The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-23T07:28:53Z Are you looking for unique Valentine Gift ideas? 2017-05-23T07:28:53Z are-you-looking-for-unique-valentine-gift-ideas Are you looking for some unique valentinesday gift ideas? This year I met a lovely young girl who was looking for unique Valentines Day Gift ideas.  She came across our stand and loved the whole concept.  Her partner was in the Army and was travelling interstate for training, so she wanted to give him a very special gift as he was travelling for a few months and also a unique valentines day gift.  We decided on a keyring as he could not wear jewellery in the Army.  We photo engraved a beautiful photo of both of them on a keyring with special wording on the back.  I am sure he has it attached to his Army backpack and carries it everywhere. We also did another piece of a professional bullrider.  Once again he travelled for work and his partner was missing him terribly.  The actual photo we engraved was taken whilst he was on the bull.  We did it on a necklace so she could carry him around with her all the time.  A very unique Valentines Day gift ideas that will be treasured for years to come, not just this valentines day. Definition of Valentines Day Many people I know get married on Valentines Day to express their love for each other on such an important day. Childhood Milestones are so important 2017-05-22T13:06:13Z childhood-milestones-are-so-important Childhood Milestones - Such an important part of our life We recently did a childhood milestone piece of a daughter at her first day of school.  She had the new school uniform on and had a huge smile.  I could feel the excitement in the photo just by looking at it. We made a keepsake of this special childhood milestone in the form of a necklace to be worn by her father.  Her father came and collected it from us and was totally pleased with it.  As soon as he saw our display he knew the perfect photo to have photo engraved into a pendant to create his own personal keepsake of that special childhood milestones.  He even had it as his screen saver on his phone.  He showed it to me immediately.  He had a big smile on his face as he explained to me that it was his daughters first day of school.  She was his first born and that day was so exciting for the whole family.  Even the little girl smiled as he showed it to me. To find out more simply go to Dublin the Fun this St Patrick’s Day 2017-03-14T01:08:26Z dublin-the-fun-this-st-patrick-s-day From Dublin and New York to Auckland and Sydney, cities across the world will turn green as they celebrate St Patrick’s Day – and it’s not too late to join the festivities.  To help travellers connect with their ‘inner Irish’ come 17 March, has researched some of the best St Patrick’s Day parties.  It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find affordable last-minute flights either, with loads of deals still on offer so all you need to do is pack your bags.  1. Dublin, Ireland – As the capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin is the must-visit destination for an authentic celebration. An official public holiday, over a hundred thousand people will take to the streets for a four-day extravaganza including the city’s famous street parade.   Flights to Dublin from $1,329 with British Airways 2. Toyko, Japan – Irish connections in Japan may be unexpected, but the capital is now celebrating the 25th year of hosting the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asia – expect everything from vibrant costumed revellers and Irish dancers to green Samurai Warriors. The hidden pot of gold in this city is the ‘I Love Ireland’ Festival, providing Irish folk music and serving fish and chips and green beer in Yoyogi Park. Flights to Tokyo from $790 with Philippine Airlines  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Like other celebrations, the focal point of festivities in Buenos Aires is the parade through the Plaza San Martin. Visitors to the city will also find a large area of the Retiro district buzzing with a giant green street party, with music, dancing and plenty o’craic for the more than 50,000 party-goers.  Flights to Buenos Aires from $2,234 with Qatar Airways 2. Montréal, Canada – The Irish in Montréal have celebrated St Patrick’s Day for nearly 260 years and have held a parade as the centerpiece of the “Irish Season” festivities for 194 consecutive years. This year is bound to be the bigger than ever as the city celebrates its 375th anniversary. Flights to Montréal from $1,385 with Delta Air Lines  3. Chicago, USA – This city certainly knows how to celebrate the Patron Saint in true Irish style. The Windy City will turn Gaelic green this month, with the annual and iconic dying of the Chicago River complemented by an evening light show where local landmarks are lit up in green – there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate!  Flights to Chicago from $1,365 with China Eastern Airlines and United Airlines  4. London, UK – Thousands of people will line the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square to celebrate and cheer on the floats for London’s St Paddy’s Day celebrations. If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, there’s also plenty of events across the city from a film festival to walking tours.  Flights to London from $1,221 with Vietnam Airlines  5. Auckland, New Zealand – This St. Patrick’s Day Festival first started with a group of passionate Irishmen in 1995, and has grown from its humble beginnings to a week-long extravaganza with a family-friendly Fair Day, sports matches, music and dancing.  Flights from $441 with China Airlines  6. Sydney, Australia – The Irish were amongst some of the first Europeans to settle Down Under, and now we come together each year to celebrate their culture. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday 19 March, where live music, marching bands, food stalls and local craft sellers will cater for a fun family day out.  