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23rd May 2017

The Heart of Gold Festival 2017 – Don’t Miss Out!

Once a year in Kalgoorlie Boulder, the Artgold committee create a jam-packed itinerary of arts & culture events, suprisingly of the 50 plus events, the majority are locally produced workshops, tours and exhibitions!

Who are Artgold? Comprised of a small committee with huge public support, this not for profit organisation is committed to supporting local artisans and creating for the people of the Goldfields, increased exposure to world class productions. We Love KB have a close relationship with this organisation and recognises the increase in economic activity when art is supported in our community.

You can view a copy of the entire Heart of Gold Festival program itinerary via their website and for now we’re going to share with you our top festival picks…

 

Cocktails and Crochet

Fossick Handmade and Sew Much Yarn collaborate to set up the Cocktails & Crochet Heart of Gold festival event | We Love KB WHat's On in Kalgoorlie directory and lifestyle blog

@Fossick Handmade,

Tuesday May 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, $40 includes cocktails and canapes

The popular ‘Yarn Bar’ is back at Fossick Handmade. Bring along a crochet, knitting or embroidery project to get stuck into (as well as two gold themed cocktails and nom nom canapes) Stock up at Sew Much Yarn! whilst in-store. Bookings essential via Eventbrite

 

Kookoo Kookaburra

@Kalgoorlie Town Hall

Wednesday May 24, 6pm – 6:50pm, $FREE

An interactive production based on the popular children’s book, Kookoo Kookaburra written by Queensland teacher Greg Driese. Visiting Kalgoorlie Boulder with support from Country Arts WA, this family friendly puppet show is free to attend. Please RSVP yourself a seat via this link.

 

Bush Blossom Gallery Open Day

Bush Blossom Gallery and shop display of Indigenous Australian artists canvas pieces and wooden artefacts in Kalgoorlie Boulder Western Australia

@Bush Blossom Gallery

Thursday May 25, 10am – 4pm, $FREE

Retail therapy with a stunning visual twist. Bush Blossom Gallery is not just a display for local Aboriginal and contemporary artworks but is a hub for local artists to drop in, it’s a tourist information site regarding the history of Aboriginal artists in the Goldfields and under the guidance of curator Monika Dvorak, acts as a trusted agent on behalf of local artists.

The shop is bursting at the seams with painted artworks, prints, collectibles and accessories.

 

Science After Dark

@Black Crow Studios, 11 Boulder Road, Thursday May 25, 7pm

Who’s up for some lighthearted Science debate and activities? Reminiscent of Scitech, this hands-on workshop slash fun outing is sure to be fun. We’re going out of sheer curiosity which we think makes for a good scientist!

We’re also looking forward to seeing the collab mural on the wall of Black Crow Studio. Recently “thrown up” by local artists and visiting Heartwalk artist Elliott O’Donnell aka AskewOne.

 

Karlkurla Dreaming Trail

@Karlkurla Bushland Park, Friday May 25, 9am – 11:30am, $35 per adult

Karlkurla Bushland Park often features on the Heart of Gold Festival itinerary and this time the experience is set to inspire the bush tucker lover in you.

Grab your ticket from the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre and join us as we discover locally available bush food, medicine and enjoy some billy tea and damper in the amazing surrounds of our biggest public park.

Local 14

Artist Rachel Doring features at the Local 14 Pop Up Exhition in Kalgoorlie Boulder during the Heart of Gold Festival | We Love Kb What's On in Kalgoorlie Boulder events

@14 Burt Street,Boulder, Sunday May 21 – Saturday May 27th, $FREE

A stunning collaborative approach from 14 local Kalgoorlie Boulder artists to create a pop-up exhibition worthy of a full time shop we thinks! Some of the featured artists have also played a role in Heartwalk and we’re stupidly proud of everyone who worked together to create this unique display.

Photography talent, live painting, woodturning, small gifts and big pics are all available for sale.

Yirra Yaakin: Boodjar Kaatijin

@Museum of the Goldfields, Saturday May, 10am & 12noon, $FREE

We’re about to embark on a wild adventure through dance and storytelling with the visiting production company, Yirra Yaakin. To be performed at the Museum of the Goldfields at both 10am and 12noon you will need to RSVP for yourself and your kids via the Museum’s website.

Click to watch the Yirra Yaakin promotional video below.

 

The Heart of Gold Chef’s Special

Just A Little cafe Raspberry Pancakes on offer as part of the Heart of Gold festival in Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB promotes Heart of Gold Chef's Special

Trust us, if you’ve seen what is on the menu for this year’s Chef’s Special you’ll understand us when we say, “Food is Art”.

Kalgoorlie Boulder food venues are also encouraging support for our local arts & culture organisations and individuals by putting a bit of flair on their menus during the Heart of Gold Festival.

