The First Backstage Pass in Hong Kong: The Art and Science of the Audience

Whatever costumes you chose for Halloween this year, we bet none was as scary as this one: No? Well, at least we tried. Admittedly, more of an effort was spent during Halloween this year kickstarting the first ever Backstage Pass in Hong Kong! We were privileged to be part of TEDxWanchai UNConference Fringe Events after what was possibly the largest TEDx main event in Hong Kong. Peatix was also proud to partner theDesk, a co-working space that focuses meaningful work culture and community for this community event for event organisers. Given the emphasis that TEDx events have on audience engagement, the theme for this session of Backstage Pass HK was […]

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Organizer Stories: The Sloodge’s Matt Proctor

On the outside, Park Slope’s The Sloodge looks like it might be occupied by any one of the neighborhood’s young families just trying to get by on three million dollars a year. But inside, the house teems with artists and their creations; its residents comprise writers, photographers, actors and musicians, while at any given party at The Sloodge–always open to the public–these mediums can be seen coursing kaleidosopically through the evening.We sat down with The Sloodge’s mastermind Matt Proctor, an erstwhile wedding DJ who has transposed his powers of curation and mastery of ceremonies to create what has become one of New York’s most enthralling evenings that effortlessly and effectively walks the line between performance and party.  Above: […]

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Organizer Stories: Marisa Douenias from The Secret Loft Show

When we showed up to talk to Marisa Douenias at last month’s Secret Loft Show, she was sporting aqua blue hair beneath a black beanie with Drake’s image pasted squarely on the forehead. The whole ensemble elicited real genuine out-loud laughs, and befitted Marisa herself superbly, a comedian who has a stage presence no matter where she’s standing, and who for the last year has organized a monthly comedy show and dance party at a loft that, although not quite actually a secret, is far removed in ambience and energy from your standard comedy-and-bar combo.Read on for a most hilarious and insightful interview on organizing comedy shows, secret event culture, the […]

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Organizer Stories: Brooklyn Spaces Bike Tour, a tour not for tourists

The good old Oxford English Dictionary defines “tourist” as “a person who is traveling or visiting a place for pleasure.” Jonah Levy and Oriana Leckert independently had the revelation that too many residents in New York were merely tourists on a somewhat longer timeline; they pass more or less pleasurably through their neighborhoods year after year, observing their community and cultural institutions with a kind of blithe inquisitiveness, often neglecting to ever take a deeper look inside. The Brooklyn Spaces Bike Tour is designed to remedy this disconnect. Led by tour guide royalty (Jonah) and the person who literally wrote the book on interesting Brooklyn spaces (Oriana), the duo are out to educate […]

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Organizer Stories: The Tank’s Rosalind Grush

Rosalind Grush as Douglas Gordon as Kurt Cobain as Andy Warhol as Myra Hindley as Marilyn Monroe
Today on Organizer Stories we sit down with Rosalind Grush, Artistic Director of the storied New York City performing arts presenter The Tank. The Tank provides indispensable resources to over 1,000 emerging artists every year, “fostering an environment of inclusiveness and removing the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers.”An insightful and sanguine champion of new works and new artists, Rosalind’s interview is considerably more arresting than this introduction, so let’s get right to it:Photo by Josh LuxenbergRosalind Grush as Douglas Gordon as Kurt Cobain as Andy Warhol as Myra Hindley as Marilyn Monroe The Tank has been going strong for about a dozen years now. Can you […]

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