2012 PROGRAM

E-mail nimbinmardigrass@hempembassy.net

MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2012 - ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '12


NSW Cannabis Laws - Nimbin Accommodation & Transport - Ganja Faeries
MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping - Nimbin HEMP Embassy
HEMP Party - Hemp Embassy Online Shop - Photos - Poetry for the Head

Last Update: March 19, 2013 3:21 PM

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Market Stage

No music

9 Morning Yoga

11 Peace and plenty

12 Kaptain Reefer and the cone scrapers

1 Essie Thomas (CD Launch)

2:30 Warchief

3:00 Joss Fairbrother

-----------------------------

4:20 Kombi Convoy

-----------------------------

5:00 Dillion James Band

6:00 The Flumes

7:00 The Floating Bridges

8:00 Electrik Lemonade

9:00 DUBLO

9 Morning Yoga

11 Kaptain

12 Vig – N/C

1 Healing Earth

-------------------------------

2:30 Rally!!

-------------------------------

3:30 Fiona Ryan

4:30 Flawless

5:30 Joss Faibrother

6:30 Homeless Yellow

7:30:30 KOBYA

8:30 Dillion James Band

Town Hall……Weather Dependant, Peace Park on Saturday and Sunday

6pm Monkey and the Fish

7pm Essie Thomas (CD Launch)

8pm Diana Anaid

9pm Express

10pm DUBLO

11pm Pagan Love Cult

5 Joint rolling

6 Sheik Yatush

7 Andrea Soler

8 Comedy

10 Anarchist Duck

11 Fyah Walk

2:30 Rally

3:00 Diana Anaid

-------------------------------

4pm Dinkumbohos /NC

5pm joint rolling

6pm Warchief

7pm DUBLO

8pm The Floating Bridges

9pm Electrik Lemonade

All music programs may change, especially Mingle Park...

Final programs will be on chalkboards at the stages and Town Hall info space. 

 

12.00 BJY the DJ Guy

1.00 Hip hop workshop

3.00 Kalibah

4.20 Kombi smoke in

5 The 50 bags

6 Emma Turnicliff

7 Small Time Hustlers 

8 The Express

9 Jo - Man

12.00 BJY the DJ Guy

1.00 Hip hop workshop

2:30 RALLY

4:30 Kaptain Reefer

5:30 Bill and the jerks

6:30 Rank Individuals

7:30 Kalibah

The Bands

 

 

 

The ShowGrounds has campsites available, and we recommend it as the ideal camping venue for MardiGrass!

ONLINE TICKET SALES CLOSE

THURSDAY 3rd MAY AT 5:00pm

to avoid problems with payments not showing.

No more Direct Deposits or E-cheques please as they can take days to show.

Don't worry! Passes will still be available at MardiGrass!


Welcome to the 2012 MardiGrass Program.

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

$50 Weekend MardiGrass Golden Bud Pass gives entry to all events Friday, Saturday and Sunday

One Day MardiGrass Bush Pass for Sat or Sunday events $25

If the Town Hall looks like getting overcrowded for any event, priority will be given to Golden Bud Passes (i.e. Full Weekend Passes)


Advertising space is available in the Print Program of 2012 Nimbin MardiGrass, the 20th annual Rally for Cannabis Law Reform.
30,000 copies were printed last year and we will print at least that many again. We will distribute the 2012 program all year from the Embassy promoting the virtues of Hemp for food, fuel, fibre, medicine and as a recreational substance of choice.
You can place your advertisement for $250 in 82mm wide, 55 mm high in CMYK at 150dpi as a PDF, Tiff or jpg.
Larger sizes are available at the same width. Or contact us for your requirements. head@hempembassy.net
The deadline for print is April 13th. Thank you for your support.
Ads will be automatically included on MardiGrass website program for 2012.
We reserve the right to reject ads deemed not in keeping with the aims and objectives of the MOB. (MardiGrass Organising Body)

You can find previous editions of the 16 page MardiGrass Program online.
http://www.nimbinwave.com/wordpress/print-mardigrass-2010.pdf
http://www.nimbinwave.com/nmg/2011-mardigrass-program.pdf
Less than 4.5MB downloadable files for Adobe Reader.

