Category: SYDNEY

Limbo The Return: a highlight of Sydney theatre

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Welcome to a circus spectacle of otherworldly proportions, “LIMBO The Return” is the exhilarating new headline show captivating audiences at The Grand Electric, the hottest venue in town. This acclaimed production marries the thrilling essence of live circus, cabaret, and acrobatics with the heart-pounding live music composed by New York’s own Jank master, Sxip Shirey. Set in a realm delicately balanced between heaven and hell, “LIMBO The Return” showcases an international ensemble of top-tier circus performers and musicians, creating an experience that transcends the ordinary. Having spellbound crowds in Spiegeltents across Newcastle and Adelaide, “LIMBO The Return” now sets its sights on Sydney for its headline season. The show has been embraced with open arms, drawing in audiences eager to witness its jaw-dropping, fire-breathing, and gravity-defying acts. Critics, too, have been fervently enthusiastic, with Upside Adelaide awarding the show a five-star review, lauding it as “a whirlwind of excitement and wonder… that will leave you wanting more.” Elsewhere, See Do Eat Review echoed this acclaim in their own five-star praise, highlighting the band as “musical geniuses” and heralding the show as their “favourite show of the Fringe”. More than a decade ago, the original LIMBO production propelled its creators, Strut & Fret, onto the global stage. After selling out at the Sydney Festival, it embarked on an international tour gracing stages from Brussels to Bogota. The show even captivated Madonna, who attended twice during its London season. Its follow-up, “LIMBO Unhinged,” enjoyed a hugely successful and critically acclaimed run at the Sydney Opera House, before… Read More

New Vic’s Meat at Chatswood


Calling all meat enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs! It’s time to rejoice as Anthony Puharich, the visionary owner behind Victor Churchill & Vic’s, kicks off his grand 2024 expansion with the spectacular debut of Vic’s second store at Chatswood Chase today. Expanding Horizons: A Meat-Lover’s Delight The sizzling excitement doesn’t end there, as two more Vic’s stores are set to grace Bondi Junction and Chadstone Melbourne later this year, marking an exhilarating phase in the brand’s journey. Already an iconic presence at Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont, Vic’s continues to redefine the meat industry landscape with its unwavering commitment to premium quality and unparalleled culinary experiences. A legacy of excellence For nearly three decades, Vic’s has been the epitome of premium quality meat, serving as the trusted supplier to the nation’s top restaurants, earning accolades for its award-winning cuts. Beyond the realms of haute cuisine, Vic’s has opened its doors to the Australian public, offering access to the most exceptional meat selections. Since its inception in 1996, Vic’s has been steadfast in its mission to unite Australia through the shared love for exceptional food. Vic’s Chatswood Chase: A Culinary Oasis Located at 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067, Vic’s Chatswood Chase promises an indulgent meat-shopping experience like no other. With doors open from Monday to Sunday, meat aficionados can embark on a gastronomic expedition to explore the finest cuts, expertly crafted to elevate every culinary creation. Join the Culinary Celebration As the aroma of sizzling steaks and succulent roasts fills the air, we invite you to… Read More

Sydney’s Hollywood Quarter musical journey

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Sydney’s Hollywood Quarter precinct in Surry Hills is gearing up to become a haven for music enthusiasts with the introduction of the Great Southern Nights Gig Trail, set to commence at 4pm on Saturday, March 23, 2024. This curated walk, supported by the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner’s Uptown program, invites music fans to embark on a captivating journey through free live music performances at various nearby venues, illuminated by the glow of street lights. Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, and Minister for Jobs and Tourism, John Graham, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Activating the much-loved venues and streets of Sydney’s Hollywood Quarter will create a vibrant musical haven in the heart of Surry Hills.” He emphasized the aim to invigorate precincts, deliver exceptional cultural experiences, showcase NSW’s creative sector, and stimulate investment in businesses, ultimately fostering a lively nightlife ambiance. As participants traverse the trail, they will be treated to diverse music and dining experiences offered by prominent venues such as Ace Hotel Sydney, The Soda Factory, Alberto’s Lounge, The Burdekin, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Hollywood Hotel, Hotel Harry, Butter, and Paramount House Hotel. Along Foster St, a band featuring renowned musicians will entertain audiences with a rich troubadour tradition, delving into multicultural genres and captivating diners and passers-by. Additionally, talented buskers of all ages and backgrounds will add to the vibrant atmosphere by showcasing their skills to the crowd. Music Curator Trevor Brown, drawing from his experiences performing in Europe, highlighted the surprise element of the… Read More

