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About Hudson
I'm an Australia-based freelance writer and journalist. For the previous five years, I've been creating in-depth content and feature articles for a number of prominent food, travel and lifestyle publications including SBS Food, Treadlie and Paper Sea. I've also previously worked as the editorial assistant for sustainable housing publication Assemble Papers.

In addition, I've produced a range of sponsored content and creative copywriting for leading Australian culture publication, Concrete Playground. Here, I've worked to briefs from brands such as American Express, Mazda, City of Sydney, Jetstar and QT Hotels. I'm currently a feature writer for Australian photography brand and blog, GOBE.
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Station Hotel Burger Night

20 Jun 2024  |  Concrete Playground
Footscray's Station Hotel, led by chef Fraser Stark, is renowned for its high-quality steaks and diverse menu. Every Tuesday night, the heritage pub offers a special deal featuring the Station Burger with a glass of wine or beer for $20. The burger includes a wagyu beef patty, bacon, caramelised onions, and truffle mayonnaise, served with crispy fries. The menu also boasts nine different steak options and other unique dishes like green onion risotto, spiced spatchcock, and confit pork belly.

Orange Winter Fire Festival 2020

10 Jun 2024  |  Concrete Playground
Orange Winter Fire Festival 2020 in Orange, Australia, promises a weekend filled with culinary delights, wine tastings, and cultural events. Highlights include a smoke and fire dinner at Philip Shaw Wines, the premiere of the docudrama 'Inferno' at Printhie Apple Packing Shed, hot cocktails at Oriana Hotel, and a stargazing session focusing on First Nations' knowledge. The festival aims to showcase the region's winemaking status and provide a perfect winter weekend getaway.

Golden Rose Day

03 Jun 2024  |  Concrete Playground
The De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day at Rosehill Gardens, part of the Everest Carnival, offers a vibrant day filled with food, drinks, and entertainment. Attendees can enjoy pop-up bars from Pimm's and Canadian Club, relax at The Deck by De Bortoli Wines, and listen to DJ Helena Ellis. The event also features a new food precinct, Eats at the Gardens, with various food trucks including Trinhy's, Hardstyle Kitchen, and Chur Burger.

Real Festival

02 Jun 2024  |  Concrete Playground
The Real Festival in Penrith, held on November 2–3, celebrates the region's natural environment with a mix of art, culture, and food. The event features jetpack performances, dragon boat racing, kayak tours, rock climbing, and gardening workshops led by Costa Georgiadis. Art installations focus on urban future, sustainability, and waste. The festival includes street performers, silent discos, live music, and a performance by the outdoor theatre troupe Stalker. Food trucks like Gelato Messina, Burger Head, and Stroop Bros will be present, along with a sustainable rooftop cafe and riverfront bar.

Sydney Supercars SuperNight

16 Apr 2024  |  Concrete Playground
Sydney SuperNight is a three-day event from July 19 to July 21, featuring practice, qualifying, and support racing sessions, culminating in a feature race on Saturday evening. As round seven of the Repco Supercars Championship, the event promises high rivalries and intense atmosphere, with additional non-track activities including merchandise, signings, and live entertainment.

Sydney International 2019

11 Apr 2024  |  concreteplayground.com
The Sydney International 2019 tennis tournament will feature top-ranked players, including eight Grand Slam champions and eight of the world's top ten female players. Defending champions Angelique Kerber and Daniil Medvedev, as well as US Open champion Naomi Osaka, will be participating. Australian players Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur are among the hometown favourites. The event will also offer off-court activities such as autograph sessions and free tennis lessons for children through the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program. Ticket holders receive free train access to the venue.

Rainbow Serpent Festival

04 Apr 2024  |  concreteplayground.com
The Rainbow Serpent Festival, a major bush doof event established in 1998, showcases a global selection of electronic music and offers a spiritual experience with art installations, workshops, and other activities. Scheduled to return in Easter 2023 after being halted by the pandemic and bushfires, the festival also features a one-day event, Rainbow Reunion, at Melbourne Pavilion on April 17. Attendees are encouraged to prepare for a metaphysical reawakening and ensure time for recovery.

