SPASA POOL AND SPAS EXPO 2017 NEW website press release (review and photos) Anna Berger
SPASA Pool & Spa Expo 2017
For anyone still contemplating adding value to their home by incorporating a swimming pool or an outdoor spa, this show is not to be missed! This is simply the best spot to get expert advice or simply secure the best deals on swimming pools, spas, swim spas, pool equipment, heaters, automated cleaning systems, saunas, accessories as well as landscaping and furnishing ideas!
From massive custom-made luxuries to small and funky portables - there is something there for everyone!
What impressed me most about the show however is that even with a small backyard- where normally you wouldn’t think of being able to put in a swimming pool- there are so many clever options for converting your space into an absolute divine private sanctuary. If you are still contemplating - don’t! Just go and check out the show- it might be the best investment you make this year!
NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA: TEENS ART PARTY NEW website review by Veronika Chekmareva (17 years old)
The National Gallery of Victoria offers a wide range of activities for families and youth, and the Teen Art Party is the one you do not want to miss out on. For teenagers from 13 to 17 years old, the Teen Art Party offers a wide range of activities and entertainment, from fashion exhibitions to stand up comedy. The 2017 Art Party introduced us to David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibitions, that all held place whilst accompanied by amazing music from popular DJ's, on-stage interactions and various craft stalls, where you could even make your own masquerade mask! From 6-10pm teens from all over Melbourne enjoyed socialising and taking a part in very well thought through activities, including a fun prize draw which involved you answering questions about several artists and the exhibitions, where you could win your very own Viktor&Rold garment! With colourful food stalls and a pink-styled setting, the young visitors could take a break from exploring the exhibitions and have a seat in the NGV Gardens, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather and popular tunes from Melbourne DJ’s, making this a perfect place for the visitors to express their individuality and appreciation for the artists. The NGV never fails to succeed at making an event with a fun way to explore and learn, and for only $15 ($12 for NGV members) teens could enjoy dressing up and having a safe and educational night out.
PURPLE REFLECTION: PRINCE TRIBUTE CONCERT NEW website review by Max Davine photos: Kieran McNamara
Purple Reflection by Max Davine
Last year, the musical world was robbed of possibly the longest list of brilliant and widely loved creatives than any other before it. Roll over 1980! 2016 will forever be remembered as the year in which the greatest number of pioneers of the creative arts left us. One can only hope that there are no coming years seeking to claim that title. The world was still suffering the aftershocks of David Bowie’s loss when news broke that the great Prince had died mysteriously in his Minnesota home. A life cut tragically short did not stop this dynamic and powerful songwriter, however, from creating a musical canon as unique as it is varied, as lovingly crafted as it is diverse. Like Bowie, Prince was an artist who knew his craft so well, and carried it so close to his heart, that he could bend and shape it into new forms and give it a whole new voice for generations to come. The man and his music also gave inspiration to cabaret-style performer Tanya di Vella, and as she strutted onto the stage full of a special kind of confidence which comes only from truly loving where one is and what one is doing, dressed in beautiful purple velvet and standing in front of the Symbol, breaking immediately into “Raspberry Beret”, we knew we were in for a special treat. Tanya defied an overenthusiastic smoke machine and slight electrical troubles early on to perform for us a stripped-back, intimate and technically as fine-tuned as the purple telecaster itself. The author wondered how a collection of anthems written for the arena spectaculars Prince was best known for would translate to a single singer on a tiny stage, but in her hands, and with her sultry voice, Tanya gives us Prince in lounge lizard format. She’d to give us snapshots of Prince’s life, and what went into his music. Crooning some of Prince’s best loved tracks, and just enough of his more obscure numbers, she connected to the motif and relayed it to us all over again. It felt like our own personal memorial to him. So, if you’ve ever wanted to hear what Prince might sound like sung by a woman, if you’re a lover of his music or if you just enjoy a show crafted and performed with love, check Tanya di Vella’s next two shows at Speakeasy HQ. Loved it!
LEGENDS IN CONCERT NEW website press release by Genie Koulaeva
Legends in Concert, review
The warm, and intimate, almost cabaret atmosphere of The Palms is one of the reasons why I have seen so many shows there, and continue to go back. However, on this occasion, there was something else that drew my attention and imagination in – it was the stars of the Legends themselves.
It truly is uncanny seeing the smooth and funky moves and hearing the distinct powerful vocals of Prince onstage, not even a year after his death. I remember the bitter disappointment of missing out on tickets to his intimate performance in Melbourne last year, and the sadness after his passing, especially at the realisation that I would never see him live onstage. And yet there he was, resplendent in his signature purple coat and ruffle shirt, belting out ‘1999’, ‘I would die 4 U’ and serenading us with ‘Purple Rain’.
