No Stress! Plan That Big Event and Relaxe

by admin on December 25, 2013

Four Tips on How to Create Your Event with Ease

In general, planning an event is hard work. Planning a big event can be even harder. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the components a large event comes with is normal, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. If you are feeling a bit out of sorts about how to plan your huge event, here are some steps you can take to get your event off the ground and set up without a hitch.

Know your vision: When planning an event, great or small, you have to know the exact purpose of the event. When developing the vision for your event, establish your event’s purpose and the goals you want to achieve. According to eHow, keeping the event’s purpose and goals in mind will help you stay on track.

Develop a checklist: With so many moving parts that come with a large event, it’s  imperative to have some type of guide that shows what must be done at what time. Checklists will keep you on track as to what you need to accomplish for your event. Without a checklist, or some type of guide, you might get off track and begin to feel overwhelmed.

Allow enough time for setup: Let’s say that it’s 30 minutes until your big event gets started, but you’re far from prepared. It’s only a few minutes before the event is set to start, and the DJ hasn’t arrived yet, the catering is doing a completely different menu than the one agreed upon, and guest speakers are still preparing speeches. If you don’t want to run into this horrifying predicament, make sure to plan for ample time, just in case things don’t go according to plan. Eventplanning.about.com suggests having everything set up 15 minutes before your event is scheduled to begin. Schedule your time so that when problems come up—and they will—you’ll have enough time to solve any issues before the event is supposed to begin.

Have a backup plan: Are you having an outdoors event but don’t have a plan for inclement weather? Are you having a concert and haven’t thought about the off-chance that the venue’s equipment is faulty? For any event, it’s best to have a backup plan. For instance, if you are holding an outdoors event, it’s best to have an indoor venue picked just in case the weather turns for the worst. Without a backup plan, all of your hard work to be prepped and organized could go down the drain. Even when you’ve planned for the best, problems will still crop up.

What do you think about these tips?

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The 2013 Boomerang Festival Comes to NSW This Month

Calling all Australians! Come celebrate Indigenous heritage and culture to the fullest at the Boomerang Festival this year. A ‘New World’ festival that’s open to everyone, the Boomerang Festival takes place 4-6 October at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in New South Wales. Join the festival and immerse yourself in the experience of music, film, dance, theatre, comedy, and much, much more.

The first festival of its breed the world over, never before has there been the opportunity for so many people to join in the celebration of Indigenous culture on this level, with such ease.

This event is set to happen right in your own backyard, in fabulous Byron Bay, making it much more accessible than any other experience of its kind.

All about the Boomerang

This unique and incredibly diverse festival will feature the best the original culture has to offer in the arts, in music and musicianship, dance, theatre, ideas–you name it! With not one or two, but four different stages to host performances over the three-day long weekend, you can experience that which defines Indigenous culture in modern-day Australia for yourself at the Boomerang Festival.

An event that knows no boundaries and is open to every Australian, the Boomerang Festival invites you to join in the celebration of the oldest living culture around and experience exchanges that would not otherwise be possible.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble, one of the festival’s partners, says of the fest:

“Boomerang is a Festival of Indigenous ideas, of all aspects of our original culture. We think now is the right time to show the viability and value of Australian Indigenous culture in an accessible event which will give all Australians a sense of pride on experiencing the best of the best in Indigenous arts today.”

Summer Camping Special

Not only does the Boomerang Festival sound like the event of the season, but if you enjoy camping, then this is the perfect fest for you. Tickets are still available, so if you’re planning to attend last minute, don’t forget to pick up your camping pass!

Make your festival experience event more comfortable when you reserve a tent motel in advance. Each tent motel comes with an already set-up tent, awning, roll-up windows and complimentary bedding.

And if you want to bring your home-away-from-home, purchase an extra-large vehicle ticket, and you can bring your RV or camper!

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Australia’s 15th Annual National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Run by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) is a nationwide, collective undertaking of all school communities and governments to underscore the significance of literacy and numeracy skills acquisition, specifically for school-aged children, but also for all young people in general.

This national approach provides schools with the opportunity to take action and participate in a diverse range of literacy and numeracy activities that are designed to increase the acquisition of these important skills.

In addition, NLNW is about recognizing the achievement of those within our communities who support children and young people in their journey toward better education.

Take a Liking to Literacy

National Literacy and Numeracy Week will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year from 29 July to 4 August. Not only is it a fabulous idea to encourage literacy and numeracy skills in school-aged children in general, but this year there’s a special incentive.

Every class that participates in the activities listed on the national website and turns in a completed survey will be entered to win a unique selection of prizes donated by some generous sponsors.

“A Poem in Your Pocket” is just one of those prize-worthy activities that classes can participate in. All a student needs to do for this activity is compose their own poem at a length that will fit into their pocket.

