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20 SEP


The Creative Alliance – Sunshine Coast in partnership with Noosa Regional Gallery is pleased to announce our call for presenters for PKN#23 Lost and Found”, our next Pecha Kucha Night. This will be held on Wednesday 20 September at the J in Noosa.  This PKN will be hosted in association with Noosa’s Floating Land program, so we are inviting people to share stories of the arts, environment and creativity!

“Lost & Found invites the audience to reconnect with the authenticity of nature through art. It will ask us to consider that loss is an inherent aspect of both the environment and the human experience, and through the process of loss we value what remains and become open to finding new futures.”

Date: Wednesday 20 September
Time: 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Place: The J, Noosa
Price: $15/$10 Creative Alliance Members/Concessions

If you are interested in presenting fill in the online form OR send us a short blurb about yourself and what you might present about (up to 200 words) by Friday September 1 to suedavis565@gmail.com  

Image credit: Rene Bahloo_Outer Skin Floating Land 2013
(placeholder image, poster to come)

This year the Sunshine Coast Pecha Kucha Night events are being sponsored by CQUniversity Noosa and through Noosa Council’s RADF program in association with Arts Queensland and the Sunshine Coast Council's Community Partnership Funding Program. 


The Planting - growing a green festival of living!

@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

Growing from a weekend working bee into Woodfordia’s second flagship festival, The Planting is emerging as a distinctive celebration of innovation in the arts, humanities and earth sciences. Mandi McIntyre is a Cultural Producer, keenly interested in social, economic and cultural development and exchange in our societies and she heads the programme for The Planting Festival, which has grown out of the work and ethos of the Woodford Folk Festival.


Pulp, Trash, Love!

@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

"It all started with a mad dream, and somehow I managed to get that out of the ether and onto the big screen. It's a kind of an alchemy and a magical process when you think about. Dreams can come true, even if they are horribly true."

In Pulp, Trash, Love! from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19, we hear from Andrew Leavold, an unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. Documenting his hunt for the enigmatic two-foot-nine Filipino James Bond, Andrew has since toured the world with his feature length documentary The Search For Weng Weng (2013). A PhD candidate at Brisbane's Griffith University, Leavold's thesis is soon to be published as a book entitled "Bamboo Gods And Bionic Boys: A History Of Pulp Film-making In The Philippines”.  Now based in Maroochydore, Andrew Leavold owned and managed Brisbane's Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, pulp cinema devotee. 


A fashion vision - Bespoke, local and global

@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

Based on the Sunshine Coast but with a global vision, Alex Mearing is a fashion designer who handcrafts made to measure, individually designed gowns and one of a kind wedding dresses. She also has a swimwear label called Klams. While she produces these in Brisbane she sells them exclusively online through her website. She is going to talk about her vision for her work and how she has been building her brand and using social media to create and capture a market all over the world.


Thangka + contemporary

@ VOL 22 ON AUG 02, 2017

Tibetan art or 'Thangka Painting' is more commonly used in its traditional form as a meditation support for practitioners, but what happens when you introduce an artistic culture that has been alive for centuries into a contemporary western paradigm. Here the artist Damien Pascoe will talk about the preservation of culture through his work, and why it is important to continue.


Nature weavers

@ VOL 20 ON APR 05, 2017

Natureweavers is an award winning forest school program for children and families that combines environmental education, nature connection and regional sustainability. Based in Black Mountain, Carly Garner and her team have been working with children in wildspace since 2010. Their programs include a weekly bush kinder, a monthly WildPlayGroup, Saturday sessions, seasonal celebrations, overnight camps and holiday programs. Carly is also a member of the International Association of Nature Pedagogy and advisor to the Forest School Alliance.  In her presentation, Carly talks about her innovative approach to environmental education with kids taking risks and getting down and dirty! 


The Trashy Artisan

@ VOL 20 ON APR 05, 2017

Dolls were never Lucy Yule’s thing, instead she climbed trees, built cubbies and caught bugs in her bug catcher. She went on to study horticulture and developed a special interest in Ethnobotany, moving on to running a ‘school’ at a climate controlled vegetable farm on the edge of the Abu Dhabi Empty Quarter. After returning to Australia Lucy worked in a factory and was gob-smacked at the amount of discard that went into landfill. She therefore decided to create a Social Enterprise that channels commercial discards away from landfill and towards schools, artists and creatives. She shares with us her plans and visions for what has become known as ‘The Trashy Artisan’. 


Backyard Farms and Ethical Groceries

@ VOL 20 ON APR 05, 2017

Be inspired by the the work of Ben Sirl and Renae who are champions of urban agriculture and ethical grocery and have set up a small ethical grocery store in Palmwoods on the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast (Australia). For the past 4 years they have been running their ‘Backyard Farms Project’. Coming from a previous life working in broad acre agriculture industry and high density urbanised areas, Ben was witness to the destruction of our rural lands and rise of urban environments. Through the Backyard Farms Project, he and Renae encourage urban agriculture through inviting customers to bring in high quality excess produce in exchange for other grocery items. Ben feels a sense of urgency and responsibility to share their experiences in the hope it may seed change for other communities as well. 


Bach to Bush

@ VOL 22 ON AUG 02, 2017

Louise King is a contemporary classical musician, a cellist with extensive international experience and training, she is an inspiring concert artist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and event producer.  Louise talks about how her dreams of using music to bring about social change and bringing classical music to regional Australia. 




About the City's Organizers

  • Sue Davis

    I'm a creative educator, researcher, practitioner and advocate for the arts and creative industries. I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia.