Starlight’s Sugar Free Me challenge is returning for its second year this November, encouraging Australians around the country to go sugar free for a month to help raise vital funds for Starlight’s hospital services.
Kicking off on 1 November 2019, participants will join a community of thousands pledging to give up sugar for 30 days and raise money to support Starlight’s hospital services including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms.
Signing up as an individual or part of a group, participants will be helped along the way with access to delicious sugar-free recipes, fundraising tips and rewards to sweeten the challenge.
Every $39 raised during the challenge goes towards brightening the hospital experience for a sick child for an entire year by raising much-needed money to support Starlight’s hospital services including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms.
To help make a difference in the lives of seriously ill children, go to sugarfreeme.org.au, register to join the Sugar Free Me challenge and start fundraising.
Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.
They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.
Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers Directed by: Bryan Singer
The stars of the Australian production of Les Misérables will reunite at the Seymour Centre to present EPIPHANIES, a charity concert supporting research into mental illness. Rob McDougall, Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Award winner for her portrayal of Éponine in Les Misérables) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors) will delight musical theatre lovers in a three-hour concert. McDougall, Greenland and Belle’s former Les Misérables co-stars Patrice Topoki, Naomi Livingston and Trevor Ashley will join them as they perform a dazzling array of pieces from some of the world’s most loved musicals.
We had the chance to catch up with Rob McDougall to talk about this gala event and the cause it supports.
SAG: This should be a terrific night of musical theatre for a cause. I’m wondering about the name … Epiphanies? Why did you decide on this name?
ROB: The name Epiphanies came about after weeks of trying to find a title that fit what we were aiming to do. We (myself, Daniel and Kerrie) had a decent set list, and we knew we wanted to raise money for mental health, so we searched for a title that was relevant to both theatre and mental health.Continue reading EPIPHANIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROB McDOUGALL→
The stars of the Australian production of Les Misérables will reunite at the Seymour Centre to present EPIPHANIES, a charity concert supporting research into mental illness, on 27th October.
Rob McDougall, Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Award winner) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors) are set to delight musical theatre lovers in a three-hour, world class concert, backed by a stunning 18-piece orchestra.
Together they will perform a dazzling array of pieces from the world’s most loved musicals including Funny Girl, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Secret Garden, Anastasia, Chess and Les Misérables.
EPIPHANIES will also feature performances with some of McDougall, Greenland and Belle’s former Les Misérables co-stars including Patrice Topoki (Wicked), Naomi Livingston (Wicked) and Trevor Ashley (The Bodybag).
EPIPHANIES aims to raise funds for research into mental health. Money raised from this concert will go towards Australian Rotary Health’s research grant program, to a study aimed at evaluating the efficacy of treatments for young sufferers of mental illness. EPIPHANIES was previously performed in Tamworth to two sold out houses, which raised $20,000 for mental health research grants.
EPIPHANIES will play two performances at the Seymour Centre on Saturday, 27th October at 2pm and 7:30pm
POWER UP! A games night with food, drinks and prizes is a fun, unique and energizing experience brought to you by UTS Event Management Students to raise funds for The Two Wolves Abroad.
Spend your Friday night filled with excitement and fun at Power Up! Charity Game Night. Ticket includes a complimentary drink from the bar! (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available)
Two Wolves Abroad is an initiative of The Cardoner Project – a not-for-profit, student-focused hub for volunteering.
The charity seeks to serve communities through ‘immersions’. Immersion programmes offer volunteers 2-3 week experiences of cultural exposure and hard work.
They receive hospitality from those who are materially poor, yet spiritually rich.
POWERUP! is October 5, 2018 6.30 -10pm. The Two Wolves: Community Cantina at 202 Broadway, Sydney NSW 2008.
Created by a group of event students at the University of Technology Sydney is October’s newest charity event to hit Sydney, known as The Wishful Quest in support of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
All of our profits will be donated and presented at Radiothon, where it will be doubled by the hospital’s major sponsors! By contributing to our event you are giving us the opportunity to host an amazing event that will ultimately maximise the overall donation to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. With your help, together we can transform the lives of sick children, giving them a chance to enjoy their childhood and live life to the fullest! Together we can help fulfill their wishes!
The night will include canapés, trivia and a raffle with amazing prizes up for grabs. Each ticket also includes a complimentary drink on arrival.
I AM A GIRL is a feature-length film about courage and determination and takes us on a journey to meet six young women from six different countries. As they come of age they paint a picture of what it means to grow up female in their world today; how their culture dictates their lives. See their remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.
