The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-30T04:00:10Z New book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart reveals the untold story of the Anzacs & Allies escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula. 2020-06-30T04:00:10Z new-book-the-gallipoli-evacuation-by-peter-hart-published-by-mat-mclachlan-s-living-history-reveals-the-untold-story-of-the-anzacs-amp-allies-escape-from-the-gallipoli-peninsula New book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart – published by Mat McLachlan’s Living History – reveals the untold story of the Anzacs & Allies escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula. View the video teaser: https://youtu.be/H9kqxvJU1w4 Pre-order now to receive the exclusive audio conversation with Peter Hart including recorded interviews with Gallipoli veterans – only available for orders made by 31 July 2020. Visit www.livinghistoryTV.com   The Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915 are perhaps the most legendary wartime event in Australia’s history. Less spoken about, is the 9-month campaign that followed, in which the Anzacs and their Allies on the Peninsula – which included British, French, Canadian and Indian troops – faced battles against not only the enemy forces of the Turks (later supported by the Germans), but also against the impassable and unprotective terrain and the elements. This is the story of the final days of this long and treacherous campaign.   Narrated by acclaimed historian Peter Hart, who spent 39 years as the oral historian at the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum in London interviewing thousands of veterans about their experiences, this incredible true story is told in the words of the soldiers who served at Gallipoli themselves.   “After nine months on Gallipoli, the Allies’ greatest achievement was the way they left” Mat McLachlan, Battlefield Historian and Founder of Living History.   Published by Living History, The Gallipoli Evacuation is available now for pre-order (soft-cover book $35.99+postage and handling, e-book $16.99), with all orders made by 31 July 2020 receiving an exclusive audio conversation with Peter Hart including interview recordings with the Gallipoli veterans involved. Both soft-cover and e-books are expected to arrive by 1 September 2020.   The evacuation of Gallipoli was a life or death gamble. The expedition to wrest the Narrows from the Turks had failed, Constantinople remained an impossible dream. Now in December 1915, some 135,000 men, nearly 400 guns and 15,000 horses/mules were collectively trapped in the bridgeheads at Anzac, Suvla and Helles. The invaders found themselves caught in a nightmare scenario: they could not advance, but how was it possible to retreat from trenches overlooked by the Turks? Who would take the responsibility for the hard decisions to be taken? The soldiers? Or the vacillating politicians busy ‘passing the buck’ back home in London? With every day that passed the Turks moved up more guns, threatening to blast to pieces the flimsy piers, breakwaters and blockships that acted as makeshift harbours to feed and supply tens of thousands of men. And winter was coming. But the evacuation plans were brilliant, especially the early introduction of ‘silent periods’ to confuse the Turks. But it was still a damn close-run thing. A spell of bad weather in the final days might have destroyed the flimsy piers, leaving thousands trapped helpless should the Turkish guns open up and their infantry swarm over No Man’s Land. This then is the story of how the Gallipoli garrison escaped to fight another day.   Bringing the story to life, Peter Hart weaves in quotes from his interviews with the soldiers who served at Gallipoli until the very end:   Major-General Sir Charles Caldwell, Director of Military Operations, War Office We have four enemies to contend with - the Bosches, the Turks, the Bulgars and His Majesty’s Government - and the last is the most deadly. It is deplorable that it should be so. Corporal Harry Askin, Portsmouth Battalion Great big howitzer shells that came down on us at an angle of about 60 degrees and which made a noise similar to an express train dashing at full speed through a station. Every other noise was swallowed up in that great terrifying roar. ‘Whizz-bangs’ kept bursting on the parapet, but we never heard them and then, when these big ones burst, it was more like an earthquake and an eruption at the same time. The earth would tremble and shake and where the shell had burst a great column of earth and smoke would shoot up a hundred feet into the air. Long after they had burst, huge lumps of earth and iron casing kept whizzing down to earth at a terrific speed.   Private George Scott, 4th (New South Wales) Battalion We were resting in Victoria Gully, till then untouched by Turkish shellfire, when I was called away to watch a 'Two-Up' game and maybe hoping to try my luck as well! Suddenly a newly arrived howitzer battery dropped one amongst the five or six I had just left. All died.   