The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-18T23:17:34Z HOTA ANNOUNCES MAJOR GALLERY COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR 20 GOLD COAST ARTISTS 2020-05-18T23:17:34Z hota-announces-major-gallery-commissioning-opportunity-for-20-gold-coast-artists With local artists at the heart of HOTA, the arts and culture hub is fast-tracking the next stage of support for Gold Coast artists following its well-received Rage Against the V(irus) quick fire artist fund, with a new commissioning opportunity that will see selected artists receive $5,000 to create a body of work for an exhibition. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the callout was a unique opportunity for Gold Coast artists. “Now more than ever, we have a deep responsibility to support Gold Coast artists. We have fast-tracked this $100,000 commissioning opportunity for up to 20 artists to create new works for the inaugural HOTA Gallery program in 2021,” she said. “We have huge talent in our community and to highlight their work in this incredible gallery pays homage to that. Artists are at the core of our vision; without artists there is no home of the arts.” The newly commissioned works will be presented in an exhibition within the new HOTA Gallery’s 1000m2 AAA rated main exhibition space, with a number of the works to be placed outdoors in the surrounding parklands. Gold Coast artists, or those who can demonstrate a significant link to the Gold Coast region, are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment. HOTA are accepting submissions from established and emerging artists aged 18 years or older. Artists who share the belief that art has the power to unite, challenge, transform and delight, are encouraged to submit ideas. Currently under construction within the HOTA parklands, the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the largest gallery outside a capital city in Australia. HOTA Gallery will become the permanent home for the $32 million City Collection, whilst presenting international exhibitions exclusive to Australia alongside an ongoing commitment to present the work of local artists. As well as receiving an artist fee for their participation in the exhibition, successful applicants will have the support from the HOTA Gallery Curatorial and Exhibitions teams to develop, prepare, and install their work. Applications open on Tuesday 19 May and can be submitted online at hota.com.au/opencall. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 June. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 3 July. Successful artists must have all artwork completed by January 2021, with further details around the exhibition date announced in late 2020. LINK TO MEDIA KIT WITH AVAILABLE IMAGERY. ABOUT HOTA GALLERY: In early 2021, HOTA will open the City’s new $60.5M Gallery. HOTA Gallery is the centrepiece of the City’s Cultural Precinct Masterplan which guides the evolution of the precinct over the next 10-15 years as the city’s artistic and cultural needs grow. And with more than $399 million allocated to deliver the precinct, this is a City serious about supporting the Arts. William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest, (a key work in the City’s collection), has been the inspiration for both the architectural design and future gallery programming: a trail-blazer full of wonder, discovery, creation, beauty, spectacle and scale. It will be filled with multiple ideas, an unfolding experience of viewpoints and trails that challenge all to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. It will have aspects of light and dark; points of discovery – both internally and externally. Designed by international architects ARM and spanning six levels with over 200mm2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space, the new Gallery will include a 1000m2 main exhibition space, with the capacity for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale. It will also feature 900m2 of exhibition space for the City Collection and temporary exhibitions, a dedicated Children’s Gallery and almost 1000m2 for collection storage and exhibition preparation. HOTA Gallery will become a must-see destination that facilitates and shares new ideas and experiences in visual art both indoors and outdoors; that draws its strength from integrated arts programming, and collaborations with artists, creatives and institutional partners on a local to global scale. HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia with the ability and ambition to present exhibitions and projects of national and international scale. In the first two years, the Gallery will host three major international exhibitions that are Australian exclusives and will continue to celebrate local talent along with presenting the $32 million City Collection in its new home. The annual Gallery program will also feature commissions, children’s exhibitions and education initiatives, talks, performances and Up-Lates, alongside external activations and installations. For more information visit: https://hota.com.au/new-hota-gallery/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Australia's celebrated international beauty queen, Robbie Canner introduces the first of her Ms Australia & New Zealand World 2020 National Finalists 2020-05-18T07:52:38Z australia-s-celebrated-international-beauty-queen-robbie-canner-introduces-the-first-of-her-ms-australia-amp-new-zealand-world-2020-national-finalists Australia's celebrated international beauty queen, Robbie Canner is on the hunt for successors after taking over the reins of the Australian and New Zealand arm of the prestigious international Ms World pageant - and she wishes to introduce her first 15 national finalists! Coming from all walks of life, cultures (Australian indigenous, Fijian, Afghan, Kenyan, Burmese, Filippino, Kiwi - but to name a few!) and backgrounds, Robbie Canner is committed to ensuring the Ms Australia and New Zealand World is an inclusive pageant welcoming and embracing women from all walks of life. "My aim is for all women of Australia and New Zealand to be represented in the World pageant," said Ms Canner. The Australian and New Zealand finals of the internationally-renowned pageant, which were set to be held in May, have been postponed to 28-30 August, 2020 at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, and is open to all ladies 26 years and over and of any status. "I decided to take on the role of director because the World pageant has been fantastic for me and I wanted to give back to all ladies 26 and over to have the same opportunities as I have had so the inaugural pageant is here, and with New Zealand so close I decided to have them join so we can grow World," said Ms Canner, who resides in Sydney. The pageant is a charity event for Tour de Cure Australia, and more specifically, the Scott Canner Young Investigator Grant (named after Robbie's late son who lost his battle to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 at the age of 22), which helps fund the research of up-and-coming cancer researchers. More than 750K in grants have been awarded thus far. The Ms World platform is NOWSA - National Organization for Women's Safety Awareness. "The World pageant system is all about the entrant. No platform or charity is a requirement although we welcome entrants to share their chosen charities and platforms with us, if they have one," said Ms Canner. "All the World queens are coming from the US for the gala evening in August 2020, and most of the judges will be international judges." Major sponsor, huntmaster has generously supported the event, offering the four major winners, Ms Australia World and Ms Australia World Elite and Ms New Zealand World and Ms New Zealand World Elite entry to the prestigious Ms World Pageant 2020 from 13-16 October, 2020 in Las Vegas, United States of America as well as accommodation, food, beverages and return economy flights. "I would love all ladies to enter - the more the merrier! Come join us - it’s a fantastic ride," said Ms Canner. During her reign as Ms World 2018/19, Ms Canner proved that age really is just a number, from beating out beauties from 22 different countries aged 26 and up - to walking the prestigious New York Fashion Week in February 2019 as the one of the oldest models to grace the runway. Entries are being accepted now. Entry Form and Pageant Information can be found at this link: https://www.robbiecanner.com.au/ms-australia-new-zealand-world-2020. For more information, or interview/photo requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Darrylin Gordon Halls Creek, WA Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Ms Australia World 2020 national finalist, Darrylin Gordon is an Indigenous farmer from Halls Creek in Western Australia's Kimberley region, who came to prominence after her appearance in the Visible Farmer documentary series. The Visible Farmer project put the spotlight on two pressing issues: gender equality and food security, both which are vital for the future of Australia. The goal of the unique documentary series was to change perceptions and inspire new generations of women to help shape the future of Australia's