Flights from $100 with Tigerair For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit  CHEAPFLIGHTS – Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform dedicated to taking the complexity out of finding the best value flights through the application of innovative, intuitive technologies: Smart search. Made simple. It is now a market leader in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating over AU $4 billion (£2 billion) in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands in to numerous other territories. Over 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter received over 1.25 billion targeted emails during 2015, offering the best deals from over 120 travel businesses – for whom it has driven more than AU $80 million (£40 million) in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.  In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately‐owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.  Follow us on Twitter: @Cheapflights  Join us on Facebook: DISCOVER 30 YEARS OF ROXETTE HITS AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE 2016-12-14T07:59:15Z discover-30-years-of-roxette-hits-as-you-ve-never-heard-them-before "Songs for Nurseries, Toy Rooms & other Sweet Places" MEDIA RELEASE, SYDNEY, 14 DECEMBER 2016: Today, Australian boutique music company, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, have released an exclusive collection of classic Roxette songs, reimagined as lullaby instrumentals for the next generation of magic friends. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) promises to “Rox you like a baby!”. Join the Baby Roxers, Baby Jane and Baby Cooper (the animated artists and babes behind the music), on a melodic journey across three decades of Roxette. Serenade your little one with a starry twist on hits like “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look” and other fan favourites, including “Silver Blue” and “Stars”. The ultimate gift for Roxette aficionados, this lovingly crafted 12-track compilation appeals to little ears with mesmorising melodies and dreamy instrumentals, making The Lullaby Hits (Vol.1) the essential soundtrack for a “Perfect Day” until it is time to “Go To Sleep”. Adam Alexander, Creative Director of Bamm Bamm Wolfgang comments: “This is a passion project for me. I’m a Daddy and have been an avid Roxette fan since the early 90s. While I adore traditional lullabies, it’s my hope that this record can be something a little more personal for Roxette fans, who are now becoming parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles – to add to their repertoire and share with their little ones. A musical inheritance, if you like!”. To accompany the release, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang have collaborated with Director Robertino Zambrano to produce a sensory music video starring Baby Jane and Baby Cooper, capturing the adventurous and imaginative spirit of the album. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) is available from Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Album download available from digital stores. A limited-edition CD is available via the official Roxette website To find out more, visit: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Instagram/babyroxers – END – For more information, images and interview requests please contact: Celia Harding
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E: Notes to Editors Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) Private album link for review Track listing The Look Stars Sleeping In My Car Listen To Your Heart Almost Unreal Spending My Time Silver Blue How Do You Do! Good Karma First Girl On The Moon Perfect Day Go To Sleep Repainting Australia 2016-12-14T02:02:18Z repainting-australia White People Are Nomads tells the previously un(der)-recognised history of Australia and many Australians, told through the metaphor of art. Written by Jenny Hunter, the story strips back layers of Australian history to reveal what has been painted over. Personal stories from Indigenous Australians affected by this painting-over are also included. Lastly, White People Are Nomads tells the story of an Australian woman’s perspective viewed through a Western lens. Jenny has been involved in the education, arts, environment, and community sectors with Indigenous people for thirty years. She has lectured at TAFE in Kununmurra and at Notre Dame University in the Kimberley and now in Fremantle. In 2011 Jenny established the business sync7, to act as a third space, providing a link between different world views and addressing gaps in knowledge, as well as increasing cultural understanding between western and Indigenous Australians. White People Are Nomads was launched privately in Perth in November and will be publicly launched in Kununurra in April 2017. The Perth launch, a book launch and creative collective, was held on November 27th at Replants in Fremantle and was attended by 70 invited guests. ISBN: 9781925497359 Price: $24.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm Contact author: Contact publisher: Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX NEWS: National Film And Sound Archive (NFSA) digitally shares Australia’s audiovisual collection through govCMS 2016-11-13T22:00:00Z news-national-film-and-sound-archive-nfsa-digitally-shares-australia-s-audiovisual-collection-through-govcms Sydney, Australia, November 14 2016 - Acquia and Razorfish today welcome the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) to Drupal and the Acquia Platform, led by APAC partner Razorfish, as part of the govCMS program. The NFSA collects, preserves and shares Australia’s audiovisual history. Digital technology plays a vital role in its ‘sharing’ function, and creates unprecedented opportunities to render the vast NFSA’s collection even more discoverable and accessible to all Australians. Please see the table below for an Experience Menu of launch curated collections available from November 14. Razorfish, in partnership with Acquia, was tasked with helping NFSA realise its strategic vision of digital leadership