LOAM X Two Good Chef dinner series in Sydney

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Sydney-based social enterprise Two Good Co. has exciting news for gastronomy enthusiasts and philanthropic individuals alike. The esteemed chef, author, and gastronomic traveller, Christine Manfield, has been revealed as the second chef in its highly anticipated LOAM X Two Good Chef Dinner Series. This exceptional collaboration is set to take place on Wednesday, 20th March at LOAM, the all-day restaurant located at Ace Hotel Sydney. A Culinary Affair for a Cause The event promises an evening of culinary delight and charitable contribution, with tickets priced at $110 per person. This includes a meticulously crafted multi-course menu by Christine, complemented by wines from Balmy Nights, and a donation towards Two Good’s mission to support, empower, and employ women rebuilding their self-worth and independence following domestic violence, homelessness, and complex trauma. A Menu Beyond Boundaries Christine Manfield, renowned as one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, is set to present a menu that encapsulates the overarching theme of ‘do more with less’, a philosophy dear to Two Good Co. As a culinary ambassador, her unique creations seamlessly merge indigenous ingredients with globally inspired flavours, embodying the ethos of sharing simple yet delectable food prepared with love. “It’s been a pleasure working with Two Good on their latest cookbook, and I’m excited to continue our partnership, this time alongside the wonderful team at LOAM,” expressed Christine Manfield. “The menu I’ve created is all about simple, meaningful food, and I hope it fosters a sense of community and connection amongst our guests.” The menu, co-crafted by Christine and the esteemed… Read More

Why anticipate West Side Story, Sydney Harbour

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Rehearsals have commenced for the highly-anticipated return of the sensational musical, West Side Story, at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Set to reopen on Friday 22 March, this production promises to deliver an electrifying and larger-than-life experience, making it the most sought-after presentation in the history of the venue. Talented performers hailing from various regions across Australia, including Mount Gambier, Wagga Wagga, Alice Springs, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne, and Adelaide, alongside an international cast member from the US, have converged upon Sydney with great enthusiasm. They are all poised to take on the challenge of the four-week open-air season on the iconic harbour stage. The exceptional cast faces an intense rehearsal schedule as they prepare to master the intricate dance sequences and iconic music inherent in this legendary Broadway musical. Under the direction of Associate Director Eric Sean Fogel, Revival Choreographer Kiira Schmidt Carper, and Musical Director Guy Simpson, the cast is gearing up to bring West Side Story to life in a truly remarkable manner. Featuring one of the most renowned ensembles in musical theatre, the production calls for highly skilled dancers to portray the rival street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, and perform the celebrated and complex choreography with finesse. At the forefront of the cast are First Nations soprano Nina Korbe as Maria and Canberran Billy Bourchier as Tony. They are joined by a stellar lineup including Newcastle-born Patrick Whitbread, Gold Coast’s Kimberley Hodgson, and Broadway performer Manuel Stark Santos, who is set to make his Australian debut in the… Read More

Mardi Gras wrap up for 2025

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The vibrant and diverse streets of Sydney were illuminated with the spirit of pride and celebration as the 46th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade took center stage on Saturday, 2 March. A staggering estimated 250,000 spectators flocked to Oxford St, Flinders St, and Anzac Parade, uniting in solidarity and bearing witness to a spectacular procession of over 12,000 participants who brought the night to life with their creativity, advocacy, and unapologetic pride under the theme “Our Future…”. Reflecting on the electrifying Parade, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Gil Beckwith, expressed, “Tonight’s Parade was a vibrant testament to the strength and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. As we marched under the banner of ‘Our Future…’, we not only honor the past 45 years of history and progress but also took a bold step toward shaping a more inclusive and diverse future.” Lord Mayor Clover Moore AO echoed this sentiment, emphasizing Sydney’s role as a beacon for LGBTIQA+ communities, stating, “Sydney has always been a beacon for LGBTIQA+ communities and that pride is most spectacularly on show during Mardi Gras. This year’s March was another triumph of sequins and spirit.” Amid the celebration, the Parade also served as a poignant reminder of the ongoing fight for equality within the LGBTIQA+ communities. Mayor Moore reinforced this, noting, “These past few weeks have been particularly hard for our LGBTIQA+ communities but tonight we all came together for a wonderful celebration of queer love, culture, and struggle. When the biodegradable glitter settles, the fight… Read More

