The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-27T04:55:43Z eSports Mogul enters into Sponsorship and Tournament Platform Agreements with Twitch Interactive, Dreamcaster and FPS Thailand 2017-02-27T04:55:43Z esports-mogul-enters-into-sponsorship-and-tournament-platform-agreements-with-twitch-interactive-dreamcaster-and-fps-thailand 27 February 2017 ASX code: ESH eSports Mogul enters into Sponsorship and Tournament Platform Agreements with Twitch Interactive, Dreamcaster and FPS Thailand HIGHLIGHTS eSports Mogul has entered into Sponsorship and Tournament Platform Agreements with streaming company Twitch Interactive Inc. and its regional partners Dreamcaster and FPS Thailand.  Under the Agreements, Dreamcaster will use the tournament platform for one year of Overwatch tournaments and FPS will use the tournament platform for three years of CS:GO tournaments.  As a sponsor, ESM will also receive widespread branding and advertising at the major Dreamcaster Series and FPS Thailand League eSports events;  Twitch is the world’s largest social video platform for gamers and attracts 9.7 million active users daily Twitch was founded in 2011 and was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. for US$970m in 2014.  eSports media company eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited (ASX: ESH) (eSports Mogul) is pleased to announce it has entered in to Sponsorship and Tournament Platform provision agreements and (Agreements) with Twitch Interactive Inc. (Twitch), the world’s largest social video platform for gamers, for two major eSports tournament partners in the South East Asian region. These are significant Agreements for eSports Mogul. They provide global exposure for the Company on Twitch’s online platform which attracts 9.7 million active users daily, and will also see eSports Mogul’s tournament platform used at the events.   Twitch was founded in June 2011 and was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) in August 2014 for US$970 million in cash.  Under the Agreements, eSports Mogul will receive the following at the major Dreamcaster Series and FPSThailand League eSports events which are both powered by Twitch; eSports Mogul branding on the Twitch stream and the Twitch panel at the events, plus on all marketing material created for the events; eSports Mogul commentator mentions at the events – at a minimum of two times per hour; Four social media slots per season of the events and one product give-away slot per month; Advertising – eSports Mogul will provide thirty second advertisements to be played at least twice per hour; Digital screen advertisings – eSports Mogul will provide advertisements to be displayed on the main screens between live broadcasts; and Both events will use the eSports Mogul Platform which will be provided by eSports Mogul along with requisite technical support. The Agreements cover three seasons of the Dreamcaster Series which will feature game-play of the Overwatch video game, from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, and nine seasons of the FPSThailand League featuring the Counter-Strike Global Offensive game, for a three year period from 1 December 2016 to 1 December 2019. eSports Mogul commenced trading on the ASX last month after a heavily oversubscribed $7 million prospectus Offer. The Company is focused on developing a multi-faceted eSports focused online media platform, called ESM Media Hub. ESM Media Hub will provide an easily accessible online platform for eSports enthusiasts, which will offer and a range of eSports products and services including; ESM Academy – an eSports learning academy; Hero Gamer – ESM Digital Products business offering providing an online shop offering various gaming titles for purchase; Tournament Platform – an online eSports tournament platform; and ESM Productions – exclusive eSports content. eSports Mogul managing director Gernot Abl said: “We are delighted to enter into these agreements with Twitch. Twitch is universally acknowledged as the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers and video game culture, and the exposure and visibility they are able to provide for eSports Mogul to our target audience will be invaluable as we seek to build a globally significant eSports-focused business.”  ENDS For further information, please contact:  Gernot Abl George Lazarou Managing Director Company Secretary eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited  T: +61 419 802 653 T: +61 (08) 9429 8875 E: gernot@esportmogul.com E: glazarou@citadelcapital.com Media and Investor Inquiries James Moses Mandate Corporate T: +61 420 991 574 E: james@manadatecorporate.com.au About eSports Mogul Asia Pacific Limited  eSports Mogul is an ASX listed (ASX ESH) eSports media company. Its core business is to provide a fully integrated, market leading eSports-focused online media platform, called ESM Media Hub. ESM Media Hub will provide an easily accessible online platform for eSports enthusiasts, and offer and a range of eSports products and services including; ESM Academy – an eSports learning academy; Hero Gamer – ESM Digital Products business offering providing an online shop offering various gaming titles for purchase; Tournament Platform – an online eSports tournament platform; and ESM Productions – exclusive eSports content. eSport is the video gamer equivalent to sport and is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It is estimated that there are currently 1.6 billion players across all platforms globally and in 2014 the total gamer market size was estimated at $74 billion. Asia Pacific dominates the eSports market accounting for around 34% ($25.2 billion) of the global market in 2014. About Twitch Interactive Inc. Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games, with more than 2 million streamers. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. www.twitch.tv Poetic rendition of Justin Bieber’s and Major Lazer cold water 2017-02-26T23:57:21Z poetic-rendition-of-justin-bieber-s-and-major-lazer-cold-water CJ Stain, a highly talented R&B singer and exceptionally creative rapper, who is renowned for his skills and ability to tweak, record or perform a song that was previously made by another, is excited to announce today his remake of the popular hit song – Cold Water. Suffice it to say that Cold Water is a song recorded by electronic music group – Major Lazer. The remake of this dope song by CJ Stain was inspired by Canadian artist, Justin Bieber, who was one of the stars that featured in the original song. Notable amongst CJ Stain’s works was his remake of Sage the Gemini’s song, which was entitled ‘Good Thing.’ This latest remake won’t be an exception. It promises to be an outright success. Being a strong believer in social compassion and gender equality, Stain was able to preach the message of hope, encouragement, empathy, and a socially conscientious approach via his lyrics in the remake of this wonderful musical piece. All lovers of CJ Stain can listen to the song as well as share it on various social media channels via the following link - https://mtvrock.com/cj-stain-major-lazer-cold-water Speaking excitedly, CJ said; “I am absolutely delighted about this latest development, and I believe all lovers of good music would adore this song. You will find yourself singing along with the music time and again. I know my fans and everyone out there would be pleased with it.” It is noteworthy to mention that CJ Stain always deliver thought provoking lyrics that help individuals to discover and appreciate who they truly are. Everyone out there can expect a lot more from this gifted artist when his personal songs start hitting the airwaves. To know more about CJ Stain, visit - https://mobile.twitter.com/vievibeltuContact Details Tel: 613 789 380 Email: olg_b@hotmail.ca    URL: https://mobile.twitter.com/vievibeltu Help Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir shine in Vienna 2017-02-22T02:33:47Z help-gondwana-indigenous-children-s-choir-shine-in-vienna The leader in Australian choral performance, Gondwana Choirs will host a special dinner to raise much-needed funds to take 23 talented young singers from Cairns to Austria to perform with the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir in May.   The Cairns Philanthropy Dinner will be held at the Cairns Pullman International on Tuesday, 14 March from 6:30pm for a buffet meal, drinks, a silent auction and a spectacular live performance by the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir.   All proceeds raised will go towards the Vienna-Cairns-Sydney Project – a world-first collaboration between two internationally renowned children’s choirs: Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Vienna Boys Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben).   The iconic choirs will collaborate throughout 2017, with the project including the creation of a new musical composition based on traditional Indigenous stories from the Cairns region, to be performed by the two ensembles together in Cairns and Sydney in October.   Gondwana Choirs Founder and Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM says the project will bring the two world-class ensembles together for a special cross-cultural exchange that will bridge the rich and diverse cultural heritage through a shared love of singing and performance.   “We are enormously excited to announce this unique project and trip to the world capital of music,which is sure to be a life-changing experience for our talented young Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander choristers aged 10 to 17 – many who have never before travelled overseas,” said Williams.   In May, Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will travel to Vienna, Austria to rehearse with the Vienna Boys Choir for the first time and to perform in its esteemed venue, the MuTh. The choir will also travel to Frankfurt, Germany and Maribor, Slovenia, for rehearsals and collaborative performances with The European School Frankfurt and Carmina Slovenika.   In October, the Vienna Boys Choir travel to Sydney for final rehearsals with Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, and the extended massed choirs of the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana National Choirs. Together they will perform at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Tuesday, 10 October before travelling to Cairns for further rehearsals and a combined performance for the local community at the Cairns Convention Centre on Friday, 13 October. Tickets on sale soon.   Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir is offered at no cost to the talented young people selected to participate, supported by Principal Partner Rio Tinto, and substantial additional fundraising is already underway to make this project possible. The Vienna-Cairns-Sydney project is presented in partnership with the Austrian National Tourist Office and the Vienna Tourist Board and proudly supported by events partner, Accor Hotels and TicketSocket. A Plus 1 Funding grant has been awarded from Creative Partnerships Australia, where each individual donation will be matched by CPA up to $50,000, effectively doubling each contribution.   “We are calling on the local business community and broader community in Cairns to join us at this special event to help us put Cairns on the world stage by making this exceptional opportunity a reality for our dedicated young singers,” said Williams.   Tickets to the Gondwana Cairns Philanthropy Dinner are now on sale for $100 per adult, $40 for school-aged children. For more information or to purchase tickets or make a tax-deductable donation, please visit gondwana.org.au/special-projects/vienna-cairns-sydney   -END- 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    NOTES TO EDITORS EVENT OVERVIEW Event: Cairns Philanthropy Dinner Date/Time: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 6.30pm-10:30pm Location: Pullman Cairns International, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD Tickets: $100 full; $40 child (school-age); corporate packages available URL: https://tickets.gondwana.org.au/event/cairns   PROJECT TIMELINE   JANUARY Gondwana Choirs received grant from Cairns Regional Council to commission a new work for the combined choirs based on a dreaming story of the Yidinji nation. Australian composer Owen Elsley collaborated with Yidinji elder Gudju Gudju Fourmile.   