Lance Corporal William Scurry of the 7th (Victoria) Battalion It occurred to me that if we could leave our rifles firing, we might get away more surely. The sand of the hourglass was the first germ of the idea. If the sand could be made to trickle from above into a container attached to the trigger, the increased weight would finally release it. Next day I started on the idea, but it wouldn’t work. The sand wouldn’t run, and the trigger wanted a jerk to pull it. The jerk was easily got over by the cartridge box full of dirt, but water was the only thing that I could think of to replace the sand. DRUM ROLL PLEASE…NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR MAMMA MIA! 2020-06-22T02:20:58Z drum-roll-please-new-dates-announced-for-mamma-mia The countdown is officially back on for the much-anticipated Gold Coast season of MAMMA MIA! with Producer Matt Ward excited to share the news with ticketholders and theatre-lovers alike. “After making the decision to postpone the production earlier this year, it was music to my ears once we confirmed the new season dates,” he said. “It’s been a challenging few months for all, but as promised, MAMMA MIA! is locked in and sure to get the Gold Coast dancing in just over twelve months’ time.” “With the extra time up our sleeve, we will be able to focus efforts on putting together an even bigger and better version of the timeless musical, alongside our incredible production team and soon-to-be-named cast.” A total of 20 performers are yet to be cast in various roles, with one budding musical theatre star to score the lead role of ‘Sophie Sheridan’ as part of the local star search, with radio partner 102.9 Hot Tomato. “We ask that all interested to stay tuned for details as we reignite the casting calls,” said Matt. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek for the newly announced dates, while those who have pre-bought tickets will be directly transferred over to next year’s dates or have the option for a refund if unable to attend the new dates. “It’s an exciting time as we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and now more than ever, I encourage the local community to keep supporting the Arts and artists, by pre-booking an evening of uplifting entertainment and a fantastic night out.” Dancing queens of the Gold Coast can book tickets via www.thestargoldcoast.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au. For more information on Matt Ward Entertainment or MAMMA MIA! the musical, head to the website: www.mammamiamusical.com.au ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: amy@m10.com.au HOTA INVITES AUDIENCES TO GATHER BY THE FIRESIDE IN JULY 2020-06-19T05:20:21Z hota-invites-audiences-to-gather-by-the-fireside-in-july From 10 July, FIRESIDE will bring together the best homegrown talent, food, and conversation in the cosy setting of the Lakeside Room on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said she was looking forward to welcoming back artists and audiences alike. “It’s a real privilege and an honour to be welcoming back artists to perform at HOTA. The programming team have done an incredible job in bringing FIRESIDE together at short notice,” she said. “It’s a celebration of the great artistic talent that we’re so fortunate to have on the Gold Coast and across South East Queensland. Audiences are in for a real treat.” With the glitter strip twinkling across the lake as a backdrop, HOTA is inviting Gold Coasters to gather their friends together, with FIRESIDE the perfect antidote to the COVID-blues. Every Saturday night, HOTA will switch off the ghost light and turn on the spotlight for the likes of Circa, Camerata, music legends Tex Perkins, Matt Walker, and Eurovision darling Dami Im. Afterward, the post-show supper club will serve up tapas dishes for audiences to extend their night. Friday nights will feature Fireside: Fringe, with raw and edgy energy all about quirky cabaret, great comedy, and outrageous fun. Starting the evening with paella straight off the pan, audiences will be entertained by local musicians, including Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb) in Stories in the Key of GC, the Cheap Fakes and Volcanic Lovers. There’s also a second chance to see the outrageous The UnReal-Real Housewives of the Gold Coast and a hilarious comedy show from Jenny Wynter and Mario Queen of the Circus. Saturday afternoons is Fireside: Unfiltered, where audiences will be treated to a behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of new works from some incredible artists. Guests will hear from the team behind the development of a new Australian opera, A Night at the Pink Poodle, get up close and personal with artists, Michael Zavros and Justene Williams, and meet the artists behind the Brothers Book Club, in partnership with La Boite Theatre Company. On a Sunday afternoon, expect a laid-back vibe with Fireside: Live Lounge to round out the weekend. Working with BlankGC and Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA), there will be music from Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George, as well as Eddie Ray and The Oogars. Enjoy powerful words and rhymes from hip hop artists, Gratis Minds and Saint Lane, and spoken word performances from Ethan Enoch, Aurora Liddle-Christie, Loki Liddle and Anisa Nandaula. All washed down with a delicious brisket burger or sticky ribs, fresh from the grill. The FIRESIDE series, all neatly packaged up with delicious food, will remind audiences why they love HOTA so much. Starting at tables of 4, the cost of entry for most events includes food to enjoy, ensuring a great night out where everything is taken care of. As HOTA navigates the new landscape of live performance and events, safety is very much at the forefront of their plans. “It is incredibly important to us that everybody is safe when they come to HOTA. We’ve got a comprehensive COVID-Safe Plan in place and other hygiene measures to maintain the deep clean we undertook before reopening,” said Criena. “Whilst there might be some small operational changes at HOTA, we will continue to provide audiences with special memories, even in peculiar times. We can’t wait to welcome Gold Coasters back to HOTA.” For more information about HOTA or FIRESIDE, visit their website: www.hota.com.au *LINK TO MEDIA KIT WITH IMAGERY* ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Olympic Sports from above by aerial photographer 2020-06-10T05:29:15Z olympic-sports-from-above-by-aerial-photographer A Sydney based aerial photographer Brad Walls, known as Bradscanvas has been working on a body of work that uses a drone to capture Olympic sports from above. In 2019, after being inspired by aerial artists that focus on higher elevation compositions, Brad began an ongoing project to capture people from a lower elevation in what he defines “the aerial portrait ‘sweet spot’, too high for handheld DSLRs but low enough to capture the fine detail”. Since then, Brad has been able to capture a broad range of people from above, gaining worldwide recognition and an array of awards along the way.  