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11th May 2016

The Future of KB : Celebrating Small Businesses Innovation

We♥KB puts the spotlight on Kalgoorlie Boulder business owners and their business savvy.

Who is in the best position to succeed in this current business market? Is it the big corporations who find security in spreading right across the country? Is it the mid-level businesses that have a few locations across the State? I argue that it’s the small, local businesses right here in the Goldfields that through creative diversification will stand the test of time.

We heard at the Futures Forum last week from some amazing speakers including Demographer & Futurist Bernard Salt, and Renew Newcastle‘s Christopher Saunders. We learnt just how multicultural our community is in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, about the importance of working alongside to community to build ownership over a project, and the way lots of small operators can revitalise a whole town. 

Demographer Bernard Salt’s insightful keynote address to the Futures Forum announced Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a strongly diverse area that “punches above its weight”. 

Salt proclaimed the ‘Kingdom of Kalgoorlie’ as a new titling of the entire Goldfields-Esperance region, citing our local media, business industry and range of education as markers of a potential exceptionally successful community. As he explained, Australian communities with a bright future are those who build and project fluidity, resilience and positivity.

Supported by State and local government, the Futures Forum was designed to engage the entire community in contributing to the growth plan. Basically the aim is to ensure we’ve got a strong economic future ahead of us when we run out of ways to make money and jobs at the Super Pit.

We have so many local examples of successful local businesses here in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and the ones that are really interesting to us are the ones that are diversifying their offerings.

Noble the Society Hannan Street Kalgoorlie Boulder provides clothing for the cool kids at heart | We Love KB Celebrating local innovation in business

Smart new look premises for Noble – the society

 

Noble – the society recently made the move up Hannan Street to a premises that’s a perfect fit, also adding on a new formal menswear section. This great local business hosted a huge opening night last week, (complete with dreamy doughnuts & cider) setting the standard in modern cool in KB.

The Goldfields Arts Centre are going great guns, offering dinner & show packages, and also pumping life into the centre with their highly successful One Stop Shop events that bring together local makers, small business and food stalls in a festival-style atmosphere.

Along Egan Street, Fossick Handmade have utilised existing space by transforming it into small offices, a venue hire space for workshops, and an extra art workshop space out the back. This has meant the spaces in the building are used more frequently, and by more people. They even hosted an album launch a few weeks ago!

Zack Inglis performs at Fossick Handmade Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB celebrating local business innovation

Zack Inglis’ Album Launch, photo courtesy Fossick Handmade

 

Here at We Love KB we are all huge fans of ‘Creating Cities’ (please read immediately if you haven’t already), written by Creative Director of Renew Newcastle Marcus Westbury. So we were super excited to hear Renew’s General Manager Christopher Saunders speak at the Futures Forum, and get the opportunity to chat with him in person. 

Christopher spoke about the great diversity of skill we have here in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. “I think that when you come from a heavily industry-based community you’ve got extraordinary skills within that community,” he said.

Christopher Saunders from Renew Newcastle speaks to We Love KB whilst sitting in a dumptruck tyre about reinvigorating empty spaces around Kalgoorlie Boulder

Christopher Saunders from Renew Newcastle believes in the big power of little ideas. Photo by G. Foulkes-Taylor

 

“Even if you’ve been working all of your life in the mines and doing whatever you do, you’ve got people who are skilled. Given the opportunity to put those skills into something that they want to do – I’m sure they do it in their sheds – but given the opportunity to put their product out for other people to appreciate is – it’s part of the narrative of a place.”

Christopher said he would love to see makers who don’t necessarily see themselves as artists step up and showcase their work.

“I’m sure these people are scattered all over the country doing things in sheds,” he said. “Let’s tease that out a little bit.”

Over in Boulder, organisations are beginning to work more closely with local people. This year’s Heart of Gold Festival program features a heavily local-focused schedule, with only one major Australian headline performance (Trash Test Dummies). The organisation that runs the festival, artgold inc. used local designers for the program, featuring local business and activities throughout. Many of the activities are small workshops hosted by local artists and businesses.

Cake made by Sharon of Simply Gorgeous Gifts & Homeware in Boulder & Cupcakes by Jennie Camporeale of In Bloom Floral Design in Kalgoorlie | We Love KB Celebrate local business innovation in Kalgoorlie Boulder

Nom nom nom… Homemade treats cooked daily at Simply Gorgeous and beautiful cupcakes from In Bloom Floral Design

 

Simply Gorgeous Home & Giftware, also on Burt Street, now sell sweet homemade treats in the shop alongside their huge existing range. Also in this vein, InBloom Floral Design & Gifts on Hannan Street now also take special orders for custom cupcakes to send out with their gorgeous bouquets.

We think efforts like these to diversify product range really level-up local business, and we’re so proud of the work all artists and business owners in KB are doing to succeed!

The Growing Kalgoorlie-Boulder project is still open for submissions for your ‘game-changer’ idea. More information is available on the website www.haveyoursay.landcorp.com.au/kalgoorlie

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Foulkes-Taylor has two arts degrees and actually uses them every day. She’s a creative producer, multimedia specialist and adventurer, who works on creating meaningful and long-lasting culture. She grew up here, loves donuts and really really really enjoys yoga.

