What’s Happening: April

April 3, 2016

Even though the weather is cooling you’ll be happy to know that there is no shortage of things to do in April! You will find me mostly at the State Buildings eating my heart out at their many events and then working it off with a week of free yoga at COMO Shambhala. Getting inspired by the many cultural and creative festivals and exhibitions around Perth and then finding some time to start working on the interior design of our new home with the help of a visit to the newly opened James Said showroom. Read all about my picks for April below.

State Makers

The_Essentialist_Blog_Como_The_Treasury14When: Friday April 1st –  Sunday May 1st

Where: State Buildings, St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street

What: The historic and recently revitalised State Buildings will host State Makers, a festival of tastes and discoveries which will give the people of Perth the opportunity to meet and celebrate the various people who have given new life to the precinct and now call it home. Across the month of April you will be able to discover the best of what the State Buildings have to offer with over 100 events! Taste the best from the various eateries including Post, Wildflower and Petition Kitchen, feel the effect of a host of wellness experiences with the guidance of practitioners from the incredible COMO Shambhala, engage in some of the creative workshops and simply enjoy this beautiful new space and its surroundings. View the whole program here.

Here are my top 10 picks:

  1. Poppy Lissiman X Rika Collaboration High Tea at COMO The Treasury
  2. Champagne and Canapes at COMO The Treasury
  3. In Good Company: Wine-pairing dinners at Petition Kitchen
  4. Vinyasa Yoga and COMO Shambhala Menu Discovery
  5. Chocolate Education and Tempering Class with Sue Lewis Chocolatier
  6. Essential Oil Blending and Perfume Workshop with Clean Slate
  7. The Courtyard Session at Long Chim
  8. Tea in the Park with Teassential
  9. If I was a child – Kids Noodle Making Picnic at Long Chim
  10. Artist in Residence – Matthew Hayes at Cathedral Square

James Said 

Hudson by Greg NataleWhen: Wednesday April 6th, 10am-12pm

Where: James Said, 2/158 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands

What: A new retail experience has arrived in Perth with the opening of luxury furnishing and homewares showroom James Said. Among the luxurious offering is one of the store’s trademark collections HUDSON by award-winning interior designer Greg Natale, which is a “nod to the flourish, the glamour and the refinement that New York enjoyed post-Second World War”. To celebrate the launch of James Said, join Natale and Belle Magazine Australia editor Tanya Buchanan to preview the new HUDSON range. Natale will also be signing copies of his book ‘The Tailored Interior’ and guests will each receive a signed, complimentary copy of Belle Magazine. I can’t wait to get some inspiration for our new home!

Photo courtesy of James Said

PUBLIC 2016 Present by FORM

Haley-welsh-the-essentialist-blogWhen: Claremont: Friday April 1st – Sunday 3rd, Curtin University: Monday 4th- Sunday 10th, Albany: Monday 11th – Sunday 17th.

Where: Claremont, Curtin University and Albany

What: FORM presents PUBLIC 2016, a celebration of urban art, activation and creative conversations in Perth across Claremont, Curtin University for PUBLIC Campus and Albany with the ethos of  bringing”creativity for the public good”. The festival brings you murals by leading international and Western Australian artists including Hayley Welsh and Alex Brewer, installations, prototypes, interactive artworks, food trucks and much more! One of my favourite activities was the #SunFlowerSeedCart where you became an urban farmer and could plant and take home your very own sunflower – I can’t wait to see it grow!

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COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Free Yoga

Como-ShambhalaWhen: April

Where: COMO Shambhala

What: Welcome to the heartbeat of personal wellbeing at COMO The Treasury. Open daily, COMO Shambhala blends yoga, clinical pilates and fitness to offer a combination of mental and physical practices that encourage a happier, healthier and more balanced way of life. Join the experienced team of experts, both in-house and regular visitors, who teach a wide range of regularly-scheduled group and private sessions and during April enjoy one week of complimentary, unlimited COMO Shambhala yoga! Within your free trial week you will also receive a 15% discount on any ongoing yoga packages purchased.

