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Room for Thought

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The pop up 'Drummer Restaurant' is open this week Wednesday till Friday at 72 Erskine St, Sydney


The restaurant is part of the American Express funded Room for Thought project which through a facebook based competition provided an opportunity for people to realise their dreams across the genres of music, fashion & community. The winner of the community section Elle Formica had the idea to create the ‘Drummer Restaurant’ and raise  awareness of refugee issues through a more personal encounter. With the help of mentor Miranda Otto the restaurant has come to life.

The upper level has a Burmese theme & menu whilst the street level room has a Sudanese inspired menu which includes spicy goat stew with black eye beans, spiced orange syrup and pistachio cakes. During Breakfast 7.00-10.00am, Lunch 12noon-3.00pm & Dinner 6.00-9.00pm the Drum Beats musicians are adding the spice with African rhythms & dance.



Here is the link for Imagesof the event and for more information on the Drummer Restaurant check out the article in the Sydney Morning Herald and Facebook

Good News on The Festival of Potential

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
After a week of rain the weather gods held back their tears & the sun shone. Finally summer had arrived & to celebrate Darling Harbour came alive to the rhythms, dance, art & circus skills of the American Express ‘Festival of Potential’.

Over the two days, thousands of excited participants immersed themselves in the activities as they ignited their creative potential. Drum Beats sessions which were held every hour from 8 in the morning till 8 in the evening were incredibly popular. For some great images of the action go to Festival in full swing
Apart from being a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to explore their creative potential the festival also raised money for Mission Australia. American Express donated $25 to Mission Australia for each photo or video showing people realizing their potential uploaded to ‘the heART’ - over $50,000 was raised & donated to Mission Australia!
‘The heART’ is an ‘artistic manifestation of everyone’s collective potential, it evolves & adapts with everyone’s contributions of their own potential. ‘The heART’ is fun to interact with & is currently online at  festival of potential  click upon the 'View the heART' tab at the top of the page.