LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL AT CHERRY HILL FARM NEW website review: Olga Kirk
How to celebrate Lunar New Year?
Cherry Hill Orchard organised the Lunar New Year Festival to show their beautiful place and entertain the public the best they could. Anyone could enjoy delicious food, cherry ice cream and beverages, cultural interactive activities (two dragons were cute and fun), face and henna paintings or just enjoy the beautiful views and a picnic with the family!
Ice cream or the show- what is the best for your kid? Probably both!
There are thousands of different varieties of cherries, each with their own distinctive taste and flavour. The season was over, so unfortunately we could only buy the cherries not pick them.
As a big cherry fan I’m so happy that cherries are not only sweet and delicious but they are also give us many health benefits.
Cherry Hill Orchards, cherry picking season is in December and the Blossom Festival will be in September. I cant wait to go back for these to discover more of the hidden beauty of this place!
photos: Olga Kirk
LEGENDS IN CONCERT NEW website review by Amit Singh
Legends in concert
A concert with real music lengends of the world. What a night it was ! The venue , the weather , the ambience... it was a perfect night to witness the great performance at Crown Melbourne. The show was a tribute to Elton John by great artist of industry and of their time such as lady Gaga , Elvis, Diana Ross,Neil diamond , Dussy Springfield, Johnny cash and the crew.
Diana Ross took us to the epic 80’ era, at the same time lady Gaga gave us the taste of today’s hotness and melody .
The village people gave a power pack performance and the dancer, musicians and background singers had made their mark no less then the real stars .
Being a diehard fan of Lady Gaga I can connect to the music and vibes personally and enjoyed it a lot.
It was an event of lifetime. the audience were mostly in their 50’s and above. They were enjoying it so much that they added more glamour to the show.
The dresses, the lighting the stage arrangements were so professional and colourful that made us enjoy every second of the show.
The small snack bar outside was great to grab a drink and nibbles.
We are very thankful to the Natasha , Bohemian rhapsody club and magaxine and marquis fashion magazine who gave us the opportunity to be a part of such great show.
We felt like we were in Las Vegas and really enjoyed from the bottom of our heart . We will definitely com next year as well to witness this great show and amazing artists.
Thank you to everyone once again
Amit and Ben's photos:
LAVANDULA SWISS ITALIAN FARM: LAVENDER HARVEST FESTIVAL, DAYLESFORD NEW website review and selected photos: Olga Kirk
Lavandula's Lavender Harvest festival
It was such a great opportunity to enjoy the whole day with family in this fantastic place! The processes and uses of this wonderful plant are broad and interesting, such as harvesting with hand sickles, bunching for drying, distilling for essential oil and floral water.
It can be used for dried flower arrangements, filling potpourri satchels, culinary lavender used in cooking and oil and water, soap and medicine.
This festival was full of emotions from local Morris Dancers, Pepita Emmerichs with her talented brand of folk music, very interesting demonstrations from lavender distilling, lavender wand making (my daughter loved it) and wool spinning. Also the local artisan blacksmith showed his art of fine metal constructions. There was a face painter for all ages, with a French accent and a great sense of humour, as well as a clown and a wishing tree for kids and adults. There was an abundance of food from the massive wood-fired oven, an Italian-style BBQ and a festival-sized paella. But, our favorite was the lavender scones and lavender ice cream.
If you want to spend a romantic time with your beloved partner- hide in the purple fields, take great artistic pictures to keep the happy memories in your family album for ever, then you will love this festival. A great day for the whole family, dog friendly as well.
BTS photos: Johanna Smith
THE GREATEST MAGIC SHOW NEW website review and selected photos by: Nicole Stenton
The Greatest Magic Show was entertaining from start to finish for all ages. My magic obsessed 8-year-old was most looking forward to this show and he gave it two huge thumbs up! From the start Sam and Justin had the audience captivated, trying to figure out how they had pulled off their magic tricks. If you get the chance to attend and you can get front row seats I would recommend you do. During the show several children were chosen to go on stage to help perform magic and most were from the front row. Each time a child was chosen my kids were upset they didn’t come into the audience more to select a participant, however this was short lived.
In addition to Justin and Sam, the Ring Master was a great addition to the show. He played his character really well and was well received by the audience.
Overall, this is a show I would watch again, and would recommend to families. Upon entry, every child was given their own wand which made the day that little bit more special. When you have an auditorium full of laughter and wonder you know you’ve got a good show!