Add to this the talent of Olivia Newton-John, David Bowie and spunk and sass of Madonna and the show continued to impress and enthral. I have to say that I am most definitely not a singer, and loathe singing in public, but I simply couldn’t resist, and found myself singing along with the stars on stage. With the addition of a troop of sexy dancers and a talented live band, I felt like I was actually at one of the concerts of the very artists the Legends stars impersonate. It’s no small wonder that this is the longest running tribute show in Las Vegas and the highest ranked one as well.
I had read that several stars had come to watch their dopplegangers perform on stage in Vegas, and one of those was the late Michael Jackson. And so the stakes were high when Damian Brantley walked on stage to fill MJ’s iconic shoes and moves. And boy did he deliver! Though some of the moves were not true MJ as such, they were definitely the style and performed better by Damian than even Michael Jackson could have done himself. The vocals were spot on, and I caught myself midway through this performance thinking how wonderful it was to see THE Michael Jackson onstage, and how much I would like my family to share in this experience.
He was just that good.
The back up dancers complemented Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, as well as Prince’s and David Bowie’s sets extremely well. However I did find them somewhat superfluous in Adele’s set. Jennifer Clinton as Adele delivered an astounding performance, both vocally and theatrically, and captivated the audience with nothing except her magical voice and Adele’s words. I was soon lost in thoughts of past loves and heartache. Yet Jennifer’s personality, charisma and humour soon brought me back to the performance and out of the potentially gloomy depths of Adele’s breakup songs.
And once Adele had left the stage, I thought well surely that’s it, there couldn’t be anyone else, who could possibly follow? The one and only King of Rock and Roll of course, Elvis, with his gyrating pelvis and smooth talking, we were back in the Vegas of old. One last thing that I would like to praise the performers on is that they truly interacted with their audience, including a young man with a disability, who was having the time of his life dancing by the side of the stage. Multiple performers acknowledged and danced with him, without skipping a beat, and kept the rest of the audience engaged and either singing, clapping or dancing along, even at the back of the room.
Legends in Concert is a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and one that I highly recommend! The Legends in Concert have returned to Melbourne in their only Australian show, on nightly and for a matinee on Saturdays, until the 29th January, at The Palms, Crown Casino, Melbourne.
MUSEUMS VICTORIA: IMMIGRATION MUSEUM NEW website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson
Immigration Museum Melbourne
400 Flinders St Melbourne
The Melbourne Immigration Museum is a fascinating look at Australia’s past and the story’s of the people who migrated here. The museum tells of the journeys of various cultures to Australia from all over the world. Explore what it was like to leave your home country and family and journey to a new land.
The story’s cover a vast timeline from before the 1830s through to the present day. Passports from all decade’s, clothing and hundreds of pictures fill the gallery.
Take plenty of time for your visit, there is a lot to read and see with plenty of interactive displays. The Melbourne immigration museum is a fascinating place and well worth a visit.
Camilla GW Photography
MUSEUMS VICTORIA: MELBOURNE MUSEUM NEW website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson
Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St Carlton
The Melbourne Museum is a fascinating place to lose yourself in. From Dinosaurs to Australian History and the human body, the Melbourne Museum has something to interest everyone.
The Dinosaur walk, a huge favorite of my 10 year old son, features skeletons of 17 dinosaurs along with a fascinating look at the flora and landscape of prehistoric times. There are interactive displays and the opportunity to touch dinosaur teeth and bones.
The First People Exhibit takes you on a journey through the Aboriginal story of creation through to today.
The wild exhibit features over 600 birds and animals from around the world.
There is a fascinating and beautiful butterfly and bugs exhibit and the human body exhibit.
Melbourne Museum can easily fill a full day with its exhibits and children’s activities. There is a café with a wide range of food to choose from and a fantastic children’s play area.
Spend a day at the museum and lose yourself in rainforests, dinosaurs and fascinating history… And don’t forget Australia’s most famous icon – Phar Lap.
Camilla GW Photography
MUSEUMS VICTORIA: SCIENCEWORKS NEW website press release by Glen Wilson
2 Booker St Spotswood
Scienceworks is an amazing interactive museum located just over the Westgate bridge in Spotswood.
Lego Robotics workshop
Lego Robotics workshop is a fun and fascinating workshop, where participants learn to program Lego robots. The workshops are suitable for children 6 to 9 years and must have a parent assisting. The robots are programmed via ipad to perform simple commands and then more complex tasks like color recognition and obstacle avoidance.
A highlight of the sessions is a demonstration of the museums humanoid robot ``NAO``.
The museum is an interactive playground with all displays being hands on and heaps of fun as well as educational.
The museum is geared more towards primary school children with displays including sports, space and how recycling works.
This was my first visit to Scienceworks and I was very impressed. A second visit is now coming up soon to see the Lightning room – featuring a giant tesla coil, And the Planetarium – an indoor simulation of the night sky.
