All posts by Denver Mottau

Denver’s passion for music, cinema and the arts began at an early age when accompanying his grandmother in her rounds of the entertainment circuits - gaining exposure to Hollywood’s Broadway musicals. This education continued throughout his childhood as the heart-felt melodies of yester-year, and the fantasy of the Golden Years of Hollywood embraced our lives. Choosing a pathway that incorporated all aspects of Sydney lifestyle, Denver was able to make inroads with a variety of independent newspapers and publications to write about subjects of community interest. Over time, he had published a good many front-page stories, helping to overturn political decisions and make an impact on the local scene. What he has enjoyed most is researching areas of health and fitness, music, food and fashion to try and understand what excites the average Sydneysider in their lifestyle and interests. It becomes an on-going avenue of discovery, one that provides great ammunition for stories. Meanwhile, life goes on and the stage is set for reviewing the creativity in visual and performing arts. The challenge is ever present and the results most fulfilling!


Anoushka Shankar returns to Sydney once again, this time as a versatile and polished performer extending her natural talents in the use and exploration of India’s traditional instrument, the sitar.

Hailed as one of the best sitar players in the world, Anoushka Shankar has taken musical innovation to new heights, developing her skills with this ancient instrument and creating a very unique and intoxicating sound. In fact, success has earned her a multitude of Grammy nominations and accolades following the release of various albums and stardom as a concert performer worldwide.

Anoushka has come a long way since her last visit to Australia in 2010, At that time, she performed alongside her father, the legendary sitar maestro Ravi Shankar on his 90th Birthday farewell concert. He died two years later.  Traces of You was released several months after the passing of her father. The album featured her half-sister Nora Jones as the sole vocal performer and earned Anoushka a fourth Grammy nomination in the World Music category. Continue reading ANOUSHKA SHANKAR IN CONCERT @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Photos by Denver Mottau.

Sydney celebrates 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras at Victoria Park

Festivities kicked-off last weekend at Victoria Park in Camperdown to mark the beginning of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian celebrations in favour of the yes vote. Following 40 years of passion, pride and protest, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade scheduled for Saturday 3 March 2018 promises to be the most colourful and spectacular yet.

With over 200 floats showcasing the best of LGBTQI creativity, groups and allies from all walks of life will be there to cheer-on the 12,000 participants that make up the parade including Dykes on Bikes, outrageous drag queens, and a wide variety of community heroes and pollies to balance the wit, sense of theatre and drama that becomes the parade. The extravaganza of skills, talent and music will be sure to lift the spirits of spectators at the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’s biggest night of the year.

The Parade begins at 7.30pm and end at approximately 11.30pm starting at Whitlam Square, travelling along Oxford Street, turning right into Flinders Street and finishing at Moore Park. On the day, all the major roads along and surrounding the parade route from CBD to Moore Park will close from 5pm and remain closed until 4am the following day.

There will be an enhanced police presence and strict enforcement of the alcohol-free policy.

An estimated 300,000 spectators are expected to be watching and cheering Sydney’s largest and most entertaining night parade on March 3.


All images by Denver Mottau

January 26, 2018 was in essence a day of coming together in Sydney to enjoy all things Australian. A day to reflect on who we are as a people, our values and achievements and what we can look forward to in the future.

Sydney came alive to celebrate everything that has made this wonderful city what it is today, one of the best in the world.

It was also a time to party, and this we did with a wide range of official activities planned and spread over Sydney and its suburbs.

It is second nature for Sydneysiders to mix and mingle and extend a hand of friendship to all fellow Australians and strangers alike saying good day mate, enjoy Australia Day,’ – a most fitting symbol of the way we greet each other on our national day.

There was something for everyone to enjoy in the official program of festivities planned for Australia Day. It began with the indigenous Wugulora Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo, acknowledging our shared history with the traditional custodians of the land. Aboriginal dancers and singers performed as the national anthem was sung in Dharawal and English, and both flags raised with pride on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the start of Australia Day. Continue reading SYDNEY CELEBRATES ANOTHER MEMORABLE AUSTRALIA DAY


The pic above is of artist Kate Gorman with her friend fashion icon, Nicholas Huxley. Both Kate and Nicholas were former Fashion Design students at East Sydney TAFE in 1974. Kate continued to pursue her love of colour and abstraction while Nicholas Huxley became the driving force in shaping the collage artform into what it is today. Continue reading KATE GORMAN FOLLOWS HER DREAM @ THE ART2MUSE GALLERY DOUBLE BAY


