140TH ANNIVERSARY OF GIRMIT DIVAS BY AUSTRALIAN INTEGRATED FIJIAN ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA NEW website review by Jeanette Russell photos: Robert Wilson
Girmit is an Indian word for agreement . Indentured labourers, Girmitiyas were transported from India to Fiji between 1879 and 1916, by the British, mainly to work in the sugar cane fields. About 60 % stayed and went on to prosper and progress as farmers. Majority of Indo- Fijians are direct descendants of the Girmitiyas of Fiji.
On the 1st of June the 140th anniversary of the Girmit Divas was celebrated. Firstly proceedings started with speeches in which diverse, interesting information, of the amazing foundation, of Girmitiyas of Fiji, was shared. These informative stories told of hardships, bravery, perseverance, and so much more that was endured, in their humble beginnings.
A colourful variety of beautiful fashion, and a show of it ensued . The night was filled with entertainment folk songs, musical drama that was based on Girmit. A live DJ was present and a delicious buffet meal was available as well as plenty of scrumptious nibbles.
DISPARATE SCENES FOR MILLENNIAL DREAMS NEW website review by Anthony Wayne
3 STORIES. 3 UNIQUE SPACES. Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams is a brilliant new work combining 3 short plays by upcoming playwrights Ang Collins, Lewis Treston and Fiona Spitzkowsky.
We arrived at the Meat Market Stables, after some initial confusion on where to enter. There is a small side door on the corner of Wrecklyn and Courtney St. We weren't alone in our confusion with other confused theatre goers wandering outside. On entering the space, there are some odd installation pieces - some leaves mixed with rubbish items on the floor, and colorful post it notes stuck on the wall which seemed to resemble a tree. As we wander the room there is suddenly a loud banging on the roller door outside, and the first story begins. It was hard to follow what was happening in the first story, with the two actors wandering around the room arguing about the art pieces, at times not saying anything and just listening to recorded bird noises. The story was much like my confusion with finding the right entrance. Perhaps a metaphorical representation of the confusion and frustrations faced by the millennial generation.
As the first part concludes, the audience are led through to a second room within the stables and we almost feel like we become a part of the show with each step taken alike the journey through the millennial maze.
In the second story we have an awkward encounter set in a hotel room between two cosplay fans - Sailormoon and Spider-Man. Conflict between the two arises as Sailermoon continues to play games with lies upon lies.
We are moved into yet another room for the third story - a plant warehouse sale where the owner has taken on a new intern who clumsily continues to break ceramics. The story heats up as the interns ex boyfriend rocks up at the sale, after having been blocked on Instagram. He is there to profess his love but is quickly rejected.
While I felt lost for most of the first story with the arguing couple, I enjoyed the structure with it being broken up into three parts to frame the other two stories. I'm pleased I endured through the first story long enough for the unexpected turns ahead in the later stories. I actually was grasping the edge of my chair for the shocking climax of the second story.
The sets are minimal, with the writing and solid acting being the driving forces of the stories. The third story was the stand out for me, with hilarious antics, over the top animated characters, and relatable themes on social media use.
Being quite unconventional, this may not be to everyones tastes. However if you are looking for something unique, then this is conceptual theatre at its best.. an immersive exploration of the millennial generation.
Four out of five stars.
photos: Anthony Wayne
NGV: WINTER MASTER PIECES - TERRACOTTA WARRIORS AND CAI GUI QIANG EXHIBITION NEW website review by Susan Reynolds
A visit to this NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpiece Exhibition will find you captivated by dramatic achievements in art. This is in terms of the scale and wonder of the Chinese Terracotta Warriors (you’ll see 8 monumental figures what they represent is the more than 8,000 warriors unearthed) they were originally made as "Guardians of Immortality” for the mausoleum of the first Emperor of China Qin Shihuong. The warriors were created over 2000 years ago for the first Emperor of a unified China Qin Shihuong. This Emperor had an intense desire and a quest for immortality, this army of warriors was made to protect him in his afterlife. Discovered in 1974 this treasure has been often called the 8th Wonder of the World. There are 150 other ancient artefacts to appreciate in the exhibition providing an overview of the Qin Dynasty and also examples from the Han Dynasty.
The exhibition format is again a two-fold one like previous successful NGV events. The other component of the MWM is named “The Transient Landscape” by Contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang. This artist has a multi disciplinary approach with a personal ethos to challenge our assumptions that ancient and contemporary ideas can’t relate. You’ll be left aghast by a major piece called “Murmuration” an installation of more than 10,000 porcelain birds. “The flock spirals over the heads of visitors to recreate the shape of Mount Li". As you proceed into the gallery this sight is breathtaking. The artist has a deep soul connection to the principles of Chinese culture and art. His inspirations for this piece come from his visit to the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shihuong.
Another work by Cai Guo-Qiang is the a 360 degree mural where the focus is the Peony. The silk panels created by the effects of gunpowder. This vision is that of a contemporary artist connecting with the nature of the flower its ethereal limitations. The Peony is known as the king of flowers in China and is often featured in Chinese art and symbol of virtue, honour and prosperity. This work is the result of carefully drafted drawings where the designated gunpowder is ignited. Gunpowder an important invention from in China dating back to 850AD has featured in Cai’s work for 30 years and the material he says has a spontaneity and unpredictability which interests him. Cai has other examples of his fascinating art with his unique approach employing materials such as paper, silk, porcelain and gunpowder.