--------------------------
MardiGrass will become a Festival when we can celebrate the herb without fear of prosecution and persecution. When the Police Riot Squad have a float in the street parade behind the Ganja Faeries, Big Joint & POLITE, then we really will have a proper festival and celebration.
In the meantime, this annual event is a POLITICAL PROTEST RALLY.
---------------------------


Nimbin MardiGrass 2012

MardiGrass 2012 is now on with similar venues and programming to last year. We tried to say we were a protest and not a festival to avoid a few hundred pages of Council paperwork and costs, but to no avail, and have now submitted a Development Application for every possibility, depending on weather. We will be back in Peace Park for the HEMP Olympix and music on a big stage, either down on the flat next to the bowling green if it is dry, or if it’s too wet, up on the old basketball court area above the new skatepark. If it’s raining music will be in the Town Hall.
Sunday’s Twentieth Annual Cannabis Law Reform Rally is now planned to march along the same route as last year, starting at the cop shop and marching to Peace Park for speeches and music.

We were threatened in a solicitor's letter with an injunction and litigation for costs if we went ahead without getting permissions.


Police are concerned about our MardiGrass protest plans and we agreed people are not to trespass on the Police Station land nor blow smoke in any police faces. Either act will give cause for arrest. We have agreed to again this year march from the copshop along the traditional route to Peace Park, not from Peace park to the Police Station as originally planned.
Police want the MardiGrass weekend to be non confrontational and we agree. It’s critical we are peaceful protestors and respect is maintained. They want to emphasise they don't make the laws and they support our right to protest and in particular support our protest march in Lismore on May 1st to the two local politicians offices, Janelle Saffin and Thomas George, who do make the laws.

The 20th annual Cannabis law reform rally and gathering begins on Tuesday May 1st when we march from Lismore Court House to the Police Station (Next Door), then to the office of our local MP Janelle Saffin, and on to the office of Thomas George to deliver them requests to treat us and our choice of medicine as part of everyday life - not a criminal matter

The Weekend proper begins Friday May 4th at dusk with the Opening Ceremony and the Pickers' Ball in the Town Hall.

Saturday May 6th, main events include the heats of the Hemp Olympix, the Kombi Konvoy, 4.20 Mass Enlightenment and the evening Harvest Ball. More music in Mingle Park, and on the Market Stage.

While you are at MardiGrass make sure you sign the Petition to the new NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell asking him to hold another Parliamentary Drug Summit (like they did in 1999).

Sunday May 6th, finals of the Hemp Olympix and the main street float parade and rally with the Ganja Faeries and Polite Big Joint preceding the rally speakers.

This is a not for profit event sponsored by the Nimbin HEMP (thats Help End Marijuana Prohibition) Embassy which is run by volunteers and dedicated to ending the ridiculous war on cannabis, one of the planet's most useful plants. We need you to buy an armband to support cannabis law reform and we guarantee you a great and educational weekend at Nimbin's Yarndi University.
The Lismore City Council and NSW Police are vowing to be tough on roadside camping and we recommend you go into one of the official campsites. They love to watch at night for the flick of the bic lighting 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 separate from camping areas.

Volunteers
Mardigrass is run by volunteers and you can be one if you come in the week beforeand are happy to get your hands dirty. For that you will get an armband and a campsite and maybe even a meal or two! Previously we have been flooded with volunteers and it becomes difficult to manage. 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. We are especially looking for electricians, cooks, artists, recyclers, NSW licenced traffic controllers (Royal treatment for these!), and skilled video and camera persons. 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.

 

Traffic controllers would be with the Jungle Patrol.

NTV-HD: Turn on, tune in and chill out.
nimbintelevision.net | YouTube | Justin TV

You're all welcome to the MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) meetings at the Embassy each Friday from 5pm.

SPECIAL GUESTS - 2012

Tony "Mullawayman" Bower

Dr Alex Wodak

Professor Paul Wilson

Ann Symonds

Erik Van Keulen

John Kaye

Graham Askey

Kog

Steady Eddy

Ivan Casselman

Matt Riley

Dr Andrew Katelaris

Klara Marosszeky

Dr Keith Bolton

Dr Des Tramacchi

Steve McDonald

Michka Seeliger-Chatelain

Mamakind

Graham Irvine

Paul Cubitt, LEAP Australia

Shane Huebner

Margaret Cross

Stephanie Barlow

Neil Pike (Pagan Love Cult)

Steve Bolt

Dr John Jiggens

Ms Annie Madden

James Moylan

Cambedelic

Nell Jones

Rak Razam

Mark (Moose) Heinrich

Mardi Grass Mind Candy 2012

Saturday & Sunday 5-6 May

NIMBIN TOWN HALL

MCs: Neil Pike [Pagan Love Cult] and Miss Guidance [Entheogenesis Australis]

Join Pragmatic Visionaries & Solipsistic Psychonauts

for an afternoon of

Debate, Discussion & the Occasional Stoned Rave

Outrageous Truths & Believable Lies !

