starting with the Pickers Ball on friday evening following the opening ceremony, all in Peace Park.

Forums on all things cannabis are on over the weekend as well as Pot Art, Pot Poetry and anything else pot you can think of. Mardigrass shows people pot can be an ordinary part of everyday life like it was for thousands of years before the recent lunacy of prohibiting natures best pain relieving herbs.


This is a not for profit event sponsored by the Nimbin HEMP (thats Help End Marijuana Prohibition) Embassy which is itself run by volunteers and dedicated to ending the ridiculous war on weed. We need you to buy an armband to support cannabis law reform and we guarantee you a great and educational weekend at Nimbins Yarndi University. An all weekend armband giving entry to all events costs $40. Or $80 with a 3 night campsite at the Showgrounds Camping (including hot showers this year!)
Two Backpackers, Nimbin Rox and Rainbow Retreat are doing camping also, for $60 which includes an all day saturday entry (for an extra $20 you can get a full weekend pass).
The Council and police are vowing to be tougher on roadside camping this year and we recommend you go into one of the official campsites. They love to watch at night for the flick of the bic on the bong in the car and sneak up on you so be aware!!
If you are visiting for the day only the Nimbin Headers Sporting Club have an off road carpark site for you seperate from camping areas.
Mardigrass is run by volunteers and you can be one if you come early and are prepared to work at least 4 hours and 20 minutes each day. For that you will get an armband and a campsite and maybe even a meal or two! Last year we were flooded with volunteers and it became unmanageable. So if you want to be part of the MOB volunteers come as early as the Monday before. We need all sorts of skills from cooks to builders, to artists and joint rollers. Here's a link to the forum if you want to register as a volunteer, and maybe tell us your skills and time of arrival.


Alternative Free Transport to Nimbin MardiGrass.
Take advantage of no traffic congestion and being dropped off in the centre of Nimbin.
Services: at this stage are


BALLINA - WARDELL - ALSTONVILLE - LISMORE - NIMBIN

CASINO - LISMORE - NIMBIN


Click here for a complete free bus timetable


This initiative is financed by Lismore City Accord, RTA & NSW Govt to promote responsible and safe driving to and from a community event. MardiGrass Organising Body 02 6689 0326.


Bus and Train Timetables


We recommend you buy a MardiGrass all weekend pass, including camping. This costs $80. Without camping it's $40 but then you may have a parking problem.

You can buy the usual weekend and one day passes there too.


Market Stalls, Food : Contact Cat Anderson

Musicians, Entertainers : Contact Neil Pike or Sarah-Jane Loxton

Right now, it's probably way too late though.


Parking and Traffic Changes for MardiGrass

Okay, this is what the DA says:

Restricted/no parking will be in place in the village from 12 noon Friday April 30th to 11pm Sunday May 2nd. Below are areas affected:

* Sibley St will be closed to traffic from Cullen St intersection to Thorburn St. Residents in Sibley are asked to limit any vehicle traffic over that weekend from 12 noon Friday.
* The central section of the village will have no car parking this year. Chill Central safety zone will have no cars from the ‘blister’ outside the Museum to the garden before the pedestrian crossing. On the eastern side there will be no parking permitted from the Hotel all the way to Perceptios.
* There is also no parking on the southern side of Cecil Street from the Showgrounds to the creek to allow pedestrian traffic easy access to a new proposed pathway from 12 Cecil St to the Town Hall parking area. This will have security and lighting and ease the pedestrian traffic along the footpath around the Hospital.
* No parking at the top of Cecil St at the Cullen St intersection (Sunday only) on the southern side for 50 metres to allow for the rally assembly.
* Thorburn Street from Silky Oak Drive will have a road closure managed by the Backpackers to ensure clear access to and from the campsites and their parking.
* Road Closure Sunday Cecil St. from Showgrounds and turning into Cecil St. from 2pm - 2.45pm - Rally Point for March.
* The western council carpark is to be free of any camping – all camping is to be directed to the Showgounds or Backpackers camping sites. Roadside camping is not permitted.

* Vehicle parking paddoack areas this year are being run by The Nimbin Headers Junior Soccer Club, all profits go to them. Please respect the volunteers and listen to them.
PARKING; $10 a day per car - each occupant to buy either $20 day pass/$40 all weekend pass.


Under the terms of our D.A. there will be NO CAMPING at any of the Day Parking areas. You may sleep in your car but in NO WAY - Light fires - Set up tents - Disrupt Traffic flow - and PLEASE only poo in the toilets provided, use Bins supplied and Respect Our Unique Village.


ALTERNATIVE HERBS TO SMOKE AT MARDIGRASS THAT ARE LEGAL (INCLUDING READY ROLLED "JOINTS" AT NIMBIN MUSEUM AND THE HEMP EMBASSY AND HEMP BAR AND TOWN HALL INFO)

1. Dreamy Time.. bliss out!

A tasty blend of prime smoking herbs intended to promote a tranquil, dreamy space. Rich, well-rounded flavour. Blends well with tobacco or other herbs. Mugwort, Californian Poppy, Mullein, Calendula, Passion Flower and Calea. Relax and enjoy!

2. Flower Power.. feels really mellow, man!

A base of Raspberry leaves gives this blend a creamy base, topped with sweet, uplifting Rose and Red Clover petals and succulently combined with three varieties of Lotus Flowers. The result is a smooth, silky smoke that relaxes body and mind, leaving you open to feel deeply into every blissful moment. Smoke alone or with other herbs.

3. Pot Luck... cheep and cheerful!

Well cured herbal blend containing Catnip, Lionstail and other herbs. Mixes well with Pot as a tobacco alternative.

4. Smoker's Delight! ..slightly weird, slightly trippy!

Magic plants with magical properties to help us see what lies behind the veil. Open yourself to the subtle realms and experience something new!


Polite Force Cookie Caution

If you take it orally (eating cookies, cakes, etc), you could be in for quite a ride. The liver metabolises THC into 11-OH-*9-THC, a compound three times more psychoactive. Foods made with high THC "heads" or hashish can give a powerful, almost psychedelic experience, which can be very uncomfortable if you're not expecting it. The effects are slower to come on (1 to 2 hours) and last considerably longer (around 4 hours).

Different people have different experiences. While one person might go to sleep, another might smile and laugh excessively, while another might have a panic attack. These are classic responses but they are by no means definitive. Experiences vary. If smoking cannabis makes you nervous or agitated, then consuming cookies (and indeed other temporarily mind altering drugs) may be inadvisable.

Do not assume cookies from different sources are of the same strength. Even different batches from the same source can vary.

Know thyself. Stay in your comfort zone. Try half a cookie first, and wait an hour to assess the effect.


