SATELLITE LOUNGE: AMY WINEHOUSE NEW website review by Susie Cashmere
“The Amy Winehouse Show” Featuring Atlanta Coogan (ex Black Sorrows) and The Back to Black Band
I went along to this tribute show last Friday night at The Satellite Lounge, in The Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave.
I took along my 18 year old daughter as we are mad keen Amy Winehouse fans, and, I must say, we were not disappointed!! This band pays enormous respect to the music of Amy Winehouse and although there will only ever be one “Amy”, the sound and the general feel of this excellent band was pretty darn close.
The venue was classy and the meals we ordered were lovely and fresh. A little chilly, but the whole scene was excellent to put us in the mood for some great music.
The stage is dark and we see the silhouettes of a four piece band with the back of the lead singer. Looking strikingly like Amy Winehouse, black beehive and all. The title song “Back to Black “ starts to play and Atlanta turns to face the crowd as she begins to sing. Incredibly, she not only resembles the late great singer, but her voice is so similar, you could close your eyes and think it was actually Amy Winehouse herself. She even had the “standard” glass of alcohol at her feet, which she sipped on throughout the show. Just as Amy would do in her day. Atlanta went on to sing the classics and although her voice was a little harsh at times, she was very, very good. Her impersonation of Amy was fabulous, although some of the hand gestures Amy was well known for, looked a little staged, lacking the emotion of Winehouse herself. What was fantastic, was the narrative Atlanta provided to give us all some background to the songs she performed. This in itself, added extra depth to the show.
The band was sensational!!! Tight, polished and a delight to the ears. A couple of covers were performed, including Carol King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”, “Our Day Will Come” “Cupid” and “To Know You is to Love You”.
On the whole, the show was wonderful and Atlanta Coogan was pitch perfect. Close to Amy Winehouse, but there will only ever be one Amy Winehouse. I don’t think anyone could capture the real emotion and torment she herself portrayed through her music. Overall a fabulous night of entertainment and I would highly recommend anyone who enjoys Winehouse’s music to see this excellent tribute to her.
MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA NSW PRELIMINARY HEAT 2018 NEW website photos: Hakeem Soufan review: Ivan Lubkov
Miss World Australia NSW Preliminary Final 2018 The world renown charity "beauty with a purpose" pageant returns to Australia on its 67th year anniversary. It has gathered people with dedication to equality, support and helping spirit for more then 35 years and track record of raising more then $1 billion for the purpose of sharing kindness and love across the world. The beauty pageant is run on regional, national and world basis with winners of each phase able to travel around the world having the opportunity to show their personal vision and aspirations. Newcomers and past participants have to go through multiple selection events where they can present their ideas and philanthropic spirit for all people that appreciate beauty. The NSW preliminary finals were held in a venue provided by Mackarthur Shopping Centre and allowed 30 contenders to present their ideas in front of a board of jury with a chance for 5 contenders to go to the finals. The participants had to have an introductory presentation, a 2-5 minutes of elaboration across solutions and thoughts in regards to a social issue and a finishing evening dress runway. People across all backgrounds, nationality, age and education had equal opportunity to present their ideas to the jury. All the contenders were well prepared with well though off presentations regarding a wide range of fields. Some participants were showing successful track records of fund gathering work for animal rescue, primary school guidance, organ transplantation charity groups and life counselling groups. The quality of the presentations was so high that the jury board had to triple the number of people allowed to go to the state finals from 5 to 15. Even with the number of winners increased to 15 people there were clear cases when some of the contenders deserved the chance to go to the state finals and potentially the Australia-wide phases. The charity event was held in a 2 hour session and had a sense that a lot of the participants had a lot more ideas that they were not able to include in the short time they were given. The jury deserves compliments for extending the list of winners but at the same time the fact that the stories of some participants were cut short by the time constraint meant that some participants didn’t get a place in the list of winers. The event turned out to be a good venue for discussions of the
The Peppa Pig staged performance for kids started with a small but pretty gift given to my daughter who came to this show with me: it was a pink and cute ear band. It was such a beautiful gesture that made my daughter so happy . It was a real pleasure to receive it as well as the performance to start with such a positive note.
The show audience is flooded with parents with kids of 2-4 years old The actors involved in the performance are highly professional. They sing remarkably well, they dance and they manipulate the puppets skillfully enough for our kids to fall in love with them... The stage decorations are very attractive, fantastically colorful and they are easily moved around the stage. The puppets feel alive and they look very funny. The kids got involved into the performance very quickly. I know from my experience that when the kids love the performance then the performance is excellent The kids moved freely to the stage, touched the soap bubbles,popped them and played with them. The kids were dancing with the actors and it was a heart warming experience to watch. My favourite part of the performance were the dark silhouettes of the sea creatures glowing in the dark. he show was created by the best artistic director I have ever seen in my life! The kids were breathless and they were watching this part of the show in absolute silence. What a gorgeous picture! It was so unexpected and it was a real pleasure to observe the faces of the kids and their parents in the dark full of surprise and light! At the end of the show we all had a rare chance to take photos with our favorite characters or to buy our favorite toys. The time of performance and the convenient location of the Comedy Theater also added ti the pleasure of this wonderful experience. We combined it with the light and easy walk down in the Melbourne CBD, The Chinese district of the city centre and a quiet time to spend without our car,walking and talking with my daughter. I highly recommend the show to both parents and kids who all will get something out of it including the adventure time and positivity!
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Dan Tsantilis
BTS photos by Olga Kirk of her daughter
MISS WORLD VIC PRELIMINARY RUN 2018 NEW website photos and review: Erkin Calaychi
It is totally understandable that the preliminary show is not the main state final, there was that feeling indeed although the models were all very pretty and the organisation and management was very good,precise and fast, one should admit that the shopping mall in Geelong was not something extremely suitable for such an event. Runway was very short, there was almost no place for backstage as well. From the media perspective there was no space for a proper work. The runway attracted lots of attention from the general public though . I am looking forward to the final stages of the competition and can not wait to see the winners at the Crowning Ceremony.