Can you imagine a Mardi Grass beyond prohibition? In 2012, the Nimbin Mardi Grass is hosting MARDI GRASS MIND CANDY - an array of national and international thinkers and speakers to discuss the past, present and future of cannabis law reform from many different angles. On Saturday afternoon of the festival, we’ll be exploring issues from cannabis and spirituality through to cannabis and sex; the tough love of prohibition; imagining and creating a legal cannabis market; advances in cannabis as medicine. We will hold a special 2-hour forum on Sunday to give voice to various drug law reform groups and individuals to share visions and ideas for future change. Leading campaigners will be joined by a variety of local activists, media provocateurs and other movers and shakers, who all have a vision beyond prohibition.

Mind candy? Afternoon distraction or hours of brain bending banter? Contribute, experience and decide!

Saturday 5 May

12 noon – 12.30pm - ENTHEOGENIC PERSPECTIVES

For some, the kind herb provides what theologians of old called a “sanctifying grace”, a state of mind in which the divine presence resides in our hearts, infusing the fleeting days with a sense of holiness. Psychoactive plants and substances that promote this sense of the spiritual element of human life are known as entheogens. Is Cannabis an entheogen? Are we just getting stoned, or do some stoners get more out of their weed than others? While there are many ways to use Cannabis, this session explores the spiritual context, including:

- Getting “out of it” by “putting into it”: the merits of intention and ritual in optimising the stone-zone

- Marijuana and institutionalised religions: Sadhus, Rastafarian, and more recent Cannabis Churches

- What are the myths surrounding sex & cannabis? Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years for both men and women.

FACILITATOR: Dr Des Tramacchi [Entheogenesis Australis]

PANELISTS: Stephanie Barlow [Happy Herb Company], Margaret Cross & Shane Huebner [Circle Spaces and Beyond], Mamakind [Cannabis Campaigner, Journalist and Author], Michka [Founder of the Smoke Museum (Musee du Fumeur), author, and ardent anti-prohibitionist], Moose [Medical Cannabis Educator]

12.30 - 1pm: QUALITY, CONTROL AND MEDICINAL USE OF CANNABIS IN AUSTRALIA, EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
SPEAKER: Ivan Casselman [Researcher]

As one of the first cultivated crops, cannabis has had a very long-term relationship with humans. This plant is now used for food, fibre, medicine and consciousness expansion. After millennia of human use and centuries of prohibition, how does the cultural use of this plant manifest itself today? To date the majority of the ethnographical studies have failed to explore the prevalent cannabis culture in “western” or “industrialized” countries focusing instead on countries in Africa, South America and Asia. Drawing on a decade of ethnographic data from Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia, this presentation will explore three aspects of modern cannabis culture. How law enforcement has affected the cost and quality of cannabis, how national “epicentres” of cannabis culture and legalization are developed and maintained, and finally will compare and contrast how the use of medical cannabis in the aforementioned countries. Under UN convention the use of Cannabis is prohibited globally, however, nations differ in how these conventions are enacted. This presentation will conclude with a discussion of these differences and the growing civil disobedience in defiance of these laws.

1 – 2pm – GREEN BOUNTY: ADVANCES IN CANNABIS AS MEDICINE

This will be a free ranging discussion of the wide and wonderful medicinal bounty of cannabis:

? Medicines, including scientific developments in the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of cancer

? Political, philosophical, moral, strategic implications of medical marijuana

? Medical authority and our right to grow herbs to treat ourselves

? Challenging the medical establishment's view that we should only ever restore baseline health, and not exceed it

FACILITATOR: Erik van Keulen [Entheogenesis Australis]

PANELISTS: Tony Bower [Mullaway’s Medicinal Cannabis], Ivan Casselman [Researcher], Graham Irvine [Campaigner], Dr Andrew Katelaris [Cannabis Campaigner], John Kaye [Greens NSW MP], Mamakind [Cannabis Campaigner, Journalist and Author], Moose [Medical Cannabis Educator], Matt Riley [Independent Activist]

2 – 3pm – TOUGH LOVE: DOES PROHIBITION PROTECT US FROM HARM?

