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2013 certainly has flown by, hasn’t it? You can really feel the sea calling out to say hi, the beaches singing their siren song, and of course the sounding of wine and food flowing as we hit the festive season.
Here are our picks for December. Let’s get social!
Music for your ears
Kylie Minogue’s “Confide in Me” gains a beautiful new outlook in the hands of Jep and Dep. You can take in this lovely experience and purchase the single for yourself at the Jep and Dep single launch Brighton Up Bar, December 5th.
After 8 years of playing the traps, Found at Sea say goodbye to their drummer, Tim. Check out this last look at the original Found at Sea line up with special guests The Model School and Suzy Connelly at FBi Social, December 7th.
When the likes of the Thieves, the Mountains and the Civilians are on the same bill for only $10, you know you don’t need to ask twice whether you’ve got a good excuse to party on a Thursday. Catch them at the Brighton Up Bar, December 12th.
Friday the 13th of December sees the amazing Hollow Bones strip paint off the walls with their jangled rock that is bound to impress. Take your dancing shoes and make sure you hair is set for gale force blowing away-ness. Head to Spectrum, thank us later.
Prog rock never sounded so good with a bill including Solkyri as headline, pirate, Koranic and Melbourne’s Kalacoma all set to rock the walls right off FBi Social. If you like your music brave, experimental, loud and technically awesome, you have to be there Saturday 14th.
Head to Chinese Laundry for the diggin’est deck the halls from DJ decks around on December 21st. The Christmas Garden Party kicks off at midday and includes all kinds of musical happiness. Get your beat on at Christmas while also raising money for the Bushfire Appeal. Nice one.
Make your brain sparkle
How does sampling lots of different food trucks, a pop up bar and live entertainment sound? Like a fun Friday? It’s happening people- check out Food Trucks United on Friday December 6th.
Check out what you can do at the Arthouse Hotel when you join Doctor Sketchy’s art class. You can choose from BYO art supplies right through to a cool arty setup and dinner.
End the year on equality in IT note when you get your Geek Girl on with the Geek Girl Panel at Atlassian on December 10th.
You can ponder if letter writing and memes really do make a difference at the Amnesty International Panel Debate on ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ on December 10th.
Want to make more out of your Christmas without the guilt associate with food waste? Check out this nifty workshop Pocket, Plate and Planet run by Parramatta City Council on December 13th.
Need a little deep thinking over dinner and some business to boot? Hub Sydney’s Deep Dinner sounds like it’s perfect for you. See you there every third Tuesday of the month.
Embrace your inner Spock and check out the latest in short film sci-fi goodness at the WD Project Sci-Fi Awards on December 19th.
Shopping for the good gifts
Soak in the indie art and design that is the Finders Keepers Market at Eveleigh on the eve of Friday 6th and all day Saturday 7th of December.
Take a joyride to the beautiful Avoca Beach and enjoy the Avoca Christmas Fair on December 8th.
Summer is here and now it’s time for the Hornsby Twilight Markets, a perfect place to find a gift for someone special!
Visit the foodie heaven that is a Simon Johnson Pop Up Shop all the way through til December 27th.
Mosey on over to the Entertainment Quarter for their EQ markets every Saturday.
Christmas Day, your way
Looking to party?
Why not join the Collaborative Christmas party?
Get your word nerd on with the Copywriter’s Yuletide Fest.
Celebrate co-working and end of year hubberation at Hub Sydney.
Let your Entrepreneurship shine at The Entrepreneur’s and Self Employed Christmas Party
If you are having a solo Christmas, there are several wonderful places you can go and make new friends.
Bondi’s Chapel by the Sea as a guest or volunteer
The Christmas Day Picnic for orphans, singles, workers and more.
For all these and more fun activities, head to www.expertlocal.com
The last month of spring has arrived- you can almost smell the summer loading around the corner!