DISNEY ON ICE NEW website photos: Kieran McNamara review: Benjamin Newall
Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic
There was no doubt that Disney would celebrate 100 years with something wonderful and there is not much that is more wonderful than Disney on Ice. The 2018 show 100 Years of Magic will celebrate the past 100 years by including elements from every era. Characters from the 1937’s Snow White will share the ice with the skaters from the smash hit Frozen, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty. Leading the parade will be the original and iconic Mickey Mouse, no doubt joined by Donald Duck, Pluto and the rest of the crew. 50 amazingly talented skaters, actors and singers will come together for the historic show including Australian born figure skater, Nick Fernandez. Fernandez has been with Disney on Ice for 6 years and now has the opportunity to play the much-loved Aladdin. Disney on Ice always gives value for money and 100 Years of Magic will be no different. Running for 2 hours and with roughly 20 musical numbers, beautiful skating and much loved characters it will satisfy the child in all of us.
Running for a limited 15 shows from July 5th to 10th at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, tickets will sell out quickly. So get hold of some kids if you don’t feel comfortable going alone, wrap up nice and warm and take yourself along to be part of this wonderful celebration that is Disney’s 100 Years of Magic.
I have to secretly admit to you all that I am not a big fan of the circus. I always thought that circus performance are more related to kids and some children's joys . I decided though to forget my "dislikes" and sacrifice it for the sake of my child who loves the circus very much. I thought my child will definitely get entertained as I heard so much about Silver's Circus. My surprise was probably so well reflected in my eyes as my child thought I was her age. I simply forgot how old I was... I yelled "WOW: and "AW" shamelessly. My exclamation cries were resonating with all the kids in the audience. I turned int a small girl again. The professionalism of the Silver's Circus artists is beyond any possible words,it is simply impressive. The artists and the acts were changing each other and the whole performance felt like it was done in one breath with all the small and important details noticed and looked after. But the main was of course that bliss that we all felt after the performance was over. I highly recommend all the parents to visit this marvelous circus and enjoy together with their children , carelessly.
photos: Kieran McNamara 2016
photo: Mila Angel
SATELLITE LOUNGE: PURPLE REVOLUTION NEW website review by Jeanette Russell
At the Satellite lounge, at the Village Hotel we were treated to Andrew De Silva performing a special tribute to Prince. Andrew won Australia's got talent in 2012. He has over the last couple of years been celebrating the music and life of Prince. who he feels was a great talent, gone too soon. Opening for great musical talents such as Mariah Carey in 2013, Boys ll men in 2012, and Shaggy in 2015, Andrew is an established performer. Recently he has played the lead role in Let's get it on, about the life and music of Marvin Gaye. Andrew and his band did a terrific job of the Prince tribute, which had many up and dancing, and grooving to his powerful renditions of Prince's music and songs. Purple rain, Cream, Kiss, When Doves Cry, The most beautiful girl in the world, were amongst many of the wonderful Prince songs we were privy too. Others that rocked the house were U got the look, Controversy, Little Red Corvette, 1999, and Lets go Crazy. Andrew De Silva was the new lead singer for Boom Crash Opera in 2016. He gathered a stellar line up of musicians for the Prince Tour tribute including guitar virtuoso Simon Hossford. Paolo Cecchinelli. Rod Bustos and Johnny Salerno. The night was very successful I felt. The tribute is well worth seeing. The atmosphere at the Satellite Lounge was warm and appreciable. Thank you very much for the opportunity to review this outstanding show. My companion and I really enjoyed the delightful evening.
SATELLITE LOUNGE: SOUL SACRIFICE - THE MUSIC OF SANTANA NEW website review by Olga Kirk
Santana Music is the classical genre . My generation knows the songs by heart. This concert gave me a chance to refresh my memories and dip inside the atmosphere of live performance with a certain adrenaline drive and the feelings of joy.
There was no way I did not sing along with Black Magic Woman and the other famous hits!
Th musicians felt the audience so well we did not have a minute of boredom. They were playing professionally. And how one can remain indifferent to the hot Latin tunes? In every note you feel and live your heart and soul through I highly recommend this concert and will go to see the musicians next time for sure.
COOK AND CO: MAP 1 NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY: COOK &C0. Given at Flockhart Hall, Methodist Ladies College, Kew, on May 3. 2018. Artists: Janis Cook (piano), Robert Johnson (french horn) and Theresa Borg (singer). The varied and engaging concert consisted of music mainly by French and Austrian composers, taking us on a musical journey from Auvergne (central France), across the Alps to Austria. From the pen of Chabrier came a romantic piece for the horn called ‘Larghetto’ played with passionate feeling by Robert and Janis. The next piece for piano by Deodat de Severac was very easy on the ears starting with a ‘Romantic Waltz’, flighty and fun, but played expressively. Following this was the ‘Old Music box’, replicating its character, and then completing the set with ‘In Chapel’- a pensive and serious ending. Songs of the Auvergne followed with three compositions by J.C. de Malaret. ‘Song of the Shepherd’ was beautifully expressed by Theresa, augmented by smooth runs and embellishments from Janis. Capturing the mood, the ‘Lullaby’ preceded the gently flowing ‘Walk through the Meadow’. With a combination of all three artists, Berlioz’s ‘Le Jeune Patre Breton’ (The young Breton Shepherd) followed with expressive romanticism and performed in a well balanced manner. To conclude the first half, we were treated to a short piece for the horn called ‘Villanelle’ (a pastoral or lyrical poem) by Paul Dukas. The dramatic piece was well controlled and exciting with some gentle muted horn passages but concluding with great exhilaration. Following the interval, the three artists combined to perform ‘Alphorn’ by Richard Strauss. (Noting that Robert’s French horn is quite compact, the wooden alpine horn is several meters long). With this short and expressive piece, we managed to cross the Alps, helped by the superb acoustics of the Flockhart Hall. Our journey continued into Austria to Erich Korngold’s ‘Summer’, conjuring vocal colour and emotion. This was followed by ‘The World is ‘Asleep’, Theresa displaying her marvellous control and definitive top register. The short, bouncy and comical ‘Gigerlette’ by Arnold Schonberg followed to the delight of the audience. A wonderful surprise awaited us next from the pen of Mozart!! Robert apparently lost his horn and he had to resort to interpreting part of the horn concerto, the ‘Rondo allegro in E flat’, via a comical and clever song, ably supported by Janis. Reminiscent of a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan, it looked like Robert was going to take up the trombone instead, but luckily, Theresa found his beloved horn!! To test out his newly found horn, Robert surged into Franz Strauss’s ‘Fantasie on Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor’, combining arias from the Opera. With a pensive and engaging beginning, the movements flowed into some brisk and well controlled runs and passages culminating in a spectacular presto. A brilliant French horn delivery!! To conclude the evening, we were treated to a medley of Viennese favourites by Janis, namely, works by Kreisler, Kalman and Stolz. Such a musically colourful evening was well supported and appreciated by the admiring and enthusiastic audience. Congratulations to Janis Cook, Robert Johnson and Theresa Borg for a delightful, invigorating and musically colourful concert. We look forward to future events in August, and October. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). May 2018
MELBOURNE MUSICIANS: A FAMILY AFFAIR NEW website review and photos by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS (44thConcert Season) Given at: St Johns Southgate, Melbourne on April 29, 2018, titled ‘A Family Affair’, Music of JS Bach & Sons. Artistic Director: Frank U. Pam. Soloists: Bridget Bolliger (Flute) and Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez.