Some facts which i found personally interesting : the warriors were originally painted in bright colours. Flesh tones were employed and brown pigment used on hair and eyes. : A mind boggling 700,000 workers were involved in building the mausoleum : About the terracotta horses …horses very important for warfare and work. Teams of 4 horses pulled chariots and 100 warriors clustered around a chariot which was an essential component in the terracottas army formation : human and animal sacrifices were made for the tomb there were female concubines remains and and artisans were buried alive. There was animals slaughter as well
Review by Susan Reynolds
photography: Tony Collins
BOB DYLAN REVISITED (IN SYDNEY) NEW website review by Ivan Lubkov
Bob Dylan Revisited Five talented musicians John Waters, Glenn Shorrock, Wendy Mathews, Doug Parkinson and Wes Carr organize a tribute to Bob Dylanconcert. All the stars that Bob set alight and were guiding the music industry throughout the past 55 years were sung again thanks to the international touring company Abstract Entertainment. Bob Dylan has countless achievements and awards including The Nobel Prize in Literature, the presidential Medal of Freedom, he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and he is one of the world’s top selling artist with sales over 100 million sales. The Anerican country folk rock songs resonate with everyone and records such as “Like a Rolling stone” remind me of all the changes that happened throughout life and throughout the world and give faith in the future no matter the directions of winds. Anyone that has ever had wanderlust or faced major changes or is simply a rock fan would be thrilled to hear all the great songs just as they were sung by Bob Dylan.
GABS BEER FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2019 NEW website photography Erkin Kalayci review: Marina Sklyar
What a great way to spend a day at The Australian Beer Festival, The event was spectacular.
There was so much variety of drinks. It was colourful. The stands were designed with attention to detail. One could observe many happy people walking freely and joyfully with drinking glasses.
The event started in a slow mode pace as the queue to enter was quite long but the organisers made sure everyone has got a sample glasses.
It was just my luck by the time I get to the piddle stick they run out of cups! It was funny but my mood did not spoil the small misfortune.
I started walking around selecting the most unusual and eccentric beers. I was not disappointed by my choices. The flavours were incredible with fines aromas from the crafted beers.
What an eye opener to such a rich variety! After some few hours of walking and tasting the drinks honestly I could no longer tell the difference between them as I became tipsy and just too happy to be there. I though it was the time for me to wrap up my journey.
Overall the Gabs exhibition was excellent. It was a good value for money although the location choice was not the top class but as I mentioned before the happy time and my company was more important plus the variety was simply extraordinary.
GABS BEER FESTIVAL SYDNEY 2019 NEW website photography Neil Chand review: Ivan Lubkov
The Great Australian Beer Spectacular (GABS) returns throughout Australia in 2019. The greatest authentic Australian festival returns throughout Australia and New Zealand. The distinctive Australian flavor of the nation’s favorite drink attracts guests that cheer and enjoy the event until every keg is empty.
I have arrived to the Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, the venue chosen for the event and from the outside it seemed very discreet and secluded, there was no commotion or a crowd waiting outside. Even the box office was closed already, and it was still a morning, the time was 11am. I had to present my ID at entry, which was somewhat unexpected. My mind was totally blown out when I entered the venue, there was so much things happening though out the huge hall. There were numerous stands for big Australian brands, countless degustation stations with selection of almost 200 types of beer and cider. After realizing that it would take me almost a whole day to try each flavor I understood why there were no people walking outside, everyone was simply focusing on appreciating the various available flavors.
As with any consumption of beverages, the food is a vital component of a good of an enjoyable experience. There was a big selection of burger brands, souses and sea food. Overall the GABS is the greatest beverage festival in the Asia Pacific region, it allows guests to enjoy the festival of Beer in a distinctive style not influenced by European counterparts.
BTS photos: Ivan Lubkov
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MOZART'S CLARINET NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Mozart’s Clarinet’ Given at: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, XAVIER COLLEGE, Barkers Road, Kew on 18/5/2019. Conductor: Rick Prakhoff, Soloist: David Griffiths (Clarinet).
The programme began with Sinfonietta. Op.21 composed by Harry Sdraulig. This was a short piece in four movements of varying moods. The discordant brassy ‘March’ was followed by ‘Nocturne’ that displayed pensively mysterious passages beautifully handled by the strings and flute. With the ‘Aria’ movement, the orchestra showed a bold richness combined with sensitivity; especially, solo passages by the Concertmaster Susan Pierotti and the French horns. The dramatic and lively ‘Finale’ delivered good balance and expression to end the 12 minute work with a big ending. Being in the audience, the young composer was enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience.