November is a mix of music, festivals, food of the mind and dangerous ideas. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Things to make you think
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is on again at the Opera House with a series of scintillating and thought provoking events. Take on inequality, gender, politics, war and more in a tightly packed couple of days. Challenge your ideas and enjoy the thought provoking fun of FODI. November 2nd to 4th
Change Makers Festival takes off November 1st and runs til November 10th. Over 120 events nationally on all different topics, Sydney looks ripe and plump with all kinds of activities. You can enjoy everything from hacking the meaning of true happiness, perfect your social innovation pitch, find out how to crowdfund your social change ideas, be bold and artistic, and connect with other change makers.
Join in all the hands on fun of the Sydney Mini Makers Faire at the Powerhouse Museum. Check out stalls and get your maker on with this first ever event to showcase homegrown, handmade and personally produced items and products. Sunday 24th of November is the date- buy your tickets from the PHM website.
3 girls, one agenda- to help people with their blogging for business needs. Join SEO copywriter Kate Toon, social change and health marketer Brook McCarthy and eXpertLocal’s marketing chick Rebekah Lambert for a one day Blogging for Business event to help freelancers, soloists, startups and micro business owners shine on Thursday 28th November.
Bored to death with teenie bopper tee shirts and a general lack of creativity in the tee shirt market are RKart. Bringing fashionable threads with an ethical making to people is what they are all about. Join them for the RKart launch party at the Gasoline Pony in Marrickville, Friday November 8th.
Kids, drawing and architecture combine at the ArchiKidz in the City- Draw My City workshop. Kids of all ages are invited to come along and dream up their vision of a liveable city and put pen to paper. A pay what you think it’s worth event, head to Martin Place on Saturday 9th November to participate.
Patonga Blues Across the Bay is held each year on the glorious Patonga Bay, Central Coast. Totally worth the trip in the car, on the train or on the ferry from Palm Beach, the Blues Across the Bay festival is a great family day out of music, picnicking and dancing in the sun. It’s BYO and worth it for the ferry trip to the site of the day’s festival alone. 16th November.
The art of spring in the yearly Prima Vera exhibition at the MCA is about to come to an end. Don’t miss the breath taking beauty of spring captured on canvas. It closes November 17th.
The eXpertLocal sponsored Creatives Uncovered is set to bring creative people of all kinds together for advice, mentoring and mingling. Come prepared to find inspiration, a new person to help you on your projects and to talk all things creative Wednesday 27th November.
Markets and Foodie fun
Pop bao into your mouth and don’t ever look back at Bao Town pop up in Sydney city, November 2nd.
Taste the wonder of all things organic at the Double Bay Organic Food Market on November 6th.
Support the people who need it the most when you hunt for a bargain at the stalls of food, recycled good and more at the Wesley Fair 2013 on Thursday 7th November.
Join the gang from sensationally tasty liqueur Mr Back Spirits for their opening night. Not just any old booze, this is Australian made, coffee liqueur that is hand crafted and paid for by Pozible crowdfunding (well, the first batch anyway). Check out this awesome handmade wonder that is Mr Black at the launch party Friday 8th November.
The most wonderful day of music, stalls, food, happiness and Inner West wonderment is always there for the taking at the Newtown Festival on Sunday 10th November.
Discover a bar with a difference when you enjoy the pop up fun of the Gumtree Garden, a space created entirely from sourcing items off Gumtree. Gumtree Garden opens Thursday 14th of November and runs til November 16th at the Rocks.
Eat, drink and be merry about the fact you are helping vets and vet nurses provide quality care to animal friends to the homeless and disadvantaged via the fundraising Gala Dinner for Pets in the Park on Thursday November 14th.
Do you like music, great coffee, awesome artisan alcohol, yummy food, strolling around the markets and doing the creative thing in a different way? Take in a great view and raise the roof at the Quadrangle Rooftop market in Surry Hills on November 23rd.
Things you should book now for December so you don’t miss out:
The Collaborative Christmas party- for freelancers, soloists and micro business owners to enjoy a proper Christmas party.
Copywriters Yuletide Fest- for word nerds of all kinds to fest and make silly puns.
Plus we have plenty of eXpertLocal tours for you to choose from featuring music, food, bar crawls, art and more. Check out our range of eXpertLocal tours now.
