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Here to help us: breaking down the role of Aussie government officials– A Q&A with LA Consul General Karen Lanyon

Karen Lanyon is the Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles. Appointed in July 2012, Lanyon’s distinguished 20-year career as an Australian government representative has spanned across Africa, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. In her current California post she looks after seven U.S. states, including Alaska, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. Billabout founder Pete Maiden sat down with Lanyon at…

Official business: Consul General Phil Scanlan AM at B_Space

Australia has had formal diplomatic representation in New York City since 1918. Phil Scanlan AM, the current Consul General, took up the position in 2009. An established businessman and founder of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, Phil and his wife Julie sat down with Billabout’s Pete Maiden to discuss his role in promoting Australia in the U.S.,…

Elizabeth Corkery: Mastering her art

Elizabeth Corkery is a 26-year-old artist from Sydney who is completing her Masters of Fine Arts at Cornell University in Ithaca — the very same campus where her Australian dad met her American mum three decades before. Elizabeth was recently awarded the John Hartell Graduate Award for Excellence in Studio Practice, which means she’s basically the…

Woody is the Original Sneaker Freaker

Simon “Woody” Wood started Sneaker Freaker magazine 10 years ago and has turned it into a global success. Selling it in 41 countries, three languages and with offices in Melbourne, Moscow, Barcelona and Cologne, Germany. He educated Billabout ‘s Pete Maiden about the sneaker term “neck-snapping”, how the magazine was created, and some life tips.

Washington In The Dunny

Immediately after Washington’s 2011 SXSW set in Austin Texas, Billabout met lead singer Megan Washington backstage for an interview. When we told her that we needed a quiet and well lit space, she said “follow me.” She proceeded to escort us into the men’s bathroom, past the men peeing, and into the last stall. “Here…

MoMA New York Audio Tour Gets Hacked

Hal Kirkland, 34, hails from Sydney and is the Founder and Creative Director at Audio Tour Hack – a collective of creatives that produce unauthorized and alternative guides in museums. From turning John Camberlain’s exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim into a ‘Transformers’ tour to the MoMA’s ‘Unadulterated’ interpretations by three to ten year-old kids, Hal tells…

Chef Chris Rendell Has No Boundaries

Internationally acclaimed chef Chris Rendell, 39, was born in Adelaide and trained in some of Australia’s top kitchens in Melbourne and Sydney. He has spent the past decade redefining national cuisines across the Atlantic, skipping between London and New York; he now runs three kitchens in NY. This summer Rendell headed up the Aussie inspired…

The Houston Effect

James Houston is a Australian photographer who grew up in Bourke, in country New South Wales, and is based in New York. The 46-year-old is inspired and sharing his vision of lifestyle via his new project The Houston Effect, a site to inspire others towards a more full-filling life; he explains the concept to Billabout.

Aussie Designers Making Their Woolmark at NYFW: Katherine Keating Interviews Kym Ellery & Fernando Frisoni

Australian fashion designers Kym Ellery and Fernando Frisoni, recently recognised by Woolmark and Australians in New York Fashion Foundation, were invited to showcase their wares in a special pre-fashion week viewing. Billabout contributor Katherine Keating caught up with the two rising designers over lunch at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York to discuss the Australian fashion…

Toby’s Estate New Brew-klyn Digs

Brooklyn has been blessed with the new arrival of Aussie coffee brand Toby’s Estate! Donning a new roaster and café in Williamsburg, Aussie expats and local hipsters are embracing the flat whites and Vegemite toast in full force. Billabout caught up with founder Toby Smith to talk beans and discuss why he’s decided to come…

Happy Australia Day, Mate!

It’s been more than a decade since every man and his dog in Australia was talking about the meaning of mateship, and whether former Prime Minister John Howard was being true blue or just bogan wanting to include the phrase into his draft of an Australian constitution. Twelve years later, our sunburnt homeland is still…

Cloud Control

Billabout followed Cloud Control, a rocking 4-piece indie band from the Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia), on their journey through the SXSW festival in Austin Texas. From hitchhiking with a local mum in her station wagon to make it to their first gig on time at a pub to a packed-out show at the Aussie BBQ.

SURF NYC

Personally I’m on the verge of hysteria when I think about winter ending. As spring keeps postponing itself, I like to participate in activities that fuel my hallucination of summer. One of these is visiting the most relaxed store in the city – “Saturdays NYC”. You can get a real espresso (non of this drip…

Inspired: Behind the lens of Russell James

Russell James is an Australian photographer best known for capturing the world’s most beautiful women in exotic locations – think Victoria’s Secret models, Sports Illustrated covers and celebrity portraits. However, it was his upbringing in the isolated town of Derby, 1500 kilometers from Perth, that inspired his Nomad Two Worlds exhibition – the collaborative art…

Art Vs. Science @ SXSW

Sydney based Indie electro trio Art Vs Science recently wrapped up their US tour and gave crowds a taste of their magic at South By South West in Austin, Texas this March. They played a string of packed shows culminating in an explosive performance at The Aussie BBQ event. Billabout captured this performance and sat…

Kit Willow – Fashion Designer

Australian fashion designer Kit Willow first showed at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in 2005. Since then, she’s been captivating the Australian and New York fashion scene and expanding her clothing label, Willow, to 35 employees, with global distribution and three boutiques across Sydney and Melbourne. Willow’s a very busy girl, especially considering she’s now…

Australian fashion photographer Russell James collaborates with Indigenous Australian artists, opens exhibit in L.A.

“I live in a house, but I still go bush,” said Gullie, otherwise known as Dr. Richard Walley, OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia), a contributing artist visiting Southern California for the opening of Nomad Two Worlds, the collaborative art project created by renowned Australian photographer Russell James. Gullie is one of the many…

Cut Copy Release New Album, Tour the States (Coachella)

Billabout is dancing: Cut Copy released their third album, Zonoscope, in the U.S. today. The indie electro specialists are one of Australia’s hottest exports, establishing a huge following in the states and around the globe. Zonoscope represents an impressive natural progression for the band’s synth-pop sound, and is earning critical acclaim — it’s already picked up…