The Rain- by Thomas Kinkade

The Rain- by Thomas Kinkade

Weather

Nimbin sometimes has wild weather and floods. In the days leading up to MardiGrass you can check the weather on the rain radar from these links.

Check the weather on the Grafton NSW Rain Radar

Check the NSW weather on the Infra-red Australian Weather Satellite

Check the Infra-red Australian Weather Satellite


Map preview


Nimbin - Global Marijuana March

Marijuana takes the edge off just enough to free us from the stultifying minutiae of day-to-day life: You forget the mundane and remember the sublime.


The very first attempt at Prohibition!
"Don't eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil."
So what's the first thing they did?
Ate the forbidden fruit.


The failure of Prohibition has a long history.


MAY 1st & 2nd is not so far away, so it's fortunate we have most of the jigsaw in place. If you are one of the missing pieces, meetings are Fridays from 4.20pm in the HEMP BAR or you can leave messages in the pink MardiGrass book behind the counter in the HEMP Embassy shop.

To register for Jungle Patrol or find out about volunteering at MardiGrass, drop in or phone 66891842 or contact us at nimbinmardigrass@hempembassy.net or check the MardiGrass section of the Hemp Embassy Forum


* Musicians and performers wanting to play should enter the busking competition.

* Local residents or businesses with special needs or requests please get in touch. The DA plan is on display at present in the papers and seems to be on track.

* If you want to get involved as a volunteer please drop in and write in the book when and what you want to do, what skills you have, contact no etc etc.

* Speakers booked in include Professor of Criminology from Bond University Paul Wilson to inform us of the latest in our hopes for cannabis law reform. Dr Andrew Katelaris is also coming again to do a workshop on the wonders of hemp seed. Paul Benhaim, another speaker, is founder of Hemp Plastics, Zelfo and has worked with hemp foods globally for 12 years now. Ask any questions and see 100% hemp didgeridoo's www.hemp.co.uk www.hempplastic.com www.hempmusic.com


* Peace Park is to be the focus with 3 big gigs there on a new stage.... Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
MardiGrass Entertainers confirmed so far.
PEACE PARK: Drunken Munk, 50 Bags, Imandan, Anarchist Duck, Diana Anaid, A Little Province in China, Manju, John D, Groove Foundation, Marshall & The Fro, Pagan Love Cult, A French Butler Called Smith, Fyah Walk, The Louis Burdette experience, Essie & Bo, Winning Busker, The Jiggi Jam Hog, Alice Blue, Fertile Minds and Kaliba.

MINGLE PARK: Greg, Booze Hag, Quandamooka, Bart Willoughby, Guriabu, Monkey and the Fish Band, Louis Burdette, Manju, Burri.
MARKET STAGE: Janaka, Jade Supernova, Kaptan Reefer and the Konescrapers, Spencer.E.Rogans Sensory Explosion, Dr Baz and Mr Slyde, Alice Blue, April Maze, Diana Anaid, Grasshopper, Essie Thomas, Homeless Yellow, Mayana and Friends.


Safety First: Parents, Teens and Drugs

Although we urge young people to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, our national surveys show that many do not heed our warnings. To prevent adolescents who do experiment from falling into abusive patterns, we need to create fallback strategies that focus on safety. Putting safety first requires that we be careful to provide our young people with credible information and resources. We also need to teach our teenagers how to identify and handle problems with alcohol and other drugs—if and when they occur—and how to get help and support.

Join us at the Safety First Project in advocating for reality-based approaches to drug education at home and in school that foster open and honest dialogue around the risks and consequences of drug use. We also invite you to critically examine random student drug testing, an invasive policy that can erode relationships of trust between students and adults at school and unintentionally direct students to more dangerous behaviors.

To learn more and become involved visit the Safety First website.


* KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE... Nimbin Aquarius Foundation...
Come and meet us at the Nimbin Aquarius networking space in the Nimbin Community Centre garden area during MardiGrass and throughout the year. Locals and visitors to Nimbin are always welcome to visit us and share their stories.

We will have tea, coffee and cold drinks for sale, as well as some delicious food.

Music will be playing in the garage with N.O.O. (Nimbin Organic Orchestra),
show-casing a wide variety of musical talent. They welcome donations to help with future events.

* BUSKERS' 'Grass Stand.
Fifteen designated busking zones for MardiGrass 2010. The winner of the 'most popular' busking performance during the big weekend, whoever collects the most "tokes", has the opportunity to travel to Canberra to visit Obama in June with the BIG JOINT and the Obama look alike winner. Keen buskers can register for their preferred locations at the Town Hall info booth or at the Embassy on the day.

* Pot Art in the Hemp Bar and Embassy, drop entries in from April first .....

* John Jiggens talk in the Town Hall Sat arvo. "The 3 Ages of Reefer Madness". A history of cannabis, its prohibition and where it leaves us today. Evil sex drugs in the 1930's, gender imbalance as men remembered they had long hair in the 1960's, schizophrenia and psychosis in the 1990's.

* The Hemp Rope Tug-O-Peace is a ramped up event in the Hemp Olympix this year so get your team of 5 (five) together. All five team members have to have something in common!

* Thong Throw or Shoe Toss? Give who the Shoe or For Whom the Moccasin Flies? Made popular by George Bush in Iraq, this is a new HEMP OLYMPIX Event for 2010. Get ready to toss a thong at your choice of targets at Nimbin MardiGrass on the first weekend of May. When it comes to their opinion on cannabis law reform, who do you give the boot, shoe or thong too? For $2 you can fling a thing at your choice of targets (all profits towards victims of the drug war). Vent your fury on any of the following; Hemp President Balderstone and over 2 million Australian consumers who refuse to stop smoking, the local coppers who are hunting them, Area Commander Lyons who gives the orders, the NSW Premier who maintains the Policy, the Prime Minister who refuses to deal with it, or the Opposition Leader who, had he been busted, wouldn't have the job.

* Comedy moves to the Bowlo!

* MardiGrass POLITE PLOT!
The Nimbin POLITE SERVICE was created in response to the Police Riot Squad raids on April Fools Day 2008 on the HEMP Bar and Nimbin Museum. This years MardiGrass Polite recruitment drive is looking for more overalls and bodies to fill them, and for the first time our new division, the Polite Undercover Surveillance Squad, is taking enrolments and there are unlimited vacancies left. Bring a camera if you have one and a mobile phone for Undercover Polite work.
Since last year, the POLITE Missions have taken the BIG JOINT to Byron Bay, Lismore, Sydney twice and made their presence felt from the HEMP BAR-POLITE BUREAU attached to the Embassy. As ambassadors for cannabis law reform and advocates of medicinal cannabis, the POLITE will champion the cause again at this years' Rally on May 1st and 2nd, carrying the parade flagship BIG JOINT at 2.30pm on MardiGrass Sunday. During the big weekend, Nimbin POLITE will coordinate with Jungle Patrol, the Justice Action Group (JAG) and the Civil Liberties Observers. They will document all civil liberty complaints and also witness the behaviour of law enforcement. New 'Undercover Operatives' will be trained to mingle with the crowd and detect suspicious activities! Watch out for a MardiGrass warm up at the now annual April Fools Day Polite Raids.