As members of the Sydney startup scene, the team at eXpertLocal know firsthand how hard it can be when you first start out.
And we also know from the events we attend, the time we spend on the internet and the sheer amount of new and interesting things popping up in this beautiful city of ours, that there is a lot of super brilliant ideas that simply aren’t gaining the coverage they should.
So we want to change that.
Not just a platform to book things on
As a platform designed for events and activities, eXpertLocal gives any of you a unique way of testing out your idea before making huge financial investments in your own website, storefront or venue outlay. You can test your idea with an audience and see if it can gain traction.
As we’ve mentioned previously, we think this is a problem worth solving.
We’re trying to change big gaps in window fronts in Oxford street as much as we are attempting to excite Sydney siders about what is new. We want to aid in the discovery of Artisan craftspeople and small business owners trying to differentiate what they offer with unique ideas. We want to support people doing their own events through to market holders wondering if they should take the leap to retail, to change makers and creatively minded people looking for new ways to reach their audience.
At eXpertLocal, we’ve seen quite a few people trying to do their own thing. And we’re also living this as well as a startup. And so, we’ve decided if we’re going to be able to help you, and ourselves, we need to do things a little differently.
More support for you, your dream and the Sydney scene
We’ve always offered ourselves as a booking platform calling ourselves an experience marketplace, but we have come to realise this is not enough. As a team, we’ve pulled together and racked our brain (and scribbled on an awful lot of butcher’s paper in the process!) to identify what the best value and best possible support eXpertLocal can offer.
So we’re taking the bull by the horns, and becoming an experience marketplace in as many senses as our small team can offer. This includes:
- Personally workshopping and writing your experiences for you
- Providing marketing support and content advice to help you promote your experience (and your idea)
- Including PR in the mix- and promoting you along with us
- Holding events on a monthly basis so you can not only find out what it’s like to be a host, but also meet other hosts (current and potential) in the process
- Bringing together all the kinds of wonderful and interesting events we find so more people can discover them
One hell of an awesome freebie
If you look at it this way, our team will be personally helping you to discover if your idea works, helping you market and promote it, providing you coverage in specialist and mainstream media- and removing headaches like building your own site or only pushing it through channels you know. All of which is covered in the 15% we charge on successfully booked tickets. Meaning if things don’t work out, you’ve received a lot of support, assistance, coverage and the ability to test your idea without spending any money.
And if it does work, it’s a fee well worth it (and still a lot cheaper than what you would pay independently).
We understand the pain of starting a dream, working on a new idea and trying to reach an entire audience. Don’t go through the motions yourself, learn with us and get a leg up towards a successful journey to the finish line.
We’ve now got a dedicated PR person working with a dedicated marketing and customer relations person looking to give you a super leg up- so drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our MeetUp group and join us to find out how to become a host.
Or book an experience workshop direct with Rebekah email@example.com
What have you got to lose? Get serious about seeing if your idea works and get on www.expertlocal.com today!
The weather is glorious, the smiles are wide, and October is bringing us fun, frivolity and a seemingly endless parade of amazing things!
Let’s get into it, shall we?
Food Glorious Food
Would you like some bagels, beers and beats? Head on down to the Helm Bar October 5th.
Have a marvellous excuse to drink wine on the Monday of the long weekend and enjoy a love affair with Pinot at Pinotpalooza at Carriageworks on October 7th.
Talk about the future of food and discover some awesome foodies and food events in the process when Think Act Change presents ‘The Future of Food’ on October 8th.
And Good Food Month is on in Sydney and it is absolutely unreal. Choose form chef events, family friendly, classes and a whole lot more. It has to be the best way to taste your way around Sydney in spring.
The genius of the Siren Theatre Company is distilled in the amazing tale of Penelope by Enda Walsh. Held at the Tapp Gallery in Darlinghurst, this work by director Kate Gaul gained rave reviews from both fans of theatre and the very hard to impress theatre making public. It’s in its last week. Go now before you miss out.
