Next Brisbane speaker
SEPTEMBER SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT💥
For the past 12 years, Andrew ‘Welly’ Welstead has been the Director of We Are Flip, a Brisbane creative agency, specialising in digital marvels. He spends his work time guiding and being guided by, the creatives and developers in my team. He spends his home time taking photos and trotting mountainous trails.
Although that may all sound harmonious, Welly experiences his fair share of chaos and will be speaking to our morning people next week on this very topic. Register on Monday 24th at 11.00am for our event on Friday 28th at 7.30 - 9.00am. #cmbne #cmchaos
Meet our speaker for August, Sarah Hamilton!
Sarah is the Operations Manager of Ditto Music Australia and has been working in digital distribution in Australia since 2008, with a short stint in New York City. She loves working with independent artists and seeing them gain access to the same opportunities as artists signed to major labels.
Sarah loves watching the industry change and grow, and helping artists navigate the changing digital space. Sarah also runs a side-project called One of One with Joanna Cameron, a website that highlights women in the music industry and hosts annual events for International Women’s Day. She’s in town for BIGSOUND and we’ve snatched her up to speak on the theme of Community at Range Brewing next Friday 31st.
Register on Monday 27th at 11.00am at www.creativemornings.com
Our August event is just around the corner and we’re excited to share that the legends at Range Brewing in Newstead will be our venue partner for the theme of Community on Friday 31st. Stay tuned for more event details. #cmcommunity
AUGUST THEME ANNOUNCEMENT: CommunityA community is a reflection of what we crave: belonging.Belonging is the heart of human connection. Our hardwiring is to be social creatures, to need one another. We cannot become our best selves without feeling like we belong to a tribe that sees us, respects us, and lifts us up.A sense of belonging can be fostered in many ways: food, music, volunteering, a cause. You can scan a room and see a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and skill sets—yet the common thread is shared desires and aspirations. It’s magnificently profound how simple this connection is, how deeply we all crave it, and how it changes the trajectory of our lives.The work of community is when a person walks into a room with fear and self-doubt, only to leave with a new narrative and a feeling of possibility and hope. We can give that experience to one another. It’s the work of being human. This month’s global exploration of Community was chosen by our Philadelphia chapter and illustrated by James Olstein. #cmbne #cmcommunity
Bigfish founder Sheldon and illustrator/animator Sem are also Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. After finishing an animated kids DVD ‘Little Frog’, they decided to get out from the safety of their computers and start performing live. The first new song was about a grizzly bear. Sem designed a costume and they started dancing in the streets of Byron, Brisbane, Tokyo & Seoul. They filmed each performance, posted on FB and it spread. More songs and more costumes followed. They played for kids but the kids freaked out. The parents liked it more.
Somehow through successes and many failures, they ended opening the world’s largest design conference, having shows at galleries in Brisbane, Byron and Seoul, playing Falls Festival, and are about to play at Splendour in the Grass for the third year running. Sheldon, Sem and Myo (who oversees the craft and workshops) will take you through their ups, downs and extreme randomness with a few songs thrown in for free.
This month we were lucky enough to be a part of The Design Conference Brisbane — a world class design, art, and business event featuring a curated selection of talks, breakouts, exhibitions and epic parties disguised at networking events. Our speaker Vanessa Varghese of Groove Therapy spoke to our audience on the theme of Commitment, and how her lack of commitment to the legal industry lead her back to her first true love — Dance!Photos by Neill Kumar & Savannah van der Niet. #cmbne #cmcommitment
The Design Conference is a world class design, art and business event featuring a curated selection of talks, breakouts, exhibitions and epic parties disguised at networking events. We’re lucky enough to be hosting our May event at The Design Conference in 2018, for a third year in a row at The Brisbane Powerhouse.
We’re welcoming Vanessa Varghese to The Design Conference stage.
Training across New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Brazil and regional Australia, Vanessa is particularly fascinated with street dance and the way it is born outside of the dance studio context, often by an oppressed people in reaction to political and socio-economic turmoil. in 2016 Vanessa founded Groove Therapy, aimed at making dance accessible to all walks of life. The program has brought dance to at-risk youth, Indigenous communities, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the every-day person, using the political and healing foundations that these street dance styles are built upon and mindfully appropriating it in new communities to help spark global conversation and cultural understanding.
Upon founding Groove Therapy, Vanessa has been named an ambassador for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, been nominated for the NSW Young Achiever of the Year, been named a Young Social Pioneer 2017 by the Foundation for Young Australians, has been named one of Westpac’s ‘Unstoppable Millennials’ and was one of the six 2016/17 artists to be placed in the City of Sydney Creative Live/Work Space residencies.
Since launching in 2016, Groove Therapy has gone on to feature in documentaries, facilitate workshops, choreograph for and sign exclusively to the likes of Adidas, TedX Sydney, MTV, Vice, Frankie Magazine, Oyster Magazine and commercials for Samsung, ASOS and Mercedes Benz Fashion week.
Groove Therapy is a dance class series and events/talent agency that makes street dance accessible to all walks of life, championing diversity and correct representations of street dance in a pop-culture driven society where hip hop is all too often misrepresented. The Groove Therapy dance classes walk away from the typical dance studio domain to rebuild the street dance context, with classes held in warehouse and community spaces with no mirrors and dim lights to push the ‘safe-space, no-judgement’ vibe. With classes selling out across Melbourne and Sydney, the crew have now launched the across Brisbane and Byron Bay. Groove Therapy also holds community projects to bring street dance to marginalised communities with programs launched for dementia patients, at-risk youth and new-migrants struggling to transition into Australia.
MAY THEME ANNOUNCEMENT
A commitment is a promise to show up whether you’re having a good or bad day. It’s a behavior and mindset that signifies the posture of a professional. It’s about saying yes with your whole heart. A creative life is built on the commitments you make to projects and people. It can feel like a leap of faith. But is that not the very essence of leading a creative life?