*MardiGrass Arm Bands and Passes:
MardiGrass has always been about trust but it doesn’t happen all by itself. Months of preparation and ground work go into the weekend so the village as a whole benefits as well as the thousands of visitors. We’d like it to happen in such a way that everyone who attends it has an uplifting experience. Accordingly, the MardiGrass organisers ask that everyone understands the critical importance of buying armbands. Without you buying armbands we are history, this year in particular. Some businesses even give preferential service to armband wearers and we support that. We need your support too. Please buy one.

* Several overseas visitors confirmed including Dr Bob Melamede who will love Nimbin we expect.

* The Medical CannaBus Big Joint mission to Canberra is one of the biggest demonstration we have attempted. We will require the cooperation of thousands of Australian Medical Cannabis patients, who will travel from every part of Australia. The exact date of the presidential visit is unknown as we gather for MardiGrass 2010. President Obamas' arrival will be highly publicized and we should get at least a week to organise our jaunt.


The mission to Canberra is about exposing the Big Joint, POLITE Unit and the "Yes we Can-nabis" ObamaBanner in the middle of the Authorised Assembly Area. That's prime spot for people and main stream media cameras. Big Joint missions always try to display professionalism and the polite respect required to be taken very seriously. This campaign is designed for increased awareness of the cannabis laws and prohibition. The media are obliged include our issue into the plethora, as California braces itself for marijuana at the ballot box.


The Australian Federal election is due before the end of the year and the Hemp Party has high expectations for inclusion. Our aim is for publicity rather than sitting down and smoking with the President. What Obama experiences in Australia, will resonate in the US and around the rest of the world. !

www.BigJoint.org

but we do it BOLD and promote it.....


If you are thinking it's safe to smoke in your parked car, don't. Last year police officers were homing in on the flick of lighters and glowing joints in cars at night, checking it out and busting people. So smoking bongs/billies in car parks at night is not a good idea.


Hemp seed as a human food


Hemp is one of humanity's oldest cultivated plants, with evidence of use reaching back into prehistory. In the older non-Christian religions Hemp and its products were venerated as unique gifts provided for human use.

The last century has witnessed an unprecedented interference in the natural order by the avaricious activities of agricultural and pharmaceutical corporations. Natural products everywhere have been replaced by petrochemical derived synthetics including fibre for fabric, building materials and food. The fragmentation and de-vitalisation of the human diet has produced, as a consequence, epidemics of somatic and mental illness, including depression, diabetes and heart disease, asthma and allergy, to name a few.

The Hemp seed is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available. Next to flax it has the highest concentration of the essential fatty acid omega 3 and unlike flax it contains a perfect ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These essential nutrients are contained in a balanced protein matrix and protected from oxidation by generous quantities of vitamin E. In addition, the seed contains high levels of magnesium and other essential minerals and high levels of the B group vitamins.

The Hemp seed offers those concerned about their own and their family's nutrition a convenient and delicious way to ensure the delivery of those nutrients essential to achieving and maintaining optimal health. Australia remains the only country on Earth which has yet to recognise Hemp seed as a human food. However, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has accepted our application to have Hemp seed re-scheduled and we reasonably expect a positive outcome presently.

Dr Andrew Katelaris


CLOG ¤ 2010

The Civil Liberties Observer Group for the MardiGrass of 2010 is a joint community action being hosted by the LEXUS Union of Students of Southern Cross University on behalf of and in partnership with the Nimbin Justice Action Group, the MardiGrass Organising Body, and the Hemp Embassy of Nimbin: towards assisting in the non-violent realisation of peace and harmony via organised and informed prudential observation

all violence is counter-productive

informed observers make better coppers

better coppers make fewer arrests



Special Guest, Bob Melamede is President and CEO of Cannabis Science Inc. (OTCBB:CBIS), a company that works with World Authorities on phytocannabinoid science targeting critical illnesses - adhering to scientific methodologies to develop, produce, and commercialize phytocannabinoid based pharmaceutical products.
Cannabis Science is in negotiations with several companies in the US and internationally to contract or license its cannabis based formulations for development, certain rights to manufacturing processes, and sales in each prospective jurisdiction and or country.
Dr. Melamede also serves on the Advisory Board of The Journal of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, the Scientific Advisory Board Medical of the Marijuana Policy Advocacy Project, the Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. He retired as Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he continues to teach.


He is an expert on the biology of the cannabis plant, how it relates to the human endocannabinoid system, and why the cannabis plant has the potential to affect so many diseases and illnesses. "It is clear that many veterans are already using herbal cannabis to self-medicate to relieve the symptoms of PTSD. Consequently, there is a clear need for standardized, FDA approved, oral cannabis products which can, and should be, provided to veterans and others who can benefit from its use. Medical cannabis has far fewer and milder side effects than most currently prescribed pharmaceutical products do. We are working hard to have one or more products ready for FDA clinical trials as soon as possible."

"We at Cannabis Science (CBIS) are trying to make cannabis extracts available in every state in the USA, and to have the government health care programs pay for them."

"Because of the anti-aging and anti-cancer properties inherent in turning up our endocannabinoid-activity thermostat, the first nation to embrace the mutually supporting historical and modern science of cannabis will reap the benefits of a healthier population while dramatically reducing healthcare costs.

"In modern societies, age-related illnesses that are all inhibited by cannabis, are killing us. We can minimize this problem by consuming more of what has become an essential nutrient for humanity-cannabis."

"Australia has it's roots in the struggle for freedom, a perfect place to seed the cannabis revolution," said Dr Bob.

http://www.cannabisscience.com/


The Timbery Family have been visiting Schools, Pre Schools and Universities for many years. LADDIE TIMBERY makes and sells boomerangs, and will demonstrate how to throw them. Laddie Timbery will be in Peace Park throughout the weekend with his 'original returning boomerangs' doing demos in between the Hemp Olympix events.

 


DIANA ANAID: " After coming back from successful showcases in America to release my new single What's Up in March, I am stoked to be home for Mardigrass kicking off my tour of the country for the release of my new self-titled CD out in April. Described as my 'best CD to date'-by industry heavyweight CHRISTIE ELIEZER -POLLSTAR MAGAZINE, I am going to be rocking the crowd with new tunes like Cynical On Waking, Riot, What's Up and Peace plus playing favourites like I Go Off, Perfect Family and Last Thing. I can't wait to play in front of such an appreciate audience rallying for a cause that's close to my heart."

