From Paris with Love – Crazy Horse has Arrived


  The Parisian cabaret scene has always been a draw card for travelers making their pilgrimage to the city of light. Along with a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower, climbing the Arc de Triumph and getting lost in the Louvre, an evening spent at either the Moulin Rouge or Folies Bergere is another of those seemingly mandatory experiences to be ticked off the itinerary. But what of Crazy Horse? This Parisian establishment, having not been immortalised in film by Baz Lurhamn, is perhaps less well known to the traveler seeking a night of revelery in Paris. Founded in… Continue Reading

Talking Makeup with Katie Saarikko


  We love beauty and makeup. We also love finding out what makes people tick, so it’s always a pleasure to combine the two when we sit down to chat with a makeup artist. Not only does Katie Saariko run her own thriving business, she works as the creative director of Makeup for FASHFEST and teaches at the Canberra Institute of Technology. We caught up with this incredible artist to pick her brains about it all.   Leiden: What first drew you to makeup? Katie: I’ve always been interested in art. I won a few drawing and painting competitions as… Continue Reading

Kim Churchill’s Top Ten Albums


  Singer songwriter Kim Churchill is a busy man. Not only is he releasing a new album, he is about to set off on a huge national tour. Weight_Falls, the follow up to Silence/Win, almost didn’t come together. After working on the album for over eighteen months, Churchill decided at the last minute that what he had produced wasn’t quite good enough. He then decided to throw it out and start again. After a hectic week writing followed by a couple of months piecing everything together, Churchill ended up with something adventurous, intuitive and surprising. For lovers of his past… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Dr Erin Walsh


  Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a handful of ‘iconic’ people on a university campus? You know the type: someone whom everybody knows and recognises even if they have never had a class with them. When I studied science at the Australian National University (ANU) there was such a person. She was affectionately dubbed ‘Yellow Girl’ and as you may have guessed, she made herself conspicuous by dressing solely in the colour yellow. So iconic was she that I even heard her mentioned on the radio earlier in the year when, during O Week, discussion… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Erica Heidger from the Creative Element


  It’s National Science Week and instead of celebrating all things science for just one week, we thought we would celebrate all month long. That’s why we are dedicating the entire month of August to women kicking butt in science and tech. We got the ball rolling with our interview with Madi from Shirty Science and now we are chatting with Erica Heidger from science based start-up The Creative Element. As well as offering training and consulting services, The Creative Element puts on amazing community events. Their incredibly popular adults-only event, Pretty Dangerous Science, includes workshops where you can learn… Continue Reading

Chatting with International Artist Benjamin Shine


‘I think we’re all born with the ability to be highly creative but the degree to which it develops depends on how much encouragement and opportunity we have to express it as we grow up.’   Benjamin Shine for Bergdorf Goodman   You may be familiar with Benjamin’s work from his exhibition, ‘The Dance’, at the Canberra Centre in 2015 or his collaboration most recently on a collection of tulle artworks for renowned New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman. Benjamin’s work never ceases to amaze me. His client list includes Google, MTV, Harrods, Barclays, Eurostar and many others. His work… Continue Reading

Talking with Daniel Riley from Bangarra


  The latest creative work from Bangarra, one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, has been receiving its fair share of critical acclaim after its debut in Sydney. Bennelong tells the story of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora, and how he and his people first made contact with white settlers. Ahead of the show coming to Canberra, we caught up with dancer and choreographer Daniel Riley who has been with the company for eleven years and plays the role of Governor Phillip in Bennelong. Like many of the professional dancers to come out of Canberra, Daniel grew… Continue Reading

Talking Art Part 2 – Harriet Mitchell


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Harriet Mitchell Age: 20   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Harriet: When I was little my mum signed me up to art classes at Lavender Art Studios, and it became my favourite two hours of the week. It was a supportive and exciting space that I was encouraged to appreciate looking and observing.   L:… Continue Reading