The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. BenQ Becomes World’s First ‘Verified by CalMAN’ Display Manufacturer 2019-01-09T01:31:39Z benq-becomes-world-s-first-verified-by-calman-display-manufacturer AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, January 9, 2019 – BenQ, internationally renowned provider of digital devices for creative professionals, today announced it has has become the first display manufacturer in the world to become ‘Verified by CalMAN®’.   Enabled through its close collaboration with Portrait Displays®, the Verified by CalMAN program ensures each BenQ display is accurate out-of-the-box and true to multiple industry-standard colour gamut’s. Seven BenQ displays have achieved ‘Verified by CalMAN’ status being the BenQ PD2500Q, PD2700U, PD3220U, PD2710QC, PV270, SW240 and SW271.   “Portrait Displays’ CalMAN software is the display calibration solution chosen by nearly every video calibrator and professional in broadcast, production and post-production,” said Martin Moelle, managing director of BenQ in Australia and New Zealand. “It’s also the most popular solution for home video enthusiasts.   “To be ‘Verified by CalMAN’ provides objective, third-party validation of BenQ’s colour accuracy and quality to assure our customers and creative professionals a superior experience,” said Moelle.   In the Verified by CalMAN program, displays are rigorously tested in the Portrait Displays colour lab to determine each display’s performance. Only those displays that meet the program’s stringent specifications for colour accuracy are awarded the Verified by CalMAN accreditation.   The president and CEO of Portrait Displays, Eric Brumm, said the Verified by CalMAN accreditation is only given to the highest-grade of displays meeting the strict requirements of its program.   "We are proud to be partnering with BenQ and using CalMAN software to verify that these models deliver a high level of colour and image accuracy", said Brumm.   The BenQ Verified by CalMAN displays are available from today. More information can be found here and further detail on the Verified by CalMAN program here.   About BenQ Corporation BenQ is a leading innovator of color critical displays. Professionals in photography, videography and post-production demand consistent, accurate color from their displays. BenQ has a tradition of delivering quality, functional solutions designed for the exacting environment they require.About Portrait Displays, Inc. Portrait Displays, Inc., since 1993, is a leading application software provider (ASP) for PC, smartphone, and tablet displays. The Portrait Displays team includes SpectraCal, the world’s leading provider of video display calibration software. The combined companies offer value-added, feature-rich solutions to both OEM display manufacturers and end users seeking improved accuracy and manageability of their displays. Portrait Displays, an Intel Capital Portfolio company, is a private corporation with headquarters in Pleasanton, California, USA, with representatives in Europe, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea. To find out more about BenQ professional monitors, please visit https://www.benq.com/en-au/index.html Seagate Levels Up Data Creation At CES With Storage Solutions To Fit Any Digital Life 2019-01-07T21:00:00Z seagate-levels-up-data-creation-at-ces-with-storage-solutions-to-fit-any-digital-life LAS VEGAS, NV – CES 2019 – January 7, 2019 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data solutions, today announced an exciting extension of its portfolio with several new models, including new solid state drive offerings at CES® 2019. From gung-ho gamers to Instagram gurus, photo-collecting parents, or visionary creatives, Seagate offers the data storage solutions that empower users to live their best digital lives in today’s fast-changing data-heavy landscape. Today, consumers have more ways than ever to consume content, driving the need to create, distribute and manage data efficiently. According to a recent IDC whitepaper sponsored by Seagate, five billion consumers are currently interacting with data every single day. By 2025, that number will jump to six billion, or 75 percent of the world’s population. Each of those six billion people will have at least one data interaction every 18 seconds, bumping the amount of data created worldwide to 175 zettabytes by 2025. Consumers increasingly need reliable ways to collect, protect, manage and access a good portion of that data, and Seagate’s latest products – including the cutting-edge LaCie® Mobile Drive, LaCie Mobile SSD, Seagate Backup Plus HDDs, FireCuda® 510 and BarraCuda® 510 internal SSDs, and IronWolf® 110 NAS SSD – are designed to fit a variety of data storage needs and digital lifestyles. “Today’s digital world impacts businesses and consumers globally. Companies are increasing digitization and consumers are embracing personalized, real-time data interactions. With these changes come higher expectations for managing data,” said Jeff Fochtman, vice president of marketing for Seagate. “With over 40 years’ experience in data management, Seagate is continuously innovating to prepare customers for this new era of data resilience. Our new lineup of data storage solutions empower consumers to efficiently manage their video, photos, and documents, at home, in the office, or on-the-go.” Seagate’s newest lineup of storage solutions helps consumers level up and manage their data storage needs. They include: The Storage Style Icon Seagate’s premium LaCie brand continues to deliver iconic storage solutions for all design aficionados and creative professional go-getters. Need to capture different angles of your #OOTD, several times a day? LaCie Mobile Drive is ideal for an ever-growing digital library with its capacity topping out at a massive 5TB. When there is a need for fast file transfers, LaCie Mobile SSD dishes out intense speeds of up to 