Unconventional and Unmissable Delights During Adelaide Fringe

19 Dec 2023  |  concreteplayground.com
The Adelaide Fringe, the largest annual arts event in the southern hemisphere, is set to host over 1300 shows featuring arts, comedy, theatre, circus, and cabaret talent. The festival runs from February 16 to March 17 and includes events like the Inflatable Church, Prison Break at the Migration Museum, Afrique en Cirque by Yamoussa Bangoura, Dupang Pangari (Coorong Spirit) Festival led by Major 'Moogy' Sumner, Isaac Humphries' one-man show Unearthed, Dane Simpson's comedy Always Was, Always Will Be...Funny, burlesque performances Swamplesque and The Stripsons, and the experimental play Someday We'll Find It by Karla Livingstone-Pardy and Zachary Sheridan.

Photographer Marco Gehlhar finds a spiritual awakening

27 Nov 2023  |  adventure.com
German-Italian photographer Marco Gehlhar's encounter with the Universal White Brotherhood (UWB) in Bulgaria's Rila Mountains led to a profound exploration of spirituality. Initially drawn to Bulgaria for its Brutalist architecture, Gehlhar's journey took a turn when he discovered the UWB's annual gathering. This experience inspired him to document the event through photography and a short film titled 'In Light,' created with filmmaker Alicia Fassi. Gehlhar's work often explores the intersection of spirituality and contemporary society, as seen in his series 'The Great Filter.' Despite his personal skepticism towards religion, Gehlhar acknowledges the UWB's impact on fostering a sense of community and connection with nature. The article also touches on the environmental impact of tourism in the Rila Mountains, highlighting the tension between development and conservation.

The Ten Most Life-Changing Meals that Aren't in a Restaurant

14 Nov 2023  |  Concrete Playground
Exploring life-changing meals beyond traditional restaurants, the article highlights ten unique dishes from various global locations. From Tokyo's monjayaki to Hoi An's cao lau, and Seoul's bindae-tteok, each meal offers a distinct culinary experience. The piece emphasizes the cultural significance and preparation methods of these dishes, encouraging readers to embark on food adventures with Intrepid Travel.

Augmenting How Architects Work Through AI with Gray Puksand’s Jeames Hanley

06 Sep 2023  |  CO-architecture Editorial
Gray Puksand, led by digital practice manager Jeames Hanley, is integrating AI tools like Midjourney and ControlNet into its architectural design workflows. Hanley emphasizes the importance of using AI as a complementary tool rather than a replacement for human skills. The firm is also developing in-house AI applications and consolidating decades of design data to enhance project design. Hanley highlights the need for the architecture industry to adopt a forward-thinking mindset towards technology, noting that the next generation of architects is already highly tech-savvy. He believes that engaging with AI is essential for expanding creative boundaries and staying relevant in the evolving industry.

Istanbul photographer Ci Demi's hometown is his muse

21 Aug 2023  |  adventure.com
Turkish photographer Ci Demi, originally a copywriter and creative director, turned to photography after a mental health crisis changed his perception of Istanbul. He initially aimed to become a war photographer but realized his work did not meet his expectations. Despite a deep depression in 2019, he continued to photograph, focusing on Istanbul's migrant population and urban details. His series 'No Offence If You Forget' reflects his emotional connection to the city. Demi, having spent time in New Zealand, affirms his bond with Istanbul, considering it his central hub.

AI in Architecture: A down-to-earth series on architecture and artificial intelligence

14 Aug 2023  |  CO-architecture Editorial
Architects are navigating the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, balancing efficiency and creativity. The article explores the practical applications of AI tools like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion in architecture, highlighting their potential to save time and enhance design. Ethical considerations, including bias and accountability, are also addressed, emphasizing the need for regulation. The series aims to provide architects with clear guidance on integrating AI into their work, ensuring they remain confident and adaptable in a tech-driven future.

