Category: SYDNEY

Toby’s Estate new coffee experience in Brisbane

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Not a morning person? This Wednesday might just change your mind. In a delightfully caffeinated announcement, Toby’s Estate, the esteemed Australian speciality coffee roasters, is set to open a new flagship café in the vibrant suburb of Newstead, Brisbane. To mark this occasion, they’re brewing up an offer that’s hard to resist – FREE coffee for all! For two hours on the morning of their grand opening, coffee aficionados and sleepy commuters alike will have the opportunity to indulge in some of the finest coffee Australia has to offer, courtesy of Toby’s Estate. This isn’t just any brew; it’s crafted by Australia’s second-ranked coffee roasting champion and served by Brisbane’s top baristas. A visit to this event promises not only a delicious cup of joe but an educational experience into the art and science of specialty coffee. The catch? Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot at this caffeinated celebration. Event details: This Wednesday morning experience is poised to make your week a little brighter. But the excitement doesn’t end with free coffee. Toby’s Estate is renowned for its line-up of specialty coffee cafés both in Australia and internationally, and the Newstead café is the latest addition to this impressive portfolio. Visitors can look forward to award-winning coffees, single origins, unique blends, high-end frozen coffee, and the chance to mingle with fellow coffee enthusiasts and skilled baristas. The Toby’s Estate Brisbane flagship café will be open from 6.30am to 2pm daily, further enriching the local coffee culture with free monthly tastings. These gatherings… Read More

Dutch piano virtuoso returns to the Sydney Opera House

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Mark your calendars and prepare to be enveloped in the soul-stirring sounds of Joep Beving, as the maestro makes his grand return to the Opera House this July. After mesmerising audiences in previous years, Beving is back with a bang, ready to unveil the mystical realms of Hermetism across two spellbinding shows on Monday, 22 July 2024. Each performance promises an experience akin to a spiritual odyssey, underscored by Beving’s deeply introspective, neoclassical sound that has captivated millions globally. This year, the enigmatic Dutch pianist is set to elevate his musical narrations to unprecedented heights, blending his artistry with an awe-inspiring audio-visual spectacle developed alongside the innovative minds of Boris Acket, Merijn Versnel, and Roxanne Percobic. Hermetism, drawing inspiration from Beving’s 2022 album, invites you on an enchanted voyage exploring the essence of spirituality, the elusive nature of time, and the depths of the inner self. This isn’t just a concert; it’s an invitation to transcend the ordinary, led by a masterful storyteller who’s rediscovered his love for the piano and transformed it into a source of universal connection and wonder. Joep Beving’s remarkable journey from personal loss to streaming stardom is a testament to the power of music to heal, unite, and inspire. With over 200 million streams on Spotify and a place among the giants of post-classical composition, Beving’s return to the Opera House isn’t just an event; it’s a pivotal moment in the world of contemporary music. As Ben Marshall, Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, aptly puts it, “Joep describes… Read More

Sydney Film Festival’s World Premier of Midnight Oil

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The 71st Sydney Film Festival is set to kick off with a bang as it proudly presents the World Premiere of Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line at its Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, June 5, at the prestigious State Theatre. Following the screening, a vibrant post-screening celebration will light up the Sydney Town Hall, marking a milestone event in the festival’s history. The Hardest Line unravels the pioneering narrative of Midnight Oil like never before on the silver screen. Defiant. Passionate. Vocal. Over their illustrious 45-year journey, ‘The Oils’ have left an indelible mark on modern Australia with anthems such as US Forces, Beds Are Burning, Blue Sky Mine, and Redneck Wonderland. This groundbreaking documentary features exclusive interviews with every band member, unseen live performances and studio footage, and iconic moments like the outback tour with Warumpi Band, the Exxon protest gig in New York, and the unforgettable “Sorry” suits at the Sydney Olympics, encapsulating the extraordinary odyssey of Australia’s quintessential rock ensemble. Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley expressed his excitement, stating, “We are delighted to feature Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line as our opening film this year. This documentary not only charts the remarkable journey of one of Australia’s most influential bands but also encapsulates the ethos of an era that reshaped our cultural and political landscapes. It is a tribute to their enduring legacy and a poignant reflection on their enduring influence that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.” Writer, director, and executive producer Paul Clarke shared his sentiments, “There exists no… Read More