Buzz and expectation followed as David Griffiths joined the Orchestra to perform Mozart’s one and only Clarinet Concerto, K.622. in three movements. With a bouncy start, David displayed his virtuosity in a clean, smooth and melodious manner with subtle runs and well orchestrated interplay led ably by Rick. Highlighted by his extremely shiny shoes, David’s body movement was very interesting to watch as he swayed with the music – fully immersed, but tightly connected with the Orchestra. Exploitation of the arpeggios was a delight, ending the ‘Allegro’ movement in smooth style. The romantic ‘Adagio’ movement followed with pensive clarity intertwined with beautiful melodies through the clarinet’s middle register. It was a sheer joy to experience the bonding of the soloist with the Orchestra in a kind of meditative way giving a well rounded lyrical quality. With a gentle ending, the final movement, ‘Rondo: Allegro’ followed in a lively and bouncy tempo, giving David the perfect opportunity to show off his superb technique and style, fusing together a range of keys and motifs. The audience delighted in his performance, giving him a rapturous applause and of course, the Orchestra! Interval followed. After some light refreshments, the audience was ready for Tchaikovsy’s Symphony No.5, Op.64. With a solemn and gloomy start from the clarinets, the Orchestra’s smooth transition displayed a good dramatic build-up with some exciting crescendos and intricate work from the strings and punchy interplay by the woodwind and timpani. The well moulded and drama filled first movement ended serenely to lead the way into the passionate second movement lead by the French horns and the woodwinds, further climaxed by the strings – exploring the beautiful melodies. It was interesting to observe the energetic immersion of the Conductor, bringing out some confident and quality playing from the Orchestra. This was followed by the third movement titled ‘Valse’. A happy and playful mood was set with intricate interplay between the strings and woodwind section. The intricate runs by the strings were most enjoyable with some nice work by the oboe and bassoon. To complete this massively complex symphony, the Orchestra slipped into the quietly dramatic ‘Finale’ with great gusto firstly with the strings and then with some powerful playing by the brass section – not to mention some dynamic conducting! As the symphony enfolded, there were remnants of some Brahms embroiled in this last movement. However, the march like majestic ending was handled well by the strings in a stately manner, while the Orchestra pulled together for a powerful crescendo, much to the delight of the well attended audience.
Congratulations to the energetic Rick Prakhoff, David Griffiths and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2019. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 22 May 2019.
Mozart Piano Concerto No.19 in F major with Elyane Laussade NEW website review by Natasha Lukin
Melbourne Musicians at their Best
With the program in their hands, the audience enjoyed the concert opening. The program started with the famous 12 German Dances by Haydn. It was a premiere performance by The Melbourne Musicians. The Dances were originally composed for piano but later Haydn created a version for orchestral instruments. This music included a Trio section with a different mood. Therefore, some of those dances were slow, some were a bit cheeky and the others were simply bringing happiness to our hearts.
As the event was advertised as Mozart Piano Concerto No.19 in F major with Elyane Laussade, the listeners have been waiting for that magnificent Mozart’s piece. When Elyane just stepped on stage I found it to be very clever and charming of her to be dressed in the costume from Mozart’s epoch and I thought she was a genuine artist delivering her true message not just through the direct performance but with some subtle dditional details as well. Elyane’s beautiful attire was simply stunning! To add to the image the pianist's talented performance together with The Melbourne Musicians orchestra was simply stunning. It was beyond the audience's expectations.
There is what the New York Times has writen about Elyane Laussade: “a pianist with a polished technique, dazzling power and an impeccable sense of style”. US-born Juilliard graduate Elyane Laussade is now firmly established as one of Australia’s finest pianists. It was an expereince beyond any words of appraisal!
Conducted by Frank Pam, who founded The Melbourne Musicians in 1975 the Mozart’s famous piano concerto was presented to the public at its best, simply flawlessly. The orchestra comprises of leading freelance players, including string teachers from the Melbourne’s foremost private schools and advanced students from the most regarded institutions such as the Australian National Academy of Music.
The concert was concluded with two more musical pieces - Dittersdorf Symphony in F major Kr.70 and No. 55 “Schulmeister” (The Schoolmaster) in E flat. The event took place on Friday, 17th of May at James Tatoulis Auditorium at the Methodist Ladies College in Kew.
We are looking forward to the next concert of the series called “Mozart Project” with Elyane Laussade to be performing at 7:30PM on FRIDAY 9 AUGUST. The program will include: Haydn – Symphony No.43 in E flat major “Mercury” Mozart – Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major, K.271 “Jeunehomme” Haydn – Symphony No.49 in F minor “La Passione” Boccherini – Symphony in D minor, Op XII No.4 G506 “House of the Devil” (note the orchestra only played 10 of Haydn’s 12 German Dances, omitting numbers 3 and 8)
That will be another feast of musical delight for appreciative public.
Please do not miss out!
THE MELBOURNE MAGIC FESTIVAL 2019 PRE-LAUNCH EVENT NEW website review and photos: Sam Bell
There was an idea, some of you may know it; called the Melbourne magic festival. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable entertainers to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to amaze the cynics and bring joy to the masses. Tim Ellis believed in this idea, the idea of magic. For good reason as it turns out, with the festival growing exponentially over the last eleven years and becoming a true juggernaut of the magical and entertainment world. A titan of mystery and illusion that I was lucky enough to be given a sneak peak of recently.
To those not yet in the know, last Friday, May 10, marked the date that the MC Showroom was elevated from its humble origins to the lofty heights of second hub venue of the largest magic festival in the southern hemisphere. As if that wasn’t enough, the event also acted as a wonderful promotion for the events new Executive Sponsor BHC Property. Not bad considering the event was completely underfunded for it’s first six years and produced entirely by the performers themselves out of pocket.
