The 2016 PROGRAM


MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2016- ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '16


NSW Cannabis Laws - Nimbin Accommodation & Transport - Ganja Faeries
MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping - Nimbin HEMP Embassy
HEMP Party - Sponsors - Volunteers

Photos

E-mail nimbinmardigrass@hempembassy.net

Last Update: April 19, 2016 8:14 PM

 

 

Friday 29th April

MardiGrass Passes Available Here

24th annual MardiGrass Opening

10:45am : Gather on the footpath outside Nimbin Hospital

11:00am : March for cannabis law reform from Nimbin Hospital across the road to the Police Station to deliver a request for them to treat us, and our choice of medicine and recreation, as part of everyday life - not a criminal matter.

Nimbin Hall/School of Arts

10:00am : Information Booth opens

The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.

Midday - 6pm : Hemposium - Talks and forums on cannabis law reform issues

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM

Click here for Australian Medical Cannabis Observatory SURVEY

Featuring international speakers: Ajia Mae Moon & Dana Larsen [Canada], Abe Acton [Colorado], Coral Reefer [California]

Australian speakers: Klara Marosszeky, Prof Nick Lintzeris, Martin Ernegg, Dr David Caldicott, Torsten Wiedemann, Will Tregoning, Greg Chipp, Derryn Hinch, Bob Hopkins, Ray Thorpe, David Shoebridge, Fiona Patton, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Dr Andrew Katelaris, Dr John Jiggens, Damon Adams, Glenn Druery, Hisashi Isogai, Radha Wilkinson, Wadzy Wadsworth, Dolph Cooke, Gabe Buckley

** Bubblebag Demo in the Hall garden Friday, Saturday and Sunday midday **

7.30pm : Great Green Cabaret

A fabulous fast-paced variety show featuring comedy, acrobatics, poetry, hip hop and salsa and flamenco dancers, plus singers and musicians...a grand mix of performers from Nimbin and all around the region including Sassy Salsa, Barkersvale Steppers, Willie McElroy, Pitts Family Circus, Arte Gitana, Sarah Stando & more!! Entry $10 or MardiGrass wristband

9pm - PICKER'S BALL

Itchy Dog Band

Ruffscales

The Blindfolds

Allsop Park

5:00pm MardiGrass Opening Ceremony

After the arrival of Chibo carrying the Hemp Olympix Torch with the Eternal Flame For The Victims Of Prohibition, the Bundjalung Custodians will do a smoking ceremony and welcome to country followed by a minutes silence to remember our Brothers and Sisters, Victims of this senseless War on Drugs. Captain Cook stayed at Botany Bay from 29th April to May 7th 1770 when he raised the flag 245 years ago.

Indica Arena

6pm : Comedy at the Laugh Grass Tent!

Comedy at MardiGrass 2016 includes “Laughing on the Grass” Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Disco Sistas tent every evening from 6pm.

Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! Do we have a line up for you ! ...Do we ?...ah....Yes ! That's lucky ! The comedians are turning up here at the Laugh Grass tent ! Plonk your ass on a chair as the professional comedians turn it on ! For free ! They offered to pay you to turn up, but we said no, that won't be necessary. Laugh ? The comedy is on ! At the Laugh Grass tent in Indica Arena with Disco Sista courtesy of the Nimbin Mardi Grass.

7pm : Movies and music by Disco Sista

"The Emporar Wears No Clothes" on Sat eve and a seperate historical doco on the Sunday
Ganja Music sessions (70s genre, modern genres) with a Main dance night Saturday

Dont Worry Be Happy Promo
Nimbin Mardigrass

Sow the Seed Grow the Weed
I love you Baby

Cannabis It's Just a Plant

Hemp Bar & Medical Cannabis Information Service:
This is the home of POT ART though there will be more next door in the Embassy also. Meet old hippies here and long time cannabis law reform activists. If you have any doubts about how absolutely racist and greedy prohibition is go and visit French Sam, Max Stone and Dave Cannabis who all live there. Armband entry only!

