The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T13:06:52Z Is Deadpanning the Next Mannequin Challenge? 2017-04-26T13:06:52Z is-deadpanning-the-next-mannequin-challenge A viral Facebook video of a man bungee jumping, sky diving, and rally car driving has sparked a flurry of social media activity centered around “deadpanning” which involves nothing more than keeping a straight, expressionless face. The video at the centre of it all (http://bit.ly/2fng0rN), produced by REIZE co-founders Marty Spargo and Steve Macdonald has notched up over 1.5 million views already. Steve explains “The success of the Deadpan Guy videos has far exceeded what we could have expected. People are sending us pictures of themselves deadpanning in day to day life, creating Deadpan Guy memes. It’s gone crazy.” Marty adds “The most amazing thing for me is how overwhelmingly positive the response has been. People who have been hassled about not smiling in photos their whole life are coming out of the woodwork. I guess it’s their time to shine.” The video itself is pretty amazing. It seems impossible to imagine being able to keep a perfectly straight face while bungee jumping. The comments on the video are worth reading in their own right, and this is where the craze was spawned. Viewers were posting photos of themselves and their friends and challenging each other to post the best “Deadpan” shot and it went from there. “What’s so great about Deadpanning is that anyone can do it. It is probably the most accessible viral craze since planking,” Steve said. It appears that REIZE has tapped into a social phenomenon that has everyone talking… but not smiling. Media enquiries including interviews please contact Steve Macdonald (REIZE co-founder) directly on 0497 585 064 or email steve@reize.com.au. Notes to Editors About REIZE Energy Drink Co-Founders Marty Spargo and Steve Macdonald Lifelong friends and childhood surfing buddies, Marty is a former Qantas airline pilot and derivatives trader and Steve was an accountant before they left their jobs and redesigned their life, launching an innovative start-up to take on the global brands. Deadpan Guy was scripted and produced by Steve and Marty, with no input from a marketing agency. They have no marketing experience, which is perhaps why it resonates so well with the average person. www.reize.com.au Facebook: REIZE Energy Drink Instagram @reizeenergydrink Twitter @reizeenergy Snapchat @reizeenergy Youtube REIZE Energy Drink Worlds Largest Secondary School Culture Brand Launches In Australia 2018 2017-04-21T22:32:19Z worlds-largest-secondary-school-culture-brand-launches-in-australia-2018 22 April 2017. 9:00 am AEDT  Fomuda Pty Ltd are proud to be the marketing company associated with Polyfest Australia.  The Polyfest brand was established in New Zealand in 1976 and is the largest cultural festival of its kind, attracting over 100,000 spectators over a 4 day period.  ASB Polyfest based in Auckland initially started in 1976 the hall of a local High School.  Each year it increased in size, and more stages were added as the categories grew with popularity.  The most recent being the addition of the Asian category.  As Polyfest continued to grow, the capacity of over 9000 performers could not be managed by a single school.  Various stages are set up at Host schools for each category leading up to the finals.  The Polyfest finals now take place at the Manukau Velodrome which was designed for the 1990 Commonwealth Games.  This is a more suitable venue as over 100,000 spectators attend this remarkable event annually. Polyfest Australia will be held in NSW in February 2018 and an estimated turnout of more than 20,000 spectators are expected.  For continuity purposes, Polyfest Australia will showcase its inaugural event in the same venue as Pacfest 2017, until such time as crowd capacity demands a change. Sy Lagaaia, CEO of Fomuda Pty Ltd said “Polyfest is synonymous with multiculturalism, and in Auckland, the City with the largest contingency of Pacific Islanders in the world, everyone knows the name Polyfest, and everyone respects the high standard of excellence the brand represents.  In NSW we have a few festivals, and they have served us in the past, however the Polyfest brand is here now, and it will no doubt be the preference that serious performing arts students will choose.  Fun will still be on the cards, but the goal posts have shifted, professional judges will be in attendance, New Zealand and the World will be watching, and every performer must now step up their game.” Invitations are being crafted to invite all eligible schools in the New South Wales area. We will also be keeping an eye on multicultural festivals in other states, and may invite the best of the best to showcase at Polyfest Australia 2018 as special guests.  