28th Annual MardiGrass Opening Protest

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, yet again, for them to treat us, and our choice of medicine and recreation, as part of everyday life – not a criminal matter.

1993 was the year when Bob Hopkins surrendered to Nimbin Police in protest of Cannabis prohibition during the first MardiGrass rally.

Town Hall

MardiGrass Info Booth, chill zone, medical Cannabis meeting place, forums, with advice and education in the garden. The cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.

12 – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference

Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, industry, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

We are pleased to present some mind-stirring action at the 28th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their personal medical and industrial cannabis expertise and experiences, as well as reveal the campaigns and gains made in other cannabis loving communities around the planet.

7.30pm : Great Green Cabaret

The spectacular Great Green Cabaret on Friday 1 May at Nimbin Hall will feature an action packed, fast paced, whirl of performance artists with wonderful globe trotting duo the Hussy Hicks, Tuntable Falls Youth Circus, Ganga Faeries, Pagan Love Cult, stand up comic Peter Willey, flamenco trio Arte Gitana, Irish singer Willy McElroy, mime artist Jean-Paul Bell, poet/host David Hallett…and HEMP Fashion Show!
This is a family friendly 2-hour show with interval.
Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30.
First in/best seated.
Entry via MardiGrass wristband [only $20 for locals!]
or adults $12, kids $5


Healers Tent @ Town Hall Garden

Open all weekend: Medical Cannabis meeting place, advice and education from local and visiting experts, as well as herbal extraction and cooking demonstrations.

6 pm : Medical Cannabis Healers Circle

Considering MardiGrass is a great national and international melting pot, it is a perfect opportunity to have an open meeting for all those currently advocating for medicinal cannabis access. We are doing our community a disservice by not having open and clear communication on the number and variety of cannabis users in Australia. We want this community united like never before and to make ALL voices across Australia be heard: healers, advocates and users.

Allsop Park

5 pm : 28th MardiGrass Opening Ceremony

Opened by Janelle Saffin MP, Member for Lismore

Bundjalung-Widjabal dancers will herald 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, and Cannabis in particular which accounts for more than 70,000 arrests in Australia in recent years; more than ever before and no sign of decreasing. The biggest jail in the country is currently being built near Grafton in Nth NSW, not far from Nimbin.

Disco Sista’s Tent

6 pm : Comedy – Stoner Stand Up!

The Laugh Mob is back and celebrating 6 years at the best festival in the world: the Nimbin Mardi Grass! This year we present ‘Stoner Stand up’ hosted by the always lovable goofy Brit himself….Kyle Legacy (UK). He’s back with a bunch of loose units that are ready to make you laugh or at least stop you from passing out! This year we have Patrick Melton (USA, Comedy central), Ruven Govender (SA), Sam Kisajukian (SOLD OUT Edinburgh fringe festival), Lochlan brooks (slender man), Marty Bright (Doof comedy), Nic the hippy (just a legend) & Gavin Scott (GSW).


8 pm : Jarrod Berwick – Comedian

The Jarrod Berwick Journey . . .

8.30 pm : Kelly Gang

Live Hip Hop Rap.

9 pm : VDJ Disco Sista

“The Lunatic is in da Grass”
WeedRetros Soul Pink Floyd Motown Rock Retro 70s 80s EDM

Cullen St Blister

7 pm : Nimbin Street Drummers

Please leave the street open for traffic!


Hemp Bar

This is the home base for the POT ART contest, the Polite Service and the HEMP Party. Meet old hippies here and long time Cannabis law reform activists. Coffees, teas, healers and archival MardiGrass footage. The Bar hosts Ghosts of MardiGrass Past! Join the HEMP Party here. And if you live in Victoria or NSW, please sign up and help us register state HEMP Parties. Armband entry only!

4.20 pm  Web Cam Broadcast begins at H*EM*P*Bar  NimbinHempBar.com. Followed by the second ever Hash Suppositorium… Everything you need to know about, something everyone needs to know about, but never talks about, and has probably been too embarrassed to ask about, includes a live demonstration…Remember, getting old is not for the squeamish

6 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