4.20 pm  Web Cam Broadcast begins at HEMP Party Bar and includes Church of the Holy Smoke MardiGrass Blessing with the sacrificial $US100 note lighting the joint on the very moment of 4:20. NimbinHempBar.com

6:00 pm   GREY POWER outside the HEMP BAR. Annual gathering of grandparents, parents and children for the POLITE SERVICE to capture evidence in images to record the proof that pot is anti-aging! www.BigJoint.org

Nimbin Cafe - The Oasis of Nimbin:

HomeGrown Chillout Area, meet the locals, acoustic musos welcome.

Nimbin Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre:

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?

Bush Theatre:

6-11pm : Film Night! And Q&A with film makers! Click here for more details!

Other Roadside Attractions:

6pm: HEMP Embassy back verandah - HEMP Party members meet each evening

7pm: Nimbin Street Drummers * Please leave the street open for traffic!

Nimbin Hotel * Music *

 

 

 

SATURDAY 30th April

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

Sativa Stadium

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

Yoga on the Grass in front of the Hash Bowl Stage 9 am Saturday and Sunday mornings

10.30am Legal Advice with Steve Bolt

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.  Hosted by S Sorrensen and Alan Glover.

Followed by the Fringe Hemp Olympix with Nic the Hippy, Bigbong, Gary the Plumber, Baldenstoned and Heathen all assisting in this fast growing event. This begins with the Beard and Dread Stash. How much can you hide in your hair anywhere? Followed by Correct Weight where contestants attempt to fill a baggie with as close to an ounce as possible, 28.349 grams.  Seed Sorting, and the sick and dying wheelchair obstacle course where contestants will attempt to score a Licence To Care. $2 Entry into all HEMP Olympix Events.

SHORT HISTORY OF THE HEMP OLYMPIX

5pm - Midnight Music - Hash Bowl Stage

Sian Evans

Guthrie

Kenta Hayashi

Street 66

CC The Cat

The Madtones

Black Bird Hum

Indica Arena

10am - 4pm : Hemposium - Talks and forums on cannabis medicine

5pm: Medical Cannabis Families - Meet, greeting and networking space

Also featuring launch of Kickstarter campaign for the continued development and production of the film - STONED - which is documenting unfolding events here in Australia concerning legalisation, clinical trials and activist/political events. Film maker Laura Hamilton is collaborating with Michelle Whitelaw on the campaign, and will introduce the film and screen a trailer.

6pm : Comedy at the Laugh Grass Tent!

Comedy at MardiGrass 2016 includes “Laughing on the Grass” Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Disco Sistas tent every evening from 6pm.

Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! Do we have a line up for you ! ...Do we ?...ah....Yes ! That's lucky ! The comedians are turning up here at the Laugh Grass tent ! Plonk your ass on a chair as the professional comedians turn it on ! For free ! They offered to pay you to turn up, but we said no, that won't be necessary. Laugh ? The comedy is on ! At the Laugh Grass tent in Indica Arena with Disco Sista courtesy of the Nimbin Mardi Grass.

7pm : Movies and music by Disco Sista

"The Emporar Wears No Clothes" on Sat eve and a seperate historical doco on the Sunday
Ganja Music sessions (70s genre, modern genres) with a Main dance night Saturday

Dont Worry Be Happy Promo
Nimbin Mardigrass

Sow the Seed Grow the Weed
I love you Baby

Cannabis It's Just a Plant

Nimbin Hall/School of Arts:

Chill Zone, Medical Cannabis meeting place, Forums, Food, MC EXPO in the garden. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend.

10am - 7pm : Hemposium - Talks and forums on cannabis medicine and industrial hemp

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM

Click here for Australian Medical Cannabis Observatory SURVEY

Featuring international speakers: Ajia Mae Moon & Dana Larsen [Canada], Abe Acton [Colorado], Coral Reefer [California]

Australian speakers: Klara Marosszeky, Prof Nick Lintzeris, Martin Ernegg, Dr David Caldicott, Torsten Wiedemann, Will Tregoning, Greg Chipp, Derryn Hinch, Bob Hopkins, Ray Thorpe, David Shoebridge, Fiona Patton, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Dr Andrew Katelaris, Dr John Jiggens, Damon Adams, Glenn Druery, Hisashi Isogai, Radha Wilkinson, Wadzy Wadsworth, Dolph Cooke, Gabe Buckley