14 MARCH: CAIRNS Cairns Philanthropic Dinner, Pullman Cairns International.   MAY: FRANKFURT – MARIBOR – VIENNA Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) flies from Cairns to Frankfurt for workshops and performances with The European School Frankfurt GICC travels from Frankfurt to Maribor, Slovenia, for collaborative performances with Carmina, Slovenika GICC travels to Vienna for rehearsals with the Vienna Boys Choir (VBC) and explore Vienna. New work by Owen Elsley rehearsed in Vienna GICC to perform at the MuTh, the esteemed home venue of VBC   OCTOBER: SYDNEY GICC and VBC arrive in Sydney for intensive rehearsal period with massed Gondwana Choirs’ ensembles Performance/collaborations with the Austrian Consulate General and the Austrian Trade Commission Gala performance in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Tuesday, 10 October   OCTOBER: CAIRNS GICC and VBC travel to Cairns for final rehearsal period and time on country with local indigenous leaders Exclusive performance by both ensembles at Cairns Convention Centre, Friday, 13 October  The Australian Telluride Mountain Film Tour Kicks Off In Sydney Wednesday March 1 2017-02-21T23:08:03Z the-australian-telluride-mountain-film-tour-kicks-off-in-sydney-wednesday-march-1 NEWS RELEASE – Feb 2017 - Australia – Held every year since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues in Telluride, Colorado, USA. Mountainfilm aims to educate, inspire and motivate audiences. The Telluride Mountainfilm festival will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017. The inaugural tour will focus on the best outdoor adventure films from the annual festival in Telluride.  The Mountainfilm World Tour will tour 15 locations across Australia and New Zealand throughout March -April 2017. As a launch tour, we are hoping to reach an audience of more than 10,000 attendees, with further capacity available if demand exceeds expectations. The Telluride Mountainfilm festival is one of America’s longest-running and most loved film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring.  The experience of the Telluride Mountainfilm is like no other. People walk away buzzing with excitement, energy and anticipation. They are inspired to take on the world and experience all that it has to offer. We want to give you the opportunity to be part of that experience. To see a sneak preview, click here or follow this link http://www.mountainfilmtour-ausnz.com/#mountainfilm  AUSTRALIA Schedule Wednesday 1 March              7:00pm               NSW              Randwick                  Ritz    Thursday 2 March                   7:00pm               NSW             Cremorne                 Orpheum            Tuesday 7 March                   6:00pm               NSW              Newcastle                 Event Cinemas                                Thursday 9 March                  6:00pm               VIC                Melbourne                 Hoyts Central                                  Saturday 11 March                 2:30pm               VIC                St Kilda                     Astor Theatre                                 Saturday 11 March                 7:00pm               VIC                St Kilda                     Astor Theatre                                 Tuesday 14 March                 7:00pm               QLD               Townsville                 Civic Theatre                                 Thursday 16 March                7:00pm               QLD               Brisbane                    Cineplex Hawthorn                               Thursday 22 March                6:00pm               WA                Fremantle                  Hoyts Millennium                             Saturday 25 March                 3:00pm               SA                 Adelaide                    Capri Theatre                                 Saturday 25 March                 7:00pm               SA                 Adelaide                    Capri Theatre                                 Wednesday 29 March            6:30pm               ACT               Canberra                   Dendy                                              Thursday 30 March                7:00pm               NSW              Wollongong               UOW Theatre                                  Following the Australian schedule, the tour will then carry on to New Zealand with screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.  Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour can be purchased online at http://www.mountainfilmtour-ausnz.com/#mountainfilm The cost for each show is $31 per adult and $25 per concession – booking fees will apply, dependent on venue.  To learn more and join the conversation, visit the link above or the original festival website www.mountainfilm.org Image/video link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ccwhrge4fo4qf33/AAAV1Z5YuqZKXFtT-w1ofddDa?dl=0 – please note re correct credit and captions.  