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FROCKS, TALES AND TEA : A LOOK INSIDE THE WORLD OF COSTUME GREAT JENNIFER IRWIN

 

The latest talk presented by Useful Box for sewists and textile fans was held at the exclusive elegant Boronia Tea Rooms at Mosman. Jennifer Irwin was the fascinating guest speaker who has us all enthralled.

Irwin is the recipient of the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance. She is perhaps best known for her work designing for Bangarra Dance Company, Opera Australia and Sydney Dance Company.

Her career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia -the opening and closing of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

Irwin was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film with Bangarra .Irwin also designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Continue reading FROCKS, TALES AND TEA : A LOOK INSIDE THE WORLD OF COSTUME GREAT JENNIFER IRWIN

BLAK MARKETS @ BARANGAROO RESERVE

Aboriginal art, crafts, bush foods and entertainment will fill Sydney’s spectacular harbour headland park as the iconic Blak Markets return to Barangaroo Reserve.

The open-air market will feature more than 20 stalls selling unique handmade items, accessories, jewellery, art, photography and bush tucker by Aboriginal makers and food producers from around NSW, plus paintings from South Australia’s highly awarded APY Art Centre Collective.

Soak up family-friendly entertainment with live music by singer-songwriter Rebecca Hatch, dance workshops with the Ngaran Ngaran traditional dancers, hunter-gather performances by Larry Brandy Storytellers and a bush tucker cooking demonstration with celebrity chef, The Black Olive (Mark Olive). Continue reading BLAK MARKETS @ BARANGAROO RESERVE

THE SWEET ART OF CHOCOLATE @ THE ROCKS

Photography by Ben Apfelbaum.

Sydney’s sweet tooth shone brightly at the recent Chocolate Festival in the Rocks.

Chocolates of all shapes and sizes and ethnicity were consumed by happy hordes of of cocoa nuts.

Our photographer Ben Apfelbaum took a large photographic bite from the Festival.

THE SYDNEY FAIR : AN ANTIQUE LOVERS DELIGHT

The Sydney Fair (25-28 May 2017) at the Royal Hall of Industries Moore Park will be the largest International quality event for 10 years.

Over 50 of Australia’s outstanding dealers will be exhibiting (and selling) Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Art, Prints and Posters, Books, Vintage Fashion and Couture and Luxury Vintage goods from all eras, Antique through to Contemporary Art.

The Event includes a Couture Exhibition showcasing Evening Dresses from 1920’s to 1990’s from Chanel, Dior and many designers from the Hollywood era, runway parades of vintage couture, film of the Paris catwalk parades from the 1950’s and much more.

The Royal Hall of Industries is situated at 1 Driver Avenue Moore Park Sydney N.S.W.

Opening night is Thursday 25th May 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, followed by Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May between 11.00am to 6.00pm and Sunday 28th May 11.00am to 5.00pm

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door:-
$30 Opening night
$15 everyday of the fair
$10 Concession (not opening night)

For more information about The Sydney Fair, visit http://www.thesydneyfair.com.au

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SYDNEY MARDI GRAS PARADE 2017 : A GREAT CELEBRATION

Being in the Mardi Gras Parade?  One word … chafing.  Maybe too words … sore feet.  Possibly three words… rain and drizzle.

So why do it?

This is what my photographer friend and I set out to explore in the 3 hours we were wandering in the float assembly area before the off.  I know why I do it.  Despite the weather, forgetting the very tender balls of my feet this morning and in spite of a wet weather plastic uniform which would simply not behave and stay away from exposed skin!  I march with the SES because it is an inclusive organisation that welcomes all people and who helps anyone in the community who needs us. Continue reading SYDNEY MARDI GRAS PARADE 2017 : A GREAT CELEBRATION

THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE SERVICE FOR THE OPENING OF THE LAW TERM

Featured image – Mark Speakman SC and Attorney General addressing the congregation. All photos by Ben Apfelbaum.

Although Church and the secular judiciary are supposed to be constitutionally separate, it is a tradition that the various religions bless the judiciary so that their decisions are wise and just.