Photo courtesy of COMO Shambhala

Dreamers Collective Chapter II

love-thread-project-dreamers-collectiveWhen: Sunday April 24th. Time: TBC

Where: TBC

What: For those of you that have not yet heard of the Love Thread Project, it is a social enterprise providing a collaborative platform for social change through fashionable ventures, including monthly workshops. Last month I had the pleasure of attending their very first Dreamers Collective workshop and was inspired by some of Perth’s finest influencers! This month the Dreamers Collective workshop is back for Chapter II. Coinciding with Fashion Revolution month, you will hear from some of the incredible change-markers who will be talking about social awareness in the fashion industry. So get inspired to dream, believe and achieve and stay tuned for details about their speakers and ticket sales by joining the event here.

Photo courtesy of Jess Winterburn Media

Andy Faraday ‘LIFE ON MARS’ Exhibition

Life-on-Mars-andy-faraday-the-essentialist-blogWhen: Friday April 22nd – Friday 29th April.

Where: Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth Gallery, Brookfield Place.

What: Visual artist Andy Faraday explores and showcases Western Australia’s wilderness, through a spectacle of light and colour in his up-coming exhibition ‘LIFE ON MARS’. Challenging the boundaries between figurative painting and photography, Faraday allows his hand developed film to bleed from one moment to another, capturing serenity in fleeting spectrums. From the isolated abyss of the sand dunes, to the blackened remains of the bush fired forests, you are invited to reflect on the beauty and unpredictability we all face, in this psychedelic new show. Mesmerising as it is unique, this exhibition is not one to be missed! For more sneak peeks follow Faraday on Instagram!

Photos courtesy of Andy Faraday


The Jungle Body Tribe – RUN PCYC BLOCK PARTY!

the-jungle-body-tribeWhen: Wednesday April 13th, 6.50pm

Where: Fremantle PCYC, 34 Paget Rd, Hilton

What: If you have not heard of The Jungle Body, it is a hip hop fusion dance fitness class that burns around 700 calories per lesson! If that isn’t reason enough to get off the couch the fact that the choreography is simplistic and allows every participant to work to their own intensity makes it a much less daunting workout! The Jungle Body Tribe is launching in Fremantle and their first event is a Block Party inspired class, so prepare your best Hip Hop activewear, buy your tickets here and get ready to dance to some bustin beats!

Photo courtesy of The Jungle Body Tribe

Movement Co

20160313-movementco-078-3460When: 7 days a week

Where: 7/97 Hector Street, Osborne Park

What: This is not an event per se, but I really wanted to incorporate it in my post for April as this is something quite unique and something I will be pursuing over the next few weeks. Movement Co is described as the next evolution of fitness centres, I like to think of it as an adults playground! The multidisciplinary movement facility offers a range of classes focusing on the 6 pillars of movement. Individually they are all excellent methods of getting stronger, faster and improving your movement. When combined they create the perfect synergy of speed, strength and control that will help you redefine what is possible. They include; calisthenics, gymnastic conditioning, hand balancing, parkour and climbing. I had the opportunity to try a climbing class not only was it fun and challenging, it was one of the best workouts I have ever done – so needless to say I will be back building up some much needed upper body strength!

Photo courtesy of Ryan Ammon

the-essentialist-blog-movement-coI hope you’ve enjoyed my second segment of “What’s Happening” and if you have an event you would like to promote I would love to hear about it, simply drop me a line here. Xx Nadine

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  • Reply Lei Lei Clavey April 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    All of these events sound amazing! I wish I could come with you to yoga, and James Said! xxx

  • Reply Adelle Cousins April 6, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Thanks for the mention Nadine, I keep meaning to send you an invite, so look out for that today!!

    • Reply admin April 9, 2016 at 9:55 am

      You’re most welcome Adelle, and thank you but I wanted to buy a ticket my lovely! Xx

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