When Brad first began his pursuit of aerial photography, drones were only just reaching the market. Despite the rapid evolutions in drone technology over the recent years, Brad keeps it simple, focusing on the basics of composition rather than the newest and latest gear. Brad says “I use a drone to as a vehicle to capture a new perspective.” Brad’s work primarily focuses on people from above, saying “most aerial photography today turns a blind eye to the most beautiful element of our world, being us.”  Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo (now deferred to 2021) Brad targetted Synchronized swimming, gymnastics, tennis & ice skating as disciplines that would be most appealing from above  “Besides the aesthetic aspect, I am also trying to provide a new perspective to sports which have little coverage outside the Olympic season” In 2020 Brad won an award in the annual Skypixel awards from over 30,000 entries for his work with a Sydney synchronized swimming team. The winning photo looked at the unique geometrical patterns synchronized swimmers - often overlooked when watching from side-on. One of his all-time favourite images is from the same photo capturing the team performing a cross front-pike pattern.  As Brad waits for restrictions to be lifted he is already planning a few more projects, one in particular inspired by fine art photographer Maria Svarbova focusing on springboard diving. “It was planned to happen a few months ago with an Australian olympian but due to COVID-19 it was postponed”.  Image download link Together In Art Kids goes global with 'Special to me' 2020-06-09T01:57:50Z together-in-art-kids-goes-global-with-special-to-me The Art Gallery of New South Wales and media partner the ABC are pleased to announce the second round of Together In Art Kids, which is now inviting entries from children all over the world after the first instalment of the project drew 790 submissions from children around Australia. Together In Art Kids is an online art project designed to inspire and support young people during this uncertain time by offering them the chance to participate in a shared creative endeavour. The project invites children aged 5 – 12 to use materials available in their home to create an artwork to a theme, which can then be photographed and submitted online. The next round features Indonesian-Australian artist Jumaadi, who has chosen the theme ‘Special to Me’, inviting children to create an artwork of someone, something or somewhere special to them. “As children here in Australia begin to return to school, many more children around the world remain isolated from their friends and community and we are all experiencing a mix of emotions,” Jumaadi said. “In times like these, I like to create pictures of my friends, loved ones, family – those near and far – and I like to draw from my fond memories of special places in my mind. Those things excite me to make more pictures. But more than that, they give me a kind of comfort,” he added. Launched last month, the first instalment of the project was inspired by the theme ‘Inner Worlds’, chosen by first participating artist Del Kathryn Barton. A curated online exhibition of 25 themed artworks can be viewed now on the newly launched Together In Art website, alongside a gallery of all 790 submissions. Art Gallery of NSW deputy director and director of collections Maud Page said she is delighted and impressed by the imagination and talent displayed by the young artists. “Due to the tremendous positive response to the first round of Together In Art Kids in Australia, we are excited to open the second round to international entrants and to be giving children living anywhere in the world a new avenue to express themselves creatively,” said Page. “We are thrilled to be working with multi-disciplinary artist Jumaadi to present the second iteration of this uplifting project and look forward to sharing more creative artworks with our global audience through Together In Art and on ABC platforms.” Entries for the 'Special to Me’ theme are open until 5pm on Sunday 12 July and the online exhibition will launch on Monday 27 July. Together In Art Kids was the brainchild of ABC health expert and Coronacast podcast host Dr Norman Swan. “This started as an idea prompted by kids’ questions on Coronacast,” said Dr Swan. “It’s fantastic to see such an amazing and ongoing response.” Together In Art Kids is part of Together In Art, a new social project that affirms the power of art to connect people and opens the Art Gallery of NSW to the world. To view the online exhibition and submit an entry visit togetherinart.org/kids. For more engaging resources for online learning, visit education.abc.net.au HOTA ANNOUNCES CINEMA PROGRAM AHEAD OF OPENING WEEKEND 2020-06-04T22:28:30Z hota-announces-cinema-program-ahead-of-opening-weekend With 12 sessions per day, movie-goers can expect to see film titles that may have been missed ahead of venue shutdowns taking place, coined The Remembered Series. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the move is a positive step in the right direction for the entertainment and arts community. “Our cinema reels are ready to screen the films that were on sale as the world fell silent. They deserve to be seen and enjoyed, and we look forward to HOTA being the first to show them on the big screen since re-opening,” she said. “We will be turning off the ghost light and have the popcorn ready to offer the movie-going community a quintessential social experience that I know many have missed.” Films showing from Saturday 6th to Wednesday 10th June include, The Trip to Greece (M), starring funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who travel from Troy to Ithaca following in the footsteps of Odysseus, exploring restaurants, hotels and other famous landmarks. Hearts and Bones (M) - the story of an unlikely friendship that grows between a traumatised war photographer and a Sudanese refugee, when they discover a link that intertwines their pasts. An intimate and affecting period drama about freedom – Portrait of a Lady on Fire (M) - explores love and desire that follows the journey of Marianne, a young painter in 18th Century France. The Current War (M) tells the epic story of three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future, through cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. A boy’s spark of intelligence risks being lost under the pressures of the conflict between his Arrernte upbringing and western education in the film, In My Blood It Runs (M). Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, Parasite (MA15+) is the black comedy that follows the complicated relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. While venue restrictions and capacity numbers limit the number of people attending to 20 per screening, the team at HOTA are committed to bringing some normality back to the life of Gold Coasters. Strict social distancing measures will still apply, with ticket holders allocated seats for each screening. Audiences are encouraged to get in quick as tickets are on sale now and expected to sell out fast. For more information and session times, or to purchase tickets, head to the HOTA website: https://hota.com.au/cinema-now-showing/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 HOTA OPENS DOORS THIS WEEKEND! 2020-06-01T23:21:26Z hota-opens-doors-this-weekend The move is a return to normal; to date nights, to socialising, to shared cinematic experiences and one that is sure to excite locals of all ages. While venue restrictions and capacity numbers limit the number of people attending to 20 per screening, the team at HOTA are committed to bringing some normality back to the life of Gold Coasters but strict social distancing measures will apply. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, believes the move will fill the social void brought about by the COVID-19 shutdowns, as the act of movie-going is a quintessential social experience. “There will be 12 screenings a day from Saturday 6th and we are pulling together a thematic program that touches on some of our favourite films, through to award-winning masterpieces, as well as family movies,” she said. Ms Gehrke said the move was a positive step to a return to theatre experiences and, when restrictions permit, a host of regular programming to come. “We are not there yet but there is a strong local appetite for the Arts and the cinema is the first ‘cab off the rank’.” “As the government allows it, we will rebuild our program to welcome back artists and audiences gradually to ensure we remain a vibrant and dynamic Home of the Arts.” HOTA was one of the first large venues on the Gold Coast to close their doors in light of the pandemic and is now leading the way in creating socially responsible opportunities to enjoy regular experiences. “We look forward to releasing details of the cinema program later this week and encourage everyone to check the HOTA website for ongoing updates.” For more information visit: https://hota.com.au/cinema-now-showing/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Buffalo Trace named Distillery of the Year by Tasting Panel Magazine at 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020-05-29T05:18:09Z buffalo-trace-named-distillery-of-the-year-by-tasting-panel-magazine-at-2020-san-francisco-world-spirits-competition With expansions underway everywhere you look at Buffalo Trace Distillery, the whiskey maker is expanding its status as the World’s Most Award Winning Distillery. The Distillery was just named Tasting Panel Magazine’s Distillery of the Year at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This prestigious award recognizes the single distiller earning the most points, measured by the number and level of awards won in a given year. That honor is bestowed to Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2020 after its spirits garnered a total of 18 medals and a Best in Class designation. This includes five Double Gold medals, four Gold medals, six Silver medals and three Bronze medals and the title of Best Small Batch Bourbon 11 Years and Older for its Eagle Rare 17 Year Old.   “Our focus has always been on making quality spirits, so this honor motivates us to continue the hard work and maintain the high standards we’ve set for ourselves,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “This is an ongoing team effort. We’re very proud and thankful for the work every one of our team members puts forth for our whiskies to reach this level of recognition.” Garnering more than 1,000 awards over the years, this Distillery of the Year title further underscores Buffalo Trace’s commitment to produce excellent spirits. As its collection of honors continues to grow, so too is the popularity of Buffalo Trace’s whiskies and spirits. With the second phase of its Distillery expansion underway, Buffalo Trace is making significant progress on its $1.2 billion investment to expand its distilling capabilities and make more award-winning whiskey. Double Gold medals went to ·       Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight American Rye Whiskey ·       Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Gold medals were awarded to ·       Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Weller Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Silver medal recipients were ·       Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled-in-Bond Straight American Rye Whiskey ·       Weller CYPB (Craft Your Perfect Bourbon) Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Bronze medals went to ·       Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon ·       Wheatley Vodka ·       Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream Liqueur Spirits entered into the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are judged over four days of highly controlled blind tastings by a panel of more than 40 judges made up of respected, experienced industry experts. Complete results for the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://www.sfspiritscomp.com/results/. About Buffalo Trace Distillery Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery's rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.  To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/media/photos .   About SouthTrade International SouthTrade International was established in 2001 to build premium spirits brands in Australia. SouthTrade has launched brands that compete in all significant spirit categories. A number of these brands have enjoyed spectacular success under SouthTrade. The SouthTrade portfolio includes Southern Comfort, Fireball Whisky, Starward Whisky, Adelaide Hills Distillery and the World’s most awarded distillery’s flagship Bourbon – Buffalo Trace. www.southtradeint.com.au 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 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. Professional and budding musicians alike regularly contract with the trap musician Brisbane. Artists can choose from any or all of the producer’s services that encompass a professional recording studio, mixing engineer, beat maker, producer, and full instrumental production. All work includes two free revisions and turnaround times are fluid, depending on the needs of the client. Dos Dos is an accomplished musician and performer in his own right. His singles “Wingspan” and “Starlight/Energy” received significant national airplay. Dos Dos has a deep understanding of what artists need and delivers those services in a timely manner. He works with established artists and is now helping new artists make their own mark on the musical world. 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. ARTISTS TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS 2020-04-30T00:19:38Z artists-take-matters-into-their-own-hands What you need to know ·       Rani Huszar (aka Foxy Moron) & Daniel Oldaker (aka Dandyman) of Varietyville Productions have been making a living presenting shows over 20 years in more than 30 countries. ·       They have produced a Co-Vid19 adaptation of their show, Acts of Absurdity, to employ artists and stream happiness and laughter direct to your home - a dash of new school variety meets GoggleBox meets Big Brother crossed with Pirate TV. ·       In only 4 weeks and 4 shows they have performed to over 2,000 people from all over the world from ages 1 – 85 and supported and paid over 20 artists. Artists who have appeared include Frank Woodley, Damian Callinan, Anna Lumb, Mario Queen of the Circus, Nicci Wilkes and Emilie Bloom as the Two Donnies, Adrian Kaye and Fedirica Tranchida, Ben Delmas from Italy, Jess Love, Luke Escombe from the Vegetable Plot, Rod Lara, Liz Skitch, Anthony De Masi, Die Rotten Punkte, Cian Kinsella from Lords of Strut and Lynn Ruth Miller (The world’s oldest Stand-Up comedian), Erik the Dog and Birdmann. ·       Unlike other online shows, audience members are invited to dress up and join everyone on video in the virtual foyer 20 minutes prior to the show commencing so they can connect, catch up and chat. And then the countdown kicks in and the show begins, this is followed by an after party, where there are costume changes and social distance dancing! ·       Interactive show segments include, ’Funny Faces’, ‘What’s in your kitchen’, ‘Blow a Kiss to someone you miss’ and ‘Foxy’s Fashion Fiesta’ to engage with audiences in true cabaret style. Click here for a snapshot of the Show - varietyville.net  Comp tickets, interviews & hi-res images available on request.  WHERE: via Zoom link online  WHEN: Every Saturday night at 7:30pm AEST  TO BOOK: http://www.varietyville.net/live-zoom-shows.html   TAMI NEILSON FEATURES IN PREMIERE EVENT FROM YOUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE DITCH 2020-04-29T23:11:19Z blues-on-broadbeach-announces-premiere-event-live-on-facebook-featuring-tami-neilson Thursday April 30, 2020 BLUES ON BROADBEACH ANNOUNCES A PREMIERE EVENT LIVE ON FACEBOOK One of Australia’s largest free music festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, is making it easy for our friends across the ditch to take part in this exciting music extravaganza by moving the event online for all to enjoy. 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.