On the 8th February it was the Jewish faith’s turn to place a benediction on the legal fraternity at the Great Synagogue, in the presence of the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon. T.F.Bathurst AC.

Justice Stephen Rothman, President of the Great Synagogue, welcomed the legal profession to the service and outlined the contribution Jewish lawyers had made to New South Wales.

Mark Speakman SC, Attorney General, representing the Premier delivered a message on behalf of the Government of New South Wales, emphasising how the rule of law sustains democracy. Continue reading THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE SERVICE FOR THE OPENING OF THE LAW TERM

CHINESE NEW YEAR : 28 JANUARY – 12 FEBRUARY 2017

The Chinese community usually holds a huge parade down George Street but due to the construction of the light rail their substitute cultural expression is manifested in a display of lanterns depicting the Chinese signs of the Zodiac.

As it is the Year of the Rooster the lantern took pride of place by the Opera House and there have been various sculptures of the Rooster throughout the city including the QVB.

The Rooster always has its beak facing east towards the dawn and so Chinese people born under the sign of the Rooster look to the future with optimism and confidence.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

POLISH CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL @ TUMBALONG PARK

Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, as well as its surrounds, has been refurbished. Gone is the moat and nearby fountains. However, it now appears to have a slightly concave shape which means it is likely to have better drainage than previously. It has a brand new and larger stage which now faces north rather than west.

One of the first uses of this revamped park is the staging of the Polish Christmas Festival. The area was a sea of red and white with visitors either carrying the flag or dressed in the national colours. There were posters celebrating their national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko after whom our highest peak was named by its first conqueror Count Strezlecki. Next year there will be commemorations held by the Polish community acknowledging the year of this death, two hundred years ago.

There was folk dancing and folk musicians, the later tapping a deep well of nostalgia with many in the crowd singing happily along.

Tumbalong Park was ringed with  food, gift and travel stalls who all seemed to be doing a brisk trade on a glorious sunny afternoon.

Images copyright Ben Apfelbaum.

 

JINGLE BELLS XMAS FAIR @ THE CONCOURSE

JINGLE BELLS XMAS FAIR is an exciting new festive event that puts the fun back into Christmas shopping. This retro Christmas shopping and entertainment extravaganza features a carefully curated array of vintage, retro, festive and rock ’n’ roll stalls. It’s an all weekend Christmas party too featuring a fantastic line-up of swing, retro and rockabilly bands, plus swing and rock n roll dancing lessons for adults and kids.

DATES
10/12/16 10am – 7pm and 11/12/16 10am – 5pm

VENUE – The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

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SHABBAT PROJECT 2016

‘Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy’ is one of the Ten Commandments, the cornerstone of the Jewish Faith. The 5th Commandment is largely ignored  by secular Jews. An initiative, commenced in South Africa in 2015, sought to involve these secular Jews in a modern and mass media way. Since then, globally, it has spread to an amazing 1,150 cities across 94 countries with over 1,000,000 participants. The Shabbat Project in Sydney gathered together 39 communal organisations which initiated over 85 events reaching nearly 15,000 people.

At Bondi Beach over 500 people gathered together on the sand to participate in music, dance and  prayer. The service was presided over by Rabbi Benji Levy, Head of Studies at Moriah College, as the sun set over the lapping waves, joyous singing and dancing.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

WESTFIELD W – LEAGUE ANNOUNCED

The stars of the Westfield W-League gathered in Sydney on the last day of October  to launch the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League.

One local and one international star from each club were on hand to kick-start the new season under the tagline ‘Be Real Be Remarkable’.

A host of Westfield Matildas stars were present including Brisbane Roar’s Clare Polkinghorne, Canberra’s Michelle Heyman, Melbourne City’s Steph Catley, Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr, Sydney FC’s Kyah Simon and Alanna Kennedy, as well Western Sydney Wanderers captain Caitlin Cooper.

“I’m sure the players will take the game to new heights in the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.

“This season we will have 19 double-headers along with the Hyundai A-League, with 14 of them on air.