sustainable food production. "I like what the pageant stands for and as an Aboriginal woman, I hope to be able to create understanding and awareness of the issues faced by our First Nations women whilst promoting reconciliation through my representation," said Ms Gordon. "The pageant platform provides a much greater audience where women from all over the country can come together and share our stories, our diversity and our passion that drives us to be the strong women we are, building a strong foundation to advocate for women from all walks of life. "The cause I am most passionate about is advocating for social change for our First Nations people 'Working together for a better future'." Chantelle O'Donohoe 30 years old Sydney, NSW Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Chantelle is an inspiration and role model for all. She has a strong passion for raising funds and awareness for children’s medical services as well as children’s education. Being a proud Nukunu Aboriginal woman, Chantelle has a sincere concern for bridging the gap within the education of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. Chantelle works at a not-for-profit organisation where she shares her knowledge in emerging technologies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities nationally. Outside of her full-time employment, Chantelle is a mother who raises awareness for social issues and injustices, and is an advocate for several organisations and programs including donating over 600 hours of her personal time to volunteering. Whilst Chantelle is passionate about many causes and loves to volunteer her time, the one cause that particularly concerns her at this time is the increasing gap between the education of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. Particularly within the STEM related subjects of maths, science, technology and engineering. Throughout Chantelle's career, she has been lucky to now find herself in a position where she is able to give back to this cause and put systems and workshops in place to assist in ‘closing the (educational) gap’. After years of researching how to best assist, she found herself taking on a role to teach emerging Technology skills to mob in community all over our beautiful country. Within this role, she teaches skills in caring for country with drones, how to build and code robots, how to preserve culture through digital art, digital storytelling and apps, as well as passing on knowledge on how to open online stories and market themselves which in turn leads them to further independence and becoming self-sufficient in business. She also encourage mob (women particularly) to not only finish High School but also to seek out higher education, and provides them with the pathways available to do so. For 2020, Chantelle has also been issued with an acceptance to the Teachers of STEM initiative and will be returning to University to achieve her Bachelor’s degrees in both Education and Science Engineering. She has a long term plan to continue her work within community and have partnerships in place with the government and local universities to provide assistance and consultation on how to best address the issue of the educational ‘gap’. Maria Perera 29 years old Melbourne, VIC Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Maria is a female director/CEO in civil construction. She comes from a legal background and working in construction was not at all a planned event. In fact, not a lot of people were supportive of her move at the time given not many women were in that specific field. In 2015, Maria fell into construction and built her company from the ground up. She is now an ambassador for women in construction, and industry mentor at RMIT University for female students entering male-dominated industries. Maria has been featured as a Top 100 Woman in construction, and was a speaker at the Sydney Build Expo 2020 on to the topic of diversity in construction, and has also been confirmed as a speaker at the forthcoming Tedx Sydney event. Maria's goal is to promote diversity and female empowerment and uses any available platform to collaborate, and empower, other women. Cole Sialeipata 27 years old Central Coast, NSW Ms New Zealand World 2020 National Finalist Cole Sialeipata was born and raised in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and unlike many others, Cole has experienced a number of things in her short 28 years of life most wouldn’t think was possible to continue life from - domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and much more. Cole lived in Christchurch for most of her life until Christchurch was struck with the traumatic 7.1 Earthquake in 2010. Losing almost everything in a short amount of minutes including her life which happened to be saved after deciding to sleep the other way around that night where a TV crushed her feet instead of her head, Cole decided to leave New Zealand and pursue an internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for seven months. With the second earthquake in 2011 leaving next to nothing, Cole had nothing to go back to and decided not to get on her flight back home to New Zealand, and instead stayed in Australia to pursue a whole new beginning. This beginning didn’t start off to the greatest but with everything Cole always found the silver lining in things. Cole was homeless, unable to find employment or a safe place to stay. Cole made her way to the Central Coast of New South Wales to a friends' house she had met in the United States who offered her a place to stay. From there, Cole found employment and was able to save and get her own little shoebox apartment and start her life journey. Cole worked in various community sector roles, however still felt like there was something missing in her career and life. Cole eventually got employed by local NGO Coast Shelter working as a support worker for homeless youth. A light lit up in Cole and it was then her passion for her community ignited. Cole has studied her Diploma in Community Service, Homelessness Services and Mental Health. For the past five years, Cole has been actively helping her community at work but also voluntarily. Conducting fundraising events, food drives, social groups, mentorships roles in high schools, and recently joined Women’s Justice Network. Cole has been recognised by the NSW government for her community development achievements and was nominated for the 7News Young Achiever awards for 2020. Cole has raised over $20,000 for her community, and is also the founder of Charity Project Aria and has launched her first pilot program to equip disadvantaged women with various skills who have experienced domestic violence. The program has been designed to help and support women to reintegrate back into their communities better equipped after leaving DV environments. As a Ms New Zealand World 2020 national finalist, Cole hopes to encourage women to be nothing less than themselves in their own beautiful way. Women, just like flowers, trees, the ocean and a rainbow, they have their own beauty. Nicole Smith 50 years old Gold Coast, QLD Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist “Have courage and be kind”, These are Cinderella’s words that Nicole Smith tries to live by everyday. Nicole studied dance on the Gold Coast in Australia and at Michigan State University in the USA, before gaining for her teacher’s qualification in London, England. She was a teacher and then co-director within the Gold Coast Ballet in the late 80's up until 1995. Besides dance, Nicole was also involved in many theatre productions in Australia. She also works extremely hard everyday in her professional career as a Registered Nurse. Nicole started a not-for-profit dance studio called "Terricky Dancers" in Rural Western Australia in 2009. The dance school gave many local and indigenous children free or highly subsidised dance classes. During this time Nicole became involved in her first pageant called "The Boab Quest". Nicole placed 2nd runner up after raising $15,200. This money was used to buy sports equipment and to provide breakfast programs for children who would otherwise have gone to school hungry. After the passing of her husband in 2012, Nicole and her daughter Rebekah found pageantry again. Nicole helped her daughter Rebekah compete in Australia, England, France and the United States. Nicole knew she wanted to do more to help and give back to the community. She wanted to speak out about causes she is passionate about such as the Haemophilia Foundation of Queensland. Because of this, Nicole is so excited to take her experience as performer, dance teacher and pageant mother to the next step of competing in the Ms Australia World and Ms New Zealand World pageant. She believes the pageant world is filled with people dedicated to making improvements in themselves and the world around them every day, and she strives to be one of those people. Em Hardwicke 45 years old Jindabyne (Snowy Mountains), NSW  Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Em Hardwicke of regional New South Wales, was motivated to enter the inaugural Ms Australia & Ms New Zealand World 2020 pageant to raise