THE TIVOLI THEATER OF PANTOMIME WITH ALADDIN SEASON 2017 NEW website review: MAX DAVINE
“Aladdin” at the Tivoli Theatre Max Davine
Tivoli Theatre Productions has been running for over forty years, bringing fun pantomimes to children and providing for many a first theatrical experience to start them on their way. Interactive performances and fairy bread at interval add to the family feel of the performances, but whether for children or adults, one can never stress enough the importance of hard work, careful planning and strong discipline from the performers.
The audience entered the space to the tune of Disney classics, “Someday my Prince Will Come” from Snow White played as we took to our restaurant seating at St. John’s Hall in East Malvern. An odd choice, one would think, given the departure from the Disney-version of Aladdin. Indeed, character names and locations were truer to Sir Richard Burton’s translation of one of the thousand and one nights than the key renaissance piece in the Disney cannon. While Tivoli gave us a refreshing take on the story, this was not the only odd choice which sprung up during the show.
Pianist, and entire orchestra, David Robinson did a fantastic job providing musical score for the songs which sprung up along the way, however the author will leave it up to you who reads this whether the music of Randy Edelman and ABBA make fine substitutes for what most children are accustomed to in viewing Aladdin, particularly given Edelman’s “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” featured in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story.
Performances and costumes were lovely for a children’s pantomime, with our hero Aladdin and princess Jasmine both adept at singing and dancing, as well as their interactions with the children of the audience. However, again, their costumes were reminiscent of Disney’s vision. The notable departures were evil magician Abaenazzi and the Genie of the Lamp.
Creating a villain is a serious business. A villain is always more effective the less we see of them. After all, we want our hero to win the hearts of the audience, however pantomimic and playful they may be. With this in mind, it came as no surprise to me that Clinton Barker, who played the villain of the piece, was the also the director of the show. Using the piece as a platform for his magic, he dominated the audience interactions and majority of the scenes, playing far more to the children than either Aladdin or Jasmine ever had a chance to. While a competent actor, one questions the merits of this choice, and would have thought Aladdin himself would have had a greater turn at charming and interacting with the audience.
Another strange aspect was our Genie. While a female Genie, dressed in gold, was a delight to see, we were left puzzled by her indistinct accent and Barbara Eden-esque movements. With such opportunity to create an inspired new take on a beloved character, it seems odd to undermine it with a vocal pattern which wavered between backyard Aussie and Fran Drescher and a manner lifted from another place entirely.
Pantomimes are supposed to be over the top, and played with light hearts and bubbly joy, and the performers one and all did a wonderful job. However acknowledgement of the simple rules of storytelling could improve their show immensely. All in all, Tivoli offers a fantastic way to spend part of your afternoon, and a wonderful introduction for your children to the thrill of live theatre. I thank the lovely Alta Truden for inviting us, and providing extra information for my piece, and hope to see her and the crew again very soon.
CIRCUS 1903 NEW website press release by Anna Berger
There is only one word which describes the new Melbourne show - Circus 1903 - and the word is simply “WOW”. I was a little puzzled when I found out I will be going to see a circus at the most glamorous of Melbourne’s theatres, The Regent. After all, aren’t they normally played in oversized tents? It soon became clear what the producer, Tim Lawson had in mind: The setting was absolutely perfect for this incredible old-fashioned turn of the century circus - the extravagant old theatre just complemented the show’s golden age charm.
The Circus 1903 had all the thrilling acts you could think of; from knife throwers, extraordinarily strong men, contortionists, incredible acrobats, arial ballet to death defying high wire acts with absolutely no safety nets or wires… But wait, there is more! So much more! What makes Circus 1903 SO different to anything I have ever seen are the incredible LIFE-SIZE puppets - a seriously clever and super fun way of re-introducing elephants into the circus. Both kids and adults were absolutely mesmerised by the size and beauty of these creatures and the fun characters they were portraying.
The whole show; with it’s masterful combination of amazing acts, splendid music, superb life-sized puppets, humour and fun interaction with the audience created spectacular entertainment for the whole family. A must see show - an absolute 10/10 from us!!
