Announcement: HEX 2018

We're super excited to announce that Orenda Magazine is going to San Francisco as part of the Hacker Exchange! I'll be leaving late November (straight after my 22nd birthday!) to spend two weeks in the Silicon Valley area.

There, I'll be doing some workshops to improve Orenda, doing a Q&A with Google, making connections around San Francisco, pitching, and visiting ZenDesk, Stanford and the Golden Gate Bridge — among other things. I''ll also hopefully meet up with previous Orenda contributor Jon Talbot, who I haven't seen since 2015 and am very excited to reunite with.

I met my fellow travellers today and it seems I'm in incredible company. It's been a few stressful weeks trying to organise the logistics of a last-minute trip, but everything is finally sorted and confirmed and it's time to get excited.

So now I'm looking for recommendations — if you've been to SF, where are the best places to go, people to see? Who should I meet with? We're looking to gain contributors, stockists and advertisers, so please give your recommendations.

Of course, I'll be keeping you updated along the way and in the leadup to the trip. Follow along on the Orenda Instagram and on my personal Instagram.

— Sophia x

Colour in Our City: Orenda Chats With Tegan Iversen

Colour in Our City: Orenda Chats With Tegan Iversen

Colour in our City is a series of hand-drawn black & white artworks by Essendon-based artist and illustrator Tegan Iversen. Each interactive artwork depicts a different scene from around Moonee Valley and are created to engage with the audience — each visitor to the exhibition is asked to literally "colour in our city". Viv Hu sat down with Tegan to talk art, audience involvement and colouring outside the lines.

A Space For Solidarity: Orenda Chats With Mel O'Neill

A Space For Solidarity: Orenda Chats With Mel O'Neill

A Space for Solidarity is a night for people to come together for an all-female line-up of music, in an intimate and supportive space. It’s to remember those who are no longer with us and to celebrate the strength and resilience of women.

Laura Roscioli spoke to Mel about her views on the current gender-violence issues being covered in the media, the power of music, and about inTouch, the organisation that the funds made will go to.

R U OK?

R U OK?

Every year, R U OK Day rolls around in September. As someone who has been struggling with anxiety and depression since I was 14, I have very mixed feelings about it. I always feel like I should be more receptive to this day — that, as a society, we’re starting to talk more and more about mental health. That should be a good thing, right?

Learning to Love Your Body: Orenda Chats with Jessica Sanders

Learning to Love Your Body: Orenda Chats with Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders is the author and founder of Learning to Love Your Body, an empowering guide for girls to support the development of positive body image and resilience. Written through Jess's voice the book covers important topics such as positive body image, self-care, self-love and resilience. 

Ocean Child

Ocean Child

Just as so many other kids were, I was raised on The Beatles. ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’; this was the music of countless car trips, painstakingly curated by Dad. And for as long as I knew about The Beatles, I knew about Yoko Ono. Or to be more specific, the hippie woman that convinced John Lennon to leave the Beatles and join her in bed. I knew her as we all did, in the context of this dominant popular discourse.