The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T01:31:05Z Bringing Great Storytelling™ to Western Sydney 2017-03-22T01:31:05Z bringing-great-storytelling-to-western-sydney Sydney Story Factory (SSF) has announced it will open a brand new creative writing centre for young people in Parramatta in May 2018, with the support of Pantera Press as a foundational partner. SSF specialises in building the writing skills and confidence of marginalised young people aged 7 to 17, particularly those who are Indigenous or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, SSF has worked with more than 9,000 children and teenagers all over NSW. In 2016, 25% of students were from Western Sydney. The organisation’s expansion into Parramatta will be led by Dr Cath Keenan, the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero. “We are delighted to be partnering with Pantera Press which, like us, has a passion for uncovering new Australian stories,” says Keenan. The partnership between Sydney Story Factory and Pantera Press represents a natural synergy between two organisations committed to effecting positive social impact and promoting Australian writing culture in its many forms. As a young, boutique publishing house, Pantera Press actively nurtures its growing stable of talented Australian storytellers and is continually looking for new ways to foster a love of reading and close the literacy gap in Australia. The new partnership with Sydney Story Factory is just one part of an ongoing company focus, which seeks to ignite the spark of creativity in all young Australians. "We are an organisation built with social purpose. Partnering with the Sydney Story Factory is our next step in contributing to Australian culture," comments Pantera Press CEO and Co-founder, Alison Green, who was recently named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review. “We couldn't be more excited to support such an incredible organisation and help launch the new Sydney Story Factory in Parramatta.” Green is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press, which seeks to invest in all aspects of Australian writing culture. Alison Green is available for interview and comment. Chinaclay Clovelly 2017-03-22T00:56:05Z chinaclay-clovelly Chinaclay – The home of handmade Australian ceramics and bespoke flowers  Sydney, NSW Chinaclay is a dedicated space for handmade Australian ceramics and bespoke floristry in Sydney’s beachside suburb, Clovelly. Relaunched in July 2016, Chinaclay offers a wide range of locally produced ceramics, as well as bespoke floral arrangements.  Operating as both a ceramics gallery and full service floral studio, Chinaclay is one of a kind. Owner, Celia Crawford, has worked across all facets of floristry for over a decade. Whether on weddings, private events or instore, Celia has amassed a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail and nuance.  Chinaclay supports and celebrates the notion of an artist’s indelible sensibility in the work they produce. No two pieces are identical, whether floral or ceramic. Please come and visit this unique venture.  Contact: Celia Crawford  27 Burnie Street Clovelly NSW 2031  P: 02 96653238  M: 0404 447 971  E:  I: Celebrating Women Writers 2017-03-08T06:46:13Z celebrating-women-writers Award-winning Pantera Press author Sulari Gentill will be officially launching the 2017 Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival line-up next Friday, 17 March, at the Women’s Club, Sydney. Sulari is delighted to be introducing Stella Prize shortlisted author Emily Maguire and unveiling the line-up for this year’s festival, held from 15–16 September 2017 with the theme Women Writing Women: Valuing the Voices of Women.  “We are thrilled to be associated with this young festival, alongside other great supporters of the next generation of storytellers, including the Stella Prize and the St Albans Writers’ Festival”, said Alison Green, the inspirational CEO behind Pantera Press, and one of the 2016 Australian Financial Review & Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Interview Opportunities – Sydney                             Sulari Gentill, Alison Green and RSWWF director Dr Wendy Michaels are available for live and pre-recorded interviews. Please note that as Sulari is coming to Sydney specifically for the program launch, live and face-to-face interview opportunities with her are limited to Thursday 16 March (after 3pm) and Friday 17 March (before 11am). Phone or email-based interviews can be arranged in the lead-up to the event. Sulari then heads back to her home in the Snowy Mountains for the Jugiong Writers' Festival on 18 March to discuss Connection to People and Place on another all-female writers line-up, speaking alongside Di Morrissey, Margareta Osborn and Sonya Heaney (moderator). Sulari Gentill writes the ongoing, award-winning historical crime series, the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries and a fantasy adventure series based on a retelling of classic myths – The Hero Trilogy – which is currently part of an ongoing global research project.  