THERE was beautiful art, beautiful people, fantastic art and fun to be had.

RAWByron Bay's Awakening event didn't just feature some emerging artistic talent to the community, it also delivered one of the best events you can attend mid-week.

The night started with gender-bender Saphira Wilde performing to a Tina Turner song, followed by the music of Hailey-Marie.

Among socialising and networking, performance and dance troupe The Cassettes took as back to 1982 with fluoro leotards, leg warmers and dance moves around the tables and then on stage.

Tommy Franklin aka Salty Rain aka the Dancing Man was his lovely, funny positive self and did a great job as the evening's MC.

In his regular fashion, Tommy spoke to everyone who said hello to him, had his photo taken and even got the crowd dancing.

Clunes artist Kylie Bridges was very happy about the event, as "it is not just a great opportunity to showcase my work but I have also met these wonderful artists today while we were setting up."

Byron Bay mayor Simon Richardson was at the Beach Hotel last night, as well as Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell.

RAWByron Bay is a platform for independent artists that are within the first 10 years of their career.

For details on the artists featured go to rawartists.org/byronbay.



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