SHREK THE MUSICAL AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY LYRIC THEATER NEW website photography: Neil Chand
Shrek The Musical Australia is now playing in Sydney at the Sydney Lyric Theatre till February 9
our Sydney media crew was lucky enough to attend the OPENING NIGHT GREEN CARPET ARRIVALS and dress rehearsals of the musical on Sunday 5 January 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star with the opening night performance started at 6pm
please enjoy Neil Chand photo we publish today and we are so keen to see Hakam Soufan's film coverage of the event shortly more images: http://bohemianrhapsodyclub.weebly.com/travelling.html
Guests include: Kelley Abbey Natalie Abbott Trevor Ashley Simon Baker David Berry Bronwyn Bishop Tina Bursill David Campbell and family Jono Castano Charlie Clausen Harry Cook Cameron Daddo Chloe Dallimore Tim Draxl Barry DuBois Isabel Durant Jamie Durie Michael Falzon Nicholas Hammond Nancye Hayes Joe Hildebrand Melissa Hoyer Kat Hoyos Mark Humphries Joel Jackson Stefanie Jones Debora Krizak and family Benjamin Law Matt Lee Lincoln Lewis Tony Llewellyn-Jones Suzie Mathers Penny McNamee and family Kestie Morassi Mia Morrissey Steve Pennells Kyle Pryor Lukas Radovich Kate Ritchie Johnny Ruffo Jake Ryan Jaynie Seal Zac and Jordan Stenmark Prinnie Stevens and family Melissa Tkautz and family Geraldine Turner Jacinta Tynan and family Melina Vidler Christian Wilkins Gus Worland
special thanks: Sharonne Lipman, IP Publicity
ROOM ON THE BROOM NEW website review by Gerard Kirk
Room on the Broom A beautiful performance masterfully delivered by a superbly talented quartet of actors to the complete delight of the young and old audience.
Parents and young children thoroughly enjoyed the singing fun puppet characters, the dragon, the witch, the frog and the cat.
It’s a gentle story of friendship, about loving old friends and finding the new ones. The play is simpluy sparkled with magic, laughs, silly falls that spoke to the hearts of all involved.
It is a kind-hearted, nicely crafted hour in the theatre, although it doesn’t match the original book, it's rather more than just a walking and talking show.
It is highly recommend for those over 3 years old and unlimited age above who attend with their families.
At times I thought that the adult audience magically remembered their childhood and enjoyed the performance even more than the young audience.
A must see family entertainment at this school holiday!
PENINSULA FESTIVAL 2020 NEW website reviews by Erki Klayci, Tugba Kaglayan, Vellu Khanna, Jeanette Russell and Gerard Kirk
Saturday, 4 January– Recital Series, St John’s Anglican Church, Flinders ($65 or $55 Conc + b/fee, or package of four concerts for $200 + b/fee) 10.00am - Great Romantics Winner – Carol Wang 1.00pm - Strauss, Wagner & Schubert – Lee Abrahmsen and Caroline Almonte 4.00pm - Water has No Equal – Duo Eclettico Justin Kenealy (saxophone) and Coady Green (piano) 7.00pm - Hear the Music She Makes – Solstice Trio Georgina Lewis (piano), Natasha Conrau (violin), Stephanie Arnold (cello)
by Tugba Caglayan The fourth day of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival took place at St John is Church in Flinders on Saturday, Jan 4th. 4 different bands, with different styles and instruments, performed throughout the day at the venue, offering a delightful day full of music, engaging instruments from piano to saxophone, from bassoon to chello and violin, along withwine offerings in the beautiful gardens of the venue in between acts.
Ben Opie, the Artistic Director of the festival, opened every act with a lovely speech introducing himself along with the artists to perform as well as the motive behind the performance at the festival.
Overall, the effects in selecting emerging artists to perform and letting them. express themselves with their own select styles and wine is an extraordinary and necessary step taken towards recognising and supposing Australian artists as well as mesic.
Although many patrons seemed a little exhausted by the end of the final act, they all highly appreciated the effects, the opportunity, and the time they got to spend chatting with the artists.
GREAT ROMANTICS Carol at the bassoon) and Peter (at the piano) performed romantic pieces in a very passionate and loving way. She also was fantastic at delivering information about each piece, spicing it up with clever and delicate jokes as well as abig beautiful smile. She is a very talented and romantic young lady who feels the music, takes what she does very seriously and enjoy all at the same time..
The duo hand-picked the pieces from the romantic-period composers forming an-hour- long recital and skillfully performed to an audience who were very engaging and supportive.
St John's Church proved to be a quite cozy and welcoming venue for acoustic music.. Moreover, the diversity the Peninsula Sumer Festival hosts and embraces is mind- blowing.
LEE & CAROLINE A sensitive piano and a stunning voice performing to a full-house, Lee & Caroline had the audience enjoy pieces from Shubert, Strauss and wage. Multi-amend whining performers put on a magical t- hour show that captivated the entire venue.
Getting long applauses from the audience for their stunning act, theinternationally recognised duo finalized the program by telling the story behind the Wagner Wesendonck Leider, singing and playing this amazing piece, following a loud and cheerful praise from the audience.
DUO ECLETTI CO Justin & Coady began the program with a moving piece from Melbourne- based composer Katy Abbott. Following that, they continued with a calm and entertaining summer-like tunes from CPE Bach. The duo, with saxophone and piano, made the audience feel the music in their bones.
They continued with a CPE Bach piece that is both calming and entertaining at the same time.
The third piece by the talented duowas called "water has no equal" , which was composed by the Melbourne-based Tim Dargaville. During the program, we had the chance to listen to the composer and understand his motives behind this wonderful harmony of notes, coming straight from the heart of the nature, celebrating, as he puts it, the random as well as the unifying impact of water; the reflections presenting the reversed effect of a view. His piece was quite clear and succinct, just as he aimed it to be.
Duo completed the program with pieces from the French composer Paule Maurice, explaining how productive she was through her life, although there isn't much information available about her in most of the resources, including the internet. Her pieces were very simple plain, yet very deep and effective. Special thanks to Duo Eclettico, who were kind enough to come back to the stage and play an additional piece after the huge applause, for introducing both local and international hidden talents.