in the cultural sector. The first step in this ambitious project is the redesign and relaunch of the NFSA website to provide a platform for contemporary and future audiences to discover and explore more than 100 years of film, television, radio, music, etc. As a Government agency, the NFSA had access to the govCMS program: an open source web content management system hosted on the public cloud using Drupal. Agencies using govCMS are able to create and manage unclassified websites cost effectively, in compliance with Australian government standards. The govCMS service is managed by the Department of Finance. This significant public asset aims to engage a broader audience, and facilitate content discovery. As part of this, the NFSA and Razorfish have: undertaken a complete review and redesign of the website navigation and information architecture to create a more engaging and ‘discoverable’ user experience.​ facilitated the discovery and creative reuse of rich assets within the collection by placing them higher in the hierarchy of the website​ created a curation platform for the 2.3 million assets within the collection, allowing them to be grouped together in curated ‘showcase’ experiences. “We are very excited to introduce the new NFSA website. Not only can the public enjoy exploring our curated collections and online exhibitions, but for us, this platform is an essential tool to share our collection in an increasingly connected audiovisual world. Working with Razorfish and Acquia has allowed us to create a world-class experience that we hope will be enjoyed by our audience and stakeholders,” said Michael Loebenstein, NFSA CEO. “We’re proud to have worked in partnership with the NFSA and Acquia to deliver the most user-centric and creatively excellent website using the govCMS platform to date. It’s been a privilege for Razorfish to engage with an institution as important to Australia’s culture and heritage as the NFSA. This is such a transformational piece of work, and the website now really articulates and executes the organisation’s purpose and goals,” said Simon Pelletier, Managing Director, Razorfish. “NFSA’s new site demonstrates the versatility of govCMS for building elegant, media rich, and highly intuitive sites, and the archive gains the benefits of an accessible, scalable platform from which to develop creative, digital leadership. Working with Razorfish, we’ve developed a platform where the public may begin exploring the history contained in the archive and discover how it relates to today,” concluded Graham Sowden, GM for Acquia Asia Pacific and Japan. LAUNCH CURATED COLLECTIONS FILM SOUND RADIO TELEVISION VINTAGE POPULAR Muriels Wedding Early record sleeves Binny Lum’s interviews Colour TV in Australia Cats Before they were famous Crocodile Dundee Johnny O'Keefe Women in radio Go!! Show WW1: Popular music Life In Australia Crocodile Dundee II Wax cylinders Gaywaves News from the capital Harry Julius’s 1910s animation Trains Malcolm Sounds of Australia over the years Lumi ère Cricket Caddie Sounds of Australia 2016 Vintage sound equipment Beach Storm Boy Taussig: Manasse Surfing Filmmaker interviews Taussig: Hollywood Priscilla TIME CAPSULE ORAL HISTORY Taussig: European Picnic Brisbane Musicians Newsreel: Cinesound Polish film posters Ballarat TV Journalists Newsreel : Gazette Festival posters Melbourne Newsreel : Australia Today Gallipoli Sydney NFSA Restores Darwin Adelaide LAUNCH ONLINE EXHIBITIONS The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Muriel's Wedding Storm Boy Johnny O'Keefe ABOUT THE NFSA The NFSA is Australia’s premier audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing Australia's audiovisual heritage - our nation's films, radio and TV programs, recorded sounds, scripts, costumes and much more. The NFSA is the nation’s ‘living archive’ where more than 2.3 million items representing over a century of Australian history and creativity, are preserved for the public, present and future, to discover and re-use. About Acquia
 Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organisations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organisations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including The Australian Government, through the govCMS platform, Flight Centre, Foxtel, TransLink and IAG are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact. For more information visit or call +61.2.8607.8446.
 About Razorfish Motivated and inspired by what's next, Razorfish helps its clients navigate the unknown, drive change and transform business. One of the pioneers of marketing in the digital age, Razorfish has a unique blend of technology, creativity and media at its core. The agency’s world class capabilities in strategic consulting, experience design, brand building, technology platforms, data services, retail/commerce and media services enable transformational work for clients including Citigroup, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz USA, Microsoft, Nike China, Unilever and Uniqlo. Razorfish’s team of 3000+ experts span 25 regions, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Razorfish is part of the Publicis.Sapient platform. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Weibo and Instagram. Razorfish. Here for tomorrow.™ Author overcomes juvenile illiteracy to write novel 2016-11-09T04:31:25Z author-overcomes-juvenile-illiteracy-to-write-novel There are so many authors out there with university degrees, scholarships, and letters after their names. So, why would you want to read a book by an unknown author with little education? Sometimes the best story tellers, come from the most unlikely people. Everybody has a story to tell, whether you are educated with multiple degrees, or a nobody. Annette Kontoleon’s book Wantonness has lust and an atmosphere of historical romance, one that will transport lovers of the genre back to different time and morality. The use of detail is effective and evocative and sets the scene and tone. The book is stimulating, flirty, and an intelligent romp through a genre that is too often reduced to tedious cliché. Part one of the trilogy, Wantonness starts in the late 1800’s and is about a wealthy family of four brothers, how in the end they each have completely different lifestyles. This passage through time intertwines over one-hundred years of genealogy.  