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Thu, 27 August 2015

Women in Tourism Leadership program for 2015

Filed under: Workshops, General — site admin @ 12:57 pm

The date for the third and final lunch in the Women in Tourism Leadership program for 2015 has been announced.
The lunch will take place at View By Sydney (part of Dedes Group) at 12 noon for 12.30pm on October 30, 2015.
In this final event for the year, the panel will discuss ‘Mentors and Masterminds: do you need one, how to find one and how do they work?’

Three female panellists and a guest MC will discuss mentoring – not just from the mentee side but the benefits for a mentor as well – and discuss the hot topic of mastermind groups. Napoleon Hill wrote about mastermind groups around 75 years ago in his book, Think and Grow Rich, stating that, “A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others”.

Many leaders and entrepreneurs today link their success to participating in a mastermind group.
There will also be an opportunity to network and connect with other accomplished leaders across the travel and tourism industry.

Thu, 2 July 2015

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Filed under: Workshops — site admin @ 10:29 am

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Filed under: Workshops — site admin @ 10:22 am

6.00 – 8.00pm | Wednesday 8 July | Fitzroy Library
Join writer Michael Dwyer (The Age, Rolling Stone) for a whirlwind DIY workshop for budding bloggers and music critics.

Michael is among Australia’s most respected and prolific music critics. He’s written with rare insight and passion about music and people who make it for 30 years and has interviewed myriad legends of rock, jazz and elsewhere, from Lou Reed, David Bowie, Brian Eno and U2 to Burt Bacharach, Herbie Hancock, Yoko Ono and Steve Reich.

He has reviewed thousands of albums and gigs and penned liner notes and bios for many legendary Australian musicians, and also lectures in Arts & Culture Reporting at Monash University.
Free, bookings essential as places are strictly limited.
Capacity is 30 people so be quick.
Presented by The Ewing Trust
The Thomas, Samuel and George Ewing Trust was endowed by Margaret Ewing Cutten after her death in 1991 to continue her family’s long connection with the Fitzroy Library and their tradition of enriching the cultural wealth of Victoria through the support of Melbourne cultural and educational institutions. The bequest allows the presentation of an innovative range of events and projects that promote Fitzroy as a centre of arts, literature, cultural heritage and life-long learning.

Boats by Polyglot Theatre @ Fed Sq

Filed under: children's entertainment, Workshops, Theatre, General — site admin @ 9:55 am

Ahoy, an adventure on the high seas awaits these school holidays!
Boats by Polyglot Theatre
Fed Square | 7 – 12 July | Free
Commissioned by Fed Square, Boats explores the ideas of migration and adventure in the last week of the July school holiday with activations taking place twice a day at 10am and 2pm.
Polyglot Theatre launch their brand new work, Boats a playful and interactive activity that encourages children to ’sail’ the cobbled seas of Fed Square.
Large and colourful vessels sit idle at a central mooring place within The Square until children brimming with imagination and energy board and set off on an adventure across urban seascapes.
Once aboard, the lightweight boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with children taking charge, working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the ‘high seas’.

As they make their journey, Polyglot artists float as castaways ready to be rescued or as mysterious elements of the deep blue sea. Together they guide the boats to safe harbour, ready for new crew and the next adventure! On another adventure, Polyglot captain the boat as children embark and disembark from jutting steps, tree islands and marine deckchairs.

The fleet consists of three, 4 metre long vessels made from light materials with a striking body constructed from painted and decorated canvas inspired by Javanese boats. It also includes 13 smaller 1.5 metre long boats that have been inspired by children’s illustrations.

Whilst sailing activity is aplenty in The Square, inside The Atrium people of all ages can make paper boats and add them to the growing flotilla. The boats in the flotilla can either be taken home by their creators, or tied up at the islands in the atrium as a growing installation. Commissioned by Fed Square, Boats explores the ideas of migration and adventure in the last week of the July school holiday with activations taking place twice a day at 10am and 2pm.

Fri, 16 January 2015

Australian Burlesque Festival

Filed under: cabaret, Dance, Workshops, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 11:44 am

The Australian Burlesque Festival is getting very excited as we are begin to announce our Headliners, Guest Artists, Shows and Tickets! This year will be our 6th year and we plan on delivering an even bigger and better festival. Burlesque fever has begun!!

Melbourne: 11 - 14 June Wonderland Spielgeltent ON SALE NOW
Newcastle: 18 June Lizzottes ON SALE NOW
Sydney: 19 June The Factory Theatre ON SALE NOW
Sydney: 20 June The Metro ON SALE NOW
Byron Bay: 25 June Byron Community Centre ON SALE SOON
Brisbane: 26 June The Tivoli ON SALE SOON
Darwin: 27 June Darwin Entertainment Centre ON SALE SOON
Canberra: 3 - 4 July The Abbey ON SALE NOW

ABF is bringing back our popular ‘Festival Pass’ for Melbourne shows only.

For ticketing and show information wonder on over to our website: ABF SHOWS


Mon, 23 June 2014

Push FReeZA Summit

Filed under: contemporary music, Workshops, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 8:17 pm

Push FReeZA Summit coming to Melbourne in July
Tuesday July 8, 10:30am – 3:30pm – Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy
Youth music organisation The Push is coming to Fitzroy during the July school holidays to hold a free music industry training session for young people.

The annual Push FReeZA Summits are free to attend and open to everyone. Any young person who is interested in the music or event industry is encouraged to attend this fantastic training opportunity.

The full day of training will feature a range of industry professionals sharing music industry advice and information. The full program is attached or can be downloaded here.

Meet with industry professionals to discuss artist and tour management, volunteering and internships, publicity, event management, song writing and performance, radio, and online music distribution

Career development and pathways for young people
Live sound workshop to learn how to set up a PA system for live performance
Artist’s Q&A with The Hounds Homebound, Darcy Fox and Residual Live

Krump showcase and workshop Tour management workshop with Jamie Lehman (Endless Road Touring)
Workshop on music equipment maintenance, partnerships and equipment endorsements
Learn about festival OH&S, engaging the community and sustainability and rural community development Network with young people and workers on music and event committees
Free lunch!

Tue, 3 June 2014


Filed under: Workshops, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 5:55 pm

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival and Music Victoria presents
The Myth Behind The Riff – metal and hardcore workshop

What do you need to do to take your band to the next level? Join some of the most dynamic players on the Victorian metal and hardcore scene in this not-to-be-missed information session. Topics cover everything you need to know about: getting a gig, making the right contacts, what Soundwave Festival is looking for in a local band, getting airplay, streaming, sponsorships, social media, artwork, media coverage, and touring overseas.

Stu Harvey - radio presenter, short.fast.loud
Matt Young – musician, King Parrot
Phoebe Pinnock – musician, Heaven the Axe
Chris O’Brien – General Manager, Soundwave Festival
Cael Johnston - National Events Manager, Destroy All Lines
Guy Palermo – publican, The Bendigo Hotel

Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall Reading Room
201 Napier St Fitzroy
Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014
Time: 6.00-7.30pm
Cost: Music Victoria members free, non-members $10
Bookings via TryBooking - trybooking.com/87936

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