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.
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.