SEAN CHOOLBURRA: After winning the NSW Raw Comedy final in 2002, Sean has gone on to prove himself as a dynamic and versatile comedian, rap singer, dancer, storyteller, actor & hip-hop didge player.

Hailing from Townsville, Sean has an established career as a dancer and created the NGARU Dance Company and performed all over the world with the Bangarra Dance Company, including by invitation for the Dalai Lama, Hale & Pace and Prince Charles. He is charming, captivating, cheeky, clever and charismatic. Perhaps his ability is to share the naivety of a small town aboriginal boy still coming to grips with the big city lights that make him all that much more inviting and engaging as a performer.

 

 

Klara Marosszeky has a vision for the future that involves revamping of the local farming industry to produce industrial hemp crops. Working with farmers, she has just harvested her first commercial crop of industrial hemp and is looking for innovators who want to utilise the product.

Industrial hemp has a low-THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content and produces the longest, strongest plant fibres in the world. It is used in many countries in the manufacture of plastics, fiberglass, fabrics, food and building materials.

“In the UK, a major car manufacturer, Lotus, is making whole cars out of hemp,” Klara said. “Everything but the engine is hemp. Henry Ford would be grinning in his grave.”

Klara currently teaches sustainability courses at TAFE and envisions hemp as the solution to many of the sustainability issues that are affecting Australia today. Not only is she trying to create a hemp industry in NSW and open the way to using hemp seed as a food product, but she is out to make housing materials affordable. After looking around for alternative products to replace our current dependence on timber, Klara spent years experimenting with hemp masonry as a building material, with very successful results. Two years ago, she was a finalist for the Northern Rivers Regional Development Board’s innovation award for her hemp masonry.

Dr Keith Bolton, Vice-President, Northern Rivers Hemp Inc.

2009 and 2010 have been the two most exciting years in the NSW Hemp industry since Cannabis Prohibition with the release of commercial licenses in 2009 by NSW Department of Primary Industries, and the harvesting of the first commercial hemp crops in 2010. Not surprisingly, The Northern Rivers Region has the highest density of hemp licensees and growers in the state, and is set to become a major centre for hemp production and industry during the next five years. The high level of local interest in the hemp industry has prompted the formation of Northern Rivers Hemp Inc., a not-for-profit organization aimed at nurturing the establishment of the Northern Rivers Hemp Industry by maintaining a seed-bank, providing information, networking industry participants, and lobbying for changes in the legislation to allow hemp food production.

The rapid changes in legislation allowing commercial hemp production could not have occurred without the input of highly committed hemp campaigners, politicians, industry pioneers, and the faith of the general public. Further commitment and support is now required by innovators, manufacturers and business leaders to establish hemp-based products, manufacturing processes, and sustainable business. In particular, additional energy is required to change existing legislation which still prohibits the sale of hemp food products for human consumption. As a long-term industry participant, I take off my hat to the leaders who have worked together to legitimize the Australian hemp industry, and I look forward with optimism to the future of the local hemp industry – we have a unique opportunity to establish a profitable, sustainable and local industry! Visit www.northernrivershemp.org for additional information or to register for membership.

 

SBS will be screening Bob McHugh's show "Comedy School" soon. Here's the rave: Comedy School is an observational documentary series that follows a genuine beginners class in stand-up comedy taught by veteran comedian Rob McHugh. He has been teaching stand-up comedy for six years. Rob's students embark on a uniquely transformative quest: the nerve wracking, cringe-worthy and hilarious journey of 10 students from curious novices to debutante comedians. Their journey ends sweating under the spotlight at a real comedy club, in front of an expectant paying audience. Bob will be doing comedy with S and Glover at the Bowlo. Don't miss it!

 

 

Mandy Nolan has performed as a stand-up comedian for 18 years. During that time, she has worked alongside celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Eartha Kitt, and Bob Downe.

Mandy's stand-up is known and loved for its rapid fire philosophical philandering and for the obtuse observations and esoteric back scratches that emerge from the musings of what she describes as "a modern madam whose dilemma is to navigate the new frontiers in the suburban badlands of human relationships."

Mandy will be doing comedy with S and Glover at the Bowlo. Don't miss it!

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.

Nim-FM

While at MardiGrass, Tune your FM radio to Nimbin's own NIM FM 102.3, broadcasting and interviewing live from venues around the village.

 

Let's Roll!

Stoned CrowFRIDAY
April 30th

10:00am - Town Hall Information Booth opens
All MardiGrass Passes Available Here!
Join the HEMP Party!

7:30pm * Movie Launch by Dr Andrew Katelaris
World Premiere of "THE HEMP SOLUTION" - For a Sustainable Future.
A revised update and 70% expansion of the highly acclaimed documentary THE HEMP REVOLUTION which was launched at MardiGrass 1995....

The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend serving healthy meals, including popcorn with freshly pressed Tasmanian hempseed oil.

Volunteer?

4:20pm - Web Cam Broadcast begins at H*E*M*P Party Bar : NimbinHempBar.com includes Church of the Holy Smoke MardiGrass Blessing with the sacrificial $US100 note lighting the joint on the very moment of 4:20.  Pot Art on display here also. HEMP Party Members meet 6:00 pm each evening here.
6:00 pm GREY POWER
A gathering of grandparents, parents and children outside the H*E*M*P Embassy. The POLITE Service will capture evidence in images, that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is multi generational support for Cannabis Law Reform. If you're a Grandparent (or look like one) please join this very POLITE Photo and youtube movie gathering.
Max Stone www.BigJoint.org

Peace Park * 5:00 pm - Opening Ceremony There will be Music until the Hemp Olympix Torch Bearer arrives from the South with the Eternal Flame For The Victims Of Prohibition. Lewis Walker and Quandamooka are at the opening ceremony in Peace Park, in the Welcome to Country, Aunty Lola Roberts, Aunty Vivienne Laurie-King and Uncle Cecil Roberts from the Widjibal Tribe of the Bunjalung Nation, a minute's silence for all Victims of Prohibition, followed by the George Scott Memorial Pickers Ball.

   6:00pm The George Scott Memorial  Picker's Ball Entry: Show a Weekend Pass, otherwise $15. (Concession $10) - Tune in, Turn on and Lighten Up!

6:00 * Drunken Monk
6:50 * 50 Bags
7:35 * Imandan
8:30 * Anarchist Duck
9:20 * Diana Anaid

Other Roadside Attractions: Jungle Patrol

Rainbow Cafe * Est. 1973 : 6:30pm on * Mona Lizard and more..

Nimbin Hotel : Food, drink, and live entertainment:
7.30pm Mr Speaker

Hemp Bar and Polite Bureau serving hempseed food and coffee with the Pot Art Exhibition on all weekend. The Bar and Embassy start taking entries for Pot Art from the beginning of April.