We often hear that prohibition is justified because it “saves young lives”. Illicit drug use is probably the only lifestyle and health-related issue in our society that seems to require criminal sanctions to control! In October 2007, Richard Brustrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales in the UK, called for all drugs to be legalized. Prohibition, he claimed, was harmful in itself, causing five key harms: increasing crime, causing a crisis in an already overloaded criminal justice system, economic harm, undermining public health, the destabilization of countries producing drugs, and the undermining of civil rights. Is prohibition an effective policy to “save young lives” or is the implementation of prohibition causing more harm than the drugs themselves? Where is the line between our right to privacy and the need to “police” dangerous substances?

FACILITATOR: Prof Paul Wilson, Chair of Criminology, Bond University

PANELISTS: Steve Bolt [Solicitor], Cambedelic [Social Worker], Paul Cubitt [Law Enforcement Against Prohibition], Annie Madden [Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League], James Moylan [Civil Liberties Observer Group], Ann Symonds [Founder, Australian Parliamentary Group on Drug Law Reform], Dr Alex Wodak [Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation]

3 – 4pm – IMAGINEERING THE FUTURE: REGULATING DRUG SUPPLY

Regardless of their legality, and aside from the growing problem of fake drugs, some drug deals are better than others, even under prohibition. Most dealers provide at least some information, not just the drugs. But there seems to be a 2-tiered market, where poor people buy anonymous "Bubble" of dubious quality, while the rich can afford identified white powders. Risk is shared unevenly across industry players; and some production methods are more toxic than others. So what is best practice? And how we can ensure responsible and ethical supply in a post-prohibition world? How can regulation minimize real harms and maximize the benefits we seek when we choose to use drugs?

FACILITATOR: Erik van Keulen [Entheogenesis Australis]

PANELISTS: Cambedelic [Social Worker], Nell Jones [Happy Herb Company], Mamakind [Cannabis Campaigner, Journalist and Author], James Moylan [Civil Liberties Observer Group], Ann Symonds [Founder, Australian Parliamentary Group on Drug Law Reform], Dr Alex Wodak [Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation]

 

 

 


Sunday 6 May

12 Noon – 2pm - OCCUPY NIMBIN! WHO’S DOING WHAT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

In 1973, almost 40 years ago, Nimbin was first “occupied” by the Aquarius Festival, and twenty years later in 1992, Bob Hopkins heralded the next “occupy” cycle with his one-man protest-surrender at Nimbin police station. Where are the politics of change in 2012 - locally, nationally and internationally? What has evolved, for the better or the worse, over the last four decades? Is 2012 the beginning of a new wave of drug law reform activism? Is there anything to learn from the successes of other political/social movements who have also struggled for fairness and justice? This special 2-hour session is for organisations and individuals to share their plans, visions and information about their activities, as well as providing an opportunity for seeding synergies and alliances. Join us and let us know how you’re planning to contribute to drug law reform in 2012 and beyond!

FACILITATOR: Rak Razam [Media Provocateur, Journalist and Author]

PANELISTS: Graham Askey [Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party], Stephanie Barlow [Happy Herb Company], Paul Cubitt [Law Enforcement Against Prohibition], Mamakind [Cannabis Campaigner, Journalist and Author], Annie Madden [Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League], Steve McDonald [Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine], Moose [Cannabis Campaigner], Jim Moylan [Civil Liberties Observer Group], Matt Riley [Independent Activist], Ann Symonds [Founder, Australian Parliamentary Group on Drug Law Reform], Dr Alex Wodak [Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation]

 

Mind Candy

 

Honour Roll
Friends of MardiGrass Who Have Passed.


Buy a MardiGrass all weekend pass, including camping at the Show Grounds. This costs $100. Without camping it's $50 but then you may have a parking problem.

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

SHOWGROUND CAMPING
Down Cecil Street
* Limited powered sites $20 weekend....first in best dressed!
* Camping open from Tuesday before MardiGrass...each extra night $15 per person.
* Firewood supplied.
* Hot showers.
* 3 areas set aside...quiet area; noisy area; family area.
* Nifty Nev's Eatery open all weekend.


MardiGrass Ganja Faeries meet at the Market Stage each Thursday 5:30pm for practice, until MardiGrass.

Market Stalls, Food : Contact Michael Balderstone 66890326 or Cat Anderson 0429194248

Musicians, Entertainers : Contact Essie Thomas 0437100787


Parking and Traffic Changes over MardiGrass

Restricted/no parking will be in place in the village from 12 noon Friday May 4th to 11pm Sunday May 6th. Below are areas affected:

* Sibley St may 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.