For further information please contact Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au – 0415 290023 Tour proudly presented by ASPIRE OUTDOOR     Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Convicts On The Loose at Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour 2017-02-20T05:46:33Z convicts-on-the-loose-at-cockatoo-island-sydney-harbour Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 February 2017 10.00am, 1.30pm & 5.00pm The convicts are returning to Sydney Harbour’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cockatoo Island this weekend. The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the award-winning Convict Footprints Productions have joined forces to present Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island – a rollicking 90-minute “living history” adventure through one of Australia’s most extreme and brutal 19th-century penal establishments. Written by Stephen Hopley and directed by Jerry Retford, Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island offers a candid, funny, engaging and sometimes confronting insight into another era. For two weekends only, you can travel back in time to 1852 and join Charles Cowper, parliamentarian and leading advocate for the abolition of transportation to NSW, on his fact-finding investigation of Cockatoo Island’s prison.  Watch Cowper engage in heated debates with the island’s volatile prison superintendant Charles Ormsby and discuss the ongoing struggle to build Sydney’s much-needed dry dock with the urbane Engineer Gother Kerr Mann. Hear about the highs and lows of island life from soldiers and convicts alike. Come face-to-face with the harsh reality of Cockatoo Island’s convict prison. See prisoners hauled out of the infamous solitary confinement cells, be appalled by the living conditions in the stifling and overcrowded barracks and watch a bone-crunching, bare-knuckle fight in the prison courtyard between the famous convict prize-fighters John Perry and Patrick Sinclair.  “This Convict Footprints production is about as close as you’re going to get to what life might have been like in Cockatoo Island’s notorious convict prison”, said Eliza Beashel, the Harbour Trust’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience.  “When I saw the Convict Footprints production on the Old Great North Road, I was impressed by how they had created such convincing characters. I could see people were genuinely engaged by the actors and l loved the way they interacted with the audience and drew them directly into the show.  “The Convict Footprints team are great storytellers. They showed us how tough it was for the convicts but there were also plenty of laughs along the way. It was exciting to see Australia’s convict history come to life in the exact place where the actual events had happened. It made me want to collaborate with them in creating a Cockatoo Island version because I could see how well this type of show could work in the island’s Convict Precinct.  “World Heritage-listed Cockatoo Island is one of Australia’s most important convict sites. By shining a new light on its remarkable history, Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island will let people discover the island’s convict past in an innovative and engaging way,” Beashel said.  “We like to tell the real stories about Australia’s convict heritage through live theatre,” said Jerry Retford, the director of Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island. “We want people to experience our new ‘living history’ theatre production and discover some of the amazing true stories of the convicts and characters who were living and working on Cockatoo Island in 1852.  “In a sense, everyone was a prisoner at Cockatoo Island, regardless of whether they were gentlemen, officers, guards or convicts. They were so close to Sydney yet they were virtually marooned on this isolated rocky outcrop in the middle of the harbour.  “What Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island is about is feeling the truth and finding out the reality of life for the people in the island’s prison. It’s about the stories of the ordinary men and women who lived ‘under the eye of authority’ at Cockatoo Island. It’s about making our audiences laugh, then making them cry, then wiping away their tears with more laughter,” Retford said.  Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island runs from Saturday 18 -Sunday 19 February and Saturday 25-Sunday 26 February at 10.00am, 1.30pm and 5.00pm.  Find out more about Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island at: http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/whats/convict-footprints  Buy your tickets for Convict Footprints on Cockatoo Island at: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/convictfootprints_cockatoo  Find out more about Convict Footprints at: http://www.convictfootprints.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/ConvictFootprints/   IMAGES https://www.dropbox.com/sh/he47mtehb8l2ey4/AADpJG_daTsehlCJlytYK3oTa?dl=0 Media enquiries: For interviews, images and further information, please contact Tracey impressions pr 0415 290023 or tracey@imp[ressionsmc.com.au Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour is open to the public daily, offering major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy. It is one of the ten magnificent sites managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, a self funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. The other public spaces and parklands managed by the Harbour Trust are North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour. www.cockatooisland.gov.au.       Castlemaine State Festival: Focus on the Phillipines 2017-02-16T21:25:00Z castlemaine-state-festival-focus-on-the-phillipines From a carefully curated program of films from the world’s oldest film industry, to a specially created sculpture from one of the Philippines most exciting young artists, to a diverse compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago, this year’s program uncovers the real history and promising future of an exciting nation. The 2017 program shines a bright light on the Philippines featuring a program of film, visual and socio-political artworks. Exploring Australia’s connection with the country, with more than 100,000 Filipino Australian living in Victoria alone, these works delve deep into the cultural layers of the country. Crossroads - a thoughtfully curated program of award-winning and highly acclaimed Filipino films, assembled specifically