This will be an exciting surprise for all those participating. Polyfest Australia will strive to uphold the positive messages the brand has always delivered since its inception 42 years ago, and that is harmony and unity within the school communities and the general public.  In the past, Indigenous people have lost their culture and language, and Polyfest prides itself on being the single biggest community venture where the culture, dance, and song are learned, and are once again brought to life. Polyfest sponsorship in New Zealand is sought after by many Corporate and Government institutions.  Polyfest sponsors include 1 major banking institution, 5 Radio stations, 4 major community groups, 7 nationwide Universities and Technical colleges, 4 Government Departments, Auckland Airport, Auckland City Council and the New Zealand Fire Service. Polyfest Australia are inviting Corporate and Government sponsorship to come forward and offer expressions of interest.  Please email info@polyfest.com.au Join Australia’s largest women’s expo in the West. 2017-04-19T23:29:26Z join-australia-s-largest-women-s-expo-in-the-west Across three days, the Mundella EveryWoman Expo is set to enrich over 10,000 Perth women as they shop, indulge and enjoy from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Find 250+ exhibitors showcasing the latest fashion, beauty, health & wellbeing, food & wine, travel and more! It’s sure to be a perfect girls day out - which is now FREE entry with love from Mundella. Featuring non stop entertainment including the latest fashion retailers on The Catwalk, empowering workshops at The Podium, cooking classes at the Bodhi Bakehouse Celebrity Kitchen, mini beauty makeovers at the Angove beauty bar, psychic readings and more! Launching the weekend into full swing is the annual Friday Night Bubbles. From 5:00pm the first 500 lucky ladies who enter the expo for the first time will receive a FREE goodie bag and a glass of bubbles from Angove. Pamper yourself at the Angove beauty bar and choose from a range of beauty and hair makeovers. From makeup touch ups, eye lash extensions and hair styling at the braid bar. All treatments include a free sample of Angove Rose so you’ll walk away looking and feeling like the queen that you are.   Once you are looking fresh, relax and work on your stress levels with a free 15 minute massage from world-class therapists at the Endota Massage Lounge. All mini make overs and massages are free and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The 2017 Podium will feature an inspiring line-up of guest speakers who will share their expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Speakers include Akec “Susan” Chuot from AFLW Fremantle Dockers, Kylie Wolfig from The Thyroid School and Kiero Raphael from Kireiki.  Bring your inner fashionista to life at The Catwalk with ongoing parades daily, including an exclusive display of Indigenous fashion and models from the team at the Dreamtime Project. Visitors can also bring their workout gear for live fitness demonstrations and dance routines. ‘This event is my passion, I get the opportunity to create a forum for every woman of every nationality, class, shape and colour to come together and find something new and exciting, whether it is something that empowers or just provides pure pleasure.' Sandra Giannone, EveryWoman Expo. Health foodies will love, The Bodhi’s Bakehouse Celebrity Kitchen where celebrities will join Chef Dale Sniffen to cook up their favourite recipes live. A great motivation behind this feature is to raise awareness and donations for the Heart Foundation of WA. Running annually since 1998, the Mundella EveryWoman Expo is looking forward to another successful year. The 2017 Expo will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Doors open 10am daily - register online now at everywomanexpo.com.au for your FREE ticket. CELEBRATING WORKPLACE DIVERSITY & EQUALITY BY GIVING A DAY BACK TO EMPLOYEES 2017-03-06T06:39:21Z celebrating-workplace-diversity-amp-equality-by-giving-a-day-back-to-employees Sydney, 6th March 2017: Digivizer, Australia’s leading social analytics and activations company, has made a commitment to workplace equality and diversity to recognize International Women’s Day. The company is introducing an additional day of paid leave for all employees. CEO Emma Lo Russo explains her reasons for the decision: “I want to make the sentiments behind International Women’s Day around equality and diversity tangible for all our employees. Granting an extra day of paid leave to all employees, to be taken whenever it suits them each year, helps put the focus on work flexibility, and allows them  to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment they make, and the support they receive from their partners and families. “One way to support every employee is to provide a flexible workplace that helps them find balance across all aspects of their life, including family, health and wellbeing.   