The well attended venue was in for an absolute feast from 5 of the Bach family – namely, 1.WF Bach, 2.CPE Bach, 3.JS Bach (father), 4.JCF Bach and 5.JC Bach in that order. The first offering was the Sinfonia in F major FV 67“dissonant”, in three movements. With a crisp and confident start, the Orchestra sparkled in the fabulous acoustics of St Johns with a combination of good balance and some brilliant runs from the strings. Lasting about 12 minutes, Frank guided the Orchestra with great control, finishing the piece in a stately and satisfying manner. The second offering was the Flute Concerto in A major Wq.172 in three movements. With another lively start by the Orchestra, the Allegro immediately showed Bridget’s pure flute tonality and brilliance, combined with colourful and joyous interplay with the harpsichord. The flute’s ‘bird like’ quality continued in the Largo movement characterised by haunting melodies – well expressed by the soloist and soulfully presented by the inclusion of a beautiful cadenza. To conclude the work, the lively Allegro movement showed great drive from the Orchestra that sounded bigger than the seven members, complimenting the masterly soloist. The enthusiastic audience drew a little encore solo from Bridget by CPE Bach – beautifully delivered with purity and flowing contrasts. Following the interval, Sarah and Bridget teamed up together for the third offering – namely 2 Arias by the ‘old man’, from the Coffee Cantata BWV 211. Dressed in a beautiful gown and equipped with a colourful coffee cup and saucer, Sarah gave an angelic performance of the first aria, augmented by the flute and the Orchestra. Although a short piece, the audience was beginning to smell the coffee aromas in this light-hearted piece. The second Aria showcased Sarah’s pretty, powerful and clear voice, combined with a terrific top register. With a total time of 15 minutes, the uplifted audience showed its appreciation in full. The fourth item was Sinfonia No.3 in D minor in 3 movements. With a full bodied and lively start, the Orchestra mellowed into the slow Andante movement (with muted strings) showing majestic sweetness that marched along with notable clarity and style. Flowing into the Allegro assai last movement, Frank guided the Orchestra to give the finale a crisp and decisive ending. The last offering was Sinfonietta No2. In D Major by Bach’s youngest son Johann Christian Bach. A pretty and tuneful piece in two movements, the Orchestra shined with precision and soothing elegance. It was hard to image how the small orchestra achieved such a full, harmonious and euphonious body of music! As a final encore, we were treated to a short Gavotte by JS Bach that was performed with freshness and lively delicacy. Congratulations to Frank Pam, the Orchestra and the soloists for a delightful, invigorating and musically colourful concert. We look forward to future events in July, September, August and November. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 9 May 2018
SUPANOVA NEW website photos and review: Erkin Kalayci
To start our talk about Supanova I would like to highlight that the venue organisation was great. The choice could not be better to be honest. Melbourne Show Grounds is a fantastic choice for such scale of event. They have different buildings apart from each other with some open areas and gardens that connect them organically. The venue atmosphere was electric and powered by the cosplayers and the visitors with enough space for both: wondering around and playing. This kind of events should always be run this kind of venues rather than one massive convention centers. Cosplayers' comfort and logistics were at the first priority always. That was my nice and critical touch. I believe that if the cosplayers are happy (and they are the 40-50% of the event participants) then everyone is happy. I also would like to talk about the participants themselves. The pop culture and comic displays and companies were so amazing but gaming participants were represented in a bit of a poor way as per theirown comments. The main theme of the whole event was Dr. Who, however anime and manga lovers dominated the environment in every ways. For example most of the e-gaming cosplayers and fans have chosen the final fantasy and some others have chosen the japan influenced e-game characters. The guests were more than acceptable for a comicon outside USA or Japan. Comics world rockstars mostly attend the events in USA or Japan. B ut in Melbourne we have Clark Kent, Lex Luthor and Dark Archer, Ra's al Ghul and Dr Who etc etc which made Supernova a good experience for comic lowers and fans. Overall the event was fun and organised brilliantly. I thank the management team for such efforts and was very happy to cover it and to be part of it.
39 FOREVER STARRING AMITY DRY NEW website review by Yulia Kolosova
Dear friends I was very happy to get the opportunity to cover this staged performance through Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine and Di Rolle Publicity. I attended as a media journalist accompanied by my daughter. We had a great time and it was a pleasure and such a positive experience. I am also thrilled to share my thoughts about this show.
The theatrical performance was staged remarkably well with a finest , most charming, sparkling and most delicate and honest humor thorough tears. What is ageing? Why are we all so fussy about it? Is it the influence of the public opinion what age is better than the other? And what a powerful voice we discovered from the singer who performed popular music compositions arranged music pieces during that seemingly "ordinary" staging. We both had goosebumps all over our bodies. The audience was very warm and grateful. We had issues getting close to the main actress of the show to take some pictures with her for our memories. It was simply one splendid evening!
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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA REQUIEM NEW website review: Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: The Australian Chamber Choir By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to attend a performance by the ‘Australian Chamber Choir’’ at St Scots Church in Melbourne’s CBD. .
It was the absolute perfect venue for the choir to perform in accompanying the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra.
The theme of the performance was bringing together instrument and vocal talent to perform the Mozart Requiem which is not commonly heard together according to the Australian Chamber Choir. So that is why it was so important to bring the delights of both together to perform for audiences around Melbourne.
The ethereal feeling of the church did wonders for the atmosphere of the baroque musical afternoon. I am sure the sound of the Chamber Choir could be heard out through the doors and by passersby.