for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, will provide unique insight into Philippine cinema and the country’s eventful and intriguing past. With the Filipino film industry widely considered to be the oldest in Asia, the films selected for Crossroads reveal the complex relationships between Filipino film and Philippine society, and how potent social forces and film have the capacity to influence one another with eight film screenings at the Theatre Royal from the 18-25 March. Curated especially for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, periSCOPE is a compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago. The collection has been compiled by 98B COLLABoratory, a multidisciplinary artist-run initiative that seeks to establish a convergence between artists, designers, curators, writers, activists, educators and the general public. The works selected by multiple curators from across the Philippines, with the resulting compendium showcasing diverse glimpses and peripheries as seen through many lenses, offer rare insight into regional contemporary Filipino art production and demonstrate a striking range of themes, geographies and cultural issues. One of the Philippines’ most exciting young artists (with past works including a special commission for Lady Gaga), Leeroy New will create a temporary sculptural installation called La Puerta Del Laberinto (The Door to the Labyrinth) combining visual arts, fashion, film and theatre for the exterior of the Castlemaine Art Museum. Leeroy New is one of the Philippines’ most intriguing young artists. In 2008 Leeroy won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award and was invited to take up a six week residency in 2009 at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo. In 2017, he returns with this ambitious new project which responds to the unique characteristics and context of place and will be made with recycled materials collected from the local area. Festival Director, Martin Paten says: “The Philippines could be seen as an unusual choice of country to feature, but it's a fitting choice I feel to follow-on from our Cuban program last festival. Like Cuba, the Philippines has been heavily influenced by American and Spanish colonial culture, and has suffered significant political division and controversy. But most importantly, Australia has extremely strong connections with the Philippines. There are more than 400,000 Filipino / Australians, of whom almost a quarter live in Victoria, and yet we know so little about the country.” “The Philippines is not a favoured holiday destination for many Australians - but it could be. And we can only be enriched by knowing more about the cultural layers of this diverse nation - with a population of over 100 million and more than 7000 islands producing a wide range of artistic riches. I feel so excited by this year’s international relationship with artists and their works from The Philippines.” The 2017 Castlemaine State Festival runs from the 17-26 March. Visit: http://castlemainefestival.com.au Hip Hop And R&B Sensation Angel Mecole Hit Song Warrior Gains Worldwide Exposure 2017-02-16T19:54:16Z hip-hop-and-r-amp-b-sensation-angel-mecole-hit-song-warrior-gains-worldwide-exposure Upcoming Hip Hop/R&B Sensation Released Her Latest Song This February Angel Mecole is an up and coming singer and performer who seems determined to take the pop music scene by storm with her song “Warrior”. Angela Mecole, the aspiring singer and performer seems set to dominate the music world through her latest song Warrior, which is slated to release this Valentine’s Day. The song features Gemstar and will be releasing under the indie label Dubplanet Media produced by Troy Andre Julio Blake from Tagline beatz. Angel Mecole’s musical journey first began in Saint Petersburg, FL at the young age of five; singing in the kid’s church choir and enrolling in musical theater at her elementary school. After remaining regularly involved in Musical theater throughout her school life and winning many awards, she was fortunate enough to be enlisted in the best magnet theater programs. This included the magnet arts program at Perkins elementary and John Hopkins Middle school, and the PCCA program at Gibbs High School; where she was first classically trained with one on one sessions; all the while staying very active in singing at her church, McCabe United Methodist Church. Currently, Angel Mecole is in the process of working on her first mixtape, and is planning to have this mixtape out at the beginning of 2017. Although there will mostly be a hip hop/R&B sound, there will also be some different genres as well. According to Angel, “I like different sounds and wouldn’t want to limit myself to just one genre.” Angel’s goal with her music is to have a reliability with her listeners. “I believe that all music should leave you with an emotional, reflective connection; otherwise there’s no point in doing it.” The song is available for immediate download and streaming: https://songlink.io/i/1203417036 Contact information: Facebook music page: https://www.facebook.com/AngelMecole Twitter: https://twitter.com/angel_mecole Distributed by HeadlinePlus Press Release Distribution Media ContactCompany Name: Angel Mecole Contact Person: Media RelationsEmail: Country: United StatesWebsite: https://songlink.io/i/1203417036 Australian start-up company, Beyond Entertainment Group, set to make its move into the international digital video on demand market 2017-02-15T01:50:31Z australian-start-up-company-beyond-entertainment-group-set-to-make-its-move-into-the-international-digital-video-on-demand-market Available for immediate release Australian start-up company, Beyond Entertainment Group PTY LTD, set to release its first smart TV app for FISHFLICKS, making its move into the international digital video on demand market. FISHFLICKS is an Australian first, a unique concept that combines the work and efforts of Australian Fishing Celebrities bringing them together