If we define success by what outcomes we create, who we are, and the value we deliver, rather than defining how, when and where it is done, businesses and people will flourish. It should always be about results, not effort. “If we recruit the best talent we can afford, true workplace diversity will follow. “To  make the workplace of the future meaningful and real, we have to change now. Some of those changes will be large in scope, others simple to make. Our responsibilities as leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners remain clear: make decisions that empower all employees to be the best they can, in workplace environments that allow them to succeed. “Thank you to all of Digivizer’s employees, for their contribution and  commitment! As International Women’s day reminds us all, Be Bold for Change!” ENDS For more information:                                              Alan Smith                                                                           Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer                    0404 432 700                                                                   alan.smith@digivizer.com               Twitter: @alansmithoz      @digivizer @emmalorusso              Aboriginal Koori and Murri Performers hit Adelaide Fringe Festival joined by local Kaurna / Narrunga Performers 2017-03-01T04:21:13Z koomurri-aboriginal-performers-hit-adelaide-fringe-festival-with-local-kaurna-narrunga-man-jack-buckskin 7:00pm 8th - 11th March 2017 - Live At The GC in the Studio (The German Club) 223 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000 Family Friendly Tickets from $15.00+bf (Children) through to $28.00+bf at FringeTix Direct from winning the 2016 national Aboriginal Dance Rites competition in front of 10,000 fans Koomurri east coast cultural performance troupe will be joined by South Australia's Kaurna / Narrunga aboriginal performer and actor Jack Buckskin and the Kuma Kaaru Dancers to bring these cultures together on stage in song, dance and story telling at Adelaide Fringe Festival. The name Koomurri is derived of a combination of the names of two separate east coast first nations people, The Koori and The Murri Peoples, whom have held long cultural ties through songlines. This dance troupe boost cultural leader from Torres Straits to Melbourne along the east coast representing many first nations people lead by cultural advisor Russell Dawson of the Kamilaroi Peoples in NSW who is an educator of Koori and Murri Culture and language. Koomurri have been performing nationally since 2003. Jack Buckshin has been entertaining South Australian's and breathing new life into his Kaurna heritage (Adelaide Plains) and Narrunga Heritage (Yorke Peninsular) for many years and is an educator of Kaurna and Narrunga language and cultural to young indigenous people in this state. Russell Dawson and Koomurri songman Cecil McLeod have spent a life-time reconnecting the song-lines of the east coast nations to create such a vibrant dance troupe and Jack had danced with Cecil Mcleod (Yuin People) and Koomurri/Bangarra leader Albert David (Torres Straits) ten years ago in Samoa and was inspired by these east coast cultural leaders back then to pursue his language and retrace his own culture. This will be the first time since Samoa that these two teams will join together to share a once in a lifetime experience for Fringe goers blending the six Koomurri Dancers including aboriginal language song-man and Didgeridoo players with Kaurna Dance and Culture in a powerful traditional display. Tickets On Sale Now at Fringe Tix Ph 1300 621 255 and at the Adelaide Fringe Box Office and at the door   https://koomurri.com.au Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Provides Travellers With Discount Autumn Savings 2017-02-22T05:43:28Z jolly-swagman-backpackers-sydney-provides-travellers-with-discount-spring-savings Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney has released a range of new cheap accommodation options for travellers that are looking for quality accommodation with bargain rates. The team at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney is currently offering a free nights accommodation for travellers that are booking for a weeks stay in the 3-bed dorm. The three-bed dorm is perfect for small groups of travellers that are visiting Sydney and desiring clean and comfortable rooms right in the heart of Sydney. The room is fully equipped with ceiling fans, ironing board, full-size fridge and wireless internet. The deal can be booked on the official Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney website. Details and conditions are listed on the booking page. Who Is Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney? Located in the heart of Sydney in energetic Kings Cross, Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney is one of Sydney's most loved and recommended hostels. With a range of rooms and dorms, there is something for every type of traveller at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney. Visitors to Sydney can enjoy the genuine Australian backpacking experience at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney with free airport pick-up, free wifi, free breakfast and free linen. Located just down the road from the Sydney CBD, Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney is perfectly located for tourists that want to explore the world-famous sights of Sydney.  