Come along and see this incredible movie and help to raise enough funds to Rescue a Child on Anti Slavery Day. There will also be a raffle running where you can win some great prizes.
Presented by Jenny Morris, ART OF MUSIC is a unique and dynamic event combining both visual arts and music. A group of prominent contemporary visual artists come together to create an original artwork exhibition. Each artist chooses an iconic song to inspire a piece of artwork which is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the spectacular Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
2018 artists presenting works for auction are: Ben Quilty, Guy Maestri, Holly Greenwood, Joshua Yeldham, Laura Jones, Leila Jeffreys, Lucy Culliton, Luke Sciberras, Nicholas Harding, Yvette Coppersmith. Performers include Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Ainslie Wills & Julia Jacklin.
ART OF MUSIC [Facebook] is one night only, Saturday 23 June 2018. 6.30pm at Grand Court, Art Gallery of NSW. Ticket includes: exhibition viewing/cocktail party, gala dinner and artwork auction. View the artworks here.
Backers Box is a method of helping the wonderful work of Milk Crate Theatre. By joining Backers Box you will be directly supporting people to contribute ideas, share stories, and engage in creative expression within a safe and supported environment.
Milk Crate is looking for twelve amazing supporters to form their new initiative – Backers Box – each donating $2,000 per annum for the next three exciting years of Milk Crate Theatre’s growth. Every step of the way contributors will be kept up to date and hear of the successes – and encouraged to join Milk Crate to experience all the fun and amazing creativity of their community. Continue reading BACKERS BOX – HELP SUPPORT MILK CRATE THEATRE→
Over 80 doctors and medical students from throughout NSW will make music for a cause under the baton of Dr David Banney, winner of the 1995 ABC-Westfield Australian Young Conductor of the Year Award. The event to be held at The Concourse on Sunday 20 May 2018, 2:30pm. Continue reading CONTRASTS – NSW DOCTORS ORCHESTRA→
Rotary Rose Bay are organising a lovely afternoon concert with the Sydney Welsh Choir in the beautiful St Mary Magdalene church at 835 New South Head Road Rose Bay.
The Sydney Welsh Choir has 80 members, male and female, drawn from all parts of the greater Sydney area. Since 1978 they have been responsible for putting the Wales into NSW. Not all choir members were born in Wales; some have Welsh family links while others simply like the music and the great atmosphere. Since 1990 the choir has made six trips to Wales and parts of Europe, and tour around NSW and interstate.
DATE: Sunday 6 May 2018. Starting at 2 pm (sharp) till 4:30 pm at St Mary Magdalene Church , 835 New South Head Road, Rose Bay.
Today is WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY and there’s been a takeover!
UNICEF Australia’s Goodwill Ambassador, Ken Done, is helping with the celebrations for the anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by allowing a takeover of his studio.
This year the focus is on Article 12 – Respect for the views of the child, which stipulates; When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
For the first time Done has allowed a group of children, seven-year olds, to take over his studio and I had the opportunity to speak to him and two of his charges before their artwork goes on sale at a gala dinner this evening. This activity is one of a range of high-profile kids ‘takeovers’ that UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Organisation, has been facilitating across the globe in the lead up to World Children’s Day. The aim is to raise the profile and voices of children in places and spaces where they may not usually be seen or heard.
Sini Wallace and Georgia Cummings from Plunkett Street Public School have each created one of the 40 cm x 40 cm panels which will be displayed together as one large scale artwork.
“We wanted it to work as collection” says Done. “We were looking for consistency and cohesion, so I drew a circle, a face as a starting point.” He knew that the kids would make it their own from there. Children paint with optimism, he explains. Nice things: sun, flowers, water. “We wanted to celebrate the lucky (sic) of being here. “
The famous artist has seen the other side.
Done has had a nearly 30-year relationship with UNICEF since he was asked to decorate the UNICEF Pavilion facade for Expo 88 in Brisbane. “They asked me to be the first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and I just said yes.”
As part of this role he has visited and worked in difficult places. “In the camps there are children who draw images of war and other things, not because they have read a comic with it in but because they have lived it.” While not known for his darker work, (“95 % of my work is beauty, colour, optimism”) Done expresses his passionate belief that “getting it out”, even when there a few resources and he and the children draw with a pointed stick in the dirt, is beneficial. He references his 2012 exhibition which had images of dreams, drowning and death after a difficult period in his life.
But colours abound today as we chat in his vibrant gallery at The Rocks. And it’s not just his iconic style that brings the light, Sini and Georgia are thoroughly enjoying themselves!