540MB/s, offering capacities up to 2TB. Whether shuttling content from the set to post-production or using it as a scratch disk editing 4K video projects, the drive helps close the project on time and in style. Both solutions feature a unique, eye-catching diamond-cut design complementing Apple® MacBook® aesthetics and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe® Creative Cloud® All Apps plan. LaCie Mobile Drive features a 2-year limited warranty, while LaCie Mobile SSD offers a 3-year limited warranty and a 3-year subscription to Seagate Rescue Data Recovery plan. Both new drives are available in January. Your Storage for Favorite Memories Photos, movies, documents, phones, tablets, laptops. Today’s connected consumer has a digital world made up of many parts. Seagate’s Backup Plus is a family of portable external hard drives to help the everyday consumer balance life and provide peace of mind. Photo-happy parents can snap away and not worry about losing these precious mementos knowing their new Backup Plus drive can help them breathe a little easier. Backup Plus Ultra Touch (1TB and 2TB capacities) offers a high-touch sensory experience that feels a little like home with premium features including automatic backup with multi-device folder sync and data protection with hardware encryption. Backup Plus Slim (1TB and 2TB capacities) and Backup Plus Portable (4TB and 5TB capacities) are both outfitted with lustrous aluminum finishes available in black, blue, and silver and offer automatic backup. Aiding your creativity, the new Backup Plus models include a complimentary 2-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Backup Plus Ultra Touch will be available in February and Backup Plus Slim and Backup Plus Portable will be available in March. Your Speedy Advantage to Upping the Game Fear not, PC gamers. In the Esports and live-stream era, Seagate takes your need for speed seriously. The FireCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD delivers blazing performance with intense read and write speeds for the ultimate gaming experience. Its crisp 4K video processing and high IOPS allows gamers to run multiple simultaneous video streams and programs – crucial for gameplay recording and streaming. Plus, its ultra-small M.2 2280 form factor means you can beef up just about any size system – be it a laptop, mini PC, or desktop. We understand that the need for speed extends beyond gaming. For the consummate multitasker and performance seeker, the BarraCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD features next-level speed for accelerating applications, with an ultra-small form factor for ultra-thin laptops, mini-PCs, and desktops. It is everything you love about the BarraCuda brand, now in an M.2 form factor. Available this spring, FireCuda 510 and BarraCuda 510 feature Seagate’s SeaTools SSD GUI dashboard for easy data management and a 5-year limited warranty. The World’s First Purpose-Built SSD for NAS Seagate’s IronWolf 110 SATA SSD is the world’s first purpose-built NAS SSD. It is designed with enterprise-class endurance and reliability, has a 24/7 always-on work ethic, and offers capacities of up to 3.48TB. Seagate’s exclusive Durawrite® technology helps accelerate reads and writes, extend the life of the flash and provide up to 7000 TBW on the 3.84TB capacity drive. With the ability to access, share and backup files from nearly anywhere, Network Attached Storage appliances (NAS) have become a necessity for many business owners, professionals, creative pros and prosumers. Choosing tough, ready and scalable IronWolf drives ensures top performance and the best possible user experience with the confidence of a 5-year limited warranty and 2-year data recovery support. IronWolf 110 will be available this January. For more details, come “Level Up” during CES 2019 in the Seagate Experience Zone at The Venetian, 3rd Level, Lido Ballroom 3140. There, you will find interactive product demos and live experiences that showcase how the latest Seagate and partner technologies are teaming up to unlock the potential of creative workflows, smart home technologies, gaming, edge computing, and more. You can also find more information on the new products by visiting the following pages: LaCie Mobile Drive https://www.lacie.com/products/mobile-drive/ LaCie Mobile SSD https://www.lacie.com/products/mobile-ssd/ Backup Plus Ultra Touch, Backup Plus Slim, and Backup Plus Portable https://www.seagate.com/consumer/backup/backup-plus/ FireCuda 510 https://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/ssd/firecuda-ssd/ BarraCuda 510 https://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/ssd/barracuda-ssd/ IronWolf 110 https://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/ssd/ironwolf-nas-ssd/ For more information, please visit https://www.seagate.com/news/, https://www.lacie.com/company/news/, and https://blog.seagate.com/ces-2019/ About Seagate Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximize humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more at www.seagate.com. Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. ©2019 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, the Spiral logo, and LaCie are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. FireCuda, BarraCuda, IronWolf and Durawrite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. Adobe, Creative Cloud, and Adobe Premiere are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Apple, MacBook, and Apple Store are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors, such as chosen interface and disk capacity. # # # Go bold or go home 2018-11-26T01:40:00Z go-bold-or-go-home By Tatiana Stutz, Guest makeup artist, The Institute of Makeup Artistry Just like any art, makeup expertise requires boundless enthusiasm and takes years of learning and practice. The Institute of Makeup Artistry, a cutting-edge, professional makeup artistry course allows you to work side by side with experts in the field, sharing their knowledge and experience to help launch your career. My top tips for summer 2018/2019 will see the transition from the extremely heavy contours to much lighter, highlighted, natural glowing skin with playful accents, metallic shadow and smudgy bold lips. Think, radiant creamy textures with minimal coverage. Fresh naturally looking dewy skin is all the go this summer. Skin is in – it’s time to put down the contour kits, brushes, sticks and wands for a more natural look. Tinted moisturiser is a great place to start. It’s about applying the right amount of makeup, so your skin looks healthy. Use natural tones and ultra-fine touches to get the perfect bare face effect. Embrace your natural glow with lighter foundations and spot concealing where you get the most shine to leave your face looking radiant. Bold is back! This is the year to experiment with bright eyeshadow palettes you never thought you’d try. Pushing the boundaries on your eyes with wild colour palettes, making a statement and taking your creativity to the next level is this season’s trend. Brightly hued, free-form eyes in pastel, metallic neon and tropic-inspired hues will sculpt your eyes and make them pop. Think cool 90’s chick, with full lids that are daring and fun. If that’s too adventurous for you, try a simple bright blue line across the lash line. Bright, defined lips are dominant again this season. Paintbox bright lips will really elevate a look. Red, orange and fuchsia are huge this summer. Try mixing liquid lipsticks with intense colour and gloss to add moisture and make them look healthy and plump. Making sure your lips are lined precisely with sharp, defined edges will also help create a fuller pout. Contour draping is the secret you need to know. Draping is essentially contouring with blush. While plums, hot pinks and peaches are nothing new, makeup artists are now taking it to a whole new level using blues, greens, oranges and yellows. Reviving the 70’s bold cheek trend, draping gives your face a sculpted glow on the cheekbones and around the temples and brow bones. The key to make draping look chic, is blending. Use the darker shade to chisel, then buff it out with the lighter colour. The result is a softer, fresher approach to definition. Interested in staying on top of the makeup trends? The Institute of Makeup Artistry was launched in May 2018, and is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses, bringing together highly experienced professionals with a strong focus on skill orientated learning, to teach you how to recreate these makeup trends. Modules range from Face, Eyebrow, Eye and Lip Shapes, Glamour Makeup for Photography to Theatre Stage and Special Effects Makeup. Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T02:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- Renowned photographer and Berghain legend returns to Australia 2018-09-26T07:07:32Z renowned-photographer-and-berghain-legend-returns-to-australia 24 September 2018 The Goethe-Institut is pleased to announce the return of Berlin photographer and Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt to Australia in September and October. During his visit, Sven will reside at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney to develop new work and deliver an artist talk on 22nd October for his growing legion of Australian fans.  After visiting our shores back in 2016 as part of the Head On Festival in Sydney, Sven has been eager to return to Australia ever since.  “I enjoyed my last visit to Australia immensely and when the Goethe-Institut invited me back to work on a new project, I jumped at the chance. Australia has always fascinated me and I am looking forward to immersing myself in its unique culture for my new photography series” he said. Open call for surfers For his latest project, Sven is looking for interesting characters and unusual surf spots in or near Sydney as subjects. If you are over 18 and this description fits you, please email sydney.pack18@gmail.com with “Marquardt Surf” in the subject header, and attach 1-3 photos of yourself. No payment is involved.  Artist talk During his talk at the Goethe-Institut, Sven Marquardt will discuss his interesting life and photography projects. As an artist who is as closely connected to Berlin’s gritty techno scene as he is to fashion designers such as Hugo Boss, this is an event for photography enthusiasts, techno fans and fashion lovers alike.  With capacity strictly limited, don’t miss your chance to meet the renowned artist and media personality during his only public appearance in Australia in 2018.  Date: Monday, 22nd October 2018 from 6.30pm  Address: Goethe-Institut Sydney, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025  Entry: Free with registration via Eventbrite.  Share: Facebook Event Sven Marquardt: Website  Sven Marquardt: Ostgut  Sven Marquardt: Visual Thoughts Interview  Sven Marquardt is available for interview and other media opportunities during his visit. About the Goethe-Institut The Goethe-Institut is the cultural liaison between Germany and Australia. We are a not for profit, independent cultural organisation with a global reach. Our mandate is to promote the study of the German language abroad, and to encourage and facilitate international cultural exchange. The GoetheInstitut has 159 branches in 98 countries. Our branch in Melbourne was founded in 1972, followed by the Sydney branch in 1974. We work with partners and networks across Australia. goethe.de/australia  facebook.com/goetheinstitut.australien  twitter.com/GI_Australien Acclaimed Makeup Artists collaborate to launch innovative online training course 2018-08-16T03:00:00Z acclaimed-makeup-artists-collaborate-to-launch-innovative-online-training-course The Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) has officially launched a world-class online education platform this month for aspiring makeup artist professionals interested in learning about makeup from bridal looks through to special effects. For over two years, beauty industry heavyweights and experienced makeup professionals have collaborated to create quality content and professionally filmed HD video tutorials. Designed to be completed over a six to twelve-month period, the course gives easy access to highly acclaimed and talented industry professionals for mentoring and support, clear instructions and a variety of assessments. Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA credited the creation of the course on an increasing demand for quality education and a lack of time to physically attend. “We noticed an increase of expensive face-to-face options for Makeup courses and a limited number of quality online options for aspiring makeup artists. “Our students are wanting the very best mentors and teaching, and the flexibility to complete high quality training in their own time; our course offers both. “We have built an innovative course that is delivered 100% online, utilising video tuition and providing students an amazing experience that would rival conventional face-to-face learning and at a fraction of the cost. “The student feedback thus far has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Mr Mondello. Author of the course, acclaimed makeup artist Rachel Dal Santo, has over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry. “The world of makeup offers endless opportunities, from wedding makeup to special effects and everything in between. This is why I’ve constructed the course to include aspects of what I think are the essentials for having a successful career in the industry. “Being an all-rounder is a tremendous selling point and offers the perfect launch pad for beginners. We’ve really designed the course requirements around what would be practical and essential for those starting out,” said Ms Dal Santo. Over 140 students signed up to the launch of the course in May, each student has the ability to create a templated website, showcasing their abilities and will receive professional discounts of makeup and equipment. For more information visit: www.theinstituteofmakeupartistry.com.au -ENDS- Notes to Editors: Media contacts Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro sinead@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro jessica@zadroagency.com.au | 0400 433 182 | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA Rachel Dal Santo, Professional Makeup Artist and Author of IMUA course content IMUA course images About IMUA Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) was launched in May 2018, by Online Education. Online Education Pty. Ltd. is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses. As a global leader in this field, we have a strong focus on skill orientated learning, bringing together highly experienced professionals with inspired individuals who wish to improve personally and professionally. Pages Hire appointed Official Supplier of Overlay for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 2018-08-14T23:52:08Z pages-hire-appointed-official-supplier-of-overlay-for-invictus-games-sydney-2018 AIMG is pleased to announce that Pages Hire has been named Official Supplier of Overlay, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover. The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service men and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends in the recovery process. Pages Hire, now in its 60th year of business, will provide marquees, furniture and equipment for competitor, official and support crew facilities, and corporate entertainment spaces. David Berry, Procurement Officer, Invictus Games Sydney 2018, said he was impressed with Pages Hire’s flexibility to meet the unique requirements of the event. “The Pages Hire team’s exceptional work, commitment, wealth of experience and passion for the Games could not be overlooked. We are excited to have Pages Hire on board as part of our supplier group to deliver a successful event,” said Mr Berry. Stephen Thatcher, Managing Director, Pages Hire, said his experienced team is looking forward to supporting the delivery of the Games and showcasing the high calibre of work the Australian event industry can offer. "We connected on the values that the Invictus Games represent, and I just knew we had to be part of this project and help make it a memorable event for all," said Mr Thatcher. Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will take place from 20-27 October with events being staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and in and around Sydney Harbour. Tickets start from just $20 at invictusgames2018.org. Media contact(s): Zadro Felicity Zadro, Managing Director | felicity@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 404 009 384 Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Images: 1. Example of Pages’ previous work: DHL Lions' Series, Eden Park, Auckland, 2017 2. Example of Pages’ work: Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018 3. Pages Hire 4. Invictus Games About Pages Hire: Pages Hire is a highly successful supplier of event infrastructure. Pages has the widest range of temporary single and multi-storied structures in the country to suit any environment or application, whether it be a hospitality enclosure, product launch, private event or exhibition. Pages has developed its own in-house design and manufacturing capability which gives it the flexibility to meet each clients individual requirement. This has led to significant contracts in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand. The presence of Pages Structures at all Australian Events of international significance over the last 20 years proves that Pages offer the perfect solution for any premium event. To find out more, visit: https://www.pages.id.au/ or contact Stephen Thatcher at stephent@pages.id.au ENTRIES FOR ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S RICHEST PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS OPEN JULY 2 2018-06-27T04:51:50Z entries-for-one-of-australias-richest-photographic-awards-open-july-2 Presented by Gallery at HOTA and supported in perpetuity by the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts, the photography award is an valuable platform for established and emerging Australian photographers to showcase their work. Introduced in 2002, the award is considered one of the most significant for contemporary Australian photographic practice. Gallery at HOTA Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery said the calibre of entries grows stronger every year and in 2018 expects the Award to present the diversity of contemporary photographic practice, themes and approaches while showcasing some exceptional talent. “JUSWPA is one of the most respected prizes on the Australian art calendar. It continues to promote and seek out the best in contemporary photography and is the foundation of the Gallery’s growing photography collection. An important aspect of the prize is presenting emerging artists alongside some of Australia’s most recognised artists. With no restrictions on subject matter the prize is representative of Australian contemporary art and life. “Through the perpetual support of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts the Gallery has acquired works by some of Australia’s eminent and emerging photographers including previous winners Darren Sylvester, Shaun Gladwell, Polixeni Papapetrou, Anne Ferran, Polly Borland and Owen Leong,” Tracy said. The 2018 awards will be judged by Cherie McNair, Director and CEO Australian Centre for Photography. Cherie McNair, educated in Melbourne, holds an MA in Gallery and Museum Studies, together with a Post Grad Dip in Art History and Film Studies and a BA in Media Arts. McNair has over seventeen years’ experience in the visual arts sector in Australia and internationally and has delivered major exhibitions with institutions and artists throughout her career. Previous roles have included Head of Exhibitions and Creative Services at the Queensland Museum Network, Head of Exhibitions and Design, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, Project Manager, National and International Partnerships Tate, London, Director of Exhibitions Museum of Architecture (London Festival 2012), Curator/Exhibitions Manager Anthony d’Offay, London, and Project Manager, Contemporary Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Senior Exhibitions Coordinator National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne JUWSPA is one of Australia’s most generous photography awards with a prize value of up to $50,000. The winner receives a $25,000 acquisitive cash prize and the Gallery will award up to an additional $25,000 in acquisitions to a selection of finalists. All works selected as finalists will be exhibited at HOTA Gallery from 20 Oct to 25 Nov. The winner will be announced at an official opening event on the evening of Friday 19 October. PRIZE DETAILS First Prize: $25,000 (Acquisitive) Gallery Collection Acquisitions: up to $25,000 KEY DATES Submissions open – 2 Jul Submissions close – 24 Aug Finalists announced by – 14 Sep Selected works to be delivered by – 5 Oct Winner announcement & official exhibition opening – 19 Oct Exhibition – 20 Oct to 25 Nov HOW TO ENTER Submissions are accepted via the online entry form only at https://hota.com.au/gallery/call-entries-josephine-ulrick-win-schubert-photography-award-2018/. A $40 non-refundable application fee applies to all entries, payable via credit card. Image attached Caption Darren Sylvester | Broken Model 2016 | lightjet print | Collection Gallery at HOTA | Acquired from JUWSPA 2017 Conditions for use Image must be acknowledged as specified Captions and acknowledgements are mandatory Image remains in copyright Media use of image is solely for: • Reporting news of the Award and Exhibition by the media • Reproduction for professional review About the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award exhibition The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA), exhibition honours the philanthropy of Mrs Win Schubert AO (1937-2017). The Award introduced in 2002, is a touchstone of contemporary photographic practice in Australia, and an important platform for established and emerging photographers to showcase their work. About the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts A rare combination of business acumen and impressive cultural vision Win Schubert AO was synonymous with visual arts on the Gold Coast. Initially through Art Galleries Schubert, trading in and supporting some of Australia’s most important blue-chip and emerging artists; and later through the development of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts. In 2015, HOTA (formerly the Arts Centre Gold Coast) acquired the administration of a one million dollar trust fund bestowed by Mrs Schubert. This generous philanthropic support allows Gallery at HOTA to continue to host the JUWSPA, a signature prize on the Australian art calendar. Additionally, Mrs Schubert has donated art valued at more than $1.3 million dollars to the City collection; all for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T04:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au 2018-05-28T06:04:07Z the-rocks-christmas-in-july-markets Free French winter Christmas experience, only in The Rocks. 