saturday 2019


Town Hall

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

10 am – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference

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

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

We are pleased to present some first class educational and thought provoking action at the 27th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their Cannabis expertise and experiences, and reveal the campaigns and gains made in other Pot loving communities around the planet.

5 pm : HEMP Olympix Joint Rolling First Heats

Must burn from one end to another!



6 pm : Hemposium Mediweed Hypothetical

About: Hypothetical discussion Hosted by Dr Deb

Shades of Geoffrey Robertson. Putting a panel of 10 on the spot using a hypothetical case that features many of the dilemmas and problems facing cannabis – for those who use it and those who control it. Hear what patients, politicians, growers and oil-makers of medical cannabis, and more have to say – when no preparation is allowed.

Charly Bedrossian [Cannabis College Amsterdam]
Dr Andrew Katelaris [Australia]
Mae Moon [Twelve High Chicks, Canada]
Elvy Musikka [USA]
Alice O’Leary-Randall [USA]
Fiona Patten [Reason MLC Victoria]
David Shoebridge [Greens MLC NSW]
Michael Stoopman [Australia]
Morgan Taylor [Australia]

7.25 pm : Ganja Faeries Burlesque Performance

Nimbin Ganja Faeries Burlesque Cabaret performing to an Electro swing version of the original 1920’s prohibition song “Light Up” by Buster Bailey & the Rythm Busters, electrified by Skeewiff. Just goes to show the more things change the more they stay the same.

7.30 pm : Cannabis Comedy Show

It’s a long-standing tradition that Saturday night at MardiGrass means Cannabis Comedy. Hosted by the dynamic duo of Glover and Sorrenson, this year Cannabis Comedy presents special guest comedians.

Glover & Sorrensen is a rare thing: two-handed stand-up comedy. With loads of improvisation, the pair (Alan Glover & S Sorrensen) has performed at festivals all over Australia, most recently playing to full houses at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter. Also, they are also the only internationally certified Hemp Olympix officials in Australia.

10 pm : Harvest Ball

10 pm Madtones

11 pm Band of Frequencies

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.

10 am – 4 pm : The Medican Community Speaks Out!

Medical Cannabis Advice, Information, Education and Demonstrations. Please drop in any time to share with local and visiting experts. Meet the medican community, and hear first hand for yourself the voices and experiences from the real world.

2.30 pm : Cooking with Healthy Hemp

Learn about the superfood hemp with Sita von Windheim [Canada]

Plantem Park

4:20 am to Dawn Meditation

Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

8 am : MardiGrass Yoga

On the Grass in front of the Hash Bowl Stage

11:30 am Hemp Olympix registration

Register at Sativa Stadium for the 2019 Hemp Olympix! $2 Entry into all HEMP Olympix Events.

12 – 2.30 pm Hemp Olympix

12 pm : Tug O’ Drug Peace

Straight versus Spin with the Big Hemp Rope!

Sadly, in 2018 police didn’t want to compete in this famous event. It is a bit embarrassing to keep losing to the stoners! Maybe they’ll change their mind, but if not, we’ll have a battle between those who smoke with spin, and those who toke straight. The tug is followed by . . .

12.30 pm : 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 . . .

2.30 pm : Fringe Hemp Olympix

With 420 Dennis, Charly of Amsterdam, the Laugh Mob, Frances Moonshadow, Kendra Devilish, Peg Leg Deb, and Baldenstoned 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 crutch and wheelchair obstacle course where contestants must sign a waiver!

And in 2019 we are excited to announce a new event: The Kombi Lift!! We are seeking Australia’s strongest stoner!

5 – 11 pm Music @ Hash Bowl Stage

5 pm : Shallie

6 pm : B-Syde

7 pm : Mapstone

8.30 pm : Sub-Tribe

10 pm:

Disco Sista’s Tent

10.30 am – 4 pm : Hemposium Conference

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

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

5 pm : Comedy – Comedy Meditation!

Ever wanted the goodness of meditation and the badness of stand up comedy all wrapped up into one?! Well this is the show for you, join the empowered Sam Kissajukian, spiritual leader Ruven Govender and King of comedy Kyle Legacy on a spiritual journey through your soul and towards a bong. We provide laughs with a hint of enlightenment, fun for the whole family. 

6 pm : Comedy – Stoner Stand Up!

