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Recharging Byron’s creative heart beat

A bold new project – Pop UP Play Spaces (POPS) - is bringing free, all-ages ‘play’ events to public spaces in Byron during the April school holidays.

Media photo opportunity: quirky signage installation

Friday, 7 April - 10am - Railway Park, Byron Bay

Theatrically designed and run by Roundabout Theatre’s iconic Lollipop Ladies, POPS’ family inspired games are set to generate some serious fun in town.

Games will include giant twister, races and relays, extended hopscotch, bingo, limbo, cards, jenga, giant chess, an obstacle course and loads more - some still being invented.

Valley Lipcer, Artistic Director Roundabout Theatre and POPS Creator, said the aim is to foster connections between residents, business owners and visitors through inclusive, innovative and accessible activities for all ages.

"We want POPS to inspire people to inhabit their public spaces with a playful and embracing energy and to encourage community recreation in town,” she said.

“I imagine a dynamic Byron town centre, brimming with inclusive, playful and creative open spaces, that invite human connection and community ahead of commerce,” Ms Lipcer said.

The  program includes activities to suit community elders and a 30-minute free lunchbreak dance class to inspire businesses to participate in the event.

POPS will be accompanied by an installation of creative signs along Jonson Street that continue the fun and inspire people to walk the streets in new ways, discover novel pathways and connectivity and smile from ear to ear.

“Each space will be unique in design, but all will invite people to linger, let down their guard, meet new people and enjoy silliness interrupting their day, “ Ms Lipcer said.

POPS is part of Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund and is a catalyst event for the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan.

“This seed fund has given us the momentum to restart the town’s creative heart beat and our offering is a playful reimagining of CBD green space. POPS is designed to showcase new potential uses for the space and encourage a legacy of games and recreation in the parks.,” Ms Lipcer said. 

The project has attracted many great community partnerships and sponsors including: Unique Real Estate, Byron Bay Experience, Shogun signs, Mullum Music Festival, Byron Community Centre, 100 Wonder Place, 3 Blue Ducks and The Byron Writers Festival who will bring their brand new ‘StoryBoard’ van to the events.   

POPS is still open for sponsors as well as local businesses to provide prizes for game winners.

POPS will take over Railway Park 11am-5pm April 13th and April 20th and Main Beach (near the peace pole) 11am-5pm on April 22nd.

For more information visit:

FB Roundabout Theatre | FB Event Page: Pop Up Play Spaces ( POPS)


Valley Lipcer

0405 407 565/ 02 6684 0570 

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.