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Fusion 2008 Global Street Art Charity ebay Auction

Fusion 2008 Global Street Art Charity ebay Auction supporting ‘Kids Under Cover‘ goes live @ 8am 1st October!!!

9 Days 99c NO RESERVE! Original Collectable Artwork created for Fusion 2008! Have a bid and win yourself fabulous original artwork. Donated by globally renowned stencil artists from Germany, Canada, Melbourne, Adelaide, Basque Country and Canberra.

Support Kids Under Cover in their efforts to prevent homelessness. Because kids don’t live on the streets; they die.

WWF Competition – see the orang-utans!

In 2008 WWF-Australia turns 30. To help celebrate we are taking two lucky photographic and essay competition prize winners to Borneo in 2009. Enter the competition, and you could win a place for you and a parent or guardian!

There are two trips for two up for grabs on this Borneo Adventure where you could search for your own jungle food, erect a shelter, sleep under the stars and spot orang-utans in the wild.

Entry to the competition is open to Australian high school students between the ages of 12 and 18. Entrants under 18 years of age need to have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter.

Find out all the details of the competition click here.

Newtown Designers Market wrap!

What a weekend to kick off the Newtown Designers Market. The markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. They give local designers the chance to show off there creative flair, & the public the chance to purchase handmade unique, one-off or limited edition dresses, t-shirts, jewellery, accessories, paintings & so much more.

Two Flat Whites made its way through the colourful streets of Newtown to the Town Hall, which is now home of the Newtown Designers Market. It was hard to fathom, that the design & arts hub of Sydney did not have a regular outlet for young talent to showcase there work. Well, worry no more; the Newtown Designers Markets’ are here to stay.

NEWTOWN DESIGNERS MARKET is an extension of Ku-tü, a leading online store specialising in one-off fashion, jewellery and accessories.   The creator of Ku-türe is Caroline Turner and here she is extending her love of all things special to the markets.  This time she is taking her sister, Liz along for the ride.  Fashion Design graduate, Caroline, works as an event manager while Liz, an ICU nurse has long nurtured the desire to give outlet to her own creative talents.

The organisers did a fantastic job in attracting some of our best talented young designers. The likes of Leeloo, Miss Abigail, Happy End Designs, Imok & Art By Design Exhibitions, all showing us why Newtown has been missing out for so long for such an event. Two Flat Whites had a chat to many of the designers, who by the way were there in person, right next to there creations. All of the designers were more than happy to provide an insight into each of there pieces & everyone was enjoying the venue & the day!

The Newtown Designers Market is free & boasts some of the best one-off garments, accessories & nick-naks to purchase, created by wonderfully talented Sydney designers. When you’re hungry after the markets, why not check out a restaurant or cafe for a light snack, coffee or dinner. There are an abundance of scrumptious eateries in inner city Newtown.

Article written by Chris Ryan

Ongoing date: 3rd Sunday of each month
Location: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford Street, Newtown.  Opposite the station.
Opening hours: 9am – 3pm & it’s free
More info coming soon at

Recreate 2008

Salvos Stores are once again collaborating with fashion design students to present the Recreate 08 event on Tuesday October 14th, 2008.

Recreate 08 is the culmination of many months of hard work undertaken by the fashion design students whose brief has been to build a fashion ‘collection’ from items reclaimed at Salvos Stores.

Each of these fashion design students has access to Salvos Stores to select a variety of garments which they then pull apart, reconstruct and build into a selection of outfits that will make up a collection that they showcase on the catwalk at the Recreate 08 October event.

The collections are an amalgamation of individual entries and collaborations, with a panel of experts that Salvos Stores have put together, helping the students to bring their designs to fruition and provide mentoring and guidance throughout the Recreate 08 process.

Recreate 08
14th October 2008 7.30pm
Ormond Hall, Prahran
557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004
(enter via Moubray St)

Andy Bull hits the road!

Andy Bull talks with Two Flat Whites. It has been an exciting twelve months for the 23 year old singer, songwriter and piano player who began his musical life as a young child playing on the parlour piano and pump organ his keyboard enthusiast father had collected through his travels in the 1970s.