Teachers and other community-members who want to support literacy can also have their groups participate in the national reading of Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon on Wednesday, 31 July.

Minding Numeracy Skills

This year the national numeracy activity, dubbed, the “Reach for the Stars” activity, is called “This is Rubbish!” Sound exciting? Well, it is! Especially if you’re a student.

Students participating in this national activity will collect, classify and count the rubbish in their classroom or schoolyard waste bins. The data collected from the rubbish activity will be utilized to figure out the primary sources of waste and what quantity there is overall.

This activity is designed to spur student thinking along the lines of how rubbish could be reused, recycled, reduced, or disposed of more safely. After data collection, students will have the ability to compare their findings with that of other schools all over the nation.

Do yourself, your community, and your classroom a favor, and make sure you participate in this national event. It’s up to community leaders like you to inspire students to continue learning, no matter what.

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The Katherine Show: Greatest Show in the Northern Territory

Come one, come all! The most unique show in the Northern Territory, the Katherine Show, is coming up fast, scheduled for the third week of July. This year at the Katherine Show, expect to encounter amazing equestrian events, polocrosse, rodeo, campdrafting, fireworks, and even dog jumping. This is Katherine’s biggest event of the year, and the theme for the 2013 show is ‘water.’

Katherine and District, sometimes called the ‘Crossroads of Australia,’ covers some 400,000 square kilometers of farmland, desert, and plant life. The Katherine Show will bring an estimated 15,000 people into the area, and it creates the largest amount of business that Katherine will see all year long.

The Biggest Little Show in Top End

Not only does the Katherine Show brew excitement in Katherine and its District, people from all over the territory and the region will travel to see the incredible display of entertainment, competition and other memorable features the Show includes.

Show days this year will be 19th and 20th July, but you’ll be able to gain free entry into the showground’s on 16th, 17th and 18th July. Tuesday, through Thursday (16th through 18th), the Katherine Show features ring events for horses, cattle events, and the always exciting campdraft competition.

If you’d like to really get involved with this Top End extravaganza, you can become a member of the Katherine Show Society by purchasing a membership.

Adult membership will give you a number of benefits, like lower fees for nominations in the show, free camping on the grounds during the show, free entry into the show, and even convenient parking.

All the Little Details   

The Katherine Show features the all best and brightest of Katherine in one unique place. A family-friendly event for all ages, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something of interest to children and adults alike during this incredible event.

In case you can’t make it out to Katherine to see this extravaganza for yourself, let the Katherine Show offer you some inspiration for your own event. Choose an area that’s convenient for you, and feature interesting attractions from your local area.

If you live in a tight-knit community, organizing this type of event may be easier than you’d think. Talk to some of your fellow locals, and see if they would be interested in helping you put on your own show.

 

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The British & Irish Lions Rugby Team Tour Australia in 2013

For rugby fans all over the nation, June and July 2013 are two of the most exciting months to occur during the last 12 years. The British and Irish Lions Rugby Team will tour Australia for nine incredible matches in six different cities. This uncommon event only takes place in Australia once every 12 years, so anyone who’s a lover of rugby should make a point not to miss this dynamic occurrence.

The six-week Australian tour, where the British and Irish Lions will take on the five Australian Super 15 Rugby teams, has set dates in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, and Newcastle, and they include 3 test matches along with the series final on 6 July.

How to Fight Like a Lion

Since 1888, the British and Irish Lions rugby team has travelled across the world to play matches against elite international competitors. These gifted and determined players will usually only see one Australian tour during their career, so the two-month event is an honour and opportunity for each one to show off their superior rugby skills.

To be selected for the British and Irish Lions rugby team is the highest privilege for any rugby player from Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales.

Because the Lions only tour once every four years, and the location rotates between Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, this year’s rugby tour is considered the biggest event in rugby to hit Australia since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Battling the “Sea of Red”

Tickets for the 125th Anniversary Tour are on sale now, and rugby fans are encouraged to grab them while they’re still available. But, in case you can’t make it to a match in person, you can catch the competition on TV at a local pub, or in your home (as long as you have access to the network that’s showing the games, Foxtel).

With a rugby event this big, you might even want to make your own event out of it by hosting a viewing party or an after-party. Print up some handy invitations, send them out to all your fellow rugby fans, and invite them to join you in celebrating the festivities of this once-every-twelve-year competition.

Just remember to keep it friendly and fabulous. Not only are there a lot of Australian fans out there, but many British and Irish Lions fans are likely to make the journey to cheer their team on as well.

 

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The Divine Divas Show Hits Melbourne May 2013

If you’re into live events that include Vegas-style portrayals of the biggest superstars on the planet, this is one show you won’t want to miss! The incredible Divine Divas show is a delightfully decadent two hour tribute performance that will feature extravagant portrayals of twenty world-famous superstars, like Cher, Madonna, Liza, Beyonce, Pink, Tina, Dolly, Kylie, and many more.