12 traditional timber chalets being shipped from France. Multiple Christmas lights to transform the event each evening. If ever there was a socially-acceptable place to step out in public wearing that gorgeous Christmas themed jumper your Granny knitted for you years ago, this is it! The Rocks Christmas in July Markets is Sydney’s first traditional French Christmas markets experience, held in The Rocks over four evenings in July, in collaboration with Bastille Festival Sydney. For the first time ever, twelve traditional, custom-made French timber chalets have been carefully loaded on a ship in France and started their journey all the way to The Rocks in Sydney, giving The Rocks Christmas in July Markets an authentic French touch. Filling these gorgeous chalets, you’ll find a variety of little gifts for loved ones, decorative Christmas trinkets for the home, and delicious sweet and savoury gourmet treats to enjoy on-site. Just before nightfall (around 5pm each day), The Rocks Christmas in July Markets will completely transform, as the event’s festive lights are switched on. This is sure to result in a collective cheer from the crowd, spontaneous "oohs" and "aahs" across all ages, and inspire even the most camera-shy people to reach for their phones and capture the perfect selfie. This is going to be a particularly special time that shouldn’t be missed. Keeping you completely immersed in the Christmas atmosphere, you’ll also find a celebrated choir of community carolers performing a repertoire of the most popular French and English Christmas carols. Vincent Hernandez, Creator of The Rocks Christmas in July Markets says, “Growing up in a small French village, my family and I looked forward to attending the winter Christmas Markets each year - it’s an annual tradition back home. Since moving to Sydney, I’ve wanted to share this multi-sensory experience with families here, and there’s no better place than The Rocks to celebrate a French Christmas in July!” Typically, most Australians celebrate Christmas outdoors in local parks or at the beach, because it’s the middle of summer. We’re not so familiar with the wintery scenes depicted on Christmas cards, or in the movies. This is why it’s particularly important for people to visit this free event, to experience the joy of celebrating Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s this warm sense of togetherness that fills the air as you explore the traditional outdoor Christmas markets, found throughout most European cities, towns and villages. The evening air is chilly, but you’re rugged up and surrounded by beautiful fairy lights that shimmer like a crackling fireplace. Your hands are warmed by the hot chocolate or steaming mulled wine you’re holding. The sweet scent of cinnamon fills the air, and you can’t help but grin like a little child as you take in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere that surrounds you. It’s this experience The Rocks Christmas in July Markets wants to share with you. - C'est la fin | ENDS - DETAILS: What (Quoi): The Rocks Christmas in July Markets: Bastille Festival Sydney When (Quand): Thursday, 12 July 2018 (11am - 10pm) Friday, 13 July 2018 (11am - 10pm) Saturday, 14 July 2018 (11am - 10pm) Sunday, 15 July 2018 (11am - 6:30pm) Where (Où): Argyle Street,The Rocks (positioned between George Street and Harrington Street) How much (Combien): Free to experience SOCIAL MEDIA: Website: http://bastillefestival.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BASTILLEFESTIVALSYDNEY/ Facebook Event - The Rocks Christmas in July Markets: https://www.facebook.com/events/172669266777135/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bastillefestival/ Official Hashtags: #ChristmasInJuly #BastilleSydney #TheRocks MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Simon Edds, PR, Bastille Festival Sydney 0412 612 498, simon.edds@bbr-agency.com Arts Open: Meet the Makers 2018-03-05T20:45:22Z arts-open-meet-the-makers March 10-12th & 17-18 2018 Castlemaine, Victoria Ever wondered what makes artists tick, where they find inspiration or just how long it takes to achieve the end result? Do you have a favourite local artist and you would like to see where they work? This month, studio doors are being flung open by artists from the Castlemaine area. ARTS OPEN is a biennial event in Mount Alexander Shire. You can explore over two weekends - 10-12 and 17-18 March. Meet the Makers at their places of work and be fascinated. Perhaps you will find artists working at a kitchen table, in a reclaimed industrial space or a rustic shed. Some will have a magnificent purpose-built studio. Tucked away above shops, secluded in bushland, in plain sight in the townships, studio visits are bound to delight and surprise. Get an insight into the life of artists, their dedication, the hard work. In their natural habitat artists and crafts people of the Central Victorian goldfields might demonstrate their techniques, share their creative processes, or tell you their story. Perhaps you will purchase an original artwork with the added value of having engaged with the maker and heard the story behind the work. There are over 100 artists taking part in Arts Open 2018 - painters, jewellers, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, multi-media artists and crafts people. Open Studios span the townships of Castlemaine, Maldon, Newstead, Taradale, Harcourt, Chewton and surrounds. If you are around mid-week you can catch two PechaKucha nights, in Castlemaine. PechaKucha is a Japanese term meaning ‘the sound of conversation’. At each event, ten artists will deliver a fast-paced, snap-shot of their endeavours with slides and succinct haiku-style commentary. Start your exploration at the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre inside the magnificent old Market Building in Mostyn Street. You can pick up Arts Open maps, brochures and pique your interest with artist profiles on display between 9am and 5pm daily. More about the featured artists can be found on the Arts Open website at www.artsopen.com.au For more information or to arrange interviews please call Robert Jennings- 0431-217-618 or email artsopen@artsopen.com.au Wordstorm PR is delighted to be representing Carrol Boyes 2017-11-30T00:44:45Z wordstorm-pr-is-delighted-to-be-representing-carrol-boyes-1 The Carrol Boyes range encompasses the perfect balance between art and function and is