The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z 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 FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FIJI HOLIDAYS 2018-02-14T23:13:38Z fiji-airways-launches-fiji-holidays FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FIJI HOLIDAYS Thursday 15th February, 2018: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today announced their latest offering for Australians and New Zealanders with the launch of their online holiday packages platform, Fiji Holidays. Fiji Holidays allows holidaymakers to book a complete getaway to the tropical paradise through the Fiji Airways website including flights, accommodation, transfers and a full range of local excursions and activities. Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Mr Andre Viljoen says: “We are delighted to now give international travellers the option to book their next Fiji escape directly on our website. We live, breathe and love Fiji and are pleased we can now share our expertise on where to stay, what to do and how to get there. By offering this new way of booking entire holiday packages, we hope to enhance their Fiji experience and ensure every guest has the best experience, from start to finish with the confidence that they’re getting the best deal because no one knows our home like we do.” Launch specials include great deals on package holidays with Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Uprising Beach Resort, with five nights starting from as little as AUD$1,060 with a number of added benefits*. Fiji Holidays has launch deals for Australia and New Zealand with 12 leading properties in Fiji with more properties and outstanding packages coming soon. Fiji Holidays offers instant confirmation and secure payment options with 24/7 online booking and assistance. Say “Welcome to Your Holiday” by clicking here and book your complete Fijian holiday. -ENDS- *Terms and conditions apply. Inclusions vary. Some blackout periods apply. See website for more details. Note to editors – launch specials include: Australia 5 nights package at the Sofitel Resort & Spa Denarau Island from AUD $1221 5 nights package at Shangri-La Fijian Resort from AUD $1358 5 nights package at the Uprising Beach Resort from AUD $1142 5 nights package at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort from AUD $1242 New Zealand 5 nights package at the Sofitel Resort & Spa Denarau Island from NZD $1333 5 nights package at Shangri-La Fijian Resort from NZD $1485 5 nights package at the Uprising Beach Resort from NZD $1243 5 nights package at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort from NZD $1356 ### About Fiji Airways: Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 69 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit www.fijiairways.com for more information. For further information please contact Frank PR Amy Biddlecombe E: fijiairways@frankpr.com.au P: 02 8202 0555 Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T06:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Get Personalised with Brother this Festive Season 2016-09-22T06:16:17Z get-personalised-with-brother-this-festive-season As the festive season approaches, we’re excited to let you know of some fabulous new products from your friends at Brother.While store brought presents themselves are wonderful, there’s nothing quite like receiving something handmade with love. This season, Brother are encouraging everyone to get creative by spending some time creating beautiful wrapping paper for the gifts they plan to give.Brother P-Touch labellers have been loved by many for years for their organisational benefits. Now we’re excited to share that craft enthusiasts can benefit too! Brother have a new range of ribbons and tapes that are compatible with all Brother labellers. They are all 4 metres and come in a variety of colours and patterns including gold on white, gold on pink, gold on navy and gold on red (ribbon). The patterned tapes are available in black on gold geometric, black on silver lace, black on red gingham and black on pink hearts.Perfect for adding those beautiful finishing touches to your gifts, there is now no need to order expensive personalised finishing’s when you can DIY it all with Brother!If you’d like to go one step further with your gift wrap creations, don’t forget about the Brother ScanNCut – the amazing home and hobby cutting machine. With over 600 built-in designs and a generous 12” x 24” scanning and cutting area so you can integrate larger designs than ever before, it’s the perfect tool to get even more creative with your wrapping.For more inspiration on how to get creative with Brother, visit brotherinspires.brother.com.au Stanthorpe Rocks Ramps It Up 2015-04-01T06:34:09Z stanthorpe-rocks-ramps-it-up Stanthorpe Rocks Ramps It Up The third annual Stanthorpe Rocks festival in November has just ramped up to a whole new level and the Slydogz Eventz team released a host of announcements this week that have festival goers in a frenzy. To start with, the hot entertainment line-up was announced