From playing club shows to his hometown crowd in Sydney, signing to Island Records Australia, recording at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios and Sydney’s 301 Studios, to touring the country with Little Red and The Holidays. 2008 has been the year where people have had the pleasure to discover the talent and voice of Andy Bull.

Now as Andy is set to release his debut single “Small Town Girl” on September 27, a song with the rare traits of a true modern classic, people will come closer to answering the question “where does that voice come from?” Click HERE to watch the video of “Small Town Girl”.

Taking his band and a taste of what’s to come from his debut album, set for release early next year, Andy Bull hits the road for his first headlining tour.

Where did you grow up & where do you hang your hat?

I grew up in the suburbs about an hour north of Sydney. I had a beautiful garden and plenty of space to explore! Nowadays I live in Bondi, which is getting more and more beautiful now that the earth is slowly tilting and summer is creeping in again.

In your own words, what do you do?

I learn. Creative development and personal development are parallel processes. I am fortunate in that, through music, I get a chance to express my personal discoveries as they come. I think that everybody needs to be able to express that journey somehow, and I am just lucky that I have music to help me do it.

Where did you learn your craft?

Firstly my dad, then my piano teacher Mrs Smith, then listening to a thousand different records and trying to figure out how to make those sounds, then many hours writing in my back room, then playing with other musicians like my friend and producer Tony Buchen, then playing live!! Still learning though.

Who inspires you?

People who work hard to make things work out. People who say “yes we can do that- lets work out how”… I am inspired by people who walk the talk!

Childhood Memories:

TV Show – Sesame Street… I’m sure every musician says this… it’s just that every kid new it was the place to be. The music!! So much fun. My girlfriend’s niece watches this show, and I still love to sit and watch it with her too.

Hobby –  Drawing. Looooove to draw. Ever since I was a kid.

Food – Kangaroo… high in protein, low in fat, rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9… echo friendly and cheaper than beef too!!

Fear – Being misunderstood.

People – They’re everywhere, but who are they, and where are they going?

Defining moment – they’re happening weekly at the moment…

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Equal parts. I’m glad I had the structure. Everybody needs to learn how to deal with a big social system (because so long as there are people, there will be systems), how to stay afloat within it, and how to fit in and stand out when the time is right… Plus, the big bad world is just like one big high school. If you can survive high school, you’re off to a good start.

Where is the most beautiful place in Australia you have visited?

When I was a kid, dad took me to Uluru. Standing on top was breathtaking. Australia is another planet in some ways. It felt like I was standing on the surface of Mars; beautiful and fearsome all at once.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?

I used to work two jobs and go to university. I did film studies, which I really miss. It was a dream course. Took so much discipline to fit it all in and make an album too. But that all changed at the beginning of this year. Nowadays, everything is different!

Where can people see you perform?

I’ll be on tour around Australia in October. It’ll be my first national headlining tour. Just came off a really wonderful national tour with Little Red. Can’t wait to hit the road again.

For love or money?

It’s a great TV show, if you’ve ever been into Antiques. Seriously though, if I say love, I seem fulsome and earnest, but if I say money, I look either sarcastic or a prick. Don’t paint me into that corner!

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

Short term, my girlfriend just had her wisdom teeth out, so after this I’m taking her soup.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Too soon for that, man, too soon!

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

The ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. I wanna see the bigger picture!

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee, any time, any how.

In conjunction with Universal Music, Two Flat Whites is giving away a free Andy Bull song. The track is called ‘Young Man’. Simply click on this link.

Lee & Me Cafe – food review

There is a new café in down town Wollongong. ‘Lee and Me’, half cafe, half boutique and a touch of art all rolled into one! Benny tells us that ‘Lee and Me’ was in the making for 3 years until they found the perfect destination for clothing, cafe and art. “We had a three group La Mazzocco installed in our home for 2 years so we could perfect the art of coffee. We spent three years travelling to find out what we liked and didn’t like”.

Combining cafe, art and fashion in a renovated little heritage terrace on the main street of Wollongong. This is a café with charm & a warm atmosphere. They boast to have the best coffee in the south. Award winning Campos coffee artisan will be providing Wollongong with The Superior, their flagship blend. Strictly the finest grade beans available on the market today: – dominant caramel and toffee intonations with fruit highlights. The body is rich and full flavoured with a silky mouth feel. Overall winner of the 2006 Equal© Golden Bean Award.