** Bubblebag Demo in the Hall garden Friday, Saturday and Sunday midday **

5:00pm HEMP Olympix Joint Rolling First Heats

SHORT HISTORY OF THE HEMP OLYMPIX

6pm : Hemposium - Pot Politix Forum

7.30 till 9:00 pm Stand Up Comedy Show

SSorrensen special new event HOSS, the Hemp Olympix Sports Show, in the Town Hall Saturday night at 7.30. Guests on the HOSS, which will be hosted by Sorrensen and Alan Glover, include Steady Eddy, Greg Sullivan, some competing athletes and overseas guests.

9-11pm MUSIC

Bullhorn

Nattali Rize

Nimbin Cafe - The Oasis of Nimbin:

Cooking with the Queen, stoned massage and chess

Open all weekend serving green smoothies, hemp protein and seeds and organic local juice and cordial, green soup, chilli con carne, warm fire and friends (available following Stoned Yoga to kick start your perfect MardiGrass day :) in the Green Spot chill out zone.

The GREEN ZONE is also a CHILL OUT SPACE. Acoustic music is welcome, and healthy food and drinks available. ARMBAND AREA.

Come and share the joint with locals. Open all weekend. Food and drinks provided by The Oasis and Spangled Drongo. STONED SCRABBLE, yoga, cooking, chess....get real.....stoned!


11am STONER SCRABBLE in The Green Zone behind the Nimbin Cafe OASIS. Bring your scrabble set!!


3 pm Old Fashioned cookie cooking with the Cookie Queen


Chill out space, warm fire and friends
Acoustic musos welcome.

 

6pm HEMP Fashion Show...by Who Designs

Bush Theatre:

Open all weekend, food, music and superb chill zone by the river.

10am - 11pm MUSIC

Nimbin Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre:

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.

Hemp Bar & Medical Cannabis Information Service:

HEMP Party members meet here every evening at 6:00pm. 
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 YouTube, Facebook and other networks, bring your laptop, mobile phone and camera.

Mingle Park:

* DRY CAMP * Behind the Chai Tent
Music and Workshops throughout the weekend

Midday: World Stoned Chess Championship* Register for the MWSCC (MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship) on the old Museum site next to Rainbow Lane by 12:00 pm Saturday. Winner decided by sunset. Drug testing will be compulsory, but not after every move.

Community Market Stage:

MardiGrass Market Stage * Family Friendly *

Other Roadside Attractions:

8.30am Stoned Yoga in the Community Centre Dance Studio

4:00pm 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'.

* 4:20pm * 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,  at the call of the Nimbin time 4:20, we can light up simultaneously and please blow as much smoke as possible for the cameras.

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!

Buskers Tokes * The winner of the most popular busking, whoever collect the most ‘tokes’, plays after the Sunday Rally on the main stage.

Midnight Silent Doof

Nimbin Hotel *
Food, drink, and live entertainment
*

Green Bank: herbal teas, therapists and relaxing massage all weekend.


Nimbin Sk8 Park: Open all weekend!!

Presented by Ballin' on a Budget & crazeco.com.au

Hosted by Twitch the Hatred & Johnny Love

Performances with open mic time, plus more . . .

Pro skatepark demo with giveaways from Oz Hip Hop Shop

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY May 1st

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

Sativa Stadium

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

Yoga on the Grass in front of the Hash Bowl Stage 9 am Saturday and Sunday mornings

10:00 am * The Pot Poet's Breakfast......Hosted by award-winning Nimbin poet olympian David Hallett, this May Day poetic
wake-up call will be a pot-pourri of Nimbin and other worldly poetic tales....visiting pot poets welcome!
Email: david.a.hallett@gmail.com

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 Event & Bong Throw and Yell.

SHORT HISTORY OF THE HEMP OLYMPIX

Pot Tattoo...bRING yOUR sKIN @ the Hash Bowl Stage Sunday 1.00 pm

Nimbin Hall/School of Arts:
Chill Zone, Medical Cannabis meeting place, Forums, Food, MC Expo in the Garden. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall open all weekend.