The mesmerizing tunes of the songs performed by the Australian Chamber Choir really transported you back in time. When you think of mesmerizing this performance was like nothing I have experienced before! Imagine the light coming through the coloured glass stained windows and tunes of Mozart reflecting off the walls. It truly was an event within itself.
It was clear that everyone in the Choir had their part to play and their voices were like hearing angels right there in front of you. I dont think I have ever watched a Choir perform and been so joyous throughout.
I look forward to seeing what they will all get up to next.
If you ever get the chance to see the Australian Chamber Choir live, I would highly recommend it. It is suitable for people of most ages and should be seen to be believed as the magic is indescribable. Don't worry if you missed out this time though as the Choir are constantly touring around and are sure to pop by your town sometime in the near future.
DANCING IN THE STREET AT SATELLITE LOUNGE NEW website review by Brianna Reynolds
REVIEW: Dancing In The Street By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to attend a motown inspired live performance by some extraordinary musicians and singers at the Satellite Lounge in Mulgrave, Victoria.
The group comprised of an assortment of funky singers who transported you to another time and day with their voices and musical accompaniment.
The Satellite Lounge is the perfect location to visit and see the range of tribute bands they have playing weekly. It really reminds you how important it is to cherish music from older era’s and listen to them with friends and family.
The energy of the performance nodded directly to motown and the vibe was electric!
The band allowed and urged people to get up and boogie on the dance floor at the front of the venue. If you knew the words you were also welcomed to sing a long, which was a lot of fun.
The best part was you could count on hearing your favourite motown songs and trust me you wouldn't be disappointed.
The voices of the band filled the venue and everyone there was getting into the groove.
I can't wait to see what The Satellite Lounge have coming up next. They are the perfect venue for an older age group to first drop by and have some dinner followed by a relaxed boogie to the music. If you ever get a chance to experience one of the performances at The Satellite Lounge I highly recommend it, take along some friends and family and make an evening of it.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY NIGHT FOR ADULTS NEW website review by Max Lyons
Event: Legoland Discovery Night for Adults
If you're looking to have a good time with the family or just want to embrace your inner child, then look no further than the always enjoyable Legoland experience.
Recently I had the privilege of attending the very FIRST birthday celebration of Legoland Discovery Centre, Chadstone, located just near Hoyts cinemas on level 2 of Chadstone's enormous shopping complex. In honour of the milestone, the discovery centre decided to host an adults-only play night. A day out with the kids is all well and good, but sometimes you just need to unwind and let yourself loose, and what better way than with the little building blocks of our nostalgic youth.
The event was an absolute blast, showcasing everything you'd come to expect from a visit to Legoland, with the added bonus of not having to push ever child out the way to get in on the fun (or Pegasus the desire to at least cough). There was classic Lego building stations, race and stunt stations (to trial out the automotive ingenuity of your Lego Racer creations), carnival rides (including an interactive arcade-style shooter adventure ride), a play centre area with tunnels and slides, novelty Lego themed photos, and a series of masterfully crafted Lego replicas of some of Melbourne's most iconic landmarks. On top of all that, the evening's celebrations included build-off competitions, a party/disco room, exclusive workshops run by master Lego builders, and of course - what birthday wouldn't be complete without it - CAKE!! Oh, and how could I forget the party hats. They truly went all out, and the enjoyment on everyone’s faces all throughout the evening showed.
You may have to wait another year for the next birthday celebration, but in the mean tine there’s still endless hours of fun to be had at Legoland Discovery Centre, Chadstone. Whether you take the family or go alone, trust that you’ll be having just as much fun, with or without kids. But if you fear the public scrutiny of going alone, don’t fret. Similar ‘Adults Only’ events are held on a semi-regular basis throughout the year, so sit tight and practise those Lego building skills, because your time will come soon before long.
Overall, highly recommended.
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MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL NEW website review: Brett Styles photos: Brett Styles model: Wiktor Hudyka
Towering 120 metres above the Docklands is the Melbourne Star, an icon clearly visible to travellers coming into Melbourne from interstate on the Bolte and Westgate bridges. Running both day and night, 7pm in May-Aug and until 10pm in the warmer months, visitors can view the city as it comes alive at sunset and the wheel lights up in a colourful display.
Departure lounge greats visitors before their 30-minute round trip offering wine, coffee and light snacks. During the round trip you get a full 360-degree view over the city, from the port of Melbourne to the hills in the distance and our famous sporting fields. On exit there are plenty of things to entertain the children in the gift shop and a great Lego replica of the star.
We enjoyed the slow gradual circuit and the changing lights while watching view on this 6:30PM post sunset trip. Since it was a clear night we had a great view in all directions and plenty of space in the capsule to move around with a large surfboard style seat for those that need a rest or if the height gets a little overwhelming.
100 TREES 1000 METERS OF FABRICS NEW Major art installation will dress 100 Trentham racecourse trees website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: Only A Jockey By Bryanna Reynolds
The ‘Only A Jockey’ Exhibition at The Old Trentham Racecourse is one delight you don't want to miss the opportunity to see! Within a 40 minute drive of Melbourne’s CBD you can find your way down to the wonderful art exhibition. From the moment you start walking the pathway you wind through through the 100 colourful trees that have been wrapped by artist Bern Barry. The 100 tree’s are wrapped in homage to the equestrian history of the area. The exhibition surrounds you by not only the lovely wrapped trees but also the spirit and nature of the area. It really feels magical! And it truly needs to be seen to be believed. The works of art included took over 12 months to become what they are today! A realisation that when standing in front of, really transports you to another time and place in history. The art exhibition truly combines a sense of magic and its Australian roots to the history of the area. When walking the Wombat trail you can't help but feel emotional. If you are a fan of art meeting nature and taking adventures with friends and family, then this exhibition is right up your alley, or should I say pathway? The exhibition is suitable for people of all ages and there is sure to be an element of the exhibition which excites you. It is perfect for taking pictures and there are ever present opportunities for social media. So make sure to take along a camera and have your phone handy to snap a pic. You definitely won’t regret it. Needless to say the organisers of the festival have included many instagram worthy opportunities. The Festival runs from Saturday 24th March 2018 - Sunday 15th April 2018 so make sure to check it out whilst in Melbourne. The exhibition is free, so why not check it out with the family!
MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA STATE FINALS SA NEW website review and photos: Ven Perov
Miss World Australia State Finals SA took place in Adelaide on April 8 0300pm at the Hotel Richmond http://www.misstourismaustralia.com.au/
photography: Ven PerovVP Photography @venperovphoto review: Ven Perov details: http://bohemianrhapsodyclub.weebly.com/travelling.html
Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine expresses its special thanks to the talented participants of the finals, to the organisers and personally to Deborah Miller and Jessica Barnes for their support of our work and the opportunity to cover as well as to Ven for his art works.
The event was perfectly well organised for something that has a status of a local event. I enjoyed working with the venue photographers shoulder to shoulder as well.
The contestants were confident and looked very good mainly, some girls though were less skilled and were more nervous, and sometimes they would forget what to say, but there was no one girl which wasn't extremely good looking. I was looked after like a photographer should be looked after, extremely well, organization is solid was 4/5. Maybe the organisers should review the venue next time, there was a lack of space felt constantly and there was no stage That basically put the limitations on overall dynamics of the event and it added to nervousness of the contestants, I believe there were way too many people attending as guests and seated way too close to girls catwalking, they were almost in an arms reach. I am not aware on the criteria by which the girls were picked but I think that the two choices they made regarding the girls who won were quite fare and reasonable. The winners held themselves very well, had the best looks in my opinion and spoke in a well thought out manner, exposing themselves as knowledgeable and very intelligent.
There are the lists of contestants and winners:
Winners and now National Finalists: Lucinda Nicholas Marielle Intveld
Sponsors: Novo Shoes Ozwear Australia Mediterranean Tan Pola SDI Skin O2 Hotel Richmond
MISS AND MISTER DIAMOND 2018 NEW website review by Svetlana Kara, Brisbane
We were so lucky to be able to attend an amazing evening and celebrate unbelievable work of 57 finalists have done. We were treated as a celebrity with Red carpet entrance and interview and photos being taken. Amazing atmosphere, beautiful and handsome contestants. Hearing the stories over 50 contestants on stage were very emotional. Congratulations to all the winners, finalists and organizers of this amazing event. -------Svetlana K
It was a beautiful evening with 55 contestants. Every charity speech brought tears on our eyes. It’s incredible that we have so many kind young people who trying to help, to make others happy. The finalists from several states came to Brisbane to be awarded with their crowns. It was a very special moment for everybody. And what a pleasure was to see how all finalists were very supportive and cheered up each other. 24 people were awarded with their charity medals as they had raised over $1000 each. And all amount that was raised by all contestants - $56550! Well done!!! All contestants were excited and delighted with their achievements. Parents of these young children should be very proud of them! -------Svetlana W
The winners Grace Elizabeth Cruise - Miss Diamond Australia/ Tasmania Erin Giblin-Lloyd - Miss Junior Teen Diamond Australia/ Queensland Destiny Lyons - Miss Junior Diamond Australia/ New South Wales Anatieze Bella Newton - Miss Classic Diamond Australia/ New South Wales Payton Grattan - Miss Mini Diamond Australia/ Queensland Spencer Cranston - Diamond Charity Ambassador/ Western Australia Ashton L - Master Diamond Australia/ Queensland Ebonies Deakes - Miss Teen Diamond Australia/ Queensland Anthony Wayne - Mister Diamond Australia/ Victoria
So many people were involved to make this big event happen: Sponsors: Wheel of Brisbane; Scentsy Sal; ECO sisters; RACINNE Australia; Slim Secrets; Party with Park Lane Jewellery & Tal; Visage Boutique Australia. Dyed Hair & make up team, Eye of Horus Cosmetics, Gail Sawyer - Marketing and Communications manager, Matthew Baker - videographer, Brisvegas Cruises, Stevensons Frorist, Awards and Trophies, Sashes by Nonna, The organisers had good team of helpers.
Ambassadors: Hung Pham (Victoria) Haylee Simpson (Queensland) Andrew Hortin (Western Australia) Zahlia Wilson (Queensland) Isabella Spizick (Tasmania) Kyla Brack (Victoria)
DR JAI MADAAN NEW PRESS CONFERENCE ON APRIL 13 website review by Jeanette Russell BTS photos: NM
Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend last nights press conference. The event was hosted by Kiren Australia. The company hosted a wonderful evening of questions and answers. Today is the main event. where business people, MPs, and ministers from India and Victoria have been invited to attend a networking event . The guest of honour at the networking event is Dr. Jai Madaan. The good doctor will be there tonight attending to give the guests insights into business success, networking etc . From last nights press conference tonight's event looks to be intriguing . Last night we were treated to some insights about Dr Jai's work, and mentoring. Dr Jai was born in Delhi. She graduated in Philosophy, then developed and interest in astrology. Learning various facets of astrology she has carved out a career. She has included tarot , palmology,numerology face reading and vastu shastra. Part of her talents are as a motivational speaker , and relationship counsellor. Tonight promises to be intriguing . I am really looking forward to Dr Jai's wisdom insights and talk , at the networking event. Thanks to Kiren Australia for hosting this amazing occasion. We were treated to a delicious meal last night at the Curry King Indian Restaurant at 841 Sydney Rd Brunswick. Tonight's event promises to be exhilarating and inspiring with a 3 course meal. Please follow the links to be involved in the networking event, this evening.
BUSINESS NETWORKING MEETING WITH DR JAI MADAAN NEW website review: Jeanette Russell' BTS photos: Natasha Marchev gala dinner website
Thank you so much to Kiren Australia and Sonique who, brought us this wonderful opportunity to attend the networking evening. Many thanks also to Nitin Gursahani who organized the event which was very stimulating , interesting and informative. The peer to peer networking night took place at the Grand On Princess 2251 Princess Hwy Mulgrave, and what beautiful and "Grand" surroundings we were lucky enough to spend this evening in. Our special guest speaker Dr Jai was born in Delhi. She graduated in Philosophy, then developed and interest in astrology. Learning various facets of astrology she has carved out a career. She has included tarot , face reading, palmology,numerology ,and Vaastu , in her vocation
Part of her talents are as a motivational speaker , business success counsellor, and relationship counsellor. The knowledge she imparted was about business and how to read people's faces in regards to business acumen. Other helpful tips supplied were about business cards colours and meanings on them, symbols, logos and where to place these, on our cards. Other valuable information was on motivation, innovation, and success within the business world. An opportunity was given to all present to network with business peers in between the delicious and satisfying 3 course dinner. The evening proved to be very beneficial, educational and enlightening. The wait staff were all very professional, helpful and courteous Once again I really appreciate the invite to this event. " Cheers " .