bringing some of the best Australian rock legends to town! “We’ve got Whisky Gully, Jon English and Peter Cupples, Eurogliders, Taxiride, Ross Wilson, Daryl Braithwaite and Jon Stevens all booked in to hit the main stage on 14 November,” said CEO Ian Wade-Parker. As if the stellar list of acts wasn’t exciting enough, Ian also announced that the successful Rocks format was being ramped up to a whole new level to make it a two day event. “Day 2 of the event is Rock n Recovery which is all about showcasing the best of Granite Belt region with five local acts on the main stage and another five acts in the Beer Garden during the breaks! Plus we’ll have some great market stalls and food vendors to showcase some of the fantastic Granite Belt offerings! “The good news doesn’t stop there, we have a great new venue, still at Ballendean Estate winery but have just moved to a new area right across the road. The big benefit of the new site is that it has much more space and we can build the perfect infrastructure to meet our needs and provide an even better festival experience. “Other new additions this year are a Super Tent with a purpose built stage and all the important aspects of the day neatly tucked inside including a dance zone, seating, corporate areas and a restaurant. Plus we’ve added big screens, market stalls, a beer garden and onsite camping!” Tickets for Stanthorpe Rocks are available now and sales have been strong already. One lucky fan, Allanna McDonald is particularly excited as she won two reserve tickets in the recent Stanthorpe Rocks Facebook competition. Stanthorpe Rocks is a boutique style festival aimed at the discerning festival goer who wants to have a great day out with fantastic music and food as well as a comfortable and enjoyable experience. The event also provides a fantastic return to the community so it is a win for everyone! Tickets to Stanthorpe Rocks are limited to 4000 people only so make sure you buy yours quickly before they sell out! Tickets can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com/110088 or in person at Ballandean Estate Wines or Granite Belt Cleaning and Hospitality Supplies, Stanthorpe. More info on this fantastic festival is available on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/StanthorpeRocks or the website www.stanthorperocks.com.au. Innovative recycling mobile app to launch in December 2014-12-05T01:36:55Z innovative-recycling-mobile-app-to-launch-in-december Mobile users will soon have access to reliable information on how to recycle anything they desire, specific to their council's regulations, when the Sustain Me application launches in late December. The Sustain Me application is the first of its kind, designed specifically to tackle negative recycling habits while supporting councils in reducing waste. Co-managing director of the Sustain Me Group, Eleanor Meyer, said that while young, socially aware people are interested in recycling, they can become trapped in incorrect habits or behaviours when they are not aware of better ways to act. “[Creating this app] felt like responsibility. Did you know that if you put recyclable items in a plastic bag and that bag in your recycling bin, that stuff's not actually recycled? They throw that out. People need accessible information about recycling in a convenient manner,” Ms. Meyer said. Every possible item that can disposed of is conveniently categorised and listed in the Sustain Me application with specific instructions on how to sustainably discard it within the user's municipality. The application also includes the locations of recycling centres and instructions on what goes in which coloured bin with differing information specific to each of the thirty metropolitan Melbourne councils. Ms. Meyer, alongside her co-managing director Stephen Halpin, previously met with local government and climate change agencies to promote a dialogue how to create a sustainable impact in Victoria, including Melbourne Waste Metro Group, Sustainability Victoria, and state premier Denis Napthine. The free application will launch on the iOS App Store and Android's Play Store next month, however interested users can pre-register at http://www.sustainme.com.au to receive the application as soon as it is released. ONLY 9 DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE MELBOURNE EXPO 2014-08-28T05:39:08Z only-9-days-to-go-before-the-melbourne-expo Listen to some of the best photographers in the country. Learn how to get quality audio from your DSLR. What camera gear to pack when travelling. How to "shoot" wildlife in darkest Africa. Get the low down on taking the best food shots and turning them into a stunning recipe memory book...move over "Masterchef".Then talk to the experts on the exhibitor stands and see what products are now on the market. There is so much more at the Educational Photo Show in Melbourne.There are prizes galore including a Nikon D610 digital camera donated by Nikon, a Nikon 1 V2 donated by digiDIRECT, a ProMaster Pro XC525 Tripod value $299, a Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens value $499, and many other vouchers and give aways during the day.Make it a day for the family. Does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced professional photography you will get something out of the day. Tickets to the see the exhibitors are FREE and @5  to listen to a speaker session or the best buy is 5 sessions for $80 saving a wopping $45.For more information about the Expo visit www.educationalphotoexpo.com.au or call 02 9686 3188 WHAT A FANTASTIC DAY 2014-08-27T23:53:51Z what-a-fantastic-day Whilst one event does not prove a point, it does seem the results in Brisbane last weekend at the Educational Photo Expo are a clear indication that consumer education is a key part to the success of the photographic industry.   