If you are into Fashion this exhibition which is an epatagical expression of self through fashion will blow your mind away. If you are into Art you will be double impressed. If you are into both than consider the day of the visit to this exhibition is your celebration of your ultimate desire. If you are not in Art and not in Fashion than there is an opportunity for your to seek a creativity inside your soul and experience how these new forms reflect in your soul, Anyway, one or another: you will have a ball watching these museum de art beauties. Neglecting the fact that the date is January 1 the exhibition is full of visitors, mainly overseas tourists. there is a queue to get the tickets even in the morning when the town has to sleep after a big night out yesterday. As you progress from one exhibition hall to another the displays change revealing the secrets two designers were hiding from us... But let's start from the very beginning... Both fashion designers have Dutch background. They became good friends first year at the Arnhem Academy Of Arts And Designs. The fashion was not in picture at that time - it was all about art which was unconventional and brought the artists more critics than appraisal. The works suited art more than fashion at that time and were museum suitable more than anything else including the fussy fashion world. Year 1998 brought the artists success in Paris and starting from year 2000 it was a rocket-sky growth, triumph and flourishing. Haute couture because the main focus of both designers. The collection after collection were one better than the other and simply spectacular! I found their creations more avant-garde than shocking. There is no one work I would not accept. They are unpredictable, they are unique, they are standing out but never they are revolting or vulgar. Please note the display is open till end of February at NGV International St Kilda Street. The halls of displays of all kinds flow into the rooms where you can experience a top end fashion show in sound and vision with the moving doll on the podium. The exhibition continues with a couple of halls where you can sit down and enjoy watching the V&R fashion shows on multiple screens. The display ends in the small shop where you can buy the V&R signed items and souvenirs including books and prints. For the note, the exhibition is a luxury world premiere of this kind for Viktor and Rolf. The due is cellebrating a 24-th anniversary of their collaborative work.
If you are down that end do not miss another sensational exhibition at level 3 of NGV called Italian Jewels Bulgari Style. I bet your eyes will pop out seeing these absolutuly beauty in gems, gold, silver and diamonds. Unmissable art creatins suitable for the queens and kings.
SANTA'S SANDLAND IN FRANKSTON press release by Glen Wilson website
Santa`s Sand Lands Sand Sculpting Australia Frankston Foreshore.
Santa`s Sand Lands is a spectacular exhibit held at the Frankston Foreshore.
This was my first visit to sand sculptures, and not quite what I expected !!! Having visions of sandcastles like we made as kids… I was totally amazed at the size and detail of these amazing life size sculptures.
The Sculptures are made entirely of sand, taking 20 Sculptors over 5000 hours to create.
The display includes Alice in Wonderland, Pirates, Dragons & Dinosaurs, Santa’s Workshop and, the feature piece an amazing 8.5 meter castle which has to be seen to believe.
As you wander around the display, have a look at the intricate detail that has gone in to every piece.
There is an activity center for the kids where they can create their own colored sands bottle & make sand art paintings. There is face painting, Children’s entertainment and of course a visit from Santa.
Santa`s Sand Land is defiantly worth a visit to see these amazing works of art.
Glen GW Photography
AUSTRALIAN DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 website press release by Glen Wilson
71st Australian DanceSport Championship Hisense Arena Melbourne
The Australian Dancing Society`s 71st annual Dancesport Championship Held at Hisense Arena is a 3 day competition, featuring a range of dance styles ranging from Waltz, foxtrot and Latin. Competitors dance off in front of a selection of judges to advance through heats – ultimately to the finals.
Dancesport is fast paced and great to watch. I attended Sundays session which featured junior dancers and was incredibly impressed with the standard of dance from some very young dancers. If you have never attended a dancesport competition and love dance, go along I’m sure you will be impressed. A huge thank you to Julie at Cavanagh PR for the opportunity to come along.
ST PETERSBURG BALLET: SWAN LAKE website press release by Glen Wilson
A Day With The St Petersburg Ballet
For a photographer with a passion for dance, a media call to The St Petersburg ballet is an event not to be misses.
We began with a shoot with 4 girls Valerlya Andropova, Arlsa Hashimoto, Olga Naumova & Anastasia Chava. The girls were happy to pose for the camera with some traditional ballet images then off for some fun shots.
Our shoot was brief as the dancers run on a tight schedule – their day includes Dance classes followed by Rehearsals and an evening performance. I was privileged to be able to sit in on rehearsals to really gain an understanding of the hard work and dedication these performers put into being one of the world’s premier ballet companies. A huge thank you to the following people for making this possible.
Michael Wilkie at Make a Difference PR Theresa Mavros at theatretours.com.au Natasha Marchev at Bohemian Rhapsody Club & Online Magazine.
Tchaikovsky`s Swan Lake The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Center. The St Petersburg Ballet deliver a commanding performance of this classic ballet.
Prima Ballerina Irina Kolesnikova in the lead role of Odette & Odile is stunning in her technique and character portrayal. Dimitri Akulinin portrayal of Prince Siefried is also a brilliant performance.
Both Irina & Dimitri work extremely well together complementing each other thought the entire performance. Yurii Baryshnikov - gives a great performance of Rothbart – the evil sorcerer Perhaps the most demanding and technical role “The Jester” is performed by Seiyu Ogasawara and gave a dazzling performance. Danse des petits cygnes – the famous cygnet dance from act 2 gets a special mention with flawless technique.
