The 2014 PROGRAM


MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2014 - ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '14


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

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E-mail nimbinmardigrass@hempembassy.net

Last Update: April 8, 2015 4:39 PM

 

 

We've never stopped growing!

2014 Quick Event Guide

In the print program a few things were accidentally omitted.

Friday: Hemp Bar 5:00pm til late: Nimbin's Hemp Bar S.T.O.M.P party - Stop The Opression of Medicinal Plants featuring Boarding Psychotic - progressive glitch Elementary Hi-Fi - Dubstep Kaliba - Hip Hop 23Lts of Funk - Breaks Armband entry only!!!

Sunday Sativa Stadium,

4:20am to Dawn ....Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10.00 am  Music

11:00 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, please come!.

11:00 am * Seed Swap

11:30 am Hemp Olympix registration.


12:00 till 2:00 pm * Hemp Olympix in Sativa Stadium* Last Heats and Finals Growers Iron Person, Hemp Rope Tug O' Drug War & Bong Throw and Yell.

 

 

2013 Photos: Friday & Saturday

Tonedeaff's MardiGrass Photos

webhead@hempembassy.net


Market Stalls: Contact MardiGrass Stalls * Application

Food Stalls: Fully booked

Musicians, Entertainers: Contact Michael Balderstone 66890326


Welcome to the 2014 MardiGrass Program.
For Pot's sake, please buy an armband pass to help us cover costs
A $50 Weekend MardiGrass Golden Bud Pass gives you entry to every event; Friday, Saturday and Sunday
A One Day MardiGrass Bush Pass for Sat or Sunday events is $30
If the Town Hall looks like getting overcrowded for any event, priority will be given to Golden Bud Passes

Advertising space is available in the MardiGrass print program.
50,000 copies will be printed for 2014. We distribute the program all year from the Nimbin HEMP Embassy promoting the virtues of Cannabis for food, fuel, fibre, medicine and as a recreational substance of choice.

You can place your advertisement for $250 at 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 Saturday 12th of April. Thank you for your support.

Ads will be automatically included on MardiGrass website program for 2014 as soon as we receive them.
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 print program online.
http://nimbinwave.com/about/mardigrass-programs

Mug from "TheOnion" website.
A free plug for the mug, on sale at the Onion website.


If the Police are confiscating drugs as fast as they can and druggies are consuming drugs as fast as they can, how come there are always some available? Surely we should have confiscated and consumed our way to Drug War Victory?

There must be a Magic Pot out there, spewing forth unlimited drugs! Our job is to find it and protect it!


Entry into Plantem Park and the Nimbin Hall where most MardiGrass events are held costs $50 for a weekend pass including Friday night, or $30 for a one day pass. With three nights camping a full ticket costs $100. Armbands are available at the Nimbin Hall and the Hemp Embassy. Showground's camping sites and MardiGrass tickets can be booked online here


PARKING
Please park as directed and keep driveways clear.
This is important. BE AWARE OF NO PARKING ZONES. Visitors parking will be appropriately sign posted on the entrances to the village. RTA approved road traffic control will be in place during MardiGrass. Last year about $20K in parking tickets were issued and we have no doubt they'll be hunting your cash again this year.
SO PARK OFF THE ROAD
in one of the camping or parking areas.

Once it was thought that the Earth was flat and the centre of the Universe. Any other view could bring persecution.

When faced with a reality they have never experienced before, most people will not believe.

They will refuse to accept it, and try to discredit it any way they can.

Most people fear new truths, but I do not.

I doubt conventional truths and wish to observe and experiment in order to prove what is true and what is not.

As for drug laws,

Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel anyway?



SUNDAY RALLY
This main event begins at 2.30pm Sunday at the Western Carpark exit and will block traffic as the parade proceeds South along Cullen Street to the Police Station and then Cecil Street for about a hundred metres where we turn left just before the bridge, to enter the Hash Bowl Stage in Plantem Park..


A delegation will continue along Cullen St. to the police station to ensure they get the message, we ARE HERE FOR CANNABIS LAW REFORM AND IT’S TIME THEY HELPED US.


CAMPING
Please camp in designated camping areas only, not beside the road. Council and Police are determined to get campers off the roadways this year, so be aware. Be super careful with rubbish, recycling is happening so please bother.


The Nimbin streets are glass-free zones during MardiGrass.