Bush Theatre   * Eight Bands from 6pm* armband entry or $5 .........Booze Hag, Slug, P.I.S.S., The Thundergods of the Multiverse, The Antibody, Hypernive, Tanamera, Manifest.

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum..armband entry or $5
6.00pm Greg
7.00pm Guriabu
8.00pm Bart Willoughby

Birth and Beyond * The Nimbin Environment Centre is running MardiGrass Movies and a Chill Space in Birth and Beyond all weekend. The Hemp Solution (If you miss the World Premiere), past MardiGrass Movies, Cheech and Chong, Environmental Films and more. Soup and Chai available. Armband entry or Donation


Roll On!

Stoned CrowSATURDAY
May 1st

Peace Park:

Members of the Northern Rivers Hemp Association are keen to meet any potential farmers, product processors or anyone interested in the NSW hemp industry, at their display in Peace Park. Check out fibre samples from the
Ashford crop, hemp fabrics, papers, building materials and plastics, footage of the first NSW commercial crops and a video of hemp building.
Find out about the Northern Rivers Hemp Association and what they're doing."

4:20am to Dawn * Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

11:00 am * MUSIC * A Little Province in China

11:30 * Hemp Olympix registration

12:00 - 2:00 * Hemp Olympix First heats of the Bong Throw and Yell, followed by the Growers Ironperson Event. Hosted by S Sorrensen and Alan Glover.

2:00 pm *MardiGrass Hemporium Tent * XTR1000 Hash Making DEMO...... with RadicAl. "The XTR 420, introduced in 1997, was a stainless steel, natural wood, introduction model. The Xtractor series is the first equipment made based on the now popular "Ice Water Method." It was designed to allow even the beginner to achieve a professional product and make the new method more transparent. Only fifty XTR 420's were manufactured in 1997."

2:00 pm * MUSIC * "The Big Hoolz Experience"....Manju

2:00 pm * Leif's Circus Workshop for kids

2:00 pm * Laddie Timbery * Boomerang Throwing during Olympix break.

2:30 pm *MUSIC * John Douvris sings and plays guitar.

3:00 pm * Tug O' Peace with the hemp rope. (Teams of 5 who must have something in common!) followed by Hemp Olympix Joint Rolling First Heats (Speed, Artistic and Adverse Conditions) and a chance for everyone toroll a "joint" for the Global Marijuana March.

4:00 pm * Global Marijuana March leaves Peace Park for HEMP Embassy and Kombi Konvoy for a world record attempt at the most joints ever lit at once in the one place.......Before leaving everyone will be encouraged to roll something that looks like a joint from herbs provided or whatever, so that when we all arrive outside the Embassy after the Konvoy has passed, we can, at the call, light up simultaneously, and please blow as much smoke as possible for the cameras. The whole world is watching....whatever sort of joint you feel comfortable with?!

Harvest BallHarvest Ball - 6:00pm
- Peace Park Concert for Cannabis Law Reform

MardiGrass Big Saturday Night in Peace Park.
MC Andy Putnam.
5.00 * Groove Foundation
6.00 * Marshall and the Fro
7.00 * Pagan Love Cult
8.00 * Anarchist Duck
9.00 *
A French Butler Called Smith
10:00 * Fyah Walk
*PLUS our special DJ's and inbetween guests.

Town Hall:
Chill Zone, Medical Cannabis meeting place, Movies, Music, Food, Peace & Quiet in the Garden. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend serving healthy meals including popcorn with freshly pressed Tasmanian hempseed oil.

12:00 Midday * Legal Advice Session with Steve Bolt (Solicitor and author of a number of publications on drug laws and drug policy) and James Moylan. All students of law welcome to participate. Live theatre, we'll show you how to get busted and how not to!

1:00 pm * Industrial Hemp Forum, - MC Bob Tissot - Speakers include Dr Keith Bolton, Klara Marosszeky, Paul Benhaim and Dr Andrew Katelaris plus some new hemp farmers from NSW. Including the Get Hemped Fashion Show with Judy Who and friends. If you are interested in being involved in the local hemp industry, come to the Hemp Forum and speak with hemp pioneers at MG10 including organic grower Kenrick Riley, first commercial license holder in NSW, and President of Northern Rivers Hemp; Klara Marosszeky, long-term licensee and establisher of the local hemp masonry industry; and Deborah Felton who is maintaining precious hemp varieties in the Northern Rivers Seedbank. Visit www.northernrivershemp.org for additional information and to register for membership.

2:00 pm till 5:00 pm * Hall Verandah and Garden * MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS MEETING where Tony Bower is compiling a register for his soon to be authorised medical cannabis clinic, the first in the country. MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers are invited to be part of Australias first legal medical cannabis dispensary trial. Bring medical documentation to confirm your condition if you are a new applicant.

2:30 pm * Dispense With The Law*  Beyond Prohibition Workshop - MC, Ray Thorpe, founder of Happy High Herbs. Special guests include Dr Bob Melamede from America and Professor Paul Wilson from Bond University, local activista Neil Pike, controversial Katelaris, legal eagle Steve Bolt, and long time local Dr Harry Freeman, plus card carrying medical cannabis patients from around the world.

4:20 pm * Kombi Konvoy turning up outside.

5:00 pm * Dr John Jiggens will be talking on “The three ages of Reefer Madness” at the Nimbin Mardi Grass on Saturday at 5pm in the Nimbin Town Hall.
Dr John Jiggens is a writer and journalist who has published several books including The killer cop and the murder of Donald Mackay and, with Jack Herer, the Australian version of The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
His Ph.D was 'Marijuana Australiana: Cannabis Use, Popular Culture and the Americanisation of Drugs Policy in Australia 1938 - 1988'.
More info here
Launch of John's movie on Donald McKay to follow in Birth and Beyond at 6.15 pm

6:00 pm * MC Nick the Hippy * Cooking with Cannabis, Vaporizer demonstration and other ways of getting Good Medicine into you without smoking.

7:00pm * Dinner with Dr Bob.

Dr. Melamede has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. He retired as Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he continues to teach. Dr. Melamede is recognized as a leading authority on the therapeutic uses of cannabis, and has authored or co-authored dozens of papers on a wide variety of scientific subjects. Dr. Melamede also serves on the Advisory Board of The Journal of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, and the Scientific Advisory Board Medical of the Marijuana Policy Advocacy Project, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access. He also served as a director of Newellink Inc, a Colorado-based company specializing in cancer research.

"In modern societies, age-related illnesses that are all inhibited by cannabis, are killing us. We can minimize this problem by consuming more of what has become an essential nutrient for humanity-cannabis."