On the edge of ghost towns: Photographer Kyeong Jun Yang captures the slow disappearance of rural Korea

12 Jul 2023  |  adventure.com
South Korean photographer Kyeong Jun Yang documents the decline of rural towns like Jido Island, where aging populations and low fertility rates threaten community extinction. Research by the Korea Employment Information Service indicates nearly half of South Korea's localities could disappear in 30 years. Yang's work highlights the cultural loss as younger generations migrate to urban areas, leaving behind aging residents and abandoned infrastructure. Local governments attempt to counteract this with initiatives like free housing for farmers and discounted fishing vessels, but the effectiveness of these strategies is uncertain.

How the unlikely sport of surfing is bringing a Colorado river back to life

03 Jul 2023  |  adventure.com
The human-built Scout Wave on the Arkansas River in Salida, Colorado, has made river surfing possible, re-energizing conservation efforts and creating a hub for the mountain surf community. Key figures like Zach Hughes and Mike Harvey, who own Badfish SUP, have been instrumental in this transformation. Gary Lacy, founder of Recreation Engineering, has built over 200 whitewater parks, including the Scout Wave, which has drawn people from miles away and fostered a community invested in river conservation. The project, supported by local and federal agencies, ensures ecological balance while promoting outdoor recreation.

The case of Marker Wadden: Can humans build islands that live up to the healing powers of nature?

14 Jun 2023  |  adventure.com
Marker Wadden, a human-made archipelago in the Netherlands, was created to restore ecological balance and attract biodiversity to the Markermeer lake. Despite its success in attracting various bird species and plants, concerns about the islands' long-term sustainability and maintenance costs persist. Experts are divided on the project's efficacy, with some praising its ecological benefits and others questioning its longevity and impact on natural processes. The project faces challenges such as subsidence, erosion, and funding for future maintenance, raising questions about its ability to provide lasting ecological benefits.

Surface Tensions: Photographer Peter Bogaczewicz captures where humanity and nature meet

11 May 2023  |  adventure.com
Photographer Peter Bogaczewicz's series 'Surface Tensions' explores the intersection of human development and the natural environment in the Arabian Gulf. His work highlights the environmental impact of rapid modernization, particularly in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman. The series captures the tension between progress and nature, with projects like Neom exemplifying ambitious but controversial urban development. Bogaczewicz's architectural background informs his perspective, and his work raises questions about the future of urbanization and environmental sustainability.

How to Spend a Cosy Weekend Away on Phillip Island

01 May 2023  |  Concrete Playground
Phillip Island offers a variety of attractions beyond its famous penguins, including outstanding dining options, scenic hikes, and whale watching. Key dining spots include The Store for coffee, Phillip Island Winery for wine, and Ocean Reach Brewing for beer. Popular eateries like Kelp and Saltwater offer diverse menus, while Grenache Wine Bar provides a cozy evening atmosphere. Activities range from the Cape Woolamai Circuit hike to whale watching at Pyramid Rock. Accommodation options vary from luxury stays like Cape Cabin and Anglers Shack to budget-friendly holiday parks. Wildlife Coast Cruises offers guided tours for whale watching and exploring the island's natural beauty.

Winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards

20 Mar 2023  |  adventure.com
The British Wildlife Photography Awards of 2023 showcased over 13,000 photographs, celebrating the talents of UK photographers and encouraging the conservation of natural heritage. Winners included Charlie Page's 'A Look to the Future' featuring a red fox in Lee Valley Park, England, and Matt Doogue's 'A Poet’s Lunch' capturing a Sundew with a horsefly in Devilla Forest, Scotland. The winning images spanned various categories and will be featured in a hardcover coffee table book with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench. The competition, founded in 2009, is open for next year's submissions.

