It’s Art Month 2013! So many cool things happening and we’re a social bunch… so we thought’d we put a shout out…. and see who wants to join us for some local fun this Friday!
Come along for a ‘DIY’ tour of local galleries from 6-8pm followed by drinks at Art Bar at the very funky McLamoi Gallery. Giddy up!
So join this South of the Border social gathering! Let us know you’re coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Trying to come up with branding is no easy task. Kudos to all those amazing truly creative marketing folk out there.
We found being too close to everything a serious handicap! So we decided to ‘outsource’ logo creation to the crowd. Well, after over a month and way too many hours of chatting with designers in Europe, Asia and North America…. it was an epic fail. On reflection, how could these detached designers truly identify with and understand the heart and soul of South? All through a handle Lune64 or Crascho. LOL!
And while we giggle at the kangaroo/hopping clown design this process didn’t get us any closer to real meaningful storytelling branding. It was obvious we needed to get closer to home….
When thinking about who we are and what we do one thing stayed in our minds. The urban playground, where things are fun, a little ad-hoc, and where a sense of adventure creates the unexpected. That’s what got us thinking about street art and how great pieces express the passion of the streets. We want our logo to be an impression of the streets that we walk.
Working with local street artist Sidney Tapia was the ideal scenario. Getting to know us and our organisation, Sid really got to the heart of it all. Producing hand-draw sketches with meaning. We just love the fluid motion and playful optimism in this typography…
So we’re super excited about our new logo… finished product coming very soon!!
If you’re struggling for creative inspiration we strongly recommend Sid!
We want to get serious for a moment or two. It’s time for everyone to reflect on a key moment in the crucial process of reconciliation between Australia’s non-indigenous and indigenous communities…
“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.
And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.”
- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, 13th of February 2008.
As vivid these words remain, it is hard to believe it has been five years since then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially apologised to the Indigenous people of Australia. This anniversary marks not only celebration of the historic day but inspiration towards continuing achievement, reparation, unity and equality for Indigenous Australians.
When the momentous Bringing Them Home Report was released in 1997, its top recommended was a national apology by Parliament to show formal acknowledgement of the Stolen Generation. Whilst each individual Australian state and territory had achieved the report’s recommendation by 2001, a national apology was yet to come. Without getting into the politics of the issue, an official apology was finally achieved in the inauguration of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd into Parliament in 2007. Soon after a Motion of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples was presented on the 13th of February, 2008. Though this was just the start….
We need to keep working to bridge the gap of understanding. So we challenge everyone out there to reflect. How much do you know about Indigenous history and culture? At South of the Border we are working hard to ensure we can help begin to connect visitors in Redfern with Indigenous understanding. We are super passionate about the power of empathy, that is really getting to know others, as a way of bringing about positive change and reconciliation.
For those of you in Canberra tomorrow, there will be host to events such as the free “Apology – Five Years On” concert to commemorate and celebrate the day. It’s well worth checking out. Head to Canberra’s Federation Mall lawns between from 5:30pm – 10:00pm to check out amazing sets from Indigenous acts such as The Black Arm Band and The Last Kinection. More info on Facebook :)
We’ve recently become a part of the Vayable community, and we’re super excited we just had to tell you!
Vayable is a brilliantly vivid, international online marketplace of extraordinary local adventures given by locals. Just like us!
Each guide and their tour is put through a rigorous screening process by the Vayable team to ensure all experiences you may come across are of the highest quality, and we are terribly excited to be included in such a standard! It felt like we were having a job interview, only more fun :)
South of the Border now sits proudly alongside our funky peers offering anything from exhilarating tours of San Francisco on the backseat of a motorcycle, a mobile photography workshop that explores the urban streets of Buenos Aires, to dinner at the home of an exceptional Parisian chef! We truly love this stuff!!
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As we fast approach the business end of the festive season, we thought we’d share a few local tips on how best to get into the spirit of things. Whilst the rest of the city may be overrun with flurried swarms of last-minute shoppers and the never-ending drone of cliched Christmas carols, Redfern is offering an array of exciting and unique events to truly lift your Christmas spirit!
The Christmas Show @ 107 Project
(13th – 23rd of December 2012)
The Christmas Show @ 107 Project is set to reignite the Christmas spirit of even the most stubborn scrooges. The exhibition features over 30 different local artist who have all crafted beautiful Christmas trees and decorations that embody the warm and whimsical nature of an Australian Christmas. As one of the most talked about up-and-coming venues in Redfern this year, you can expect that The Christmas Show @ 107 Project will be nothing short of spectacular.
Christmas Market @ Eveleigh Farmers Market
(22nd of December 2012)
Though the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market bustles on even the most dreary of Saturdays, you can be sure that their special Christmas Market will be as lively as a wide-eyed child on Christmas morning. Whether you’re keen to stock up on local, deliciously authentic produce for your Christmas day feast or to look for a truly special gift for someone you hold dear, you can be sure that the Eveleigh Farmers’ Christmas Market will cater to all your Christmas needs. And if you possibly need any more incentive, Santa may or may not be making an appearance.
Cana Christmas Eve Party @ Redfern Park
(24th of December 2012)
A much loved event, the volunteer-run community group Cana will be hosting their annual Christmas Eve Party in Redfern Park. The warm sense of community that Cana provides throughout the year sees over 400 people annually attend this spirited event. Whilst Cana insist that attendance is support enough, you can also purchase a charmingly gift-wrapped 1 kg Cana Christmas cake for $23, with proceeds helping Cana provide over a thousand meals to those in need over the Christmas period. So whilst you may come for a meal or a chat, you can be sure that you’ll leave with friends, memories and an elated sense of Christmas joy.