To find out more about Sulari, please click here. Australian Dance Vision announces workshop for teachers and dance students in Sydney 2017-03-05T21:01:41Z australian-dance-vision-announces-workshop-for-teachers-and-dance-students-in-sydney Australian Dance Vision announces workshop for teachers and dance students in Sydney On the 11th – 13th April 2017, dance teachers and students Australia-wide will have the opportunity to participate in a three-day dance workshop with some of Australia’s most talented and experienced teachers and experts from the dance industry. The workshop has been organised by leading Australian dance syllabus developer and provider, Australian Dance Vision (ADV) and will provide three days of content rich training and development in dance and personal development. It will be held from 9 to 13 April at the Ecole Ballet & Dance Theatre in Lindfield, NSW which is conveniently located opposite the train station. Penny Lancaster, Curriculum Director and Founding Director of ADV said: “As well as workshopping syllabus in classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance, teachers and their students will have special detailed technical understanding sessions in classical ballet and tap dancing with the industry’s best - with a dance motivational speaker.” The line-up for the workshop will include: Julia Barry – classical ballet technical tutor. Julia has taught all levels of dance for the past 38 years and is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Training Diploma Course and holds a Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma. Morgan Junor-Larwood − ADV’s technical tap tutor. Morgan performed the role of ‘Slap’ in the 2013 Australian Anniversary tour of David Atkin’s Hot Shoe Shuffle and has some awesome new and interesting tap combinations. Penny Lancaster, Curriculum Director and Founding Director of ADV will talk about Australian Dance Institute’s Certificate I – IV in Dance and how students from the age of 12 can achieve a qualification in dance that is recognised by the Australian government and education system. Emma Franklin Bell, well-known motivational speaker and ex dancer will give her insights and coaching tips for teachers in their dance school promotion. “As well as our outstanding technical program, and techniques and tips for promotion, we have incorporated content for the wellbeing of students and teachers to address the ongoing pressures they face to achieve high standards.” Mrs Lancaster was an early adopter of holistic training for dance students and teachers and has been a prominent advocate for dance education complementing their technical training. ADV developed a syllabus that is above and beyond technique only. Through our syllabus, students learn how to dance with technical excellence and gain an understanding and appreciation of dance history, nutrition, anatomy and body awareness and the knowledge of career options and the ability to be a critical thinker." “This is an opportunity which is not to be missed and we encourage teachers, students and parents to enrol in this workshop,” Mrs Lancaster said. For further information on the workshop and and make a booking contact Emma Williamson: Tel: (02) 94494212 E: Aussies Set for a Mad March in India 2017-03-01T06:23:30Z aussies-set-for-a-mad-march-in-india From the infamous Holi and the International Yoga Festival, to the elephant pageant Chinakkathoor Pooram and bright Temple Festivals of Kerala, it’s easy to see why March is high season for travel to India.   The country is now one of the top ten destinations for Australian tourists, with a 200 per cent increase in travel there over the past decade.[1]   Claudio Saita, Deputy CEO and Executive Director in Australia for Tokio Marine, underwriters for award-winning World2Cover travel insurance, said that while ‘Incredible India’ is a hot choice, renowned for its bright colours and rich culture, it is not without some unique challenges.    “Figures show India was the tenth most risky destination for Aussies in 2016 for serious injury, illness or hospitalisation incidents abroad,[2] including some surprising issues. For example, while Traveller’s Diarrhoea affects up to 70 per cent of visitors, many are unaware that March is also Chickenpox season, which can severely affect unvaccinated adults and people with weakened immune systems.[3]   “Having the right vaccines and insurance policies in place before you go to any country is crucial. Financially, an uninsured traveller might feel confident as the average overnight hospital stay in India is $27.[4] However, while the bed may be affordable any medicines or surgical procedures will also need to be accounted for. India is also a land of contrasts, with the quality of medical care varying greatly between hospitals.”     