Friday 5th May


25th 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 Town Hall/School of Arts

Chill Zone, Medical Cannabis meeting place, Forums, Food, advice and education in the garden. The MardiGrass Family Cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.

10:00am : Information Booth opens

12 – 6pm: Hemposium – Talks and forums on cannabis law reform issues – Link to Program

Featuring international speakers: Dr David Bearman [California, USA], Matt [High Times, USA], Sita von Windheim [CannaMed, Canada], Rob Laurie [Vancouver, Canada], Ajia Mae Moon [Twelve High Chicks, Canada], Coral Reefer [California, USA], Arik [Film maker, New Zealand]

Australian speakers: David Shoebridge [Greens], Greg Chipp [Drug Law Reform], Steve Bolt [Bolt, Findlay Solicitors], Andrew Kavasilas [HEMP Party], Damon Adams & Michael Harding [Weeded Warriors], Dr Andrew Katelaris

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 & more!! MC Australian champion poet, David Hallett. Entry $10 or MardiGrass wristband

9pm : Picker’s Ball

Bands to be announced!


Town Hall Garden

Midday – 6pm : Medical Cannabis Advice and Education

Midday: Bubblebag Demos


Allsop Park

5:00pm 25th 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 247 years ago.


Indica Arena ~ Disco Sista’s Tent

6pm : Comedy – Laughing on the Grass!

Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! And we sure need it to handle these ridiculous, discriminatory, inhuman, archaic, ludicrous and laughable cannabis laws.

7pm : Marijuana Australiana – Film screening and Q&A with film maker

9pm : Sound & Vision by Disco Sista


Hemp Bar @ the Embassy

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. Please join our church over the weekend!

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!


Bush Theatre

Music and food by Mulgum Creek.


Outside Daizy’s

7pm: Nimbin Street Drummers

Please leave the street open for traffic!


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?