Mark Alderson from Camera House and Nic Peasley from Teds were, from the outset, convinced, as was the Photo Marketing Association that educational sessions linked with a mini expo, with retailers present to "close the sale", was a formula that would work. The concept needed to be cost effective and to be "portable" to take around Australia.  This belief was shared by our major sponsors Canon and Nikon who assisted greatly in bringing this Expo to fruition.   Brisbane attracted over 360 consumers who attended a wide ranging series of educational sessions from photography tips and tricks, photo memory books, to what camera gear to take when you travelling. It was gratifying to see these sessions were well supported from early morning through to the evening. The thirst for knowledge was clearly evident.    The messages from attendees was very pleasing: "excellent", "learnt a lot", "enjoyed the session" "will be back next year". Trade participation is paramount in the success of an event such as this. Comments from the exhibitors were clear, "we want to participate next year". Barbara Bryan, Events Manager for the Photo Marketing Association, said "The success of this event means I am already I'm looking at venues around the country for 2015, we're gearing up to have multiple expos...so get ready for what's coming. The success of this compact Expo proves it is worth getting involved as a value add for the photo industry!" "Sponsored by Canon and Nikon and supported by Ted's Cameras and Camera House there were door prizes and lucky ticket prizes of digital cameras, metal art panels, Indulgence Photographic packages and more." She continued, "Now to Melbourne on 6th September at the Victoria University where we will do the whole show again". www.educationalphotoexpo.com.au WIN A ZOOM H5 HANDY AUDIO RECORDER 2014-08-18T07:20:56Z win-a-zoom-h5-handy-audio-recorder The New Zoom H5 Audio recorder provides four tracks of simultaneous recording and, like the Zoom flagship H6, it can use all Zoom interchangeable input capsules, allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. The flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create multi-track recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic news gathering.Attend David Green's session "Creating Great Audio From Your DSLR" in Melbourne at the Educational Photo Expo on 6th September 2014 and you could win a fantastic Zoom H5 Handy Recorder valued at $450. This is a great prize for the novice who wants to do much more or the professional who can!Visit www.educationalphotoexpo.com.au for more information about David's session in Melbourne and Brisbane. ONLY 7 DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE PHOTO EXPO IN BRISBANE 2014-08-14T22:30:49Z only-7-days-to-go-before-the-photo-expo-in-brisbane Listen to some of the best photographers in the country. Learn how to get quality audio from your DSLR. What camera gear to pack when travelling. How to "shoot" wildlife in darkest Africa. Get the low down on taking the best food shots and turn them into a stunning recipe memory book...move over "Masterchef".Then talk to the experts on the exhibitor stands and see what products are now on the market. There is so much more at the Educational Photo Show in Brisbane.Bring your digital camera into the Expo and have Anderson Camera Repairs check your sensor for FREE!Make it a day for the family. Does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced professional you will get something out of the day.For more information about the Expo visit www.educationalphotoexpo.com.au or call 02 9686 3188 How To Shoot Someone You Don't Know! 2014-08-13T05:03:37Z how-to-shoot-someone-you-don-t-know Taking that quick elusive shot can be hit or miss. At the Educational Photo Expo in Brisbane 23 August and Melbourne 6th September you will learn how to use your camera properly to get that right shot, how to get the best lighting and what cameras to use on different occasions. According to Glynn Lavender from Creative Photo Workshops who will be conducting this session, "my goal is to cut through the technical jargon of photography and get to the heart of what’s important – capturing great images everywhere we go and every time we pick up our camera."   This is a great way to spend Saturday!  