SR: Is it possible do you think in some individuals to teach them rhythm when they don’t appear to have much grasp? I watched in an interview with Nigel Clarke that he says rhythm runs through us the veins and heart. Is it perhaps like singing where some people practice and practice and can really be good after starting with a basic ability?
AL: Stomp is about finding rhythms everywhere. In everything. We all hear rhythms in everyday life, whether it be in the heart beat, the trains click clacking on the tracks, Birdsong, Extractor fans, The blind signal at the traffic lights. Rhythm is everywhere. Whether you are able to make beats like we do in the show is kind of beside the point. Even those who aren't the most "Musical" of folk appreciate Stomp because it's tuning into the rhythms that surround us everyday. Rhythm runs through everyone vains whether we can do a paradiddle or not.
SR. How much are you aware of The corroboree [NM: an Australian Aboriginal dance ceremony which may take the form of a sacred ritual or an informal gathering. ] indigenous music and rhythms?
AL: I haven't experienced a Corroboree First hand but I was brought up by very progressive and open parents. I had a didgeridoo and rhythm sticks when I was very young. My father was in a film called "Short Changed" which was all about how badly the Aboriginals in Australia have been treated for hundreds of years and still are. I'm pretty sure I have aboriginal blood but finding out isn't so easy. I hope I do. I can't be all convict.
SR. Is there a city which many of your members want to perform?
AL We are an international cast. We are all from different countries and walks of life. We are a mish mash of folk in this show so I can't talk for everyone. Myself... I would love to perform in Thailand...
SR. There are suggestions for creative changes constantly evolving in the show are there ever any disagreements at times surrounding the implementation of them?
AL: As a cast member, I don't write the routines.. We learn them and bring them to life. The routines are composed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicolas. They come up with these nutty ideas and we have to make them sit and work. Disagreements happen sometimes once a routine is in... But... Who cares? The routines are amazing.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK website photos: Glen Wilson
"Jack and the Beanstalk" show was absolutely sensational. The props and actors were amazing. The acting were very sincere and never fake similar to all kids. For me singing was not the best and could have been improved a bit (I'm choir's conductor in my past) - that would be something the director could work on in the future. But to be honest I was excited the most to see the actors invited kids to participate on the stage and the kids loved being involved in the show. It was their theater indeed! My kids want to go back again and watch Cinderella now. They keep continuously asking me when they can get to the next show and that usually means they were happy and adored the production.
THROUGH A GLASS ONION website review by Susan Reynolds
Through a Glass Onion Playhouse Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne. Review by Susan Reynolds
It was a pleasure to watch Through a Glass Onion Performed by John Waters and accompanying musician Steward D’Arrietta. The night was an artistic mosaic of Lennonesque narration with poignant musical choices. 31 songs were covered in the 90 minute show.
Stewart D’Arrietta has been part of the performances since the show’s inception in 1992. Both men complement each other well. Stewart had raspy strong vocals and played excellent piano accompaniment. John Waters brought a unique style to the role and utilised his skills as an actor and musician.
John Waters had the insight when he devised the show that the format had to be non conventional as John Lennon was anything but conventional. It had to be pertinent to emotions and events and not necessarily chronological. Songs like “How”, “Isolation” and “How do you Sleep at Night”. The feeling was so tangible at times it filled the air and the audience enthusiastically imbibed it. John Water’s body language was so expressive his body winced from the pain of his own connection to the lyrics. His voice when you close your eyes in the narrative parts was uncannily like Lennon.
My preference was for the later Lennon songs rather than some of the well-known tracks like “Help” for example. The inclusion of popular and iconic Lennon/McCartney tracks was more recognisable and many people must surely have inwardly sung along as I did.
The shows success is due to its content being highly creative and not mimicry. John Water’s sense of knowing what’s right artistically is spot on. He has an honest reverence for John Lennon. A Londoner himself; John Waters lived amidst the Beatles in their prime. John Waters stated “I was 15 when the Beatles became popular and I was always drawn to John. I saw John as a big brother”
The show touches on what it might have been like for Lennon. “Oh you are a mucky kid dirty as a dustbin lid” (The Liverpool Lullaby features in the show)...Lennon’s early songs were born out of pain, angst and emotion. John Lennon found his mother as a teen again after being in the care of his aunt and then lost her again to a motor accident. John Waters said “I have made a number of changes over the years, which probably add up to a significant difference from those early shows. The biggest change was that as recent as last year, when I decided to add a whole new song ("Cold Turkey") and more monologue regarding Julia and her death in 1958 in a car accident. These things all added to the sense of pain”
I feel that Lennon understood the absurdities of life and I found this one of the most important elements that I took away from the show. John Waters gave credence to this......the banquet story where Lennon was lectured by dignitaries to be a good example to not let young people do drugs but it’s ok for him to get stinking drunk. Or being blasted for having money and fame; he didn’t exactly foist upon himself.
The words of Lennon are illuminated by John Waters respectfully. No greater accolade can be found I believe than the fact that Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate support the show.
MISS TOURISM AUSTRALIA 2018 website photos: Hakeem Soufan
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AD GARDEN SHOW NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Every year at the end of March plant-lovers postpone everything in order to attend annual Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show - the largest one in Southern hemisphere. Traditionally, it takes place in Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens turning them into the feast of pure natural beauty.
Once you get in, the city buzz recedes and greenery embraces you. All possible garden-related entertainments fill huge outdoor space: sculpture exhibition, mini-gardens and installations. Everyone can find something to do: face painting and cubby houses exploration for kids, useful tips and tools from retailers for green thumbs, captivating demonstration of robotic lawn mower etc.
For those who appreciates more esthetic side rather than practical, plenty of treats are hidden inside. Two floors of Royal Exhibition Building will provide you as much stylish and graceful pleasure as possible. Interflora competitions, High Tea, RMIT Floral Fashion and Artworks from the range of art societies will satisfy your inner sense of beauty.