The prime group of theday stated at 7pm for a t-hour journey among the pieces from all-female composers, naming their show "Hear the music she makes". As they attracted a big crowd, the venue provided additional seating to accommodate the patrons for the recital. The trio performed several pieces from 8 different female composers in total.
The pieces they picked were mostly written between 2015-2019, showcasing the modern challenges of today's women along with a couple of classical picks from between 1140- 1914.
Multi-nationalism in music influenced the 3-piece band in both their regular acts as well as their music festival playlist.
Sunday, 5 January 2.00pm - Violin & Yoga – Veronique Serret – Peninsula Hot Springs, Fingal
review by Jeanette Russell
On Sunday I experienced a yoga session with my friend at The Peninsula hot springs spa house in Fingal. Our violin player was Veronique Serret . I sensed and observed , creativity and mastery as she played her instrument. The sweet sounds of the violin were relaxing stirring and invigorating all in the time, as we were there, participating. It was a wonderful ambience. I could feel the music resonating and almost vibrating through me. The expert playing created with the movement and parts of the symposium I found personally were exhilarating, enlivening, and enriching. The yoga teacher ran the forum so well. The yoga was stimulating, refreshing and relaxing. It was a terrific group. I believe, it was very beautiful, beneficial and significant. Really appreciated both the yoga and violin accompaniment.
My companion has stated " The yoga in the Amphitheatre area started with relaxing music and a violinist, then a led meditation, then we went into the yoga positions, with the 30-minute session ending with a meditation exercise. Participants were able to be on the grass area, or in one of the hot spring pools around the Amphitheatre.
After receiving our robes, towels and locker bracelets, we proceeded to the Amphitheatre change rooms, which were stunning, made up of 3 buildings: a large room with lockers on the walls and seats in the middle, a building with shower rooms and seats in the middle, and a building with toilet rooms with hand basins in the middle, and hand dryers on the wall. The facilities were always clean every time we entered. Off the 3 connecting buildings was a lovely women’s only garden with seats looking onto the bush land. " Thank you so much for the wonderful experience and lovely opportunity. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and are very grateful.
Monday, 6 January 2.00pm - Unknown Mirrors – Ryan Williams, Mayama McQueen-Tokita – Peninsula Hot Springs, Fingal (FREE with Bathhouse bathing)
Monday, 6 January 7.00pm - Twilight Jazz - Alinta & the Jazz Emperors – Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill South ($60 – Lawn only +b/fee. BYO chair or blanket. Estate wines available for purchase. Piazza cafe open for meals on the lawn.)
reviews by Erkin Kalayci and Tugba Kaglayan
UNKNOWN MIRRORS at Peninsula Hot Springs The group of two dedicated their show to everyone and all the animals affected by the bush fires recently being endured.
Their music reflects on nature and was a blast to listen to combined with the natural environment at the Peninsula Hot Springs along side the sounds of nature; flowing waters, singing birds...
Thanks to the artistic structure of the Hot Springs, the stage, names as Amphiteather, was placed right across the hot spring pools, where patrons had the chance to enjoy the beautiful, mystic sounds played by the duo. You could either pick the chairs with the warmth of your robe or the water pools where you can feel the bass under your skin and listen to the music even under the water by virtue of underwater speaker system Hot Springs has in place.
The duo Unknown Mirrors blends in with the nature so perfectly that it makes the patrons feel like they are in a magical land or an eastern movie where the world is so peaceful in a sakura garden and people understand each other without saying a word... Well, the architects of this magic are Ryan, playing a “ recorder”, and Miyama, playing a “ Koto”. They studied these ancient and traditional instruments and now they are travelling around the world to engage with other genres and explore more music for their instruments.
As the music was only available to the bathing patrons, once you buy your bathing tickets and get in, you may go ahead and enjoy several other pools at varying temperatures and varying heights; they even have a hilltop pool that has looks over the whole valley. Springs also has a variety of bathing structures, like Turkish Hamam, sauna, fire and ice rooms. The facility itself has everything you ’d ever need available; food, drinks, towels, lockers... so all you need is yourself and your bathing suit to give a treat to your body and soul at the same time.
The one thing that was missing is that we did not feel the presence of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival... There was no program delivered, there was no signs, neither most of the guests nor reception people had any idea about what to do when a music-festival related question was asked. It seemed like to the facility and the patrons, the concerts happening due to the music festival were just a couple of the music events regularly being organised by the Peninsula Hot Springs. Maybe some more involvement from the Peninsula Summer Music Festival staff as well as a couple of visual and/or printed material at the venue to tell the patrons that there was such a music festival being held in the vicinity and that there was a collaboration between two organisations to provide the best for the guests at the venue.
TWILIGHT JAZZ - Alinta and the Jazz Emperors at Montalto
One of the most exciting evenings ever! Internationally recognised musicians, artists coming together on a lawn at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove in the evening, making us feel the music along with some wonderful wine and cheese with a view of the perfect vineyard rising just across the hill patrons was located... The night was cold, musicians were struggling for their fingers were about the freeze, Alinta was trying her best to dance and wear the cold weather off... well, against all odds, they came up with an extraordinary performance leaving our hearts warm and content.