Remember it is a cannabis harvest festival not a beerfest but JUNGLE PATROL will provide breathalyser checks for drivers anyway.


WARNING
Be careful with your drug consumption. Especially cookies! They can be stronger than you expect. It is wise to eat half then wait an hour or so before you eat anymore. Don’t mix with alcohol.


If you feel woozy or have an injury or need help ask the JUNGLE PATROL or go to the Nimbin Hall Info Booth. The Green Bank Healing Centre is a quiet place to chill out.


No loud drumming or amplified music after midnight and no dogs please!


The Game of Stones

Fire & Smoke

May 3rd & 4th

HEMP OLYMPIX in PLANTEM PARK Sat and Sun 11.30am

Entry is $2:00 for each event.


Tug of Drug War - Competing teams on opposite ends of a good strong new HEMP rope, try to drag their opponents over the centre line for victory.


Correct Weight - You've got vegetable matter, a baggie and no scales. Make up an ounce. Closest to the correct weight (28.349 grams!) wins.


Growers Ironperson Event - Involves lugging a sack of fertiliser and buckets of water around the simulated planting area obstacle course with a tick and leech infested lantana tunnel. The men's event is a 40 KG sack while the women contend with an 18 KG sack. The top five crawl into the final. A disclaimer must be signed to compete in this event.

Bong Throw & Yell - where entrants throw a bong full of stinking bong water as far as humanly possible whilst yelling ‘Free the Weed’ or something similar.


Joint Rolling (Must burn from one end to the other):
The five categories:
1. Speed Roll - Roll a standard three-paper joint as fast as you can. The three fastest go into the finals. Joints must include a cardboard filter, or will be judged incomplete.
2. Artistic Roll - Roll the most beautiful joint within ten minutes with as many papers as you like. The three best examples enter the finals.
3. Roll in the Dark - Athletes are blindfolded.
4. Adverse Conditions Roll - Dependant on weather conditions on the day and the judges' creativity.
5. Seed Sorting - You have to get the seeds out of the mull faster than anyone else.

HEMP FRINGE OLYMPIX... to be held in Plantem Park whenever we get a chance, listen for announcements.
Correct Weight - as above
Beard Stash (other head hair is ok) - who can hide the most the best.
Pot Tattoo show – so long as our favorite herb features in your artwork.
Taxi Run – where Pigloose tries to catch a laneboy.


WHY SHOULD I BUY THE GOLDEN BUD PASS?

Because MardiGrass can’t happen or continue if you don’t.


Because it gives you free access to every event including the Hemp Olympix, all music, and anything in the Town Hall.


Because some events like the Comedy Cabaret and Joint Rolling will fill the Town Hall which has limited capacity and Golden Bud Passes get priority entry.

Because you are supporting cannabis law reform which is what MardiGrass is all about.

Because the Council and Police have given us so many rules and regulations to comply with, the whole event is in danger of folding if you don’t.

Because you can’t get entry into the Hemp Bar, Mullaways Magic Medicine Tent, the HEMP Olympix, Cannabis Cup or other venues without the Golden Bud wristband.

Because the showground camping team are all volunteer legends who will look after you with genuine old style Aussie country hospitality and you’ll have a terrific weekend.

Because you’ll feel really good about yourself contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Because in years to come you can tell your grandchildren you protested against the insane and unholy war on drugs

MardiGrass 2014 Weekend Passes and Camping

"All volunteer positions are now taken. Thanks for your interest!"

"MardiGrass 2014 has a new light on the hill to follow, called "Colorado Dreaming"!! We hope Colorado's good sense rubs off on Oz soon!

Weather is the biggest factor as usual, but the natural amphitheatre there drains well and is next to the Town Hall for our wet weather retreat. The main entry will be on the road beside the Hall.


Sativa Stadium is perfect for the Hemp Olympix Growers Iron Person Event and Bong Throw, and if the weather permits using an outside stage, a bit of the old Aquarius magic will return as it’s part of the land used in 1973 .


All the usual MardiGrass events are in the pipeline accompanying the main event, Sundays Rally for law reform. The Town Hall Forums, Kombi Konvoy, Million Marijuana March, Pot Poetry and Pot Art, Pickers and Harvest Balls etc etc. New events planned include some Fringe Olympix, the “Taxi Run”, where you'll have to do the Pigloosy Dash, and the “Colorado Flashmob”. Also a Growers Breakfast so everyone gets a flying start to the days, tincture making workshops and a Beard Expo.


