PARIS NOCTURNE featuring Nikki Nouveau NEW website photography: Erkin Kalayci review: Tugba Caglayan
Paris Cat, Melbourne and Nikki Nouveau presented a special jazz evening at the Paris Cat Jazz Club called Paris Nocturne on Friday, 11 December 2021
A memorable evening at a cozy venue with beautiful music.
Paris Cat is one of a few jazz clubs in Melbourne that supports live music. A range of entrees and main courses are also available to go along with drinks, while you are enjoying different bands and singers. As a Melbournian music lover, I always enjoy spending my nights at Paris Cat whenever I can.
My last year's finale of the live performances was Paris Nocturne (A French Jazz-Cabaret show) by Nikki Nouveau. It was a magical jazz night with an intimate vibe. A well-constructed play list with a collection of rare pieces in French and English language performed by Nikki. She was performing the début of her brand new show.
Her passionate singing was inspired by a journey of love in the spirit of Paris. With her smooth and imaginative storytelling style, we all felt the Parisian night. The performance was fantastic, she is a truly excellent singer and performer.
Paris Nocturne was the first night I've ever seen Nikki perform but I am sure it is not the last. With her unique delicate vocal and assorted play lists, I am confident that every performance will be an authentic musical experience.
MISS WORLD NSW 2021 PRELIMINARY RUN website camera and video editing: Hakam Soufan photography: Neil Chand
Miss World Australia presented Christmas Runway NSW on 19 December, 2021 at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, Sydney
special thanks: Chelsea Eletva and Deborah Miller of Miss World Australia
The finalists: Tamara Darwich Christine Elizabeth Cassidy Kajol Chand Courtney Brittle Chloe Cruikshank Savannah Fynn Maha Chalawi Sarah Teija Zwajgenberg
The judges: Deborah Miller Greg Lewis – from Variety NSW
This show was focused on Variety the Children’s Charity and was a Christmas Runway Show to raise money for them so please mention them as the sponsor
OZ COMIC CON MELBOURNE 2021 website review: Sam Bell photography: Erkin Kalayci
If ever there was proof that humanity can and will overcome its current crisis, it would be found in the outpouring of support for Oz Comic-Con Homegrown. A remix of the classic comic convention style, choosing to focus on the local, instead of the global. Homegrown doesn’t rely on touring stars and migrating attractions, instead it puts the spotlight on local talent and lets fans new and old experience their work; while getting to know their personalities. Especially while states are still reeling from Omicron and the borders have yet to re-open, Homegrown stands as a stroke of genius. Sidestepping the quarantine dilemma, avoiding the potential cancellations, and making a mockery of the pessimists among us. Homegrown, has secured some of Australia’s best Film and TV stars, as well as each states best artists, writers, and content creators. Reminding us all, just how powerful our nations art scene truly is.
Fans of previous years Cons could be forgiven for their trepidation, and doubt about whether this year will still feel like the same event. An unwarranted fear if ever there was one. The faces are local and the names recognisable, but the spirit and floorplan remain unchanged. Three stages run in tandem, each with their own focus and offering a unique experience. The Matrix theatre brings the star power to the forefront, with star panels and opportunity to get into the nitty gritty with some of the best celebrity Q&A’s this side of Reddit. For the more academically inclined, The Witcher stage offers the opportunity to learn from the best. Educational panels and guest lectures from the state’s experts. From world building and self-publishing, to the history of queer culture and the psychology of cosplay, ignorance has no excuse. Unless your excuse is that you were too busy at the anime, gaming & trivia stage, in which case, that’s perfectly understandable. Offering some of the most interactive experiences Australians have seen in years, the stage offers themed trivia competitions, letting the Harry Potter, Disney/pixar, and MCU super fans flex their knowledge. It’s also where you’ll find live action role play, kids cosplay parades and even Squid Game esc Dalgona Challenges.
But perhaps you didn’t come to learn or to interact, but instead to prove to the world, that you are a person of culture and not pay shipping. Homegrown has you covered their as well. With tonnes of stalls offering every kind of merch you can think of and a few you likely didn’t. Whether you want a stylish new Dakimakura case, a limited-edition copy of Spawn signed by every staff member, or are just looking for a new T-shirt to add to your collection. Books, comics, painting, prints, accessories of every conceivable design, if it has anything to do with a major IP, it’s probably here. For those with less financial inclinations, photo prospects, autograph booths, and networking opportunities abound.
Homegrown, may not look exactly the same as Oz Comic-Cons in the past, but the spirit is there, the hallmarks are present and at the end of the day, it represents a chance to get out, have fun and immerse yourself in the culture we all know and love along side like minded fans. Isn’t that what conventions are all about?