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Fri, 16 January 2015

Crowdfunding for refugee staffed Cafe Melbourne

Filed under: General — site admin @ 12:17 pm

Melbourne-based café owners, Jane and Francois Marx have turned to crowd funding to build a café that provides training and employment opportunities for young refugees.

With 20 years combined experience in the hospitality industry and a passion for refugee rights, the Marx’s first launched the Long Street Café concept in January 2014 as a pop-up café at the popular music festival St Jerome’s Laneway in Melbourne. The couple hired two young refugees – both of which had never been employed in Australia before – to work with them on the stand.

Following the pop-up’s success (together with huge progress in terms of the skills honed by the couple’s newest employees), Long Street Café was invited to run a second pop-up, this time at the Melbourne Festival of Live Art.

The success of the pop-ups drove the Marx’s to search for a permanent space for Long Street Café, which they have since secured in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. The plan now is to raise enough money to properly fit out the new site as a fully functioning café and training facility for young refugees.

The couple have thus far successfully raised $18,746 via a campaign on crowdfunding site Pozible.

“Working in hospitality, we’ve seen numerous young people from refugee backgrounds walk in to cafes looking for work, only for their resume to end up in the bin,” says the Marx on their Pozible page.

“Little to no Australian work experience, less-than-perfect English language skills, and often a lack of self-confidence, are usually the reasons for this. As everyone can understand, it’s very difficult to feel a sense of belonging, to make friends, and to be self-sufficient when you don’t have a job.

“Our dream is that Long Street will come to play an important role in building a more progressive and inclusive Australia, a place where asylum seekers and refugees feel welcome. We think that when the person making your coffee just so happens to be a refugee, it might make it a little bit harder for people to believe the negative stereotypes of so-called boat people. We know that there are many people out there who also believe that we need to do more to give refugee and asylum seekers a fair go.”

Long Street Café will aim to help young refugees find their feet in the Australian workplace by providing them with a six-month paid traineeship, after which, they will aim to assist their trainees in securing ongoing employment.

The Simpsons Tribute to Charlie Hebdo

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 12:14 pm

A new episode of The Simpsons, broadcast last night on the US network Fox, contained an unexpected tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The episode, Bart’s Best Friend, was written by the Hollywood director Judd Apatow 25 years ago, after just six episodes of the cartoon had aired.
After the tragic events of last week, the programme-makers decided to end Apatow’s episode with an image of baby Maggie against a red white and blue background, waving a flag which read “Je Suis Charlie”. The message has been adopted around the world, as a way of showing solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
The Simpsons animators are the latest in a long line of cartoonists to respond to the tragedy through their artwork. Cartoons supporting the victims and reflecting the idea that the pen is mightier than the sword have been widely shared online since the attack last week.

29th Woodford Folk Festival June 5-7 2015

Filed under: Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 12:09 pm

Festival Director Bill Hauritz has described the 29th Woodford Folk Festival as ‘the most visually beautiful festival we’ve produced’.
An aggregate audience of 126,122 patrons (a 3 per cent increase from last year) attended the festival to watch the 1, 239 shows by 441 acts in the site’s 28 venues.
Festival organisers also celebrated the first year of all food and drink packaging served on site in biodegradable materials.
Headline acts this year included Bertie Blackman, Violent Femmes, Sticky Fingers, Kate Miller-Heidke and The Cat Empire.
Organisers have announced that The Planting, an annual weekend camping festival of environmental talks and forums, concerts, comedy, visual arts program and workshops, walks, children’s festival combined and tree-planting program, will be held on June 5 – 7, 2015.


Filed under: contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 12:02 pm

After causing havoc on the latest season of Geordie Shore and her imminent arrival on the latest MTV juggernaut ‘Ex On The Beach 2′ .. Charlotte has never been bigger! With 4 Million loyal followers across Instagram & Twitter plus a full Australian media onslaught planned for her arrival Charlotte-Mania is set to destroy OZ!
Below are the current touring dates, in certain cities there may be opportunity to add an additional appearance to a booked date if timings and proximity permit.
Friday 6th February – Perth
Saturday 7th February – Melbourne
Sunday 8th February
Monday 9th February
Tuesday 10th February
Wednesday 11th February
Thursday 12th February
Friday 13th February – Milperra
Saturday 14th February - Central Coast
Sunday 15th February – Gold Coast
Monday 16th February
Tuesday 17th February - Sydney
Wednesday 18th February – Auckland
Thursday 19th February – Hamilton
Friday 20th February – Melbourne
Saturday 21st February – Melbourne
Sunday 22nd February
Monday 23rd February - Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 24th February - Bendigo
Wednesday 25th February
Thursday 26th February - Sydney
Friday 27th February - Adelaide
Saturday 28th February
Sunday 1st March
Monday 2nd March (U18) - Sydney
Monday 2nd March
Tuesday 3rd March (U18) - Perth
Tuesday 3rd March
Wednesday 4th March
Thursday 5th March - Darwin
Friday 6th March (U18) - Brisbane
Saturday 7th March
Sunday 8th March
Monday 9th March (U18) – Melbourne
Monday 9th March