with the objective of supporting growth in the Australian Fishing Industry. FISHFLICKS contains thousands of hours of content, including cross genres hunting and 4WD, dating back decades and made available to users through any streaming device 24/7. The brand launched less than a year ago and has been testing and developing during its soft launch phase. Of the creation of the brand and planned app release Head of Marketing and Communications, Claudeen Martinez states “The disintegration of traditional TV and consequential fragmentation of the traditional viewing model created a huge gap in the market for a brand that could take ownership of neglected recreational sporting content like fishing and hunting. Couple that with the popularity of recreational fishing in Australia and the interest from overseas markets in Australian fishing, we believe this video platform will cater to a significant target market of time poor enthusiasts interested in accessibility of their favourite content.” With the Samsung branded apps planned release for end of March, brands LG, Sony, Phillips, Toshiba and Panasonic will follow shortly thereafter. The apps will be made available worldwide with plans to support the US and South East Asia markets, where interest in Australian fishing is particularly strong.   Recreational fishing is a popular activity that contributes economic and social benefits to the Australian economy, particularly in regional areas. The ABS estimates that about 5 million Australians engage in recreational fishing each year, and it contributes to an estimated $200 million from international tourism. This is planned to increase, as the Australia’s recreational fishing industry will be a major focus of Tourism Australia over the next 3 years.    Fishflicks is an online video on demand product that offers recreational fishers, hunters, and 4x4 enthusiasts, thousands of hours of entertainment viewable on any internet connected device   http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/BAFB91C589D0706FCA256CAE0015CAA9 What Would You Do to be Free? 2017-02-14T06:11:00Z what-would-you-do-to-be-free There is something hidden on Earth. A secret so immense it's worth killing for. In a race against time, five travelers arrive, hunting a key that will change the balance of power in their world. Suffrage is an immersive and highly imaginative sci-fi/fantasy story following Jay and the rebels as they fight against the control of the royals. Author Julian St Aubyn Green, has always been interested in stories. Working in finance offered him a unique perspective of the world after the shock of the 9/11 attack. He started considering the ideas of freedom vs. control and the choices we make. Finally, after being pushed by a ‘wondevil’ muse, as well as many supportive friends and fellow writers, he has written his first book, and is hard at work on the second, of what could be a five part series (he knows the ending but is still working his way there!). Julian is highly engaged with social media and has a blog on his website which includes reviews of books, as well as his experience of writing and publishing a novel – all written in his distinct style and including his unique wit. Multiple book launches are planned with one upcoming at the InHouse Publishing building on Kingston Road, Underwood, Queensland on the 4th of March. Other launches around this time include Gold Coast and Brisbane. These will be advertised on his Facebook page. Suffrage is currently available on kindle eBook and will be sold at markets across Queensland as well as online. “Suffrage hooked me to every one of its interweaving narratives, guiding me through new science, inter-world conflict, love, and so many other emotional ties that bind. Jay, as the mysteriouslypowerful protagonist, is a heroine to rival the fiercest of young women. “ – K.R.E ISBN: 9781925497991 Price: $25 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm Contact author: juliansagreen@gmail.com Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: www.juliangreenauthor.com/ www.inhousebookstore.com.au Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapy event returns to Brisbane! 2017-02-13T21:17:18Z australia-s-largest-health-wellbeing-and-natural-therapy-event-returns-to-brisbane Across three days, the first MindBodySpirit Festival of 2017 is set to enrich over 12,500 Brisbanites looking for a happier, healthier lifestyle, from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February. The festival which is now FREE to attend, will bring together the very best of health supplements, organics, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, spirituality and personal growth. The 2017 Seminar Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest speakers who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guest speakers include leading workplace health activist Nicole van Hattem, Changing Habits nutritionist Sheridan Williamson, Australian Young Organic Leader 2016 Bernadette Favis, Ascension Activator Raghida Shaman and renowned naturopath Leonie Blackwell. Find mesmerising performances and interactive entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including singer-songwriter Alana-Lee, spiritual medium Jason McDonald and empowering eclectic dance ensemble Eclectica, who are sure to impress!  For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies will also be tempted with the range of raw, vegan and nutritious demos at the popular Soul Kitchen from nutritional experts Nina Grootz & Alanna Brown, fermentation fan Tom Rothsey and nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton.  It’s a fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how.  Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 72,000 visitors nationwide. The 2017 Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors open 9am daily.  - ENDS -  Stinky Ninja Kids Songs Get Funky With Ishan Cooper 2017-02-07T02:42:37Z stinky-ninja-kids-songs-get-funky-with-ishan-cooper Stinky Ninja is pleased to announce that funk star Ishan Cooper has begun recording music for the Stinky Ninja debut album. Ishan Cooper and Vashti Perera are collaborating to bring together some of the best musicians in the business to produce an amazing sound. Each song on the Stinky Ninja album educates and entertains with funny lyrics, talented musicians, and a cartoon video. Melbourne based guitarist, producer and songwriter extraordinaire Ishan Cooper has a can-do attitude and kick-around aesthetic that equally recalls both golden-age funk and soul and 90’s hip hop. Ishan Cooper is an energetic, charismatic and typically restless artist. Cooper's latest album was vocalised and co-written by the imminently recognizable Angelo Moore, front man for genre-mashing LA ska-funk- punk legends FISHBONE. “We are so lucky to have two multi-talented artists working together on Stinky Ninja”, commented Adam Sivell co-producer of Stinky Ninja. Adam went on to say “Children and parents around the world will be dancing, laughing, and learning from a fabulous collection of songs that span across a wide selection of the musical universe.” “We can tell when we are on a winner when our own children spontaneously start bopping along to the tracks on the Stinky Ninja album”, observed Ishan Cooper. Stinky Ninja has twelve children's songs in production with a release targeted towards the end of 2017. Stinky Ninja's website is www.stinkyninja.com Bec Judd teams up with Australia's leading online reading program 2017-02-06T21:38:41Z bec-judd-teams-up-with-australia-s-leading-online-reading-program ABC Reading Eggs is proud to announce a new partnership with Aussie media personality Rebecca Judd, to kick off the new 2017 school year. Judd, the popular TV and weather presenter, blogger, founder of beauty education business Beauty EDU and busy mum of four is helping promote the hugely popular online reading program. The goal is to inspire parents to encourage their children’s love of reading from an early age. ABC Reading Eggs is the award-winning program that makes learning to read easy and fun. It uses a progressive sequence of highly interactive lessons, games, activities and e-books. The comprehensive program is designed by expert Australian educators and has been used by over 10 million children worldwide. Judd, who is married to former AFL star Chris Judd, and is mum to Oscar, five, Billie, three, and twin sons Tom and Darcy, four months, will share the trials and tribulations of motherhood, as well as her own children’s experiences with ABC Reading Eggs. As a former speech pathologist, the 34-year-old understands the value of children developing vital reading skills at a young age, and why it’s so important to brush up or extend those skills prior to beginning a new school year. “As a trained speech pathologist with experience in early literacy, I have seen firsthand the positive effects of being able to read at an early age, leading to success in the classroom, greater confidence, higher IQ and the flow on to more nimble and efficient cognitive processing across the lifespan. “Likewise, I have seen the effects poor literacy in the early years can have on a child, and the negative impact this can have across one’s life. “The evidence-based Reading Eggs program is fantastic and tackles all facets of learning to read by harnessing phonological awareness skills. It is fun, interactive, rewarding and my children love it! Oscar has been enjoying challenging himself before he starts prep and Billie is having fun getting to know the different sounds of the English language before she embarks on three-year-old kinder. As she will be one of the youngest in her year level, the Reading Eggs program is giving her the best start.” Katy Pike, lead publisher of the Reading Eggs program, says she’s excited to partner with Judd. “First of all, we were thrilled that Rebecca and her kids were already big fans of ABC Reading Eggs,” says Katy. “Like many of us, Rebecca's a busy mum. She knows how important it is to find children's products that are proven to work and help kids in their development – not something they'll get bored with quickly and end up never using again. "We’re really looking forward to joining forces with her to reach out to other Australian parents who want to give their children the best possible start in their reading.” ABC Reading Eggs includes hundreds of one-on-one reading lessons that teach children essential early literacy skills, including phonics and sight word recognition. Parents can access detailed assessment reports to track their child’s progress, and print out certificates and worksheets, which supplement the program. Based on scientific research and the most up-to-date learning principles, ABC Reading Eggs uses a highly motivational reward system, which keeps children highly engaged while they learn to read. It also includes an online library of over 2000 children’s books to suit all reading levels. Ms. Pike says many parents find it difficult to know where to start when it comes to teaching their kids to read. “ABC Reading Eggs is created to make a real difference at home, making it as easy as possible for children to learn the many skills they need to learn to read and further develop their comprehension, spelling, grammar and writing skills,” she says. “As a mother of four, I know that it’s a wonderful journey to be part of. Watching your child enjoy that sense of achievement as they learn each new skill is always a pleasure. “Together with Rebecca, we hope to bring this incredibly special experience to every child and parent.” Parents can register online to start their five-week extended free trial of ABC Reading Eggs before 28th February 2017. Link to video content featuring Rebecca Judd and her children: https://vimeo.com/200931883 Link to trial the Reading Eggs program: http://readingeggs.com.au/go/   For further information and media interviews, please contact: Connect PR                                                                                  