For more information on Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney, visit the company website at Cheap Accommodation Sydney.  EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 AT BARANGAROO RESERVE 2017-01-17T00:56:14Z experience-australia-day-2017-at-barangaroo-reserve Australia Day in Barangaroo Reserve provides visitors with a unique chance to experience and learn about Sydney’s Aboriginal heritage and Australia’s shared history, combined with a full day of free family-friendly activities and entertainment. "If you are looking for a day with a difference, where you can come together and experience our shared history, celebrate the world’s oldest living culture and contemplate an inclusive future for all Australians, then Barangaroo Reserve is the place to do it," said Clarence Slockee, Aboriginal educator and head of Visitor Services at Barangaroo. Barangaroo Reserve will host the launch event for Australia Day in Sydney. At 7:30am a fire will arrive in Marrinawi Cove, transported by nawi (canoe) from Me-mel (Goat Island). A procession will escort the fire from Marrinawi Cove to Walumil Lawns. A smoking ceremony will then take place at 7:45am to prepare for the symbolic WugulOra Morning Ceremony from 8:05-8:25am, with views of the Aboriginal and Australian flag raising on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. WugulOra, meaning ‘One Mob’ in the Sydney area Aboriginal language, is a special moment to begin Australia Day by acknowledging our shared history and Traditional Custodians. The ceremony will feature a dance performance by NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company, followed by Kari Choir singing the National Anthem in local language. It will also feature 250 voices singing Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la (‘Let’s Sing Good Dreaming’), as part of the Sydney Festival’s Bayala-Baraya: Sing Up Country program to reawaken and reforge the songlines of Sydney in a performance for Country, ancestors and healing. "Australia Day is an opportunity for everyone to spread out a picnic on the lawn and enjoy the views of Sydney Harbour," said Sandra Bender, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management at Barangaroo Delivery Authority. "This year, we have focused on highlighting the magnificent nature of the Reserve with children’s workshops where they can build a habitat, taste local plant offerings or create original bush jewellery." The Australia Day lineup at Barangaroo Reserve includes:   - 7:30am: Fire arrives at Marrinawi Cove.   - 7:45am: Smoking Ceremony on Walumil Lawns.   - 8:00am-8:30am: WugulOra ceremony including Welcome to Country, Baraya: Sing Up Country, dance performance and national anthem sung by Kari Choir (in Dharawal and English).    - 9:00am-10:00am: Catch the finest wheelchair athletes from across the globe as they pass Barangaroo Reserve in the GIO OZ Day 10k wheelchair race.   - 9:00am-5:00pm: Take a peek at the future Metro with Sydney Metro’s life-size train carriage, complete with a 3D-vitual reality experience.   - 10:00am-5:00pm: Discover the spectacular free Sydney Festival installation, The Beach – a monochromatic ocean of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls filling the Cutaway.   - 11:30am: See the finish of the Ferrython as they come under the Sydney Harbour Bridge   - 10:00am-4:00pm: Get hands-on at the Edible Kids' Gardens nature play stations along the foreshore for a unique sensory experience for the whole family.   - 1:30pm See the finish of the Tall Ships race as they come under the Sydney Harbour Bridge   - 3:15-3:35pm: Be entertained by multi-award winning Jazz virtuoso James Morrison and his band on the Cruising Concert as it rounds the headland and moors in Nawi Cove.  - 11:00am-4:00pm: Enjoy roving performances and live acoustic music at Duke’s Pier and Walumil Lawn. Bring a picnic or tempt your tastebuds with delicious dishes from food trucks at Barangaroo Reserve, or the range of cafes and restaurants at Barangaroo’s southern dining precinct. Barangaroo Reserve is accessible by public transport and on foot from Walsh Bay, Millers Point and The Rocks. The closest stations are Circular Quay and Wynyard, with Wynyard Walk providing a fast and accessible route without any hills. The Wilson carpark under Barangaroo Reserve will be open, but be aware that Hickson Road will be closed between 7:00am and 10:00am for the GIO OZ Day 10k wheelchair race. The carpark can be access via Dalgety Road. For more information about Australia Day 2017 at Barangaroo Reserve, please visit http://www.barangaroo.sydney/ or join the conversation with #Barangaroo #AusDay. - ENDS- For more information on Australia Day 2017 at Barangaroo or interviews, please contact: Sarah Shields, Access PR, 02 9292 7007, 0408 283 091, sarah@accesspr.com.au EVENT DETAILS Event: Australia Day 2017 at Barangaroo Reserve Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 Time: 7:30am-5:00pm Location: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW Entry: Free URL: barangaroo.sydney/whats-on/australia-day-2017/ GONDWANA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF NATIONAL CHORAL SCHOOL 2017-01-05T04:54:57Z gondwana-celebrates-20-years-of-national-choral-school Hundreds of talented young singers, composers and conductors from across the country will converge on Sydney for the 20th annual Gondwana National Choral School (NCS) from 9-21 January 2017. Hosted by Gondwana Choirs, the leader in Australian choral performance, NCS 2017 brings together 329 talented young people aged 10 to 26 years for an intensive two-week training and performance season, guided by leading national and international conductors at the University of New South Wales. Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people, Gondwana Choirs Artistic Director and founder Lyn Williams OAM, said NCS has become the premiere choral experience in Australia, with high profile alumni including singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, budding opera star Alexandra Oomens and composer Joseph Twist. “We are extremely proud to celebrate two decades of Gondwana National Choral School, having provided world-class choral training and personal and career development to more than 3,000 young people since its inception in 1997,” said Williams. “National Choral School is a highlight on our annual calendar of events, with more than half of the young singers, composer and conductors returning to continue their learning and grow lasting friendships,” she said.  This year, Resident Artists The Idea of North, the internationally-acclaimed Australian vocal quartet, will present their own public concert and work intensively with each ensemble, hosting A Cappella Academy workshops. “We are thrilled to welcome The Idea of North as Resident Artists to grow the repertoire of each ensemble, and together we look forward to launching our biggest performance season yet,” said Williams. The event culminates with the inaugural Festival of Summer Voices from 18-21 January 2017, featuring a series of five uplifting public concerts showcasing extraordinary talents at the University of New South Wales and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Each event exhibits the extraordinary talents of the young choristers, conductors and composers and includes: ·         - Concert 1: Summer Voices Opening Gala on Wednesday, 18 January at 7pm at Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW. Experience the power of Gondwana Choirs in full flight, at the gala event showcasing the extraordinary talents of the young choristers, conductors and composers. ·         - Concert 2: The Idea of North in Concert on Friday, 20 January at 7pm at Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW. Enjoy a beautifully distinct sound and style, crossing many musical genres in an exciting and surprising way. ·         - Concert 3 & 5: A Cappella Academy | Saturday, 21 January at 3pm & 6.30pm at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Gondwana Choirs like you've never heard them before! A celebration of 100 years of contemporary a cappella music the choristers learned with resident artists The Idea of North. ·         - Concert 4: Gondwana Chorale in Recital on Saturday, 21 January at 5.15pm at Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hear the Gondwana Chorale national youth choir at the peak of their vocal prowess before they leave for an extensive tour of the USA, immediately after NCS 2017. As part of a new partnership with the University of New South Wales, the NCS 2017 will be held at the Kensington campus for the first time, with participants housed in the recently rebuilt Kensington Colleges and two public concerts taking place in Sir John Clancy Auditorium. Through the generous support of private donors, Trusts and Foundations, Gondwana Choirs provides a range of full and partial bursaries to National Choral School participants, to provide equal access to the Gondwana Choirs program. For more information and tickets to Festival of Summer Voices events, please visit gondwana.org.au/performances/festival-of-summer-voices/ -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:Sarah Shields, Access PR | 02 9292 7007 | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@accesspr.com.au About Gondwana Choirs Gondwana Choirs is the leader in Australian choral performance, shaping the Australian sound through the creation and presentation of innovative new work, and providing opportunities to all talented young Australians aged 10 to 26 through world-class training by leading artists. Founded in 1989, Gondwana Choirs comprises the most accomplished choral groups of young people in Australia and has three distinct arms: The Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana National Choirs and Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir. Awarded the APRA/AMCOS award for Excellence by an Organisation for its 2014 Artistic Program and significant contribution to Australian music since 1989. gondwana.org.au P4 Group wins PR and communications for the Subway Surf Series 2016-12-22T04:59:52Z p4-group-wins-pr-and-communications-for-the-subway-surf-series P4 Group continues to expand their flourishing client portfolio, with Subway Australia signing the Brisbane-based marketing communications agency to manage the PR and digital communications for the Subway Surf Series. Kicking off in January 2017 at Victoria’s Bells Beach, the Subway Surf Series is the result of a partnership with Surfing Australia and the World Surf League (WSL). Since announcing their support of the event two years ago, the national grassroots surfing competition has grown from three events to a seven-event Pro Junior competition, providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the WSL Junior Championships in 2018. In their 21 years running, the team at P4 Group have established themselves as experts in leading the PR and communications for large-scale events, with major projects such as Brisbane Festival, V8 Supercars and Bridge to Brisbane Day under their belt. Australian game development industry a significant export opportunity 2016-12-21T01:00:00Z australian-game-development-industry-a-significant-export-opportunity Sydney, Australia – 21 December 2016 – The Australian video game development industry has huge potential as a weightless and ‘clean’ export industry, an independent survey of local game developers has shown. Australia’s game development industry earned $114.9 million in the 2015-16 financial year, with 81 per cent of revenue derived from overseas markets. According to the survey, Australian-developed games were popular in many markets, with the bulk of revenue earned from the United States, Europe and Asia.    Intellectual property is of utmost importance to the local industry, with half of the respondents being independent game developers who exclusively develop their own IP. A further 42 per cent both develop their own IP, as well as provide game development services for clients.    Seventy-eight per cent of Australian game developers project business growth in FY2016-17, with nearly two-thirds planning to employ additional staff. The employment opportunities are broad, spanning production, programming, art, quality assurance, audio, writing, design, management, administration and marketing.    The industry employed 842 people in FY2015-16, of which programmers (33%), artists (24%) and management, administration and marketing (20%) made up the majority. While experience and some degree of training is useful at all levels, a relevant degree was particularly important for programmers.   “The game development industry requires staff who are intensely creative, but who also have a highly technical skill set, often at the cutting edge of commercial technology. By supporting the industry and fostering this combination of skills, game development can contribute to the economy in a significant way,” said Tony Reed, CEO of the Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA).      Twenty-four per cent of respondents started their studio in 2012, and 14 per cent in 2014. The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) believes the establishment of the Interactive Games Fund under the then Labor government, and its subsequent axing in FY2014-15 by the Liberal government, played a major role in this spike and subsequent decline. Last year a Senate inquiry was held into the future of Australia’s video game development industry, championed by Senator Scott Ludlam. The inquiry report was delivered in April 2016 with bipartisan support and many recommendations were put forward to support and further grow the sector. To date, nothing has been enacted at a federal level.   “With global revenue for games expected to reach $US98 billion in the next two years, the game development sector is exactly the kind of jobs-of-the-future, innovative, technology-based industry that will help build a strong and viable Australian export sector,” said Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). “Games extend beyond entertainment and while most are played for fun, games can, and are, successfully being used in the health, education and corporate sectors to deliver numerous learning outcomes."   