"Australia has it's roots in the struggle for freedom, a perfect place to seed the cannabis revolution," said Dr Bob.

http://www.cannabisscience.com/

If we get wet weather we will be moving the Harvest Ball from Peace Park to the Town Hall.

 

Other Roadside Attractions:

Rainbow Cafe * Est. 1973 : 6:30pm on * Pepper Boys and more..

HEMP Party Bar
 and POLITE BUREAU - Fair Dinkum stand up voters can register here to join the HEMP Party!

The recently renovated H*E*M*P*Bar (and web camera) will be "Demonstrating" a wide selection of highly delicious and nutritious (zero THC) Hemp Foods during the MardiGrass. Hemp Burgers, Hemp Cakes, Hemp Cookies and Chocolate Hemp Truffles. We will also be offering all varieties of hot and cold coffee, tea and chai as well as local Love cordial.

As we all know, thousands and thousands of people are come to a MardiGrass and the H*E*M*P*Bar can only seat 42.0 people comfortably at any one time, so wearing a festival support bracelet will be a must.

HEMP Breakfast:9.30 till 10.30
Midday * Pot Poetry
HEMP Lunch 12.30 till 2.30
HEMP Dinner 6.30 till 8.30
Coffee and hemp cake and other nibblies the rest of the time.

8.30 till late * The H*E*M*P*Bar will be hosting a W.A.N party, where the focus is to be on uploading images and other information to youtubes, facebooks and other networks, bring your laptop, mobile phone and camera.....

4:00 pm * Church of The Holy Smoke Mass Baptism with Her Holiness The Goddess

The 'Goddess' will be inducting novitiates into the Church Of The HolySmoke with the Pork Fork and ignition of a US$100 note, as we all burn together sacred herb. NimbinHempBar.com


4:20 pm
* The Global Marijuana March  Where well over 1 million cannabis law reform activists in nearly 300 cities around the globe will be protesting. In Nimbin we will aim to break the world record for the most joints ever lit at once in the same place at the same time.
Peoples in Peace Park will have already prepared "joints" of many herbs, and will arrive outside the Embassy in time for the arrival of the Kombi Konvoy. If you want to bring a smokable "joint", you can. After the last Kombi has passed we will light up, and produce as much smoke as possible for the cameras recording the event.
Viva la Fume!


6:00 pm * HEMP Party Members meet 6:00 pm each evening in the HEMP BAR.

 

Kombi Konvoy4:20pm KOMBI KONVOY arrives in Nimbin, having wended its way from Byron Bay, via Lismore. Sponsored by Rvbyesque - Could people in the crowd please refrain from jumping on the back bumpers of Kombis as they pass through town, as it can damage the vehicles. Pliz sho' respekt bro'.

Nimbin Community Centre
 * MardiGrass Market Stage * Family Friendly * Cranking music all weekend:
MC Bo Kaan

Saturday May 1st

10 am * Janaka
11 am * Jade Supernova
12 am * Kaptan Reefer and the Konescrapers
1 pm * Spencer.E.Rogans Sensory Explosion
2 pm * Dr Baz and Mr Slyde
3 pm * April Maze
4 pm * Ephemeris
5 pm * Celestino
6 pm * Alice Blue
7 pm * Imandan
8 pm * Diana Anaid
9 pm * Grasshopper

Pot Art - entries can be left or sent to the HEMP Embassy from April First

Nimbin Hotel: Food, drink, and live entertainment.
1:30pm The Aurora Jane Band
7:30pm Tijuana Cartel

Birth & Beyond * * The Nimbin Environment Centre is running MardiGrass Movies and a Chill Space in Birth and Beyond all weekend. The Hemp Solution (If you miss the World Premiere), past MardiGrass Movies, Cheech and Chong, Environmental Films and more. Soup and Chai available. Armband entry or Donation

6:50pm * Launch of John Jiggen's film - The Killer Cop and the Murder of Don McKay


Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum..armband entry or $5 ..Music and comedy from midday Saturday with"Yarndi Yarns', hosted by Goori and other Grandmothers and Grandfathers who are unafraid to tell their stories of why yarndi is good for them and prohibition is not.

Songs, storytelling and poetry all day into the evening. Guests confirmed include Sean Choolburra, Bart Willoughby, Louis Burdette, Quandamooka, Monkey and the Fish Band, Guriabu, Manju, Bib, Spooki, Jiggi Verandah Band, Future Roots, Paranoia Club .....and more to come.

11.00am JAG BBQ
12.00pm Opening Ceremony
1.00pm Nick
1.30pm Spooki
2.30pm Sean Choolburra
4.00pm (Kombi Konvoy and Global light up on main street)
5.00pm Guitar Joe
6.00pm Kaliba
7.00pm Monkey & the Fish Band
8.00pm Quandamooka
9.30pm "Experience"...Manju-electric guitar, Louis Burdette-drums, Greg-bass

Bush Theatre  * Eight Bands from 6pm* armband entry or $5 .........Booze Hag, Slug, P.I.S.S., The Thundergods of the Multiverse, The Antibody, Hypernive, Tanamera, Manifest, Hyper-novae and Ephemeris

Hemp Embassy Back Veranda * Mid-day * Talk with Kog at midday on the HEMP Embassy back verandah where he will sign copies of his Golden Book on growing, or the CD, which will be showing in the Embassy and Museum all weekend.
3:00 pm * Between a Rock and a hard place. Lawful discussions with Living In Body.

The BOWLO
1:00pm at the *BOWLO* Fifth Hemplore Pro Pot Art Tattoo Show (Entrants register 10:00am to 12:45pm), featuring local band The Antibodies...

8 till 10 pm Stand Up Comedy Show ......Saturday night only... hosted by S Sorrensen & Alan Glover; with Mandy Nolan from Mullumbimby and Bob McHugh from Sydney with Nimbins very own Nick the Hippy and Sean Choolburra we hope as well. Not to be missed!

 

Dinner from 6:00pm, show from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, With armband: $5.00 Without armband: $10.00

 


Roll it up!

Stoned CrowsSUNDAY
May 2nd

Town Hall:
Chill Zone, Forums, Movies, Music, Food, with Peace & Quiet in the Garden at least. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend serving healthy meals including popcorn with freshly pressed Tasmanian hempseed oil.

11:00 am * Legal Advice Session with Steve Bolt and James Moylan.

12:00 * Industrial Hemp Forum, - Speakers include Dr Keith Bolton, Klara Marosszeky, Paul Benhaim, Dr Andrew Katelaris and NSW hemp farmers. If you are interested in being involved in the local hemp industry, come to the Hemp Forum and speak with hemp pioneers at MG10 including organic grower Kenrick Riley, first commercial license holder in NSW, and President of Northern Rivers Hemp; Klara Marosszeky, long-term licensee and establisher of the local hemp masonry industry; and Deborah Felton who is maintaining precious hemp varieties in the Northern Rivers Seedbank. Visit www.northernrivershemp.org for additional information and to register for membership.

