26th 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 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.
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.
We are pleased to present some mind-bending action at the 26th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their medical and industrial cannabis expertise and experiences, as well as reveal the campaigns and gains made in other cannabis loving communities around the planet.
6 pm : Medical Cannabis Healers Circle – Town Hall Garden
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.
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
9 pm : Picker’s Ball
Fire 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. Captain Cook stayed at Botany Bay from 29th April to May 7th 1770 when he raised the flag 247 years ago.
SPontanous Art Event #imaginorium
Friday & Saturday : Prop And Costume Making For Sunday Parade
(On the way to the skate park) DRop in and get creative with local makers of sculpture, puppets and fun. #imaginorium is building some fabulous props for this years protest parade on Sunday. EVer wanted to be a more colourful part of protest? Get your creative skates on to paint, sew, cut and bedazzle!!
7 pm : Comedy – Weed Laughs!
Hosted by Laugh Mob. 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.
8 pm : Indigo Embassy Video Exhibition
Indigo Embassy is a music, video and design production studio born of East Coast hip-hop mastermind Tycotic. Since it’s established in 2010 The Embassy has produced hundreds of videos, ranging from underground 1 take spits to multi-media green screen and animated showpieces, some which have been featured on the MTV Australia/ New Zealand television channel. In 2014 Tycotic produced Kerser’s S.C.O.T National Tour DVD, which managed to rank #2 on the ARIA charts; his music video work for Kerser alone also clocking millions of views on YouTube.
This all aussie hip-hop showcase highlights the genre’s strong ties to marijuana culture, selecting the dankest videos from Australia’s East Coast hip-hop community, featuring artists such as Fortay, The Hed Udb, Hyjak, Kerser, Jacquie Lomas, Losty, Nix, Tycotic himself and many more.
A culture of deviance in itself, hip-hop to it’s community is not just a genre of music but a way of life. Drawing on the 4 artistic elements of rapping, DJing, graffiti writing and b-boying, hip-hop has always had strong connections to cannabis and activist cultures, like a connecting puzzle piece in a patch work of unorthodox art societies. Come and immerse yourself in this collection of oz-hip-hop weed anthems, selected specially for the annual Nimbin Mardi Grass and bought to you by The Indigo Embassy.
9 – 10 pm : Green Light Party
Hosted by Disco Sista
Nimbin DJ Club presents Open DJ Sets / Fire Dancers / Lights / Videos / Fx… dance in the largest rainproof tent…. Featuring: Kron, Kalle Berry & Sassy Gang, T.L.E. Crew *Tallen* Lachy *Evil and Video DJ Disco Sista
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. 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 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. Please join our church over the weekend!
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
7 pm : Nimbin Street Drummers
Please leave the street open for traffic!