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2018: a year full of music, concerts and festivals!

Whether music is your religion or not, we should all, at least once, go to a concert to experience the real thing! Going to a concert or a music festival with friends, hearing your favorite band performing in front of a live audience, singing and dancing with the artists and the crowd, is a totally different world! This year, the odds were with me and it was meant to be my musical year because so far I won a ticket to the laneway festival via my work, one of my colleagues sold me last minute a ticket to the Robbie Williams ‘concert and more recently my friend Sybilla (German) took me to the Lionel Richie concert!!! Here are some thoughts on why I believe this is worth the money you will spend on your tickets!

  1. It is about the atmosphere


As soon as you  enter the venue, you can feel the energy. It is in the air, it is all around. It is not just about you but also the people surrounding you.  I was lucky enough to attend outdoor concerts so far and this is so beautiful to feel music spreading in the souls, in the trees, in the earth, in the sky and in the stars. If feels almost magic.

when the night has come and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we see… no I won’t be afraid… no I won’t be afraid… just as long, as you stand, stand by me…

2. It is about the people you meet

You can meet really cool people, from different horizons and backgrounds, sharing the same interests as you and spend a good time altogether! Sybilla and I had the opportunity to meet Jake at the Laneway festival, a very nice guy in his early 20s as many people there! He was supposed to come with his friend who bailed on him last minute and we were looking for infos regarding the bands playing and that’s how we ended all chatting together. A couple of hours and beers after, we were all friends and Jake even carried me on his  shoulder so I could see the stage and dance in the air with the band and it was really something cool! Later in the night, we met Cameron and we had an interesting discussion about spirituality and fashion since he liked my French little hat! That’s the beauty about festivals, everybody is everybody’s friend!

Is it me? or does it remind of you this scene in Titanic: I am the king of the world lol

3. It is about this feeling you get

Robbie Williams concert in Adelaide parks as part of the Clipsal

You are getting all excited, nearly like butterflies at the simple idea that you are going to a CONCERT!!!! You talk with your best friend who is coming with you, and also to your other friends  (who don’t really have a clue because they don’t like this artist lol), you sing the songs when they are played on the radio letting everybody know (hint hint to your colleagues) that yes you are going to see Robbie Willians! You post on Facebook, Insta, you talk to your family about it and your mother says “Robbie who? I don’t know who he is, I only know this guy with the guitar and red hair!” (She meant Ed Sheran by the way). But it does not matter at the end of the day, because the most important is that you YOU know and you are soooo excited about it!

4. It is about being happy

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you!

When my friend Sybilla decided to take me to the Lionel Richie concert, I can’t say I was super thrilled. First, I thought I don’t know many of his songs (wrong wrong wrong….. what about : All night long, Hello, easy like a sunday morning, we are the world etc) and come on this is Lionel Richie and he still got it! On top of that the concert took place in Adelaide botanical garden at night. It was such a beautiful evening and yes I admit I was super happy. I love outdoor concerts, it is really something to experience, some people brought their picnic blankets and chairs, we had wine, we were dancing and having a good time. I even ended buying a little souvenir, the Lionel Richie pullover (I am not telling you the price) let’s say that was part of the concert experience, buying silly stuffs that feel great on the moment and then not so great once the concert is over, but definitely something to do at least once just for the beauty of it!

5. It is about the memories

‘Cause I got too much life Running through my veins”

Concert experiences are unique and definitely the ones you cherish to look back on. It’s always cool to see pictures of that night and remember how fun or emotional it was depending on the artists vibes or the song which was played at that moment. I must say Robbie Williams was so much fun, what a show man and I remember that my friend Sybilla and I were in each other’s arms singing “she is the one” and it was a beautiful moment!

5. It is about dressing up

Dressing up really emphasizes the excitement factor and let’s be honest it is quite fun especially if you are into fashion! Whether it is dressing as something related to the artist or just dressing a little different than your usual style to fit the event, it is a way of being part of the show and honour it!

So to conclude, YES I believe that concerts belong to these special events that create unique moments in life! Seeing your favourite artist LIVE, interacting with him, dancing with the crowd, and feeling like ONE is a magic feeling! So now what is next?! Well I believe for Adelaide, it will be: PINK concert in July 😉 and will I be part of it haha?! To pink or not to pink that is the question…

Adelaide Writers’ week

No wonder March is Adelaideans’ favorite month. There are so many shows running at the moment. It is such a lovely time of the year and a beautiful way to say goodbye to summer!  The offer is massive and the hardest part is to choose because you want to see everything! Actually, I wish I could party everyday… but as a “working/student”  I must save money so I have to restrain myself. Hopefully there are many free events and that is what I love about Adelaide, they do their best to please every taste and  every budget!

Each year, Adelaide hosts the “writers’ week”: a  unique free event! This is an absolutely charming festival celebrating an important art form: WRITING. The writers’  week offers the opportunity to meet national and international authors, to hear about their books and to share their visions. http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2015/writers_week/adelaide_writers_week

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It is an outdoor event taking place in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. The park is beautiful with the garden roses and the palm trees. It is a very relaxed atmosphere, very casual… I like the way they keep it “simple” and intimate. It makes it even more special and appropriate to share a true passion between writers and readers.

