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Monday, March 12, 2007

Behold! The complete time table for the DIY Day!

Saturday March 17
Academy of DIY - Day of Workshops and Panels
12 till 8:30ish, Karen Elliot Social Centre, 48 Hawker St Brompton

In theory, this is a day of non-stop DIY education. In practice it's likely to be more of a day long picnic and handball free for all, ending in three panels, a film screening and a dinner provided by Food Not Bombs. It's totally free to take part - although a gold coin donation to the social centre would be wonderful- you can turn up and leave whenever it suits you and there'll be alternative activities occurring for when you get bored. And bring picnic foods.

The time table looks like this:

12:00 Handball with Stan and Ben from Excitement Machine
Stan and Ben launch the day with a training session in the gentle art of handball. This is followed by a non-stop, free for all handball tournament. Those who don't wish to play can doubtless bet vast sums of money from the sidelines.

12:30 Badge Making Workshop 30-40 mins
Probably less a badge making workshop than a badge making free for all, although presumably with some sort of monetary charge to cover expenses.

1:00 Making Wallets out of Long Life Milk Cartons 30 - 45 mins
Laura Wills unveils the genteel art of turning long life milk cartons into striking wallets, which you can use to contain the money you've made betting on handball. She says she'll bring along the necessary supplies, but it probably won't hurt to bring some of your own milk cartons - if only so you can have a wallet reflecting your favourite brand of soy milk.

1:45 Chemical Free Photography with Matthew - 45 mins - 1 hour
Using his powerful brain, Matthew with instruct you on developing photographic film using ancient herbal recipes passed down by the ancient Egyptians, or something to a similar effect.

2:45 Robin's Language Crash Course - 45 mins -1 hour
Within 45 to 60 minutes you will learn as much as you can from as many languages as is feasibly possible with the aid of Robin and her team of skilled linguistics experts.

3:45 Ready Set Ride Bike Repair Workshop - 1 hour
Our friends from Ready Set Ride present an overview of basic bicycle mechanics, designed to ensure you understand such vital procedures as changing a tire, fixing your brakes and cleaning your chain.


After the primary learning experiences gained in the tutorials and seminars we move on to the evening program, containing three enthralling and painfully educational lectures.

5:00 Non-Famous Rock Stars Panel
Nigel Koop (Home for the Def/Blank Tapes), Matt Banham (No Through Road), Lara Souilo (Star Ten Hash) and the indefatigable Mike Radz (Aviator Lane), discuss the nuances of setting up home recording facilities, booking shows, distribution and generally being an entirely non-famous rock star. At least two members of this panel are guaranteed to be drunk and surly at any given moment.

6:15 The Laura Butterworth All Stars Feminist Hour
Laura Butterworth and her Feminist All Stars discuss feminist activism across the ages. A little like the Harlem Globe Trotters, except with more reference to gender, identity and politics. Particular emphasis on the new IR laws!

7:30 The Power of Community: Permaculture in Cuba with Elvira
We end the day with a special guest lecturer - critically acclaimed Elvira. Sophie sent me the following descriptive blurb:

"Amazing Melbourne non-violence, women's rights, and community gardening activist Elvira will be sharing her inspiring stories and photos of permaculture gardening in Cuba, as well as screening the film "The Power of Community: How Cuba survived Peak Oil" (see
Elvira is endlessly curious about what might go right in our future. To this end, she traveled to Cuba to see a society that went through an energy and economic crisis simultaneously, and had to rebuild its agricultural system from the worms up...Come and hear about a country where cities grow enough food to feed their citizens, where bikes outnumber cars, and where organics is the norm!"
And then, later in the evening:

Dumpster Cycling Tour
I think the plan is to meet at 10pm at the Mall's balls.


Blogger joel said...

What a fine collection of events for the Academy of DIY - it's enormously exciting. I've received a couple of different times about the Power of Community/Cuba presentation however - some emails have said 6.30, others have said 7.30, but that's ok I'm sure... Perhaps dinner is around 6.30 onwards and the presentation begins at 7.30? Anyhow, it looks amazing and I can't wait.

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