funds for cancer research and and finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and also to advocate for women's safety, anti-bullying and suicide prevention. Em spent years in an emotionally abusive relationship without even realising it, but considers herself one of the lucky ones. Em has always believed that every woman and every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. She believes no woman deserves to be sexually, physically, mentally or emotionally abused or assaulted. No woman deserves to be disrespected or mistreated. Em wants to be part of the change and use her voice to share the National Organzation for Women’s Safety Awareness (NOWSA) message, vision and mission of educating and advocating for social change. "As a mother to a nearly 6 year old boy, I strongly believe I have a responsibility to teach my son that mistreating and/or disrespecting a woman in any way, at any age or in any circumstance is unacceptable," said Em. "I also want to instil in him a strength to not stand by and watch someone being mistreated or abused. I want to teach him to use his voice and speak up for someone who may not feel they have a voice of their own. By teaching our children, our sons, to treat women with respect from an early age and to encourage our fathers, brothers, uncles and friends to lead by example, only then can we expect to see things change." "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin. Analieze Bella Newton 51 years old Sydney, NSW  Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Analieze entered her first national pageant at 49 years of age after seeing Mrs Earth Australia 2017, Suzi Dent on Channel 7’s Sunrise proudly talking about her experience. Analieze came across the Miss Diamond Australia pageant, which was promoted as being different to other pageants. There were no age, height or weight restrictions, and it was based in Brisbane, Australia. Analieze entered Miss Diamond Australia in 2017, and was crowned Miss Diamond Australia Classic 2018 in April 2018 at 50 years of age. Analieze has used pageantry as a platform to advocate for diabetes, being a sufferer herself, and has even had toes amputated due tp the illness. She is an incredible humanitarian, spending all her time raising awareness for Charity and helping at homeless feeds. As an adult, Analieze was a single mother for many years; she might not have been homeless but she has experienced having to line up for food vouchers at charity organisations to be able to feed herself and sometimes needed help to have her dues paid. These were not her happiest years but by having been in this situation herself where she needed help she realises how important it is to be able to give back and help people less fortunate. Prior to pageantry, Analieze was a lost soul, a ghost. pageantry has changed her life, she now sits on the judging panel at pageants around Australia and the world, and is a bit of a celebrity. Analieze migrated to Australia from the Philippines at the age of 18 and resides in West Ryde in New South Wales, Australia. She works as a legal secretary, and is a proud mother to her son, Sean. Pan Sandar Myint 28 year old Sydney, NSW Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Pan Sandar Myint was born in Myanmar with Rohingya Burmese background. Pan graduated high school with 92% and gained entrance to study Medicine in 2008. But Pan still pursued to study abroad because of not getting equal human rights for being Rohingya in Myanmar. Pan graduated with a Diploma of Business at TAFE in 2010 which led her to finish her Accounting degree within two years & six months. After working in the accounting industry for a while, Pan realised the professional didn't suit her friendly & bubbly personality so she decided to change careers and now enjoys a successful career in the migration industry. Coming from the most prosecuted ethnic “Rohingya” in the 21st century, Pan strongly advocates on following the path of tolerance to save humanitarian value. Due to her strong passion of humanitarian rights, Pan was awarded a scholarship from Change the World United Nations as a delegate of Angola for the 2019 Path Of Tolerance campaign held at NYU University (Abu Dhabi). With no experience in modelling, fashion or beauty pageanty, Pan joined the Ms World Australian pageant as a platform to advocate equal human rights and to save humanitarian value by following the path of tolerance. Due to Pan's strong advocacy for Equal Rights of her Rohingya Community, she has appeared on several news media outlets (SBS Australia Burma, Friends World TV, Radio Free Air Asia and Pak Awaaz). Pan is extremely grateful to represent Australia by enjoying priceless moments with her beautiful pageant family, their strong support & love. Diana Omuoyo Sydney, NSW Ms New Zealand World 2020 National Finalist Diana is a Kenyan native and over the last 16 years has lived in the United States and New Zealand, moving to Sydney, Australia in 2019. She works as an IT Solution Engineer and as a woman of colour in Tech is a minority in a predominantly male-oriented field. Her love for Math and Technology is what drives her passion for sharing her knowledge and experiences in the field. She has co-founded and partnered with programs that support Science Technology Engineering and Math [STEM] in schools and colleges, mentoring and coaching others on these topics and educating them on the various career options in these fields.Often the ‘odd one out’ and having to navigate through a lot of the stereotypes and biases, she has endured bullying at work and the struggles of having to prove herself. This is a sentiment shared by a lot of other women and minorities in Tech. By establishing, contributing and sharing on Tech forums and platforms, she aspires to be one of the voices that inspires and supports not only those wanting to join the industry but also motivate those currently in it to continue on.Another passion of hers stems from the kindness & generosity she felt when she first moved to New Zealand with no family or friends. Her involvement & engagement with the community gave her that sense of belonging. It is because of this that she often volunteers for a broad spectrum of causes as her way of participating, supporting & giving back to the community. She learnt that every little gesture that helps spread positivity, togetherness and that brightens another’s day is always worth it.She joined the Ms. New Zealand World Pageant to continue to share her experiences and raise awareness for worthy causes. She stands with the women and minorities in the STEM fields - in pursuit of knowledge and strength to learn and grow because “The journey starts from within”. Katie Mouser 37 year old Canberra, ACT Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Katie joined the Ms Australia World 2020 pageant because she wanted to set herself a challenge in 2020; not only to improve and better herself, but also to find a way to provide more exposure to causes which she feels passionately about, and wish she could do more for, on both a national and international stage. Katie also loves the idea of building new networks, and forming new connections & friendships; supporting on another on their journeys. Katie hopes to represent to the nation (and internationally), a genuine, successful and mindful modern woman; capable of achieving whatever she sets her mind to regardless of age, ability or experience. During the pageant (and at Ms World if she were to win nationally), Katie intends to work with her fellow women to engage their communities and increase awareness of their platforms; not only by example, but also utilising the exposure a national and/or world title presents them with media and community options for raising support. As a child, Katie grew up in another country, and when she came back to Australia, she felt displaced, uncertain and anxious. As she worked to overcome this, Katie decided that where it was within her power, she never wanted another person to feel that way. Katie discovered she had a natural talent for forging solid, long-lasting friendships and relationships with almost everyone that she came across, something which continues today. This assists Katie greatly in gaining much needed support for causes she is passionate about, but also gives her a solid and trusted foundation to help others who may confide in her, or ask for her help, to provide them with honest, genuine and humble assistance. Katie takes great pride in her resilience; and is thankful to be supporting NOWSA through the Ms World system. As a survivor of domestic violence, experienced first-hand at a young age, she is wholeheartedly behind an organisation which aims to keep women safe. Katie is also incredibly grateful to be supporting Tour De Cure as Ms Australia World's charity platform at a national level; Cancer has affected many people she cares about, has stolen some too soon, and left it's own mark in her life, not only in her heart and mind, but also having had a cervical cancer scare herself. Katie is proud to be participating in a pageant surrounded by beautiful, genuine and kind women, each of them accepted for