Bar Lettera is new food & drink in North Sydney

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North Sydney is gearing up to embrace a new culinary gem with the grand opening of the chic Bar Lettera at Citadines Walker North Sydney on Saturday, 27th April. This contemporary Italo-Australian eatery and wine bar promises a one-of-a-kind all-day dining experience that harmoniously blends European tradition with local ingenuity in a thoughtfully curated setting, offering a glimpse into the artistic essence of North Sydney. Bar Lettera is a multisensory adventure that transcends mere dining. As a proud member of The Ascott Limited’s esteemed brand portfolio, Citadines embodies the essence of ‘City dwellers’, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the essence of urban living, both within their accommodation and beyond. The newest addition, a 90-seat haven, effortlessly straddles the line between restaurant and bar, reflecting Citadines’ core commitment to providing modern and adaptable lodging options in established and emerging urban enclaves. Leading the culinary brigade is Head Chef Ryan Perry, whose culinary vision centres on reinventing traditional Italian fare with a touch of Australian innovation and premium local produce. “Bar Lettera epitomizes a celebration of creativity. Our aim was to craft a communal space – a sanctuary where patrons could relish delightful moments, engaging conversations, and a culinary journey that pairs exquisitely with our wine selection,” remarked David Mansfield, Managing Director of The Ascott Limited Australia. “Our mission was to blend these elements seamlessly to curate a menu that caters to a diverse audience. At Bar Lettera, everyone is not just welcome but invited to partake in the experience.” Area General Manager of The Ascott… Read More

Cinco de Mayo in Sydney: The Lansdowne and The Happy Mexican Fiesta

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Get ready to spice up your Cinco de Mayo festivities, Sydney! This year, The Lansdowne, a beloved city staple since the roaring ’20s, is flipping the script from its usual brews to an explosion of margarita madness, blending its historic allure with a twist of fresh excitement. What’s more exhilarating is the arrival of Melbourne’s culinary sensation, The Happy Mexican, making its grand debut at the iconic Lansdowne Hotel to sprinkle some authentic Mexican fiesta into your celebrations. Launching the party vibes early in April, and leading into the Cinco de Mayo spirit, The Happy Mexican will be dishing out irresistible $2 tacos every evening from 5-6pm. Yes, you heard it right – it’s a taco fiesta, and everyone’s invited, no RSVPs required! Brace yourselves for a lineup of tantalizing flavors, from succulent roasted chicken breast and zesty marinated pork to crispy beer-battered fish and the show-stopping slow-cooked beef birria tacos. Vegetarian delights like Calabacitas and Nopales aren’t forgotten, ensuring a plate for every preference. Behind this culinary revolution is the genius, Julian Romero, and head chef Jesus Rios, a maestro of Mexican cuisine from Mexico City, bringing over twenty years of experience to dazzle Sydney’s adventurous palates. “We’re thrilled to serve up a spectrum of unique, authentic flavors right from the heart of Mexico to Chippendale,” says Rios. With legendary dishes like Quesabirrias and a diverse menu catering to all dietary needs, The Happy Mexican promises an unforgettable dining experience. But what’s a fiesta without drinks to toast? The Lansdowne’s drink menu is equally… Read More

Where to have a Mexican fiesta in Sydney

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It’s that time of the year again, where the flavours of Mexico descend upon us with an exuberance that can only be found at SoCal’s Taco & Tequila Fiesta! This year, we’re turning the heat up with a lineup of events that promise not just a taste, but a full immersion into the vibrant Mexican culture. From the toe-tapping tunes of a live Mariachi band to the adrenaline-pumping chilli eating contest, we’re serving excitement on a platter! Cinco De Mayo Launch Party – The Ultimate Sunday Session Mark your calendars for May 5th because we’re kicking off the festivities with a bang! Immerse yourself in the ultimate party atmosphere as we transform our space to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Enjoy live music, $15 margaritas, and tacos that will have you coming back for more. The fun starts at 1 pm with an acoustic duo and ramps up with a DJ and a surprise Mariachi band performance. Trust us; you don’t want to miss this! Find out more about the Cinco De Mayo Party Taste of Mexico, Dinner & A Show – A Culinary Journey On Thursday 9th & Thursday 23rd May, join us for a special evening that whisks you away to the heart of Mexico. Prepare to be mesmerized by a live Mexican dancing show while indulging in a sumptuous feast curated by our Head Chef Joel Doyle. At $79 per person, including a starter, main, side, and dessert – plus a welcoming margarita – it’s an experience that marries flavor with culture. Book… Read More

Whiskey pop-up in Sydney with Glenfiddich

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where art meets whisky, colour meets taste, and every sip supports an incredible cause! Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, is thrilled to announce its latest collaboration with the dynamic Australian multidisciplinary artist Jordan Gogos. Introducing the ‘Glenfiddich x Jordan Gogos Pop-Up bar’, a spellbinding experience located in the heart of Sydney’s bustling CBD at 200 George Street. This pop-up bar, curated in partnership with the innovative ART AID, is where your love for whisky, art, and philanthropy collide. From April 17th to May 8th, 2024, Dean & Nancy on 22 will transform into a vibrant oasis of creativity. Imagine sipping on exquisite signature whisky cocktails as you’re surrounded by an eclectic mix of colourful textile art, sculptural furniture, and previously unseen art pieces by Jordan Gogos himself. This event isn’t just an exhibition; it’s an invitation to step into a realm where each element is meticulously designed to challenge the borders between gallery space and immersive sensory exploration. At the heart of this experience is the collection of unseen works from Jordan Gogos, spanning art, furniture, to fashion, all inspired by the distinct colourways of Glenfiddich’s iconic aged whisky expressions. Prepare to engage with art in a way you’ve never before, as Gogos’ installation invites you not just to observe, but to interact and become an integral part of the artistic narrative. It’s all about blurring the lines, creating moments, and inspiring conversations in an ambiance that’s entirely unique to this collaboration. Things… Read More

