THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS NEW with Justin Kenealy, Anne Harvey-Nagl, Sally Clarke, and Lorenzo Iannotti website review and photos by Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe
The Melbourne Musicians Review 45th Concert Season 2019 Bach and Mozart Saturday July 14, 2019
The concert opened today under the direction of conductor Frank Pam introducing the days performers, leaving the guests excited about what was to come. The beautiful day of music incorporating three soloists to perform with the orchestra. A soprano saxophonist, Justin Kenealy, classical vocalist, Lorenzo Iannotti and a strings duo, Anne Harvey-Nagl on violin and Sally Clarke on viola. Frank was dressed to match the theme of the day with creatively designed t-shirts with a musical flare - his initial top was worn to represent the first half of the show with the name BACH in print and the second to represent the pieces performed in the second half of the show MOZART. With a few words leaving the guests in anticipation the first solo performer was introduced.
Conductor, Frank Pam flawlessly led his musicians and us on a 2 hour musical journey. There is nothing quite like experiencing a talented orchestra, with passionate performers and an equally passionate conductor eager to inform you of the intricate details that often go untold. The orchestra performed throughout the programme with a smooth richness in the strings, power in the horns and a beautiful synergy of art. Displaying a clear love for classical music, the orchestra used an array of musical shades and tempo allowing us to witness individuals working together to provide a grand performance.
Saxophonist Justin Kenealy opened the concert performing his own arrangement of 2 Bach violin concertos. Both of the pieces Justin performed, Bach's Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 and Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BVW 1042 are traditionally performed by violin and accompanying strings. The A minor Concerto follows the traditional Italian structure of three movements, arranged fast-slow-fast. The first and third movements are vigorously rhythmic, and watching these performed by Justin on saxophone was truly amazing. The Violin Converto No. 2 in E Major also has these characteristics, albeit with a few unusual features as each movement has "un-Italian characteristics". The arrangement Justin performed sounded exquisite, the alto saxaphone following the pace of the movement and providing a satisfying feel to the piece. My favourite part of the piece was watching Justin as he performed the majestic adagio, the expressive dialogue between soloist and orchestra is heightened by the abrupt change from minor to major in its middle section. Justin swayed along with the alto saxaphone providing a very enjoyable performance not only musically but visually. Justin and the orchestra held the attention of the audience through their performance, working in sync, clearly sharing the love of the concerto and enjoying it in its transformed musical form. A dynamic performance, with beautiful runs of music mixed with some intricate work.
Lorenzo Iannotti was invited as the second soloist on stage to perform some Italian Classical numbers including Schubert's Ave Maria, Caro mio ben by Giuseppe Giordani, and the famous O sole mio. It was a delight to hear a seasoned vocalist perform along with the orchestra. Ave Maria has become one of Schuberts most popular works, recorded by a wide variety of performers, both vocally and instrumentally. The famed melody comes from Schubert’s “Ellens dritter Gesang,” or “Ellen’s Third Song,” which was part of his Opus 52 — a collection of seven songs based off Sir Walter Scott’s 1810 legendary epic poem, The Lady of the Lake. Often sung at religious ceremonies, the venue provided the perfect acoustics for Lorenzo to perform. Lorenzo's voice soared through the timbers in the church, providing a majestic rendition of the popular song. The song was a beautiful choice to introduce us to his range and the quality of his voice. The second piece Lorenzo performed was Caro mio ben. With two dominant designs of melodic line in this piece, descending and arc form, Lorenzo provided the perfect melodic feel and emotion to embellish the songs meaning. In translation, Caro mio ben is essentially a love song, a longing to be with the one you love. Lorenzo's intensely passionate and emotive performance allowed the audience to be drawn into the song. I found myself mesmorised by Lorenzo's voice, being dragged into the story without the need to understand a single word of the lyrics. Lorenzo's final song was to the beautiful Italian piece O sole mio. What a glorious traditional Neapolitan song, performed by the most famous Italian tenors and beautifully accompanied by the orchestra. The melody of O sole mio has long been credited to Eduardo di Capua, who supposedly composed it in April 1898. But after 75 years, it turned out that the melody in fact was an elaboration of a song which di Capua had bought from another musician, Alfredo Mazzucchi, the previous year. The song is well known for the power play in the strings and how they tease the vocalist to stretch their voice to sore to an almost unreachable final note. As a tenor, a note like this is what you live for, what you train for and Lorenzo did not disappoint. It was stunning to watch Lorenzo perform all three songs but especially to end on this aria. It was a pleasure to watch him play with the song, entwine his vocals with the orchestra and take his voice to a place that most of us would never attempt. Receiving a roar of applause after each song, Lorenzo left the audience wanting more.