So, whether you’re seeking for useful tips for improving your own garden or just choosing where to spend weekend with the family - Flower & Garden Show is definitely place to go!
Dhumbadha Munga – Talking Knowledge website review by Dina Gavrilova
Dhumbadha Munga – Talking Knowledge
Alliance Francaise de Melbourne in association with The Torch & Yalukut Weelam Ngargee
Alliance Francaise is well known as a centre supporting arts in all shapes and forms. This time in collaboration with The Torch it presented an exhibition made by Indigenous ex-offender artists.
The Torch is a socially oriented organization aimed to provide the opportunity for cultural exploration and creative expression those Indigenous in prison or recently released. This program engages offenders and ex-offenders in arts skills development achievable in their circumstances. The result of their enormous efforts and accomplishments could be seen on the exhibition Dhumbadha Munga - Talking Knowledge.
The exhibition is featured by nine artists: Graham Gilbert Wiradjuri, Veronica Mungaloon Hudson Pitjantjatjara, Jeffrey Jackson Mutti Mutti, Paul McCann Marrithiyel, Kent Morris Barkindji, Ray Thomas Brabrawooloong Gunnai, Ray Traplin Kuku Yalanji, Raymond Young Gunnai, Robby Wirramanda Wergaia/Wotjobaluk. The subject matter of artworks varies from traditional native Australian animals and relationship to the country to more abstract and sophisticated issues such as contemporary Indigenous experience and cultural practices.
But what is the most valuable at this exhibition is that every piece is filled with personal story of overcoming obstacles, with strength and passion. This colorful diversity on the walls quite literally celebrates day-to-day achievements on the long way of personal improvement. And it turns out that referring to one’s creativity side could help on this tough path very well.
WINE AND CHEESE FESTIVAL 2018 website photos: Rouben Dickranian and Brett Styles review: Bryanna Reynolds
review by Bryanna Reynods REVIEW: Cheese and Wine Festival 2018 By Bryanna Reynolds
The annual Cheese and Wine Festival 2018 was held at the Meat Market just on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD.
From the moment you set foot into the cheesy festival you were greeted at the gates by friendly staff and a wine glass for tastings. A welcoming moment as soon as you enter always gets you off on the right foot!
The Cheese and Wine Festival is a combination of food, drinks and entertainment celebrating the iconic tastes of various cheese’s and wine delighting your taste buds with a culinary adventure. There were even guest lectures from chefs, business owners and entertainers throughout the event.
There were an assortment of stalls throughout the venue where different companies had a selection of their finest products for festival attendees. The best part is, if you like what you taste then you are able to buy some and take it home with you! A fair warning though that in order to taste at the festival you also have to buy tokens. This was a little bit of a shock as this was noted as a change since the festival last year.
Needless to say the organisers of the festival have also included many instagram worthy moments with cheese platters on offer and musical acts to entertain. There are many opportunities to take in the sights, eat and be merry with your friends and family.
Make sure to organise a group of friends next time the festival comes to town and be sure to try the delicious offerings.
I would recommend this festival for anyone who likes spending time with friends in a family friendly atmosphere where you can let loose your culinary desires and try the new tastes that Melbourne has on offer.
WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE MELBOURNE 2018 website photos: Brett Style
World Naked Bike Ride - Melbourne presented Summer 2018 - World Naked Bike Ride - Melbourne 2018 that took place Sunday 18 March http://wnbrmelbourne.com.au/ photographer of socially acceptable set of photos: Brett Styles at Star Imaging The event aim was to: Highlight the vulnerability of cyclists to motorists who appear blind to our presence Protest against transport powered by non sustainable forms of energy Promote positive body image for all Let's please remember that nude is not sexual no matter what ideas were originally put in our heads by official media, some of our limited minded parents and friends. Nude is simply the human body, in all its shapes and sizes! It is the shape of how we came to this world and this is the shape of how we will leave this world. World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is a global event, with similar rides happening in other cities in Australia and overseas. Melbourne’s World Naked Bike Ride is the largest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. The first World Naked Bike Ride event in Melbourne was held in 2006, with 14 riders. There have been World Naked Bike Rides every year since then. More recent rides have seen hundreds of riders baring all through the streets of Melbourne. Rest assured that the ride will continue into the future, with a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers working to ensure the long term viability of the ride. Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine expresses its special thanks to the event organisers and personally to media manager @MichaelJames for the opportunity to cover this unusual ride and to Brett for his initiative and his work
Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine expresses its special thanks to: George Deutsch & Holly Hayes from Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra for organising the interviews and for this remarkable opportunity to talk with world stars and, to Bryanna; as well as we are very grateful to Rick his precious time during the interview!
Please also stay tuned as we will release the interview with Rick Prakhoff, Conductor run by Oz Star TV Channel on YuppTV shortly now and for the actual 24 March concert review by #SylvesterKroyherr and Rachel Sandey coming up in one week.
BR: Can you tell me about your upcoming performance?
RP : This is a wonderful programme centred around the beautiful and sensuous Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Debussy to honour the 100th anniversary of the death of this great composer which is the day before this concert. We begin with two elegant works by Fauré & Debussy before the brilliant Melbourne pianist, Caroline Almonte joins us for the jazzy and lively Piano Concerto in G by Ravel. The second half begins with the Debussy Prélude before the orchestra launches itself into one of the great masterpieces of the early 20th Century - the suite from the Firebird by Stravinsky.
BR: What type of audience do you think will enjoy the performance?
RP: Lovers of beautiful music, dramatic music, exciting music and above all, lovers of beautifully orchestrated music by some of the greatest composers who have ever lived will absolutely love this programme!
BR: How long have you been practicing as a conductor?
RP: I've been honing my skills for many years - in fact, since returning from the UK where I was forging a career as a classical guitarist in London. I returned to Perth to take up my new career as a conductor in the early 1990s and have been loving it ever since.
BR: How many people are performing and are there any stand out talent in the symphony?
RP: Lots! I haven't actually counted them all, but it's a large orchestra with many highly talented players. On checking, it is 73 players. I think the standout in this concert has to be our first flute, Carol Galea who has the solo in the Debussy Prélude - one of the great orchestral solos. And her flute is prominent in all of the works being performed. We're very lucky to have somebody of Carol's abilities in Zelman.
BR: For people who haven’t been to a performance before how would you describe the experience to them and what they can learn?