Bianca Hall – Senior Account Manager                                      bianca@connect-pr.com.au                                           0499 150 260                           Stinky Ninja Records First Kids Song of Debut Album 2017-02-06T04:49:31Z stinky-ninja-records-first-kids-song-of-debut-album Stinky Ninja is pleased to announce that it has recorded the first song of the Stinky Ninja debut album with the legendary Dennis Wallace on guitar and vocals. Each song on the Stinky Ninja album educates and entertains with funny lyrics, talented musicians, and a cartoon video. Dennis hails from Silver Point, Tennessee. He grew up in a musical family singing in church with his parents and sisters. Dennis started picking the guitar when he was 12 years old. He was influenced by Appalachian, blue grass and country music. Dennis has been entertaining Treasure Island, Florida with his music for over 20 years. Dennis' lead singing voice is fabulous. He also plays the guitar and mandolin. His unique wide variety of music is what makes him so special. "It was a pleasure to work with Dennis, he is really old school cool, a perfect fit for the country sounds of the Windy Day track," commented Vashti Perera musical director for Stinky Ninja. Vashti went on to say, "Overall, Stinky Ninja is a really exciting project. The creative team has put together some really funny lyrics and animations that bring the songs to a whole new level. Plus we have lined up some amazing vocalists, musicians, and engineers to work on the project and will be announcing these shortly." Stinky Ninja has twelve children's songs in production with a release targeted towards the end of 2017. Stinky Ninja's website is www.stinkyninja.com Calling all adventure junkies - Telluride Mountain Film tickets on sale now for March Screenings 2017-02-06T03:17:08Z calling-all-adventure-junkies-telluride-mountain-film-tickets-on-sale-now-for-march-screenings Held every year since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues in Telluride, Colorado, USA. Mountainfilm aims to educate, inspire and motivate audiences.  The Telluride Mountainfilm festival will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017. The inaugural tour will focus on the best outdoor adventure films from the annual festival in Telluride. The tour will launch on 10 February 2017 at St.George OpenAir Cinema, situated on Mrs Macquaries Point against a backdrop spanning the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney city skyline.  The Mountainfilm World Tour will tour 15 locations across Australia and New Zealand throughout February-April 2017. As a launch tour, we are hoping to reach an audience of more than 10,000 attendees, with further capacity available if demand exceeds expectations.  The Telluride Mountainfilm festival is one of America’s longest-running and most loved film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring.  The experience of the Telluride Mountainfilm is like no other. People walk away buzzing with excitement, energy and anticipation. They are inspired to take on the world and experience all that it has to offer. We want to give you the opportunity to be part of that experience. To see a sneak preview, click here or follow this link http://www.mountainfilmtour-ausnz.com/#mountainfilm  AUSTRALIA Schedule  TOUR LAUNCH: Friday 10 February               Sunset               NSW              St.George OpenAir Cinema                                              Wednesday 1 March              7:00pm               NSW              Randwick                  Ritz    Thursday 2 March                   7:00pm               NSW             Cremorne                 Orpheum            Tuesday 7 March                   6:00pm               NSW              Newcastle                 Event Cinemas                                Thursday 9 March                  6:00pm               VIC                Melbourne                 Hoyts Central                                  Saturday 11 March                 2:30pm               VIC                St Kilda                     Astor Theatre                                 Saturday 11 March                 7:00pm               VIC                St Kilda                     Astor Theatre                                 Tuesday 14 March                 7:00pm               QLD               Townsville                 Civic Theatre                                 Thursday 16 March                7:00pm               QLD               Brisbane                    Cineplex Hawthorn                               Thursday 22 March                6:00pm               WA                Fremantle                  Hoyts Millennium                             Saturday 25 March                 3:00pm               SA                 Adelaide                    Capri Theatre                                 Saturday 25 March                 7:00pm               SA                 Adelaide                    Capri Theatre                                 Wednesday 29 March            6:30pm               ACT               Canberra                   Dendy                                              Thursday 30 March                7:00pm               NSW              Wollongong               UOW Theatre                                 Following the Australian schedule, the tour will then carry on to New Zealand with screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin. Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour can be purchased online at http://www.mountainfilmtour-ausnz.com/#mountainfilm The cost for each show is $31 per adult and $25 per concession – booking fees will apply, dependent on venue. To learn more and join the conversation, visit the link above or the original festival website www.mountainfilm.org  Image/video link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ccwhrge4fo4qf33/AAAV1Z5YuqZKXFtT-w1ofddDa?dl=0 – please note re correct credit and captions.