Photo essay: The modern lives of Tibetan nomads

15 Mar 2023  |  adventure.com
Photographer Kin Coedel explores the rapid social and economic changes among Tibetan nomadic communities through the lens of traditional yak khullu textile weavers. During five trips to Tibet in 2021, Kin documented the lives of these weavers and their community in Ritoma, where the female-run Norlha Atelier employs over 130 people. The atelier has successfully marketed its handcrafted textiles as a luxury product, balancing ancient customs with modern business practices. Kin's photo series, Dyal Thak, captures the essence of Tibetan nomadic life, including their connection to the moon and lunar calendar, while challenging the typical narratives presented by Western journalists.

The Americans he met: A photographer's journey

31 Jan 2023  |  adventure.com
Viktor Hübner, a photographer, hitchhiked across the US for six months, covering 16,000 miles and exploring 41 states. He stayed with strangers he met along the way, documenting his journey through interviews and photographs. His experiences are shared in his book 'The Americans I Met', published by André Frère Éditions. Hübner, who attended the Rhode Island School of Design on a Fulbright Scholarship, established rules to rely on serendipity and the kindness of people rather than the internet or public transport. Despite concerns for his safety, he rarely felt unsafe and found that his height and foreign accent often piqued people's curiosity, leading to invitations into their homes. His book captures a diverse range of American life and reflects on the openness of the people who welcomed him.

The Americans he met: A photographer's journey

31 Jan 2023  |  adventure.com
Viktor Hübner, a photographer, hitchhiked across the United States, covering 16,000 miles and exploring 41 states. He stayed with strangers, capturing their stories and photographs, which he compiled into his book, 'The Americans I Met.' Despite initial safety concerns from friends and family, Hübner found the journey enlightening and filled with human kindness. His project, conducted while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, highlights the diverse and often challenging lives of the people he met, emphasizing the universal need for connection and understanding.

Six BYO-Friendly Spots to Hit Up If You Plan to Spend the Entire Summer Sipping Fruity Beers

25 Oct 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground highlights six BYO-friendly spots in Brisbane for summer outings with Mosey Fruity Beer. Locations include parks like South Bank Parklands and New Farm Park, restaurants such as Lemak and Little Greek Taverna, and getaways like The Brick Barn and Cylinder Beach Camping Ground. The article promotes Mosey Fruity Beer as a refreshing addition to any summer activity.

Easter Island statues suffer "irreparable damage" in fire

13 Oct 2022  |  Adventure.com
On October 3, a fire burned 247 acres of Easter Island's Rapa Nui National Park, damaging an estimated 386 of the over 1,000 moai statues. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is currently closed to visitors. The local municipality reported 'irreparable damage' to the moai, which are culturally significant to the indigenous Rapa Nui people. The mayor of Rapa Nui stated that human activity caused the fire and criticized the Chilean government for insufficient resources for fire protection. The impact on tourism, the island's largest industry, and future management of the park remains uncertain.

Exploring the Colorado River’s eco-feminist legacy with photographer Tanya Houghton

26 Sep 2022  |  adventure.com
Tanya Houghton, a London-based photographer, explores the Colorado River's eco-feminist legacy through her lens, capturing the intersection of wild landscapes and human connection. Her journey along the riverfront reveals the historical and political influences on the region's harsh terrain and highlights the critical role of the river in America's natural and cultural history. As climate change impacts the river's water levels, Houghton reflects on the sacred connection between humans and the landscape, emphasizing the importance of respecting and preserving natural resources.

Candy Abalone and Saltbush Vodka: Meet the Makers Behind Some of Tasmania's Most Unusual Flavours

19 Sep 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Tasmania's food scene offers unique and high-quality culinary experiences centered around local and seasonal ingredients. Highlights include Tunnel Hill Mushrooms' gourmet oyster mushrooms, Tasmanian Sea Salt's premium salt, Campo de Flori's lavender and olive products, Candy Abalone's traditional Japanese dried abalone, The Truffle Farm's pioneering truffle farming, Hellfire Bluff Distillery's award-winning potato vodka, and Ashgrove Cheese's exceptional dairy products. These producers showcase the region's ingenuity and dedication to quality, making Tasmania a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts.