Climb inside the atmosphere of Sydney post rockers Marosi di Buriana as they draw you into a world made for the darkest cinema of the mind. This 4 piece outfit has an amazing following for the little curious kittens in online worlds such as Stereomood for their haunted dreamscapes, inky violet sounds with over 2000 fans in Europe and USA. Join them for a rare show at the Agincourt Hotel, Broadway, October 23rd.
Love music? Remember sneaking a few drinks in the 90′s? Relive the sound you grew up with when you see Screamfeeder, Smudge and the BREEDERS(!) at the Annandale Hotel! Yep- the bands that everyone had a crush on are back playing with The Majestic Horses and Sounds Like Sunset. We’ve got our gym boots on and ironed our flannies, have you?
Oh, and for creative bar happiness, head to Newtown and check out the Japanese themed Tokyo Sing Song. It’s designed to make you feel like your turning Japanese. Opens mid October on King st.
You can see photo exhibition Boys with Guns at Gallery 2010 and ponder why so much of young male play is tied up in one of the scariest tools in the world.
And if you are a maker, why not register to be in the first ever Sydney Mini Makers Faire in November? Applications close October 18th.
Get your clever clogs on
Need some events and happenings to make your brain sparkle?
Join the gang from the Sustainability Drinks on October 16th for a night of green conversation.
Be inspired by TedX Macquarie Uni on October 19th.
Celebrate, participate and feel great at Australia’s first Better Block kicks off another day of happiness at the Clovelly Better Block event on October 27th.
Lunch and Learn with the gang from Hub Sydney every Tuesday.
Or check out an entire month’s worth of learning, workshops and conversations about living green presented by Sydney Sustainable Markets.
Trick and Trivia
Put your best paw forward and your thinking cap on as Fetching Dogs puts together a night of trivia and fun with Halloween themed ‘Trick and Trivia’ on October 26th in Concord. Fetching Dogs is a not for profit that re-homes and fosters dogs and puppies. Get spooky for a great four paw cause when you book via the main Fetching Dogs site.
Our fine range of activities is growing, including a coffee tasting any Wednesday in October with Caffe Migliore, shopping tours in Surry Hills, sampling Asian cuisine with Wee Lynn, touring the pubs in the Historic Rocks district 3 times a week, photographing the beauty of Circular Quay with Time Cole, and fresh air and sunshine as you sing and strum by the sea.
We also have a whole range of fitness, pub crawl and dining experiences waiting for you at eXpertLocal.
Upcoming eXpertLocal events to put in your diary
In November, we’re also running an info night for anyone wanting to find out how to be an eXpertLocal host. You can join the official group and RSVP via the eXpertLocal Meetup. Find out how you can make a little side cash over the summer with us!
And we’re sponsoring the amazing Creatives Uncovered event in November. You can meet other creative people for your projects and ideas in a very cool and friendly environment. We suggest you RSVP ASAP to avoid missing out on your spot.
Ah Spring, you sure are fun, aren’t you!
One thing we’ve found when talking to people about collaborative consumption and eXpertLocal is that being able to put a face to the name is super important. Being able to trust someone in your local neighbourhood to shore you around the highlights and things to do becomes that much easier if you have the chance to get to know someone.
That’s why we’re introducing a series of info nights and seminars to help you get to know other members of the eXpertLocal community.
The first one is a straight up information night at the White Horse Hotel, Surry Hills. Anyone who is interested in eXpertLocal, whether that’s someone who would like to host their own tours, help us host some of our tour ideas, or someone looking to go on a tour who hasn’t taken the plunge yet.
We’ll be giving you information about what eXpertLocal is, how you can use it to promote your own ideas, the opportunities available in terms of side income, what we are trying to do and so on. Any questions you may have will also be answered on the night.
So make sure you keep the night of Tuesday 24th September free and meet us for a drink and a chat.
You can also add yourself to the official eXpertLocal meetup group and stay in the loop regarding any other events that may be happening that interest you.
If you have any further questions, feel free to drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org – or we’ll see you on the night!