One of the countless delays plaguing our fine city meant that I missed the first section of the show (Thanks PTV), but I found out later that it was filled with close up magic and a good amount of magical showing off, as any gathering of magician should be. The event MC Michael Pope made sure to roast all latecomers (myself included), as well as ensure that all the acts had a suitably dramatic introduction.
From there it was all go, and never in the direction expected. From the family friendly, if unexpectedly dramatic Felix Lee, to the illusionist and part time levitator Richard Vegas the magic lovers were appeased. Meanwhile Cath Jamison and Michael Pope both left the cynics in awe with their mentalism and mind reading skills. Meanwhile Ben Hutton reminded us why card magic has stood the test of time. But no magic show would be complete without magicians such as Lachlan Wilde and Josh Staley whose dramatic flair and sleight of hand skills let us forget for a moment the impossibility of what we are seeing. I’m particularly grateful to Josh, who was kind enough to pull me from the crowd and then steal a fiver from me. In his defence I did get it back, though I had to cut through the fruit and veg section to get it.
All in all, the night stood as a remarkable promise of things to come, and a stark reminder of why we all need a little magic in our lives. So, if you or your family could use a pick me up, or maybe you just feel like you have seen it all. The Melbourne magic festival will be running from June 30 to July 13, I highly recommend you check out their website and book your tickets early. THE MELBOURNE MAGIC FESTIVAL 2019 PRE-LAUNCH EVENT NEW
review and photos: Sam Bell
MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK SYDNEY NEW website Day: May 13 ANGELS BY RUSSELL JAMES EXHIBITION review and photos: Ivan Lubkov
The world renown photographer famous for his contributions to the Victoria’s secret brand and fame. He used his talent not only for the top Fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Clare and GQ, but he also used his extensive experience and vision to directed television commercials and art films. He and organized famous non-for-profit organization for assisting, guiding and funding people in marginalised societies.
With his desire to share with the world he assembled some of his best photos with Victoria’s secret top models such as Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Elsa Hosk, Stella Maxwell and other models that wanted to contribute to his project. The publication of his book Angels by Russell James was held in a dedicated art exhibition in Sydney Carriage works, in the same venue a lot of Sydney fashion shows are held.
The event was impressive, every guest had plenty of chances to speak, take photos, ask opinions or simply have a casual conversation with the famous photographer. The event attracted a lot of famous fashion designers and photo models and overall felt very friendly and welcoming. Anyone interested in fashion or art must visit similar event when it is held somewhere in the world.
Day: May 15 Thurley Resort 2020 Collection Runway review : Neil Chand and photos: Neil Chand and video: Hakam Soufan
The models were amazingly great and the fashion outfits were fitting well on them. The setup and lighting on stage were absolutely breathtaking and matched well with the show. It was something different compared to the other fashion shows i attended before. I really loved it.
YIRRAMBOI FESTIVAL NEW DAN SULTAN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ALICE SKYE AND KALAJI website review by Katherine Kelly photos: Stuart Buchana
Yirramboi Festival Concert Melbourne Town Hall Sunday 5 May 2019
Guest Artists: Dan Sultan Alice Skye Kalaji (Mark Coles Smith)
Melbourne Town Hall was recently the venue of a unique concert featuring Dan Sultan, an ARIA award-winning alternative rock legend with supporting acts coming from Alice Skye, recent winner of the 2018 Triple J Unearthed/National Indigenous Music Award and Kalaji, the musical alias of award-winning actor Mark Coles Smith. Each musician performed their new Grand Organ works, composed in their own original languages which were commissioned by the City of Melbourne. Carolyn Briggs, Wurrung senior elder opened the Concert. Carolyn is the Founder and Chairperson of the Boon Wurrung Foundation, which has carried out significant work in cultural research, restoring the Boon Wurrung language, and assisting Aboriginal youth to connect with their heritage. Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne also gave a short address. Kalaji (Nyikina) commenced the concert by performing a self-composed piece on the 4-storey Town Hall organ which was restored in 1929. He created a symphonic sound in a swirl multi-coloured circles whilst the smoke machine created a Macbeth effect. A keyboard appeared on stage and Alice Skye (Wergaia and Wemba Wemba), performed a number of beautiful self-composed songs along with sharing some of her experiences on public transport. She then went upstairs to the organ and performed a composition in the original language of her people. Dan Sultan (Eastern Arrernte and Gurindji), finally appeared to a resounding welcome. A soon-to-be father, he performed some brilliant compositions with excellent guitar accompaniment. He put up a fine competition with the smoke machine! His ascent to the organ and his subsequent performance did not disappoint.
The concert was indeed a credit to the Yirramboi Festival with the calibre of these award-winning artists.
Words: Katherine Kelly
KABLOOM NEW website photos an review: Erkin Kalayci
Kaboom is one of the niciest outdoor family event around Melbourne.
In addition to great flower display at the immaculate patches, there are always different attractions for kids and adults.
You can experience the gardens as well as the tasties food in the area and relaxing finest day in the nature with your family and friends.
This year it was a bit wet and rainy at Kabloom when I attended o run a photo shoot with my model, but spending some quite time next to the greens and flowers the not so pleasant weather gifted us a different and most rewarding experience. It means nature never has bad weather we are only there to judge it. The fowers and the grass around us loved the water falling down from the skies.