12:00 pm and 5:00 pm * MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS MEETING where Tony Bower is compiling a register for his soon to be authorised medical cannabis clinic, the first in the country. MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers are invited to be part of Australias first legal medical cannabis dispensary trial.

1:00 pm till 2:00 pm * MardiGrass Beyond Prohibition Workshop - MC Ray Thorpe. Special guests include Dr Bob Melamede from America and Professor Paul Wilson from Bond University plus card carrying medical cannabis patients from around the world and local activista.

2:30 pm * The Rally is on.

5:00 pm * Joint Rolling Finals, followed by the Plantathlon Award for the best Hemp Olympix All-rounder, in memory of Chicken George, the recently passed Plantem.

6:00 pm * Cooking with Cannabis, Vaporizer demonstration and other ways of getting Good Medicine into you without smoking. * MC Nick the Hippy

7:00pm * Sunday Dinner with Dr Bob.

Peace Park:

Members of the Northern Rivers Hemp Association are keen to meet any potential farmers, product processors or anyone interested in the NSW hemp industry, at their display in Peace Park. Check out fibre samples from the
Ashford crop, hemp fabrics, papers, building materials and plastics, footage of the first NSW commercial crops and a video of hemp building.
Find out about the Northern Rivers Hemp Association and what they're doing."


Dawn * Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10:00 am * The Pot Poets Breakfast......MC David Hallet

11:00 am * MUSIC * The Louis Burdette experience

11:00 am * Seed Swap

11:30 * Hemp Olympix registration for Last Heats.

12:00 till 2:00 pm * Hemp Olympix [Last Heats and Finals] Growers Iron Person, Tug O' Peace & Bong Throw and Yell.

1:00 pm * Leif's Circus Workshop for kids

1:00 pm * MardiGrass Hemporium Tent * "Bubblebag" Hash Making Demonstration * Bubble Bag demonstration - Come see and learn how to use official Bubble Bag brand water filtration bags so that you can produce the highest quality resin extract from your plants. This will be a demonstration using lavender.

4:00 pm * MUSIC *

6:00 pm * Cooking with Cannabis, Vaporizer demonstration and other ways of getting Good Medicine into you without smoking.

Poster09CANNABIS LAW REFORM RALLY AND PARADE * Prohibition is an incitement, not a control!

Remember there will be Road Closure of Cecil St. from Showgrounds and turning into Cecil St. from 2pm - 2.45pm - It's the Rally Point for March. From 2:30 to 3:00pm in Cullen Street between Cecil and Sibley traffic will be delayed by the parade.

2:00pm * Gather and get ready for the MardiGrass Parade. If you want to be in it join us all at the top of Cecil Street where it meets Cullen Street, opposite the local Police Station. The march is the main event, so please come.

We have the third Float Competition, sponsored by Happy High Herbs, but we're not talking motorised floats. Here's how they see it, and of course we would like it if there was an anti-prohibition theme to the "float".

If you have a float remember to arrive in time for pre-parade judging!

FLOAT COMPETITION

First Prize One Thousand dollars.
Second Prize $250 voucher from Happy High Herbs
Third Prize $100 voucher from Happy High Herbs

CONDITIONS:
Height – Floats must not exceed 3.2 metres from “the road”.
Width – Must not exceed 2.4 metres wide.
Length – Should not exceed 4.2 metres long, however this is a bit flexible.
Floats must be peopled or green powered.
You will be given a competitor number at the beginning of the Parade. Floats may feature a single person or group, or may be a centrepiece of a larger on foot display.

These floats are our opportunity to present a powerful message to the outside world of both celebration and/or protest. Your float can express whatever you feel or want to share. We need floats and displays that reflect our area, our people, our pride and desires for the future, our fun and festivity.

Drug Law Reform is a major focus of this festival and we encourage all to have their say.

JUDGING:

Judges will remain unknown until the day of the event. They will be women and men, and mostly not part of the Happy High Herb shop.

A 1-10 point score method will be adopted.

1. Judged pre-parade whilst assembling:
Use of recycled materials
Originality
Punctuality

2. Judging During Parade:
Function (Locomotion)
Costumes
Message power
Overall effect
Crowd response

PRIZES will be presented to nominated heads of winning floats in Peace Park after the Rally. Contact the HEMP Embassy for details on 66891842

2:30pm CANNABIS LAW REFORM PARADE
The Parade begins at 2:30pm led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, Aunty Vivienne Laurie-King and Aunty Lola Roberts with children holding the Koori flag, and makes its way to the Rally in Peace Park. 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 waits 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. The procession will eventually make its way to the Rally for Cannabis Law Reform in Peace Park.

3:30pm CANNABIS LAW REFORM RALLY

At the end of the Parade we arrive in Peace Park for the Rally. Parade Float prizes will be awarded before the MardiGrass Harvest Celebration takes over the stage.

Short speeches by Bundjalung Elders, Dr Bob Melamede, Steve Bolt, Neil Pike, Dr Andrew Katelaris, Gail Clarke, Dr Keith Bolton, Michael Balderstone and Others.

"This is our eighteenth consecutive Rally for Cannabis Law Reform. We vowed to Rally every year on the first weekend of May until we are no longer criminals for using cannabis. The recent Nimbin police raids have highlighted their need to reconsider how their limited resources are spent. For over three decades they have been picking on the pot smokers in Nimbin with very expensive operations which have made little or no difference other than to create more young people with criminal records for life. Building more jails is clearly a primitive approach to what is obviously a health and social issue. There is little public support left in Nimbin for their hollow justifications for over policing cannabis. Surely by now they must realise there are more important things for them to do with their time." says our Michael.

After the Rally - More Music in Peace Park:

4.00 pm * Essie and Bo
4.45 pm * Winning Busker
5.20 pm * The Jiggi Jam Hog
5.55 pm * Alice Blue
6.45 pm * Fertile Minds
7.25 pm * Marshall and the Fro
8.15 pm * Kaliba


Other Roadside Attractions:

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum..armband entry or $5

Songs, storytelling and poetry all day into the evening. Guests confirmed include Sean Choolburra, Bart Willoughby, Louis Burdette, Quandamooka, Monkey and the Fish Band, Guriabu, Manju, Bib, Spooki, Jiggi Verandah Band, Future Roots, Paranoia Club .....and more to come.