The international Kimono Club of Sydney were passionate about promoting the fashion of Kimono wearing to a wider audience. On parade at Darling Harbour were a wide-ranging choice of this style of clothing. Photos capture some of the spectacular colourful modern trends that incite younger people into wearing Kimonos and Japanese fancy costumes to push a new pop culture.
Picture: Denver Mottau

The MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL is Sydney’s biggest Japanese event. It is held each year to celebrate Japanese culture and cross-cultural friendship between the people of Japan and Australia. Founded in 2006, the Japanese community in Sydney work very hard to host a traditional style Matsuri for Sydneysiders. Continue reading MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017


This image: Waangenga Blanco and Bangarra Dance Ensemble in NGATHU
Banner Image: Tara Gower, Rika Hamaguchi, Deborah Brown (front) and Jasmin Sheppard in WHISTLER
Photos by Daniel Boud

BANGARRA is back in Carriageworks, Sydney with a triple bill of new works and contemporary Australian stories.

ONES COUNTRY is a repertoire created from indigenous heritage – original and authentic material gathered from community elders and converted into a diverse program of choreographic talents.

Artistic Director Stephen Page sees this program as the spine of their stories. It brings together the choreographic work of dancers Elma Kris and Nicola Sabatino teaming up for a Torres Strait island story titled (Whistler). Djakapurra Munyarryun, a songman, dancer and foundation member of Bangarra creates his first choreographic work (Ngathu). Dancer Kaine Sultan-Babij’s  family totem the caterpillar, is brought out in a series of fluid, grounded undulations in a work titled (Place).

ONES COUNTRY is a powerful and passionate production. The pulsating rhythm, combined with the costumes and artistry of the dancers certainly raises the tempo. Bangarra has so far never failed to impress, particularly with some of the most experienced and versatile dancers in the county in action.

ONES COUNTRY plays at Carriageworks from 24 November to 2 December for more information visit:


Phillip Piperides exhibition ‘the NUDE’
Photo Denver Mottau

Phillip Piperides’ exhibition titled the NUDE  is focused around the studio model who carries a presence with their pose. His sculptures are an expression of how he sees, and continues to view the human form, not merely to recreate the pose, but to bring it to life.

Originally from Cyprus, Phillip has travelled the world in early years gaining facets of experience in Greece, Italy, Canada US and England. With modelling, casting and finishing, he controls every step of the process of bronze sculpture creation, conveying the voluptuous richness of the human flesh. Continue reading the NUDE: PHILLIP PIPERIDES EXHIBITION


A panel of more than 50 Fashion Industry leaders voted to elect this year’s winner of the Industry’s highest accolade, the Australian Fashion Laureate for outstanding achievement.

Australian designer Dion Lee was honoured with the Australian Fashion Laureate Award for 2017 at a ceremony hosted at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve last Thursday evening.

At age 32, Lee becomes the youngest recipient of the award. He was also the first designer to stage a runway show at the Sydney Opera House. Now based in New York, Lee frequents the Fashion Week runways in London and New York and continues to build his brand globally. Dion Lee started his business in 2008 after graduating from Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio. He has come a long way since, developing a distinctive and sophisticated signature style balancing innovation and wearability. Continue reading 10th AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE AWARD CEREMONY @ THE CUTAWAY


This exhibition opened today, Saturday 11 November, 2017 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The exhibition is a panorama of Dutch society during an era of wealth, power and cultural influence with outstanding works by the great Dutch masters. The art of painting flourished like never before with subjects ranging from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to scenes of domestic life and studies of fruit and flowers.

Drawn from the Rijksmuseum of the Netherlands, this exhibition has a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt Van Rijn. Continue reading REMBRANDT AND THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE @ ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES


Featured photo- Edmund Capon, Danelle Bergstrom and Jack Thompson at the exhibition opening.

Edmund Capon, former Director of the Art Gallery Of New South Wales, attended the official opening of artist Danelle Bergstrom’s new exhibition ‘Vaga’ at the Arthouse Gallery, Darlinghurst held last Wednesday. Other luminaries who attended included acting legend, Jack Thompson.

Bergstrom won the 2007 Packing Room Prize at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales for her portrait of Thompson.

In her new collection Danelle personifies the land as a vessel for emotion. The paintings pictoralise her recent experiences in hill’s End and her time spent at her Finland residency. The artist’s Scandinavian seascapes evoke the dark, roaring energy of the ocean. Continue reading DANELLE BERGSTROM COLLECTION : VAGA @ ARTHOUSE GALLERY