After interval, Anne Harvey-Nagl and Sally Clarke were invited to perform the wonderful Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. The Sinfonia Concertante was a perfect piece for Anne and Sally to perform as it is normally in several movements, in which there are parts of solo instruments, generally two or more, contrasting of a group of soloists with the full orchestra. Performing this piece allowed them to perform along with the orchestra, as soloists and accompanying one another... and every bit of it was spectacular. From the moment Anne and Sally approached the stage you could feel their energy and excitement to perform. Synchronising the violin and viola beautifully they performed an intense, dramatic array of strings. The pieces moved smoothly transitioning between soft strings, dramatic build-ups and plenty of exciting crescendos. It was fascinating to observe Anne and Sally working together, feeding off one another, the orchestra and the conductor to create an breathless array of beautiful music.
The three-movement structure of the Sinfonia Concertante is known for being out of the ordinary. It is said that over half of the French sinfonie concertantes were in two movements and compositions in a minor key were extremely rare. With the symphony containing a middle movement in a minor key, it immediately stands out. Additionally, of Mozart’s five symphonies concertantes, it is the only one with a doubled viola section. Performing a very complex symphony, the Orchestra supported the girls to perform with grace, allowing them to individually shine and blend simultaneously. What an absolute pleasure it was to watch Anne and Sally perform! On completion of the symphony, Anne and Sally were encouraged by the conductor and audience to provide an encore which was equally mesmerising to watch. The piece was a very engaging duet and the attention to musical and melodic detail was beautiful.
It was such a pleasure to experience the beautiful blend of instruments in the orchestra, each with their own uniqueness coming together to provide a beautiful afternoon of music. The venue was full to the rafters and the chatter at interval and after the performance was filled with positive accolades to the orchestra and each of the solo performers.
LE FESTIVAL BRISBANE NEW website review and photos by Brett Styles
Le Festival recently celebrated 10 years, honouring Bastille Day on the banks of the river at Southbank in Brisbane. Assorted entertainment, from Can Can dancers to renditions of classic Edith Piaf music, added to the gastronomic delights. The usual French influence of cheese, wine, croissants, pastries and champagne were plentiful. The three-day event brought out Francophiles came to relive traditions of home alongside locals who also enjoyed the cultural diversity.
Le Festival a récemment fêté ses 10 ans en célébrant le 14 juillet sur les rives du fleuve à Southbank, à Brisbane. Des animations variées, allant des danseurs de Can Can aux interprétations de la musique classique Edith Piaf, ont ajouté aux délices gastronomiques. Les influences françaises habituelles du fromage, du vin, des croissants, des pâtisseries et du champagne étaient nombreuses. L'événement de trois jours a amené les francophiles à revivre les traditions du pays d'origine aux côtés de la population locale qui appréciait également la diversité culturelle.
COME FROM AWAY NEW website review by Natasha Lukin
KISSING THE FISH
The standing ovation at the conclusion of the From Far Away musical in the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne was an organic reaction of the audience to both: an amazing true story underlining the plot and the brilliant performance of the crew. The story depicted unpredictable landing of the US airplanes at the Newfoundland Island of Canada. As that happened on 11 September 2001 everyone on Earth now knows what that date means in history of not just America but the whole world. However, when hundreds of airlines had to divert their planes away from the US airports and urgently organised their landings and acceptance by hundreds of the airports in the neighbouring countries, the passengers were unaware of the reasons.
The Musical is based on the fact that the terror attacks in New York and Washington forced 38 planes to land on the Newfoundland Island in Canada. Those planes were full of passengers who were confused, not knowing what was happening to them. They did not hear yet about the attacks and were frustrated, angry and worried. Someone was late for his important conference, others were supposed to meet with families, some people were looking forward to participate in their private activities. So, that sudden diversion sounded so unfair and wrong for them!