My friend Nasim (from Iran) and I decided to go to the Writers’ week on Thursday 05 March afternoon and we listened to Esther Freud talking about her book Mr Mac and Me set at the onset of the First World War. Esther is a  British novelist and actress. Her family is famous: she is the daughter of painter Lucian Freud and great grand-daughter of Sigmund Freud! It was really interesting to listen to her talking about her book, the war and the little village where the story takes place. It was a little bit hard for me to understand as we were sitting in the back so I had to real focus on the words. I must say the Q&A session was really good and it was also interesting to hear about the author’s personal life as she had quite an original childhood. As a child when she would visit her father’s studio, she was so used to see nudes paintings, it was very natural for her and part of her life. So when she was 16 and he asked her if she would mind sit for him, she immediately accepted and took her clothes off. Actually she said that posing naked for her father was much easier than taking her clothes off in front of a lover – which made the audience laugh! I hope it does not sound like the typical French cliché that the only part I got clearly is this episode  😉 haha…  Actually I recall seing Esther’s nude painting at the Tate Modern when I was living and working in London and I am glad I could hear the true story behind this piece of art as I felt a little bit uncomfortable at the museum.

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My favorite presentation was from the author Favel Parrett “When the night comes. She is such  a lovely and interesting person! Basically, her story explores the relationship between two different characters who left their mainland to seek for a better life. Isla is a isolated young girl who lives in Tasmanian and Bo is a Danish sailor on his way to Antarctica. Bo enjoys sharing his fascinating stories about the life on board of the Nella Dan ship that transports people and cargo between Australia and the Antarctic research station. The power of the story lies on the amazing description of the journeys and the detailed life on board which will make you travel with the characters. All inspired by the author’s own experience during her Australian Antarctic Arts fellowship used as research for her novel! http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2012/fellowship-to-tell-the-story-of-longest-serving-antarctic-ship

The Q&A session was also very interesting since the author explained how hard it was to let the characters go when the book was finished. She spent 2 years writing this novel and it was like Isla and Bo were part of her life. She also explained why she chose this title since people were surprised because when you think about Antarctica you think about light, ice, white snow, sun (by the way leave me a comment once you have read the book and I will reveal you why she picked this title). She also told us how hard it is for her to come up with a title as she changes her mind quite often. She also insisted on the fact that it is useful to have a good editor to walk you through and to say “ok, now it is done, stop” since she could have kept on doing more and more researches and re-write again and again about her story and her characters. She added she would be thrilled to work again on a ship like she did a couple of years ago because it is just you and the immensity of the sea balanced with the confined life on the boat that becomes your home and your family! It must be an incredible experience… Anyway, I have really enjoyed her presentation and I will definitely read her book!

Actually it is quite funny because I happened to have a conversation about Antarctica 10 days ago with an old friend of mine…  Life is funny sometimes, don’t you think?!  So my friend John (from California) told me that he would love to take a trip to Antarctica and he is meaning it! I was like “well, good for you” but maybe I should be more enthusiastic about it too since I have never been that “closed” from Antarctica! I must say I was feeling a little bit skeptical… probably because I have never considered this destination before, why would I!? It sounds like a cold no man’s land to me… but now after hearing about this lovely book and story I am willing to give it a go, I have totally changed my mind about it. It sounds like an expedition, an exciting and unique adventure!!!

Adelaide Zoo - 063This is what I like about books, it touches your heart and gives you new perspectives. Writing is about creating, communicating, expressing and connecting with the world… I can’t see better events than Adelaide Writers’ week to celebrate this overwhelming feeling! All in all a fantastic journey where imagination and creation have no limits!

Let’s get crazy: it is mad March!

There is a lot going on at the moment in our city! Adelaide is a hive of activity: streets and parks are lively, full of music and new faces. The iconic Fringe Festival is in town!

Every year, Adelaide becomes the capital of Arts by hosting many quality events featuring: Opera, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cabaret, Literature and Visual Art. The festival is considered to be one of the world’s major celebrations of the arts and cultural events in Australia. Have a look at the program, it is quite impressive:  http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au

The city has so much to offer! No wonder there are so many tourists at the moment visiting Adelaide to enjoy the entertaining shows. This year the festival’s theme is: Experience something new! Since it is my first year in Australia, I can totally relate to that. I mean everything is a new experience for me here and I love it ❤

I personally took part to the Writers’ week and I am planning to go to the French films festival too! Some friends invited me to the garden of unearthly delights in Elder park with a bunch of colleagues. First time they mentioned it I thought I heard “the garden of unhealthy delights” haha. It was really nice: good food (Aussies barbies = Australians’barbecues) and music in a very casual and friendly atmosphere! The perfect place to relax after work:  http://www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au

We have a long weekend coming since Monday is a bank holiday in Australia and everybody is talking about: WOMAD (World of Music Art and Dance)! It is a very popular festival with 400 artists from all other the globe making Adelaide dance in the glorious Botanical Garden. I have heard that artists such as: Buena Vista Social Club, Sinead O’Connor, Youssou N’Dour, Neneh Cherry… will be here 😉 It is still time to buy a ticket as I heard that there might be discounts on Monday:  https://www.womadelaide.com.au

Speaking of  Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry, do you remember their beautiful song “7 seconds”?  It was a hit in France in 1994 and I was a teenager…  If you pay attention, you will notice that a part of the lyrics are in French https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqCpjFMvz-k

So it seems, in March in Adelaide, there is no time to rest! The more you are outside enjoying the variety of events in the CBD, in the parks and by the Torrens river… the better!

DSC_0221 This is why  I believe it is called “Mad March” because each day is a party that you have to join in!