Category: FEATURES

Sydney orchestra gets a new world famous player

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Renowned for his mesmerising rendition of Les Baricades Mistérieuses and Jean-François Tapray’s variation of Rameau’s Les Sauvages, the talented harpsichord virtuoso Justin is poised to captivate audiences with his artistry. Collaborating with celebrated designer Trent Suidgeest, known for his immersive and theatrical styling inspired by the opulence of the Château de Versailles, Justin promises a performance that transcends mere music. A musical masterpiece comes to life Co-founder and Artistic Director of the renowned ensemble, Paul Dyer, expresses his anticipation for Justin’s Australian debut on the Brandenburg stage. Recognizing Justin as an exceptional performer and a true master of the harpsichord despite his youth, Dyer sets the stage for an unforgettable evening of musical excellence. The grandeur of the Bach’s Concerto for Four Harpsichords, with Justin joined by Neal and Anthony, promises a symphonic experience like no other. The artistry of Justin unveiled With a repertoire that includes intricate pieces like Les Baricades Mistérieuses and Les Sauvages, Justin’s mastery of the harpsichord shines through in every note. His interpretation of these Baroque classics, combined with his innovative flair, transports audiences to a realm of musical sophistication and emotional depth. Collaborating with fellow musicians of exceptional calibre, Justin elevates the performance to new heights, promising a harmonious fusion of talent and creativity. A stylistic symphony inspired by history Under the artistic vision of Trent Suidgeest, the performance takes on a transformative quality, drawing inspiration from the grandeur and elegance of the Château de Versailles. Suidgeest’s immersive and theatrical styling imbues the concert with a visual richness that… Read More

Amy Poehler pays a visit to VIVID Sydney 2024

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Amy Poehler is in Sydney and celebrating VIVID! Renowned for her versatility and numerous talents including acting, writing, directing, producing, and authoring bestselling books, was present for Vivid Sydney Presents – In Conversation with Amy Poehler along with a sneak peek at Disney and Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’. Here is where to eat during VIVID Sydney The sold-out gathering at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, treated attendees to an exclusive 30-minute preview of selected scenes from the much-anticipated sequel Inside Out 2. This film continues the story of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning and critically acclaimed Inside Out (2015), with Poehler reprising her role as Joy. The Conversation, moderated by Zan Rowe, delved into the fascinating nuances of Amy’s creative mind. Noteworthy attendees who graced the event included children’s entertainer Emma Watkins, television presenter Rove McManus, actress April Rose Pengilly, Senior Vice President & Managing Director The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand Kylie Watson-Wheeler, The Wiggles’ Tsehay Hawkins, comedian Tanya Hennessy, and many more. More on what to expect this VIVID Post-event, a bespoke ‘Inside Out 2’ projection illuminated Customs House at Circular Quay in a one-off, 30-minute display. Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s premier multi-arts festival, transforms the city into a vibrant center of creativity, innovation, and community engagement. Reflecting the 2024 festival theme, Humanity, the Vivid Ideas program serves as a platform for inspiration, challenging conventional perspectives about the world, and bringing sharp analysis, thoughtful discussion, and memorable dialogues to Sydney. The 2024 lineup also showcases must-see events such… Read More

Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV is back

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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is thrilled to announce the 10th annual Melbourne Art Book Fair (MABF), a prestigious celebration honouring art book publishing and Melbourne’s distinction as a UNESCO City of Literature. Commencing today and continuing until 2 June 2024, the fair will animate multiple venues across Melbourne and Victoria with an exciting array of book launches, discussions, exhibitions, and more. Highlighting the event is a special in-conversation session with renowned art historian Katy Hessel, alongside a vibrant TV gameshow pop-up and a showcase featuring art and design publishing from across Australia and beyond. Esteemed British author and art historian Katy Hessel, known for her influential podcast “The Great Women Artists,” will engage with NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Simone LeAmon, for a live discussion titled “Katy Hessel in Conversation: The Story of Art Without Men” on 29 May. This program, presented by NGV and The Wheeler Centre, will delve into Hessel’s critically acclaimed book, “The Story of Art Without Men,” which explores the often overlooked contributions of women in art history, reflecting her extensive work in uncovering female artists’ narratives from Australia and around the globe. Moreover, the fair will celebrate the launch of NGV’s newest publication, “Observations: Moments in Design History.” Acclaimed design critic and author of “Design as an Attitude,” Alice Rawsthorn OBE, will discuss the socio-political implications of modern design with Sarah Teasley, sharing insights into how contemporary designers are tackling the pressing challenges of today’s society. From 24 to 26 May, the Great Hall at NGV… Read More

7 top independent jewellery brands in London

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Journey into a world of quality metals to wear on your body, as we explore the realm of independent jewellery brands by various jewellers in the vibrant city of London.

4 reasons to get excited for ‘Frontiers: Choreographers of Canada’s at Sadler’s Wells

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This exceptional triple bill showcases the extraordinary talents of three distinguished Canadian choreographers: Crystal Pite, Emma Portner, and James Kudelka, promising an unforgettable journey through the world of contemporary ballet.

Sydney’s 71st annual film festival is back

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The 71st Sydney Film Festival, set for 5-16 June 2024, has unveiled an exciting preview of 17 new films and events, offering a tantalising glimpse ahead of the complete program reveal on Wednesday, 8 May. Festival Director Nashen Moodley highlighted that this year’s lineup explores a rich tapestry of human experience, ranging from gripping true stories to innovative fictional narratives and hybrid films that blur the lines between reality and imagination. With resilience emerging as a central theme, the Festival promises a diverse array of films that promise to engage, challenge, and inspire audiences. Among the initial selection are two Australian world premieres that are generating significant buzz. In Vitro marks a highly anticipated sci-fi mystery thriller directed by Will Howarth and Tom McKeith, featuring Ashley Zukerman in a futuristic tale set on a remote cattle farm. In The Pool, directed by Ian Darling, offers a poignant cinematic exploration of a year at the iconic Bondi Icebergs, capturing the essence of this beloved location and its community. Notably, directors Howarth, McKeith, and Darling will be present at the Festival to introduce their films. From across the Tasman, Rachel House makes her directorial debut with The Mountain, a poignant tale of adventure and friendship amidst New Zealand’s stunning landscapes, executive produced by Taika Waititi. This film, eligible for the prestigious First Nations Award, promises to be a highlight of the Festival. The international selection includes notable festival prize-winners like The Rye Horn, Green Border by legendary filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, and Pepe, a unique narrative featuring a… Read More