Doing your destination homework and planning ahead is definitely important to help avoid unwanted travel surprises and chances of being out of pocket. Whether you’re visiting as part of a South-East Asia expedition or simply planning to experience these festivals, the team at World2Cover have provided these top ten tips to help visitors to ‘Hindustan’ have the best time.   1.      Monkey Business – Rabies is present in almost every country on earth, but most human cases occur in South Asia. Monkeys are the second most common animal bite risk to travellers in India next to dogs,[5] so take care not to pet or engage with any wildlife or stray animals and seek medical attention immediately if bitten. 2.      Avoid Burnout – One of the most common complaints of first time visitors is travel fatigue. India is vast, beautiful and addictive, so make sure you are realistic about how much you can fit into your trip. Take the time to wisely plan and organise transport and your route of travel to ensure you don’t miss out on your must-dos. 3.      Mosquitoes – Many of Australia’s top ten tourist destinations, including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Fiji and India, are dengue endemic countries, and 10 per cent of recorded global malaria incidents also occur in South East Asia.[6] Both of these illnesses are transmitted through mozzie bites so be sure to wear long, loose fitting clothes and top up with DEET-heavy spray and plug-ins for your room. 4.      Money Matters – At the moment, there is a nationwide cash shortage and withdrawals from ATMs are subject to a daily limit of 10,000 rupees ($200), although some ATMs run out within hours. Paying via bank or credit card wherever possible is advised, and ensure you take ample currency with you. 5.      Language Barriers – With numerous languages spoken and a lack of literacy across the country, it is often difficult to ask for directions. Download and utilise apps such as Google translate which can give you oral translations in languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Kannada. 6.      Temple Etiquette – Always take your shoes off before entering a place of worship and as tempting as it is to wear shorts in the hot weather, it’s crucial to keep your shoulders and lower part of your body covered when visiting a place of religious importance. 7.      Risky Rickshaws – Petty theft is common in crowded areas as well as on public transport and even rickshaws. Thieves on motorcycles commonly snatch shoulder bags and jewellery so limit the items you are bringing and keep your valuables securely stored and out of sight. 8.      Hands & Feet – Hinduism beliefs involve a hierarchy of body parts. Feet are considered dirty, so always take your shoes off before stepping into someone’s house. The left hand is customarily used for cleaning oneself, so never pass on anything in your left hand or use it to eat food. 9.      Deadly Driving – Road accidents are commonplace in India and the number of traffic deaths is high. Buses and trains are also often poorly maintained and pose fire risks, so consider booking a driver through your hotel or reputable agent where possible.    10.   Take Cover – Make sure you’re not just covered for the festival period, but for the full duration of your trip which includes the days you leave and return to your home address. Also ensure you’re covered for any of additional activities you may wish to participate in, like motorcycle riding, during your holiday. There are often exclusions or special conditions for activities with heightened risk so always read your policy to check the limits and terms and conditions.   Upcoming Indian festivals include: Mar 1-7 – International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh ·        Mar 11 – Chinakkathoor Pooram elephant pageant in Kerala ·        Mar 13 – Holi Festival of Colour, nationwide ·        Mar 20-30 (TBC) – Myoko festival of the Apatani Tribe in Arunachal Pradesh ·        Mar 24 – Malanada Kettukazcha temple festival, Kerala   For more information on the coverage options from World2Cover, visit   Limits, conditions and exclusions apply to all policies. Please read the PDS and full policy to ensure the cover is right for your circumstances.   The information contained in this article site is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.     END   All figures presented in Australian dollars.   For further information or images please contact: April Rose Account Manager T: (02) 8046 4848  M: 0401 966 374   World2Cover travel insurance has been announced as the 2016 winner of CANSTAR Outstanding Value Travel Insurance Awards for both its international and domestic products.   World2Cover ‘Good Company’ Philosophy: World2Cover’s philosophy of a Good Company are based upon the pillars of looking beyond profit, empowering people, and delivering on commitments. World2Cover will also exemplify the Japanese spirit of Omotenashi, the belief that great customer service and developing a solid relationship is critical to any product which is embedded in the wider Tokio Marine Group.   