On the dry land in the small town on Gander they learnt about the horrific events and cried over it together with some locals. The population of Gander town was about 7 thousands of inhabitants. Now 6,700 passengers needed to be accommodated, fed and provided with other services. Nearly impossible task! And that was a mixed crowd: different nationalities, different languages, different religions – Christians to Muslims to Jews, etc. And nobody knew for how many days those people would be ‘uninvited guests’ of the Island.
Emotions were raw, some people burst into tears, some have special food requirements. One lady worried about her son David who was a firefighter in New York and she knew nothing about his whereabout and whether he was alive and OK. The atmosphere was tense and hard for people on both sides to stay calm and do what required to be done.
Many locals invited those strangers to their homes. Some friendships began to form. Locals and strangers congregated together. Music started with the girl, playing violin, with guitar players, with songs and Irish dancing.
Soon those, who did not feel like total stranger anymore, were introduced to a local tradition: to become a Canadian one must to kiss a fish, actually not any fish but the cod.
Kissing the cod became real fun and entertaining and helped them all to know each other better.
On day 5th the first plane was about to leave that foreign land which actually was not that foreign to the passengers anymore. Grateful and thankful, they try to pay money for their stay and services, but locals refused to take it.
Musically, choreographically and visually in many ways the musical has been really a top-standard performance.
The Melbourne public has been as always very receptive, encouraging and reacted to every joke with loud laughter and to every scene with great attention and understanding.
I also noticed that the majority of the public were younger crowd, so they could easily relate to many of the characters on stage.
To sum it up, I personally would recommend it highly. Don’t miss it out!
review by Oksana Newton We were very lucky to visit Phoenix Theatre on this school holidays. This time we saw the Snow White and The Magic Dwarfs. It was beautiful play , enjoyable and very hilarious. I loved the idea of kids taking part of play as Magic Dwarfs. They were amazing, funny and so cute. I adored the Queen. I know she is negative character, but her jokes made adults laugh loudly. Queen was the star. Also kids from audiences were helping with play. They had been invited to the stage to sing and say hello to all characters and Snow White. Prince Perfect was very silly and very funny. He made every kid giggle, he was adorable. Magic Dwarfs were magnificent with jokes about Famous cook, in their way of doing stuff, I loved them. I should admit I never saw kids that much exited and happy. It was great experience and fantastic play. We will be looking forward to see new play next holidays. But i would recommend not to miss out on current one. Trust me kids will love it, so as adults. We enjoyed it, now it’s yours turn. Enjoy and have fun.
review by Guna Segar We had a lovely afternoon with kids (aged 3 & 7) at a Snowwhite and Seven Magical Dwarfs pantomime. It was a modern twist of a classic fairy tale, and kept our interest with a different interpretation. It had great acting, it was funny and we loved how interactive it was for kids. We especially liked how kids were invited on the stage for a song along mid-play. On improvement side, there were few sound issues, microphones having static noise. But it was fixed in the second half of the play. Some adult themes, such as cheating were brought up and a bit inappropriate for younger kids. Would be great if snack bar would accept cards, it’s so easy to get cards facilities these days with Square up. I also noticed people asking for other snacks then apple and lollies, for example crisps. However, overall we enjoyed the performance and atmosphere. Great that cast did photos with kids as well after the show. We would definitely go to another play by The Wonderland Production.
review by Olga Kirk We were so excited again to enjoy the Wonderland Theater performance with Snow White and The Magic Dwarfs! This time the show was packed full of music with new charming musicians, dwarfs, laughter, and the amazing Mirror “not on the wall”. The new actress playing Snow White was so beautiful and all the kid’s favorite was Her Majesty Queen Evilyn! She is really charismatically attractive even with her bad behavior and age. The team from the Theater is extremely talented, creative and most importantly: Fun for all family members. It’s important to entertain not only the children but adults as well! Sometimes I feel myself as a young girl and wanted to interact and help the heroes on the stage together with kids.