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6th May 2016

Non-stop entertainment in Kalgoorlie Boulder May 2016

Eskimo Joe, Gallery Exhibitions and Independent Films make up just some of  What’s On in Kalgoorlie Boulder this May.

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There’s less than one month to go until the opening of Kalgoorlie Boulder’s favourite week long Arts & Culture celebration, the ArtGold Heart of Gold festival.

Can’t wait that long for an arts and culture fix?

You don’t have to….welcome to non-stop entertainment May!

 

Goldfields Arts Centre

Gallery exhibitions, circus performances and a showcase of local talent backed by Eskimo Joe make up just some of the entertainment on offer this month at the Goldfields Arts Centre.

The ‘A Year in the Making’ Gallery exhibition is free to view between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday. This exhibition has been a collaborative effort by 12 Australian up and coming and established jewellery artists. Given different themes such as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Seeing the Unseen’ the resulting display of necklaces, brooches and rings are beautiful and suprising.

Goldfields Arts Centre | What's On in May Kalgoorlie-Boulder | We Love KB Non-Stop Entertainment in May 2016

12 Months | 12 Themes | 12 Makers

For a full list of events at the Goldfields Arts Centre and to book tickets please visit their website

Goldfields Film Harvest

Now in it’s second year, Goldfields Film Harvest has consistently delivered independant and art house films every Wednesday at Orana Cinema for our viewing pleasure. The line-up for May is another diverse, enthralling and thought provoking collection with films from all over the world.

A bigger splash showing at Orana Cinemas in kalgoorlie Boulder this May as part of the Goldfields Film Harvest

We♥KB pick for Film Harvest this May – A Bigger Splash

We’re looking forward to seeing A Bigger Splash on May 11th. Think rock stars, sexual tension and an exotic location. Featuring the brilliant Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and the beautiful Dakota Johnson, this film  won awards at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015.

For the full May line up check out the Film Harvest Facebook page

Flickerfest

Keeping on topic with big screen entertainment, Kalgoorlie Boulder will be welcoming back Flickerfest. Now in it’s 25th year, this national tour will bring to KB two screenings for both adults and kids at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall.

Sat 21st May, 3.00pm – FlickerKids – 2016 Tour – $12 adults / $6 children
Sat 21st May, 6.00pm – Best Of Australian Shorts – 2016 Tour – $12 adults / $6 children

Tickets are available at the door.

Eleven 13 Session

Live & Local.

Sums up the Eleven 13 Sessions pretty well we think.  Bringing together two fave’s – live entertainment and quirky urban spaces – the goal is to inspire the audience with tunes played by local artists in places you might not normally associate with music appreciation.

The first Eleven 13 Session will be held at the WA Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on May 15th. You can purchase tickets here. Don’t forget your bean bag!

RFDS Open Day

Servicing a third of Western Australia, The Kalgoorlie Royal Flying Doctor Service base has a big job to do!

Join us on Saturday the 14th of May from 10am to 1:30pm, this is an all ages event where you can check out the history of our RFDS Base, speak with the Doctors, Nurses and Pilots of this critical service and if it’s on the ground, view the medically equipped aircraft which we’re so thankful for.

Local stalls, food and drink and the opportunity to win a signed West Coast Eagles football complete the day!

More info here.

Hormone Hoedown

What began as a small backyard celebration for women supporting  local causes has exploded into 500 plus women-only celebration held at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Race Course on Saturday May 14th.

This annual fundraiser is an opportunity to let your  hair down, pop on your bedazzled gumboots and hit the dance floor!

We’re not quite sure when the gumboots came to be requisite attire but be prepared, there’s some great prizes on offer for those who dazzle up their boots and get dressed up including a $5000 travel voucher!

Women wearing gumboots and pretty frocks at the annual kalgoorlie Hormone Hoedown

Photo courtesy of Kalgoorlie Hormone Hoedown

Every year tickets sell out fast and we’re expecting this year to be no different. Tickets are available from Live Footage on Hannan Street.

The Heart of Gold Festival

The pièce de résistance of the Kalgoorlie Boulder arts & culture annual calendar!

The Heart of Gold Festival  includes live entertainment, workshops and exhibitions. You can grab a copy of the program here

Don’t forget to check out the We♥KB festival inclusion – our LOVE exhibition.

Over the past 5 months members of the Kalgoorlie Boulder community have shared with us what they love about living in our dusty regional city. Captured on camera by talented local photographers, our photographic LOVE exhibition on display at the Artgold headquarters, 28 Burt Street, for the duration of the festival.

If you’ve missed out on being a part of the exhibition and would still like to share your experience upload a pic of yourself to your fave Social Media platform using #welovekb to let us know what you love about living in Kalgoorlie Boulder.

We Love Kb Love Exhibition | Heart of Gold festival May 15 - 22 2016 | What's On in Kalgoorlie Boulder | Things to do

Sometimes, it’s the people who make the place!

 

It’s a feel good showcase and we’re sure you’ll agree with the responses!

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