Both the owners of Montalto and Alinta were so kind and generous that they announced all the income from Alinta’s album as well as Rose Wines sell on the night would go straight to the people and the animals affected by the recent bushfires.
Despite the cold weather, performance of the band and Alinta lasted for around 1-hour, playing tunes from various movies and artists. For guests, the venue had three options where they could enjoy the music show with or without dining opportunities.
I would like to personally thank to the Jazz Emperors who masterfully played the instruments, the skilful Alinta with an amazing voice, the owners of Montalto and the great visionary Ben Opie, the Artictic Director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, for cooking an astonishing night for us.
Wednesday, 8 January 6.00pm - Affinity Quartet – Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South ($140 – 2 course dinner & show +b/fee)
review by Vellu Khanna
The Affinity Quartet At Port Phillip Estate, Mornington
The weaving of symphonic masterpieces, which the Affinity Quartet executes with the elegance depicted in those of the most sophisticated orchestras, is almost always the brainchild of a composer of erudite-like stature, and we are delighted to having witnessed the works of Ludwig van Beethoven from the Victorian-era, and that of a contemporary Caroline Shaw.
The elements construed into the musical output of the string quartet (being two violins, a viola and a cello) do indeed pique many an emotional chord, and as these four magnificent musicians fashion their craft, the audience is, in turn, led through a journey of awe and discovery. Beethoven's opus 59 Quartets, which is a set of three works, is performed by the Affinity Quartet in the same manner and vigour of, undoubtedly, in the concert halls where Beethoven himself was principal conductor.
The backdrop of the Port Phillip Estate at Mornington, with its beautiful pastures and cool evening breeze, is a wonderful catalyst to that effect. We wish the members of the Affinity Quartet the best of success, and hope to experience more of their work in the near future.
Regards / Vellu
Friday, 10 January7.00pm Opera at the Springs with Adrian Tamburini & Inventi Ensemble – Peninsula Hot Springs($75 General admission amphitheatre – performance only; $110 Amphitheatre entry and bathing; $130 Premium bathing – amphitheatre entry and whole of bath house bathing)sday16th home on the Tuesday 21st day16th home on the Tuesday 21st
review by Gerard Kirk
Peninsula summer music festival Opera at the springs with Adrian Tamburini
This performance was in a very well-known place where you can experience thermal mineral pools, cold plunge pools (jump there and you will feel as new born), massaging bamboo showers, Turkish hammam, saunas, and poolside lounges.
I could never imagine treating myself to the splendor of classical music with a showcase of operatic favorites all while sitting in the beautiful natural pools of a Bath House Amphitheatre. The performance by the gorgeous baritone, Adrian Tamburini with the Inventi Ensemble, was mind and soul touching with beautiful music by some of the greatest composers. This was a splendid experience to feel warm in geothermal mineral waters while relaxing my body and mind.
The evening coincided a few hours before a penumbral lunar eclipse during the full Moon. I didn’t watch it but could imagine it in my mind as it was pretty easy in such atmosphere!
So, if you want to get rid of any bad feelings, anxious or unsalted memories and be healed by the stunning sounds of this world-class opera performance surrounding you- then this is the perfect event for you!
CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE NEW website review: Anthony Wayne photography: Andrew J Liu From the creators of The Illusionists (Simon Painter and Tim Lawson), the spectacular new circus show Cirque Stratosphere is finding its new audience in Melbourne at the Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, after having already toured through Canberra and Sydney – but you will need to get in quick as it’s only here for a very limited season from 3-11 January 2020. Perfectly timed for the end of the school holidays, there were plenty of families coming out for the opening night. After having a quick scan of previous reviews prior to attending, I found little mentioned on the suitably of the show for children, and took along my 5 year old nephew for his expert verdict. Featuring gravity-defying, jaw dropping and dangerous stunts, leaving both my nephew and I captivated for the lengthy 120 minute running time with 20 minute intermission. My nephew was especially thrilled seeing the marching spacemen who set the tone for this journey into space. With thumping loud music, and strobing lighting effects - I wouldn’t suggest bringing along children any younger than 5. There are one or two jokes aimed more so for the adults in the audience, one with two men standing at an imaginary urinal and comparing the size of their ‘lightsabers’ – but this all seemed to go way over my nephew’s head. The inspiration for the space-themed production is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Our first glimpse of this space age stratosphere is the DJ high up above the stage, manning the decks dressed in white overalls, and white helmet and glasses. The opening number sees the clown (Salvador Salangsang) appear. Dressed as an astronaut, he randomly picks out two audience members to play drums up on the stage, recreating the drum beats of the iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey theme – a fun and interactive way to start the show. The consistent theme becomes the framework for the production, linking together each of the individual acts. The theme is carried throughout in the costumes, soundtrack, and also included in the sequence with a parade of giant inflated balls resembling planets. Be prepared for some serious heart thumping moments as you look on in awe at the phenomenal feats. Audiences will witness thrilling performances inside The Wheel of Death (Roy Miller and Luis Romero), high intensity stunts on rollers skates by Duo Velocity (Evgenii Isaev and Natalia Korzhukova) who seem to blur as one as they rapidly spin in unison, the Russian trio Transcendent (Oleksii Balakhchy, Tymofii Chemko and Mykola Mykytchyn) dangerously catapulting each other up to incredible heights, and many more acts. The biggest cheers from the audience seemed to be for the hoop diving duo Submergence (Nicolas-Yang Wang and Shengpeng Nie) who were both easy on the eye and performed with perfect precision. The talent pulled together for this production is world class and all performed with a high level of skill. A contemporary and exciting production loved by my nephew and me. TICKETS: On sale now 1300 182 183 or www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
THE CHOIR OF MAN NEW website review: Olga Kitk photography: Andrew J Liu at Pride Productions
The Choir of Man Pub Bore: Matthew Hobbs Tapper: Guy Salim Piano-Man: Tom Reade Bar-Man: Tom Gadie Hard-Man: Mikey Shearer Casanova: Johnny Sheehy Joker: James Hudson Narrator: George Bray Beast: Ben Langridge
Do not know where to get new stricking emotions and inspiration at the beginning of 2020?