Annette was inspired by the older generations of her friends and relatives. Though not all her family were elated at the thought of having their dirty laundry aired. The official book launch of Wantonness will be held at the Arts Centre, Gold Coast (135 Bundall Rd, Bundall) on the 4th February 2017 at 7pm with a formal dress code and $65 cover charge. This includes a live performance of two scenes from the book and a free, signed copy of the book. ISBN: 9781925497885 (Paperback) 9781925497892 (eBook) Price: $25 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm Contact author: Contact publisher: Website: AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist Announced 2016-03-23T02:00:00Z 2016-australian-book-industry-awards-longlist-announced The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy is delighted to announce the 2016 ABIA Book longlist that acknowledges the best books of the year, well published. “The significant increase in submissions this year from a diverse array of independent and multinational publishing houses is a heartening reflection of our dynamic and robust local industry,” said Michael Gordon-Smith (CEO Australian Publishers' Association). A panel of industry experts will deliver the highly anticipated shortlist on Monday 2 May. ABIA winners will be announced on Thursday 19 May at a glittering ceremony in Sydney at Art Gallery of NSW. Since 2000, the ABIAs has celebrated the connection between Australian readers and the 'book makers' ­­— authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers — who unite to create the must-read books of the year. Keep up with all your ABIA news at: #ABIAwards2016 Twitter @ABIA_Awards Facebook ABIA Awards For interviews, more information and images, please contact House of Rusher T +61 07 3036 2024 | Emma Rusher, Campaign Director | T +61 0423 214 626 | E Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies 2015-09-29T05:07:58Z raymond-s-piano-old-time-melodies Veterans' Health Week Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies Wednesday   14/10/2015 11:30am – 15:30pm Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore 5019Cost free  / donations Music offers its own unique benefits to mental health wellness Young and old explore music together. Getting our older veterans out of their homes and experiencing the benefits of music It allows you to express yourself. It leads to social connection. It fosters creativity. It helps you to relax. It motivates you. It helps you focus. Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies is for, Older Veterans, and Widowers and the Community. The Raymond 's Piano Old Time Melodies will take place at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Singalongs and Dancing Floor Show Guest Speaker Quizzes Lunch / Refreshments Information Stands / Displays Cost FREE / Donations The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Media Release: State of Origin series provides support for sick kids 2015-07-09T05:52:11Z media-release-state-of-origin-series-provides-support-for-sick-kids MEDIA RELEASE9 July, 2015   State of Origin series provides support for sick kids  The Tybingoompa family, from Weipa, with Johnathan Thurston at ‘Maroon Fest’ at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on July 4.   The XXXX Queensland Maroons weren’t the only winners in this year’s State of Origin series – Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (RMH SEQ) also scored $405,000 towards its new South Brisbane House, courtesy of Treasury Casino & Hotel and Jupiters Hotel & Casino.   For every point Queensland scored during the State of Origin series, Treasury and Jupiters contributed $5,000 to RMH SEQ.   Last night’s 52-6 recording scoring win for Queensland over NSW in the Origin decider has bolstered the properties’ significant financial contribution to RMH SEQ for the series.   Treasury and Jupiters Managing Director, Queensland Geoff Hogg said the funds will enable more Queenslanders to access RMH SEQ’s vital services at their new South Brisbane House facility.   “It’s great to come together with two of our major partners, Queensland Rugby League and RMH SEQ, to work on this important project for regional Queenslanders receiving lifesaving medical treatment in Brisbane,” Geoff said.   “It means important beneficiaries from this year’s State of Origin series are the sick kids and their families who will call this new facility home – for a night or, sometimes, for more than a year.”   Earlier this year, Treasury and Jupiters signed a three-year deal with Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to become an official partner of QRL and home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons.   Throughout the State of Origin series, Treasury and Jupiters were transformed into Maroon Kingdoms, complete with maroon thrones, and offered mighty game-day viewing experiences on the big screen, cheerleader performances and unashamedly Queenslander theming.   Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland CEO Christopher Macaulay said the outcome for the charity during the 2015 State of Origin series was a significant contribution to the development of the new South Brisbane House.   “We are very appreciative of the generous support offered by Treasury and Jupiters and congratulate the XXXX Queensland Maroons on their effort this series which has seen RMH SEQ benefit through this amazing donation that will go directly towards supporting our new House,” Christopher said.   Meanwhile, another rugby league initiative is also raising funds for RMH SEQ.   The Jupiters’ ‘Points for Hope’ fundraising initiative, where $1,000 will be donated to RMH SEQ for every point scored by the Gold Coast Titans this season, is generating another solid financial contribution to the charity.    