Welcome Acio! Our Dili Exchange Volunteer.

What is your name? acio

My name is Placido Soares. (Nickname: Acio)

How old are you?

Im 25 years old.

What do you do?

Dili Exchange Volunteer, studying Masters in Social Communication at the National University of East Timor, and working at the Action for Change Foundation. (See the facebook page here)

What do you like to do on the weekends?

On the weekend I like to go to the beach and do sport activities such as badminton and ping-pong.

What are you doing in Darwin?

Cooperate with youth of Darwin, look at activities, and also learn more about what new activities we should bring to our country to develop more and more, so that East Timor youth might improve their lives.

How are you finding Darwin so far? How is it different to Dili?

Its good, I just hear from some friend they had came before and got the Darwin information through the internet. When the first flight and Im in Darwin its a big differences between Dili and many new things that I get in two couple days.

acio2What would you love to see in Dili?

Soccer, hip-hop, animals and swimming pools.

Favourite movie ever?

Yes, Rambo.

Favourite food?

Chicken and vegetables.

Have you ever laughed so hard that you cried?


Can you wiggle your ears?


The Idea For An International Party

1. Become really good friends with 20-30 people from all over the world. By really good, I mean travel to their country to meet them, and keep up correspondence.

2. Organise for each one of them to fly/boat/walk/drive/swim to your place for one week or one night. Money for their travel doesn’t have to be your own.

3. Tell them that the reason why you are organising for them to stay for one night is because you are holding a party and would like them to come.

4. Do not tell them that the other 19-29 people that are going to be there are also your international friends.

5. They all arrive.

6. Celebrate your success with 30 people from all over the world.
Your Party Could Look Like This!

Your Party Could Look Like This!

“Man, yesterday I flew to (obscure country, far, far away) for this insane party. There were people from all the corners of the world there. It was an amazing night.”
– One of your friends.

Groovin the Moo

Close to 20,000 fans packed the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo, enduring the drizzly rain and cold weather to rock out to Groovin’ the Moo on Saturday. And while the weather was far from ideal for a Territorian, I was fortunate enough to be one of those festival goers after I made a last-minute decision to scrounge a ticket.

Groovin’ the Moo featured a couple of bands that will play at this year’s bass in the grass in under a month’s time and I can safely say that Top End music fans will not be disappointed. The crowd loved the acoustic sound of Vance Joy and his Triple J Hottest 100 winning track Riptide prompted a huge sing-along.

Emerging young electronic duo from Canberra, Peking Duk, were another one that stole the show and are certainly a welcome addition to the bassinthegrass line up. They were essentially glorified DJ for hire and the majority of their songs were covers but this is not a criticism. Their stage presence and energy levels they evoked from the crowd made their set fun and exciting. Their hit single “High” was one of the best performed songs of the night.

Although it is unfortunate he won’t be at bass in the grass, the highlight of the night was definitely the performance of international act Dizzee Rascal. He performed a combination of new and classic hits from Jus’ a Rascal to Bassline Junkie. His more familiar songs in “Dance wiv Me” and “Holiday” got the crowd going while his mash up track with Florence and the Machine “You Got the Dirtee Love” was another hit with the crowd. But he saved the best for last with an energetic performance of “Bonkers”.

Electronic veterans The Presets ended the festival on a good note playing a number of their famous tracks including “Ghosts”, “My People” and “This Boy’s in Love”. I was a little disappointed they didn’t play “If I Know You” but after a great day out there was little I could complain about.

A great opportunity for young artists!

Are you a young artist or designer? Heres a great opportunity for you to showcase your work globally and brings us all a little closer towards world peace.

Today City of Darwin is launching a postcard design competition open to artists aged 12 – 20. Theyre looking for artists to design postcards representing each of Darwins six Sister Cities: Ambon, Anchorage, Dili, Haikou, Kalymnos and Milikapiti.

Young artists will have the opportunity to showcase their design skills internationally as well as be in the running for cash prizes.

Entries close on the 20th of June, check out the City of Darwin website for more information and to submit your designs.