Notes from Down Under – Blogspot

So here at Top Venues, we thought you might like to get the opinions and stories of an event planner Down Under to compare to that of event life here in the UK.

We’d like to introduce you to Emily Dwyer, an event planner who’s just emigrated to Australia and has agreed to post a monthly blog right here on our blogspot for all you lovely readers. Over to Emily:

 

Notes from Down Under – Its beginning to (not) look a lot like Christmas.

 

Hello Top Venue Readers!

Most of you probably won’t know me but I am the writer of The Eventure. I am rather new to this blog writing business but I am enjoying it. If you read my about me page, you will discover that I recently made a life changing decision to move to Australia in pursuit of my Event Management dreams. The blog will document my journey into the events industry down under and how it differs from that in the UK. Join me here every month to see how I am getting on.

Firstly I would like to say a massive thanks to Top Venues for having me write for them and rant to all their readers along with my own.

My first piece to you this month is going to discuss how the lead up to Christmas here in Australia differs from that of the UK’s and particularly with the events industry. I hope you enjoy and feel free to email me any comments.

So, It is that time of year again when the nights start drawing in early, the frost starts to take over, madness starts in the shops and the decorations and bright lights start to appear, its Christmas of course, my favourite time of year! As we know all too well in the UK the build up starts earlier each year, unfortunate for those with young kids who have excited little youngsters for about 3 months but it is a particularly busy and exciting period for event organisers and venues across the globe.

Australian Christmas Tree - no different to ours!

 

From experience, I know that within the UK in particularly Christmas is an event managers and venues busiest time of year. We are a traditional country and like to go all out over the festive period. Venues get booked a year in advance, parties have to be booked months prior to the actual event and larger council run events take at least a year’s planning so overall a lot of thought goes into this holiday season.

Now hold that thought, I am going to paint a mental image for you, here I am in Melbourne in the first week of December basking in glorious sunshine (30 degrees worth I may add) with the main topic of conversation being about the summer holidays, not a Christmas tree in sight and not even a Christmas song played in any shop and not much advertised around the city or in venues for Christmas events. Now not only am I the biggest kid at Christmas but I love the buzz and atmosphere around the season and the vast amount of events that occur over this period. A time to be merry and thankful for great family and friends and the year gone by and a time to celebrate all that was in the past year.

It started to occur to me that the Aussie’s do it a little differently to us, as this is currently their summer period its difficult to engage in the christmas type events that are on offer to us in the UK such as ice skating, drinking mulled wine and keeping in warm in front of a log fire in a nice country pub. In Australia you can expect the type of events that take place in our summer such as outdoor music festivals, Open Air cinemas and street parties with not much emphasis placed on Christmas parties, Christmas themed markets and venues seeming to do very little marketing for Christmas parties and dining events. Events companies across Australia are not planning for Christmas events but for summer weddings and outdoor garden parties along with outdoor events within the music and sport arena.

Its not all bad though, I can only speak for Melbourne but the council here make a reasonably effort for the kids by decorating the town hall as a massive present, placing large toy soldiers at various points around the city and having a large gingerbread house where the kids can see santa. One of the biggest Christmas events to take place here in Melbourne is the revealing of the Christmas window displays at one of the department stores and the Christmas Decoration trail around the city but I have got to say it is nothing spectacular but then I am bias. It is just a very laid back approach over here and not a massive emphasis placed on the season but fear not, I will be bringing the Great British Christmas to the shores of Australia this year and be basking in all things christmasy, well as much as I can anyway but for now have a very Merry Christmas Great Britain and I guess i’ll get a shrimp on the barbi or something like that.

 

Read other blogs Emily has written about her experiences here: www.theeventure.wordpress.com

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