After 15 of their 24 home and away matches this season, the Gold Coast Titans have already scored a total of 311 points which puts them well on track to deliver around half a million dollars to RMH SEQ as part of this initiative.   Both campaigns are part of Treasury and Jupiters’ pledge to raise $3 million over three years for RMH SEQ to assist the charity build their new South Brisbane House, which will be one of the largest Ronald McDonald Houses in the world when it is completed by mid-2016.   “Foundations have now been laid at the site of the South Brisbane House, which will open this time next year, and we look forward to continued progress on the development which will see up to 450 guests accommodated each night,” Christopher said.   Echo Entertainment Group, which operates Treasury Casino & Hotel in Brisbane and Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast, is one of Queensland’s largest private sector employers with a workforce of more than 3,500. The company is proud to support a range of community groups, charities and sponsorships including Surf Life Saving Queensland (supported since 1994), Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland (supported since 2002) and Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland. More than $100 million has been contributed to the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund (now the Gambling Community Benefit Fund) since 1987 for grants to community groups across southern Queensland.  Media Contacts: Rebekah Boyle PR & Communications Director Jupiters Hotel & Casino P: (07) 5592 8600 E: Adam Brunes Communications Manager Treasury Casino & Hotel P: 0427 904 284 E:       5 Bali Activities to Feed the Soul 2015-06-29T06:54:18Z 5-bali-activities-to-feed-the-soul It’s Bali’s combination of warm weather, friendly locals, natural beauty and affordability that has seen the Indonesian province become a favoured holiday destination and a second spiritual home to many Australians. Tyler Tolman, co-founder of Conscious Lifestyler, is a holistic health expert who runs in-demand detox and fasting retreats in Bali. Tyler shares his top five Bali activities to feed the soul. Watch the sun rise The word soul comes from the word ‘solar’ – which is ‘looking at the sun’. First thing in the morning the sun is in an infrared state. This light activates our pineal gland, which was anciently referred to as the ‘seat of the soul’ or the ‘third eye’. So by watching the sun rise for the first five minutes of daylight we are literally nourishing our soul and switching on our intuition. It also helps reset our internal clock which is useful for people who have a tough time sleeping. But what about eye damage you ask? Don’t worry, no UV light exists within the first five mins of a sunrise or sunset. Bath in the healing waters of Tirta Empul Tirta Empul is Bali’s most sacred spring. Fresh, clean, drinking water comes out of mountain and into the spring. The water comes out at different places, representing the seven endocrine glands, known also as the seven chakras.  So by going through the different pools, you’re cleansing different parts of your spiritual body and your physical body. After going through this process you feel absolutely amazing! Have a reading with Paula Shaw Paula is an incredibly intuitive guide, or “psychic” who will blow your mind and help you reconnect with your magnificence. She can give you guidance if you feel like you’re off-track in life or if you need some guidance with what’s coming up next. Paula has the ability to tune in very deeply and connect with you on a soul level. Read more about her here: Watch the sun set from Tanah Lot Make your way to the west side of Bali for the best sunsets on the planet! As with watching the sun rise, watching the sun set for the last five minutes of light is incredibly good for people who have difficulty sleeping. As it helps reset the body clock and lets us know it’s time for rest. Apart from the health benefits, a sunset is an absolutely magical sight to behold with your loved ones or own your own. Hike Mt Batur Mt Batur is an active volcano which is sacred according to Hindu believe. You begin the hike when it’s dark so you can make it to the top by sunrise. It’s not an easy journey, but well worth it for the incredible views from the crater rim. Many people find hiking, or walking, a good soul-feeding activity as it helps you escape your mind and simply focus on putting one foot in front of the other up that mountain!  To find out more about Tyler Tolman, or to sign up for his FREE 7 day online juice fast starting July 12, visit: -ENDS- MEDIA CONTACT: Terri Heard, Communeco, (+64) 22 318 2102. MEDIA NOTES: Tyler Tolman is available for interviews on natural health and Bali related topics, including: health, wellness, healing, juice and water fasting, detoxing and curing illnesses naturally. Headshot of Tyler and images of Bali attached #baliforthesoul #tylertolman #healthyself #soulfeeding #bali #soulfood SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED ONBOARD SUN PRINCESS 2015-04-21T23:03:19Z sydney-film-festival-announces-world-premiere-of-women-he-s-undressed-onboard-sun-princess The 62nd Sydney Film Festival announces the World Premiere of Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed. The documentary premieres on-board the Sun Princess, in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 10 June.   The Sydney Film Festival screening will be the first time a premiere has been held on a ship in Australia.   The Festival and Princess Cruises have partnered to present this film, rolling out an on-deck blue carpet to celebrate the occasion, followed by a screening in the Sun Princess Theatre.  Women He’s Undressed takes an intimate look at the life of Academy Award winning Australian designer Orry-Kelly.  Unfamiliar at home, the Kiama born designer created wardrobes for the silver screen from the 1930s to 1960s.  