We can’t wait for the next school holidays when they will have the Pinocchio performance.
SOVEREIGN HILL BALLARAT: WINTER WONDERLIGHTS NEW website review: Natasha Marchev photography: Murray Howard-Brooks
Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights are currently open in the historical museum for the whole family to enjoy.
I believe we arrived just on time: 0545pm for the Winter Lights to appear from the upcoming night darkness like the magic in the middle of Australian Christmas
The evening spent was absolutely brilliant though rather cold but warmed up by all the happy people who were smiling walking around the last century streets and behaving like kids.
The kids were all way too excited : taking photos and videos of the falling down snow and lights displays and animes on the street houses.
You would not have a better day spending it with kids but try to arrive earlier as you will not want to miss out on the main exhibition too before the night comes.
The awesome experience excluded the fabulous flaming chimney tower, where the ginger bread is made at the bottom in the oven.
The experience as really unique too as there is nothing like this anywhere in the world. We sat around the open fire to warm up our hands observing the people dressed in historical costumes passing by. Some of them stopped by to relax next to the flames.
The sound and light show were absolutely terrific to watch, so spectacular you will feel like you are 10 again.
Make sure also that your camera is recharged as you will have a lot of snaps: the light tunnels in the garden are so magnificent you will keep clicking and clocking and clicking!
We were also told that year after year the light show gets better and better so even if you saw it a year before you will be amazed by the new small shows popping out at every corner of the display.
It is a real fun time for Australian July but make sure you are aware of a loud voice of Sir Ginger - he entertains you minute after minute.
The good news were that most of the shops were opened and welcomed people in: there is so many fantastic items on offer including lollies, hats, soaps, souvenirs and much much more!
Our road trip was also lots of joy as we kept discussing new ideas for the magazine and the time flew by like no time... So much joy when you travel with positive and creative people so make sure you take only those ones in your car!
Make sure you enjoy your time as it will also fly by at the museum: it is only one hour - make the most out of it! And stay happy!
Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends is now touring Australia from 31 May – 21 July 2019.
Having grown up with Disney all my life, I was excited to be invited to attend the latest Disney On Ice arena spectacular while it skated through Melbourne. I haven’t previously been to a Disney on Ice performance and living in Australia, I’ve never had the chance to visit Disney Land, so I was certainly keen to experience the Disney magic first-hand.
Many of our favourite Disney characters are featured in the show – from the original classics we love including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, through to more modern characters from Frozen and for the first time Moana. The show also includes many of the Disney princesses – I think I counted seven – Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Mulan, Belle, and Rapunzel. It was quite a magical vision when they all took to the stage together. A highlight was the scene with Rapunzel performing breathtaking aerial tricks - hanging above the ice from a golden silk.
Fans of Frozen and Moana won’t be disappointed, as much of the second half of the show is spent going through these stories. My personal favourite was the performance of ‘Let it Go’ and it received a loud cheering applause from the audience.
The show is definitely geared towards younger children – generally between the ages of 2 and 12. Whilst there is still much to enjoy as an adult, it would certainly be best experienced with children to be able to see their eyes sparkle and faces beam with joy. Several lucky children are picked out of the crowd for a few fun interactive moments.
A highly entertaining production – your children will surely be mesmerised. With world class skaters, sparkling costumes, amazing acrobatics, and captivating choreography – Disney On Ice is something you must experience at least once in your life.
National Tour Dates Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 4 – 8 July Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre 12 – 14 July Sydney Qudos Bank Arena 17 July – 21 July
Tickets Secure your tickets from Ticketek www.ticketek.com.au.
Timing The show ran for approximately 90 minutes – plus a 20 minute intermission.
Getting there - Be sure to plan your journey in advance and allow yourself at least an extra 30 minutes. My recommendation would be to grab public transport if you can - to avoid any congestion and the hassle of finding parking.
If you do decide to drive, I would suggest you pre-book parking at the venue to avoid disappointment. For the Melbourne performance at Rod Laver Arena, parking at the venue was extremely limited. I tried to book parking a week in advance and it was already sold out. You can check online in advance to find out alternative parking options. I parked at Federation Square – it cost a flat fee of $16 – and from there it was an easy ten minute walk to Rod Laver.