Six Tassie Restaurants Championing Paddock-to-Plate Dining For if You Like Eating Straight from the Source

Seven Incredible Ways to Reconnect With the Great Outdoors on Phillip Island

12 Sep 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Phillip Island, located less than two hours from Melbourne, offers a variety of outdoor activities to reconnect with nature. Visitors can kayak around Cape Woolamai with Pioneer Kayaking, sight fur seals with Phillip Island Seal Cruise, experience high-speed boat rides with Ocean Adventures, hike scenic trails, observe penguins at a private beach, surf or stand-up paddleboard with Island Surfboards, and explore the island on a Super Cruzer electric bike. These activities provide opportunities for adventure and wildlife encounters in the great outdoors.

Five Food Festivals and Farmers Markets That Are Worth Planning Your Tassie Trip Around

05 Sep 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Tasmania's rich farming traditions and innovative small-batch producers make it a top culinary destination. The article highlights five key food festivals and farmers markets worth visiting: Great Eastern Wine Week, Wynyard Tulip Festival, Stanley & Tarkine Forage Festival, Effervescence Tasmania, and Farm Gate Market. These events showcase Tasmania's exceptional seafood, fresh produce, and world-class wines, offering a variety of gourmet experiences, tastings, and local crafts. Tourism Tasmania is recommended as a resource for planning a food-centric trip around the island.

Welcome to Lexton, Victoria, Where You'll Find Wine Country and Australia's Biggest Bush Doof

17 Mar 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Lexton, located two hours northwest of Melbourne in Victoria's Pyrenees region, offers a variety of experiences from wine tasting at renowned estates like Blue Pyrenees Estate and Summerfield Wines to historical tours at Mount Mitchell Homestead. Visitors can stay at the luxurious Grayling's Gift, trek through Mount Buangor State Park, and enjoy a meal at the Pyrenees Family Hotel. The town is also home to the Rainbow Serpent Festival, a major electronic music event. Wild Turkey partners to highlight these activities, ensuring a memorable visit.

Seven Reasons Cunnamulla Is the Ideal Spot for a Quintessential Outback Adventure

14 Mar 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Cunnamulla, located about 800 kilometers west of Brisbane, offers a quintessential outback adventure with its enchanting river systems, soaring sand dunes, and historic outback stations. Visitors can experience life on traditional outback stations, kayak or fish in the Warrego River, go sandboarding on natural red sandhills, and tee off at the Cunnamulla Golf Club. The Cunnamulla Bushlands provide opportunities for wildlife spotting, while the Cunnamulla Heritage Trail offers insights into the region's history and culture. Charlotte Plains Station offers unique outback accommodation with activities like sheep shearing and bathing in artesian springs.

The Town with No Street Names: Why You Should Take a Trip to Lightning Ridge, NSW

14 Mar 2022  |  Concrete Playground
Lightning Ridge, located in northwestern New South Wales, is a unique travel destination known for its black opal mines, quirky museums, and unusual attractions. Visitors can fossick for opals, dig for dinosaur fossils, explore a vast cactus nursery, relax in naturally heated artesian bore baths, and visit underground art galleries. The town's distinctive landmarks include the Bottle House Museum, Astronomers Monument, Beer Can House, and Amigo's Castle. The John Murray Art Gallery showcases works by the celebrated artist, and the town's mascot, Stanley the Emu, is a notable sight. The article is in partnership with Wild Turkey.

The Major International Sporting Events Coming to NSW to Add to Your 2022 Calendar

01 Jan 2022  |  Concrete Playground
New South Wales will host several major international sporting events in the second half of 2022, including the Wallabies vs. England rugby match, the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup at Sydney Olympic Park, and the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground. These events will feature top athletes from around the world, offering spectators the chance to witness high-level competition across various sports.