RP: I think live orchestral performances are one of the most exciting musical experiences. You can see up close how much hard work is going into making beautiful music.
BR: How does it feel to perform with Zelman Symphony?
RP: I'm loving working with Zelman - such a warm welcome from these musicians has made my job easy.
BR: Anything else you would like to add?
RP: Come to the concert!
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: FRENCH CONNECTIONS website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘French Connections’ Given at: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, XAVIER COLLEGE, Barkers Road, Kew on 24/3/2018. Conductor: Rick Prakhoff, Soloist: Caroline Almonte (Piano).
The programme sparked off with great energy and intensity as Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande Suit raised the concert curtain. (With four parts to the incidental music lasting about 20 minutes, the piece explores the symbolic music of Debussy’s opera of the same name.) Appropriately, the orchestra delivered smooth richness in the strings with good light and shade, along with a well controlled gentle ending in the first part. The second short section also displayed a sensitive interplay between the oboe, horn and strings. Leading to the Sicilienne, the serene harp and flute passages were calmly soothed by the muted violins. Though emotionally sad, the last section surged with power to give a powerful finish, guided with great conviction by the Conductor. A short informative and witty preamble followed in which Rick acknowledged the 100th year of the passing of Debussy. Ravel’s short five minute arrangement of Debussy’s Sarabande was the second offering. The most noticeable features were a good handling of modal harmonies and mood changes along with some impressive crescendos. And now, the orchestra was primed for the Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel. With an explosive and fiery start, Caroline was immediately accepted as she tackled the profusely challenging passages that were full of well handled drama and flair. The jazz inspired sections flowed with well rounded pace and dexterity weaving into an inspired cadenza and finishing dramatically. In contrast, the beautifully delivered gentle and sensitive solo start to the second movement showed Caroline’s prowess. The well controlled and powerful build-up was complimented by the orchestra that moved into expressive subtlety with a superb trill finish by Caroline. Having to turn her own pages must have been challenging but did not detract from her classy performance. In the finale, the energetic and discordant start flowed into more delicate passages that showed immaculate timing by the soloist incorporating good syncopation. With a crisp ending, the excited audience was cheering, whistling and ecstatic. What a tremendous performance by all!!! The interval followed. The second last offering included Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (The afternoon of a Faun). With a charming flute solo by Carol Galea to begin the prelude and enhanced by colourful runs by the harp (Vanessa Sundstrup), the horns added to produce a well balanced mix of moods. The direction from Rick was also commanding and engaging as a return to the haunting melodies led by the flute’s purity, captured a sense of gentle serenity with a sweet ending. Stravinsky’s Ballet Suite for Orchestra from The Firebird (1945 version) was the finale. A challenging composition lasting about 25 minutes, the introduction by the double bases was expressive and well coordinated to be followed by a tuneful interplay between the flute, piano and harp. The audience was lapping up the moving contrasts and interesting modulations. Nice work from the French horns also! In essence what we heard was a well executed interplay of musical flavours. Interestingly, the Firebird’s lullaby for bassoon, oboe and strings was very delicate and with an exciting dramatic brassy finale, the auditorium was rapturous and upstanding! Yes, the Orchestra, with the connected and intense leadership of Rick Prakhoff pulled off the delivery of a powerful and complex piece, much to the satisfaction of an appreciative large audience.
Congratulations to Rick Prakhoff, Caroline Almonte and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2018. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Bohemian Rhapsody Club) 27 March 2018
MELBOURNE AQUARIUM SEA LIFE website photos: Brett Styles review: Max Lyons
Experience: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
Date: March 3rd, 2018.
Location: Cnr King St & Flinders St, Melbourne. Experience Review: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium By Maxwell M. Lyons
Melbourne is by no means destitute when it comes to entertainment and excitement, offering up nothing short of a torrent of arts and culture, vibrant nightlife, and exquisite cuisine. With such a diverse melting pot of events and attractions to choose from, places like the local aquarium may seem mundane if not banal by comparison. Though if only once, a visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is well worth the experience – and let’s be real, who DOESN’T want to see those adorable fluffy-tuxedoed penguins!
Located a mere handful of tram stops east of Flinders St. Railway Station, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is a three-story maze of wonder and excitement hosting a wide range of aquatic and reptilian life including fish and coral life, rays, sharks, seahorses, and even crocodiles. On entry you’ll receive a map to help guide you through the fifteen (15) distinct exhibits and have your commemorative photo taken (green screen and all) – these can be purchased at the end of your journey.
The exhibits themselves are very well designed and spaced (albeit a little cosy during busy times such as weekends), and have a good flow to them, with high-draw exhibits toward the end to leave a lasting impact. Noticeable effort has been made not only in presenting the sea-life themselves, but more broadly in the surrounding set design. All display tanks are accompanied with an informative touchscreen monitor detailing each respective species and providing further relevant insight, including that of SEA LIFE’s many conservation efforts such as their internationally recognised endangered species breeding programs and waste reduction/sustainability initiatives (i.e., worm farms, rooftop bees, upcycled gift shop products, biodegradable plates and cutlery, and incentives for waste reduction).
Back to the exhibits, aside from the display tanks, there are numerous interactive demonstrations and experiences to enjoy, including starfish and coral reef touching, informative talks and feeding shows, and – dare you be brave enough (and willing to drop $299) – shark tank diving. On top of all that, kids (and the childlike among us) can pick-up an activity sheet and collect a unique stamp from each section for their record as well as have their drawings come to life in a captivating virtual aquatic environment.
In terms of facilities and assistance, the entire building is highly accessible and wheelchair/pram friendly – with ramps and stairs – and staff are friendly and happy to help out. There are numerous water bubblers throughout, a cafe with a tabled area to stop and have a bite to eat, and even free wi-fi.
Ticket prices at the door are a little pricey at $42.00 for adults and $29.50 for children ($33.00 concession), but children under 4 receive free entry and if you plan ahead and take advantage of various offers and discounts available you can lessen the blow quite significantly. Booking online will save you up to 20%, Entertainment Book members can utilise their 2-for-1 voucher, and if you bundle up and buy tickets to Legoland you’ll save up to $29pp. Annual unlimited-entry passes are also available for $89pp.
All-in-all, the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is a fun experience no matter your age. Aesthetically stunning and informatively insightful, there is a cornucopia of enjoyment to be had by all.