Virtual 2020 Seminar
The Australian Tea Cultural Seminar is going digital.
For 2020, the Australian Tea Cultural Seminar is going digital.
Considering the restrictions on movement and gatherings due to COVID-19, the AUSTCS TEAm decided to postpone the physical seminar in Brisbane to 2021 and run a virtual seminar on
Sunday 30 August 2020, from 10am to 4.30pm.
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Why go virtual
The fourth annual Australian Tea Cultural Seminar, which was to be hosted by Brisbane in 2020, has been postponed until 2021.
The board of the Australian Tea Cultural Society (AUSTCS) has decided to create a virtual event in its place on Sunday 30 August 2020.
“Given the disruption that many Australians have faced over the last few months – first the cruel summer bushfires followed by flooding, hail storms, and now the devastating effects of this global pandemic – we decided to postpone the Brisbane 2020 seminar,” announced AUSTCS founding director David Lyons.
Instead, the TEAm will take the event online to ensure we can meet, “no matter what the isolating circumstances or rules are at the time”.
Consequently, the 2021 seminar, which delegates voted to be held in Sydney, will now be moved to 2022.
AUSTCS is currently working to confirm guest speakers and find a secure online platform for its virtual event, which will be held on one of the original dates: Sunday 30 August 2020.
Members will also be able to attend the Annual General Meeting virtually following the event.
We send our very best wishes to all the tea community during this difficult period and hope that you will be able to join us in August.
AUSTCS founding director David Lyons has a short video announcement to explain the changes to the 2020 Brisbane seminar.
Seminar Time Table
Sunday 30 August 2020
from 10 am
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
End of Morning Session
End of Afternoon Session
Australian Tea Cultural Society AGM
Australian Tea Cultural Seminar 2020 Close
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International guest speaker
Tokyo-born Mari Shimizu grew up on the umami sweetness of traditional Japanese green teas, but it took a taste of a Chinese tea to introduce her to tea as a profession. Travelling with her father, she “met a cup of Chinese tea in Hong Kong to which my father was assigned”. The magical brew? Iron Kannon, a full-flavoured, older style Taiwanese oolong, reminiscent of a Fujian Iron Goddess (tieguanyin).
Captivated by the scent and aroma of this amber brew, so different from Japanese green tea, Mari decided to learn more and pursued a career in tea. More than 25 years later she shares with the Japanese community the pleasures of Chinese tea and its significance to and influence on Japanese tea culture.
Mari is a certified tea instructor and adviser, writer and specialist tea guide and holds the position of Vice-Executive Chairman for the Japanese branch of the Chinese International Tea Cultural Institute (CITCI). Through her writing, classes and presentations she promotes the teas that have become so significant in her tea journey. She is also the founder of Ecochakai, an eco-friendly Chinese tea festival which is the largest of its kind in Japan.
At AUSTCS 2019, Mari will present knowledge from both cultural aspects of Japanese and Chinese teas, from historical influences of China on Japanese tea culture to how modern Japan is engaging with traditional Chinese teas.
Ceramicist Minna Graham has been shaping a career in clay from a young age. With two art teachers for parents, she remembers playing in TAFE ceramics workshops while her dad taught after-hours classes. About a decade ago she became a professional ceramicist, and a couple of years after that she began to pay more attention to making teaware. “My knowledge of tea is growing all the time. I love making teaware as it allows me to be so creative and experimental,” she says.
This year she entered the AUSTCS Ceramic Cup Competition with four designs inspired by nature, in particular “the seasons and echoes of the way the land and flora changes as the year shifts”.
While her unique winning cups – exclusive to AUSTCS attendees in Hobart – are designed for all types of tea, she personally remains partial to a wholesome breakfast brew. “I’m a big fan of milky sweet English breakfast and I’m not ashamed to say it. I also love chai, if it’s a real one.”
Minna works from her studio in Daylesford, Victoria.
Find out more about her work: www.minnagrahamceramics.com
Chloe Holliday is a creative individual with a background in graphic design and photography. After completing her graphic design degree, Chloe went back to her roots to follow her lifelong passion for photography.
From humble beginnings shooting nature and landscapes, Chloe has progressed to portraiture and event photography. Her creative background provides her with a unique outlook that allows her to capture beautiful, timeless and intriguing photographs.
Chloe is the official event photographer for AUSTCS 2018.
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