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[rak-uh n-turz; French ra-kawntœr]

1. a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.

Coming to Byron Bay’s Scout Hall from Tuesday 14 – Friday 24 November 2017 is Dance Integrated Australia’s multi art-form project, ‘Raconteurs’.

Led by Creative Director Philip Channells, the ‘Raconteurs’ project is a series of immersive skills development workshops spanning across art-forms including: writing for the theatre, dance, movement, street performance and choreography, story telling & journeying, sound design & Djing and interdisciplinary practice.

This inaugural project supports anyone of all background, ability and life experience interested in self expression to deepen their understanding of creative practice, connect with like minded people and seed new collaborations.

Join us – Expressions of Interest are now open!

As part of The Corner Residency Program initiated by Dance Integrated Australia in 2014 and based in the NSW Northern Rivers region, the ‘Raconteurs’ project promotes a model of engagement in the arts that sustains growth in the creative sectors, nourishes diverse artistic practice and builds industry collegiality within our community. Philip Channells

Led by a team of impressive artists who work locally, across Australia and internationally, the ‘Raconteurs’ workshop program is an immersive skills development project which is open to the wider community.

There are six Raconteurs facilitating 19 workshops across the 2-week program. These include:

bill 2 grad to transBill Shannon’s ‘Interdisciplinary Art in Public Space: A2B’ workshop
Workshop Pass – Green

Bill 3Photo: Charles Samuels



bill 1 grad to trans‘Reverse Engineering The Shannon Technique’ workshop
Workshop Pass – Orange

Bill 2Photo: Bill Shannon


pob grad to transPob Sellors’ (DJ Pob) ‘Sound Play’ workshop
Workshop Pass – Pink

Pob 1                                                                                             Photo: Mark Akasha

phillip grad to transPhilip Channells’ ‘Embodying Macro to Micro’ workshop
Workshop Pass – Turquoise

IFTstillphilipplastic26Photo: Sam James


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Kimberley McIntyre & Alona Rosenberg’s ‘Provocation & Curiosity’
Workshop Pass – Blue

Kimberley & AlonaPhotos: Ingrid Pullen Photography / Jenni Large


mark grad to transMark Swivel’s ‘Writing A Life’ workshop
Workshop Pass – Yellow

Mark Swivel           Photo: Donatella Parisini

bere grad to transBere’s ‘Story-Entwining’ workshop
Workshop Pass – Purple

bere 3Photo: Macushla Bere

Who can join ‘Raconteurs’?

The project is open to anyone interested in working in and developing new skills across one or more art forms including: writing for the theatre, dance, improvisation and choreography, physical theatre, sound design and DJing, street performance and interdisciplinary practice.

The workshops can be offered as ‘bundles’ or participants can opt in and out of art-form specific workshops with their preferred facilitator.


Join us – Expressions of Interest are now open!



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‘Raconteurs’ supports the development of artists’ practice, while at the same time provides the community with another significant creative event that boosts the NSW North Coast and Northern Rivers region’s creative reputation. Philip Channells


Most workshops will take place at the ‘Raconteurs Hub’, which is situated at the Byron Bay Scout Hall: 28 Tennyson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481. This is an accessible venue for people with mobility impairment.

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Photo: David Hancock | courtesy of LGNSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.


Google Map of the Byron Bay Scout Hall

Contact & Registration

Note: Places are limited to 10 people for each workshop.

Register your interest to participate in Raconteurs, or telephone / text Dance Integrated Australia’s Creative Director / Producer, Philip Channells on +61 432 073 304 or email.

For media inquiries, telephone / text Dance Integrated Australia’s Project & Communications Manager, Sean Campbell on +61 432 714 534 or email.


raconteurs logo bannerThe Raconteurs project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Critical Path, Ausdance NSW, Arts Northern Rivers and Byron Bay Scouts. Dance Integrated Australia is an Associate Organisation of Ausdance NSW 2016 – 2018.

Main Photo: Garret Jones