On arrival, we collected our tickets and souvenir program from the Box Office, and then headed through the security checks. We happened to run late – as were many others still walking through security ten minutes into the show. There is no lock out – and late comers are permitted. Once in your seats, you were able to get up and back out as you needed with no issues.
Enjoy the full experience – There is a lot on offer – including a sea of Disney merchandise available to purchase at every corner. Seeing the arena is dark – the light up toys were a big hit with the kids. There are also many photo opportunities – I spotted a Dory photo-booth with character props.
Bring a jacket The temperature was slightly cooler in the arena – I found mentioned online that the temperature in the arena typically 10 degrees cooler than outside. I found it too be quite comfortable in the arena, definitely not icy-cold however it would be worth dress in layers just in case.
photos: Anthony Wayne
MELBOURNE MAGIC FESTIVAL: TWO SHOWS NEW review by Oksana Newton
We were very lucky to be a part of Melbourne Magic Festival 2019 organised by The Melba Spiegeltent. It’s was our first time, and it’s was happy experience. We left shows with a smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. For me it’s was most beautiful and unforgettable time of my life.
We started our evening by visiting The Great Kaplan show. David Kaplan just took my heart and made me laugh. His performance was full of laughter, tears of joy and happy mood. His show was amazing. Perfect for kids and for adults. Everyone in the theatre had fun. My kid couldn’t stop giggling, he also loved it a lot. It was great to see little kids on stage helping Kaplan with magic tricks. All kids in the theatre were willing to be a helpers. David Kaplan was outstanding with children. His interactions with audiences were terrific. Adults were acting like kids, laughing and having a ball. It was fantastic time and unforgivable evening.
In the same evening we visited Tim Ellis show As Seen On TV. He warmed my heart by his own story. Tim’s personal anecdote blew my mind. Story of little boy who had 1st birthday party. His parents invited a magician. Since than he always wanted to become one. Fraught all his performance he was telling audiences about his long journey, hard work and his dreams. Tim shared with us his past and memories. In one of them he was talking about his teacher and hours of of training to do one particular magic trick. He made everyone burst in to tears of laughter by using one of guests as volunteer. He made impossible to happen and unbelievable to become reality. Tim's show was one amazing experience for me and my son. We definitely will be looking forward to visit this show again and again next year and years ahead. My kid was very lucky to get Tim Ellis’s DVD disc with 10 Easy Magic Tricks You Can Do. It’s fantastic DVD that I would recommend for parents to buy for kids who are fascinated about magic. My son already trying to does some magic tricks.
From my own experience I can say only this. Don’t miss out. Take your kids and have nice and relaxing time at the Melbourne Magic Festival 2019. It is running from June 30 to June 13. Still plenty time till and of holidays. Enjoy and have fun with those amazing magicians.
TOMOE KAWABARA IN RECITAL NEW website review by Katherine Kelly
Wood, Metal and Vibrating Air Pianist: Tomoe Kawabata Piano Recital Thursday 27 June 2019 at the Sound Gallery Monash University
PROGRAM Akio Yashiro: Sonatine Maurice Ravel: Jeux d’eau Claude Debussy: Ballade Akira Nishimura: Mirror of stars Akira Miyoshi: Pour le piano – mouvement circulaire et croisé Henri Dutilleux: Au gré des ondes Akira Miyoshi: Sonate pour piano
Recently I was treated to a delightful performance by Tomoe Kawabata from Japan, now resident in Australia.
Tomoe introduced works by three Japanese composers: Akio Yashiro, Akira Miyoshi and Akira Nishimura. Yashiro and Miyoshi studied at the Paris Conservatoire where influences from Ravel, Debussy and other French composers played a great part in their compositional development. Nishimura studied in Japan under the tutelage of Yashiro. He too fell under the spell of the French genre of composition.
Three other works were from noted French composers: Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Henri Dutilleux.
In Yashiro’s Sonatine, Tomoe displayed great pianistic control with lightness of touch, great agility and dynamics of tempo and sound.
Maurice Ravel’s Jeux d’eau was indeed a play on water with cascading scales and arpeggios, increasing with intensity. Heavy cascades of water came to mind, which decreased to resemble a light stream.