The entire list of participating venues are available inside the program here.

Follow along as we sample a big fat German hot dog from Zach Harry’s and salivate over the Salmon Tacos from Sai’s Copperbowl amongst other culinary delights and firm crowd favourites. The image above is of the Just A Little Cafe Raspberry Pancakes…pink perfection!

Heart of Gold Photo Competition

@Everywhere!

Hey, whilst you’re out and about enjoying the many events this week, be sure to share your pics for a chance to win $150 worth of vouchers to any Kalgoorlie Boulder business! Simply share and hashtag #HeartofGoldMoments on any platform, tag @artgold on your posts or email images to admin@artgold.net.au to enter.


Please let us know in the comments below if you have already attended an event on the Heart of Gold Festival itinerary or what you are looking forward to before the week is out! #welovekb

14th May 2017

Why you need Lush in your life – A review

Lush Body & Soul Beauty and Wellness Spa offers rejuvenation of the Mind, Body & Soul. Follow along to see how We Love KB Sales & Social Manager Sarah has that promise delivered.

Members of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Lush Body & Soul Beauty and Wellness Spa inside their spa | We Love KB review

The friendly staff of Lush Body & Soul Beauty and Wellness Spa treat you like you like royalty

Situated within the busy Hannans Boulevard shopping centre, 3.5kms from the Kalgoorlie city centre, Lush Body & Soul Beauty and Wellness Spa is a world away from the dusty mining-centric city of Kalgoorlie Boulder.  Beyond the recently renovated sunlit reception off the shopping centre’s entrance, Lush provides a inner sanctuary comprised of multiple treatment areas dedicated to skincare and body treatments including waxing, make-up application, detox and relaxation.

My reason for visiting Lush recently was by invitation from Toni, Lush Body & Soul owner, to try the popular Indian Head Massage. This centuries old Ayurvedic treatment is good for sufferers of stress and poor circulation. Toni couldn’t possibly have known but yes, I had my hand up saying, “Yes, Hi, that’s me!”

Do you know what my favourite bit about visiting Lush is? The friendly staff treat you like you like royalty. With offers of herbal tea, magazines and those fluffy white robes you really do forget where you are and could possibly be convinced that you are on a luxury holiday rather than 2 hours away from picking the kids up from school.

picture of Himalayan Salt Lamp on table with orchids and tea cups in the lounge at Lush Body & Soul in Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB review

Find peace in the lounge area, open only to clients of Lush

My therapist for the massage was Shannon, a certified beauty therapist & masseuse and it turns out we have kids at the same daycare. How Kalgoorlie is that!? Anywho, we didn’t natter too much, there’s relaxing to be had. After ditching my day clothes and changing into the robe and slippers I am welcomed by Shannon into the dedicated treatment room – which I might add housed a full sized bathtub which acts as an incentive to come back another day for a Teatox scrub & soak or decadent Milk Bath.

The lights are dimmed low, there’s a scented candle burning and there’s a musical soundtrack which is neither whale song or elevator music, whatever the playlist is it is unobtrusive and just right. Every detail is considered.

Shannon has a firm hand and rhythmic motion when massaging across my décolletage and up my neck. The attention paid to my scalp can only be described as when a puppy gets that rub in the sweet spot behind their ear, pure joy.

As I’d never had an Indian Head Massage before there was a point in the treatment where I had to fully give myself to the process. It was when the warm oil blend was first poured onto my forehead and through my hair, the little chicken in me flinched. The inner child in me however brought forward vivid memories of camping at the beach and the warmth of the sun as you look up to an early morning sunrise.

Warm oil blend poured onto massage client forehead at Lush Body & Soul beauty and wellness spa in kalgoorlie Boulder Western Australia | Review by We Love KB

When I asked Toni after the treatment as to why I had nostalgic flashbacks of childhood holidays she explained, “The oil pour is aimed for your Chakras in the centre of your forehead. People react differently but ultimately the act is to release joyful feelings and realign your inner balance.” replied Toni.

Usually for me, losing track of time results in un-defrosted meat for dinner and running late to meetings but within the confines of Lush, you know that you can relax as the team will watch the clock for you. There’s no rush after your treatment, in fact after the Indian Head Massage it is encouraged you take a shower as the oils really do saturate your hair and the team are looking out for you, and your clothes, best interests.

Before even rising from the massage bed, Shannon has turned on the shower in the Hydro Pod suite and it’s hot when I am welcomed in. All the essentials are complimentary including shampoo, conditioner and body wash with a fluffy towel waiting within arms reach.

I think it needs to be said that when you make an appointment at Lush, whether it be for facials, manicures or pedicures or even a session in the Detox Box to always mentally add another 15 minutes to your allocated time. The lounge area within Lush is available for all clients to take some extra time out before returning to the change rooms and retrieving your belongings from your dedicated locker.