The Pas de trios are Saadi Imankulov, Arisa Hashimoto & Valeriya Andropova The Sets are absolutely stunning, lighting is perfect and beautiful costumes compliment the dancers performance. Overall an outstanding production, and a must see. A little hint for newcomers to Ballet -read story line first to make it a truly enjoyable experience, and what better introduction to the ballet than Swan Lake….
Thank you for the great opportunity to attend the special launch event promoting the encore season in Melbourne of Ladies in Black. We were treated to a wonderful atmosphere, songs and delicious traditional high tea. Tim Finn was there from Crowded House and Split Ends fame. He spoke about the musical that he wrote the music and lyrics for. Tim was first inspired to write the music for the production while on a flight from Brisbane. Looking for a book to read he had purchased Madeleine St John's novel, Women in Black. Inspiration began on the flight where he initially put pen to paper to write the music for the stage musical. Simon Phillips ( director ) received a call from Finn to put out the idea for the work. Carolyn Burns was enlisted as the playwright. She adapted the original novel by St John, to write the stage musical theatre production of Ladies in Black. The show Ladies in Black incorporates 20 songs written by Tim Finn, and a wealth of custom designed dresses and suits. Sarah Morrison plays the leading lady Lisa. Lisa is a young studious girl who has just left school and takes a job temporarily, in sales in a department store called F.G. Goodes in the heart of Sydney 1959. Her father wants Lisa to become a secretary, Lisa however has other ideas. Her hearts desire is to go to university. Over the summer Lisa becomes friends with an assortment of women who work in the store with her. During the Christmas season and the busy times in the sales she gets to know Fay ( Ellen Simpson ) and Patty ( Madeleine Jones ) .Magda ( Natalie Gamsu ) takes Lisa under her wing. Captivating Magda is a European refugee, together with other women they band together and transform, learning various life lessons in each others company. The regent theatre first opened it's doors in 1929.Being gutted by fire in 1945 it was reconstructed in 1947. The exterior of the building is renaissance revival in its architecture style and the interior was fully renovated in the 1990s and is Rococo in style. Showcasing mainly musical theatre it is a magnificent, and beautiful building. Ladies in Black will run at the theatre from the 25th of Feb. to March 18. 2017. This encore season will be delightful with lovely songs, colourful costumes, humour, and the wonderful and very talented cast and crew. It makes for a must see musical theatre show. Along with the delicious morning tea the guests were privy to a song by Tim Finn channelling his inner Magda, which was quite comical, and a charming performance by Sarah Morrison as Lisa. At the end of their performances, a couple of us had an informative interview with Sarah who told us that she loves the Australian brand of humour and the colloquial nature of the musical. She appreciates it when the audience. To see them really smile and enjoy themselves, is something she relishes . The Australian story and the familiarity of the production really appeals to her and is a joy to play. Sarah reported that she has discovered so many ladies of the era who can relate to Lisa's story of a young girl not being supported to continue her education. The fact that girls can be hero's too, as portrayed in the musical, really pleased Sarah . The morning was I feel a great success as well as being enlightening and intriguing to hear about this clever and wonderful production.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHSTRA website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘SCANDINAVIAN MASTERPIECES’
Given at: XAVIER COLLEGE, Barkers Road, Kew on 3/12/2016. Conductor: Mark Shiell, Associate Conductor: Jenny Going, Soloists: Stefan Cassomenos (Piano), Kat Tsyrlin (Violin and Viola). Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre.