Please contact the MOB if you would like to help, or even better come to the weekly MardiGrass Organising Body meetings every Friday from 5pm at the Nimbin HEMP Embassy."



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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.
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Nimbin MardiGrass 2014
This is our second year at our new venue for MardiGrass, behind the HEMP Embassy and Town Hall, right in the middle of the village. There is a natural amphitheatre around a stage and plenty of space for the HEMP Olympix and we will not get in the way of traffic or the skatepark. If it’s raining, some events will be moved into the Town Hall which is part of the same venue.
Sunday’s Twenty Second Annual Cannabis Law Reform Rally is now planned to march from the Western Car Park Exit to the Police station, left into Cullen Street, down the hill and turn left into Plantem Park just before the bridge. We have submitted a DA to Lismore council and they seem happy about our new plan.

Police are always 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.

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. We think secretly many of them would like to march with us, so impossible has their job got these days dealing with the popularity of cannabis.


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

Jungle Patrol Meeting

6:00pm

BOWLO Thursday 1st May

Jungle Patrol : SAVE-A-Mate course: Thursday May 1st at the Bowling Club starting 9.30 till 4pm

Contact:

Heidi Glover: Phone: 02-66897589


* 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 come a week or two before or drop in and write in the book when and what you want to do, what skills you have, contact no etc etc.

We are especially 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


Wintle's MardiGrass 'Toon

Safety First: Parents, Teens and Drugs

Although we urge young people to minimise all drug use while their body is still growing, 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.

*Nimbin SK8 Park
FONSK8 is running its first Skate Competition on Saturday.
Registration 10:00am - free entry - Under 14 / Under 16 / Open
Open Competition : First Prize $500 Second $300 Third $200. Come along and enjoy some of Australia's best skaters. Open all weekend.

* BUSKERS 'Grassed Stand.
Designated busking zones for MardiGrass 2014. 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 entries need to be into the HEMP Embassy by 4.20 Friday May 2nd although that is very late. Entries are accepted from April 1st and this year some shop windows have their own artist so follow the Pot Art Trail along Cullen Street.

* The Hemp Rope Tug-O-Drug War 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. Recently the Police fooled us by turning up an hour late by which time our star performers had wandered off and they subsequently soundly beat our weakened team which was hastily scratched up from the crowd and included children! It must not happen again this year so if you fancy yourself in the Polite team get in touch please for the gruelling training sessions. (lol)

* Kombi Konvoy details are HERE.




* Comedy in the Town Hall Saturday Night 8 till 9pm! This year Alan Glover and S Sorrensen will again host the MardiGrass Comedy Night. 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. 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 3rd and 4th, 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.



From the Sydney comedy scene comes Kyle Legacy, some have said he's a bit slow but really he's just British and 12 hours behind. People often ask if Kyle Legacy is bigger than hip hop.....I would have to agree! Having a knack for making people laugh he is no rookie to the stage, Kyle fine tuned his wit on American audiences as a writer for the hit show 'Brand X'. Choice of Drug: Weed


Will we get shafted?

Are you game to fill out the NCPIC/HEMP Cannabis Users Survey available at the Nimbin Hall Info desk or from the HEMP Embassy?



*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.


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.

 


MUSIC

See the Quick Guide


The 22nd annual Cannabis law reform rally and gathering begins at midday on Thursday May 1st when we warm up with a traditional Mayday Rally as we march from Lismore Court House to the Police Station (Next Door), then to the office of our local MP, and on to the office of our NSW representative, Thomas George,  to deliver them requests to treat us and our choice of medicine as part of everyday life - not a criminal matter. (Admittedly Thomas will probably lock himself in the office and refuse to meet with us. We think they should all be ashamed of themselves for wearing blinkers and closing their minds.
The Weekend proper begins Friday May 2nd at dusk with the Bundjalung Custodians and the Opening Ceremony followed by the Pickers' Ball in the Town Hall, or if the weather is fine, on our new stage in Plantem Park, as it is being called presently!


Saturday May 3rd, main events include the heats of the Hemp Olympix, Forums and workshops on all aspects of cannabis, the Kombi Konvoy, 4.20 Mass Enlightenment and the evening Harvest Ball. More music in Mingle Park, and on the Market Stage.
Sunday May 5th, finals of the Hemp Olympix, more Forums, Pot Poetry 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. If you are visiting for the day only we have off road carpark sites for you separate from camping areas.


