Silent Dinner Parties on the Front Page of ABCnews in the US

The silent dinner parties are on the front page of the lifestyle section of ABCnews in the US today! Reporter Joanna Prisco introduces some interesting statistics about how we are increasingly intolerant of noise and crowds while we are eating.

It seems the experience is spreading ;) how wonderful! The more Silent Dinner Parties in the world the better! I will be mounting more in the US at the end of the year. If you would like to be involved in that process drop me a line. For now I am scheduling the events in Europe over the next couple of months.. so you can also buzz me about that if you would like to be involved in any way, as a host venue or a participant.

Check the article out here:

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/silent-dinners-conversation-menu/story?id=20242169

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Prepping some Summer Silence NYC stylz

A Silent Dinner Party is happening in New York City, on Monday August 6th at 8.30 pm. Yay! The event is supported by Splatterpool Artspce and will be held in their hybrid art and living space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which has in the past been host to many an underground dinner party, so it’s nicely warmed up. Check them out.

The menu will be summery vegetarian delights in a cook by colour sensibility :: bright, light and complex to match the days here and combat the swelter. Places at the table are limited and reservations are necessary. You can book by phoning +1 347 707 9612 or emailing honi@hedonics.com.au.  The event is $25 a person including the meal, and all proceeds go to supporting the new and wonderful Bedford Baking Studio on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg where the coffee is second to none! If you can’t afford a ticket but would like to come, you’re welcome to help on the night, just holler.

See ya when I’m not talking to ya!

Project Anywhere

The Silent Dinner Parties have been included in a great new project by Dr. Sean Lowry called Project Anywhere that supports art at the outermost limits of location specificity.
It’s a new approach to global curating for practice-based research outcomes in the arts. It doesn’t have many boundaries. It adopts a blind peer review system so should also have a hand at pulling apart a self referential system that makes art stars stars. This just means that the projects that are proposed to Project Anywhere are encountered without the reviewers knowing who the artists are, and so they can’t just take people on their past achievements – each proposal will be taken on face value.

aMaZiNg~**

It was launched through eFlux last month, and is accepting applications now for a 2013 season.
Check it out:
http://projectanywhere.net/

Nominated for AFF Award for Innovation!!

Fantastic news! The Silent Dinner Parties were shortlisted in the three events nominated for the Adelaide Fringe Festival award for Innovation! I’m honoured to receive the nomination, especially in the category of innovation.  I love seeing hybrid arts concepts being presented in unexpected environments. Participatory and performative arts take some crazy directions, and it’s good to see unlikely audiences embrace them so wholeheartedly. So, once again Adelaide, thank you for such an overwhelming experience!  Maybe see ya next year..

SDPs in a month of Australian art at Zico House, Beirut

During the month of January, the fabulous Zico house in central Beirut has a focus on Australian art supported by the Australian embassy in Lebanon. As apart of this, a Silent Dinner Party is set to take place at the artists residence at Zico House on Jan 19th from 8.30 pm.  We are now taking bookings, so drop me an email if you would like to come.

I will need to be in touch with all guests before the night, to find out if you have any food allergies or dietary requirements.  The event is ticketed and costs 15,000 LP or $10 USD and you can get your tix over email. As always, if you would like to come and help out instead of buying a ticket, wonderful, give us a holler. Myself and the wonderful Ms Dei El-Ayoubi will be hosting the event with the help of Zico.  It’s going to be a blast.  The food in Lebanon has been aMaZiNg so far, I can’t wait to get amongst it in the kitchen with Firas from the good food collective. There’s lots of space at Zico’s so we can host more than normal for this one!  I can’t wait ! !  What a great city too!

There is a FB group that you can drop into and stay in touch with updates etc

http://www.facebook.com/events/173584419410322/

Or check out Zico House at

http://www.zicohouse.org/history.html

Won’t chat with you soon :)

Beirut SDP Poster