being their true selves along their journeys alongside each other. Leila Beikmohammadloei 47 years old Brisbane, QLD Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Leila is competing in the Ms Australia World 2020 pageant because she believes that each and every single one of us has a voice. She believes everyone has a story (or stories) to tell which consist of our experiences and locations, our hopes and aspirations and how they have shaped us into who we are and how we live our lives; be it by choice or by circumstance. Leila is coming from a very male-dominated society, and suffered two decades of domestic violence, ending up with a domestic violence order for two years. She is a domestic violence survivor, and is very proud of how she strongly cut toxic relationships from her life and environment to save her children and herself. Leila dared herself to improve upon and build her self-confidence by venturing outside her comfort zone; she dared herself to connect with people and help them when they needed to be helped. She dreamed of partnering and collaborating with World Vision, and organisation sharing her vision of supporting and helping others, particularly children and women. She wants to show all women around the world to be proud of their identity, values, themselves of who they are and what they believe in. She believes in herself and she will be successful at accomplishing the challenges she has set herself, dreams and goals. Challenging and developing herself feels like the sky is the limit! Suzzaan Kakar Melbourne, VIC Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Suzzaan Kakar describes herself as an Australian-Afghan village girl. She was born in Kunduz, Afghanistan and was four years old when she lost my father in the Afghanistan war, Suzzaan's father was a rich man and head of the city, her mother was an educated woman but she was not allowed to work, so she was helping women at home. In Dasht Harchi, there was no women's jail, so the Government would send them to Suzzaan's father to be under his restriction. After her father was killed, she and her family found refuge in Pakistan. Her mother had a teaching job, and was looking after the family without any other financial support. As a result, they had no food to eat, and until coming to Australia, didn’t have a fridge to keep water in 50 degree heat. Suzzaan came to Australia by humanitarian refugee visa and her Aunty helped to bring the family to Australia, but in her young age, she had to work hard to help the rest of family, brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Suzzaan started her journey in Australia studying the English language, and then a Diploma in Accounting and a Bachelor's degree in fashion - and she continues to study at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Suzzaan is single (never married), speaks four languages - Pashto, Dari, Urdu, English, is a model and fashion designer and stylist with dreams to start her own label incorporating old village fabrics into modern fashion. Suzzaan is also an animal rights activist and hopes to use her pageanty platform to raise awareness of this cause. Jasmine Farlow 30 years old Newcastle, NSW Ms Australia World 2020 National Finalist Introducing Jasmine Farlow - Ms Australia world 2020 national finalist This Sydney born queen has resided in many places up and down the east coast of Australia, experiencing a lot of what this great land has to offer. Jasmine's history in pageantry is a vast one, competing for over a decade she has earned a handful of Australian titles but believes that “we never stop learning or growing” so continues to stay within the pageant community. Since her first competition she has branched out to direct not one, but three different systems, all in the hopes of providing women a platform for self growth. In an effort to encourage others to shine, Jasmine has also coached many pageant students, some who have gone on to hold international titles themselves. Throughout her journey of self growth, Jasmine has never lost her love for animals but rather has been able to build a network to help support the rehoming and rehabilitation of our animal friends. This has become her passion and her career path. Jasmine is currently pursuing this path in animal care through undertaking studies, working at an animal farm and volunteering, or raising funds for pets and wildlife operations including Sea shelter and the RSPCA through which she was able to adopt her wild born Dingo, Diego. It is Jasmine's hope that gaining her vet nursing qualifications along with building a small sanctuary to house canines who are at the end of their rope, and have no where else to turn, may lead to teaching others a greater appreciation and respect for the animal kingdom. “We as humans need to nurture our animal friends, not fear them or abuse them. One act of kindness towards an animal in need might not change the world but it will change the world for them, and that is powerful” Tulip Goujon 44 years old Sydney, NSW Ms New Zealand World 2020 National Finalist Tulip Goujon is a mother of four children who had never considered joining a pageant as she always focussed her time on her children and their education. However Tulip believes taking up this journey has introduced her to some amazing, encouraging and beautiful queens who are all proud representatives of their cultures, people and homelands. Tulip has a big heart for her community and people. She enjoys taking part in sports such as marathon running and gym bootcamps, and has participated in many charity events. One of her favourite being a boxer for a match which raised funds for families who were in need of everyday necessities. She strongly believes in independence and that education is the key to success. Tulip's passion for fashion has always been a part of her. She used to work and organise promotions for promotional models and was in-charge of events for special occasions organised by Sydney West Multicultural. Tulip holds highly the value of respect, not only for other people but towards herself also. She enjoys uplifting and empowering other women and hopes her journey in this pageant leads her to other like-minded and strong leaders. Sandy Nand 45 years old Sydney, NSW Ms New Zealand World 2020 National Finalist Growing up on the tropical islands of Fiji, Sandy comes from a family of educators, and has lived with five brothers and two sisters She was very close to her father who was her idol, and he always believed that she would one day make him proud. After his passing away, Sandy moved to New Zealand making "the land of the long white cloud" her home where she grew her own little family. From being a banker to running a household and looking after her kids, she invested in properties. Ten years ago, she moved closer to her family in Brisbane and called Australia her home. She’s been a banker most of her life, and her career has not stopped her living her dreams She stands up for domestic violence, not only for women, but for men as well. Sandy believes that if a relationship is not working, one must learn to let go and move on. Sandy believes in this day and age there are so many ways to be independent. Apart from this, she believes in charity. Often very shy, she doesn’t mention her charities to the world as part of her father's teaching was not to brag about what one does for humanity. Here she is today learning still. 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HOTA LAUNCHES NEW AUDIO-LED THEATRE EXPERIENCE FROM HOME 2020-05-14T01:57:16Z hota-launches-new-audio-led-theatre-experience-from-home The unique theatre experience takes families with young children on an interactive journey, through a series of activities that help families set up and step into their own magical, imaginative world. Guided by a narrative soundscape, families will embark on the 45-minute theatrical experience using only a charged audio device, bed sheet, a piece of blank paper and pencils, pens or textas. Participants will crawl through tunnels, cross lava pits and swim through underwater caves, all without leaving home! Created by artists, Zoë Barry, Liz Francis, Nikita Hederics, Tahli Corin and Sarah Lockwood for Threshold, this adventurous performance was developed with support of a national collaboration by art organisations, including HOTA, Arts Centre Melbourne, Adelaide Festival Centre’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival and AWESOME International Children’s Festival. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said HOTA continues to bring great art directly to homes through its online programming. “RAGE ON(line), and our artist fund, Rage Against the V(irus), has enabled us to give the Gold Coast great art from some extraordinary local artists over the last few weeks. They continue to be ambitious and nimble and as the Home of the Arts, we are deeply grateful for their creative spirit and generosity,” she said. “Mountain Goat Mountain was the very first piece of digital art we co-commissioned when the doors closed in March. Threshold have created a beautifully mesmerising and playful experience for families. It’s simply outstanding.” Threshold, who uses theatrical tools to create experiences that bring people together, created Mountain Goat Mountain to provide a space for creative connection through play and imagination. Co-creator, Sarah Lockwood, said Mountain Goat Mountain is for families with young children (5+) who enjoy adventure and are missing going to the theatre, or to their special magical place. “It's for families needing a break from monotony and who are looking for a sense of occasion and a way to celebrate each other and this time together,” says Lockwood. “Over many years I've been working with members of this creative team to create invitational spaces that encourage relationships to grow. When theatres started shutting down, we realised that we had a unique offering.” Co-creator, Tahli Corin, expressed that as artists who live regionally and are raising small children, they had been thinking about how to bring theatres into homes for some time. “Threshold launched in June last year, so we were already interested in how we could work to create theatre in people's homes before the pandemic hit and made it a necessity,” says Corin. “There's a lot of commentary right now about what the world will be like post coronavirus, and Mountain Goat Mountain is an opportunity to imagine and explore a new world together.” Audiences can access Mountain Goat Mountain via the HOTA website from 12.00pm on Thursday 14 May. For more information, visit: https://hota.com.au/mountain-goat-mountain Link to MEDIA KIT with available imagery. ABOUT MOUNTAIN GOAT MOUNTAIN Tickets: $12.95 for a 30 days’ access family pass with all funds going to Threshold and the artists who created the work. Age range: Suitable for ages 5+ How many can play? Created for family units of any size. Minimum - a grown up and a small person. How long does it take? Around 45 minutes, about as long as a show at the theatre! What do you need for this journey? A charged audio device (computer, phone of tablet), a bed sheet (the bigger the better), a piece of blank paper (A4 will do) and your favourite pencils, pens or textas. ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Hip Hop Music Producer, Dos Dos, is Helping Artists Achieve their Dream 2020-05-13T06:44:24Z hip-hop-music-producer-dos-dos-is-helping-artists-achieve-their-dream Well-known hip hop music producer, Dos Dos, announced that he’s now accepting musical projects from talented individuals that need the services of a professional producer and mixer. Specializing in the hip hop genre, Dos Dos is also accomplished in the genres of pop, trap, and rhythm and blues. Dos Dos works with established artists and understands the demands and limitations that new artists encounter. Clients have the benefit of in-studio recording, mixing and production services. He can also work remotely to assist artists in bringing their musical vision to life. Artists have all the benefits associated with a professional hip hop studio Brisbane. The producer provides a wide range of services encompassing mixing, vocal recordings, and expert production of instrumentals. An essential element in working with music artists is the ability to connect with them on a personal, professional, and musical level, all of which Dos Dos does with ease. The hip hop musician Brisbane employs a simple set up that’s extremely effective, ensuring that each recording has true sound. Beats and instrumentals are created with the client present before adding vocals and other elements for a multi-layered sound. 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Carat brings together a powerhouse of media partners and talent to launch their virtual one-day festival, COUCH-ELLA 2020 2020-05-12T22:37:37Z carat-brings-together-a-powerhouse-of-media-partners-and-talent-to-launch-their-virtual-one-day-festival-couch-ella-2020 On Thursday (14th May), Carat Australia, together with Dentsu’s brand experience & entertainment agency, MKTG, will surprise and delight a group of 1,500+ people. This day, overflowing with a myriad of entertainment, will launch the inaugural virtual one-day festival, Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020.   The invitation-only event has been sent to clients, media partners, Carat/Dentsu staff and journalists with the offer to join in on a day that is sure to be bursting with inspirational content and providing much relief within this new normal.   Sue Squillace, CEO of Carat Australia said: “We felt it was very important to enjoy some time together with a shared interest and passion for the industry we are in and to engage with our clients, staff and our media partners in a fun, unique and exciting way.   “It’s so important to remain connected, stay positive and upbeat about our industry, and the opportunities media provides businesses to connect with audiences and drive the economy.  This will be a united industry on show,” Squillace added.   The festival begins at 9am, running until 6pm and will navigate through entertainment segments such as comedy, fitness, mental health, DIY, cooking, singing, among others. The Today Show’s Entertainment Reporter, Brooke Boney, will be there to introduce several of the segments, whilst musician and entertainer, Hugo Bladel, will be the festival’s MC, connecting the dots between segments and making sure energy levels are up.    There will be a range of topics to keep viewers engaged throughout the day.  From a financial fitness program, to some old school exercise.  There will be sporting heroes, celebrity chefs and even renovation experts providing advice. Added to this will be meditation, dance classes and music artists to keep the entertainment flowing.  Rounding out the day will be tips for staying mentally fit in isolation, as well as some very exciting music acts to give the day a true festival vibe.   As well as the above guests will gain access to an author sharing his debut book, the international debut of a song from Australia’s hottest drag queen and entertainer, plus some special guests from LA.   Special thanks to all the partners that have made Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020 possible:  Network Nine, Network Ten, Network Seven, Nova Entertainment, Daily Mail Australia, ARN, oOH Media and Junkee, QMS, News Corp, Foxtel Media, and Verizon Media.        Mark Fairhurst, QMS Chief Customer Officer: “The media landscape has been through a lot over the past few months and has forced us all to pivot and re-think how we all do business.  QMS Media and QMS Sport are big believers in being Stronger Together, so with Carat’s one day virtual festival we saw a tremendous opportunity to help Carat’s staff and clients come together and take some time to stop, reflect and connect with each other. Together with Olympian Cate Campbell, we are excited to give the team at Carat a real insight into adapting to life with restrictions, how to handle adversity, as well as the secrets of how to keep focused on goals and staying motivated for when we can be back in the great outdoors, playing sport and getting ready to cheer on the Australian athletes in what will be a highly anticipated Olympics return. “   Liana Dubois, Nine’s Director of Powered: “We couldn’t be more excited to participate in Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020.  I have been so impressed with how Carat has pivoted this event for the current environment in a fun and engaging way.  Throughout the day we’ll be showcasing the breadth of Nine’s H2 entertainment offering and useful segments from both Ninja Warrior and The Block.”   Luke Minto, NOVA Entertainment’s Sydney Commercial Director and Market Lead: “The team at NOVA are delighted to provide a premium experience for the festival. 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We’re so happy to be part of Carat’s great initiative.”   Rachel Page, National Sales Director, Verizon Media: “Verizon Media and Yahoo Finance are thrilled to be involved in Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020. Yahoo Finance has experienced strong audience growth during this period as people's financial situation changes, so our editorial team are well placed to share their insights on how to make your money work harder at the digital festival. Uniting to provide the Carat community with some light entertainment, helpful content and connection will be a wonderful relief after many weeks of challenge for our industry.”   Michael Stanford, Head of 10 Imagine, National Creative Director: "This is a brilliant initiative from Carat. We hope everyone learns, connects and enjoys the experience, and thrilled we could offer some heart pumping and heart skipping tips!"         Pete Whitehead, ARN Chief Commercial Officer: “ARN are excited to bring a little light entertainment to Carat, their staff, clients and media friends at such an innovative event.   Christian O’Connell, UK broadcast legend turned Australian radio star and Amanda Keller, one of this country’s most loved personalities, will be giving Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020 audiences a sneak peek into Christian’s upcoming podcast series.  Christian and Amanda will absolutely entertain and bring their unique brand of story-telling and humour alive, in this live to-air interview.”   