CALD residents in Community

Our culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community background residents in Byron Shires is on the increase.

Reference to Byron Shire community profile / demographic resource


In Byron Shire, 6.7% of people spoke a language other than English at home

School students

Student profiles at Byron public schools reflect the multicultural nature of the local community with 18% of the student population being members of families from other nations.

Overseas arrivals

5,640 people who were living in Byron Shire in 2016 census results were born overseas, and 15% arrived in Australia within 5 years prior to 2016.


In 2016, 17.8% of people in Byron Shire were born overseas, compared with 11.2% in Regional NSW.

Cultural workshops in Byron Bay

Funding for the Byron Emerging Community of Multicultural Empowerment (BECOME) Project was providedt, through Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Program, in 2019.
As well, in 2019-2020 members of the then Byron Multicultural group provided a variety of cultural workshops supported by funding from Byron Council’s Community Initiatives Program.

Yoyo Tuki Haka Workshop NewZealand

The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant.

Byron Taiko Workshop Japan

Taiko is the Japanese word for ‘drum’. Wadaiko is the art of Japanese drumming Wadaiko combines rhythm, movement, and spirit. The sound of the taiko could be heard as part of everyday Japanese life for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Its origins lie deeply embedded in Japanese culture,

Anna Carbonell Tahitian Dance Workshop

Tahitian Dance is called Ori Tahiti in Tahitian Language as it literally means the Dance of Tahiti. Tahitian Dance is an original artistic expression that has deep roots in ancient Polynesian traditions. Most people know Tahitian dance as the sensual “Aparima” story telling of melodic songs and vibrant dances called “Ote’a” which is accompanied by fast drums songs.

Natty Dolaiasi Solomon Islands Workshop

Natty Dolaiasi is a warrior of traditional tribal songs of the Solomon Islands, the bearer of deep cultural knowledge and rare mystic chants. Natty has travelled the length and breadth of the magical Solomon Islands and is deeply passionate about sharing the extraordinary sounds and harmonies that are the unique cultural richness of his cultural songs in seven different tribal languages accompanied by the beat of the traditional log drums and rattles.

Gabriel Otu African Drum Workshop

Gabriel Otu is a West African performer, dancer and teacher. Growing up on the beaches of Ghana's South Coast, Gabriel started traditional African dance at the ripe young age of 7 and pursued this while continuing in his father's footsteps in playing percussion, singing and carving djembes.

Aloha Hula NSW Workshop

Aloha Hula NSW is a dance group and school that supports and promotes the Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures in the Byron Shire. Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant or song. There is a strong storytelling aspect of Hula dancing with hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant.

Meet the Team

Byron Multicultural Inc is an artist-led, not-for-profit organization, providing cultural activities in Byron Shire, including workshops, events and festivals



MC Gloval Beats BB

AkibaJapanese origin

Web design
Festival coordination

Fabrizio CalafuriItalian origin

Festival coordinator
Workshop coordinator


Committee Member

Our Activities

Cultural workshops

To share our cultural diversity and connect with local communities

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Engaging with our local multicultural community

Support events

Byron Harmony Festival
Japan Festival Byron Bay
Pacific Islander Festival
Byron Multicultural Lunch Gatherings

Recruiting members

Contact us to join Byron Multicultural Inc


Byron Multicultural is a not-for-profit organisation providing cultural workshops and events

And more

Visiting schools with multicultural activities


Byron Shire Immigration
Increased Migration Population


People, 42.6% of those who moved within Australia, moved within Byron Shire.


NSW Immigration


In 2016, the age group with the highest net migration to Byron Shire was persons aged 35 to 44 years

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Our Activity

  • BM lunch Taiko workshop
  • BM lunch Hula dance
  • Byron Wagakki Band
  • Cultural Lunch
  • Byron Harmony Festival 2019
  • African Drum Workshop
  • Monthly Lunch Project
  • Japan Festival Byron Bay
  • Global Beats Harmony package

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This diversity makes our country a more interesting place to live. As people from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences.

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Byron Multicultural Inc

0469 266 446

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