Virgin Australia’s Mardi Gras flights

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More than 500 travellers, including legendary drag performers and renowned celebrities, celebrated high in the skies onboard Virgin Australia and United Airlines’ dedicated Pride Flight services. These special flights took off from San Francisco, Melbourne, and Brisbane, landing in Sydney just in time for Australia’s premier LGBTQIA+ celebration. Upon arrival, festivities continued as passengers were greeted by Tinder Glambassador Danni Issues and later joined the vibrant Landing Party at The Beresford, featuring performances that included a Virgin Australia dance troupe and a soul-stirring ballad by Hugh Sheridan. In a generous show of support for the LGBTQIA+ community, Virgin Australia announced that $30 from every Pride Flight ticket sold would be donated to Minus18, a charity devoted to supporting LGBTQIA+ youth. Similarly, United Airlines committed to a $125K USD donation to The Trevor Foundation as part of their annual contribution to LGBTQIA+ causes. The flights themselves were a spectacle of celebration and inclusivity. Virgin Australia’s Pride Flight from Melbourne to Sydney, numbered VA1978 in homage to the year Sydney hosted its inaugural Mardi Gras Parade, along with the Brisbane to Sydney VA2017 flight – commemorating the year same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia – included pre-flight departure parties complete with drag performances, celebrity appearances, mid-air entertainment, and endless refreshments. The San Francisco to Sydney Pride Flight, a codeshare flight VA8005 with United Airlines, offered an international bridge to the festivities. Passengers on these flights were entertained by iconic figures such as RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Maxi Shield and the beloved Melbourne drag duo The… Read More

G Flip and Uber Pool for Mardi Gras

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Get ready to ride with pride this Mardi Gras parade day, because Aussie singer, drummer, and queer icon G Flip is riding around festivities exclusively via Uber Pool on March 2nd, and you could be in with a chance of sharing a ride with them. To celebrate Mardi Gras, Uber has teamed up with global superstar G Flip, giving Sydneysiders the chance to share a ride with them to the festival. Fresh off setting the record for the most entries in the Hottest 100 ever, G Flip is ready to start the Mardi Gras party by giving a few lucky riders the Uber Pool ride of a lifetime as they head out to parades, parties, and other festival events. For one day only, G Flip will be riding around Sydney in the queerest Uber vehicle, decked out with rainbow good vibes and offering everything you need for the perfect Mardi Gras pre-game. Share a karaoke classic with the Aussie singer-songwriter as you share the journey and impress them with your renditions of their iconic hits as you get pumped for the night ahead. To be in with a chance to ride with G Flip, just register your interest here and tell us why you’d love to be part of G Flip’s pride ride. G Flip said: “I’m so stoked to be back in Australia for Mardi Gras! It’s one of my favourite days of the year. I’m going to be hopping in a few Uber Pool rides on the day of the parade, so stay… Read More

Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus arrives in Australia

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In a historic moment, THE LUME Melbourne is set to host an unprecedented event, welcoming original pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s priceless Codex Atlanticus to Australian shores for the first time. As these invaluable pages touch down on March 9, they will be on display to the public from March 16, coinciding with the grand opening of the immersive experience “Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius” presented by Webuild. This monumental occasion signifies a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to step into the life and world of Leonardo, featuring these irreplaceable original pages from the Codex Atlanticus, meticulously penned by the master himself. THE LUME Melbourne’s newest experience promises to be the most ambitious and immersive yet, transcending generations and offering captivating elements for all ages. Among its highlights, visitors can marvel at to-scale machine inventions brought to life by Italian artisans from the pages of Leonardo’s codices, behold the only exact 360º replica of Mona Lisa in the world, immerse themselves in a brand new multi-sensory gallery spanning 3000 sqm, engage with cutting-edge AI and VR interactive technologies breathing life into the master’s iconic work, savor a Renaissance-themed culinary experience in Caffé Medici, and much more. As visitors traverse through the streets of Florence, the canals of Venice, the history of Rome, the grandeur of Milan, and culminate their journey in Amboise, France – mirroring Leonardo’s own travels – they will gain a profound understanding of the inspirations, innovations, and enduring impact of the maestro. The Codex Atlanticus stands as an unedited look… Read More

Mardi Gras Debutante Ball in Sydney

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On Thursday, Kinselas Hotel in Darlinghurst set the stage for a momentous occasion as it hosted the inaugural Mardi Gras Debutante Ball by Johnnie Walker. This event marked the first steps of Mardi Gras first-timers as they ventured to join their community for the iconic celebration. Eight first-timers from the LGBTQIA+ community had the opportunity to share their stories and win tickets to attend the Debutante Ball, making it an unforgettable experience for them. As they walked the Gold Carpet, these individuals debuted proudly, warmly welcomed by festival custodians, the community, and the trailblazers who have paved the way for them. The evening unfolded at the iconic Darlinghurst venue, where the Mardi Gras Debutante Ball became a fabulous celebration of all queer identities, truly honoring the progress, strength, and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. The highlight of the Ball was none other than Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who made her debut for her first Mardi Gras since openly identifying as queer last year. Her presence added an extra layer of significance to the event, symbolizing the ongoing journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and pride within the community. The Mardi Gras Debutante Ball by Johnnie Walker exemplified the spirit of inclusivity and acceptance, serving as a testament to the progress made and the unity embraced within the LGBTQIA+ community. It was a night of joy, empowerment, and celebration, representing the collective strides towards a more diverse and welcoming society. As the festivities unfolded, it became clear that this groundbreaking event has redefined the traditional concept of the Debutante Ball,… Read More