YIRRAMBOI FESTIVAL: TALE OF AN URBAN INDIAN NEW website review by Marina Skliar
Tales of an Urban Indian.
An evening tour bus is taking its audience on a mysterious story telling tour.
An enigmatic white man walks into the bus while accompanied by the sound of the beating drums. He puts posters on the bus windows of the native Indian and starts his story.
I must say he is an excellent story teller. and he tells his story with such a rare passion and talent. Simon is a Native American Indian who has lived most of his life at the reservation in Canada, Vancouver. We heard this story from the moment he was born, he captured so many amazing moments of his own life as well.
Together with Simon the audience experienced it all: laughter, sadness and happy tears. It is a story of survival, of a young man who has so much to live for on the land his ancestors who have called it home for centuries but yet been discriminated and outcasted on that same land. The battle to find his own identity, the a battle with addictions: alcohol, drugs and loss of the loved ones. This story could be born for many lives not for one.
It is a very fine line between comedy and drama with a spice of some black humour.
I absolutely loved it, I would highly recommend it to everybody, especially for the people who are searching their thrue self.
AUSTRALIAN TATTOO EXPO MELBOURNE NEW website photography: Erkin Kalayci text: Max Lyons
Venue: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.
Website: http://www.ritesofpassagefestival.com Event/Experience Review: By Maxwell M. Lyons
The Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the creativity and diversity of the body art community, showcasing world-renowned tattoo artists, professional manufacturers and suppliers, and industry experts.
Started back in 2011, the festival has since grown exponentially, now housing many welcomed additions, such as food festivals, live entertainment, seminar keynotes, and tattoo competitions across a wide range of styles and techniques – with everything from dot and linework to neo-traditional design masterpieces.
This year’s event featured all these additions and more, with even the inclusion of a local food truck festival onsite. As for the main attraction, there were over 350 local, national, and international tattoo artists on showcase, with guests encouraged to discover new trends, new artists and designs, and even get some ink to commemorate the occasion. Nearly every artist there had tables set up in-stall for tattooing, with many welcoming walk-ins on the day (though pre-booking was recommended).
Even for those not so inclined to the idea of getting a tattoo, don’t disregard the entire event just yet; it still may be worth a future visit. From a pure art perspective, the quality and diversity of the design portfolios on display were spectacular, and though a little unconventional, I would consider an art gallery in itself worth viewing.
Don’t worry if you missed out on this year’s event! The Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival will be heading to Sydney during October later in the year, and you can have a bet it will be back, better than ever come April 2020.
Photos and video footage from this fantastic event can be found on our website.
DISNEY ON ICE PRELAUNCH NEW website coverage: Anthony Wayne
Anthony Wayne and Taylor Cougle were lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a special event on 3 May to promote the upcoming Disney On Ice Australian tour.
An afternoon tea, meet and greet with one of the cast members, plus a very special appearance by none other than Mickey Mouse. We were also treated to a short performance by a group of junior figure skaters, followed by the chance to get out on the ice and try some ice skating for ourselves. It was certainly a very fun afternoon and we are excited for the upcoming tour.
Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends Disney’s Moana takes the ice for the first time in Australia with this new ice skating extravaganza.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR: 31 MAY – 21 JULY 2019 Coming to Rod Laver Arena in the July school holidays from 4th-8th July.
For further details please visit - www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
Filming and Editing: Anthony Wayne
Bohemian Rhapsody Club expresses it's thanks to the event management and organisers.
video 2 Editing: Hakam Soufan Filming: Anthony Wayne and Taylor Cougle
DOG LOVERS SHOW 2019 NEW website photos: BTS Susan Reynolds
review: Susan Reynolds
DOG LOVERS SHOW FRID.3 - SUN 5 MAY Royal Exhibition Building 10/10 The Dog Lovers Show was a barking success this year I think the doggies seemed to enjoy the show as much as their human friends. For three days the pooches and their human friends took over the iconic Royal Exhibition Building Carlton. Jam packed with events the show included competitions and some freebie samples for eager attendees. I saw a number of shopping trollies which were chock full of samples and discounted dog goodies one lady I chatted to won a huge 10kg bag of dog food. For those of us who don’t have a dog as yet and are thinking of what breed this show was invaluable. The therapy these loving creatures gave and the happy atmosphere around them filled the spaces. An all round positive vibe and way to spend time. All were there ..the admirable, the uniquely beautiful, the regal, the full of character, the cheeky the athletic, the smart, the obedient, the snuggly ones and the shelter dogs who need a helping hand. All the variety of experiences the dogs gave the visitors are really why they truly are man’s best friend. The spellbinding border collies on stage with their handlers were entertaining and a chat with the trainers after I found educational. Meeting the breeds was a great joy and having a photo opportunity with them people lapped up. There were breeds at the show I don’t think many would know too much about I learned a lot that’s for sure. Included in this I heard much more about Australia’s own native dog “the dingo”represented by sanctuary members. They had 2 dogs for us to get to know and their human handlers were so knowledgeable this was unique experience. Just some of the breeds I encountered !!!!...this was definitely the place to get up close to many different breeds of dogs and cuddle the other beautiful mixed breed rescue shelter dogs. Just some of the others I saw.... Great Danes, Rottweilers, Sharpei, German Shepherd, Border Collies, Japanese Akita, Swiss Mountain Dogs, Poodles, Labradors, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Samoyed, chihuahua, bulldog, beagle, greyhound, Bernese mountain dog, Afghan, Siberian husky, chow chow, Australian shepherd, bearded collie, corgi, dachshund, Finnish lapphund, schnauzer, Irish wolfhound, jack russell, Maltese, Newfoundland, pug, Swedish Vallhund, Irish setter, Dalmatian, cocker spaniel, sheep dogs, labradoodle, Bull Arab, groodle, King Charles cavalier I like the free to roam principle but if you armed yourself with a program on your way in the choices were huge. A number of arenas indoor (and outdoor for the water events) to see the clever and athletic breeds in action. Just countless other ways to spend your time...I spent a lot of mine cuddling dogs and talking to their human friends. Ways to spend the day....seeing Exhibitors, breeders, dog adoption zone, grooming demonstrations and up close with the dogs in a relaxed setting. There were shows on how to care for your dog, talks about dogs, stalls to buy for your dog, giveaways and competitions, novelty spots like face painting and a significant choice of eating and coffee places
BTS video: Susan Reynolds
photography: Robert Wilson
video: Hakam Soufan / Sudan Reynolds
GALA FASHION PARADE CHARITY EVENT NEW website review: Natasha Lukin photos: Natasha Marchev
RoCan – Rotary Community against ovarian cancer.
