Sydney Festival finished on Sunday and we are busy busy photographing the 600 or so postcards we made.
It was a steaming week! And we offered a little place to rest and draw amidst the Speigeltents & Volcano demonstrations.
We are gradually uploading the new postcards here.
And we hope to have this finished by mid-next week before the lovely Jen (our producer) takes them to the local postoffice and they are sent out into the world.
Please be patient.
We’re finding it hard too.
Photos by Trainos Pakioufakis
We’re a prep-prepping for another swarm of postcards to be sent across the globe.
We’re looking at hope streets in Hungary to Israel, Smithfield to Yass, Rhode Island to Toronto.
If you’re in Sydney in January make sure you pop down and see us at the Sydney Festival Village in Hyde Park. Details are here.
To all those Hope Street residents – we hope not to send you another postcard, but perhaps your neighbour.
And yes, there are still plenty of Hope Streets in this world we can send to!
Stay tuned for new connections. More hope.
ps Perth writers & parents, we’re back in February with The Future Postal Service for Perth Festival, if you fancy visiting us again for a different project.
And there have been even more responses gathering away.
Tos and fros.
And new ones too.
Even only a few weeks ago someone received their postcard.
I like imagining where it’s been the last six months…
From Liz and Rob who received #576 who talk of cats and nests.
The need for bars on their windows is explained in #167.
#122 had a lovely invite from France.
Felippe answers delightfully with a variety of fruit to a question in #473
#726 continues on! As does #497
#456 got a response in Spanish.
Jessie responded on behalf of her mother to #554
Katherine and Dave of #19 speak of the zoo at their granddaughter’s house
#320 has introduced me to what lookalike books are.
An amazing & interesting response at #321 (I’ll come visit if I’m ever there!)
#350 only recently arrived in Cape Town (!)
& #674 in New York.
We also are excited that a class in New Zealand took the project on board and did their own Dear Hope Street.
You can see them (pictured) and their postcards here.
Wishing everyone involved in this project a very Merry Christmas.
Particularly those far away from Australia.
I hope this project has brought hope.
It’s made me very hopeful about the state of community, and generosity and connection.
And strangers in general!
Here are the latest….
Am very please Averley saw her response at #357
We got our first response (i think?) from Italy at #630
A pub in Glasgow has clarified the residential situation at #50
Max managed to send a postcard to the catering manager at a school #277
Lilli is excited for Clara at #365
Emma has helped us out at #21 and there is a little fan club happening there too.
We are very touched by the story evolving between the Kershaws and the Harveys at #377
And #16 too.
4 Hope St, Ringsend received three* postcards, which are the first bits of mail they’ve received at #295 and #115 and #97
I loved Jorge’s last sentance in his response to #102
Christmas wishes from Germany at #2
And a lovely response from Canada at #155.
*oops system fail there. Apologies!
I hope the 2014 brings more hope into your lives…
Here are the latest:
#305 & #497 were sent to the same address in Canada.
As were #618 & #365 in England
And the same for the Dunedin Church at #351 & #211.
#513 from Portugal is full of enthusiasm.
We really hope Averley has seen her response to #375.
And short and sweet answers from #647 & #201.
Thanksgiving wishes from #632 & #651.
Dakota & Jacqueline have started emailing back and forth at #726.
As have Evelyn and Samantha on #16.
And Julia and Stephanie on #33.
And Cate & Kelly on #260.
It really is so lovely to wake up every morning and scroll through all the comments we’ve received over night.
There are so many I want to make sure you read!
Like this one, from a postman in Barcelona. (#21)
Or. This one that has somewhat freaked out a good humoured Belgian. (#672)
Or learning that a tornado went around Hope St in Washington in this one. (#479)
But an earthquake hit Hope St in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. (#727)
This eccentric one from a New Yorker. (#572)
From 7yr old Samantha in in the USA. (#16)
Knowing a little history of this house in Bremen & then the whole street. (#192 & #194)
The endearing spelling in this one from Sweden. (#492)
The framers in South Africa. (#354)
Discovering Habbetsalles from residents in Denmark. (#255)
How living on a Hope St means a lot to some. (#174)
And an offer of burgers and chips. (#678)
All of these ones too:
South Africa: #400
France: #677 #675
(site visits statistics over the last 7 days)
A massive wave in the last 48 hours has hit the website.
Look at all these responses?!
#260, #101, #697, #248, #592, #296, #665, #256, #285, #702
#379 #150, #669, #384, #33, #678
#279, #265; #25, #434, #717, #189, #534
I also want to say a very special thank you to Gregory Harvey.
His very special responses are here: #337, #245
He also sent us this picture of Hope St in Canberra.
It is a very special Hope Street.