Consumers have embraced the digital delivery of games and in turn, digital game development is the major focus for the Australian game development industry, with respondents receiving most of their income from developing for the iOS (60%) and Android (45%) platforms, followed by downloadable PC games (40%). Revenues from virtual reality (VR) game development, a relatively new platform, were also being reported by a number of specialists (9%).   The survey has shed light on some of the key issues affecting industry growth.   The biggest challenge facing individual business growth is attracting investment for expansion as well as early stage development funding, with the industry finding both elements ‘stressful’. Skill shortages are also a problem.   Internet access as well as limited government understanding and investment were key concerns at a sector level, with respondents calling for grants and funding support. Distance to market was also a concern.  Other findings from the survey include:  The Australian game development industry is concentrated in Melbourne, with 51% based in the Victorian capital, followed by Sydney (14%) and Brisbane (13%). 19% of employees in the sector identify as female. When seeking new employees, 34% of respondents consider experience, qualifications and diversity equally. The industry is developing games for an array of sectors, with clients ranging from game publishers, to museums, government departments and book publishers.  About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net.   About GDAA GDAA advocates on behalf of member interactive entertainment development companies, associated industry companies, and interactive entertainment training providers to industry stakeholders including governments, publishers, and industry advisors to promote, grow and attract investment in the Australian game development industry. For more information, please visit http://www.gdaa.com.au  About the survey  The Australian game development industry survey is an independent survey undertaken for IGEA/GDAA in August-October 2016 by Tim Thorpe Consulting Ltd, based in Wellington, New Zealand   The independent survey was distributed online to the video game development industry through IGEA and GDAA’s networks and social media marketing, a distribution list of over 225 ASIC-registered companies. Companies were included in the survey results if their annual turnover from video games production was $25,000 or greater in FY2015-16. Sixty-three companies that responded to the survey met this criteria.   The Australian video game development survey was funded via a grant from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).  Media spokespeople available: For media interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, or to speak with an Australian game development studio, please contact Corrie McLeod (+61 419 526 848) or Amy Rathbone (+61 2 8016 2200) from Espresso Communications. 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 www.roxette.se. To find out more, visit: Website: http://www.babyroxers.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/babyroxers Twitter: twitter.com/Baby_Roxers Instagram: Instagram/babyroxers – END – For more information, images and interview requests please contact: Celia Harding
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E: celia.harding@outlook.com 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 Groom to Win - Mens Barbers Boost Personal Grooming for Men 2016-12-08T03:02:56Z groom-to-win-mens-barbers-boost-personal-grooming-for-men Gents Barber at Meadowbrook is making holiday styling for men easier with a hot product collection from hairstyling giant American Crew. The four-product Groom to Win kit includes everything a man needs for a smooth shave and handsome hairstyle at a significant savings over usual retail prices. This popular four-piece set is now in its last year with a final production run for the holiday season. Because this high-value set is going out of production, many mens barber shops have run out of stock. Shoppers in the Brisbane area looking for a grooming set for themselves or as a gift will find that this limited-time set is still available at Gents Barber. The full-service, traditional barber shop is proud to stock this incredible set so that every man can look sharp and well styled this holiday season. Landing this great deal requires only a quick visit to Gents. Of course, men can also enjoy full barber services while they are in the shop. Offered in a limited-edition package, the Groom to Win set from American Crew includes a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash, precision shave gel, post-shave gel and the brand's signature Fiber hair cream. The 3-in-1 product facilitates