If you think The Sydney Fair is only for lovers of 18th Century Antiques, think again. Over 60 Australian and International best 20th Century, Art Deco, Vintage and Antique dealers will be at the Royal Hall of Industry Moore Park with thousands of pieces 17th to 20th May.
As part of next month’s 40th anniversary Mardi Gras and for the first time in the parade’s history, an Opera House float will roll up Oxford Street.
Titled Out at the House, the glittering Sydney Opera House float will feature a 10-metre sparkling replica of the famous sails and a 70-strong group of marching ushers, dancers and orchestra members, led by the legendary Dame Joan Sutherland, played by long-time Opera Australia employee Bobby McKenzie.
The float will also feature comedian Gerry Connolly playing Queen Elizabeth II and ‘a Maestro’ from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra ‘conducting’ the marching group.
With just over a week until Mardi Gras, the Opera House today gave a sneak peek of the float design by parade veteran George Savoulis, together with the costumes to be worn by staff and performers on the night, designed by Academy Award-winner Tim Chappel.
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This year the rock and pop chicks decided to go glamorous and the blokes wore the traditional grunge. Although the headline acts did not walk the carpet, the presence of so many up and coming musicians gave the Red Carpet a very special buzz. Featured image is of Samantha Jade. All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
Recently the Bondi Pavilion hosted a talk with the title of FRAUDULENT FACTS, HOAX HEADLINES AND MALICIOUS MEDIA.
Jan Fran, Alex McKinnon,Sandra Sully, John Barron
Images by Ben Apfelbaum
Presented by the Mark and Evett Moran Nib Literary Award and the Walkeley Foundation, it an expert channel of journalists including John Barron, Sandra Sully, Alex McKinnon, and hosted by journalist Jan Fran.
The consensus of the Panel seemed to be that in order to keep reporting quality stories the panelists relied on tried and tried sources and in local crime news, police media reports rather fantastical social media.
The panelists lamented that some people in the community held misguided views such as the denial of climate and the link between autism and vaccinations.
The more you presented these people with objective facts and scientific studies, the more they doubled down on their prejudices.
The panel sought to present quality news to their target audiences who hopefully were sufficiently open minded to receive their accurate news reports.
More information about Fraudulent Facts, Hoax Headlines and Malicious Media : http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/recreation/calendar_of_events/events/fraudulent_facts,_hoax_headlines_and_malicious_media
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
Beautiful. Not only was the musical beautiful but so were many of the celebs who walked the Red Carpet. Here are some of the best pics that Ben Apfelbaum took. Enjoy!
Featured image. Left to right- Director Marc Bruni, Writer Douglas McGarth, Producers – Michael Cassel and Mike Bosner.
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
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 (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
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
Marketing consultant, management guru and author Simon Sinek, is back in Australia for his latest speaking tour.
In a press conference that was held at the Melbourne Convention Centre ahead of his sold out Start With Why Leadership forum, organised by The Growth Faculty, that also includes Sydney and Auckland, Simon, a former advertising executive, told the media crowd that he was thrilled to be back in Australia and New Zealand for the 3 day engagement. Leadership consultant and executive coach, Peter Docker, will also be joining him in the all-day event that includes speeches, workshops, networking lunches and training development seminars. Continue reading SIMON SINEk MAKES LIGHTNING SPEAKING TOUR TO AUSTRALIA
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
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).
Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to my colleagues and readers of this esteemed journal.
Over the years one has seen the Foti family have had the budget for the New Year’s display reduced. Fireworks used to explode off high rise CBD towers including Centrepoint and from North Sydney. My recollection was that the fireworks also lasted longer.
However what the Fotis lack in budget, the Foti family compensated in ingenuity, coming up with new shapes, patterns, to vividly paint the night sky. Continue reading NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017 SYDNEY
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 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.
10/12/16 10am – 7pm and 11/12/16 10am – 5pm
VENUE – The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
‘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).
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.
Last Sunday night at the State Theatre the Australian premiere of Hacksaw Ridge took place.
HACKSAW RIDGE tells the true story of a Seventh Day Adventist Desmond Doss who was drafted into the military during the World War 2 Battle of Okinawa but refused to carry a weapon because of his beliefs. Despite that fact he was awarded two Congressional Medals of Honour, the highest commendation of valour, but humbly only accepted one of them.
The international stars did not attend the red carpet but the film has a largely an Australian cast, many of whom were in attendance at the premiere .
Director Mel Gibson was also present and pleased with the fact that the film had a standing ovation in Cannes. It is his first directorial stint in a decade and was shot mainly in the Penrith and Richmond area.
Addendum – In the AACTA award nominations that have just been announced, Hacksaw Ridge has received 13 nominations.
Featured image- Angela Bishop and Richard Wilkins. All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).
All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c)
Unlike the Olympians, the Paralympians recently had their welcome home reception at the more wheelchair and disability friendly Martin Place.
Instead of cultural references to Rio De Janeiro and Tokyo, a large scale orchestra played fanfares as the Paralympians arrived on stage to receive a heroes welcome.
Team Captain Leisel Tesch received gifts from the State and City Of Sydney. After the formal ceremonies the Paralympians had a more informal but warm interaction with family, friends, and a large crowd of well wishers on what turned to a glorious Spring day.
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).
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%.
Continue reading THE SHALOM GAMARADA PROGRAM @ SHALOM COLLEGE KENSINGTON
St Mary’s Cathedral was transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with an ice skating rink, ‘chalets’ selling warm food and an ‘ice’ fairy cave.
Ice skaters attended the rink and the other facilities in droves, under mainly sunny skies.