"All volunteer positions are now taken. Thanks for your interest!"


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.


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

Mind Candy Community Brainstorm

In 2014, the annual Mardi Grass forums, talks and workshops will deliver another astounding line-up of expert heads - and that includes YOU!

Join pragmatic visionaries and solipsistic psychonauts at the 2014 Plant Freedom Forums, Workshops and Talks happening in Nimbin over the weekend. Come debate, discuss & enjoy the occasional stoned rave as well as share your ideas on the burning issues surrounding our favourite plant ally.

Quick-Guide Program

Speakers and Facilitators


Parking and Traffic Changes over MardiGrass
Restricted/no parking will be in place in the village from 12 noon Friday May 2nd to 11pm Sunday May 4th. Below are areas affected:
* Cecil Street will have no parking from Cullen street to the showgrounds this year and also no parking in Thorburn street between Cullen and Sibley streets.
* The central section of the village also will have no car parking like last 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.

* 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 along Cullen st from the Western Car Park exit to the Police Station for the Rally.....from 2.30pm – 3.15pm approx.
* 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 is free if you buy an armband..otherwise $10 per car.
* 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.

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.

CLOG ¤ 2014

The Civil Liberties Observer Group for the MardiGrass of 2014 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


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!

FRIDAY
May 2nd

10:00am  Nimbin Hall/School of Arts: 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 and top local coffee and homemade cakes.

5:00 pm  Allsop Park * Opening Ceremony Following the arrival of Chibo carrying the Eternal Flame For The Victims Of Prohibition, the Bundjalung Custodians will do a smoking ceremony and welcome to country plus. There will be speeches and a minute of silence to remember our Brothers and Sisters, Victims of this senseless War on Drugs, followed by the Pickers Ball..

Captain Cook stayed at Botany Bay from 29th April to May 7th 1770 when he raised the flag 244 years ago.

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

6:00pm Honey Thief

7:00pm Wall of Love

8:00pm Neil Pike and the Pagan Love Cult

9:00pm Mecha-Mecha

10:00pm Elevene

11:00pm Elston Gunn

Volunteer?

Indica Arena

7:00pm Fire Show - Rainbow Flow Arts

Each evening, a HEMP Party meeting round a fire, followed by

Weed Laughs - Visiting and local comedians - Kyle Legacy, Nic the Hippy, Nick Sun, Pat Burtscher, Loz Vieux.


Other Roadside Attractions:

HEMP Party Members meet 7:00 pm each evening in Indica Arena.

Nimbin's Hemp Bar
"Demonstrating" a wide selection of delicious and highly nutritious (zero THC) Hemp seed foods during MardiGrass including our world famous Hemp Burger, Hemp Shakes, Felafels, Hemp Cakes, Hemp Cookies and superfood Hemp Balls.
Don't forget to check out the POT ART EXHIBITION featuring Cannabis inspired art.
5:00pm til late: Nimbin's Hemp Bar S.T.O.M.P party - Stop The Opression of Medicinal Plants featuring Boarding Psychotic - progressive glitch Elementary Hi-Fi - Dubstep Kaliba - Hip Hop 23Lts of Funk - Breaks Armband entry only!!!

4.20 pm  Web Cam Broadcast begins at HEMP 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.

4.20 pm Nimbin Cafe - the Oasis of Nimbin: HomeGrown Chillout Area. The Big Ganja Wedding of Johnny Ganja and Aiti. All Welcome!

6:00 pm   GREY POWER
A gathering of grandparents, parents and children outside the HEMP 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. Rember, pot is anti-aging!
Max Stone
www.BigJoint.org

Street Drumming * Please leave the street open for traffic!

Nimbin Hotel * Music * FAT ALBERT

The Nimbin Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre, in Sibley Street on the way to Peace/Skate Park, will be open throughout the MardiGrass weekend with Bush Tucker, an Art Exhibition and a chance to talk with Local Elders.

Australia's Aborigines make up 2 to 3% of Australians today, but comprise more than 50% of the juveniles in our jails. How can we live with this shame?