Kelly’s design credits include; Hollywood’s biggest studios, most memorable stars, and films hits such as Some Like it Hot and An American in Paris.   “We could not think of anything more appropriate and exciting than to have our premiere on a Grand Ship on the very harbour young penniless Orry-Kelly sailed from in 1922 with dreams of showbiz success. I can’t wait to frock up with cocktails at sunset on the deck and toast his extraordinary life and talent,” said the film’s director Gillian Armstrong.   “Women He’s Undressed is about a most fascinating Australian Hollywood luminary. We are proud to be screening the World Premiere at Sydney Film Festival,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley.   “Princess Cruises is thrilled to partner with Sydney Film Festival to present Australia’s first World Premiere on a ship," said Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison. “In this case, the subject could not be more fitting - Orry-Kelly was a legend in the entertainment industry, whose life and work inspired millions around the world; and here at Princess Cruises, we pride ourselves on our first-rate entertainment offerings, including our ever-popular Movies Under The Stars, and providing our guests with meaningful life-changing experiences.”  Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June 2015.The full program of 200+ films will be launched on Wednesday 6 May at 11am.Flexipasses for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit for more information. DISCO-TASTIC - DISCO DOME: THE LOST DISCOTHEQUES OF PARRAMATTA 2014-12-11T03:30:53Z disco-tastic Take a trip through the streets, culture and history of the lost discotheques of Parramatta with Disco Dome - an immersive, after dark walking tour and dance event that revisits/reworks Parramatta nightlife (1978-1995).   Presented by Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in association with Sydney Festival, Disco Dome bumps its bootie and struts its stuff with pumping music, contemporary art, live performance, architectural tours and talks, community reminiscence, food, cocktails and a an old skool Disco Inferno.  You will Dance, Dance, Dance!     Strap on your heels. Zip up your flares: for three consecutive Friday and Saturday nights during the 2015 Sydney Festival (January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24) Parramatta will be Funky Town, with Disco Dome grooving from the twilight hour (8pm) to the midnight hour (12am).   Via funk, fun and the streets of Parramatta (and its of old discos/cinemas) Disco Dome will casts its glitter eye on the times and tensions when Australia (and Parramatta) was moving from Anglo monoculture (read Pub Rock), to multi-cultural haven (read Disco, R&B, Hip Hop).  Nowhere was the clash of ‘flannelette’ and ‘satin’, ‘head bang’ and ‘boogie’ more evident than at Parramatta’s legendary ‘War and Peace Discotheque’ (1978-1986) where most nights it delivered on its name. Disco Dome revisits blood on the dance floor.      Mighty Real, Disco Dome also brings back to life the infamous Lucky Lil’s Nightclub as the venue for a range of specially commissioned film, digital, recorded/audio and performance artworks from some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists: Liam Benson, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Capra, Heath Franco, Fadia Abboud, Jerome Pearce and Zehrish Naera.   Indeed, Parramatta based Liam Benson channels Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons when he takes over the Fitness First Health Club (the old art deco Astra Cinema site) with a participatory performance (in the cardio pump room) that lets us all Get Physical.   Best of all, each night will be capped off by legendary DJ Danny K coming out of retirement to Relight The Fire, and spin a live old skool disco. It will be Boogie Wonderland (with supper thrown in).   “We’re absolutely stoked to present Disco Dome in Parramatta”, said project curator John Kirkman. “It takes us back to a heady time of great music, incredible fashion, dancing, sex, drugs and as little Rock and Roll as possible.”   Feel the Night Fever? Do Ya Wanna Funk? The only answer is Disco Dome. Book NOW.  WHAT:                                   Disco Dome: The Lost Discotheques of ParramattaWHEN:                                   9 & 10 January at 8pm                                                 16 & 17 January at 8pm                                                 23 & 24 January at 8pmWHERE:                                  Starts at the Cnr of Darcy Street and Church Street MallDURATION:                           4 – 4.5 hoursPRICE:                                    $89 + bf includes cocktails/drinks and supper. 18yrs+BOOKING:                             Sydney Festival 1300 856 876                                                                                        For more information, visit:| 02 9897 5744  EDITOR’S NOTES  ARTIST BIOS  JEROME PEARCE is an audio-visual artist, designer and cultural producer. He has been working in the creative cultural industry for over 10 years creating work with communities and collaborating with local and international artists on interactive and experimental installations, video and design. He works across the arts, community, education, disability and business sectors facilitating small and large-scale projects that cater to diverse audiences, needs and levels of interactivity. He is the founder and director of Just Pixels, a digital media enterprise that provides a range of creative and digital services.  FADIA ABBOUD is a filmmaker, cultural producer and has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival Australia since 2007. 
