Pictured above are culture creators Elouise Quinlivan and Jeremy Staples.
Pictured above are culture creators Elouise Quinlivan and Jeremy Staples. Rosanna Quinlivan

Adding gems to our maps

FEELING like his hometown of Toowoomba had nothing to offer, Jeremy Staples gathered a crew of like-minded renegades and started a free music and arts zine called Bizoo.

From a bunch of young people doing cartoons and interviews with their favourite bands, it grew to have contributions from all over the country.

Bizoo was published from 2001-2006 and a retrospective book has just been published and a tour organised to promote it.

"It's the story of what can be achieved in a small region community," Jeremy said.

First stop on the tour is Lismore, where tomorrow Jeremy and Elouise Quinlivan will be conducting a workshop to create a 2480 Culture Map.

Elouise owns an online zine shop called Smells Like Zines and is an avid fan of small-run boutique publications.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a community generated tourist guide.

"You know those boring tourist guides found at backpackers and bus interchanges that show only the money spinning attractions and restaurants that have paid to be on the map? We want to reclaim the streets by highlighting the real events, attractions, cheap eats, artist-run spaces and affordable or free events that only locals would know about. In short - we want you to add your secrets to the map," Elouise said.

Jeremy said one of the benefits of doing a cultural map is it makes people reflect on all the good things a particular place has to offer. "It makes people who might be feeling that their particular place is not particularly exciting or unique reflect on it and come up with places that are special to them."

He said the map will be completely reliant upon the people who come to the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Lismore Art Space in Norris St. For more information email bizoozine@gmail.com.



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