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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.


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?

This month’s global exploration of Commitment was chosen by our Vienna chapter and illustrated by Florine Glück. #cmbne#cmcommitment

It’s 3 days until our two birthday events on Friday! We’ve opened up 20 more spots to both events so jump on ‘em quick. If you want to attend CreativeMornings - head to our website. If you’re hoping to party at CreativeEvenings - visit Eventbrite:

Registering for our evening event, Birthday Beer Pong with Scott Triana? Don’t be a Will! Carlton’s got it going on. Did you hear that our April PM event - Birthday Beer Pong with Scott Triana of @beercreative has a dress code? Whether you’re playing, spectating or just coming for the talk, the rules are simple; sporting whites. There are still 10 tickets left for our evening event.  #cmgame

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Throughout human history, games were about winning or losing.

Author James P. Carse extends this concept beautifully in Finite and Infinite Games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

Which game are you playing with your art?

It’s a question worth asking everyday. Is this decision, this attitude, sending you down a short game or long game? The same energy that we spend chasing rewards and likes can be refocused to loving our craft and shipping our best work.

Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.

This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapterand illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips. This month is presented by our global partner MailChimp.

Photos from our Courage event with Cristian Staal will be appearing shortly. There’s some stellar shots of our good looking morning people. #cmbne #cmcourage

Yes you is! Our live graphic recorder @jimmydrawsstuff will be at our event again this month live illustrating the talk of Cristian Staal. Before the talk however, he will be illustrating our attendees along with their icebreaker answers to the question: “What’s the most courageous thing you’ve done in 2018?” We’ll be airdropping then straight to your phone at the event for you to share and there’ll be a prize for one lucky morning person who shares the drawing and tags Jimmy Patch! #cmbne #cmcourage

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: 🎉Cristian Staal of @clemenger_brisbane is our March speaker for the theme of Courage. Cristian has been ranked #1 Art Director in the world after co-creating the ‘Best Job in the World’ campaign and has won at every international show including 3x Cannes Grand Prix and 2x (notoriously rare) Black and Yellow D&AD pencils. He also won the global digital account for the biggest soap brand in the world, Lux by Unilever, spoke at TEDx and lectures at QUT and UQ — No biggie! *takes a breath* 😳 The event this month is on Friday March 23rd and registration for tickets go live on Monday 19th. Stay tuned for details. #cmbne #cmcourage

Moments from our February event — Curiosity with Emilie Guillemain at Mas & Miek Ceramic House by Alana Potts and Niell Blue. #cmbne #cmcuriosity