Most recently written and directed “I Luv U But…” a web-based series nominated at the Beirut Social Media Awards in the most Engaging Youtube Channel category (Series 1), and funded by Screen Australia (Series 2). Some of her previous work includes “I Remember 1948”, a documentary that was screened on SBS in 2008 and two short dramas, one of them “Big Trouble, Little Fish” screened at Flickerfest. She has worked for several community organizations, art and educational institutions on a variety of projects producing digital stories with communities and creating video art for theatre and other live performance based productions. Fadia has also worked as a facilitator and creative producer on various projects with Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) for over 12 years.  JUSTENE WILLIAMS was born in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Western Sydney in 1991. Further art education was undertaken at Sydney College of the Arts (Postgraduate Diploma in 1992 and a Master of Visual Arts in 2006). Williams’ early work revolved around photography and utilised the ad hoc nature of disposable cameras and one-hour printing labs. The locations for these early photographic projects were sites of public recreation: shopping centres, car shows and strip clubs; and the resultant imagery channeled the energy of popular culture while often being luxuriously abstract. Often, Williams images were the rescued “out-takes” from rolls of film; the out of focus, blurred “mistakes” that mysteriously hinted at figuration, but eluded resolution. In 2005 Williams’ interest in photography was subsumed into the medium of video. Coupled with her interest in choreography and performance (Williams danced as a child), she began to use video as a performative medium, creating elaborate sets and costumes from “waste” materials in which absurd, repetitive actions were executed. These delirious choreographies in fabulist settings have the aura of voodoo, with the artist channelling various periods from art history in an effort to reconstruct the essence of forgotten images. Through the physical collaging of materials to construct her complex sets and costumes, and the digital collaging and editing of video, Williams invokes the ghosts of artists past. In _Bighead Garbageface Guards Ghost Derr Sonata _at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2009, Willliams conjures the spirits of Dada artists Kurt Schwitters, Sophie Tauber Arp and Man Ray. In Berlin Burghers Microwave at Penrith Regional Gallery in 2010, Williams summoned Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais (1889) and Claude Monet’s Waterlilies, and in the MCA’s Crutch Dance in 2011, a Futurist figure vainly does battle with a treadmill, invoking Umberto Boccioni’s famous sculpture Continuity of Unique Form in Space (1913). Justene Wiiliams’ embracing of both high and low art, history and salvage, painting and video, results in a hypnotic new form of recycling – a curiously ‘carbon neutral’ method of image production.KHALED SABSABI specialises in multimedia and site-specific installations, often involving working across borders, culture and disciplines to make artwork that challenge extreme principles and actions. Sabsabi has worked with communities, in particular communities in Western Sydney, to create and develop arts programs and projects that explore people and places from a broad social, political and ideological spectrums. Sabsabi has exhibited in more than forty-five solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Poland and Spain. He is a recipient of the Blake Art Prize, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship and an Australia Council for the Arts Community Cultural Development Fellowship.LIAM BENSON is a performance artist who documents his work through photography, video and new media. Benson’s work deconstructs the social perceptions of gender, race, culture, sexuality and identity by cross- referencing art, popular culture and media language. He mines the visual language and communication formats of advertising and popular media to document his performances as both still photographs and video for a form of contemporary myth making. Liam Benson has been exhibiting and performing since 2002. Benson also regularly works in collaboration with Naomi Oliver as the performance based duo, The Motel Sisters. His works are held in significant public and private collections and he was awarded the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Awardjudged by Ben Quilty, and the Contemporary Award category of the Fishers Ghost Art Award judged by MCA curator Glenn Barkley In 2013, Benson was the winner of the prestigious Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. He also exhibited and performed in a group exhibition in New York City, and at the Cutlog New York Art Fair. In 2014, Benson was the Arts Category Winner of The Champions of the West Initiative, and was awarded a grant for his project ‘I Adorn Myself’ – a community art project collaborating with female participants investigating the significance of their individual cultural legacy and identity. Benson was also invited to perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art, to celebrate the institution’s 2 millionth visitor.DAVID CAPRA work examines 'intercession; practices claimed to solicit intervention in initiating spiritual and literal healing'. Capra's performance work is articulated through such gestures as the laying on of hands, flag waving, dance and glossolalia (speaking-in-tongues). Capra's use of objects in his work 'function as props, yielding towards ornamentation and layered with imagery streaming from prophetic visionary encounters'. He holds a  Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.HEATH FRANCO has been a fixture of the independent Sydney art scene since completing his degree at the College of Fine Arts in 2005. But it was his breakout video work Your Door in 2010 that hit audiences like a blast of hot air after a day browsing in a generic, air-conditioned shopping mall that put him on the radar of the mainstream contemporary art world. It was a brutal psychological portrait of suburban life which demonstrated the artist’s laser-like ability to understand the devil in the detail of human behaviour, as well as his entirely unique way of expressing it through performance personas that are simultaneously bizarre yet oddly familiar. The characters that populate Franco’s videos are performed with a Brando-like