Tiahna Thiele – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
By day I run all types of student events for the Adelaide University Union, and in my spare time I get to work with the amazing Blenheim team to help create the glorious Blenheim Music and Festival in the Clare Valley. This festival is run by a passionate group of people who volunteer their time to bring this festival to life over the Easter long weekend. The festival is in its 8th year and I feel so lucky to be a part of the action.

Why do you do it?
I have a passion for live music and art of all kinds and get so much enjoyment combining the two together and putting them on display for other people to experience. There is something so rewarding about seeing people’s faces when they are happy in a space you have created. My involvement with BlenheimFest is about all of this and more. We are giving talented people the opportunity to shine all with the purpose or raising funds for a charity called New Hope Cambodia along with the local Clare Valley region. The festival shows punters a wild time and so much love as we all come together as one and pay it forward to help those less fortunate.

What do you love about the city you live in?
There is so much that I love about Adelaide. My favourite part is that there is so much to discover below its surface if you go searching for it.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
We attempted to drive to Darwin, but our car broke down halfway! We at least got to explore Alice Springs and all of its beauty, which was a real treat.

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
My black leather jacket is my absolute favourite. It was the first item of clothing I had set out in search for; then we met and it was true love.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
I used to love 'Bananas In Pyjamas'.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I would go back to 1969 so I could experience Woodstock Festival is the flesh.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I would slow cook you pulled-pork burgers because they seem super fancy, but are so easy.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
My first, big trip overseas taught me a lot and it was the best lesson. I learnt how to save money, how to be independent, how to problem solve in all different situations. But most importantly, it taught me that the word ‘normal’ means something different to everybody. Everyone stop what you are doing now and get on a plane.

Are you happy with your work-life balance?
I am very happy with my work-life balance. Working in events means I have very busy periods where I will work lots of overtime. My job doesn’t feel like a job at these times though and with my overtime I get to travel around the world, so it’s win-win.

What's your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is a giraffe because I too am very tall.


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