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Melbourne Festival Time!

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Melbourne – we’re the city of a hundred festivals. As soon as one ends (think Melbourne Fringe Festival) – another begins! No wonder we’re routinely on the world’s ‘most liveable city’ lists. Today, the Chisholm & Gamon blog features highlights of the Melbourne Festival, taking over the city from the 11th – 27th of October. One of the world’s major multi-arts festivals, make the most of your location, close to the heart of the arts this month.

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Tanderrum and Creation

Enjoy a special Melbourne Festival opening night event at Federation Square this Friday – a Welcome To Country from the Elders of the Kulin Nation. Tanderrum is a project by the Ibijerri Theatre Company, bringing together the traditions of five Kulin Nations to open the Melbourne Festival – fusing storytelling with performance and music. After Tanderrum comes a special treat from legend Archie Roach, as he presents his new show ‘Creation’. Backed by a ten-piece ensemble plus folk darling Sarah Blasko, enjoy classic anthems from Roach’s body of work in addition to new songs for our modern city. This event is free, and begins at 6pm.

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Foxtel Festival Hub

Melbournites love a pop-up anything – particularly if it’s by the banks of the beautiful Yarra in springtime. ‘Pop’ down to the Foxtel Festival Hub by the river where you’ll find food, art, performance and design to inspire. Prime acts include performances by The Polyphonic Spree (image inset, above) who are described as part euphoric gospel choir, park Day-Glo rock supergroup. Featuring a 14-piece ensemble, you’re in for a night of exuberant ol’skool psychedelia. Click here for details. After something more cerebral, perhaps benefiting your own artistic practice? Join in on the series of free events called Artists in Conversation, talks with stars of the Melbourne Festival including Richard Tognetti and Weigang Li, talking classical music and Haydn.

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Songs of Wreck & Ruin

A trifecta of local talent in the shape of Paul Capsis, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington present Songs of Wreck and Ruin, a paean to the ‘lost boys’ of rock. Following on from the Melbourne Festival premiere of The Boy Castaways, these three prolific performers showcase the swaggering anthems from the leading lads of rock. Think Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, The Buzzcocks and Dave Mason. Band t-shirt? Optional. Held at the always awe-inspiring Forum.

Everything Old Is New Again

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October is a month to embrace new beginnings, think mindfully about consumption – and clear the decks of unwanted (but lovable) goods! Spring cleaning gives you the motivation and opportunity to beautify your domestic environment while redefining your personal style. You’re helped along by two ‘fresh start’ events in October – the Garage Sale Trail 2013 in the City of Port Philip and Buy Nothing New Month. Today’s C&G blog gives you the low-down on taking part in both fun, interactive projects.

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Have you got a lounge suite at home that will outlast religion, but no longer suits your style? Perhaps you’ve got one pair too many of black high-heeled pumps, or framed prints that aren’t to your liking. Instead of letting them sit around gathering dust and taking up your space, take part in the Garage Sale Trail on Saturday October 26. No garage? No worries! Simply visit the official Garage Sale Trail website to register your sale’s location. You will receive posters to promote your sale, price tags and ‘The Official Guide to Buying and Selling on Ebay’ to take care of any items still hanging around after your thrift sale. With a focus on getting to know the neighbourhood, pop your postcode into the Garage Sale Trail website to plan a day browsing your area – there are over 100 registered garage sales in the City of Port Phillip already!

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This segues neatly into the next conscious consumption event for October – Buy Nothing New Month. A project supported by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, BNNM is an idea which began in Melbourne and has been ‘exported’ successfully to the Netherlands and the USA. In short – you make your ‘pledge’ to ‘buy nothing new’ for the month of October. Naturally, this excludes food, essentials and medicines – and second hand or thrifted items. Sounds too heavy? Perhaps commit to participating for two weeks instead of a full month. By removing the focus on shopping as a recreational activity, BNNM also hopes to help shift your feeling of ‘affluenza’ – having too much – by spending time with friends and family, personal development or community engagement. Sounds good? Make your pledge here, and consider shopping for what you need rather than what you want in October.

Elwood Testimonial

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Dear Torsten and Kylie,

Being the leading agency for apartment sales in the Elwood area you were an obvious choice to contact.  After our initial discussion, it became apparent what set you apart from the field; your availability and communication skills, backed up with a high quality sale campaign proposal.   As a Property Valuer with access to sales information, I was very impressed with the level of analysis and insight underpinning what I could expect to achieve for my property.  This advice rang true throughout the campaign and with the ultimate result, which I am extremely happy with.

The day to day running of the campaign was faultless, with feedback from potential buyers communicated and flexibility with open for inspection times.  The pre-auction meeting was excellent with a good understanding of the perspective purchasers and sound advice on how things may play out on the day.

I highly recommend Torsten and Kylie as selling agents.  Thank you!

Yours Sincerely

Andrew Kinnaird

Sandringham Testimonial

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Dear Adam and Nick,

Just a quick note to thank you both for your efforts over the past four weeks in selling our property.

Before we definitively decided to sell, we were big believers that if you present your property in the right manner, it doesn’t really matter what agent you go through, you will still get a good result.

However we have never been more impressed in the way you went above and beyond to bring in potential buyers and follow up with them after every open. In these areas you have gone over and above your competitors. I know because when we gave feedback to them when they didn’t obtain our listing, they acknowledged this was something they didn’t offer.

Selling your property is an emotional experience and your easy going manner put us at ease during this time. From our experience with other agents, we would not have wanted to have dealt with anyone else. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance and some cross the line. We know you have treated our potential buyers with the same respect as you have treated us.

When we had to make a decision to appoint an agent, you were a clear stand out. You weren’t the cheapest and didn’t promise the best result for our property. Our only question mark over you was that you weren’t established in this suburb. But it was also the reason why we decided to sign with you.

We wish you both every success.

All the best,

Daniel and Martine.

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