Peter Holder, Managing Director, Daily Mail Australia: “This incredible initiative from Carat is a true testament to our industry’s community spirit. While this is undoubtedly a challenging time for agencies, publishers and clients, our industry is based on ingenuity, collaboration and ultimately a sense of family – which is what Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020 represents. We will chat with the coverage queen Roxy Jacenko and career chameleon Tim ”Rosso” Ross to peel back the curtain on what it really takes to grab the attention of the press and how this time has impacted them personally.  We have always aimed to both inform and entertain our community of readers which is the same energy we will bring to the festival.”   Toby Dewar, Head of Client Engagement at Foxtel Media: “Foxtel are delighted to be a part of Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020 - a great way for us all to enjoy some light-hearted entertainment. We are proud to bring along 'fun lovin' Foxtel talent Jason Dundas (The Watchlist), dialling in live from LA and talking all things celebrity and Matty Johns (Fox Sports), giving us the inside scoop on the long-awaited return of the NRL!  Initiatives like this help us all stay connected, and it’s an extremely rare opportunity to have all media partners working alongside each other for one common cause.  We can’t wait.”   Nathan Shakespeare, Junkee Media Sales Director: “It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to entertain and brighten a day for our industry, by partnering with Carat to bring drag superstar Courtney Act to Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020.  Now, more than ever, we're all craving human contact, a shared experience, and - most importantly - a laugh. Courtney Act will deliver this in spades, as she takes us behind the makeup for a candid live Q&A, and premieres some amazing new material she's been developing in isolation.  Iso has been a time of learning for many, and this act will be full of things you weren't expecting to learn. We've all tuned into many a stream over the past weeks, but I have no doubt that this will be the best one yet.”   Kurt Burnette, Chief Revenue Officer, Seven West Media: “We are pumped to be part of Carat COUCH-ELLA 2020. It’s a fantastic way to bring people together in this strange time and hopefully having Manu cook “the perfect steak” will inspire some budding chefs out there. I only wish Manu would be able to home deliver his finished product!”     AMERICAN BLUES GREATS JOIN BANDWIDTH LINE-UP 2020-05-11T23:01:36Z american-blues-greats-join-bandwidth-line-up Fans of the blues are in for a super tasty treat this Friday night with the announcement that US blues legends Robert Cray and Don Bryant have been added to the Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach already awesome line-up. Both incredible artist’s performances will be showcased in this 90 minute premiere online event which promises to be a house party like no other.   Joining the Bandwidth line-up from the comfort of their own homes are other top blues acts including TOMMY EMMANUEL, THE BLACK SORROWS, and KARISE EDEN. To celebrate our continued partnership with Memphis Tourism we are thrilled to announce that iconic international music legend DON BRYANT (above) will be beaming in from his home in the blues capital of the world, Memphis. Bryant is the man behind countless iconic records including his evergreen hit I Can’t Stand the Rain, which he wrote for his wife, Ann Peebles and which John Lennon declared as the “best song ever”. This sensational online showcase will also feature THE ROBERT CRAY BAND’S (above) mesmerising 2018 Blues on Broadbeach performance.  The five-time Grammy Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer seamlessly bridges the gap between blues, soul, and R&B with his soulful voice, smooth style, and incredible guitar skills. Watch 30 second teaser here International master of the acoustic guitar, TOMMY EMMANUEL, cannot wait for fans to see his Bandwidth performance. “It was such a disappointment when my chance to play Blues on Broadbeach was cancelled due to the Virus, but Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach has really stepped up and got a lot of the great talent to contribute to the live stream and given us artists a chance to perform for you over the internet,” said Tommy Emmanuel. Now that your southern house party has its sound, lets pump it up with some authentic Memphis flavour.  With thanks to our friends at Memphis Tourism, here are the Top 5 finger-licking meals direct from the Mississipi Delta. Fans can show their support by visiting the virtual Blues on Broadbeach merch tent and purchasing some of their fave artists CDs, t-shirts and other memorabilia. Visit the virtual Blues on Broadbeach merch tent. Bandwidth is a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook this Friday, May 15 at 7 pm AEST.  Northern hemisphere-based fans can also join in on this experience with a special encore screening on Saturday, May 16 at 7pm Los Angeles time PDT.  Blues on Broadbeach’s social media: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, please contacts SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: sue@suemacmedia.com.au Click here to access all Bandwidth media assets. 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The 28-year-old admits she is ‘not a doctor’ but insists the herbal remedy has been used ‘with great success’ in the suburbs of Paris, France - where she grew up - to ‘stop and prevent the symptoms of COVID-19’.Los Angeles based Kaila, who is the CEO of her own lingerie label Madame Methven, has hit back at critics who have slammed her for spreading unfounded medical advice about the coronavirus during a global pandemic.Instead, the heiress insists she is trying to ‘help the world’ and believes this controversial COVID-19 herbal remedy could ‘save thousands of lives’.Kaila, who has 1.6 million followers on Instagram, said: “There is a remedy in the suburbs of Paris called Nigella Sativa, which the Arabic community has been using to great success to help prevent and stop the symptoms of COVID-19.“I am not a doctor but I am doing my best to get Nigella Sativa in front of the FDA for testing as it could save thousands of lives and prevent the overcrowding of our hospitals. 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While self-isolating New Zealanders cannot attend the event in person this year, they are invited to join the party online. Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach will be a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 9pm NZST.  The virtual showcase will capture live music performances from some of your favourite artists from the 2020 line-up – all from the comfort of their own homes. Blues on Broadbeach is an iconic Australian event that is usually held on Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is coincidentally a hotspot for Kiwis, with New Zealand being the highest stated country of birth for residents after Australia. Many New Zealanders make the annual pilgrimage to the Gold Coast to enjoy Blues on Broadbeach with phenomenal music, warm weather, sensational dining, and world-famous beaches. This virtual event will showcase panoramic views of the beautiful Gold Coast and capture ‘at home’ performances from some of your favourite Blues on Broadbeach 2020 artists, including NZ’s own multi-award-winning Tami Neilson plus multiple instrumentalist and master of coordination Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine, This fabulous line-up features two of New Zealand’s own: TAMI NEILSON and LI’L CHUCK THE ONE MAN SKIFFLE MACHINE. Auckland-based TAMI NEILSON (pictured above) is set to once again impress fans after blowing audiences away at last year’s Blues on Broadbeach. Described as a “fire-breathing belter” by Rolling Stone, new fans will be super impressed by Tami’s voice which comes straight from the golden age of soul, country and rockabilly music. Her incredible singing and songwriting have seen her win the ‘2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award’ as well as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014. "The best way to get rid of the blues is to sing the blues, so, I'm looking forward to joining you all online, with my brother Jay Neilson beaming in from Toronto to join me for a special set we've cooked up just for you!" said Tami Neilson. Check out Tami's Bandwidth Promo Video Christchurch-based LI’L CHUCK THE ONE MAN SKIFFLE MACHINE (above) is an authentic one-man band who effortlessly intertwines thrilling harmonica and guitar, while his left and right feet frantically pound the kick and hi-hat. Chuck tells captivating stories through upbeat, light-hearted songs inspired by 1930s-50s blues, early jazz, Western swing and ragtime. He recently supported the legendary Jimmy Buffett, Jerron Paxton and The Topp Twins, and is excited to take his unique sound and high-energy performance to Blues on Broadbeach fans. Festival Director Mark Duckworth says Bandwidth provides a fascinating way for fans to connect with some of their favourite artists through an online platform. “The idea that Blues on Broadbeach would not make its annual appearance on the Gold Coast in 2020 was a shock to us all,” said Duckworth. “As we informed the artists and fans, the idea that we could band together to do something virtual immediately followed.  “Bandwidth is an online meeting point for our festival tribe, a celebration of our event and a snapshot of musicians working from home around the globe. It’s a non-traditional concert experience that we can provide for our audience to enjoy. Turn on, tune in, drop out." Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed today’s announcement. “For years we’ve worked with organisers to build this event up to be one of Australia’s marquee music festivals. It would have been heartbreaking to have the event fall to the wayside in 2020,” Ms Jones said. “As an industry, we’re facing incredible challenges at the moment.  “That’s why it’s great to see so many of our event organisers and tourism operators thinking outside the box to find new ways to get their message out and stay connected with people. “Not only will Bandwidth appeal to the festival’s already strong following – it will open this event up to thousands more blues fans online. “The potential for this event to grow the festival and bring more tourists to the Gold Coast in years to come is huge.” Blues on Broadbeach’s social media: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, please contacts SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: sue@suemacmedia.com.au Click here to access all Bandwidth media assets BLUES ON BROADBEACH FORGES AHEAD WITH PREMIERE EVENT - BANDWIDTH 2020-04-29T23:06:12Z blues-on-broadbeach-announces-a-premiere-event-live-on-facebook Thursday April 30, 2020 BLUES ON BROADBEACH ANNOUNCES A PREMIERE EVENT LIVE ON FACEBOOK Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach will be a virtual showcase capturing live music performances from some of your favourite Blues on Broadbeach 2020 artists – all from the comfort of their own homes.  Self-isolating music fans around the world are invited to join the party. Amid a calendar of cancelled and postponed gigs and festivals, Broadbeach Alliance was adamant that Blues on Broadbeach would not be taken away from fans and is happy to announce that Australia’s largest free music festival will now be a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 7pm AEST. Northern hemisphere-based fans can also join in on this experience with a special encore screening on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 7pm Los Angeles time PDT. With a music career spanning five decades, TOMMY EMMANUEL (pictured above) plays at hundreds of sold-out shows around the world each year and impresses audiences with his emotional, authentic, and energetic performances.  Not only is Tommy a national treasure, he was recently ranked THE greatest acoustic guitarist in the world today. Auckland-based (via Canada) TAMI NEILSON (pictured above) is set to once again impress fans after blowing audiences away at last year’s Blues on Broadbeach. Described as a “fire-breathing belter” by Rolling Stone, new fans will be super impressed by Tami’s voice which comes straight from the golden age of soul, country and rockabilly music. Her incredible singing and songwriting have seen her win the ‘2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award’ as well as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014. "The best way to get rid of the blues is to sing the blues, so, I'm looking forward to joining you all online, with my brother Jay Neilson beaming in from Toronto to join me for a special set we've cooked up just for you!" said Tami Neilson. Check out Tami's Bandwidth Promo Video High energy festival favourite, THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP (pictured above), has performed at over 200 concerts and festivals around the world, including several shows at Blues on Broadbeach over the years. Lachy Doley is the most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world, hailed by Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple as ‘the greatest living keyboard player in the world today’. Tune in to see Lachy Doley’s electrifying 2016 Blues on Broadbeach performance.  “These are crazy times… and to musicians and live music lovers these important restrictions have taken away a piece of our heart, culture and livelihood,” said Lachy Doley. “I’m thrilled that Blues on Broadbeach have decided to bring the festival into our homes.  “Alongside the incredible line-up from what was to be this year’s ‘Blues on Broadbeach’ festival, I’m stoked to have my 2016 Blues on Broadbeach concert aired as part of this great initiative.  “I love this festival and it’s incredible loyal audience that I get to catch up with whenever I’m there. This performance was one of the most career-changing events in my life and I hope you enjoy it as much this time around.” Festival Director Mark Duckworth says Bandwidth provides a fascinating way for fans to connect with some of their favourite artists through an online platform. “The idea that Blues on Broadbeach would not make its annual appearance on the Gold Coast in 2020 was a shock to us all,” said Duckworth. “As we informed the artists and fans, the idea that we could band together to do something virtual immediately followed.  “Bandwidth is an online meeting point for our festival tribe, a celebration of our event and a snapshot of musicians working from home around the globe. It’s a non-traditional concert experience that we can provide for our audience to enjoy. Turn on, tune in, drop out." Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed today’s announcement. “For years we’ve worked with organisers to build this event up to be one of Australia’s marquee music festivals. It would have been heartbreaking to have the event fall to the wayside in 2020,” Ms Jones said. “As an industry, we’re facing incredible challenges at the moment.  “That’s why it’s great to see so many of our event organisers and tourism operators thinking outside the box to find new ways to get their message out and stay connected with people. “Not only will Bandwidth appeal to the festival’s already strong following – it will open this event up to thousands more blues fans online. “The potential for this event to grow the festival and bring more tourists to the Gold Coast in years to come is huge.” Blues on Broadbeach’s social media: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, please contacts SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: sue@suemacmedia.com.au Click here to access all Bandwidth media assets. 55 MILLION KIDS CAN KEEP MOVING AT HOME DURING COVID-19, THANKS TO THE ELANATION KIDS SPORTS APP. 2020-04-29T02:57:53Z 55-million-kids-can-keep-moving-at-home-during-covid-19-thanks-to-the-elanation-kids-sports-app-1 San Francisco, CA (April 21, 2020) – Since COVID-19, 55 million elementary and secondary students are adapting to hours spent at the dining room table completing online lessons. Recess, gym class, after school and weekend sports activities and the ebb and flow of being an active kid have been upended, with no end in sight. Washing your hands AND getting 30 minutes of exercise daily is encouraged. So, what’s a housebound family to do? Download the Elanation kids sports app and get started, brand new to American families from Down Under, where thousands of Aussie families are engaged and moving.Even in a small space, children can learn the dynamics of basketball, soccer, dance, yoga, gymnastics, strength training, and aerobics. Or explore something new like karate. For those with a driveway or backyard spot, the ins and out of rugby or riding a scooter are explored. In all, over 1000 workouts and lessons in 15+ sports, across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are available from the app! There is a sport for everyone to achieve.One of the most enticing features of each tutorial is the instructor. Imagine learning dance movements from Nikki Croker, seen on Broadway in West Side Story and principle dancer on Amazon Prime’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Beginners in karate will learn their first kata from Natsuko Mineghishi, a female World Karate Black Belt champion, or master a double tailwhip from Dylan Morrison, World Number 2 in scooter tricks!Elanation’s kids sports app (www.elanation.com) was designed for kids to discover independent learning, experimentation, and endless hours of physical play. Ideal for Apple and Android users, the app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android fans need Android 4.4 and up. One subscription per family is needed, at only $1 per month. Limited offer during COVID-19. “Inspire your kids to move daily, especially now given all kids are sheltered at home,” suggests Elanation cofounder Aimee Atkins. “On Elanation, your kids will have fun discovering a massive library of sports workouts and lessons that they can try, practice, and safely share online. Best of all, parents and family members can follow along and encourage their kids as they progress and improve