This flamboyant tribute to our favorite divas is always evolving, and was started by Warren Gooch, the talented founding cast member, and styled by the brilliant modern choreographer, Leigh Kempster.

Truly a Spectacular Event

This captivating event will take place on 18 May at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne. Fun for the whole family, this performance is sure to amaze with all the glamour and glitz of a Vegas-inspired extravaganza.

With very high heels and a whole lot of class, Divine Divas will feature sixteen of the most exceptional female impersonators in jaw-dropping transformations that include donning sensational pieces from an authentically reproduced wardrobe valued at more than $200,000.

More than 60,000 Australians and New Zealanders have had the pleasure of enjoying this fabulous event first hand.

Be sure to get your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on all the incredible fun!

How to Get Inspired

Whether or not you can afford to make it to The Palms for this decedent event, you need not despair. Take the idea for a tribute show and run with it. Get a group of friends together, decide on the kind of famous stars you’d like to portray, and hit up the second hand stores for your costumes.

If you want to really get into it, print up some low cost, high quality event tickets, and raise money for a good cause, like a local charity or a non-profit organisation you support.

Promoting your event well is a good start. Start by developing a plan of action. Will you send out emails? Print flyers? Mail personalized invitations? All of these ideas will work, and many times they work best when done in tandem.

Once you’ve promoted your glamourous event, decide on a ticket price that’s low enough to appeal to the masses, but high enough so you can make your money back and have a little something extra.

You can either donate it, or keep it for yourself to use for your next event.

 

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ANZAC Day 2013: Commemoration Events Held Across the Nation

One of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national occurrences, ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day will be observed across the nation on 25 April. Parades and commemoration services will be held all over the country (and throughout the world) to honour the soldiers who’ve fought to defend their countries, and recognise the sacrifices they’ve made.

The 25th of April was first named ANZAC Day in the year 1916, and that year a range of ceremonies took place the world over, including services in Australia, a march in London, and sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the initial major military action fought by New Zealand and Australian forces in World War I.

A Short History of ANZAC Day

In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers joined the allied forces in an attempt to overtake the Gallipoli peninsula, with the overall objective to capture Constantinople, which was at the time the capital of the Ottoman Empire and a German ally.

After eight months of fighting, at the end of 1915, the allied troops were evacuated. Unfortunately, however, they had suffered many casualties. Thousands of soldiers had been killed, and once news reached home, 25 April soon became the day that Australians commemorated the sacrifice of those who died during the war.

Once World War II had come and past, ANZAC Day became the day to remember the lives of the soldiers who died in that war as well.

Today ANZAC Day is nationally commemorated in two ways: dawn services are held across Australia, and formal ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country.

Nationwide ANZAC Day Events

We’ve got a list of commemorative services and events taking place locally to help you join in the observation of this national day of remembrance. Click on the links below for more information.

St Mary’s in New South Wales

2013 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Melbourne

Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade 2013

2013 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Sydney

Canberra’s ANZAC Day Services

ANZAC Day Services around Tasmania

2013 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Broome

New Zealand 2013 ANZAC Day Commemorations

And if none of those events are close enough for you make it with family or friends, don’t despair. You can always hold your own commemorative service with the people you’re closest with, and pay tribute to the troops we’ve lost in war over the last 100 years.

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Formula 1® Rolex Grand Prix Hits Australia 14 March – 17 March 2013

Gentlemen (and women), start your engines! If you’re a racing fan in Australia, one of the most exciting events of the year is soon to come your way. Starting 14 March, Melbourne’s fabulous Albert Park will become home to the first leg of this year’s Formula One World Championship™ season.

Local fans have a lot to look forward to with two well-known Aussies, Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, lined up against each other for the second consecutive year.

Not only that, but with more than four Formula One World Champions™ listed on the track, this event will no doubt be very exciting start to the racing season.

Breakfast with the Stars

Just one of many events that will take place during this action-packed weekend, the exclusive Grand Prix Breakfast will be hosted Saturday the 16th at one of Melbourne’s chicest venues, the Crown Palladium.

This brand new 2013 event will feature notable appearances from special guests in motorsport and racing, like Kimi Räikkönen, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. You’ll also be captivated by performances from popular names in entertainment, like Ricki-Lee Coulter and Aussie Legend Jimmy Barnes.

And if that’s not enough to feed your fancy, you can relish in performances by Cirque du Soleil’s Australian tour of OVO.

Buy a premium ticket to this event, and you’ll get the incredible chance to have one of the top names in motorsport to join you at your table.

Tickets, Get Your Tickets!