a quick-and-easy shower routine while the shave gel and post-shave gel are designed to offer a smooth, hassle-free shave no matter a man's hair texture. Fiber cream, one of the company's most-praised products, offers incredible styling hold with no high shine. This four-piece set is an incredible value with $100 worth of products offered for only $39.95. It's the ideal set for the busy man who's looking for a way to streamline his morning grooming routine. Striking and practical, this set also makes a great holiday gift for a stylish man. Gents Barber at Meadowbrook is a traditional, full-service mens barber shop offering haircuts, straight-razor shaves and hot towel service. It is a favorite among men in Brisbane who love clean, classic style without all the fuss. The shop also offers a full line of men's grooming products as well as gift certificates to meet the diverse needs of its clientele. Music studio for people on the autism spectrum releases album. 2016-12-02T00:51:59Z music-studio-for-people-on-the-autism-spectrum-releases-album-1 ‘Club Weld’ is a music studio program, for people on the autism spectrum, supported by Autism Spectrum Australia and Information Cultural Exchange (I.C.E). Ex-Wolfmother bassist Chris Ross is one of the facilitators of the program, supporting and mentoring adults on the autism spectrum to create their own music.  Developed in early 2014, ‘Club Weld’ brings together emerging musicians with autism and professional musicians in a supportive environment to build confidence, develop musical knowledge, skills and experiences, share stories, nurture creative talents and come together to forge relationships.  “Club Weld is a unique program made possible because of the skills and talents of the adults with autism who attend. In every session, Club Weld sees difference and talents ‘welded together’ to create music. It has created great opportunities for people on the spectrum.” said Sam Worrad, Club Weld Facilitator. Members of the program have been working hard to produce an original compilation album, to coincide with the International Day of Disability this December. The album by ‘Club Weld and The Riff Society’ will officially launch at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith at 10.30am on Monday December 5th 2016. A screening of the album's music videos, made by Western Sydney artists  brought together by I.C.E, will be launched on Friday 16th December, 6-8pm in Parramatta.  Club Weld aims to both celebrate the talents of artists on the spectrum and with other disabilities whilst simultaneously showcasing the high quality practices of these artists to local communities and potential future collaborators. www.clubweld.org.au Club Weld members are available for interview.  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 SNACKABLETV.tv 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 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Gurindji People Unveil Their Stories in New Book 2016-11-28T02:46:36Z gurindji-people-unveil-their-stories-in-new-book The latest release from Batchelor Press tells the story of the Gurindji people of Northern Australia.  Their iconic Wave Hill Walk Off that marked the birth of the Aboriginal Land Rights movement is well-known, but until now little of their traditional culture and history has been published for a wider audience. The book, titled Mayarni-kari Yurrk (literally, ‘More Stories’), was produced by the same collaborative team that compiled Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji country (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016). This volume contains stories from the early station days, Puwarraja (Dreamtime) stories, local accounts of regional legends, personal tales about Walk Off identities, and a series of anecdotes from a police tracker at Wave Hill (Kalkaringi) Police Station. Historical accounts from Dandy Danbayarri, Ronnie Wavehill, Blanche Bulngari, Pincher Nyurrmiari, Banjo Ryan, Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr, Connie Ngarmeiye and Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal are illustrated with historical and modern photos as well as artwork from one story-teller. Gurindji culture has a strong oral storytelling tradition that fulfils many purposes: ceremonial, entertainment and the transmission of knowledge vital to survival. Mayarni-kari Yurrk details ancient and modern tales. It provides a captivating insight into the Gurindji perspective on history and some very personal stories of Aboriginal life in the Victoria River region before the modern era. You can order a copy of the book here. Batchelor Press is the publishing arm of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and produces teaching and learning resources primarily for Indigenous Australian students living in remote communities, the majority of whom have English as a second or third language.