Would you like to have fun and surprise your friends with an extraordinary show?
Are you a FREE beer lover and would like to drink it on stage before the concert?
I you answered YES to one of these questios than this is the best option for yo:
YOU will love the Choir of Man!
The nine talented young and good looking guys just blew the audience away with an array of positivity, great humour, superb dancing, good class singing, interesting chat, a live pint percussion and playing numerous instruments. Yes this is the Choir Of Man!
The production is jam packed with favorite classics, rock ballads and pop hits from Adele, Avicii, Sia to Queen, Guns ‘n’ Roses and many more to list here.
The grateful audience was frozen hile listening to the performance of the a’capella compositions all sung with perfect harmony! Other compositions made the warm audience sing together with the choir on stage and even perform and drink Pina Collada – luckiest ladies!
You, guys simply rock!
I think that this is the show that you’ll never forget and will want to go back and watch them again and again for sure!
They love singing, talking and dancing, they love to make all of us in the audience feel exremely happy.
They love fun, they enjoy their live journey and their endless trips around the world.
What a great way to combine your passion, your hobby and your job all in one.
A MUST SEE PRODUCTION OF A KIND!
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR website review: Neha Chand (p. Neil Chand)
Australian Chamber Choir’s “Keys to Heaven” Concert 2019 held at Christ Church St Laurence was such a moving experience. The performance was structured in a classy and timely manner that left the audience in awe. It was very impressive to witness the choir sing with no technical aid such as mics and sound systems. They were able to project their voices all the way to the back of the church and this displayed the natural talents in our community. The venue itself was so beautiful with the mosaics lighting up the whole church. It was spacious and comfortable to move around for everyone to enjoy. Overall the event was performed at a very high standard and showcased the extravagant natural talents amongst us in the local community.
photos: Neil Chand
video: Hakam Soufan
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET SCHOOL : SUMMER SEASON 2019 website review by Kieran McNamara
The Australian Ballet School Summer Season 2019
The showcase for The Australian Ballet School Summer Season 2019 was a wonderful night of ballet performed in the Playhouse theatre in the Arts Centre. The programme included performances of Journey, Tarantella, Con Brio, Pizzicato, Sketch Tone and Sleeping Beauty. The students ranged from Level 2 through to Level 8 with wonderful performances and various skill levels on show.
The performance involved a routine performed on pointe and watching the fast-moving feet was a joy. The costumes were appropriate to the corresponding act and provided variety and even an emotional reaction from me when the curtain opened with how bright, detailed and beautiful the costumes were. There were also gasps from the audience as the curtain opened at one point.
Sleeping Beauty Act III, ‘Aurora’s Wedding’ involved beautiful and spectacular costumes with excellent performances from all dancers. The cats added some comic relieve with their mime and this was definitely appreciated by the younger members of the audience as I could hear giggling of the younger children each time they entered the stage. Although this was quite a long act, the dancers maintained the focus of the audience with their excellent skills and technique.
This act provided some of the best performances in my opinion as the guests paid their respects to the bride and groom. The set was beautiful with other guests seated around the stage as the dancers performed in front of the bride and groom. The act included more characters to be portrayed and I did enjoy looking around to see each performer in character but without taking away from the individual dancers.
It was a very enjoyable performance and I look forward to seeing more student performances from the Australian Ballet School and recommend looking out for upcoming performances to attend.
image: Sergey Konstantinov
WONDERLAND THEATER: RAPUNZEL website review: Olga Kirk
Wonderland Theatre is always making children wait for magic and fun.
Every school holidays we are lucky enough to enjoy traditional pantomimes that are suitable for young kids but adults have fun as well. The main ingredients are education, comedy, magic and music the best ones for such a delicious pie! This time we met Rapunzel with her magnificent long finely spun golden hair and her handsome Prince who “adores to be adorable”.
The Rapunzel story expresses the idea of having a kind heart, love, as she forgave the Witch for deceiving the birth of a princess.
Funny characters and interaction with kids as they sat close to the stage. All the singing and dancing makes the show special and easy for adults to take the kids along as they are never bored.
So, we “let our hair down” and celebrated the end of the year with talented actors and great pictures with the crew after the show as a good tradition for our Kid’s Photo Album.
EUROPEAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE website review by Olga Kirk European Women In Business A magnificent Masquerade Xmas Garden Party with Janine and Warren Lum took place in the magnificent Hellenic Museum! Janine with her team, supporters, family and friends organised such gorgeous women together and make their lives even brighter!
Again and again we applauded her leadership skills and her kind heart to help people in their path and business.