** Bubblebag Demo in the Hall garden Saturday and Sunday midday **

Midday - 2pm : Hemposium - Talks on cannabis law and medicine

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM

Click here for Australian Medical Cannabis Observatory SURVEY

Featuring international speakers: Ajia Mae Moon & Dana Larsen [Canada], Abe Acton [Colorado], Coral Reefer [California]

Australian speakers: Klara Marosszeky, Prof Nick Lintzeris, Martin Ernegg, Dr David Caldicott, Torsten Wiedemann, Will Tregoning, Greg Chipp, Derryn Hinch, Bob Hopkins, Ray Thorpe, David Shoebridge, Fiona Patton, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Dr Andrew Katelaris, Dr John Jiggens, Damon Adams, Glenn Druery, Hisashi Isogai, Radha Wilkinson, Wadzy Wadsworth, Dolph Cooke, Gabe Buckley

** Bubblebag Demo in the Hall garden Friday, Saturday and Sunday midday **

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.

SHORT HISTORY OF THE HEMP OLYMPIX

Indica Arena

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

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 focusing on genetic child epilepsy patients where some outstanding results have been seen and publicised by the media.

DISCO SISTA'S TENT

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

1pm Bob Hopkins, originator of mardigrass!!!

SAVE YOUR WORLD HEMP TENT
12.00 pm Medical cannabis talks in Japanese

1pm Radic Al - How to use medical cannabis

6pm : Comedy at the Laugh Grass Tent!

Comedy at MardiGrass 2016 includes “Laughing on the Grass” Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Disco Sistas tent every evening from 6pm.

Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! Do we have a line up for you ! ...Do we ?...ah....Yes ! That's lucky ! The comedians are turning up here at the Laugh Grass tent ! Plonk your ass on a chair as the professional comedians turn it on ! For free ! They offered to pay you to turn up, but we said no, that won't be necessary. Laugh ? The comedy is on ! At the Laugh Grass tent in Indica Arena with Disco Sista courtesy of the Nimbin Mardi Grass.


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.

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 and guests. Parade Float prizes will be awarded before the busker who collects the most Tokes starts the final event: "This is our twenty fourth 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.  Australia 21 Report says, "...we are making criminals of our kids". For over four 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:

8.30am Stoned Yoga in the Community Centre Dance Studio

Midday - 2pm Old Museum Site Best Hippy at MardiGrass..

You can vote for the best dressed hippy who of course will be behind bars. You will also be able to question them on subjects like their cannabis use, the war on drugs, CSG, chainsaws, war in general, immunisation, eating animals, etc to make sure they aren’t just pseudo hippies.

 

Mingle Park * DRY CAMP * Behind the Chai Tent

HEMP Party Bar - - Fair Dinkum stand up voters can register here to join the HEMP Party all weekend.

Nimbin Cafe - The Oasis of Nimbin:

Open all weekend serving green smoothies, hemp protein and seeds and organic local juice and cordial, green soup, chilli con carne, warm fire and friends (available following Stoned Yoga to kick start your perfect MardiGrass day :) in the Green Spot chill out zone.

The GREEN ZONE is also a CHILL OUT SPACE. Acoustic music is welcome, and healthy food and drinks available. ARMBAND AREA.

Come and share the joint with locals. Open all weekend. Food and drinks provided by The Oasis and Spangled Drongo. STONED SCRABBLE, yoga, cooking, chess and acoustic musos welcome....get real.....stoned!

11am STONER SCRABBLE FINAL in The Green Zone behind the Nimbin Cafe OASIS. Bring your scrabble set!!

 

Cannabis Cup * Somewhere, Sometime ...


Nimbin Community Market

10: 00 am to 7:00 pm* MardiGrass Market Stage * Family Friendly * Cranking music all weekend

6.00 pm HEMP Party Meeting on the Embassy  verandah

Nimbin Hotel *
Food, drink, and live entertainment *

 

Nimbin Sk8 Park: Open all weekend!!