20 years ago RoCan - as an investment trust for that cause - had been founded by Yvonne Moon. Her purpose was and still is raising awareness and understanding of ovarian cancer and raising funds for research.
On the 4th of May RoCan organised and ran a big fundraising event to support the cause of the organisation. It was held in the ITALIA Club in St. Albans, Victoria. The attendance was great, and funds were collected from the tickets people bought for this event, from buying clothing and accessories, raffles. That also included an auction of the good provided by various vendors. The most expensive item was diamond earrings worth 15 thousand dollars.
Ih her speech, Yvonne emphasised that there is a lack of understanding and awareness about this disease as that is a silent killer, with no symptoms or tests for early diagnosis.
Every ten hours, one woman loses her battle with ovarian cancer in Australia alone. Ovarian cancer is the predominant form of gynaecological cancer, claiming the lives of hundreds of women each year. By the time that most women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it has spread throughout the body and the survival rate is less than 30%. If ovarian cancer could be detected at an early stage, before it has left the ovary, then the survival rate would be greater than 85%.
Yvonne said: - Our purpose is to support research for ovarian cancer and always will be. The major goal is to find a test, a reliable test for all the women, which is not available, not developed at this stage.
Then Yvonne shared her news and further plans of RoCan. She told that by now RoCan managed to raise its fund to one million, but more money is needed. It is a huge project that RoCan is s going to carry on, which is to build the Wellness House for people recovering from cancer and for their relatives from interstate as a place where they would be able to stay.
For this purpose RoCan just bought a block of land in Werebee from their fundraising efforts.
Yvonne said: - Our major fundraiser is a bike rides. We just finished 1100 k from Sydney to Mel bike ride and continue to run our bike-riding events.
She explained, that more money is needed for the house, which will include relaxation room, yoga, music, all in non-clinical environment. This house will be for both, men and women, diagnosed with all forms of cancer.
Fundraising events such as that one, organised by RoCan is a very good way to give back to community by raising awareness about this silent killer and supporting scientific medical research, concluded Yvonne Moon
BARNUM THE MUSICAL website review and photos: Alexander O Montgomery
Barnum The circus musical
Upon arrival at the Comedy theatre in Melbourne's Central Business District on Thursday 2 May at half past six, I was floored by the sheer number of dignitaries, TV personalities, entertainment big wigs and with everyone else who were there together with their Pearlie whites smiling for the flashing cameras as they all strutted the red carpet.
I am knowledgeable and have heard of the American version of the Barnum musical with a book credited to his name but I had never imagined that this American character from the middle of the 19th century had such a huge following in Melbourne hence a huge turnout by some of Melbourne's A-listers tonight at it's premiere opening.
Barnum the circus musical is a combination of acrobatic acts and operatic performances along the storylines of entrepreneurship, love, love lost and then found, ambition and the sheer tenaciousness of a man named Barnum.
A star studded cast with Australia's very own Todd Mckenney playing the lead as Barnum and Rachael Beck as his wife Charity, this musical tracks Barnum in the middle of the American 19th century where he introduces his circus acts proclaiming that "there is a sucker born every minute". Barnum must have invented the word "humbug" as he splatters this word around freely throughout this musical of his life which basically depicts him heavily reliant on telling fibs and embellishing the truth in his quest to keep his museum going. In short, Barnum is a true blue entrepreneur who displays his penchant for his love of making money albeit through questionable ethics or his lack thereof.
Charity Barnum, his loving wife on the other hand, has a totally different personality and mindset as she disagrees with his use of "humbug" and with her love for him (in her own gentle way), coaxes Barnum to be more grounded and realistic in his expectations and to work in a factory when his museum was gutted by fire.
There is disparity between both these husband and wife's point of view on their lives and ambition but with true love for her husband, Charity stays by his side and supports him only to find that Barnum (who subsequently becomes the manager of a famous Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind) becomes enamored with her!