* 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 from Peace Park, up Cullen and turning into Cecil St. from 2pm - 2.45pm.
* 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. Authorities will target this after some dangerous traffic situations developed when people parked in inappropriate places, locked their cars, and walked away.

* Vehicle parking paddock 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; $5 a day per car - but occupants must buy armband passes.


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 HERB BLENDS FROM HAPPY HIGH HERBS TO ENJOY AT MARDIGRASS
THAT ARE 100% LEGAL.


Available as ready rolled joints from the Hemp Embassy, Nimbin Museum and Town Hall info or as 30g packs from Nimbin Happy High Herbs.

1. Mellow Yellow

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, Nettle, Calendula, and Calea. Relax and enjoy!

2. Flower Power

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

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

4. Mullein Magic

The connoisseurs choice. The ultimate in smooth, tasty smoking and a pleasure to roll. Not only does this blend burn well and taste great it also looks wild, with bright blue petals blended with soft, fluffy mullein leaves. Leaves you feeling happy and high.

Happy Herbs is a most generous supporter of the Nimbin MardiGrass.

ALL THESE HERB MIXES AND MANY MORE AVAILABLE AT THE HAPPY HIGH HERBS SHOP IN NIMBN


Polite Force Cookie Caution

If you take THC 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? If unsure, try half a cookie first, and wait an hour to assess the effect.

Chill Spaces: Birth and Beyond....Ask at the Town Hall if you need help.


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.


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.

* 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.

 

We are looking for people with a NSW traffic control certificate who would be available to assist us over the MardiGrass weekend. Please contact Heidi if you would like to be a part of this very important task. Special Privileges apply!

If you are not local, contact nimbinmardigrass@hempembassy.net


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 in advocating 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.



* 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' 'Grassed Stand.
Designated busking zones for MardiGrass 2012. The winner of the 'most popular' busking performance during the big weekend, whoever collects the most "tokes", gets to play on the Town Hall Stage after the Rally on Sunday. 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 .....Pot Prohibition Protest Art Awards.

* The Hemp Rope Tug-O-Peace is a ramped up event in the Hemp Olympix again this year so get your team of 5 (five) together. All five team members have to have something in common! Once again we have a Police versus Polite event scheduled for mid-day Saturday to kick off the HEMP Olympix. Last year the Polite Squad had a greatly entertaining victory, which they even repeated to quell all disbelief!! Rumour has it the Police team have been training hard to avoid a repeat of that this year!



* Comedy in the Town Hall! Saturday Night 8 till 10pm!This year Alan Glover and S Sorrensen who have had a huge year touring the country and makin’ ‘em laugh will take great pleasure in presenting their mate and one of Australia’s most loved comedians, Steady Eddy, to the MardiGrass audience.
(Due to the popularity of this event, you will probably need a Golden Bud full weekend pass for entry.) Council say 300 audience limit. If there's room left, $15 for those without passes.

* MardiGrass POLITE PLOT!
The Nimbin POLITE SQUAD 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 (PUSS), 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 Sydney and Canberra to meet Obama. They've certainly 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 5th and 6th, 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 Observer Group (CLOG). 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. Some businesses even give preferential service to armband wearers and we support that. We need your support. Please buy one.

http://australianhempparty.com/


Driving a point home....

If you are thinking it's safe to smoke in your parked car, don't. Police officers home 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.


CLOG ¤ 2012

The Civil Liberties Observer Group for the MardiGrass of 2012 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

Thursday and Friday before MG at 4pm in Town Hall .....POLITE, CLOG (Civil Liberties Observer Group)

WARM UP and Rules Of Engagement with Jim Moylan


CLOG


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
May 4th

Town Hall:

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

The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend serving healthy meals.

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

Volunteer?

Other Roadside Attractions:

4:00 Kaptan Reefer

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

Allsop Park * 5:00 pm - Opening Ceremony with Nunukel Kunjeil – Music until the Hemp Olympix Torch Bearer arrives from the South with the Eternal Flame For The Victims Of Prohibition. From 29th April to May 7th 1770 are the dates of Captain Cooks stay at Botany Bay, when he raised the flag. In our MardiGrass Opening on Friday evening when we do the "Introduction to Country" by the local elders there will be a smoking ceremony and stories for the Thanksgiving where you can bring gifts to share. There will also be a minute's silence for all Victims of Prohibition and speakers, followed by the Pickers Ball.

Street Drumming * Please leave the street open for traffic though!

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. Armband Entry.