About Tokio Marine: Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd (TMNF) was founded in 1879 as The Tokio Marine Insurance Company, Ltd.  and has been operating in Australia since 1963. TMNF is Japan's largest non-life insurance company and is placed in the top ranking of non-life insurance companies worldwide. The Company began its operations in the marine insurance field, where it has long been recognised as a world leader with a long history of financial stability and an excellent security rating. They are now present in over 39 countries around the world with more than 40,000 employees globally. [1] Australian Bureau of Statistics [2] Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [3] Hindustan Times [4] Finder [5] World Health Organisation [6] World Health Organisation Aboriginal Koori and Murri Performers hit Adelaide Fringe Festival joined by local Kaurna / Narrunga Performers 2017-03-01T03:21:13Z 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 Melbourne artist drawn back to the bush 2017-02-22T22:58:19Z melbourne-artist-drawn-back-to-the-bush Chiltern, Victoria:  Twenty years after moving to Melbourne from rural NSW, visual artist Kirrily Anderson has returned to the country to immerse herself in the natural inspiration of the bush. Her studio Paper Trail Studio will open in Chiltern on Saturday March 25th 2017.   4 solo exhibitions, myriad group shows and more than ten commissioned paste up murals in and around Melbourne over the past 7 years have helped shape this artist’s style. The desire now for a different inspiration has led her to relocate to Chiltern to set up a space to live, work and share skills and knowledge with the local community. Located in what was once a butchery on Chiltern’s main street, Paper Trail Studio will showcase Anderson’s detailed illustrative portraits, feature one of her captivating murals and function as a space for creative workshops. The studio will be open to the public Thursday to Sunday  11am - 4pm (or by appointment).   Anderson has exhibited both in Australia and overseas, curated exhibitions in Melbourne and Toronto, been shortlisted for the Marie Ellis OAM prize for drawing (2015), awarded the Abbostford Convent’s Spiritous Award (2015) and has facilitated street art workshops in Melbourne and rural Victoria. As a visual artist she is represented in Australia by Manyung Gallery Group. As an illustrator she is represented internationally by Illustration Ltd. For more information see Kirrily AndersonPaper Trail Studio ### New Aboriginal multi-media artwork for Barangaroo 2017-02-22T02:35:04Z new-aboriginal-multi-media-artwork-for-barangaroo A unique multi-media artwork celebrating the strength, vibrancy and continuity of local Aboriginal people and their culture will be launched on Saturday, 11 March with a series of activities at Barangaroo Reserve from 2:00pm, culminating in a twilight ceremony on Stargazer Lawn at 7:00pm. Barangaroo Ngangamay has been created by renowned Aboriginal multi-media artists and curators, Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds, and is an innovative artwork embedded within the iconic Sydney sandstone of Barangaroo Reserve and accessible on mobile devices via a downloadable app. The work is the result of a year-long collaboration between the artists and the local Aboriginal community through workshops with Elders and members of Sydney clans, and neighbours from the north, south and west. Amanda Jane Reynolds said: “Barangaroo Ngangamay honours and brings to life the teachings of the Old Lady Barangaroo. She is a beacon of strength and culture for all Aboriginal people, and our aim with this work is to show visitors the deep and ongoing connections Aboriginal women of Sydney have to this place.” The artwork features five rock engravings, known as petroglyphs, which have been hand-carved into five sandstone rocks around Barangaroo Reserve by male Aboriginal Elders Vic Simms, Steven Russell and Laurie Bimson using manual hand tools such as stones, mallets and chisels. The engravings act as a key to unlock a series of mesmerising short films depicting the life cycles of the sun, moon and women. Each film will be accessible to visitors to Barangaroo Reserve through their smartphone or tablet using a geo-location app, which plays the films when approaching the engravings. Genevieve Grieves said: “We feel honoured to have been given this opportunity to share the stories and culture of Aboriginal people through this place and the powerful medium of film. Aboriginal culture is strong and vibrant – and this work gives everyone who visits Barangaroo a chance to know something of its importance to Aboriginal people.” Sandra Bender, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, said: “Barangaroo Ngangamay is a unique and