Presented by Ballin' on a Budget & crazeco.com.au

Hosted by Twitch the Hatred & Johnny Love

Performances with open mic time, plus more . . .

Pro skatepark demo with giveaways from Oz Hip Hop Shop

 

Green Bank: herbal teas, therapists and relaxing massage all weekend.

 

Here's hoping!

Let's make it happen here.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

Next up, MardiGrass XXV
2017

The Future of Cannabis

A CO2 extracted ball of medicinal "oil"!

 

  MARDIGRASS MUSIC WILL BE BIG THIS YEAR and here’s a taste:

Nimbin Town Hall

9pm Friday 29 April

Itchy Dog Band

Ruffscales

The Blindfolds

10pm Saturday 30April

CC The Cat

Bullhorn

6-11pm Sunday 1 May

Loey Howell

B-Syde

Golden Zephyr

Hemingway

Matt Neilsen

 

Sativa Stadium

5-11pm Saturday 30April

Sian Evans

Guthrie

Kenta Hayashi

Street 66

The Madtones

Black Bird Hum

 

4-8pm Sunday 1 May

Diana Anaid

Shem [Bob Marley Celebration]

Mamajae

Pineapple Lazer

 

Market Stage

10am-10pm Saturday 30April

Joel Sweetman

Dave Barbara

Will Massey

Drift

Michael Skinner

Johnny Ganja

Rob Bruce

Tegan Ellena

Brommers

Neil Pike & the Pagan Love Cult

Desert Blues Cartel

10am-7pm Sunday 1 May

Tommy Feather

Josh Halverson

Yolanda

Sarah Stando

Reily Fitzalan

Doug & Biskit

The Family Johnson

Beetle Juice

 

Mingle Park

12-10pm Saturday 30 April

Hip Hop Workshop hosted by B.A.P. Inc

Nicky Swamp

Emph n Treats

Silicon Slave

B.A.P. Inc

P.Smurf

420 Sound

12-7pm Sunday 1 May

Interactive Art by ArtWomb

Chiggz

Oblivious Gestures

Sista Gurl

Kombat Collection

 

Bush Theatre

10am - 11pm Saturday 30 April

Freowin Harper

Jolanda Moyle

Sarah Stando

Will Massey

Smiles and Ink

Beetle Juice

Baltic Bar Mitzvah

Moochers Inc.

10am -11 pm Sunday 1 May

Cosmic Bliss

Doug & Biskit

Dave Barbara

Unsupervised

Neil Pike & the Pagan Love Cult

[Other acts TBA]

 

 

MardiGrass 2016

in the village, green!

(-; fell free to come bearing buds ;-)


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 all events in Peace Park (The Home of the Hemp Olympix), the Town Hall and the Bush Theatre.

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 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 were in the war on drugs

MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping


Weedledum and Weedledee


To Apply:

Market Stalls: Contact MardiGrass Stalls

Food Stalls: Contact Michael Balderstone

Musicians, Entertainers: Contact Michael Balderstone 66890326

Volunteers

Picking the perfect time to harvest.

Medical Cannabis Guide


Advertising space is available in the MardiGrass print program.
40,000 copies will be printed for 2016 and available all year from the Nimbin HEMP Embassy promoting the virtues of Cannabis for food, fuel, fibre, medicine and therapy.
You can place your advertisement for $300 at 82mm wide, 55 mm high in CMYK at 300dpi as a PDF, or jpg.
Larger sizes are available at the same width or as a 257mm X 50mm banner.
Contact us for your requirements. head@hempembassy.net
The deadline for print is Saturday 16th of April.
Ads will be automatically included on MardiGrass website program for 2016 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.

https://nimbinhemp.com/mardigrass/programs

 

When's that?


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.



SUNDAY RALLY FOR CANNABIS LAW REFORM
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.


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


The Game of Stones

Fire & Smoke

Short History of the Hemp Olympix

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 - ...separate the seed from the weed.

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.


 

Volunteers still needed, especially early ones!