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum

Bush Theatre * A magic spot by the river at the northern end of Nimbin is running MardiGrass Movies and music all weekend. The Hemp Solution, past MardiGrass Movies, Cheech and Chong, Environmental Films, DJ Fab and more. Great Food. Great Food. Movies, food and music all weekend.

Friday and Saturday 7.30 pm SAVING GRACE on the big screen MardiGrass weekend

Nimbin Hotel * Music * Kharnage 7.30

The Nimbin Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre, in Sibley Street on the way to Peace Park, will be open throughout the MardiGrass weekend with Bush Tucker, an Art Exhibition and a chance to talk with Local Elders. A forum, "Yarndi in Koori Communities" Saturday at 1:00pm


Roll On!

Stoned CrowSATURDAY
May 5th



Peace Park
4:20am to Dawn * Peace Park * Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

11am * Kaptan Reefer and the Konescrapers plus Johnny (No Cash) Ganja

11:30 * Hemp Olympix registration

12:00 * Tug O' Drug War between Police and Polite with the Big Hemp Rope followed by the Hemp Olympix First Heats of the Bong Throw and Yell, followed by the Growers Ironperson Event. Hosted by S Sorrensen and Alan Glover. Special Event: The Inaugural Special Distance and Accuracy Alan Jones About Face Bong Throw.

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 the MardiGrass Market (See map). Check out fibre and seed samples from the 2011 crop, hemp fabrics, papers, building materials and plastics, footage of the first NSW commercial hempseed food crops and a video of hemp building. Building with HEMP demonstration all weekend. (Klara Marosszeky will have a stall at the markets all weekend too .)
Find out about the Northern Rivers Hemp Association and what they're doing."

6:00pm * Chronic - Cannabis Documentary Discussion with Richard Baron

Town Hall Garden

Medical Cannabis Tent

* Town Hall Garden* MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS - Register for Tony Bower's Medical Cannabis Clinic, the first in the country. MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers are invited to be part of Australia's first medical cannabis dispensary trial. Bring medical documentation to confirm your condition if you are a new applicant. Vaporizer Demos all weekend.

12.00pm *Kog's Grower's Workshop * Sharing Knowledge and Practical Tips in the Tent 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. All users and growers welcome!

1:30 pm * "Bubblebag" Hash Making Demonstration * Vaporizer demonstrations throughout the weekend and Bubblebag demonstrations (using Lavendar!) on Saturday and Sunday in the Medical Cannabis Tent Tent at 1.00 pm. (If fine weather these demos may be near the Low THC tent at the Bubblebag stall)

3:00 pm * Workshop: Medical Cannabis Use & Cultivation * with Tony Bower

LoTHC Tent * Town Hall Gardens*
12:00 *HempCrete Building Demo with Dr Andrew Katelaris
12:30 *Industrial Hemp & Hempseed Uses Forum with Dr Keith Bolton, Andrew Kavasilas, Darius Dunn, and Dr Katelaris.
2:00pm * Hemp, Marijuana and Sir Joseph Banks with Dr John Jiggens & Dr Neil Pike
3:00 pm * Biochar/Permaculture Demo/Talk with David Perry

Town Hall:
Chill Zone, Medical Cannabis meeting place, Forums, Food, Peace & Quiet in the Garden. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend.

11:00* Forums on everything Cannabis all day in the Hall and Medical Cannabis Tent in the Town Hall Garden.
FEATURING GUEST SPEAKERS:

4:20 pm * Kombi Konvoy turning up outside.

5:00 pm * Hemp Olympix Joint Rolling First Heats (Speed, Artistic and Adverse Conditions) and a chance for everyone to roll a "joint" for the Global Marijuana March after. (Due to the popularity of this event, you will probably need a Golden Bud full weekend pass for entry.)

Harvest Ball - 6:00pm
- Town Hall Concert for Cannabis Law Reform

MardiGrass Big Saturday Night Out.

8 till 9:30 pm Stand Up Comedy Show ......Saturday night only... hosted by S Sorrensen & Alan Glover with Steady Eddy and others.. (Due to the popularity of this event, you will probably need a Golden Bud full weekend pass for entry.) Council say 300 audience limit.

If there's space and you have no pass: $15.00

Other Roadside Attractions:

Global Marijuana March * 4:20pm * meets the Kombi Konvoy for a world record attempt at the most joints ever lit at once in the one place.......Everyone encouraged to roll something that looks like a joint from herbs provided, so that, outside the Embassy, when 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?!

Nimbin Museum* Register for the MWSCC (MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship) in the Museum by Midday Saturday. Winner decided by Sunday sunset. Drug testing will be compulsory, but not after every move!