authentic Aboriginal cultural experience, using modern-day technology to tell ancient stories of the world’s oldest living culture. The Authority is proud and delighted to be able to share this work.” Barangaroo Ngangamay will run throughout 2017 and the petroglyphs will be on permanent display at Barangaroo Reserve. It is the first project developed under the Barangaroo Artistic Associates Program and is funded under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan. The Barangaroo Ngangamay launch event on 11 March coincides with the autumn Blak Markets at Barangaroo Reserve, to be held for the first time on a Saturday afternoon on Stargazer Lawn from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. The markets feature more than 20 stalls selling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts, bushfoods and more. The free Barangaroo Ngangamay app for iOS and Android devices will be live from 11 March and will be available for download in the days prior to the launch. For more information please visit -ENDS- MEDIA QUERIES: Sarah Shields, Access PR, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 |  Emma Reyes, Access PR, 02 9292 7006 | 0424 425 813 | 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   -END- For media enquiries please contact: Sarah Shields, Access PR | 02 9292 7007 | +61 408 283 091 |   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.    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:   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  Australian singer songwriter announces Tour dates 2017-02-21T02:49:41Z australian-singer-songwriter-announces-tour-dates Khan was born in a village in Pakistan but that did not stop him from pursuing his dream of a career in the recording industry. Luck came knocking when his application for a U.S. Visa was accepted, and he came to America. Soon he found work as a second engineer for Jam Power, a black music production company located in Los Angeles. Within a few years, Khan was soon writing, producing, recording and mixing with some of the biggest names in the music industry. His experience at Jam Power let him acquire a wealth of knowledge for a range of music genres, including Funk, Hip Hop, folk, Qawwali, Country, Bluegrass, Gypsy and Mariachi. Khan’s next big break came when he worked with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for his first solo album Only One, which sold 6 million units worldwide. Only One helped launch his career across the soundwaves of World music stations across America. He then spent several years in Pakistan developing his craft, and working in India. His efforts in India led to a critically-acclaimed album, Panah, recently re-released by Sony Music. In 2007, he enrolled at Sydney Film School for a film degree and seized the opportunity to record a live album at the concert hall at Sydney Opera House. The single “Like the River” came from the live recording, and went on to become a number-one ARIA pop hit in October 2009. Khan’s musical efforts and gifts were recognized by the Australian government awarding him Australian citizenship. “It is with deep gratitude as an Australian world music artist that I announce my Oz tour. I can’t wait to share stories of my adventures in the music industry, as well how I managed to beat the odds, my life’s greatest find,  ‘Australia’, spirituality and timelessness. I want to intimately connect with my Australian audience to celebrate the richness, diversity and wealth of inspiration that lives on this land,” Khan said.  Like the River Live @ Sydney Opera House Mahmood Khan channel 9 Australia performance Mahmood Khan Eastern Band Singles from the Oz Tour songs CD Listen on Soundcloud Facebook Events Page Facebook official page         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, 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: 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 SEGD appoints Nick Bannikoff and Carlo Giannasca to lead Sydney chapter 2017-02-15T20:32:49Z segd-appoints-carlo-giannasca-amp-nick-bannikoff-to-lead-sydney-chapter The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) has opened its first Sydney chapter, which will be led by Nick Bannikoff, Design Manager at BrandCulture, and Carlo Giannasca, Head of Environments at Urbanite (Frost*Collective).   SEGD exists to educate, connect and inspire professionals who design experiences that connect people to places and brands. It has over 1,800 members in 35 countries, and the Sydney chapter will be its 28th local chapter globally.   “We’re really pleased Nick and Carlo have agreed to jointly chair our Sydney chapter. SEGD is innovating heavily as an organisation, and Australia is home to our largest international membership. We're extending our support of experiential graphic design to Sydney's creative industries,” says Clive Roux, CEO of SEGD.   Bannikoff and Giannasca are two of Australia’s most experienced wayfinding & environmental designers.   