Moon Dog OG

12 Oct 2021  |  Concrete Playground
Moon Dog's original brewery bar in Abbotsford continues to thrive, offering a lo-fi yet welcoming atmosphere with thrift store couches and a variety of drinks. The bar features ten taps with classic and seasonal beers, specialty brews, cider, wine, spirits, and cocktails. Patrons can enjoy free popcorn, woodfired pizza, and regular free events like bingo nights and brewery tours.

Nine Incredible Road Trips to Take to Explore the Country at Your Own Pace

01 Jul 2021  |  Concrete Playground
The article highlights nine incredible road trips across Australia, emphasizing the unique landscapes, attractions, and experiences each route offers. From Tasmania's Great Eastern Drive to Queensland's Cairns to Cape York, the piece encourages readers to explore at a leisurely pace, making stops at scenic spots, wineries, and historical sites. The Sonos Roam is recommended as a travel companion for its durability and long battery life, enhancing the road trip experience with music.

Eight Last-Minute Weekend Adventures You Can Book Right Now

01 Aug 2020  |  Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground highlights eight adrenaline-pumping activities offered by Adrenaline in and around Sydney, including helicopter flights, zipline adventures, indoor rock climbing, diving with sharks at Sydney Aquarium, flying in a fighter jet, skydiving over Wollongong, and horse riding and quad biking through bushland. These experiences are available for last-minute booking and are presented as a way to energize the rest of the year.

Epic Things to Do This Weekend That Don't Involve Going to the Pub

31 Jul 2020  |  Concrete Playground
Feeling stir-crazy? Skip the pub and try adrenaline-pumping activities like abseiling in the Blue Mountains, a BBQ cooking class, escape rooms, kayaking through Mosman's mangroves, hot air ballooning over the Hunter Valley, and whale watching on a catamaran. Adrenaline offers a range of adventure activities to reboot your year and create unforgettable memories.

The Great Trentham Spudfest 2020 — CANCELLED

29 Apr 2020  |  Concrete Playground
The Great Trentham Spudfest, a festival celebrating potatoes in Trentham, Australia, has been cancelled for 2020. The event, which attracts over 6000 attendees to the small town, features market stalls, food trucks, games, live music, cooking demonstrations, and a sustainability expo.

Five Artworks to See at the AGNSW's New 'Japan Supernatural' Exhibition

08 Mar 2020  |  Concrete Playground
The Art Gallery of New South Wales' latest exhibition, Japan Supernatural, showcases 180 works from various artists, blending modern and historical Japanese art. The exhibition features a ten-metre-wide mural by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, alongside works by other notable artists such as Mizuki Shigeru, Taro Yamamoto, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Running until March 8, 2020, the exhibition also includes public events like lectures, film retrospectives, and art schools. Highlights include Kentaro Yoshida's mural inspired by Japanese folktales and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's acclaimed series, New forms of thirty-six ghosts.

Batch Festival 2019

16 Apr 2019  |  Concrete Playground
Batch Festival returns to Sydney for its second year, showcasing innovative Australian talent in theatre, poetry, and non-traditional performances. Running from April 26 to May 11 at SBW Stables Theatre, highlights include wāni Le Frère's 'Tales of an Afronaut,' James Elazzi's 'Lady Tabouli,' and Lou Wall's 'Drag Race.' The festival features multiple daily performances and craft beer from local brewery Batch Brewing Company.

The Garden of Forking Paths

25 Mar 2019  |  Concrete Playground
Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne's newest gallery, presents 'The Garden of Forking Paths,' an international exhibition featuring the works of Melbourne-based artist Mira Gojak and Tokyo's Takehito Koganezawa. Curated by Melissa Keys and Shihoko Iida, the exhibition showcases large-scale presentations and provocative works that highlight both connections and divergences between the two artists' practices. The exhibition runs from November 7, 2018, to February 17, 2019, at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts.