The Nimbin Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre, in Sibley Street on the way to Peace Park, will be open throughout the MardiGrass weekend with Bush Tucker, an Art Exhibition and a chance to talk with Local Elders. A forum, “Yarndi and the impact of prohibition on Goori Communities,” will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm with local and visiting Elders discussing the impact of prohibition on their culture and people.

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

The 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 the H*E*M*P*Bar can only seat 42.0 people comfortably at any one time, so a MardiGrass Pass will be required.

8.30 till late * The H*E*M*P*Bar and Polite Bureau 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.....

Kombi Konvoy12:00 * MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship registration closes, competition begins, in the Museum.

4:20pm 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'.

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 once again aim to break the world record for the most joints ever lit at once in the same place at the same time.
Be smart and bring a "joint"! After the last Kombi has passed, wait for the call and we will light up, and produce as much smoke as possible for the cameras recording the event.
Viva la Fume!

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

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

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

Nimbin Hotel *
Food, drink, and live entertainment Azadoota - 1.30
Resin Dogs Sound System with DJ Katch - 7.30

Bush Theatre * Armband Entry to Movies, or $10) * A magic spot by the river at the northern end of Nimbin is running MardiGrass Movies all weekend. The Hemp Solution, past MardiGrass Movies and Music; Cheech and Chong, Environmental Films, DJ Fab and more. Great Food. Movies, food and music all weekend.

Friday and Saturday 7.30 pm SAVING GRACE on the big screen MardiGrass weekend

Ph 66891111

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum ..Music and comedy from midday Saturday with "Yarndi Yarns


3:00 pm JAG (Justice Action Group) BBQ with free legal counselling, includes Rubbish Bong Race where contestants have to make a bong from whatever they can find, and show it works. Music throughout the weekend including Paranoia Club, Louis Burdett, Manu, and Chris Fisher.
MC Robert Corowa says."Freedom is for all plants and animals as well as humans. No one has the right to tell me what I can or cannot eat."

The BOWLO
1:00pm at the *BOWLO* Open all weekend* Great food * Legal Drug (alcohol)

Bush Theatre * Possibly the Sixth Hemplore Pro Pot Art Tattoo Show will happen. To be confirmed! Looking like may not happen this year, unfortunately. (Entrants register 10:00am to 12:45pm)

Silent Doof in the Village! (Earphones!) A MardiGrass First. More Info Soon!

8:00pm on * NIM FM MARDIGRASS ALL NIGHT DANCE PARTY "WikiDoof"
........bring your radio, headset, phone, earphones or whatever you need to tune in to 102.3.


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.

Roll it up!

Stoned CrowsSUNDAY
May 6th

Town Hall Garden

Medical Cannabis Tent

All Day * Town Hall Garden* MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS MEETING - Register for Tony Bower's Medical Cannabis Clinic, the first in the country. MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers are invited to be part of Australias first medical cannabis dispensary trial. Bring medical documentation to confirm your condition if you are a new applicant.

11:00am Official HEMP Party meeting in the Medical Cannabis Tent to discuss the next Federal election campaign and more. Anyone interested in being a HEMP Party candidate should attend.

12.00pm *Kog's Grower's Workshop * Sharing Knowledge and Practical Tips in the Tent 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. All users and growers welcome!

1:30 pm * "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.

6:00 pm * Hi & Lo THC Cooking, hempseed oil products discussion, Vaporizer workshop and how to cook your medicine rather than smoke it.

 

Town Hall:
Chill Zone, Forums, Music, Food, with Medican Tent in the Garden. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend.

10:00 am * The Pot Poets Breakfast......MC David Hallet .......A potted pot-pourri of some of the region's top performance poets will be poeting their infamous pot poems....visiting pot poets welcome.

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

12:00 - 2:00 pm * MardiGrass Beyond Prohibition Workshop. Special guests; Dr Alex Wodak, Paul Wilson and friends.

2:30 pm * The Rally is on, starting from the top of Cecil Street!

5:00 pm * Joint Rolling Finals, followed by the Plantathlon Award for the best Hemp Olympix All-rounder, in memory of Chicken George, the legendary Plantem of previous MardiGrass. (Due to the popularity of this event, you will probably need a Golden Bud full weekend pass for entry.)

LoTHC Tent * Top O' Peace Park *
11:00 am * Hemp, Marijuana and Sir Joseph Banks with Dr John Jiggens & Dr Neil Pike
12:00 *Industrial Hemp & Hempseed Uses Forum with Dr Keith Bolton, Andrew Kavasilas, Darius Dunn, and Dr Katelaris.