When I spoke with them I began by asking about colour. Georgia is a pastel girl. “I just added lots of white” she explains. Sini is more figurative and describes her painting as “a yellow opera house, a red flower, a purple butterfly.” She goes on to explain that “Ken helped me mix the colours on a piece of paper.”
Done tells me that giving the kids strong primary colours to start with was a further way of having the individual panels work as a collection. He knows that their imagination will take them off on their own visual and imaginative journey. As it has for him since he was their age growing up as an only child in a country town. “If Mum asked me about a birthday party I was at, I would draw it rather than explain.”
When Done spoke about the takeover its clear that, for him, visual communication, a painting , is “half a question”. So I was inspired to ask the girls the other half. What, I asked them, do you want your paintings to say to the children of the world?
Georgia responds immediately,
“It’s a person on an adventure, not giving up.”
Sini takes a little longer to get her message exactly right …
BE YOU is a morning designed to empower, inspire, motivate and celebrate YOU, whilst raising money to support the work of The Butterfly Foundation.
The morning will involve the following:
Session 1: A sweat session led by the Monique Craft, founder of BodyCraft Health and Fitness. This session will get your heart pumping and endorphins racing.
Brunch: It will then be time to refuel! You will be treated to a brunch full of delicious food and thirst quenching beverages, take some time to chat to one another, snap some selfies (remember to #beyouevent) and meet our lovely instructors.
Session 2: After brunch make your way to your mat for a calming yoga flow led by yogini Becky Power of Becky Power Yoga.
There are limited tickets available and the first 75 registered will receive a gift bag.
Featured photo – Debra Byrne at Out From Under 2015.
On Monday 21 November, stars of the Australian entertainment industry will come together at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre in response to the issue of mental health within the profession.
Out From Under began in 2015 in Melbourne, and is an evening aimed at removing the stigma surrounding mental health within the entertainment industry by bringing it out of the shadows.
Hosted by Gorgi Coghlan and directed by Kelley Abbey, the evening will feature performances from some of Australia’s most talented artists from all sectors of the arts community. Confirmed artists include Debra Byrne, Silvie Paladino, Rob Mills, Lucy Durack, Amy Campbell, Ben Abraham, Casey Donovan, Ainsley Melham, Loren Hunter, Michael James Scott, Heather Mitchell, Rachael Beck, Damien Leith, The Tap Pack and DrummerQueens. Musical Director for this one-off event will be Luke Hunter, with musical supervision by the acclaimed Chong Lim. Continue reading OUT FROM UNDER 2016 @ YORK THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE→
A fundraiser event has been announced to help support an upcoming production about Brett Whiteley’s life and art.
Some last days tickets are still available!
$90 pp / Dress: smart casual
A fab night for art lovers, with special performance by acrobatics troupe, Dauntless Movement Crew.
Two of Australia’s leading theatre companies, Legs On The Wall and Theatre Of Image, have announced a new project on which they’ll collaborate, bringing the life of artist Brett Whiteley to the stage in a new Kim Carpenter directed production called Brett And Wendy – A Love Story Bound By Art.
To accompany this is the announcement of a one-off Fundraising Event, wherein a fully endorsing Wendy Whiteley will be the Special Guest for a night of cocktails, canapés, and a silent auction.
The artworks of 20 artists include Brett Whiteley, Arthur Boyd,Lloyd Rees, Joanna Logue, Del Kathryn Barton, Tom Carment and more, have been donated for the auction, with luxury accommodation packages, tickets to Belvoir St Theatre, signed art books, and more available to help raise funds for the stage production.
The fundraiser is to be held this Wednesday May 11 in The Treasury Room at the Intercontinental Sydney, with tickets at $90. The stage production itself is still in development, with more details to be announced soon.
Some last days tickets are still available. Please visit the website to purchase, or call Neil Hunt at Theatre of Image on 02 9518 8458.
Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.
Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.
Gondwana Choirs has issued their invitation for you to attend Sydney’s most spectacular dining experience for 2015, the annual alfresco degustation dinner, on the wharf at the harbour’s edge.
There will be a very long table of diners who will enjoy the very fine food provided by Walsh Bay’s restaurants, whilst accompanied by premiere wines, together with breathtaking performances by Gondwana Choirs.
There was plenty of unique designs and dress ensembles that graced the red carpet at last Saturday’s 2015 Annual Fashion Aid Gala at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
Every year since its inception, eight years ago, Fashion Aid, supports and raises money for a different charity or foundation through fashion and entertainment. At this year’s event, all the proceeds will go to the Leukemia Foundation’s Building of Hope project. Continue reading FASHION AID 2015 @ CROWN PALLADIUM→