Following a brief and informative pre-concert introduction by Mark Shiell, the enthusiastic audience welcomed Jenny Going to conduct the short but delightful Peer Gynt Suite No.1 by the Norwegian Edvard Grieg. The Orchestra set the ‘Morning Mood’ beautifully with rounded balance and sweet flute solos. This was followed by the sombre and sensitive ‘The Death of Ase’ that was plaintive, ending perfectly prior to ‘Anita’s Dance’ that featured bouncing rhythms, smooth and harmonious interplay of strings and wonderful pizzicato passages. ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ was the last movement. The gentle oboe start gave way to an exciting crescendo, led by the strings in great style. Taking the helm to introduce May Lyon - the composer of Nornir Cocerto for Viola and Violin, Mark Shiell introduced Kat Tsyrlin to perform the Nordic mythological inspired piece. Kat began the first movement on the viola, exploring ‘the past’ with cryptic discords and harmonics giving a feeling of uncertainty and fear through some squeaky passages. In the next movement Kat changed to the violin, giving ‘the future’ a mystic feel through high harmonics fusing disharmony and tension with the driving exploration of the brass. The third movement fused the life force of the present with Kat displaying great dexterity and skill. Grieg’s much loved Piano Concerto in A minor followed. Stefan took instant command of the first movement with expressive musicality, immersing himself in the music shown further through his body language. The audience lapped up the well articulated and sensitive cadenza that was completed by a powerful ending, helped by the vigilant orchestra. With a gentle introduction by the Orchestra, the energy of Stefan gave the slow pace a lively feel with a beautiful finish. The bubbly third movement followed with great drive broken by a gentle bridge section embellished by the flutes. With the excitement continuing, the piece finished with playful flurry and an impressive finale. (No wonder Franz Liszt liked this Concerto! Maybe he was listening in as well.) The audience roared with appreciation and passion! The mighty Symphony No.2 by Sibelius followed after the interval. Embracing the first movement, the Orchestra displayed some nice work from the strings, including some colourful pizzicato passages, ending gently and peacefully. The plaintive and dark second movement followed, highlighting the crisp pizzicato passages from the double bass and cellos, ending with a powerful surge. With a rocketing start from the strings the third movement flowed with excitement making way for the connected final movement, capturing more melodious and gripping passages. The final climax gave the Orchestra a chance to shine and deliver a fitting end to the evening. Full marks to Mark Shiell, Jenny Going, the soloists and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2017. A most enjoyable and enriching concert – congratulations to everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 7 December 2016
VIVA, SUMMER CONCERT FEATURING RADA TOCHALNA website review by Mahsan Ahmadi
That was my greatest pleasure to be invited to a Russian opera concert. The concert was devoted to the start of Australian warmest part of the year: SUMMER and took place on the 3rd December at 7:30pm at the Richmond Uniting Church. Many music lovers in Melbourne and interstate perhaps know that Rada Tochalna, the leading soprano opera singer is the finalist of "The Talent" on 3MBS singer. In the concert hall as most likely the majority of the people present I couldn't understand even a word in Russian but I guess the music and the singing are beyong the language barriers and I simply enjoyed the sensational sound surronded me for this hour. The chamber ensemble performed is called TRIO CON BRIO. It consists of Melbourne most admirable talents: Tamara Vasilevitsky (piano), Sasha Shamrak (violin) and Yury Frolov (cello). They bewitched the audience with their magical, brilliant and vibrant performance of international level! The opera singer or as I called her "The lady in pink" was such a beautiful and stunning talent with brilliant taste in choosing the right music piece - all I could hear wa total harmony of her performance that resonated in my soul like a perfect sound of the Universe itself. We had a pleasure to hear "Nocturne" by Babadzhanyan, "Gypsy song" by Petrov, "Love is like a dream" by Krutoy, "Libertango" by Piazzola and other popular favourites. The stage was decorated with the pink flowers that were matching Rada's fabusous dress which created an atmosphere of warm summer that finally entered the city of Melbourne with the very nice harmony. The sound of Rada's voice was admirable as the applause went on and on. The refreshments and gelato were included in the tickets price for all the guests and were served outside the church in a summer lush blooming garden, The icecream was very yummy flavoured. We also admired the solo exhibition by the Ukrainian artist, Just for information: Olga Pasechnikova. Olga is finalist in numerous nationally recognised Art Prizes including The Mortimore Prize Touring Exhibition of 2014 & Xstrata Percival Award in 2012 & The Alice Bale Art Awards of 2015/2010/2008. Her art is absolutely stuninng and inspiring. This was a remarkable musical concert featuring Russian, Italian, Spanish and Gypsy music and songs. it also cevered a range of different musical styles and was nice blend that went on very well together. There were very memorable and enjoyable moments I experienced that will stay with me as the Melbourne summer will continue to its blossoming hights. I am very grateful t the organisers of the concert and for the opportunity to cover this event. I add to this that the tickets were all sold out to this concert. My photos are attached. Thank you!
Summer certainly kicked in as the 2016 TPFF series SWIM + RESORT SERIES Fashion Runway started with some amazing food and wine being served at Bathers Beach House against the backdrop of Iconic Fremantle Beach , Perth A listers from all over Australia enjoyed an array of drinks and wine served. VIP guests present were some of the most prominent figures in the fashion industry, Including delegates from famous Perth based brand Morrison and Empire rose.
Australia's one and only indigenous super model Samantha Harris was also present at the event connecting with other fashionista.
Swim and resort runway featured some amazing swim and resort fashion. Seems vibrant colours such as orange , yellow and blue taking the trend. Models from Chadwick Agency presented some amazing creative styling. However talk of the show were these little kid models who looked super cute and owned the runway with style.
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SANTA'S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR website press release by Glen Wilson and Camilla Wilson
Diving into the world of imagination and make believe, was the incredible presentation of Santa’s Christmas Spectacular. Held at the ......... under the southern star, we were privileged to be invited to enjoy the show and experience the magic that makes Christmas, come alive.