My favourite part of this musical was definitely the operatic performance of Jenny Lind (played by Suzie Mathers) who put up a very strong performance in her vocal range and her adaptation of the Swedish accent. What also blew my mind was when Barnum (Todd Mckenney) himself performed a tight rope stunt which had my heart in my mouth for a whole ten seconds!
A superb and highly enjoyable musical with a star studded cast accompanied with a fabulous storyline, I rate Barnum the circus musical a very high 9 out of 10 stars!
by Alexander O. Montgomery Media Journalist for The Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine
MISS / MR WORLD PRELIMINARY RUNS VICTORIA website review: Susan Reynolds
Thursday 24 April 2019 Miss World Preliminaries and announcement of Mr. World.
The night’s program saw Mr. World in the competition; a welcome addition; who doesn’t want to see the guys present at what has traditionally been a female focused arena. Person responsible for this new format Debra Miller National Director of Miss World.
The day had started early for many contestants and coaches, preparations and rehearsals was the order of the day. The venue White Night Receptions provided ambience for this fully catered event. When I arrived there were many people tending to their items...changes of clothing, they were toting dress bags and the like for the various dress categories. They were being stowed away with convenient access. Makeup touch ups and hair styling the go to for many by Youshiki Hair and Scissors. Major sponsors for the Event: Vogue Dental Studios and Alfaparf with gift bags for attendees and contestants on the night.
Some of the girls were already in their first white/cream dresses others it was speculated were perhaps saving the surprise for the event and changing later. This view dispelled by a contestant who said she didn’t want to spill or mess up her dress. So that previous myth was dispelled!
There was much mingling with each other, friendships being forged and interviewing with the media. Channel 10 The Studio were filming with the lovely Natalie Hunter chatting to potential Mr.Worlds and having some fun with the less shy contestants. I’d thought the partially bare chested guys were missing buttons on their shirts (my attempt at humour)
Make no mistake however this was serious business, many of these contestants had their own message to convey in competing. One male contestant I chatted with had been a serving soldier in the War in Afghanistan and wanted to highlight PTSD. I’d met a doctor who had aims to highlight women’s health in other countries. There was an animal advocate who had grown up in a country town. Some of the Miss World candidates had previously competed in other pageants but there were many newcomers who had never walked a catwalk until the night. Whether they were returning to try again or this was their first time the contestants embraced it equally with the same excitement and anticipation.
The general shape of pageants has changed enormously over the years and perhaps I’m showing my vintage but thankfully gone are the days of single phrase wishes for world peace all-important but repeated too often in bygone years. Many contestants understood that these events offer them a chance to highlight their broad spectrums of individual interests and community concerns. That focus was whether it was in a local or global sense.
Not forgetting that this pageant is about Variety Australia and fundraising for children in need. Selflessness is important in thinking charitably but much is to be gained in helping others and participating. Candidates gain to win a lot more that a coveted title and prize. There’s confidence building, personal growth along with a platform to express concerns, passions and new friendships to be made. Many contestants were previously actively involved in charities and motivations making a difference.
There was great depth spoken by the contestants and heart in their speeches. I was really impressed by these young people who were so warm and kind. The cliché phrase you’re all winners I reiterate from the words said by Andi Lew who was the impeccable host for the evening as it was so apt. I’d also said to one male contestant who was disappointed they’d not won that they’d so much to offer and I conveyed the determination previous contestants have made in going into many of these events several times. Mr World winner was a great choice and it was gratifying to see him win he spoke so well about bullying and it’s effects and suicide a very relevant topic he replied to with depth and understanding.
*Eden Dally winner Mr. World prize on the night a trip to the Philippines
*15 Miss World Preliminary Finalists we’re selected from the contestants.
*PANEL: Deborah Miller : Miss World National Director Dr Dee: : Vogue Dental Studios and Platinum Partner Taylah Cannon. : Miss World 2018 Natalie Hunter : Channel 10 Lisa Doehl : International Model from Berlin Nicklaus Pedersen: Mr World 2014 Deanne Firth : Official Auditor counting judges scores from Tactical Accountants
The boys final 5 before major winner were: Johnny Berry, David Belforde, Harrison Craig, Eden Dally. Final Mr. World Winner was Eden Dally
Review for Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine by Susan Reynolds
photos: Tony Collins
BTS photos: Susan Reynolds
BTS photos:: Olga Kirk
there are photos of the list of all the contestants names
video: Hakam Soufan / Sudan Reynolds
PANIC HITS THE MINISTRY PANIQUE AU MINISTERE BY MELBOURNE FRENCH THEATER website review by Susan Reynolds
PANIC HITS THE MINISTRY PANIQUE AU MINISTERE 10/10 1-4th May Tickets $20-$39 Library At the Dock
By Jean Franco and Guillaume Melanie
The French theatre production was hilarious with each of the actors superbly creating their characters with their intrinsic mannerisms. Having not seen a Production such as this I was intrigued by this French subtitled play.
Arriving at the venue the friendly atmosphere was enhanced by wine and cheese. We know the French are most exquisitely renowned for these delights and this touch didn’t disappoint. The French Theatre group has been in operation for 40 years Founders of the French Theatre are Michael (Michel) Bula and David Gorrie in 1977.