SATURDAY
May 3rd

Indica Arena

10am – 1pm

Gardener’s Breakfast and Grower’s Licence Forum

Facilitator: Kog [TBC]

All gardeners and wanna-be green thumbs welcome! Share knowledge and experience! Tincture and hash making, Vaporizer use and the Bubblebag technique demonstrated, all with Lavender....

 

1pm History of the Genus Cannabis

Speaker: Dr John Jiggens

The genus cannabis contains some of humanity's oldest domesticates, but surprisingly little is known about the origins of these plants. Hemp historian, Dr John Jiggens, outlines the history of cannabis indica and sativa and tells the story of their meeting.

2pm Make your own Hash

With Blossom and the Boys & Dondi

3pm God, sex and the prohibition - what history can teach us about the future

Speaker: Dr Andrew Katelaris

Campaigner Dr Andrew Katelaris shares the valuable lessons that he has learnt over three decades of working towards cannabis law reform, and examines how a deep and broad understanding of the history of prohibition can help us with effective strategies for future action. 

5pm Book Launch followed by Great Ganja Stories

ÒWoodenbong BongwaterÓ, by Russell Lean, is a Story about Marijuana Magic, Mates and Mayhem is drawn from stories and incidents both true and fiction, that Russell has been told during his 30 years on the far North Coast of NSW.

Great Ganja Stories with MC Bob Tissot - storytelling hour around the fire. Recorded by NIM-FM 102.3

7pm Butting Heads - HEMP Party politics

Everyone welcome!

Speakers: Graham Askey, Gabe Buckley, Glenn Druery, Peter Livesey, Rob Bruce, Andrew Katelaris, Andrew Kavasilas

 

Sativa Stadium

 4:20am to Dawn ....Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10:30am Manu on Guitar

11:00am Legal Advice with Steve Bolt & Jim Moylan


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  and then the Growers Ironperson Event. The Hemp Rope Tug-O-Drug War is on again this year so get your team of 5 (five) together. All five team members have to have something in common! Hosted by S Sorrensen and Alan Glover.

 

3.00 pm Sat in Plantem Park: Pot Tattoo Expo at the Stage...there is no competition, everyones a winner at the MardiGrass Pot Tattoo Expo!

Followed by the Beard and Dread stash event!. How much can you hide in your hair anywhere?

 
Then the Fringe Hemp Olympix with Nic the Hippy, Bigbong, Gary the Plumber, Dan Rath and Cameron Duggan. Includes the first ever ‘Taxi Run’, as well as the fiercely contested ‘Correct Weight’ where contestants attempt to fill a baggie with as close to an ounce as possible. 28.349 grams, a very important art. $2 Entry.

4:20 pm * Kombi Konvoy turning up in main street for the Million Marijuana March and mass light up.

 

 

Plantem Park

1:00pm HEMP Building tips and advice with Duuvy
Anti-bacterial, high insulation, thermal, CO2 absorbing, fire resistant, breathable, rodent resistant, excellent acoustic isolation, no kiln baking required, no toxins released during decomposition. What is this all about? These terms are all very nice, but what are they referring to? These my friends, are only some of the qualities inherent in the world that is hemp masonry. Last year we started what is going to be somewhat of an outdoor, stonehenge-esk entertainment area which will be made from recycled and natural materials. 'hemphenge' if you will. Earthship methods are being applied with hemp being used as the primary finishing material. The courtyard will be used as a volunteers retreat during MardiGrass as well as a multi-purpose venue for the Nimbin community. During MardiGrass, come and learn about earthships in the subtropics at the 'hemphenge' site (it’s behind the HEMP Embassy in the corner of Plantem Park). The talks will be held by local earthship builder, Duuvy Jester on Sat and Sunday at 1pm. Find out how you can adapt this versatile design concept for where you live. Hope to see you all there! -- Duuvy Jester Terraeden Biotecture www.terraeden.org www.levityfoundation.com

5:00pm on - Hash Bowl Stage
5:00pm Brommers
6:00pm CC the Cat
7:00pm Aunty Hu-Hu & the Big Lazy
8:00pm E-Lion featuring Eli Hugh
9:00pm Kaliba

 

 
Nimbin Hall/School of Arts:
 

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

2014 Plant Freedom Forums

Join pragmatic visionaries and solipsistic psychonauts at the 2014 Plant Freedom Forums, Workshops and Talks happening in Nimbin over the weekend. Come debate, discuss & enjoy the occasional stoned rave as well as share your ideas on the burning issues surrounding our favourite plant ally.