Picture of curly red haired woman Kalgoorlie Boulder

Hair so healthy!

It’s been over a week since I received the Indian Head Massage and I wanted to share with you this picture of my hair! Ever been to the hairdressers and wished the little scalp massage they provide when washing your hair could go on for longer? The Indian Head Massage provides a superior version of that and my hair has benefited from the oils used immensely.

Because of the drastic improvement to the health of my hair, I asked Toni via email what’s in that magic potion. The blend is made up of various essential oils including coconut, lavender and also avocado oil. Avocado oil is a lightweight addition that helps penetrate the follicles and moisturises both your hair and skin. The team can create an oil blend suitable for your current state, if you suffer from allergies or are pregnant it is best to let your therapist know beforehand.

The Indian Head Massage is one of Lush’s most popular treatments, it is usually paired with a reflexology massage and is going to be included in a full body treatment package in the new Spa Treatment menu.

Bookings for the Indian Head Massage and other treatments can be made by calling the spa on 08 9021 3468.

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AUTHOR PROFILE

Sarah Hinton is a self-proclaimed Goldfields ambassador, in her element when supporting community projects and tourism initiatives. Sarah has a wealth of experience in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors and fascination with online marketing.

5th May 2017

Heartwalk – Kalgoorlie’s biggest ever art project!

The first week of May welcomed the inaugural Heartwalk festival. A two year public art project set to invigorate the central business district of Kalgoorlie.

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have noticed the flurry of artistic activity happening in the Kalgoorlie CBD lately. There’s people painting windows, children weaving hearts onto chain link fences and some artists, visiting from around the world, are up on scissor lifts adorning some big walls with their amazing images. Maps are now available at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre and retailers.

Large map on window of Market Arcade in kalgoorlie for Heartwalk | We Love KB Events in kalgoorlie article

A big Heartwalk guide including artists information is situated in the Market Arcade, Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie

 

This is Heartwalk and it’s not too late to get involved and show your support for what has become Kalgoorlie’s biggest ever public art project.

What’s on in Kalgoorlie this Saturday the 6th of May:

Suitable for all ages the Community Colouring-In Mural, designed by local artist Emily Uberuaga, is your opportunity to leave your mark by colouring in between the lines of Emily’s zentangle mural. Beginning at 10am outside the old Leading Edge store at 239 Hannan Street you can add your flair up to 12 noon.

Fancy a walk? Guided Walking Tours depart from 3pm at St. Barbara’s Square. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and covers a 3 kilometre loop around the CBD visiting all of the murals and includes a quick chat by the visiting wall mural artists.

Image of Heartwalk map in front of artist Andrew Frazer's artwork, located at Plaza Medical, Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie

Join in on the guided tour or visit each mural at your own pace. Mural artist: Andrew Frazer

Want to help celebrate the end of a mega-week and let your hair down? The Market Arcade Wrap Party is for you (but sorry, not for anyone under 18). The Heartwalk team are taking over the market arcade on Hannan Street, you know the one where you walk through to Coles? It’s going to be transformed and will include; a pop-up bar from the crew at Beaten Track Brewery, a food court style eatery by the Lunchbowl, live entertainment and a quick style salon by the lovely ladies at Shear Vanity hairdressers.

Actually, that’s not even all, finishing up the night is Tomas Ford, the crappiest DJ you’ll ever hear. He takes requests but they’ve got to be bad. They’ll be songs you know the words to, maybe even the moves to and his high energy performance will keep us on our feet until close.

 

Just so you’re aware, all of the happenings in the Market Arcade (or #PartyCade as some hipsters are trying to promote) are FREE. You’ll only need dollars for the bar and food.

What you can spend your money on is a tribute to local music, movie making and comedy performances which will be presented in the St. Barb’s Courtyard behind the Market Arcade. There’s a passionate crew which include E13 Sessions, The Comedy Emporium and Zach Inglis, that have been working behind the scenes to bring us a showcase of talent and mate, it’s cheap entry.

For only $35 for an all access pass, this could possibly be the best night you’ve had all year – we’re calling it!

Check out the below image for the complete line up and visit the Eventbrite ticketing page to book your tickets NOW!

Program of events for Heartwalk Market Arcade Wrap Party 2017 Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB Events in Kalgoorlie Boulder article

 

All over social media we’ve seen pics and tales supporting this fab event. It’s bringing colour to the streets and a smile to our faces. If you’ve missed any of the festivities, rest assured Heartwalk will be back in the first week of May in 2018. You can sign up to be involved as a sponsor, artist or volunteer by visiting the Heartwalk website.

Share your pics #heartwalkcbd #welovekb #kalgoorlie – help us turn the local Instagram feed into a showcase celebrating the culturally rich city Kalgoorlie has become.