The show consisted of a head elf, two mischievous elves, Rudolph, snow princess, and Rag doll. Not to mention a special visit from the Man Himself!
Santa’s Christmas Spectacular is a huge hit, keeping audiences enthralled both children and adults alike. This delightful pantomime will appeal to all ages. The characters are lively, engaging and keep you wanting more. My children and I were sad when it was time to say goodbye.
There was an opportunity to meet Santa, receive a gift and have a photo taken with him. All in all it was most definitely a magical afternoon and one that I would highly recommend to all. But don’t just take my word for it, so see for yourselves.
THE MELBOURNE FAIR website photos: Ina Parakhina review: Irina Ivanova
This Thursday we were visiting the Opening Night of the exhibition of all things antique and vintage. The Inaugural Melbourne Fair is being held from 24th to 27th of November at the Concourse level of the Caulfield Racecourse, and it is an amazing, not-to-be-missed event for all the fine art lovers. There are over 40 dealers from Australia and overseas offering furniture, jewelry, art, prints, books, ceramics, sculpture, lighting, clocks, silver, glass, and vintage couture from all eras – antique to 20th century. The presented showpieces are for sale, so visitors have a great opportunity to purchase something new for their collections.
The selection of luxury goods was simply stunning. In the close-knit community of antique and vintage experts, the excitement filled the air. There were thousands of treasures to be found. Moorabool Antique Galleries presented a sumptuous collection of porcelain tableware. Antiquarian boasted a marvelous variety of skillfully carved ivory figurines. Shawbrook Antiques showed off their mesmerizing crystal jugs and glassware. Circa Collectables presented some quaint Italian made statues of bulls and cats from 1950s. Fossil Vintage amazed the crowd with ridiculously enormous glass vases and pleased the eye with their beautiful rustic homewares. Artedeco beautifully represented Gatsby’s era in the posters, couture and interior pieces.
Being a fashion-lover I especially liked the vintage couture stands, such as Audrey Scarlett Vintage and Coutura Vintage, offering a large variety of dresses, furs and accessories from the Victorian era to the 1980's. Those vivid colours, appetizing prints and glittering beads and sequins were a wonderful treat for all the fashionistas. The ladies’ urge for diamonds and other precious stones were fully satisfied by the sparkly collections of vintage jewelry dealers, such as Albion Antiques and Christine’s Collection.
As a part of the fair there was a special exhibition illustrating the story of “The Little Black Dress”. It was tracing its origins from Coco Chanel in the 1920s, through the decades and different takes by famous designers, such as Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Gaultier, to the modern days.
For me the most extravagant part of the fair was the collection of taxidermy masters by the Woodshed Antiques. The stuffed animals looked as if they were alive, in their natural poses (well, maybe not true for the two dancing hears). Our attention was also captivated by the moving figure of a “Male Calling Card Automata” – a classic 1890’s advertising machine, presented by Grange Antiques from Latrobe, Tasmania. We just thought it could become a great prop for a horror movie, cause they quite often have some spooky looking dolls to thrill the viewers.
There was something for everyone at the Melbourne Fair. Visitors of different tastes and budgets were adventurously browsing the marvelous exhibits, absorbedly discussing them with enthusiastic sellers, making deals, drinking champagne, listening to the enchanting music performers and generally having good time.
review by Jessica-Lee Murphy
The Melbourne Fair Review by Jessica-Lee Murphy.
What a great range of history in one space. Antique, Art Deco, Vintage; an afternoon delight stepping back in time. The Melbourne Fair proved to be a great success this year with more than 40 Australian and international exhibitors who displayed their amazing range of furniture, lighting, art and decorative objects.
There was also some gorgeous and unique jewelry, and vintage fashion on display which brought back memories of the stars of yesteryear. In fact I found a beautiful and rare diamond ring that stood the test of time which I wanted to buy for myself. But when I went to fetch my partner to see what he thought of it, it was sadly already sold upon our return two minutes later. I’m sure it went to a good home…
This fair is gorgeous and unique. It’s not the sort of stuff you will see shopping at Myer or David Jones, and I am looking forward to an even bigger Melbourne Fair next year !
SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM website press release by Glen Wilson
Joy, Delight, wonder, amazement were the words that were bursting forth into the forefront of my mind as I entered the gates of Santa’s Magical Kingdom.
Children roaming around , squealing with delight and awe. Wow! I thought, This place is what children’s dreams are made of , this is going to be an incredible experience.
My children and I were lucky enough to be invited to visit this wonderland, where “real” snow falls, Mrs clause greats you, inviting you to post a letter to her husband, the Man himself.
Giant roaming gingerbread men shake your hand, toy soldiers are ready with a smile. Frosty the snow man poses for a happy snap under the snow storm, and the snow queen, is ready with a wave.