Peace Park:

Dawn * Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

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, Hemp Rope Tug O' Peace & Bong Throw and Yell.


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 the MardiGrass Market (See map). Check out fibre and seed samples from the 2011 crop, hemp fabrics, papers, building materials and plastics, footage of the first NSW commercial hempseed food crops and a video of hemp building. Building with HEMP demonstration all weekend.
Find out about the Northern Rivers Hemp Association and what they're doing."

 

Other Roadside Attractions:

12:00 Market Area * Industrial Hemp Forum, - Speakers include Dr Keith Bolton, Dr Andrew Katelaris and NSW hemp farmers. If you are interested in being involved in the local hemp industry, come to the Hemp Forum. Demonstration of building with Hemp over the weekend.

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum ..Music and comedy from midday Sunday including Paranoia Club, Louis Burdett, Manu, and Chris Fisher.
MC Robert Corowa says."Freedom is for all plants and animals as well as humans. No one has the right to tell me what I can or cannot eat."

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


Cannabis Cup * Somewhere, Sometime ...

Nimbin Community Centre
10: 00 am to 6:00 pm* MardiGrass Market Stage * Family Friendly * Cranking music all weekend:

Nimbin Hotel *
Food, drink, and live entertainment. Blue Skillet Rovers - 1.30
Andrea Soler Band - 6 pm

Bush Theatre * A magic spot by the river at the northern end of Nimbin is running MardiGrass Movies all weekend. The Hemp Solution, past MardiGrass Movies, Cheech and Chong, Environmental Films, DJ Fab and more. Great Food.

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

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

HAPPY HIGH HERB SHOP

Pot Prohibition Protest Art Competition

Happy Herb Shop.. A first prize of $1000 cash and two smaller prizes of $250 and $100 worth of HHH gift vouchers....


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 Protest/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 Herb Company.

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

For more details contact Happy High Herbs Nimbin at store.nimbin@happyhighherbs.com

2:30pm CANNABIS LAW REFORM RALLY
The Parade begins at the top of Cecil Street led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, with children holding the Koori flag, and makes its way to the Rally at 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. People are asked not to occupy the space between the Ganja Faeries and the first group of Drummers.

Parade Float prizes will be awarded before the MardiGrass Harvest Celebration takes over the stage.

Short speeches by Bundjalung Elders, Steve Bolt, Neil Pike, Dr Andrew Katelaris, Ann Symons, Alex Wodak, Paul Wilson, Dr Keith Bolton, Michael Balderstone and Overseas Guests.

"This is our twentieth consecutive annual Rally for Cannabis Law Reform. We vowed to Rally every year on the first Sunday in May until we are no longer criminals for using this herb. The recent Australia 21 Report says, "...we are making criminals of our kids" 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 a primitive approach to what is obviously a health and social issue."

After the Rally - More Music: The Beyond Prohibition Ball!

Stoned Crows

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

Next up, MardiGrass XXI
2013
40th Anniversary of the Nimbin Aquarius Festival
20th Anniversary of MardiGrass


Sponsors

Ray's Rave:

Addictions and How Herbs Can Help

Addiction, whether it be cannabis, alcohol or opiate, are quite serious conditions which requires dedication and willpower to overcome. The Happy Herb Company is now putting alot of emphasis on assisting people with their addictions. We believe that plants play a very important role in giving people alternatives to the habits that they desperately want to change in order to increase their quality of life.

Herbal remedies can offer help, especially in the following areas:
1) Alternatives for use reduction
2) Natural treatment for withdrawal and recovery
3) Interruption of the desire for the substance
4) Nutritional support.

Visit your local store today or call the warehouse to find out more.......it could change your life.

Sponsoring MardiGrass since the beginnings!

Bringabong are the Hemp Olympix Sponsors!

 

 

Makers of the Inflatable BIG Joint
Please visit our Blog site:- http://giant-inflatables.blogspot.com



Learn more and register your support at www.leapaustralia.org


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2012 - ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '12


NSW Cannabis Laws - Nimbin Accommodation & Transport - Ganja Faeries
MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping - Nimbin HEMP Embassy
HEMP Party - Hemp Embassy Online Shop

51 Cullen Street, Nimbin, NSW 2480.
http://www.nimbinmardigrass.com/
Copyright © 2012 Nimbin MardiGrass Organising Body Polite Squad Media Unit.