At the onset the play launched into setting the scene we had the meticulously presented Gaby who runs the office efficiently but struggled in keeping her eccentric mother wayward daughter and problem-riddled boss in tow.
Gaby is disillusioned with men so the career focus as the Chief of Staff at the Ministry has served to quash her frustrations. Initially not noticing Eric the janitor she eventually warmed to his ways and finds herself attracted.
These people closest in Gaby’s life were causing her grief. Not to mention the unseen students who were threatening riots because of the Education Minister Louis was introducing a horridly unfashionable unpopular uniform. Gaby tried to protect him from this dilemma and his intensely jealous and angry soon to be divorced wife Michelle.
All the forces collided when one night at the Ministry each of the characters besides Gaby had their own agenda in entering the office building at night. Hilariously funny situations prevailed. The quirky Cecile is in her element as the hipster in a time warp type character.
Eventually some of the lies made to shield others and prevent a family meltdown come out and the relieved Gaby finds that love is not out of reach.
ROSE CALLAGHAN AT COMEDY FESTIVAL WITH 12 RULES FOR LIFE website review by Jeanette Russell Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend Rose Callaghan's show last night. It was a outstanding performance by Rose Callaghan in her show 12 Rules for Life . I highly recommend attendance to her thoroughly entertaining, very enjoyable, comic show. Rose has been at festivals, and theatres, providing lighthearted comedy to audiences while touring Australia. These appearances encompass, 12 Rules for life. These rules initially related to a very close male friend, who took an internet psychologist too seriously, she reflects . This makes for great humour as Rose dissects the psychologist's theories. We get a glimpse of how Women were encouraged to catch a husband in the 50s, as well. A very descriptive and funny slant on the dating game ensues. Subjects covered are relationships, the status of renting, babies, pets and a variety of other colourful topics, that tickle the funny bone . Some audience participation gave spectators a laugh, as gentle interstate rivalry was versed. Rose has her opinions on, our various behaviours at ages from 20 to baby boomer status, and in areas of jobs, games, and co workers. Her witty take on bodily functions, are touched on too during the evening . She covers her internet psychologists 12 rules with a great sense of fun and jocularity. Making for even more hilarity is when Rose covers her own rules for life at the end of her presentation. A must see in my mind. My companion and I got a real kick out of the show, which I urge, finishes tonight. Last call Rose Callaghan 12 Rules for life. Mantra on Russell, 222 Russell St, Melbourne. 6:15 pm this evening. https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/12-rules-for-lifev
WONDERLAND THEATER: ALADDIN website review: Olga Kirk
Our favorite Wonderland Theatre presents the well-known story of Aladdin.
We were happy to join the adventurous cute boy on his quest (played by 16 years old artist) to find fortune and outsmarted the wizard. Featuring a magic cave of spectacular surprises and a lamp-full of laughter, this genie-ous production is the perfect whole family fun. Aladdin needed all the help he could get from the children to rescue the beautiful Princess Yasmin and had an adventure.
Stunning costumes, great humor, talented singing and acting, famous stories with nowadays hints are making this Theatre distinguished for both younger and older audience.
Thank you for this every school holidays events to the Wonderland Theatre producers and actors!
Kids are waiting and so excited to meet Show White next time!
Melbourne-based comics and magicians Justin and Sam used their combined experience of 15 years in kids’ entertainment to make all the children laugh and believe in their miracle.
Every single child was given a magic wand when they entered to make them feel like magicians and be part of the show. The children were especially thrilled with the “flying table” illusion and the breathtaking finale of the performance. Some of the kids were lucky to perform and feet like a star on stage.
All the kids were able to get their photos with the performers after the show and had the option to buy a bag of magic and practice tricks at home.
Thanks to the masters of entertainment for the magical experience.
DUST website review by Amit Singh edited by Natasha Marchev
I was lucky enough to attend Dust production at Alexander Theatre Monash .
It is a beautiful art work with modern dance that teases our senses with rather clumsy visual and at the same time surrenders under the common cliches.
When we are born into this reality we live the projection and under the guidance of those who bring us to this life and all those who antecede us as their seeds. Historically humans were always interested in the interaction netween space and physical body - in reality the materialisation of one into the other. The contemporary dance gives the artists this niche to reflect again and again on this refreshing collaboration giving us the open window to test different ideas and conceptual solutions in expressing this union.
Dust is created by Dancenorth’s artistic director Kyle Page and associate artistic director Amber Haines. The production features live violin by Canada’s Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion) and an architecturally-designed set by the award-winning Liminal Studio.
This performance has a superb formation in understanding the architecture. Such unusual combination allows the actors to perform in a rather inspired state.
Dancenorth is a relatively small company located and established in far-north Queensland. I should admit that they have a grand vision and concept of timing too where they can be compared with quite bigger dance companies. I believe Dancenorth has managed to create quite a buzz across assorted viewers and audiences as well as dance experts and choreographers.
I was also impressed by the light extraordinary solutions on stage as well as the exceptional physical appearance and charisma of the dancers. The mix of hip hop-style was breathtaking combined with the launches and landings in very smooth elegant fashion.
I can only imagine all preparations and hard work the performers undertook to be in such a fit form.
The coordination of the technicians and the performers was also very impressive.
Above all I had an extraordinary experience to say the least and just wondering where the group will be leading next.