Debussy’s Ballade was delightfully simple in style with a repetitive, meditative effect, again resembling gently flowing water.
Nishimura’s Mirror of stars was bell-like evoking an image of the night sky, with stars turning on and off. The bell like sounds were interspersed with runs of intensity. What came to mind was a fleeting glimpse of a falling star. Mirror of stars bore an imperceptible reminder of Arvo Paert’s Spiegel im Spiegel.
Miyoshi’s Pour Le Piano - mouvement circulaire et croisé continued with the water theme with influences of improvisational jazz.
His Sonate Pour Piano consisted of trill-like scales which counteracted with runs of great intensity. A light versus dark piece.
Deutilleux’s Au Gres des Ondes again presented a water theme. The work also drew on the jazz as well as a Bach Prelude I learned in my teens.
Tomoe engaged extremely well with the audience with introductory descriptions of the works. However, her words were slightly lost within the Gallery. A microphone may have helped.
These works were indeed very demanding requiring great skill in accuracy, dynamics and physical strength. Tomoe’s elegant phrasing and style were a joy to watch.
VICTORIA review, photos and video by Susan Reynolds
Sunday 16th June 2019 Miss World State Finals For Victoria.
The venue was again the stunning White Night Receptions which provided the perfect atmosphere for all at the catered event. Youshiki Hair and Scissors. and @artisthdmakeup artists were working their magic on the contestants before this State Final. This time the contestant selection would be final 10 then final 5.
Sponsors :Alfaparf with gift bags for attendees and contestants on the night. White Night Receptions, Ozwear Australia, Dr. Dee, Mediterranean Tan, Vogue Dental Studios.
Once again the lovely contestants had their own message to convey in competing in these state finals hopeful in making the next round. The contestants were introduced and shared an interesting fact about themselves. The fashion evening wear was varied in colour and design each reflecting the wearers individual choices; just beautiful.
Contestants then had questions they individually drew from a jar to answer. Each bringing to the fore their uniqueness and a chance to illuminate aspects of their personalities and impress with their answers. Questions requiring answers designed to show something of individual values, priorities or feelings on a societal or personal level.
The panel of esteemed judges individually appoint scores which are tallied as the pageant progresses and all the scores verified by professional auditor Deanne Firth.
Final five Instagram handles and top five names ashparaskevas (Ash Paraskevas) moktika.t (Moktika Tandon) amber.sidney (Amber Sidney) Claramomesso (Clara Momesso) Dazvarlamova (Daria Varlamova)
Miss Charity who raised in excess of $8,000 for Variety the Children’s Charity. Beauty with a Purpose shines with the tremendous effort achieved by Lakshana Soopaul the Victorian State Winner. The audience and organisers applaud Lakshana and her fellow contestants for the support to the charity.
*PANEL: Deborah Miller : Miss World National Director Dr Dee: : Vogue Dental Studios and Platinum Partner Deanne Firth : Official Auditor counting judges scores from Tactical Accountants
QUEENSLAND photos: Bret Styles
Miss World Australia with Queensland State Final – Gold Coast at voco Gold Coast http://www.missworldaustralia.com.au/events photography: Brett Styles please stay tuned for the article coming up soon Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine expresses its special thanks to the organisers and managers of the event and personally to Deborah Miller and Chelsea Eletva for the invite and opportunity to cover the event as well as to Brett for his art works
QLD Winners: Analiese Gordon Lily Buhl Taya Bliss Grabbe Makalah Jeffery Mia Cherry Sophia Harris Ebony Doyle Alison Williams Bethany Doble
Sponsors: Alfaparf Milano Mediterranean Tan OzWear Australia Novo Shoes Voco Gold Coast
28 years ago the Boroondara Eisteddfod was created with the goal of bringing the best of Melbourne musicians together and giving them a chance to compete and learn from each other. Nearly 3 decades later and nothing has changed. The Eisteddfod, now a cherished part of the Victorian music calendar still represents 6 weeks of intense competition and some of the very best classical musicians that Melbourne has to offer. Last Sunday represented what is arguably one of the most exciting events of the entire competition, that being the piano concerto final. As if the chance to listen to three of Victoria’s finest pianist wasn’t enough though, following event tradition, they were backed by none other than the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra. A delight and source of crowd envy by themselves.