Saturday 3 May - Nimbin Hall

12pm

Alchemy 101 - How to make your own Medicine

Speakers: Tony Bower, Andrew Katelaris, Radic-Al

Tinctures are not new. Until cannabis was banned in the 1930s, tinctures were the primary type of cannabis medicines. Tinctures are essentially extractions of active cannabinoids from plant material, and are easy and inexpensive to make. Join us for a discussion of various techniques, as well as important tips and advice.  

1pm

Treating serious illness with Cannabis

Speakers: Tony Bower, Angela, Andrew Katelaris

This panel will discuss the importance of cannabis as a life saving medicine for a range of serious illnesses including epilepsy, cancer, CrohnÕs disease, and multiple sclerosis. Featuring researchers, doctors and patients, this panel provides a wide range of knowledge and experience in treating serious illness with cannabis.

2.30pm

Plant Freedom and the Regulation of Herbal Medicines

Speakers: Jayne Azzopard, David McLeod, Kirby Rogers, Ray Thorpe

We will look at how the regulation of herbal medicines is conducted in Australia, and examine the role and impact of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on access plant medicines. This panel will explore folk tradition and continuation of cultural heritage: the community's right to grow, make and share medicines, pass on generational knowledge, including the competency to medicate ourselves based on long term knowledge - particularly via indigenous traditions. Speakers will discuss how herbal medicine traditions come into conflict with contemporary capitalist-industrial society, and who exactly has medical authority. Is regulation really about protecting people? Or are there vested interests and hidden agendas? With the juggernaut of medical cannabis sweeping the USA and other parts of the world, we will look at the future of cannabis as a legal herbal medicine in Australia.

6.30pm

Nimbin's Kitchen Rules

Speakers: Blossom, Caroline and the Cookie Queen with comedians Dan Rath and Cameron Duggan

Nimbin's very own cannabis master chefs reveal inspired secrets of cooking with the original super food!

8 till 9:30 pm Stand Up Comedy Show ......Saturday night only... The MardiGrass Comedy night will feature those Guardians of the High Way of Sport, Glover & Sorrensen, with guest Nick Sun.
(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

Harvest Ball – 9.30 pm
Concert for Cannabis Law Reform

9:30pm Cornerstone Roots

10:45pm Comedy with Kyle Legacy.

11:00pm Bullhorn

Midnight: Silent Disco with three DJs (Headphone deposit)


Plantem Park

10.00 am in the Indica Arena* Gardeners Breakfast with Mullaway and friends. All gardeners and wanna-be green thumbs welcome. Sharing knowledge is a wonderful thing!
 
11.00 am Growers Exchange ...a continuing wonderful thing! All users and growers welcome!
 

Also in Indica Arena all weekend is MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS - Tony Bower's Medical Cannabis Clinic, the first in the country. Tony is flat out and focussing on genetic child epilepsy at this time. He has more applicants than he can take these days, still, Tony loves MardiGrass and would never willingly miss it.

Town Hall

12.30 pm MIND CANDY FORUM: How to medicate with cannabis and what works.

 
1.30 pm Workshop on how to make your own Tincture.
 
3.00 pm Workshop on how to make your own Hash.
Vaporizer demonstrations throughout the weekend and Bubblebag demonstrations (using Lavendar!) on Saturday and Sunday in the Medical Cannabis Tent.
 
6.00 pm. Canna cooking.
 
 

Other Roadside Attractions:

Global Marijuana March * 4:20pm * meet the Kombi Konvoy for a world record attempt at the most joints ever lit at once in the one place.......Everyone is encouraged to roll a joint, so that when the Konvoy has passed, we can, at the call, light up simultaneously, and please blow as much smoke as possible for the cameras.......
Nimbin Museum Chess Champ* Register for the MWSCC (MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship) in the Museum by 1:00 pm Saturday. Winner decided by 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 and the Skatepark, will be open throughout the MardiGrass weekend with Bush Tucker, an Art Exhibition and a chance to talk with Local Elders to discuss the impact of prohibition on their culture and people.

Nimbin's Hemp Bar
"Demonstrating" a wide selection of delicious and highly nutritious (zero THC) Hemp seed foods during MardiGrass including our world famous Hemp Burger, Hemp Shakes, Felafels, Hemp Cakes, Hemp Cookies and superfood Hemp Balls.
Don't forget to check out the POT ART EXHIBITION featuring Cannabis inspired art. Armband entry only!!!