inspired by the human form and the beauty of nature. The company designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of over 1,000 hand-crafted metal homeware, giftware, flatware and tabletop products . The Carrol Boyes brand has set up an Australian company to respond to the needs of the local market and are launching in David Jones in February 2018. Monica Rosenfeld, Managing Director of WordStorm PR, said “We are thrilled to be working with Carrol Boyes. We are passionate about magnifying the voice of entrepreneurs who are improving the lifestyle of their customers and clients. Carrol Boyes is a perfect example of this. Carrol’s talent and passion for design has flourished into an extremely successful international business. Each of her products are exquisite. With Christmas just around the corner, the range makes ideal gifts for anyone who values beauty and quality and wants to experience these every day through beautiful and practical homewares products.” For more information contact: Grace: grace@wordstormpr.com.au IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGING – AND SOMETIMES WINNING 2017-11-23T01:03:16Z its-a-good-night-for-singing-and-sometimes-winning 2017 CONDA AWARDS 39TH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE DRAMA AWARDS WESTS NEW LAMBTON DECEMBER 2 2017 IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGING – AND SOMETIMES WINNING THE annual City of Newcastle Drama Awards night is not just an occasion for honouring the quality of the theatre works staged in the preceding year. It also gives company members and theatregoers the chance to see and enjoy the ever-expanding skills of performers and backstage workers in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter. The 2017 CONDA Awards ceremony, which will be held at the Wests New Lambton Starlight Room on Saturday, December 2, starting at 7pm, will include six very different musical numbers, featuring a total of 55 performers with a wide range of ages. There will be a youth musical number, featuring singers and dancers, aged 9 to 13, established musical participants in a bright and lively work, a classical, long-established song, and a big rock musical piece. The awards staging team are keeping the song titles and performers’ names a secret to surprise and delight the watchers on the night. The Awards ceremony hosts are actors Drew Holmes and Elise Martin with Newcastle-raised musical star Tom Handley as a guest presenter. Handley auditioned for and won a place in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) music theatre three-year degree course just before doing the HSC examination at Hunter School of the Performing Arts in 2008. Six months before his graduation in 2011, he auditioned for a role in a touring production of the hit musical Wicked and was the only student in his WAAPA year to be selected. He performed in the show for more than two years, with the tour including Australian state capital cities and seasons in Asian and New Zealand cities. He has recently been an ensemble member in an Opera Australia production of My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, that has had repeat seasons in state capitals. The attractions between the award announcements will also include video interview celebrations of the theatre work of retiring entertainers Lesly Stevenson and Val and Bill Hitchcock. Lesly Stevenson founded the Dance and Performing Arts Academy (DAPA) in 1988, the first training entity in Newcastle to cover all the performing arts. In 2001, she bought the Roxy Theatre in Hamilton, a venue she had hired on occasions for theatre, dance and singing performances, and renamed it the DAPA Theatre. The theatre’s backstage rooms were used for classes. She was President of CONDA Inc, the organisation which manages the CONDA Awards, for several years, and won two CONDAS – for Best Female Performer in a Musical in 2008, for her role in The Full Monty, and the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award for her overall theatre involvement. The DAPA Theatre has been bought by WEA Hunter, which plans to rename it as The Creative Arts Space. It will continue to be used for training people and for performances. Val and Bill Hitchcock managed Newcastle’s first and longest running show-and-meal company, Club 71 Dinner Theatre, since 1980, and as they are now in their 80s, decided to close it as virtually all the other people who had assisted in the preparation and serving of meals have retired from their involvement. Club 71 was established in 1971, with the Hitchcocks joining as performers in 1974. They stepped into the roles of running the company when its founders, Ken Mantle and Madge Ormerod, stood down. Bill mainly focused on offstage activities during the Club 71 shows, while Val shared her cooking role with appearing in more than 80 plays for the club and other theatre companies. The awards night will also have a video sequence showing the celebrations of several theatre companies which reached significant milestones in the 2017 theatre year. The videos were put together by CONDA Inc’s major awards night partner, Out of the Square Media. CONDA Awards will be presented in 22 categories, plus an Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award, with no nominations for that award. The winner will be announced on the night. The strength of the theatre work of Newcastle and Lower Hunter companies is shown by the nominations that were announced on November 9. Thirty-nine shows received a total of 126 nominations, with 25 staging groups represented. The Awards night staging team is drawn from people and organisations involved in Newcastle and Lower Hunter theatre. The production managers are Martin Adnum, the founder and Managing Director of Out of the Square Media, and Rachelle Schmidt Adnum, the founder and Principal of The Voice Studio Newcastle, which trains people in singing and vocal technicalities. She has won