“So Be Real, Be Remarkable, and get out there and support the Westfield W-League.”

The season will conclude with the Grand Final on Sunday 12 February 2017.

FOX SPORTS and ABC Television will broadcast 14 matches throughout the regular season as well as every match in the 2017 Finals Series.

This article was originally published at: http://www.w-league.com.au/article/westfield-w-league-season-launched/1nqmr4x3e44v519usgarllqi71.

Image by Ben Apfelbaum.

NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS @ HYDE PARK NORTH

The night Noodle Markets held annually in Hyde Park north, sponsored by the Sydney Morning Herald as part of its Good Food month, is one of the most popular culinary events in the Foodies calendar.

A balmy night, a live band, fairy lights and a full palate of Asian foods proved an irresistible draw to the huge crowds raging from hipsters to families. In fact, on the weekend that I attended it was too popular as everywhere there were large queues with a waiting time of up to half an hour.

The festival runs until October 23 and I would suggest if you are interested that you go during the week as weekends too congested.



All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

THE SHALOM GAMARADA PROGRAM @ SHALOM COLLEGE KENSINGTON

A number of students of the program spoke at the function and here are photos of three of the students.

Featured image- Two students from the Shalom Gamarada program with the world at their feet. Images by Ben Apfelbaum.

The SHALOM GAMARADA program is eleven years old and started through the tireless energy of co-founders Ilona Lee AM and Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver AM. Its patron is Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Basheer AD CVO, former Governor of New South Wales.

SHALOM GAMARADA combines the meaning of the two words: the Hebrew Shalom which can mean both hello and goodbye as well as peace, tranquility, harmony and Gamarada, a word in the Eora language meaning friend or comrade.

The SHALOM GAMARADA indigenous residential scholarship program at Shalom College aims to provide healthy meals and safe accommodation to enable indigenous scholarship holders to pass every exam and assignment throughout their university career. To date, 77 students have been supported and of the 25 graduates, 16 are medical graduates. In 2015 the pass rate was 100%.
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NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – A CAMEL RIDE AT BONDI BEACH

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To entice people out into the cold, Bondi Beach holds each year it’s Winter Magic Festival. The first of these enticements is already on show in the form of camel rides on the Bondi Beach sands.

The school holidays will see the presence of an ice skating rink in front of the Bondi Pavilion between July 1 and July 17 , there will be an Arts On The Street event at the Roscoe Street Mall on July 10  and Music On The Streets will be held on July 31.

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ALEXANDER SKARSGARD AT THE SYDNEY WILDLIFE PARK DARLING HARBOUR

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GoodshotalexanderAlexanderIMGL6622IMGL6664Swedish born actor Alexander Skarsgard, the new Tarzan,  was in Sydney recently promoting his new movie THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, directed by David Yates. The film is a modern retelling of the classic story about a boy raised by apes in the jungle.

The pics are a selection of my pics from the Media Call that took place at the Sydney Wildlife Park in Darling Harbour.

PROFESSOR BRIAN COX – A JOURNEY INTO DEEP SPACE @ STATE THEATRE, MARKET STREET, SYDNEY

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Superstar physicist Professor Brian Cox will make sense of the cosmos when he returns to Australia with a brand new live stage show.

Superstar physicist Professor Brian Cox will share what we know and explore some of the great unanswered questions about deep space. Are we alone in the universe? Will we ever know what happened before the Big Bang? What is the nature of the 95% of the universe we know to be missing? What was the origin of Life on Earth?

Delving into the most recent scientific research from CERN and the great astronomical observatories of the world, Professor Cox is always captivating, continually surprising and forever pushing the boundaries.

DATES
11 August 2016 at the State Theatre, 49 Market Street, city.