Where to go for good seafood in Bondi

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Welcome to the future of seafood dining – welcome to Uncut Seafood Delicatessen. This isn’t just another fish shop; it’s a vibrant revolution brought to life by the dynamic Lucas siblings – Nic, Jack, and Kaitlin. Opening its doors on April 26th on bustling Bondi Road, this delicatessen is the culmination of a lifelong passion, a rich family legacy in fish mongering, and an ambitious dream turned reality. At Uncut Seafood Delicatessen, forget everything you thought you knew about traditional seafood joints. This is where the Lucas trio’s vision comes to life, offering a fresh, modern spin on seafood that’s as delightful to your health as it is to your taste buds. Gone are the days of heavy, fried fish dishes. Instead, prepare your palate for an elevated seafood experience that prioritises freshness, flavour, and nutritional value. Step inside, and you’ll find yourself enveloped in an atmosphere that blends the sophistication of a high-end designer boutique with the inviting warmth of a family-run establishment. Every detail, from the Taj Mahal quartzite countertops to the bespoke zellige tiled walls and refined brass accents, tells a story of meticulous design and an unwavering commitment to creating a memorable dining experience. But the real magic lies in the menu. Directly sourced from local Australian fishermen and the renowned Sydney fish markets, every dish served is a testament to the Lucas family’s rich heritage and unparalleled expertise in seafood. Whether you opt for dine-in or take-away, you’re in for a treat with their freshly cut sashimi, perfectly shucked oysters,… Read More

Opera Australia orchestrates a new era with Matthieu Arama as Concertmaster

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In a move that marks a significant milestone in its illustrious history, Opera Australia has announced the appointment of the renowned French violinist Matthieu Arama as the new Concertmaster of the Opera Australia Orchestra (OAO). This announcement follows an exhaustive global search, culminating in Mr. Arama’s selection, a testament to his extraordinary talent and leadership abilities. Set to join the OAO in August of this year, Arama brings with him a wealth of experience as the current Concertmaster of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, coupled with an impressive track record of performances with some of the world’s most distinguished conductors. View this post on Instagram A post shared by matthieu arama (@matthieu_arama) Arama’s role will be pivotal in steering the OAO towards achieving artistic brilliance across its broad annual repertoire, which spans over 250 opera, ballet, musical theatre, and concert performances for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet. His recent engagements as Guest Concertmaster for Opera Australia on iconic productions such as La Traviata and Swan Lake, alongside The Australian Ballet, and a solo recital featuring opera and ballet excerpts, underscore his extraordinary versatility and musicianship. The enthusiasm within the OAO is palpable, with Acting Concertmaster Huy-Nguen Bui expressing excitement over welcoming Arama to the helm. “The OAO is excited to welcome an exceptional violinist and musician as our new Concertmaster. We look forward to reaching the highest levels of music-making through Mr. Arama’s artistic leadership,” said Bui. This sentiment is echoed by Opera Australia’s CEO Fiona Allan, Artistic Director Jo Davies, The Australian Ballet’s… Read More

A place to eat in Coogee: Marra Bar & Grill

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As the leaves turn and we welcome the cooler, more reflective seasons of autumn and winter, the Coogee Bay Hotel proudly unveils its latest culinary delights at the renowned Marra Bar & Grill. This eagerly anticipated menu refresh aligns perfectly with the launch of the “Quintessentially Coogee” campaign, a heartfelt initiative designed to reward patrons and cement the hotel’s deep-rooted allegiance to its local community. Nestled in the vibrant heart of Coogee and boasting unparalleled views of its iconic beach, Marra Bar & Grill has long stood as a beacon of exceptional dining. This season’s offerings bring to the table an enriched palette of flavors, starting with perfectly seared Scallops atop a rustic blend of crushed peas and potato scallops – a true homage to autumn’s bounty. The curated Charcuterie Board, with its fine selection of Ortiz anchovies, delicately shaved jamón, and De Palma salami, along with marinated olives and pickles, provides the perfect shareable feast for those crisp coastal evenings. Continuing with the theme of comforting classics, the menu features the heartwarming Bangers & Mash—pork & fennel sausages served over a bed of silky colcannon and finished with a mustard jus. The oven-roasted half chicken, accompanied by kipfler potatoes seasoned with thyme and parmesan, captures the essence of home-cooked warmth. For those seeking a more refined touch to the traditional pub fare, the Wagyu Burger offers a gourmet twist, and the zesty Chicken Wings, served with a cooling ranch dressing, promise to tantalize the taste buds. Seafood lovers are not forgotten, with the Casarecce… Read More