The final event of the year European Women in Business in collaboration with Melissa Lewis and Julie Romania presented a fabulous evening of networking with guest presenters, three dynamic leaders- Dr. Stefania Roberts, Kate Mitchell and Melissa Lewis and lots of entertainment.
The exquisite Masquerade Christmas Garden Party was an amazing event for the soul and mind!
Event inclusive of: -Networking -Decadent canapes; Haute Couture bubbles partnering with a new Australian Kombucha with a Kick! -Anti ageing PROCEANIS product for all guests -Masquerade Masks -Auction with auction item prize from @flawlessrejuvenation- multi-award-winning clinic https://flawlessrejuvenation.com.au -Fabulous gift bags valued at over $250
At the beginning of the event Michelle Francis Cook the international opera superstar who has performed in front of thousands and graced the stages of Gran Teatro de Liceu Opera House, Barcelona and the grand Puccini Festival Italia showed us her outstanding talent.
She’s got such an amazing Soprano and every guest enjoyed her high tunes and strong really lifting everybody spirits for the evening. It was really a WOW moment!
The first speaker Stefania Roberts shared her story of life and what inspires her in a male dominated world. Also, the dichotomy of working in the field of aesthetic cosmetic medicine, the advances with this and giving back with humanitarian work and lifesaving surgery on Mercy Ships. She is hilarious, strong, “Zumba” woman who is full of energy and fun. She always manages to mix her very tough job with a sense of humor and emotion. Her Italian blood gives her that secret “spices” for her delicious pizza.
Kate Mitchell is a founder of A Perfect Space was the following presenter! She is brave, never gives up and is a very strong lady who is planning to make her business global. I believe she definitely can reach her goal! Her young company is a digital locations platform, founded on a more efficient way to scout locations for film, photography, productions & events.
Melissa Lewis from the Ascension Group – a wise, self-respected and successful businesswoman. As the founder of the Ascension Group Melissa shared with us her years of experience as a leading presenter, mentor and coach working with high performing, driven, talented business women to give them a greater image and confidence. She is marathon runner, mother and wife, a tiny woman with strong leadership skills who is always learning something new and improving herself all the time.
Thanks a lot to all the Sponsors for the generous gift bags! Sponsors: -A Perfect Space @aperfectspace and founder Kate Mitchell as featured presenter! A digital locations platform, founded on a more efficient way to scout locations for film, photography, productions & events. www.aperfectspace.com
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photos: Robert Wilson
NGV: Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines website review by Hima Himani
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines is showing at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, from 1 December 2019 to 11 April 2020
This summer, the National Gallery of Victoria is presenting the work of two of the most influential artists of 1980s Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.
The exhibition will take viewers to a visual journey of Haring and Basquiat art works from early stage of art exhibitation to a more profound pieces of art. The world premiere exhibition which is exclusive to Melbourne offers more than 300 works, from painting to drawings, sculptures, journals and rare photographs and some pieces never exhibited before.
The joint exhibition opened at the NGV on 1st of December and exhibiting through out summer in Melbourne till 11th April 2020.
On 29th of November NGV conducted exclusive media preview where large number of media were presented. Event was opened by Janet Whiting (President NGV council of trustees ), followed by beautiful speech from Horst Von Sanden managing director of Mercedes-Benz.
Informative speech was given by Mr.Tony Ellwood,Director of NGV , later exhibition was opened for members of media to view and observe the great work of Basquiat and Haring.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines has been organised by Dr Dieter Buchhart, art historian and curator of recent monographic exhibitions on both Jean-Michel Basquiat (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Barbican Art Gallery) and Keith Haring (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris).
The unique contemporary modern art of two incredible and talented artistes showed their passion of art which they used as the communication tool to vast audiences in 1980s, started their early exhibition from New York streets and Subway stations, their usual inspiration came from people and cultural around them.
Both talented artists had short spam of life, they both died young. Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at age 28, and Haring died of HIV/AIDS at age 32, but they left their great work behind, a legacy which taught world that the true artist could express their feelings, ideas, thoughts freely, could demonstrate powerful message anywhere and on any objects around and could make a difference.
Keith Haring started his art from New York subways black boards and Jean -Michael Basquiat drew on many street walls, including doors, Windows and objects like tyeres, cardboard boxes, foam etc.
The art work created in public spaces demonstrated visual language and communicate bold statements on politics, race and social justice.
Basquiat for the colour of his skin, Haring for his sexuality, they turned art into weaponry.
Keith Haring visited Melbourne in 1984 and created a temporary mural on the National Gallery of Victoria’s iconic waterwall. This mural has been replicated for the event. During that visit, he painted a mural on the wall of what was then the Collingwood Technical College. This is one of only 31 known Haring murals in the world, and one of only three that have not been significantly covered or damaged.
Keith Allen Haring
Keith Allen Haring was an American artist, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, US on 4th May 1958 and died of AIDS related complications on 16th February1990 at the age of 31. His pop art and graffiti art work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. He completed his education at the Ivy School of Professional Art and School of Visual Arts. His popular art works are Known for Pop art, street art, sculpting, Notable work He was awarded for Wack"MovementAIDS awarenessAwards The Art Award. Between 1980 and 1985, Haring found a medium which was very effective to communicate with vast number of people in New Your city. He started to use empty advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station and began drawings in white chalk throughout in subways. The subway became a platform for expressing his ideas and experimenting his though. Haring's work grew to popular spontaneous in New York City.
Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York.was held at the Westbeth Painters Space in 1981. After public recognition he created larger scale works, such as colorful murals, many of them commissioned.His imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language" His later work often addressed political and societal themes especially homosexuality and AIDS through his own iconography. In April 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho selling T-shirts, toys, posters, products at a low cost.The shop was intended to allow people greater access to his work. Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages. Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles.
Keith Haring Foundation was established after he was diagnosed with AIDS, Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS. Much of his work includes sexual allusions that turned into social activism. He achieved this by using sexual images to advocate for safe sex and AIDS awareness.
Jean-Michel Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat an American artist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 22nd December 1960. His mother was of Puerto Rican heritage, and his father a Haitian immigrant. Jean-Michel's fluency in French, Spanish, and English inherited from his background . Basquiat displayed a talent for art in early childhood, learning to draw and paint with his mother's encouragement. He was the first African American artists to reach international stature and wealth in the art world.
His rise to fame came quickly, as he was celebrated for his fusion of multicultural symbols, biting social commentary, and distinctive graphic style. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Basquiat drew and visited museums regularly from an early age, and many of his childhood interests ranging from cartoons and Alfred Hitchcock films to anatomy and French and Spanish textbooks, would prove influential in his later work. Basquiat dropped out of school at the age of 17 and began creating art full time. His early work consisted of spray painting buildings and trains in downtown New York alongside his friend Al Diaz gaining notoriety for his invented character SAMO (“Same Old Shit”), who made a living peddling “fake” religion.
After quickly rising to fame in the early 1980s, Basquiat was befriended by many celebrities and artists, including Andy Warhol, with whom he made several collaborative works
1982 was a banner year for Basquait, as he opened six solo shows in cities worldwide and became the youngest artist ever to be included in Documenta, the international contemporary art extravaganza held every five years in Kassel, Germany.
Basquiat was umbecoming increasingly addicted to heroin and cocaine, which untimely led to his tragic death on 12th August 1988 at the age of 27 in New York. He had a short but impactful career.
The Whitney Museum of American Art held the artist’s first retrospective from October 1992 to February 1993. In 2017, after having set Basquiat’s auction record the previous year with a $57.3 million purchase, the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa surpassed it, buying the artist’s Untitled (1982) at Sotheby's for $110.5 million. This set a new record for the highest price ever paid at auction for an American artist's work. Today, Basquiat's works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
photography: Hima Himani
CAT LOVERS SHOW 2019 website review by Susan Reynolds
This year the 2019 Cat Lovers show was a purr-fect day for feline fans. Bigger and better was promised and so it was... with shorter waiting times at Pat-A- Cat and more cats to see overall. The whole space upstairs at the historic exhibition building was taken up with Pat a cat, breeding showcase and individual stands for cat rescue groups and also some delicious food/drink choices.
On the ground floor there were some fabulous accessories for cats, great paraphernalia for cats and their owners. Cat carriers, litter, food, photographers to book, cat inspired crafts, cat surgical specialists, many related company representatives and lots of cat experts to give advice. A dedicated area for one on one with vets, groomers, cat experts with pet behaviour, trainers and nutrition experts. . This was the day to find out what it’s all about to own a cat, how to nurture a cat, what to do if you have issues with your cat and for those who have owned a cat for a long time education was still invaluable. It’s a day to obtain cat knowledge and for all to celebrate in the joy of cats. Humans were catered for with yummy food choices great coffee , a wine company had a display on the day and you could even have your nails appliquéd with cute cat motives or fab face painting. Moving outside of the building the food continued for hungry humans with plenty of choices. Cat fanciers enjoy a sense of humour cup cakes were available with cat faces and motifs.
On stage there were shows highlighting clever cats and their tricks. Who said you can’t train a cat? These trainers show how it’s done for advertising and the budding movie star cats amongst us. Dr Chris Brown and Dr Katrina Warren were amongst other experts on the weekend. Offering invaluable advise on how to look after your pet. Also maybe there were there for some fan photos!
A great weekend was had by all : the precious felines, their owners, experts and show goers.
photos: Danielle Lopes
NICA: SICK website review and photos: Kieran McNamara
The NICA 2019 Third Year Ensemble show is called Sick and was conceived and directed by Gavin Marshall. The show is set in a hospital and provides an interesting story detailing the interaction between patients, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff and what the experiences are like for different individuals.
I particularly enjoyed the story telling and characters and how circus skills were used to enhance the story. A wide variety of hospital experiences and emotions are included in a powerful manner. This included life, death and illness and allowed the cast to portray characters with a mix of comedy, drama and raw emotion. The circus performances were intertwined into the story and provided the third-year students with an opportunity to showcase their skills and training in an entertaining, emotive and fun way depending on the situation.
The set was fantastic as it looked like an old hospital but also provided three different levels to be utilised by the performers. The lighting was particularly well done as it combined fluorescent lighting and stage lighting to add depth and direct the audience’s attention to different parts of the stage as appropriate. The music contributed nicely to the mood as there was also dialog delivered by the cast.
