Yes, we know that it was February and then, suddenly; it’s March already.

The Newcastle Institute has been cooking up some interesting treats for 2013 and will be posting more about this soon.

To kick off the year though, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Creating Spaces Conference by facilitating the opening evening event on Tuesday March 12 at City Hall.

The conference itself then revs up over the next two days with an exciting ‘Pecha Kucha’ night at the Newcastle Regional Museum on Wed 13th.  Pecha Kucha, or ‘chit chat’ is a presentation format of 6 minutes 40 seconds: dictated by the use of 20 slides which are preset to advance after 20 seconds. The focus is then on imagery and a narrative through thoughts, ideas and passion rather than a blanket of words.

Here’s some more information from the conference site

Creating Spaces Conference will bring together regional-based community leaders from across Australia who are passionate about renewal and creativity, and interested in reactivating spaces within their own communities.

 Whether you are an individual with drive to activate empty spaces in your home town or a local government employee charged with reinventing redundant spaces in your town centre, a member of a  main street organisation, in property development, or another enterprise involved in the activation of spaces, this conference is for you.

As an attendee you will sit down with people who have imagined, executed, and inspired others with their space activation projects, such as Renew NewcastleGap Filler (Christchurch, NZ) and Empty Shops Network (UK).

To check it all out, go to:

http://creatingspacesconference.floktu.com/

 

Quick, it’s March!
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