The Laugh Mob is back and celebrating 5 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 : Tribal Fire Show by Solar Flair fire dancers

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Solar Flair is a collaboration of talented local and guest fire dancers. Our art form represents the empowerment of self, each of us is unique and this shines through magnificently in our fiery creativity.  We will be conducting participatory hula hoop workshops across the Festival and Fire twirling nightly.

8.30 pm : Weed Drag Show

9 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: DJ Nug in the Hilux, Digital Bionics [DJ Roger Andre], DJ Miles Jackson and Video DJ Disco Sista

Old Museum Site

11 am: Register for the MWSCC (MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship) on the old Museum site next to Daizy’s by 12:00 pm Saturday.

Midday: World Stoned Chess Championship

Winner decided by sunset. Drug testing will be compulsory, but not after every move.

10 am – 4 pm: Hemp Expo

Talks, workshops, demos, forum and expo on industrial hemp

This year’s Mardigrass Hemp Expo will explore from seed to satisfaction, showcasing the multiplicity of uses of the wondrous hemp plant’s seeds and fibre. The expo will promote hemp solutions for Industry, Medical and Food use. Our highly experienced Hempies have had many years of experience in developing hemp for new clean green hemp/bamboo farming and renewable raw materials to replace mining and petrochemicals.

This year the expo includes an exhibition of live industrial hemp plants!

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

Magic Garden Market

All Day: The Magic Garden market in the Nimbin Community Centre features expert local innovators and craftspersons offering talks and workshops to enrich your experience of Nimbin’s alternative counter culture. Get hands on and enjoy the beautiful showcase of handcrafted, locally made crafts, clothes and fabulous food.


All Day : Weaving under the market figs
10.30 am : Build a bamboo stardome- with Steph
11.30 am : Traditional spinning with Sue
12.30 pm : Preparing hemp fibre-with Gerald
1.30 pm : Micro macrame with Jolanda Moyle
4 pm : Firelighting-bushcraft with Skott Poad

Market Stage

10 am : Sustainable architecture-Earthships–with DUUVY
11 am : Water and waste with Trout
12 pm : Industrial Hemp Fibre-with Tamara
1 pm : Jo Nemeth: Living without money
3 pm : Robyn Francis: Permaculture
4.30 pm : Biochar demo-with Char master Dolph
6 pm : Afro reggae beats with Kobya

Food Court Musos

1 pm : Phil Brommers
2 pm : Leif
4.30 pm : Shane Burnt Earth
5.30 pm : Joel Sweetman

Mingle Park

DRY CAMP in the middle of the village, includes chilled chai tent, music, and workshops.

12 – 4 pm: Open Mic, Poetry Slam, Freestyle Cypher Sessions

5 – 10 pm: Music

5 pm : Kelly Gang

6 pm : Trigz & DJ Vills

7 pm : Ronnie Rukkus

8 pm : Late 1

9 pm : Emph & Treats

Allsop Park


12 pm : Storytelling by local artist, Gilbert Laurie. In front of the big mural showing the creation of the Moogal and Bugal, snake and goanna.

Prop And Costume Making For Sunday Parade

Happening throughout Saturday and Sunday! SPontanous Art Event #imaginorium in Allsop 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.

Roadside Attractions


Arrives in Nimbin, having wended its way from Byron Bay via Lismore.


4:20 pm * Global Marijuana March*

Meet 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.

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 our record for the most joints ever lit at once in the same place at the same time. This is somewhat difficult for us now because weed is legal – for those who enjoy it – in 10 American states and Washington DC. Since November 2018, weed for fun, relaxation and creative enhancement is now legal throughout Canada.

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!

Hemp Bar

6 pm : HEMP Party members meet here every evening from 6pm. Join the HEMP Party here.

Stand up and be counted! Fair Dinkum voters can register here to join the HEMP Party all weekend. Your details must match exactly the Australian Electoral Commission details. We especially need NSW members so we can try again at registering the State Party. And Victorian members! The Federal party is registered and will run at the election which we expect in May.

Join the Church of the Holy Smoke for free here also…all you have to be is a human being from anywhere on Earth! An email address helps also.

Bush Theatre

9 am – 8 pm Saturday & Sunday

Enjoy a superb chill zone in a beautiful setting by Mulgum Creek, featuring Nimbin’s Bush Theatre with Hip Hop all weekend! Phoenix Rising Café: Delicious food daily with many of the menu’s ingredients grown on-site or provided by local producers.