With over 15 years’ experience, Bannikoff has designed award-winning experiences and spaces for Australia’s biggest brands including Telstra, Westfield and Atlassian. As one of the region’s top strategic wayfinding designers, his designs have shaped cities and spaces around Australia for clients including AMP, Lachlan Health Services, TfNSW, UTS and Macquarie University. Internationally, Bannikoff has created environments for clients including SOCOG and State of Qatar.   Giannasca is an award-winning graphic and three-dimensional environmental designer with 30 years’ experience creating major environmental graphics and wayfinding schemes for Qantas, Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building, Circular Quay transport interchange, Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, ResMed and Lendlease. He joins the 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards Jury in Washington DC in March.   John Lutz, SEGD President, says: “Our vision is to promote and develop a local SEGD community where members can share ideas, support each other in developing the experience design industry in Sydney, and interact with other creatives.”   As Co-Chairs of the SEGD Sydney chapter, Bannikoff and Giannasca will also work closely with Stephen Minning, Founder and Managing Director of BrandCulture, who joined SEGD’s global board in 2013.   SEGD officially announces the launch of its Sydney chapter tonight at Frost*collective’s deFrost talk, ‘Connecting People to Places’, which is part of the SEGD Off Grid 17 conference.   For more information about SEGD or to become a member, visit: About BrandCulture BrandCulture is an award-winning design consultancy that works with clients to ensure their brands live in the hearts and minds of their employees, stakeholders and customers. 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The joy and power of art on display as the Art Gallery of NSW presents ARTEXPRESS 2017 2017-01-24T23:39:49Z the-joy-and-power-of-art-on-display-as-the-art-gallery-of-nsw-presents-artexpress-2017 The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to present one of its most popular annual exhibitions, ARTEXPRESS 2017, showcasing outstanding student artworks created by NSW students for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Visual Arts examination in 2016. The Art Gallery of NSW is the principal venue for ARTEXPRESS, which is a series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks drawn from the 2016 cohort of 9,004 Visual Arts students from public and private schools across the State. Showcasing 38 outstanding complete bodies of work, the exhibition represents a range of expressive art forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms. Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand said the Gallery is committed to fostering the creative talents of art students and introducing all young people to the joy – and power – of art. “We are always delighted to celebrate and support the achievements of student artists from across NSW during ARTEXPRESS, and throughout the year,” Brand said. Leeanne Carr, Art Gallery of NSW Education Manager and Curator of ARTEXPRESS since 2010, said the selection process for the exhibition began in October 2016 and involved careful consideration of 500 preselected bodies of work from the 2016 HSC Visual Arts submissions. “I continue to be impressed by the innovation of student artists and their confidence with experimental techniques to produce outstanding expressive works,” Carr said. “In part, this confidence is owed to the hundreds of Visual arts teachers who are dedicated to furthering Visual arts education and developing each student’s artmaking practice,” she said. “This year we are pleased to be exhibiting works from several schools that are part of ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW for the first time, such as Camden High School, Braidwood Central School, Narooma High School and Southern Cross School in East Ballina,” she said. ARTEXPRESS will, for the first time, be presented in the Contemporary galleries on Lower level 2, home of the John Kaldor Family Collection. As part of the Gallery’s commitment to education, the Sydney Modern Project expansion aims to double the number of school student visits to 200,000 per year and provide enhanced education facilities such as art studios, idea incubators, discussion hubs, spaces for audience exchange and performance, and specialised facilities for school groups. ARTEXPRESS is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in association with the Art Gallery of NSW. A related program of ARTEXPRESS Art After Hours events will be held in February – details soon to be announced. More information: Join the conversation with #artexpress2017 and follow the Art Gallery of NSW on Twitter and Instagram @ArtGalleryofNSW and Facebook ArtGalleryofNSW. 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