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

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!

 

Nimbin Community Centre
* MardiGrass Market Stage * Family Friendly *

2pm Jim Moylan, HEMP Party
3pm Dr Bob Melamede, Colorado Dreaming
6pm Dr Andrew Katelaris, Medical Cannabis
7pm Michael Balderstone – MardiGrass and law reform

Pot Art Trail in shop windows and the Hemp Bar and Embassy all weekend. 

Nimbin Hotel *
Food, drink, and live entertainment
* DESERT BLUES CARTEL, DIANA ANAID, AZADOOTA

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum
Music and Workshops throughout the weekend:
12:00 pmWorkshop Hoasted by Hostile Takeover
2:00 pm Indigenous Culture Workshop
3:00 pm Talk/Speeches
5:30 pm Lomas & Tycotic
6:30 pm SistaGurl
7:30 pm KryptamistiK
8:30 pm Hostile Takeover
feat.
Indigenous Intrudaz


Sk8 Park: Open all weekend. Saturday 2 pm: Open Bowl Jam...1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes plus cash.

Green Bank: Healing and massage all weekend. Quiet peaceful spot serving revitalising herb teas.


SUNDAY
May 4th
 

Plantem Park....enter beside the Nimbin Hall/School of Arts:

4:20am to Dawn ....Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10.00 am  Music

11:00 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, please come!.

11:00 am * Seed Swap

11:30 am Hemp Olympix registration.

12:00 till 2:00 pm * Hemp Olympix in Sativa Stadium* Last Heats and Finals Growers Iron Person, Hemp Rope Tug O' Drug War & Bong Throw and Yell.

 
Nimbin Hall/School of Arts:
 

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

2014 Plant Freedom Forums

Sunday 4 May - Nimbin Hall

11am Legal Advice

Speakers: Steve Bolt & Jim Moylan

This session provides practical advice about varying cannabis laws between states; the penalties for possession, supply and cultivation; and the best approaches when dealing with the law via searches or sniffer dogs. Particular attention will be given to the testing of drug driving. Come along with your questions!

12pm

Why is Australia years behind? Global Change in Cannabis Politics

Facilitator: Steve Bolt

Speakers: Rob Bruce, Gabe Buckley, Glen Druery, John Jiggens, Peter Livesey, Jason Woodforth

Medical marijuana has transformed drug politics in the United States over the last 15 years with the states of Colorado and Washington going one step further in 2014 to legalize recreational cannabis consumption. Also making history for recreational users is legalization in Uruguay in December 2013. It seems that the tipping point of change in drug politics has started to happen internationally, so where does Australian drug policy currently sit with this issue? This panel will discuss the pros and cons around the approach of "tax, regulate and control" recreational cannabis. Will this simply be another government and corporate incursion into our private lives? And is cannabis law reform alone effective? Without legalizing all illicit drugs, cannabis law reform alone may do little to stop the violence, corruption and injustice that is the drug war.

2:30 pm * The Rally is on, starting at the Western Car Park exit (By Oasis) and heading south along Cullen Street turning left at Cecil Street to head down to the entrance to Plantem Park where there will be much joy, speeches and presentations.

5:00 pm (Back in the Ninbin Hall/School of Arts)* 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.)

6.00 pm HEMP Party Meeting


Nimbin Hall and Indica Arena


All Weekend * Indica Arena* MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS MEETING - Tony Bower of Tony Bower's Medical Cannabis Clinic, will be here.. Originally helping MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers in Australias first medical cannabis dispensary trial, Tony was arrested and imprisoned for growing the 200 tagged medical cannabis he needed to keep his commitment to his patients. A few months and expensive legal fees later Tony was freed by a higher court. Forced by the threat of jail to reduce his effort, Tony has since been focussing on genetic child epilepsy patients where some outstanding results have been seen and publicised by the media, causing quite a stir.

10.00 am Gardeners brekkie gathering with Mullaway and friends. Get a flying start to the day.
 

12pm Speaking the Truth about Cannabis : Speaker - Kog : Kog enjoys sharing his knowledge with the greater community and wrote the groundbreaking book "Marijuana - A Grower's Lot".

 
1.00 pm Workshop on how to make your own Tincture.
 
