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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How Sydney Celebrates Taiwanese Culture in 2013

The Taiwan Day Festival 2011 drew crowds of more than 25,000 people two years ago, and this year it promises to be even bigger and more entertaining. Taiwan Festival Sydney 2013 will be held in Tumbalong Park, located in the incredible Darling Harbour, which is home to some of Sydney’s finest shopping boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and most unique watering holes.

Children of all ages are huge fans of this giant park, making it the perfect place to hold a multi-day outdoor festival. With free entry, you won’t have to worry about your pocketbook. You can bring the whole family for free!

With live performances, a variety of Taiwanese food stands, outdoor art displays and lots of other entertainment, this festival promises to be one you won’t want to miss.

It’s all in the Details

The Taiwan Festival Sydney 2013 will be held from Saturday 7 September to Sunday 8 September in the fantastic Tumbalong Park. Join the family-friendly fun where you’ll get the pleasure of experiencing the unique Taiwanese night market as a prelude to the main event at the festival.

Fabulous Taiwanese food such as pork dumplings, braised and sliced beef loins, pickled salads, deep fried tofu and tender pork ribs will be available for guests to enjoy at the festival, as well as the well-known pearl milk tea.

Don’t let your children miss out on the famous glove puppet performance (a traditional Taiwanese performing art), which includes the puppets acting out an epic story of fantasy, kung fu and adventure.

Authentic Taiwanese Experience 

Let your whole family experience the unique aspects of Taiwanese cuisine and culture when you bring them to the Taiwan Festival this year. Not only does this festival promote Australian multiculturalism as a whole, but it also helps to bring the community together without asking anyone to spend extra money.

Between traditional and modern Taiwanese music and dance performances, brought to you by both local Australian and international performing artists, and even rides for the children, this festival is a fabulous way to spend a weekend in September.

If you really want to get the authentic experience, you can check out the festival’s Facebook page, which is written in all Taiwanese!       

Send them a message and let them know you like their style. Just make sure you have someone (like Google) to translate for you.

 

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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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Free Perks to Attract More Guests to Your Event

The South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA) is a community-based movement focused on incorporating South Australian artists at all levels of the visual arts to be part of their diverse annual celebration. The self-proclaimed mission of the organisation that holds this festival is to “bring everyone to South Australian art and artists.”

Aspiring to be the most innovative visual arts festival in the community, SALA brings together South Australian visual artists well known throughout the world, in addition to recently emerging artists who are just beginning to blossom.

One of the most notable things about this festival, of all things, is that it’s completely free. Sounds like a great way to attract people to your event, doesn’t it?

This is Only the Beginning

If you’re looking for a great way to attract more people to your next event, take a word from the wise people who run the SALA festival and offer your guests something for free.

Whether you are a musician, a painter, or a photographer, showing your work to an audience is what it’s all about. It’s how you get noticed, how you get your name out there, and how you start to build a name for yourself and your art.

You may not be able to hold an entire event for free, but start small. If you’re holding an event with tickets that people have purchased in advance, give them a drink ticket as an extra perk. Just for purchasing a ticket and coming to your event, they’ll receive one free drink.

Stay Connected

Offering an incentive is just the start. Once you get people to come to your event, you’ve got to wow them. If you already have another event planned ahead of time, when your guests come to see you that night, you can offer them tickets to your next event as well.

Let them know if they liked what they saw and want to continue to support your art, you’re going to be the first one to thank them and invite them to see you again. Start and email list, and keep people updated with your latest event news.

Offer those who support you most full-heartedly a VIP Pass for your next event. This is an especially good way to develop a good rapport with your fabulous fans.

Many times, all it takes is a little incentive to attract a phenomenal crowd.

 

 

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Sell the Most Tickets to the Most Successful School Fete

You’ve done all the advance planning, and fete day has arrived. Hopefully, you have a moment to enjoy your own festival after all this planning, but your work isn’t done yet.

Step 7: The Clock is Ticking

All volunteers and convenors should show up early, dressed in some way to indicate that they are staff. You can print matching T-shirts, or ask them to wear a simple uniform. Armbands, hats, or badges can also work. Lanyards with real ID badges are not terribly expensive. Use these to easily identify authorised personnel!

Be helpful. Designate a central coordinator who’s knowledgeable enough to direct traffic, help people find missing parts, and clear away all the vehicles before your gates open. Share as much information as possible. You should also spend the time before you start taking tickets helping everyone who is helping you.

Go around and check that everyone has everything they need. Check all electrical connections. Create a schedule for collecting money throughout the day. Run through everything that can be run through and make sure, in advance, that everything work. Now, open the gates. Start selling tickets. Have fun!

Step 8: Aftercare

The fair is over, but your job isn’t. Your clean up committee should be striking the set, and you need to ensure that the space is cleared properly. But you’re still not done.

First of all, show your volunteers some appreciation. A nice barbecue is a welcome reward for tired parents. They will be keen to know how much money you’ve made, so have that information on hand, if possible. Then deal with any leftover food. It can be sent home with volunteers, or even sent to a homeless shelter. Now you can sleep!

Still, there is more work to be done. Thank you notes all around! Send them to sponsors, volunteers, and anyone who helped make your fete a success. Print them publically in newsletters. Write up some articles about the fete, including a number to describe your financial success along with some information about how that money will be used.

Finally, gather together anyone who is still willing to help and create the handover book: a document with all the details anyone might need to duplicate your success next year!

 

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