Early Volunteer Photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jiriholba/sets/72157651941091456/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009234294834&sk=photos

Cannabis is finally high on the agenda in Australia's parliament at last and we expect a big gathering for 2016 MardiGrass. Medical cannabis is suddenly acceptable and the hippies weren’t crazy after all. Weed experts from Colorado, Canada and Europe will join our own for three days of discussions, art, music, performance and humour in an atmosphere that has most people grinning ear to ear. So many gathered together thinking the same way has its own power and you will feel it when you are here.

Plantem Park is a natural amphitheatre behind the Town Hall and the MardiGrass main entry will be on the road beside the Hall. In the Park, Sativa Stadium is perfect for the Hemp Olympix Growers Iron Person Event and Bong Throw but the Joint Rolling competitions will be held in the Town Hall.
Annual events like the Hemposium Forums, Kombi Konvoy, Million Marijuana March, Pot Poetry and Pot Art, Pickers and Harvest Balls etc, are all in the program with some surprises as always.


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."



--------------------------
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 2016
This is our fourth 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 Fourth Annual Cannabis Law Reform Rally is now planned to march from the Western Car Park Exit along Cullen Street to the Police station, before going down to the Hash Bowl Stage for speeches.

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 contact Heidi Glover phone: 02-66897589

Jungle Patrol Meeting

6:00pm Thursday 29th April

Back Verandah, Nimbin Town Hall

SAVE-A-Mate course

9.30 - 4pm Thursday April 29th at the Bowling Club

Contact:

Heidi Glover: Phone: 02-6689 7589


* 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.

 

 

* BUSKERS 'Grassed Stand.
Designated busking zones for MardiGrass 2016. 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 before, 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.


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, carrying the parade flagship BIG JOINT at 2.30pm on MardiGrass Sunday. During the big weekend, Nimbin POLITE will coordinate with Jungle Patrol. 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.


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




The first Hemposium talks and discussions begin on Friday at midday in the Town Hall and the opening ceremony is at dusk with the Bundjalung Custodians in Allsop Park outside the Hotel. Movies are on in the Bush Theatre along with the Friday night street drumming and bands in the Hall.
Saturday’s 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, at the Oasis and on the Market Stage.
Sunday has the 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.


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

 


Parking and Traffic Changes over MardiGrass
Restricted/no parking will be in place in the village from 12 noon Friday to 11pm Sunday. 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.

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.


 

 

Sponsors MardiGrass 2016

Sponsoring MardiGrass since the beginnings!


Very grateful for the support of our major sponsors CANNA and MAGICAL BUTTER

Cooking Demonstrations by Magical Butter throughout the MardiGrass weekend!!!


Many thanks to our other sponsors and supporters:

The HEMP Embassy has a stall at the HHI
Expo

The HEMP Embassy has a stall at the HHI
Expo

 

 

 

 

 

MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2016 - ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '16


NSW Cannabis Laws - Nimbin Accommodation & Transport - Ganja Faeries
MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping - Nimbin HEMP Embassy
HEMP Party - Sponsors - Volunteers

51 Cullen Street, Nimbin, NSW 2480.
http://www.nimbinmardigrass.com/
Copyright © 2016 Nimbin MardiGrass Organising Body Polite Squad Media Unit.



 

MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2016 - ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '16


NSW Cannabis Laws - Nimbin Accommodation & Transport - Ganja Faeries
MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping - Nimbin HEMP Embassy
HEMP Party - Sponsors - Volunteers

51 Cullen Street, Nimbin, NSW 2480.
http://www.nimbinmardigrass.com/
Copyright © 2016 Nimbin MardiGrass Organising Body Polite Squad Media Unit.



 

 

MARDIGRASS - MARDIGRASS 2016 - ORIGINS - PAST YEARS - PROGRAM '15


NSW Cannabis Laws - Nimbin Accommodation & Transport - Ganja Faeries
MardiGrass Weekend Passes and Camping - Nimbin HEMP Embassy
HEMP Party - Sponsors - Volunteers

51 Cullen Street, Nimbin, NSW 2480.
http://www.nimbinmardigrass.com/
Copyright © 2014 Nimbin MardiGrass Organising Body Polite Squad Media Unit.