over time.” “Elanation is 100% dedicated to youth,” chimes in co-founder Katherine Maree Pace, “All of the content and features are designed to inspire a healthy relationship between youth and technology. We support positive mental and physical growth for all.”Parents who have downloaded the extensive library of tutorials agree. “This motivates my kids to go outside and do some exercise. The video lessons are easy to follow and suitable for beginners and pros, thanks to the different skill levels. The gymnastics and scooter skills videos are my kids’ favorite! Next week they are going to give karate a try.”"Our kids are engaged; they’re learning new skills and balancing a healthy relationship with technology. They love interacting with other Elanators and we feel like it's a safe and healthy place for them to do it. Elanation is exactly what this family needed." Social DistancingCOVID-19 has meant all after-school soccer, basketball, and tennis competitions have been erased. But the camaraderie of being a team player can still exist with Elanation. The app makes it fun and safe to connect, encourage, and challenge teammates, the kids on the block, and your coach. Elanation allows kids to add their friends to their profile. Then share their own progress or boast about new skills learned while practicing social distancing! You can also challenge each other, and compete on friendly skill and step leaderboards.With a dedicated family portal, mom and dad can have peace of mind knowing their kids are making healthy choices together. Watch your kids learn, grow, and have fun through movement, sport, and health. Follow along with their progress, encourage their improvements, and join in learning new sports skills together. Stay informed on their daily health metrics across sleep, heart rate, steps, and much more. Elanation Kids Sports Network • $1/month for the first three months. https://elanation.com/kidhomeworkouts/https://apps.apple.com/app/elanation-social-sport-network/id1169295672https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elanation.eturbo&hl=en_USThere are so many sports and lessons that are guaranteed to excite and challenge kids: Soccer, Basketball, Dance, Yoga, Martial Arts, Scooter, Gymnastics, Tennis, Aerobics, Athletics, and more. At Elanation, it’s not about being the best on your first go; it’s about watching, learning, practicing, and accomplishing it when you are ready. Kids can upload videos each time they try a skill to track their progress and improvement over time. When kids are ready, they can progress through different sports and levels, from beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Getting started is easy: download the Elanation app, create a parent and child account, then you are all ready to start discovering skills, setting goals, competing, and learning. Children create a Superhero username and pick a sporty avatar profile. There are no in-app purchases or ads to worry about. ABOUT ELANATIONElanation co-founders Aimee Atkins (CCO) and Katherine Maree Pace (CEO) launched the Elanation dream in 2019. Their backgrounds in children’s entertainment, industrial design, and competitive sports have bolstered a network of investors, engineers, athletes, and designers to join the community mission in building a trusted brand for the kids’ technology and sports world. The brand name came from the Latin ‘Elan’ meaning ‘energy, style, and enthusiasm.’ Merged with the word ‘nation’, Elanation defines our deep value to create a global nation of children who play energetically and enthusiastically without borders. At the center of all of our design and engineering, decisions are the consideration of a child’s mental and physical health. We put the child first, without compromising “style” for education. Become an Elanator at www.elanation.com. Australia and New Zealand will be represented in the 10 YEARS of the International Surrealism Now 2020-04-28T17:01:50Z australia-and-new-zealand-will-be-represented-in-the-10-years-of-the-international-surrealism-now 10 YEARS of the International Surrealism Now Exhibition  at CAE Portugal, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz - The International Surrealism Now Exhibition will open on (COVID? after) to (COVID?) 2020 at the Center of Arts and Spectacle (CAE) in the city of Figueira da Foz in Portugal, and in the ambit of celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 14th edition of the International Surrealism Now exhibition. Australia and New Zealand to be present in the next edition of Surrealism Now, the largest World Surrealism exhibition of the 21st century which gathers artwork from 52 countries until now. Andrew Baines, Cristian Townsend and Sarah Zambiasi   from Australia and Rudolf Boelee from New Zealand are the artists whose work will be present in the International Surrealism Now. The exhibition is a project created by Santiago Ribeiro, Portuguese surrealist artist, and started in 2010 at the Bissaya Barreto Foundation of Coimbra. In these 10 years, has been touring various parts of the country from Lisbon to Porto as well as satellite exhibitions in the United States such as Dallas, Los Angeles, University of Mississippi and New York, also in Europe in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid among others always promoted and organized by Santiago. This exhibition has become the largest exhibition of surrealism of the 21st century in the world, consisting of works of painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, and photography. 125 participant artists from 52 countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, India. About Santiago, the mentor, and promoter of the largest exhibition of surrealism in the 21st century in the world, the International Surrealism Now, already has numerous presences around the planet as well as Berlin, Moscow, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Indiana, Denver, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Nantes, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Minsk, New Delhi, Jihlava (Czech Republic) and Caltagirone in Sicily and many cities in Portugal. The  Arts and Entertainment Center (CAE) was opened in 2002. Large cultural structure (2 200 and 800 seat auditoriums - outdoor amphitheater, foyer, breakout rooms, studios, 4 exhibition halls) was thought of as a centrality with European Community funds and its programming tends to go through major national and international shows and this structure is also linked to other programming centers and events, in an anchor logic that disperses without losing continuity. http://cae.pt/ Below are the names of the artists: Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Albania-Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alessio Serpetti, Italy / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Axel Blotevogel, Germany / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Carlos Sablón, Cuba / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Chuang Chih Hui, Taiwan / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China / USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chiriac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, France / Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Fabrizio Riccardi, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Gabriele Esau, Germany / Genesis Cabrera, USA / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American / Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / Joanna Budzyńska-Sycz, Poland / João Duarte, Portugal / Keith Wigdor, USA / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maarten Vet, Netherlands / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Naiker Roman, Cuba / Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Ofelia Hutul, Romania / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Spiegel, USA / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pavlina Boroshova, Switzerland-Germany / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Peter MC LANE, France / Philippe Pelletier, France / Radhika Menon, India / Richard Shannon, USA / Roch Fautch, USA / Rodica Miller, USA / Ruben Cukier, Argentine / Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Russbelt Guerra, Peru / Sabina Nore, Austria / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sarah Zambiasi, Australia / Serge Sunne, Latvia / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Shia Weltenmenge, Germany / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto, Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Svetlana Ratova, Russia / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Tersanszki Cornelia, Romania / Tim Roosen, Belgium / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco / Spain / Yang Sumin, Taiwan / Yuliya Patotskaya, Belarus / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia. Contacts:Centro de Artes e EspectáculosRua Abade Pedro3080-084 Figueira da FozTel: 233 407 200 Fax: 233 407 209E-mail: geral@cae.ptwww.cae.pt Hours:Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 11 pm;Friday: 9 am to midnight;Saturdays; 10 am to midnight;Sundays and holidays: 10h00 to 19h00;Show days: until the end of the show