three CONDA Awards for her performances. Rachelle is also the Artistic Director of the Awards night. Musical Director Daniel Wilson conducts a 13-member band and put together the musical arrangements for the song-and-dance numbers. James Tolhurst is the Supervising Choreographer. Lifelike Atmospheres is a CONDA event partner, doing the sound and lighting as a sponsorship. Contact Ken Longworth, 4942 2410, for more information SCG and Allianz Stadium to be transformed into post-apocalyptic Nerf battleground this December for Zedtown: Last Haven 2017-10-06T01:58:44Z scg-and-allianz-stadium-to-be-transformed-into-post-apocalyptic-nerf-battleground-this-december-for-zedtown-last-haven Sydney, Australia – October 6, 2017 – Zedtown, in partnership with TEG Life Like Touring, have today announced that Australia’s largest zombie survival game will see the undead walk again on 9 December in Sydney’s iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium – both stadiums! Zedtown: Last Haven is the latest installment of the immersive gaming experience, which will see thousands of players battling it out as they imagine what they would do if they were the last living people on Earth. The story of Zedtown: Last Haven is a brand new one. 19 years have passed since a State Of Emergency was declared. In a despairing post-apocalyptic world where the undead roam, rumours of a Last Haven have spread like wildfire: On a distant island paradise, the world's most powerful and privileged live in splendour, free from infection and the merciless zombie horde. Their enigmatic leader, Magnus, has invited all remaining survivors to participate in the first inaugural Blood Games. Survivors will battle it out against each other (and the undead) across two colossal stadiums, for their chance to join Magnus in his fabled island city. Is this our last hope? Is this the Last Haven? Will you join them? Previous Zedtown players will be the first to access tickets, as they once again try and survive Australia’s largest real-world zombie apocalypse. Tickets for past participants will go on Pre-Sale Thursday 12 October at 2pm, and to the wider public at 2pm Friday 13 October – an ominous date of warning for the Zedtown challenge that lies ahead. This is the 9th time Zedtown will be held in Sydney since its commencement in 2012, but is the first time such a significant event will be held in one of Australia’s most incredible areas: all the tunnels, the grandstands, the backstage secret areas. The grass on which Sir Donald Bradman and many of Australia’s most iconic sportsmen and women made their name, will instead be filled with a new generation of players, this time striving to escape the zombie horde, and avoid joining the legion of the living dead. Zedtown: Last Haven is a perfect example of the immersive experiences our awesome fans are craving, and this is going to be the most ambitious version of our event yet. Zedtown is a chance for players to become a hero in their own story, fully immersing themselves in an adventure-driven experience as well as, frankly, just shooting their friends in the face with Nerf blasters” said Andrew Garrick, Managing Director of Zedtown. The innovation and planning that goes into hosting many thousands of players in a fully immersive, engaging experience makes this one of the most advanced events ever seen in Australia, and continues to grow with each instalment. Each player is provided with dog tags, access to a call-in radio station, and even zombie make-up for the unfortunate Survivors who ‘turn’. All this while they use the Zedtown smartphone App to guide and track their progress in real-time as game directors send missions and updates from start to finish. Zedtown has seen thousands of humans turned into zombies since 2012. In mid-2017, Zedtown successfully saw over 2000 people battle to fight against the walking dead at Sydney Showgrounds in Homebush. With two three-hour sessions planned on Saturday 9 December, players will have the unique opportunity to battle it out against other Survivors and ‘zombie-fied’ players. Bringing their own Nerf blaster, or purchasing one on the day, each participant will be guided and inspired by Zedtown actors, marshals and thousands of fellow players to try and escape the touch of the dead. TICKETING INFORMATION Pre-sale tickets for past Zedtown participants will be available from 2pm Thursday 12 October. General public on sale commences from 2pm Friday 13 October. For all ticket information, please head to www.ticketek.com.au. Zedtown players must be 18 years or older to participate in the event. For more information about Zedtown please visit www.zedtown.com. ABOUT TEG LIFE LIKE TOURING Life Like Touring (LLT), a production company within the TEG family, writes, produces and delivers live theatre shows and interactive experiences to audiences worldwide for many of the biggest brands in entertainment. Based in Melbourne, the company has grown from a small domestic touring business to a global player in the live entertainment market. TEG is Australia and New Zealand's only integrated live entertainment organisation connecting Ticketing, Live Content Touring, Research and Data Analytics. TEG includes Ticketek, TEG Live, Life Like Touring, The Entertainment Store, TEG Dainty, TEG Analytics, TEG Rewards, Qudos Bank Arena, Softix and Eventopia. ABOUT ZEDTOWN Zedtown is the largest real-world zombie Nerf War in the world. Born from the brains of avid gamers and creators, Zedtown is passionate about bringing incredible adventures to life in unique and enthralling ways. Their games and software have been extensively covered across the world and they have designed events for thousands of players from all walks of life across incredible venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. For all media enquiries and interview opportunities, please contact: Tayla Davis Closer Communication M: +61 (0) 405 303 025 E: tayla@closer.com.au