The props included a variety of hospital equipment from beds, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and some smaller items to add to the realism. The props weren’t static and allowed the performers to use them in fun, creative ways and as they are intended in a hospital. The costumes looked great with a mix of uniforms, street clothes and performance costumes.
Congratulations to the cast, crew and production staff for creating and executing a wonderful show providing an opportunity for the students to demonstrate the skills they have but without it being a disjointed selection of individual, duo and group acts. Each act contributed to the story while also including a mix of death defying, drama and comedy. It was successful in providing entertainment and for drawing out emotions of people who have been, visited or lost loved ones in a hospital environment through joy, loss and serious illness.
Although the show included emotional moments, it also provided plenty of comedy and action and is my favourite of the NICA shows I’ve attended. I did enjoy seeing the cast portray characters and convince the audience that it was primarily about the characters and not their circus skills. A worthwhile show and I highly recommend purchasing tickets and going along for a night of entertainment and emotion. Congratulations to the students as they graduate and continue their circus journey.
Synthesis -Down Under 2019 Tour website review Amit Singh editing; Natasha Marchev
What's a better way to celebrate your birthday than to attend the Synthesis concert? It was a lifetime experience of feeling the beat in the blood. That was the concert that warmed the hearts and soothed the souls. There are not many concerts or art events where you find out about the country as at such events: learning it through the music and connection with people in the audience!
The whole music band was so well organised and the way they worked together was a true example of some great team work on stage where everyone supports each other.
The choice of music to create the magic in the hall was amazing to make the crowd go crazy and shout for one more song please, one more music piece please!.
Synthesis concert at Thorbury Theatre just smashed it so well it was received with loud applause from the audience. The music that rejuvenated the people seeking for that native connection to their land, the music that touched the them deep inside their core being.
At the very start we wanted to stay for only 20-30 minutes but ended up being so hooked up with the music and with the whole atmosphere of the event we could not leave till the very end.
Melbourne can’t wait to have the band back again next year! It was such an exhcnage of good vibes!
We were immensely honoured and privileged to attend this event and can’t thank enough to whole team of Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine for giving me this wonderful birthday gift.
We are waiting eagerly for the next concert and would love to attend it again with the whole family.
Special thanks: Sotir at Feel Balkan Events for organising this superb chance to connect with the very earthy music and songs and for allowing us to cover this concert too.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY WITH Stradivarius Magic website review: Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ’Stradivarius Magic’ Given at: Performing Arts Centre, Camberwell Grammar School, Mont Albert Rd. Canterbury. on 30/11/2019. Conductor: Rick Prakhoff, Soloist: Alexandre Da Costa (Violin).
The concert began with the one and only Violin Concerto, Op.61 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven. The gentle and smooth introduction by the orchestra was followed by the dramatic but colourful 1701 Stradivarius violin expressing a commanding pureness of tone with effortless ease by Alexandre. With eyes closed at times between segments, his focus was superb, expressing close connection with the orchestra and Rick. The soulful lyrical quality of Alexandre’s playing was expressed through his exemplary bowing technique that was closely watched by the writer – also a violinist since the age of 6! Another noticeable feature displayed by the orchestra and expertly guided by Rick was a wonderful sense of ‘light and shade’ blended with spectacular runs and double stopping from the Canadian violinist – sounding bright and new. In fact the violin was in great shape physically. Having heard various versions of the Cadenza that followed, we were treated to a very unusual and spectacular version, embellished with tonal pureness that led the first movement (Allegro ma non troppo) to a powerful finish! The romantic second movement (Larghetto) echoed sweet gentleness with the soloist showing great artistry and feeling with tender pizzicato by the strings. The expressive peacefulness created by Beethoven was handled with passionate lightness and clarity. Without a break, we moved into the third movement (Rondo. Allegro) with brilliance, energetic contrasts and well phrased variations. Alexadre’s double stopping was spectacular and ably supported by the orchestra. Another spectacularly unusual and complex Cadenza was also a delight to lead the piece to energy filled ending much to the delight of the very enthusiastic audience, including the writer. As an icing on the musical cake, Alexandre performed Canadian Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ with a soulful and original interpretation backed by a quartet from the orchestra – much to the enthusiastic delight of the audience!
Following the interval, the orchestra rallied to present Symphony No. 1, Op.39 by Sibelius. Contrasted by the gentle clarinet introduction, the restless blend of stormy melodies created strong energy as physically seen by Rick’s vigour and vitality. The blend of woodwind and harp created the precursor to a powerful finish decorated with some tasteful pizzicato. The sombre and melancholy second movement followed with the sweet texture of the strings captivating the power of the brass and woodwinds. The dreamlike interplay from the orchestra was also well balanced soothingly massaged by the strings while complimented by short passages from the harp. Although the acoustics of the auditorium was very good, the seating layout was too low with excessively long rows! (Only part of the orchestra was visible). The dynamic third movement (Scherzo: Allegro) flowed cohesively well with powerful integration, ending quite abruptly. The build up of drama continued in the final movement with some contrasting sweeter passages from the strings and the harp adding some spice with continued use of the drums (‘Finlandia’ style!). The powerful big finish ended the movement with only two pizzicato chords. A massive piece well delivered by everyone in the orchestra!
Congratulations to the prolific and energetic Rick Prakhoff, the extremely talented Alexandre Da Costa and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2020. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers and of course the Stradivarius!
SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 3 December 2019.