The symphony began the event with fanfare and aplomb, as conductor Nicole Marshall set the tone with Franz Von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture. The motivational and uplifting piece informing all audience members of just how high the bar has been raised and set. Not that the first of the finalist Anna Gao had any reason to worry, of course, her rendition of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 was nothing short of splendid. While the piece itself has become something of a staple in concertos of this type, Anna’s ability to transition from the first movements varied flourishes and energetic themes to the second movements far more mellowed and melodic themes shows her skills, as well as any piece, could.
Not to be outdone Tian Tian Lan’s exquisite showcase of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30 soon followed and was not found wanting. Rachmaninov’s second movement is known to be a morose affair at the best of times, when combined with Lan’s skills however, made the piano somewhat hard to hear over the sniffles from the audience. Combined with the third movement motivation and overwhelming nature made Tian Tian Lan’s performance a roller coaster ride of emotion and by the end, many were grateful for the intermission as they needed a minute to collect themselves.
Upon their return, audience members were greeted by James Zong’s competent performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, S.124. A somewhat unusual choice as it relies far more on the orchestra then the soloist, however, one that paid of well for the audience as it meant that they were treated with Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra’s take on the deep and nuanced piece. A musical appetizer as it were, for while the adjudicator Dr. Di Bresciani Oam stepped out to make her final decision and finalize her notes for the finalists, the orchestra again stepped in to entertain and enthrall the audience. Finishing with Franz Shubert’s Symphony No.8 in B minor, D 759, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra ended on a high note, doing true justice to one of Schubert final works. A complex and beautiful symphony that runs the gambit of emotions and tones, with abrupt changes in theme and deeply enchanting melodies, a feast for the ears and the soul.
All good things must end however and soon enough, Dr. Oam returned with the verdict. Tian Tian Lan’s victory was made official and so treated the audience to an encore performance to remind us why he won the coveted title. Just like that, another year has passed and another Boroondara Eisteddfod comes to a close (until the encore highlight performance of course). 28 years down, here’s to 28 more!
photography: Stuar tBuchanan
NICA: DISPERSION JUNE 2019 NEW website review by Marina Skliar
They are young, they are beautiful, and they are restless to say the least about the artists that joined the Dispersion production at NICA in June 2019!
I absolutely loved to watch any performances done by the students. It is such an amazing energy to enjoy. This time I was not disappointed at all. The second year NICA students performance was absolutely fabulous in the spectacular athletic acts.
The first act started in the tangled up in the rob when the skillful acrobats were untangling themselves from the knots and rob twists.
I loved the fact that every single performer was playing its own roll regardless if they have been in the front or at the back of the stage - they all performed their best.
Young athletes' eyes were sparking with joy and inspiration and one could notice the genuine smiles on their faces.The performance was done with such a passion and enthusiasm I was feeling so uplifted with happiness myself.
There were different variations of plays including an incredible animal kingdom play/fight for survival. This act included the monkey playing in the jungle.
The play between the male and the female was done with master of its craft touch. The facial expressions, the eyes, the lips of the actors - there was no need for any words as the expression through the beautiful performance act said it all.
The selection of music and the live performance by trio was simply superb too.
I also loved the closing act when he actors were dancing in the circle following the flamingo / tango music, The whole act was so breathtaking indeed! I don’t think that I have seen such an unusual dance before and ever in my life. I also have nothing of compare it with in its uniqueness. So well done!
Overall performance was excellent, however I would have added a bit more costumes with colors for some different acts so that the audience would have better recognition in such change.
This production is great for all ages to see, it will not brake the bank to take the whole family in for such a pleasure of he entertainment, We are so lucky to have these artists here in Melbourne. It also so encouraging for the young people to start up gymnastics, dancing , acting, or playing music instruments. Thank you for the experience of a life time!
photography: Kieran McNamara
140TH ANNIVERSARY OF GIRMIT DIVAS BY AUSTRALIAN INTEGRATED FIJIAN ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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
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