This is a night that will not be forgotten, with an outstanding circus, including, cute clever dogs, dare devil acrobatics, and tricycle tricks that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. There is more than enough to keep you mesmerised and entertained all night long. There are carnival games, rides and food galore.
This is certainly one Christmas event not to be missed. Mark it in your diary now.
TASTE OF MELBOURNE website press release by Glen Wilson at GW Photography and Bryanna Reynolds at Reynolds Sister Productions
The Taste of Melbourne Festival was an excellent opportunity to spend time with your family and loved ones in the great outdoors.
Being a Melbournian foodie I have always wanted to attend the festival but never had the chance to attend. I am pleased to announce that It did not disappoint in the slightest.
There were food and drink options for everyone even if you are like me and in need of gluten free treats and goodies.
This year the Festival was held near the Albert Park Lake in St Kilda. The location was beautiful and there was a cool breeze sweeping across the lake providing gorgeous scenery to sit by and relax during the day.
Every which way you turned there were opportunities to get involved with lots of yummy treat tastings including a sneaky beverage tasting. One could get by on just the tastings available alone.
I would definitely recommend going on an empty stomach and taking advantage of all the opportunities to try new foodie trends on the day.
The Festival as a whole is suitable for all and is the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and family and sit back and relax whilst indulging.
Make sure you do not miss the Festival next year as it is certain to delight you and all your foodie obsessions. review by Bryanna Reybolds
Taste of Melbourne 2016
Taste of Melbourne is a Foodies haven! With food representatives from all over Melbourne, this is a festival not to be missed, and is guaranteed not to disappoint.
There is ample parking, just a short stroll to the festival, or a short tram ride if you are heading into the city. You purchase your food via “tokens”, each item of food cost a different number of tokens.
These can be purchased from the event and “topped” up during the night as the need arises. Taste of Melbourne features a large variety of food to sample, some sweet, savoury and some spicy.
There are selections of cheeses, teas, coffees and alcohol and even cherries and chocolates. There is definitely something for everyone. A suggestion, however, is that I would like to see vegetarian food more widely catered for, the selection to choose from was very limited indeed, and not being a meat eater, my husband was left with little options.
Alcohol also seemed to feature far more significantly this year which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view J .
All in all I really love taste of Melbourne and am looking forward to 2017 already. review by Camilla Wilson
NICA NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CIRCUS ARTS: THE LANDSCAPES PROJECT website press release and video by Bryanna Reynolds
MELBOURNE MUSICIANS: AH, VIENNA website review by Yulya Kolosova
I had a pleasure to listen to "Ah, Vienna" concert on November 14 2016. I am still under a remarkable impression after this concert where the selected music from European composers was played by the musicians of world class. The orchestra conductor, Frank Pam was leading the program informing the listeners about the history of each music piece to be performed, the story of its creation and about their role in the times and for the generations passed. The audience was listening to Frank's fine references to the past with genuine interest. The concert hall was full and this musical journey finale had a standing ovation. Only at the very end of the concert when Frank received so many flowers and gifts I found out that the maestro had a birthday and anniversary on the same day of the concert. I had a rare chance to greet Frank too and congratulate him personally. I also had a great joy to be photographed next to him which makes my heart sing. I met friends among the players of the orchestra, the people fro my country-land. I was very proud and felt even more connected to be honest to see them play in Frank's team of musicians. Thank you again, Frank and your musicians, for your music!
PAX PENNY ARCADE EXPO GAMES AUSTRALIA website review by Glen Madden
Each year at PAX Australia the scope of the event, or at least what I get out of it, seems to grow markedly. Previous years I've been fascinated by the technology on show, or cheered along with the crowds for the Omegathon, or been humbled by the incredible creativity and skill of the cosplayers. And all those elements were there in abundance this year as well, but this time around I was particularly struck by the level of quality on display in the Indie Games section, and the enthusiasm of the game creators who were present.
PAX is a thoroughly engrossing experience, albeit an unpredictable one — there's far too much on offer to try to see everything. So this year I decided to spend the bulk of my time chatting with the individuals and small teams presenting their original and ingenious creations. Like the 4-player Birdsketball selling copies on spray-painted 5¼-inch floppy disks, or Return of the Obra Dinn, a 3D mystery game with old-school 1-bit rendering, reminiscent of classic Mac games like Shufflepuck Cafe. Local Melbourne teams were well represented, too: Loveshack presented the sequel to their incredibly inventive Framed, and Samurai Punk's satirical VR experience The American Dream (where you solve everyday problems by firing guns at things) was a huge hit.
And so this year I saw a different side of PAX. There's so many people engrossed in one section of it, be it the board games or the e-sports or the vintage consoles, but I'd never really stayed in one spot in previous years. But this year I gave that a try, and I deeply enjoyed the experience. Already looking forward to next year.