— The Concept —
The purpose of Convo is to create understanding and connection through the joy of conversation.
You may have heard the term the fourth wall, a theatre concept that defines the relationship between audience and performance. The audience behind the conceptual fourth wall passively witnesses a story unfold, a position often represented in our current lives. At concerts or talks we give over our senses yet we are not truly involved. We watch the news but have little ability to get first-hand understanding. However interactive, our phones only allow us to communicate at a distance. In politics increasingly simplistic ideas are drawing people to the extreme right and left.
In such times it is even more important to have an insight into each other's ideas and philosophies and to find common ground. Looking overseas we can witness warm interactions over feasts at communal tables where connections are made and culture is celebrated, a concept largely absent from mainstream Australia.
Combining these ideas led to Convo, based on a common desire to meet other like minds, have real conversations, and expand our communities. We understand that Convo is not for everyone but we hope that you will be intrigued enough by the concept to join us to feast, laugh, and ponder topics at one of our fun and thought-provoking dinners in the near future.
— How involved do I have to be? —
Your level of involvement in discussion is purely up to you. Having a formed opinion on the topics discussed is completely optional. However everyone is encouraged to listen, ask questions and if you want offer diverse input and even respectfully disagree.
— What are the questions discussed? —
On each table will lay six cards, these featuring the questions for the evening. Topics range from ethics and politics to joyful anecdotes and culture, none of which require prior thought or knowledge. These questions are not made pubic before the event, however please see our Instagram for examples.
During the night approximately three courses will be served with two questions discussed per a course.
— How do the nights run?—
Guests are seated at tables of six to eight people within a private dining room. Places are not allocated and you may sit where you like, however we kindly ask you not move again once seated.
Although Convo events are hosted, there is no one host on the individual tables so please introduce yourself and all take turns in leading the discussion. The evening will run for approximately 2.5 hours however you are welcome to continue after as long as the venue allows.
—Who can attend a Convo event?—
Everyone. The best conversations involve people from all ages and backgrounds. Everyone who attends Convo is there for the joy of a good conversation, these tend to be pretty friendly types.
—What's the deal with alcohol at the events?—
Tickets include entry to Convo and a three course meal. Often a free drink upon arrival may be included. Any additional drinks can be purchased at the venue. Please note that we will not tolerate any harassment or anti social behaviour.
—Do you cater for dietary requirements?—
Yes we do, as much as our venues allow for. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are normally available outside of the set or selected menu for the event. When purchasing a ticket you will be prompted to add in any of these three dietary needs, however please note that anything outside of these options may not be possible.
—Can I run a Convo event?—
Glad you like the concept! But no, not yet, maybe soon. This is something we're working on and hope to offer in the future. Subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date on this.
—Does Convo offer corporate events?—
Yes. We think that knowing your colleagues better makes for a pretty fun work environment. We run bespoke team bonding lunches for groups of 12 - 20 within the Melbourne area. Get in contact to find out more.
—Who runs Convo?—
Convo was founded in 2016 by Amy Broadfoot. Inspired by living in Europe and regularly moving cities once back in Australia, she felt there was a need to build communities away from digital screens. In her day job she works as a marketing consultant and often thinks about the shift in behaviour that technology has fuelled. These thoughts coupled with her previous experience in managing the Australian events of the global short film label Future Shorts led her to create Convo. Say hello to her at the next Convo event.