1.00 pm Workshop on how to make your own Hash.
* 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.
Vaporizer demonstrations throughout the weekend and Bubblebag demonstrations (using Lavendar!) on Saturday and Sunday in the Medical Cannabis Tent.
 
 
 

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 inside the exit of the western car park, across the road from the Community Market. The march is the main event, so please come.


HAPPY HIGH HERB SMOKING BLENDS

Want to enjoy a toke during Mardigrass without hassle from the cops? ..feel like trying something new..? ..or perhaps you're looking for an alternative smoking blend? Come along to Happy High Herbs and see what you will find...

Mellow Yellow.. 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, calendula and nettle.. Yum!


Flower Power.. sweet and tasty..

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 and lilly 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.


Mullein Magic.. smooth and relaxing

Harnessing the smooth quality of mullein leaf, a traditional smoking herb which rolls well and burns evenly, with electric blue cornflower petals and lotus leaf to add that touch of magic! You will enjoy this blend with or without pot as a perfect replacement for tobacco.

NEW!
Magic Moon.. . reflective and blissful

Bringing you the finest delights that the plant world has to offer, our new blend combines a trinity of herbs to bring balance and clarity in these dark times of plant prohibition. Coltsfoot is a traditional smoking herb with healing properties for the lung. Combined with the sensual high of damiana and the succulent petals of white lilly flowers it will connect you with the realms of the divine feminine.. Enjoy!

All our herbs are certified organic where possible. We also have a great selection of energizing, uplifting and balancing herbal products for enjoyment, recovery and stamina. Come and ask us how our herbs can help you.


HAPPY HIGH HERB SHOP

Annual Mardigrass Rally Float Awards.


It’s time to get out your fabrics, banners, paint brushes and sewing machines to get ready for the annual Mardigrass rally float awards. Don’t worry if you only have a few days to go.. some of our best entries have been last minute productions! At Happy High Herbs we love to celebrate the resilience of artists and activists against the bureaucratic and legal nonsense that we all face today.. so get creative and come together!

A first prize of $1000 cash and two Happy High Herbs gift vouchers of $250 and $100 (second and third prizes) are up for grabs. Have a go at creating a float, costume, banner, papier mache or sculpture on the theme of pot prohibition and drug law reform.


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 ou 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 gathering 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 Plantem 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 this year will gather inside the western car park near the exit and led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, with children holding the Koori flag, make its way south along Cullen street to the Police Station where it will turn left and head down Cecil Street and around to Sativa Stadium for the Cannabis Law Reform Rally, speeches and presentations. Sometimes the parade might stop while the Ganja Faeries up front do a brief performance. This keeps the parade from being too hasty and allows the crowd a better opportunity to take it all in. Everyone wait behind the BIG JOINT until the procession continues. No rush. Percussionists who have not been practicing with the Ganja Faerie troupe are asked to form a second Drumming Troupe, further back in the parade to provide a continuing accompaniment for the parade. People are asked not to occupy the space between the Ganja Faeries and the first group of Drummers.

When we finish the march there will be short speeches by Bundjalung Elders, Kerrianne Cox, Jason Woodforth, Steve Bolt, Dr Andrew Katelaris, Michael Balderstone, Jim Moylan and not too many more! Parade Float prizes will be awarded before the busker who collects the most Tokes starts the final event:

4:00pm - Diana Anaid Trio
5:00pm Essie Thomas
6:00pm The Doobies

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"This is our twenty second 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. Last year's 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."

Other Roadside Attractions:

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Museum ..Music all Sunday
12:00 pm Workshop Hoasted by SistaGurl & Brothers Free
4:00 pm Quorum Consensus
5:00 pm Brothers Free
6:00 pm Nastaij
7:00 pm Vaguely Human
8:00 pm Rawlab Crew
9:00 pm Kaliba

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:
12pm Alberto Yarleke, Healing and plant medicine

Nimbin Hotel *
Food, drink, and live entertainment * BLUE SKILLET RANGERS, ELI & E-LIONS, THE HOOCHERS

Sk8 Park: Open all weekend. Saturday 2 pm: Open Bowl Jam...1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes plus cash.

Green Bank: Healing and massage all weekend. Quiet peaceful spot serving revitalising herb teas.


Here's hoping!

Let's make it happen here.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

Next up, MardiGrass XXIII
2015

 

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