Popped Creative Laneway Activation

Byron Bay is abuzz with the whispers of POPPED – the exciting new arts project and laneway activation event coming to Surf Alley on Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May. 

Commencing 12 May, a team of Byron Bay’s most talented street artists will transform ‘Surf Alley’: the tired laneway in Jonson Street that has, whilst held sentiments of honouring the legends of our local surfing community, previously been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour. 

The celebration of the space reinvigoration will be an urban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, Live Ideas Program, and much more. 

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community. The Fresh Air Gallery is a live street art gallery that will auction the finished artworks on Instagram at the end of the night, raising money for the Byron Community Theatre’s much needed upgrades. 

The project aims to revitalise the beloved ‘Surf Alley’, breathing new life into it, whilst honouring the legacy. “We are in direct and regular consultation with members of the honour roll, and working to achieve something new and exciting for the whole community, as well creating ways for new residents and visitors to learn more about Byron Bay’s surfing history, and ensure those stories are given a platform,” say Operations Manager, Monique Hartman, “In conjunction with our major partners Feros Care, we’re also using our Live Ideas program on the Saturday afternoon to use this opportunity for young and old to engage and learn about community together, through art and the power of story. It’s developing into something really special that many people will get a lot out of”. 

Popped artists are: 

Nitsua // Jeremy Austin // Burg // Shmik // Sean Lemura (Set design & building) // Nikau (Greenery) 

The Popped team is committed to social and environmental responsibility. Local supplier Paint Earth has donated paints that are eco-friendly and non-toxic, and the event has a zero waste policy. Go Byron and Steer group are working with the event to promote responsible drinking and getting home safe. 

The full program will be distributed throughout the region via Media partners The Echo on 10 May.