World Congress Plans Take Shape For April
By ROBIN GROW
Plans for the 9th World Congress on Art Deco in Melbourne, Australia are ramping up. The Congress will be held from Mon. April 16 to Fri. April 20, 2007.
A welcome event will held on the evening of Sun. April 15. The program will commence on the 16th with a bus and walking tour of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. We can also confirm that:
· Two wonderful pre-Congress programs that provide a choice of Sydney or Canberra (the Australian capital) are currently being planned by our colleagues in Sydney. There are two societies based in Sydney – the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW and the Art Deco Society of NSW. On Thurs. April 12, 2007, the two societies will jointly hold a “Welcome to Sydney” event.
· On Fri. April 13, 2007, the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW will conduct a program in Canberra, concluding on the morning of Sun. April 15.
· On Fri. April 13, 2007, the Art Deco Society of NSW will conduct a program in Sydney, concluding on the morning of Sun. April 15.
· Details of both programs are currently being defined and will be announced as soon as they are available. The details will also be posted on the web site of Art Deco Society Inc., www.artdeco.org.au, and on the web site of both Sydney societies.
· Both Sydney and Canberra are just over an hour’s flight from Melbourne.
The web-site of our society, www.artdeco.org.au, is to be updated to include details of the Congress. It will also provide on-line booking facilities.
We are looking forward to next year’s Congress and hope that you will travel “down-under” to join in the fun. If you know of any other lovers and supporters of Art Deco that may be interested in receiving regular e-mail updates on the Congress, we would appreciate you sending this message onto them.”
· April is Autumn (Fall) in Melbourne and is usually a very pleasant time of year.
· The Congress Hotel is the Sofitel Melbourne, recently refurbished to a high standard. The hotel occupies levels 36 to 50, so each room has views over Melbourne. The cost per room will be A$240 per night (about U.S.$170 at current exchange rates), and the Congress rate is available for three days either side of the Congress. You can see the hotel’s web site at www.sofitelmelbourne.com.au
· A list of alternate accommodation and rates will be provided.
· Unlike most hotels, the Sofitel boasts an auditorium with tiered seating, where daily events and presentations will be held.
· The registration cost of the Congress is currently being determined.
· A pre-Congress program is currently being planned by our colleagues in Sydney.
· The web-site of our society, www.artdeco.org.au, is being updated to include details of the Congress. It will also provide on-line booking facilities.
· For an outline of Melbourne’s Art Deco attractions, see the article starting on the home page at www.artdeconews.com
If we can provide any assistance or information about Melbourne, please contact us by e-mail. It would assist with our planning if we were able to gain an indication of numbers that may attend.
If you are thinking about attending, please send a response to me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Grow is President of Art Deco Society Inc., Melbourne, Australia, which is the host for the 9th World Congress on Art Deco. He may also be reached as follows: Tel : (03) 9813 4365, Fax: (03) 9813 4436, Mobile: 0412567923
The Art Deco Society, Inc., is based in Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, and was established in 1992. The society publishes a quarterly journal called the Spirit of Progress, named after Victoria’s first streamlined train (1937), and other publications such as a Guide to Renovating Art Deco and a number of walking tour booklets. The society is active in preservation of interwar buildings and conducts a number of activities including walks, presentations, lectures, and bus tours for members and guests. For further details, go to the society’s official web site www.artdeco.org.au Office-bearers of the society are Robin Grow, President; Julie Lord, Vice-President; Robyn Saalfield, Secretary; and Carolyn Mead, Treasurer. The Sprit of Progress journal is edited by Brian Scott.