For all photo enthusiasts, whether you are starting out or are an advanced photographer there is something for everyone at the Educational Photo Expo.   Listen to professional photographers talking about photographing wildlife in deepest darkest Africa, portrait photography, travel and sports photography, how to print your shots, keeping your memories for future generations using photobooks and how to choose the right camera.  You may want to produce a cookbook of Grandma's secret recipes. Well Carina Lee, from Momento, is talking about creating your own cookbook using their illustrated template designs. Carina will demonstrate basic styling, lighting and framing techniques, and explain how to scan old recipes to create a collection book for the whole family. This exciting compact imagery event has been designed to encourage you to do more with your photographs than store them in your camera!   With exhibits from imaging suppliers and retailers, educational sessions and demos, the Educational Photo Expo is designed for every level of interest and skill, whether you are newly passionate about photography or looking to further your creativity by learning how to take better photos.   Twelve exciting educational sessions and floor demos will cover both the art of photography and what can be done to enhance and display your photos.   Discover new ideas, learn the latest techniques, hear from the experts and be amazed by what can be done with the latest equipment. Learn how to photograph food and make your own recipe book. Want to be a wedding photographer, then come and learn how to photograph people in love!   The event is sponsored by Canon and Nikon and exhibitors include Camera House, Ted's Cameras, digiDIRECT, Momento, Fujifilm, Olympus, Print2Metal, Aust Photo Supplies, Fotofast, Panasonic, Australian Photo Supplies, Creative Photo Workshops, Manfrotto, Streets Imaging, Fotofast, Anderson Camera Repairs, AIPP, APS and more.   Don't miss this exciting compact event designed for anyone that wants to learn more about what you can do with your photography.   Tickets can be purchased at www.educationalphotoexpo.com.au and the exhibition and demos are FREE. Doors open at 9.30am and the seminars start at 10am. How Much Does Dad Mean To You On Father's Day? 2014-08-13T04:20:18Z how-much-does-dad-mean-to-you-on-father-s-day While Australian's tend to celebrate Father's Day at a different time than most of the world, buying something for Dad that he will use or even remember causes heartache for most of the family. He has got the ties, and the socks, even a book and that tool from the hardware store that he doesn't even know what it does.Well, this year can be different. If Dad is interested in Photography, wants to know what gear to take on the next holiday or business trip, has a yearning to photograph wildlife in deepest darkest Africa or just wants to improve his photography skills then buy him a ticket to the Educational Photo Expo in Brisbane 23rd August 2014 or Melbourne 6th September.At the Photo Expo he will listen to a professional photographer talk about his experiences as a Photojournalist. He will learn how to take macro photos, delve into the art of photographing food for a recipe book or get down and dirty with a lesson on Street Photography.And when he has finished listening to the seminars there will be exhibitors galore and product demos for him to get his hands into. At the Brisbane Expo, Anderson Camera Repairs will be offering FREE sensor checks on digital cameras so make sure Dad brings his camera along with him.This is a Father's Day Gift that will give you brownie points for the rest of the year. Tickets are FREE to see the exhibitors and there is a great deal if you buy tickets to five seminars. Be quick though as there is limited capacity and tickets are selling fast.For more information about the Photo Expo and how to buy tickets visit www.educationalphotoexpo.com.au Local Mumprenuer’s Nominated for National Awards 2014-08-12T21:20:48Z local-mumprenuer-s-nominated-for-national-awards NEWS RELEASE: 13 August 2014 Local Mumprenuer’s Nominated for National Awards Gold Coast ‘Mumpreneur’s’ Carlene Hunt and Robin Smith from The Handcrafted Shop have been nominated for the national AusMumpreneur Awards. The 2014 AusMumpreneur Awards marks the 5th Birthday of the awards, which celebrate and recognize Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business, product development, services and innovation in businesses from Australia and New Zealand. Considered trendy and a hot topic of discussion, Australia’s very own ‘Mumpreneurs’ Carlene Hunt and Robin Smith are making a big splash in the business world as their store The Handcrafted Shop goes international. The Handcrafted Shop is a one of a kind business, comprised of an entire community of crafters and designers across Australia and New Zealand coming together to sell their products in one place. “We wanted to help support other stay at home mums who were struggling to balance earning an income, with crafting and raising their kids”, Mrs Hunt said. Established last year, they offer a range of one of a kind clothing, jewellery, accessories, home wares, beautiful children’s toys and vintage goods. Creators Carlene Hunt and Robin Smith saw a gap in the market for affordable, one-of-a-kind products and wanted to give other crafters an opportunity to earn an income whilst fulfilling their crafting passion. One year after its creation, The Handcrafted Shop is an internationally recognised brand, with buyers across Canada and parts of Europe and sellers throughout Australia and New Zealand.  “The Handcrafted Shop is a community, through our business we have not only connected with others who share our passion for crafting but we have found a way to help other families”, Mrs Smith said. The Handcrafted Shop has been nominated in two categories, the Judged Category for Emerging AusMumpreneur and People’s choice category for Handmade Award. Public voting closes for the 2014 AusMumpreneur Awards closes on October 6 and winners will be announced at the glamorous dinner in Melbourne in late October. To vote for Carlene Hunt and Robin Smith and their business The Handcrafted Shop visit ausmumpreneur.com or www.thehandcraftedshop.com ENDS Released on August 13, 2014 on behalf of The Handcrafted Shop     For further information, interview or photo opportunities:   Contact:                                             Carlene Hunt                                                             Mobile: 0402 126 773                                                             The Handcrafted Shop – Director/Founder                                                                                                                         Monique Driessens                                                  Mobile: 0413 970 207                                                             NIQUE Marketing – Media Relations                    Email: monique@niquemarketing.com.au http://www.niquemarketing.com.au/news-release-local-mumprenuers-nominated-national-awards/#.U-mg3vmSwsY   Charge any Device, Any Time - without a charger! 2014-07-09T07:00:34Z charge-any-device-any-time-without-a-charger Are your guests always asking for phone chargers? 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Their patented wall sockets are installed in leading hotel brands of the world such as Stamford, Mantra and Crown, in airline lounges including Virgin, restaurants, and builders all over our countries are embracing the quality product. In some cases as low as half the cost of non-approved competitors, USBsockets.com.au provide a product range that is a direct replacement for the standard Australian GPO double power point, and your electrical contractor can install the sockets in minutes without any messy and time-consuming wiring issues, making it ideal for refurbishments and upgrades as well as new buildings. Benefits of the USB sockets include alleviating the endless requests from your guests for chargers, a product that offers your guests the convenience of not requiring an international adapter and keeping your competitive edge by providing a product that today’s consumers want and need. Some other leading brand USB sockets only have a amp output. Our USB 5 Volt sockets have a powerful 3.5amp output, are perfect for charging any device fitted with a USB connection including mobile phones, tablets, cameras, electric shavers and more without the need for bulky adapters. The devices plug straight into the USB sockets on the power point and leave the two 240v plug sockets free for regular appliance use. The inclusion of LED illuminated ports, demonstrate the smart technology used in USBsockets designs, and emit a soothing green LED light when the doors are open. The LED lights will flash if there is a problem with the power line ensuring no time is wasted trying to diagnose electrical faults. With no stand-by power or phantom leakage that is normally associated with charging transformers, USBsockets are also energy efficient. Once the USB cable is removed from the port, retractable doors close and power to the port is cut automatically. Solid casing and solid screws, along with a sleek design in a range of colour options to suit any décor. Safe, convenient, and are becoming standard fixtures in all accommodation complexes. We are also the Australian and New Zealand exclusive distributor of CulCharge.com.au The world’s smallest, strongest and most compact charge cable that hotels can sell to their guests. They are available for Android and Apple powered phones and come with a cool keyring to attach to your keys, handbag or suitcase. The devices have the highest quality chips and parts as they have been purchased from the manufacturers, meaning they work and transmit both data and power. The cable suits all devices and as well as being able to use it with USB sockets, guests can then use it anywhere in the world when they travel. So now Chargers and cables are now a problem of the past! CulCharge.com.au are able to provide small neat point of sale stands that sit on desktop counters. 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