bravura, a dadaist sense of the absurd and the relentlessness of comedic genius Andy Kaufmann. His rise to mainstream success had been greatly assisted by the mentoring he has received from Michael Dagostino, the former director of Parramatta Artists Studio where Franco was artist- in-residence from 2008 to 2011. In 2012 things took off for Franco in a big way. He was signed by a commercial gallery, Galerie Pompom, where his first solo show Dream Home was both a critical and commercial success; he was included in the Tokyo Art Fair where Your Door was chosen for exhibition in the vernissage, a first for an Australian artist; he won the prestigious Churchie National Emerging Art Prize; and his work was collected by major public institutions.DJ DANNY K is a well-known DJ from back in the day. He had thousands dancing to his music weekly in a range of locations across Parramatta from the late 70s to mid 90s. Starting off at Jays which turned into Memories then Images which turned into Moonlighting then finally at Traders for 10 years... the landmark club of Parramatta from 1986 - 1999, where Danny went the crowds moved with him.  Watch Danny K play live once more with his most cherished vinyls... you can even make a request at the upcoming world premiere event, Disco Dome. Danny K was a mobile DJ, discoing house parties from Granville to Guildford until his first nightclub DJ gig at Jays in Parramatta in 1983.  Jay's turned into Memories and the club was pumping funk and disco tunes every night of the week until Danny was poached to the other side of Parramatta at the new club Images.  Where Danny went the crowd moved with him and he played there to a crowd of 1000 on Saturday night until he moved once again to the famous Traders at the Park Royal in Parramatta.  For 10 years Danny DJ'd there and a real family of disco goers were loyal to the venue and called it home week after week.  The beat goes on in Parramatta at Sydney Festival where Danny K will bring out his vinyl once more and play a special old skool set.. meet him, dance, request a song.ZEHRISH NAERA is a musician, DJ and producer from Western Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Audio Engineering (JMC Academy). Zehrish works in clubs and with community based organisations (e.g. Blacktown Youth Services) as a music facilitator engaging young people on creative projects. He is currently employed by the Noffs Foundation at Street University Mt Druitt. Zehrish has produced for many prominent artists in Australia, New Zealand and the US, including: Miracle (Sony); True Vibenation (Big Village); L-Fresh; Soul Benefits; Figgkidd/Lee Monro (Sony); Swiss (Dawn Raid); Zeek Spits; Lil Nate Dogg and more. He also produces sound for television commercials, short films, video art, visual art installations, music clips, short films and sound-based culturally engaged tours that interact with site-specific works.  PROJECT TEAMJOHN KIRKMAN: CURATOR John Kirkman was Chief Executive Officer Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (2005-2012), previous to this he was Director of the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2001-2005). Previously he was Curator/Manager of djamu Gallery Australian Museum at Customs House (1998-2001), and was inaugural Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1992-98). John was also Project Co-ordinator, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Albury/Wodonga (1987-92). John Kirkman has worked extensively as curator and project manager for a range of exhibitions, performance programs and major public art commissions and consultancies. Clients include Sydney International Airport (SACL), Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Hawkesbury City Council and Liverpool City Council. John has also co-ordinated and curated a range of international cultural exchange programs with particular focus on Japan and India. He was a member of the NSW Premier’s Arts Advisory Council (2003-2006), and currently a member of the Arts NSW funding panel. John Kirkman has a Masters of Arts Administration (College of Fine Art, University of NSW) and a Diploma of Teaching (Wollongong University).JONATHAN WILSON: PRODUCER Jonathan Wilson is a musician, artist and cultural producer. He works with artists and communities to create work that explores existing realities and engages a broader audience using multimedia platforms (including performance, digital art, literature and music). Jonathan produced an experimental arts and youth engagement project ‘Mondo Project’ for Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Centre (2011-2013). This project successfully activated a disputed public space by engaging disengaged and marginalised young people through youth pop culture, music and image. Jonathan also owned and ran ‘Speak n Spell’, one of Australia’s largest independent record labels and artist management companies (2004-2010). He has an honors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Western Sydney.MOUNA ZAYLAH: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Mouna Zaylah is a cultural producer and arts manager and has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival since 2007. She has worked at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) for over 16 years producing cultural events, performance and screen-based projects with artists, communities, business and organisations. Mouna specializes in developing cultural activities that link artists with audiences, introducing emerging talents to new media tools and translating the needs of corporate, community and government organizations into dynamic cultural projects. She has over 22 years experience in the community arts and cultural development sector and has worked for Urban Theatre Projects as administrator and project officer (1992-1997) and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in administration, curatorial and project coordinator roles (1997-1999) and a range of other community and youth based organizations as a freelance project coordinator and consultant.