Ticket buyers have the option of purchasing a four-day pass as well as individual, daily passes. Not only is this convenient for the fans, but you can even attend the event on Thursday for FREE!

See the Total Oil International Sports Cars Qualifying Session and the Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge Qualifying Session, in addition to numerous practice sessions, at absolutely no charge to you. Does it get any better than that?

It certainly could! If you can get in free on Thursday the 14th, why not celebrate the money you saved by hosting your own motorsport get together?

Instead of dishing out a pretty penny to buy day-passes, find some low cost event tickets and host your own race-viewing event on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

You could have it at the local pub, in your own home, or anywhere there’s a telly big enough for all your friends to see the racecars zooming, and loud enough to hear the engines revving.

 

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Sydney’s 2013 Mardi Gras Festival Celebrates LGBTQI Pride

The Sydney Mardi Gras Festival has been celebrating LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and intersex) pride for over 30 years. This year, the 2013 35th Anniversary Festival brings you an entire month of fabulous fun. Running from 8 February to 3 March, Sydney Mardi Gras will feature everything from events to parties to performing arts, with an uber-glamorous Parade to top it all off.

Set to officially launch on Friday, 8 February at noon, the festival season will start with the raising of the flag by the Lord Mayor at Town Hall. Then, get ready to get your groove on with some of the best and most diverse entertainment you’ll ever get your paws on in one place.

Sydney’s Most Posh Parade

The largest and most glamourous Parade of its calibre the world over, Sydney’s 35th Mardi Gras Parade is one you absolutely won’t want to miss. Starting just before 8pm on Saturday, 2 March, this Parade is a colourful, unique, eclectic, and above all creative celebration of the power and beauty of diversity.

If you adore being treated like a VIP, then Glamstand is the place to be for the ultimate viewing of the Festival’s infamous Parade. Indulge in gourmet food, classy bars, and everything else you could want for the best viewing experience.

Find yourself smack in the middle of all the marvelous sights of the Parade when you watch from Club Tropicana. The hottest possible viewing spot available, the Club will feature live music from notable DJs like Josh Kirby and David DC.

And there’s more than just music. Club Tropicana also provides you with a host to keep you smiling and make sure you don’t miss any of the fabulous entrants.

Join the Party

From official after parties to the exuberant Harbour Party ’13, Sydney will be more than bustling with incredible events to attend, even after the Festival packs up each night.

If, for some strange reason, you can’t find a party that’s just right for you, don’t fret! Why not throw your very own Sydney Mardi Gras after party?

It may not be official, but it will most certainly be fun. Print up some of your own low cost, high quality event tickets, and invite all your favourite friends, family, or co-workers.

8 February is coming on soon, so start getting ready for the celebration today!

 

 

 

 

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How to Be One Tough Mudder

by admin on January 10, 2013

Premier Obstacle Course Comes to Melbourne January 2013

Some of us think we’re tough, but the Tough Mudder obstacle course begs to differ. If you’re ready for one of the biggest challenges of team competition to hit the world, then you’re ready to take on the Tough Mudder event.

With an obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to be an extreme test of stamina, strength, teamwork and mental aptitude, the Tough Mudder challenge is no ordinary event.

Completing the Tough Mudder course will give you a hardcore feeling of personal achievement and strengthen your sense of team camaraderie, all while having an absolute blast.

Tough Mudder Hits Melbourne

On 19 and 20 January 2013, Tough Mudder hits Melbourne for an awesome Australian challenge. Only 80% of the tickets are sold right now, so you can still participate in this killer course. Whether you’re entering alone or part of a team, just remember to register before 11 January 2013.

Registration includes a bright orange headband, Tough Mudder shirt, obligatory bragging rights, and, of course, a very hard-earned beer. That’s right, you get an ice-cold pint as soon as you finish the Tough Mudder course.

Not only that, but you’ll experience a fabulous post-party with live music, an awards ceremony for the toughest of the tough, and even the Carnival of Tough.

This is No Marathon

Tough Mudder is definitely no marathon. Why not, you ask? Well, because marathons are boring! The challenge is, above all else, FUN. Mudders never take themselves too seriously. Between cheeky event names, outrageous costumes, and the sweet after party, this is much more than a physical challenge.

What really makes the Tough Mudder stand apart from other courses and marathons is the simple fact that no one can complete the course alone.

Part of the challenge is never leaving your teammates behind, and making sure the whole team completes the course. That, and having a hardcore sense of humor.

Spectator Sport

For those who just like to watch, bring it on! Tough Mudder has spectator tickets available for only $20 in advance and $40 on site. Make an event out of it, and support your friends in the competition, or just come to watch the extreme fun firsthand.

You could even take it to the next level, and print up your own event tickets for your spectator group. Include a bus ride to and from the course site, and keep it organized with easy to use tickets.

 

 

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