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The Planting - growing a green festival of living!

BY MANDI MCINTYRE
@ 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.

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Pulp, Trash, Love!

BY ANDREW LEAVOLD
@ 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. 

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A Fashion Vision - Bespoke, Local and Global

BY ALEX MEARING
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

"I just felt like there was something else in me that needed to be expressed and released to the world."

In A Fashion Vision - Bespoke, Local and Global from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19, Alex Mearing talks 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.

Based on the Sunshine Coast but with a global vision, Alex 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.  

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Thangka + contemporary

BY DAMIEN PASCOE
@ 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.

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Nature weavers

BY CARLY GARNER
@ 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! 

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The Trashy Artisan

BY LUCY YULE
@ 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’. 

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Backyard Farms and Ethical Groceries

BY BEN SIRL
@ 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. 

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Bach to Bush

BY LOUISE KING
@ 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. 

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Ocean of Art

BY SCOTT DENHOLM
@ VOL 21 ON MAY 18, 2017

"To me, my art now tells a story between nature and humanity, a push and pull, love and betrayal type of visual dialogue that exposes my emotional connections with the ocean."

In Ocean of Art from Pechakucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 21, we hear from Scott Denholm, a contemporary ocean artist. His art focuses on the ocean and explores the emotional relationships that we have with it. Through his life as a surfer and conservationist, he has sought to capture semi-abstract moments that resonate with people from all walks of life. His paintings are also created with environmentally friendly art materials. In his presentation, he wants to focus on these emotional relationships and explore them through his new series, "Elevation". 

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Sunshine Surf Girls - Changing perceptions!

BY LIZ DAVISON
@ VOL 21 ON MAY 18, 2017

Growing up in country Australia may not be the best start for a surfer but since learning to surf at university, Liz Davison has never looked back. She’s produced a yoga for surfers, taught surfing in the Maldives, surfed with crocodiles in the Solomons, was the national president of Surfing Mums Australia and now heads Sunshine Surf Girls, an online and print surfing magazine for women. With a background in gender studies and community development, Liz hopes to build an international community of women surfers to change the roles and perceptions of women in the surf industry.

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The vision from a couple of lifestyle engineers

BY ESTHER BUNDELLU
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

Jonny and Esther Bundellu are a brother and sister team dedicated to their lifestyle brand GURU LIFE. They describe the harsh truths of vision and how it has played out in their lives. Vision can sometimes be a cruel mistress and the initial intentions of it can sometimes manifest into unique yet wonderful ways if you are open to it.

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A Celebration of Life and Death

BY DENISE DAFFARA
@ VOL 16 ON FEB 10, 2016

Denise Daffara began painting and drawing in 1999 as a celebration of fun and freedom.  However in the lead up to preparing her Pecha Kucha presentation she was called home to New Zealand and had to prepare for her mother’s death. In her presentation she shares some of that journey and some of the beautiful drawings that eventuated. 

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