For more about Professor Brian Cox – A Journey Into Deep Space, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.au
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HEATH LEATH SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED @ PRIMUS HOTEL

left to right Heath Ledger's sister Kate, last year's winner Brenton Thwaites and Heath and Kate's mum Sally Bell
left to right- sister Kate and mother Sally Bell of the late Heath Ledger with last year’s scholarship winner, Brenton Thwaites.
Damon Herriman and finalist Georgia Flood chatting
Damon Herriman and finalist Georgia Flood chatting
The finalists in a jovial mood
The finalists in a jovial mood

These are some pics that I took at the function held recently (10th May) at the Primus Hotel in the CBD when the finalists for the Heath Ledger Scholarship were announced.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an actor that exhibits distinctive and unique potential, with an objective to provide support to further their career. The full nominees for the scholarship’s eighth inception are: Christian Antidormi  (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!)Chloe Bayliss  (Backtrack), Harley Bonner  (Neighbours),  Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin),  Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Anzac Girls, Wentworth, House Husbands), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu  (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires).

The winner will be announced on 1st June from a special annual dinner held in Los Angeles.

http://www.australiansinfilm.org/HeathLedgerScholarship

THE AUSTRALIAN BRONTE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS CELEBRATING CHARLOTTE

Luxurious bliss for Bronte scholars and afficionados under the auspices of the Australian Bronte Association, this event was a superb one day conference held at the State Library of NSW with top speakers both from here in Australia and internationally. The event was part of the bicentennial celebrations of Charlotte Bronte’s birth world wide.

Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters – Anne , Charlotte and Emily – who survived into adulthood, along with their brother Branwell. Charlotte is most famous for her novel Jane Eyre, her other books being Shirley, The Professor and Vilette. Continue reading THE AUSTRALIAN BRONTE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS CELEBRATING CHARLOTTE

SHAKESPEARE LIVE ! THE RSC @ STRATFORD UPON AVON

 

Back stage at Shakespeare Live! Tim Minchin and Ian McKellen. Pic by David Tett.
Back stage at Shakespeare Live! Tim Minchin and Ian McKellen. Pic by David Tett.

 

An absolute galaxy of stars was gathered by the Royal Shakespeare Company for Shakespeare Live!, the extra special for one night only pinnacle of the celebrations at Stratford Upon Avon the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The production was filmed at Stratford Upon Avon on the 23rd of April, the actual anniversary day of his death, and is just one of many commemorations taking place around the world. Continue reading SHAKESPEARE LIVE ! THE RSC @ STRATFORD UPON AVON

THE GYUTO MONKS SUMMER RETREAT @ THE BONDI PAVILION

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The Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Monastery have been visiting the Bondi Pavilion since 2008. It has become their spiritual home in Sydney. The support of the Pavilion and Waverley Council has been comprehensive and has resulted in crowds flocking to the two week event from all over Sydney.

Despite the every esoteric nature of their rituals, they are highly accessible. The Monks give workshops which are designed to allow even those of us who are new to any spiritual practice or to any sort of meditation an instant connection. The monks daily chanting requires nothing more that just sitting quietly for a half an hour and letting them do all the work. Their insightful public talks on issues we all struggle with, such as anger or jealousy are presented in a simple and straightforward manner based on Buddhism’s view of these afflicting emotions. Continue reading THE GYUTO MONKS SUMMER RETREAT @ THE BONDI PAVILION

CULTURE CLUB : WHAT DO YOU HEAR WHEN YOU LISTEN TO BEETHOVEN?

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The last of the current series of Culture Club talks this was once again held in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House.

How do we listen to Beethoven in the 21st century? Every age rediscovers Beethoven for themselves and brings their own context to his music.

Pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy and Benjamin Schwartz, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning joined panel chair Yarmila Alfonzetti to discuss their various experiences of one of the world’s greatest composers. Continue reading CULTURE CLUB : WHAT DO YOU HEAR WHEN YOU LISTEN TO BEETHOVEN?

Culture Club : Can Contemporary Art Be Timeless? @ UTZON ROOM

 

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What makes the art of our time important and how can contemporary art become timeless?!

This was a most exciting panel discussion. It was interesting to observe that all four panel members were women.

It was chaired by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, the current director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, who has transformed the MCA into a thriving public gallery. She is passionate about linking artists with audiences. Continue reading Culture Club : Can Contemporary Art Be Timeless? @ UTZON ROOM