Bluesfest Lineup Donavon Frankenreiter

Filed under: bluegrass music, contemporary music, blues music, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 11:58 am

Hawaiian singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter has announced a run of 17 shows through surf and country Australian towns while he’s in town for the Bluesfest festival.
In a morning that has also seen shows added to tours by The Gipsy Kings, Jurassic 5, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Dispatch, Frankenreiter’s news is the biggest. Throughout the run he’ll be playing shows from his fifth record, Start Livin’, as well as cuts from his extensive back catalogue.
Dates are in theGuide below and tickets will be on sale Thursday 15 January from 10am AEDT.

Other Bluesfest Sideshows News
South Florida’s JJ Gret and Mofro will take to Sydney’s The Basement Monday 6 April. For JJ Grey, it’s his only Aussie performance outside of Bluesfest. Tickets on sale Thursday 15 January at 10am AEDT.
Reggae’s SOJA and Blue King Brown are teaming up for a show at Brisbane’s Triffid on Saturday 4 April. Tickets are on sale Thursday 15 January at 10am AEDT.
Already supporting the Zac Brown Band’s dates, Dispatch announce their first Australian headline shows at Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom Tuesday 7 April and Sydney’s The Factory Wednesday 8 April. Tickets for both shows on sale Friday 16 January at 9am AEDT.

The Gipsy Kings have added a show at Gold Coast’s Jupiters Hotel & Casino Sunday 5 April. Tickets on sale 10am AEDT Thursday 15 January.
Jurassic 5 have added a show at Wollongong’s Waves Friday 27 March and one at Adelaide’s HQ Thursday 2 April. Tickets on sale 10am AEDT Thursday 15 January.
Michael Franti & Spearhead will head to Hobart’s Odeon Theatre on Friday 9 April. Tickets on sale from 9am AET Wednesday 21 January through Ruffcut Records.
Nigeria’s Keziah Jones will support Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Sydney’s Factory Theatre Wednesday 1 April and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel Sunday 5 April. Tickets are already on sale.

SXSW Conference 2015 Aussie’s

Filed under: contemporary music, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 11:55 am

The Aussie contingent at this year’s SXSW conference in the US has grown considerably overnight, with another dozen or so acts added to the event.
Britpop influenced DMA’s, hip hop wonder Remi, Perth pop favourites San Cisco, Melbourne indie-rock troupe The Delta Riggs, Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza and rising bedroom producer Oscar Key Sung are among the names revealed by the event in the third official SXSW artist announcement. Here is the full list of locals added:

Peter Bibby

Kirin J Callinan


The Delta Riggs



Fraser A. Gorman

The Kite String Tangle

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders

Meg Mac

Tkay Maidza

Oscar Key Sung


San Cisco

Angus & Julia Stone, Courtney Barnett and The Church were among the first round of acts announced, while Mansionair, Hiatus Kaiyote, Gang Of Youths and Lenka were confirmed in November.

SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas between 17 and 22 Mar and you can find all the details at the official event website.

AC/DC perform at Grammy’s

Filed under: Television, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 11:52 am

Australian rock luminaries AC/DC have been announced as one of the performers for next month’s Grammy Awards.
The veteran outfit are riding the wave of their latest album’s success, with Rock Or Bust recently charting strongly overseas, including the US. They were also just named as one of the headline acts for one of the biggest festivals in America, if not the world, Coachella.As reported by Billboard, AC/DC will perform at the 8 Feb ceremony along with English crooner Ed Sheeran, pop singer Ariana Grande, country musician Eric Church and music icon Madonna. There will be quite the Aussie feel at this year’s awards with several homegrown artists, including Iggy Azalea and Sia, up for multiple gongs.

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