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Today Katherine’s Upper Intermediate Class became budding Cate Blanchetts as they performed three comedies by DM Larson: Underdog, Kiss me I’m Irish and From Waiting on a Train.

Before the performances, which they delivered without scripts, they did some fun exercises in trust to build their confidence and to eliminate any stage fright.

They then took it in turns to perform their plays to their classmates in a beautiful outdoor setting. Apparently, some actors, not content with sticking to the script, ad-libbed their own lines and actions to great effect. Look out for these guys at a future Academy Awards 🙂

This week we profile a really lovely and delightfully happy student

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David (Wei Chun Lin), from Taiwan, has been at Lexis | Byron Bay for just six weeks. He would love to stay longer but he starts university in China on March 2. Here he tells us about his short time at Lexis | Byron Bay.

Why did you decide to study at Lexis in Byron Bay?

I was always planning to come to Australia but didn’t know which city to choose. Then my sister Dora (Chao Heng Lin) came here in November last year and she told me that I should choose Lexis | Byron Bay.

What did you like best about your class?

I liked the book and that we had a progress test every Monday. I liked my classmates who were very funny, especially Pau (Roca Martin) and the chocolate prizes Kathleen our teacher gave us were great too.

What activities did you enjoy most?

I enjoyed playing soccer and table tennis tournaments at the school and I also tried surfing. I had three lessons with Gaz from Style Surf and then also went out on my own 7 or 8 times. I can catch a wave now but sometimes when the weather is rough I fall off. I’ll miss surfing when I leave because there is nowhere to do it in Taiwan.

What’s your favourite thing about Byron Bay?

Going to lighthouse. It’s so beautiful I go at least twice a week. Also, I like the people they are so friendly and the other day I saw a woman pick up some litter on the street and put it in the bin. That would never happen in Taiwan.

Any final words?

I’m really happy with my English progress. I can speak and write much more easily now. And of course, I’m going to miss everyone and everything in Byron Bay.

What’s on at the Weekend

The weekend has rolled around once again, and if you’re not heading up to the Gold Coast to check out the Quiksilver Pro then there are still plenty of things going on right here in Byron Bay!

The Byron Bay Film Festival kicks off in style this Friday night at the Byron Community Centre with the Gala Opening Night party – with canapés, cocktails and the sensational opening night movie – When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen-Ra and the Theremin. The film follows the life of the eccentric and enigmatic Iranian refugee Armen-Ra who taught himself to play the theremin – apparently the most difficult instrument to master in the world.

If you’d rather dance, Frothing on Fridays once again hits the Ginger Pig – with resident DJs HA!YES! and Ant On Leaf, $10 cocktails and $5 Coopers all night and great music!

Or for live music – Caravana Sun are playing at the Beachy, Garrett Kato at the Northern, Mike Scala at the Rails, and Boom Faya reggae and stand-up comedy at Buddha Bar.

On Saturday the infamous Byron Vibes party returns to the Buddha Bar – with amazing local musicians playing a live jam session, Funmaker silent disco, interactive art installations from Artwomb, face painting and VJs. Entry is $10 and that includes a free drink!

Elsewhere on Saturday – the brilliant Tijuana Cartel are playing at the Northern – Tijuana Cartel are a Queensland electronic band – a mix of breaks, trip hop, broken beat and world music! Tickets are $25 and doors open at 9pm.

Also on Saturday – Discrow are at the Beachy, The Strands at the Rails, Meow at the Ginger Pig and Chad Wilkins launching his album at Kulchajam.

The Byron Community Market is on this Sunday from 10am, with live music, artisan stalls and lots of delicious fresh food!

Also The Rails are holding a Writers at the Rails event with Frank Khouri and Christine Strelan from 2pm; and for live music and Sunday sessions this week try Chris Mallory at the Northern, Bypass from 6.30pm at the Rails, Rod Murray Duo at St Elmos, Wild Marmalade at the Brunswick Hotel…

Or for a truly amazing Sunday session – OKA are playing at the Beach Hotel from 4.30pm – this ‘Australian earth music’ band from the Sunshine Coast combines electronic didgeridoo with reggae-dub, roots, jazz, house and world music – don’t miss this free gig!

Swiss Fondue Masterclass at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

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This afternoon we had a Swiss fondue masterclass in the student lounge, courtesy of birthday girls Larissa and Sara, Laura and Mathilda!

Food is the way to our students hearts here at Lexis English | Byron Bay, with hungry students lining up for the cheese, garlic and white wine fondue concoction!