Nick Cave: Until

25 Mar 2019  |  concreteplayground.com
Carriageworks in Sydney will present 'Until' by American artist Nick Cave, addressing gun violence, gender politics, and race relations in America. The exhibition, a collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, features the 'Crystal Cloudscape' installation and other kinetic works. Accompanying the exhibition, running from November 23, 2018, to March 3, 2019, is a three-month program of arts, dance, music, discussions, and forums.

Arctic Farming has been around in some form since the 10th century, but as the permafrost melts it’s becoming a viable and sustainable food source for the Earth’s northern communities.

A strange tale about a strange camera that came out with a bang and fizzled just as quickly. Hudson Brown tells the curious tale of quadrascopic cameras.

Opened in 1975 by Joe and Vicky Aiello, Flower of Sorrento is a hidden diamond in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill. Now run by the couple's children, Flower of Sorrento has withstood the demise of similar stores in the area, remaining a favourite among locals thanks to its enduring and indispensable charm.

Since 2013, Melbourne community garden initiative 3000 Acres has been enabling residents to better access to their city by activating underutilised spaces in urbanised environments. Founded by landscape architect Kate Dundas, 3000 Acres was inspired by a similar New York-based initiative, and has found unique regenerative potential in the grey areas, nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s ever-adapting urban fabric.

Founded in 2009 by scientist-turned-social entrepreneur Bec Scott and her partner Kate Barrelle, STREAT has made a name for itself as a social enterprise that works with homeless and at-risk youth to introduce a sense of belonging through personal and professional development in a hospitality setting. Hudson Brown sits down with Bec to hear the story behind STREAT's success.

Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage

19 Nov 2018  |  concreteplayground.com
The Art Gallery of NSW is set to launch 'Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage', featuring 65 artworks from early 20th century artists like Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Malevich, and Kandinsky, sourced from St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum. The exhibition highlights a revolutionary era in art history and includes pieces from collectors Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov. It is part of the 2018/19 Sydney International Art Series and will run from October 13, 2018, to March 3, 2019.

2018 Newcastle 500

16 Nov 2018  |  Concrete Playground
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will conclude with the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 from November 23–25. The event features a street race in Newcastle, off-track entertainment including pop-up bars, live music, and a LEGO play zone. Scottish band Simple Minds will headline the Saturday night concert, supported by Birds of Tokyo and The Delta Riggs. This race marks the final full-time race for fan favorite Craig Lowndes.

We're Giving Away a Tour Package to Peninsula VineHop Festival

21 Sep 2018  |  concreteplayground.com
The Peninsula VineHop Festival is returning to Mornington Peninsula on November 17–18, featuring breweries, cider houses, and wineries. The event includes food trucks, live music, and shuttle buses between venues. A tour package for four people is being given away, which includes one-day tickets and transportation to four venues.

Orange Winter Fire Festival 2018

03 Aug 2018  |  Concrete Playground
Orange Winter Fire Festival will take place from August 3–5, featuring a variety of food, drink, and cultural events. Highlights include a winter wonderland in Millthorpe with performances by Smith and Jones, a casual meal by chef Michael Manners at Ross Hill Wines, and a night of 'wassailing' by the bonfire with Small Acres Cyder, See Saw wines, and Canobolas Dance Hall. The festival promises a perfect winter weekend with poetry sessions, astronomical journeys, and Sunday roasts.

PeaceMeals: The Melbourne Café Bringing People Together Through Food

23 Nov 2017  |  SBS Australia
PeaceMeals is a community initiative founded by Kate Shelton in Melbourne, where people gather monthly to share traditional meals and foster cultural understanding. The event attracts a diverse group including migrants, refugees, and locals. It operates on a pay-what-you-can model, with funds going towards ingredients and supporting the cooks. The article highlights the stories of participants like Raj Sharma and Susan Dahal, who shared their Nepalese cuisine and celebrated their new visa status in Australia. It also covers the success stories of Sayed Abdullah Rabbani and Sheena Rahimi, who found professional opportunities through PeaceMeals connections. The initiative is praised for its role in community building and breaking down barriers among different cultural groups.
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