The food is simply succulent & some of the wonderful food on offer includes hot porridge with rhubarb, banana and maple, full hot breakfast, toast selections of sourdough and fruit and hazelnut loaf will feature at breakfast while lunches will range from oven roasted veggie foccacia and steak sandwiches to warm beef and roquette salads.

And don’t forget the fashion labels. ‘Lee & Me’ stocks Valerie Tolosa, sewn, Leon Henry, Weathered, 2k by gingham, Nudie, Bassike, Modern Amusement & Alpha 60. So if you are looking for something a little different, this is for you.

Article written by Liam Gibbs

Opening hours – weekdays 7am – 5pm & weekends 8am – 4pm
87 Crown Street, Wollongong 2500
phone: 02 4244 0695
email: leeandme[at]

Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2008

The eighth HLB Mann Judd Brisbane Cabaret Festival has exploded out of its skin serving up a sumptuous array of dazzling performers in Brisbane’s best venues and running from 1st October to 11th October 2008.

The 2008 power-packed program celebrates contemporary cabaret and all that it encompasses with music exotic and eclectic, cracking comedy, the dark, the mysterious, a bit of burlesque and a bit of kitsch….. Brisbane Cabaret Festival style.

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre will be Cabaret Central with the Playhouse transforming into The Crystal Room and Studio 1 morphing into the glamorous and intimate Gem Saloon – where all the shiny beautiful local gems are right on stage in front of you.

The full program is available at

Teenage Fashion Awards National Final

The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards (AATFA) has been an annual event for Apex Australia over the past 17 years. In conjunction with secondary schools throughout Australia, Apex provides students with the opportunity to design, manufacture and model their own fashion garments.

AATFA is a unique opportunity for students interested in the fashion or design industries to demonstrate their skill and flair through a friendly competition. The Awards are an extraordinary co-curricular activity, which offers students the opportunity and encouragement to explore their creativity in the fields of fashion, design and textiles.

To some participants, AATFA is a boost to their confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing inspiration and the chance to grow. To others, it has been a stepping-stone into the world of fashion and design. While you’re there, have a bite at one of the fantastic restaurants – Cine Restaurant or Ablaze Grill & Bar.

7pm at the “Forum” in the Entertainment Quarter
Fox Studio’s Sydney

Dobell Prize for Drawing 2008

The Dobell Prize for Drawing celebrates all Australian scribblers of all styles, so long as it involves drawing on paper. From traditional practice with pen, pencil, ink and charcoal to more contemporary uses of pastels, water colours and collage, this is a unique and rich tribute to fine detailed art and delicate penmanship.

Last year’s winner, Ana Pollack, won the judges’ praise with Mullet Creek, a minimalist landscape drawing of a riverbed and reeds. The work, inspired by the artist’s home on Dangar Island north of Sydney, beat over 500 entries to take out a prize of $20,000.

The Dobell Prize will be showing at the Art Gallery of NSW until the 9th November 2008. The winner for 2008 is………. click here

Winner of the 2007 Dobel Prize for Drawing – Ana Pollack – Mullet Creek

The Big Issue

The Big Issue is an independent current affairs & entertainment magazine sold in towns & cities throughout Australia by people experiencing homelessness and/or long term unemployment.

It provides an opportunity for vendors to positively change their lives by earning an income & interacting with the main stream community. Vendors keep half the cover price of every magazine they sell. All vendors receive training, sign a code of conduct & wear identification.

Two Flat Whites has been a supporter of The Big Issue for some time now & of all the magazines & newspapers in circulation, this is one of the best. The Big Issue covers politics, current affairs, community, the arts, film, music, books & so much more.

Another thing The Big Issue encourages & we love at Two Flat Whites, is its support of the community. It supports Australian small businesses, local writers & personalities & the opportunity for the people that sell the mag to contribute in writing & being interviewed for articles.

So get out there & support this great cause & help the less fortunate in the community. These people that sell The Big Issue have made a positive step to living a fulfilled life & can use your help. Say G’day & give the vendor a smile when purchasing your next or first Big Issue!

Article written by Liam Gibbs

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