Dare Jennings is one of Australia’s global success stories. He is the founder of Mambo clothing, Phantom records and Deus Ex Machina, yet according...

Game Changer: Dare Jennings

Location:

2 Angel Pl
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
City Recital Hall

Speakers

James Valentine

James Valentine

Radio host

James Valentine presents Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney every weekday. He is also currently touring a live theatrical version of the show called Afternoons Tonight.

James has worked for thirty years in all aspects of Australian media. For ABC TV he has presented and produced the arts show The Mix, a reality show for amateur musicians called Exhumed and in the 1980s he was the kid’s TV presenter on the Afternoon Show.

He’s written for every major publication and is the author of a successful series of books for young readers The JumpMan Trilogy.

He began his career as a musician and in the heyday of Australian pub rock was an in demand session and touring musician. He recorded and appeared most notably with Models, Absent Friends and Wendy Matthews, but was also featured in bands with Jo Camilleri, Kate Ceberano and Steve Cummings.

In other areas of media he’s been a regular commentator on Sunrise, a reporter for Midday and Good Morning Australia and for many years reviewed film for Showtime.

He’s married with two children and lives in Sydney.

Dare Jennings

Dare Jennings

Founder of Mambo and Deus Ex Machina

Even if you've never heard of Dare Jennings, it's unthinkable that any Australian could fail to recognise the cultural legacy of Mambo, the iconic street-and-surfwear company he co-founded in 1984.

With Deus Ex Machina, another international success drawn from cultural intuition, he has proven himself again to be a savvy entrepreneur with a knack for creating memorable and engaging brands.

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  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
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Event Details

Dare Jennings is one of Australia’s global success stories. He is the founder of Mambo clothing, Phantom records and Deus Ex Machina, yet according to Dare, he has no business knowledge to share. So how do you create cult brands that cut across age and lifestyles? You toss out the rule-book and follow your instincts.

What started with stripping back and customising motorcycles in a gritty inner-west Sydney workshop — along with screen printing a few t-shirts — has morphed into the multi-faceted beast that is Deus Ex Machina turning over $60 million in apparel, accessories and dead-cool bikes as well as running publishing projects, recording deals, cafes, festivals and retreats from Sydney to Milan to LA to Bali. The cornerstone? Everything is built on coveted experiences.

Dare will be joined by his good friend James Valentine — host of Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney. Expect a broad ranging conversation touching on politics, music, surfing and — those bikes — with a few tips and tricks for success thrown in for good measure.

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Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.