Fire twirling record sought

Instructor Simon Fooks (left) teaches a fire twirling class at the Arts Factory Village in Byron Bay.
Instructor Simon Fooks (left) teaches a fire twirling class at the Arts Factory Village in Byron Bay.
For instructor Simon Fooks, fire twirling is all about being surrounded by the magic of fire.

“It’s an adrenaline rush, you can dance as well and people really like doing it,” he said.

“Fire twirling changes people’s lives because it opens them up to new experiences and they meet new people.

“It’s a bit like surfing, very addictive and a whole lot of fun.”

Simon teaches fire twirling at the Arts Factory Village in Byron Bay and this Saturday (August 15) the village hopes to have 200 fire twirlers to set a Guinness world record attempt for the most people fire twirling.

The fire twirling is part of an open day being held at the village which will feature live music; property and brewery tours; a bush tucker walk; massage and pamper packages; movie deals; drumming; massage; yoga and Reiki; a talent show and more.

The Arts Factory Village began life as a piggery in 1898, then in the early 1970s was turned into the Arts Factory by alternative life-stylers, hippies and international artists.

Today it is home to seven businesses.

Administration assistant Angie Hickey said that because of recent developments at the Arts Factory, it had been decided to hold an open day. The open day will be held from midday to midnight.

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