12.00pm Yarndi Yarns
1.00pm Future Roots
2.00pm JOIN THE RALLY FOR NYARNDI
4.00pm Sean
5.00pm Jiggi Jug
6.00pm Paranoia Club
7.00pm Guriabu
8.00pm Quandamooka

 

 

 


HEMP Party Bar - - Fair Dinkum stand up voters can register here to join the HEMP Party!
 Polite Bureau serving Hempseed food and coffee

10.30 till noon. HEMP Brunch * Coffee and hemp cake and other nibblies the rest of the time.
4:00 pm * Pot Poetry

4:20 pm * Church of the Holy Smoke MardiGrass Blessing with the sacrificial $US100 note lighting the joint on the very moment of 4:20.  Pot Art on display here also.
6:00 pm * HEMP Party Members meet 6:00 pm each evening.
Sundown till 9.00 P.M or later.. HEMP Leftovers and MardiGrass Cyber Wrap up Party. Computers, Coffee and lots of uploading.

Cannabis Cup * Somewhere, Sometime ...

Nimbin Community Centre
10: 00 am to 6:00 pm* MardiGrass Market Stage * Family Friendly * Cranking music all weekend:
10:00 am * Invisible Friend
11:00 am * Essie Thomas
1:00 pm * Back Deck Rehearsal

1:45pm * The Fools
2:00 pm * Go and get ready for the at 2:30 Parade and Rally

4: 00 pm * Homeless Yellow
5:00 pm * Mayana and Friends

Hemp Embassy Back Veranda * Mid-day * Talk with Kog at midday on the HEMP Embassy back verandah where he will sign copies of his Golden Book on growing, or the CD, which will be showing in the Embassy and Museum all weekend.

Nimbin Hotel: Food, drink, and live entertainment.
1:30pm The Blue Skillet Rovers
6:00pm The Durga Babies

Birth and Beyond * The Nimbin Environment Centre is running MardiGrass Movies and a Chill Space in Birth and Beyond all weekend. The Hemp Solution (If you miss the World Premiere), past MardiGrass Movies, Cheech and Chong, Environmental Films and more. Soup and Chai available. Armband entry or Donation

Stoned Crows

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

Next up, MardiGrass 2011 April 30 and May 1 

and then,

2012

"The MardiGrass at the End of the Universe?"


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Honour Roll

Friends of MardiGrass No Longer With Us

We start of with nothing, and by the time we're finished, we've still got most of it left.

A tribute to Geoff Moxham, an early HEMPster

The local hemp world was at a loss in September 2009 when Geoff Moxham died in a tree felling accident. Geoff was fortunate to be a hempster during exciting times. After the first Mardigrass in '93 he became one of 5 main activists to support Bob Hopkins in organising the second Mardigrass.
As a result he co-hosted a radical long term hempstall at The Channon market and a smoke-in at Pritchard Park across the river from the Lismore Police Station. In following years he became involved in other actions including the famous Police helicopter lock-on when not only the chopper was handcuffed but the police awoke in their motel to live national media cameras filming hordes of hempsters padlocked under their vehicles.
Geoff carved the iconic Hemp Olympix Torch and won the Mardigrass pot art award in the process. He co-pioneered early seed swaps and was a driving force in Lismore Hemp. One of Geoff's daughter's first Mardigrass experiences, was in the womb of the Ganja Faerie Queen.

 

NIMBIN’S favourite Scotsman, George John Forsyth, 61, known locally as George Scott, was laid to rest in true hippie style on 29th December, 2009.

Hundreds of mourners followed George’s hand-painted casket as it was carried through the main street of Nimbin in the back of a silver VW Kombi. The cortege was led by a sole bagpiper, George’s family and the Nimbin Headers soccer team to the Nimbin Town Hall. As his casket entered the hall those gathered to celebrate his remarkable life broke into cheers and applause to honour a man well-known and respected by many in the Nimbin community.

George was an accomplished musician with a resonant, husky voice. He made Nimbin his home in the mid-1970s. Close friend Graham Ward described George as a colourful, excessive, pessimistic man with a singing voice which ‘stopped people in their tracks’. “When he found out he was dying, he said, ‘I can’t complain, I’ve had a good life’,” said Mr Ward, who was with George immediately after he was told he would die from cancer.

Mr Ward said George was not a religious man, but took inspiration from one passage in the Bible, ‘Go forth and multiply’. He fathered five children with four wives. Three of his former wives were at his bedside when he died. His life was celebrated by his family and friends at the service through shared stories, recollections and music. George founded the reggae band Loose Joints in the 1970s. He described the experience as like being married to five women all at once. In recent years he became known for his lunchtime solo performances in Allsop Park and his evening appearances at Nimbin Pizza and Trattoria.

George died in a Nimbin farmhouse, surrounded by friends and family with birds singing and a summer breeze blowing on December 16. His friends said this was just how he wanted to go. As his casket was lowered into the ground at Nimbin Cemetery a recording of his own song, Back in the Highlands Again, was played. The song title will be also on his headstone.

George was born in Robroyston, Scotland, on May 5, 1948.

Judy Canales, a strong advocate for the legalisation of marijuana, ran in several elections. In 1999 she stood and Independent for the Lismore elections, then she joined the Hemp Party (Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party) and ran in the House of Representatives for the seats of Page (2001) and Capricornia (2004).

In a press release for her campaign in 2004, Judy Canales described herself as “an unemployed artist extremely talented in music, theatre, autobiography, playwright, oil painting.” She also owned a djembe drum that she had played all round Australia, teaching children and the handicapped to play.

Last week, Judy passed on. She will be sorely missed.

Jack Herer

Author and activist Jack Herer died Thursday April 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm in Eugene, Ore. The 70-year-old activist was in ill health following a heart attack he experienced after leaving the Hempstalk festival stage in Portland last fall.

Herer was a longtime marijuana activist and the author of the landmark book "The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana." By 2004, it had been through 16 printings and published more than 600,000 copies. In 2004, the L.A. Times wrote:

Today, Herer is widely credited with launching the modern hemp movement, a persistent campaign by an eclectic coalition of environmentalists, legislators, rights activists, farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs and others to end the maligned plant's banishment and tap its potential as a natural resource.

Jack came to MardiGrass. The 1995 Mardi Grass III was held in the wake of our End Prohibition NSW State Election campaign and was bigger than ever, with a veritable carnival of events running in association with the street Parade- more performance events, seminars, fashion parade, markets, the Inaugural Cannabis Growers Cup, the film premiere of the "Hemp Revolution", with Jack Herer and Lynn Osbourne from HEMP USA, High Times magazine's grower guru Ed Rosenthal, book launches and Police Operation Judas as well as Pot Art 3 and the Harvest Ball. The Parade day dawned to spiritual gatherings, croissants with Jack and Lynn at the launching of the Australian edition of the "Emperor", and a mega-crowd (by Nimbin standards at least) filling the village. By now we'd given up seeking Council approval, without which we couldn't get the official Police nod, and just went ahead high on trust.

 

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