The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-16T01:35:43Z Celebrate 20 years of Italian festival, Ferragosto 2017-08-16T01:35:43Z celebrate-20-years-of-italian-festival-ferragosto Media Call – Italian street festival, Ferragosto What: Ferragosto Italian street festival celebrates 20th anniversary Interview/ filming opportunities: Australian Idol finalist and ARIA award winning artist, Cosima De Vito, Salt Meats Cheese co-owner and celebrity chef, Massimo Mele, gelato sundae building competition for children, Paw Patrol and City of Canada Bay Mayor, Helen McCaffrey Where: Great North Road, Five Dock When: Sunday, 20 August from 10am-4pm, best media opportunities between 1pm-2.30pm Media contact: Fiona Armstrong-Bunker, 0477 345 098   CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF ITALIAN FESTIVAL, FERRAGOSTO  Great North Road, Five Dock will come alive with the tastes and sounds of Italy this Sunday. With four stages, more than 120 stalls, Italian motor vehicle displays, amusement rides and a petting zoo, Ferragosto promises to be the perfect way to explore the beauty of Italian culture in Five Dock and celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism in the City of Canada Bay. Highights include: ·         Australian Idol finalist, Cosima De Vito performing (1.40pm) ·         Renowned chef Massimo Mele demonstrating his cooking prowess (2pm) ·         Salt Meats Cheese’s cheese making demonstration (12.30pm) ·         Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol Ready for Action Show (11am, 12pm, 1pm) ·         Dance @ Nikki Webster (11.30am) ·         Sundae building competition for children with Duccio Gelato (1.30pm) ·         Gelato blind tasting competition with Cremeria De Luca (2.20pm). The event will also feature authentic Italian food with pizza, pasta, cannoli, Italian ginger bread, gelato, antipasto, homemade sausage and sweets, just some of the delights that  will have event-goers’ tastebuds dancing. There is even a twist on an old classic, with deep friend lasagne. Full festival guide: http://bit.ly/2w8Cc4W GLOBAL EXHIBITION OPENS IN SYDNEY TONIGHT 2017-08-08T04:24:25Z hereistand-martin-luther-the-reformation-and-its-consequences-exhibition-opens-tonight-part-of-german-week-sydney Keen to discover more about “The Reformation” and Martin Luther’s involvement?  Why was the sharing of knowledge – through the written word and music – so important to so many? It is fitting that the poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD – part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany. The Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, Dean of Sydney, invites anyone, especially those interested in history and Protestant Christianity, to come and discover what framed the Reformation and to take inspiration from the life of the man who did not bow to corrupt authority or prevailing opinions: Martin Luther. OFFICIAL OPENING TONIGHT – FREE EVENT - ALL WELCOME This thought-provoking exhibition will be officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales this evening at a free event in the Cathedral starting at 6pm.     All are welcome at the exhibition opening, co-hosted by the Consular General of Germany as part of “German Week Sydney”.  Tuesday 8 August 20176:00pm for 6:15pm start  St Andrew's CathedralCrn George & Bathurst Streets, Sydney With the Reformation also referred to as a “singer’s movement”, music will be central to the official opening, with the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men performing two Bach Cantata highlights and leading a well-known hymn:  Now thank we all our God (Cantata 79, Bach, arr. Cobb)Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Cantata 172, Bach - sung in German) A Mighty Fortress is our God (congregational hymn) One of the readings will also be delivered in German and The Rev Dr Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College, will give an address. The exhibition will then continue at the Cathedral until late September 2017. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION #HereIstand reflects the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present day. “By considering the dynamics for reform that took hold after Luther published his 95 theses, we can better understand the far-reaching consequences of Luther’s actions in the 16th Century,” commented the Dean. “We are delighted that the Cathedral is involved in this exhibition – encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors alike to be part of an ongoing global conversation.  “Luther’s role in translating, printing and sharing the Word of God directly to and with the people was central to the Reformation, however there are many more outcomes from Reformation history that have continuing expression in modern society”, said the Dean. “We hope that those who visit the Cathedral take some time to view these beautiful, informative posters to discover why the Reformation happened, and reflect on its importance.” While this very modern exhibition - comprising 30 carefully researched information graphics -  is self-guided in design, Cathedral volunteers will be available to answer questions. Martin Luther’s biography forms the point of departure for an investigation of the environment the people of the Reformation lived in, putting the Reformation in context and highlighting its impact. The period between 1520 and 1530 was a time of upheaval, including for gender roles. Today it is often forgotten that women played a role in the Reformation. With an examination of the spread of Protestantism in the USA, the exhibition also considers what the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr has in common with his namesake. A MEDIA REVOLUTION In the 16th century, Martin Luther shrewdly used the media of his time: the printing press.  Movable type enabled a new kind of communication as one text could become a thousand in no time – be it scripture or a songsheet. Now 500 years on, technology is again playing a central communications role, with this entire exhibition having been downloaded and printed locally, reflecting the changing face of printing. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of images of Luther memorabilia, many of which can be viewed online or, like the posters, can be downloaded and printed on a 3D printer – in affect bringing the museum to the people! If the Reformation was happening today, would Luther prefer Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? Share your thoughts on the Reformation on your preferred social media networks using the hashtag #HereIstand. EVENT DETAILS “#HereIstand - Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” St Andrew’s Cathedral, Cnr of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 (Above Town Hall Station) 8 August 28-September 2017: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday* *Please note: St Andrew’s Cathedral School assemblies and regular services may restrict access at times. The poster exhibition will also be available to view prior to regular evensongs, held twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.15-6pm. Exhibition initiated by the German Foreign Office and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany with the support of Moore College, the German Lutheran Church, Johanniter Order, the Goethe Institute and the German National Tourist Board. Volunteers needed to help illuminate Parrtjima - A Festival in Light 2017-08-08T01:54:17Z volunteers-needed-to-help-illuminate-parrtjima-a-festival-in-light-1 The Northern Territory Government is calling for volunteers to help bring to life the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017. Curated by First Nations creative director, writer and producer, Rhoda Roberts OA, Parrtjima is a spectacular free event that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia. More than 50 volunteers are required to assist in running the free public event through a variety of roles, including guest services, information and helping with installations. Volunteers will receive training prior to the event and be required to donate their time between 5.30pm and 11.30pm on a minimum of two evenings during the 10-day festival. Andrew Hopper, General Manager of Northern Territory Major Events Company encourages Territorians to get involved, saying: “Volunteering at Parrtjima is a fun and rewarding experience and a great opportunity to learn more about the rich art and culture of Central Australia. “The extraordinary support provided by our enthusiastic volunteers in 2016 enhanced the experience for almost 16,000 people who attended. We hope many volunteers will return for a second year and we look forward to welcoming additional volunteers to support our growing program of events.”  People interested in taking part are invited to register to attend one of two information sessions hosted by not-for-profit organisation, Volunteering NT on Wednesday, 16 August at 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Thursday, 17 August at 10:00am – 11:00am at Red Hot Arts Central Australia at 67 Bath Street,Alice Springs. Volunteer at the inaugural Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, Chantelle Rothwell, said: “Volunteering at Parrtjima is brilliant experience and a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. It was so cool to be part of such an amazing event. I had a lot of fun and am excited to volunteer again this year.”  Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma) is created in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, AGB Events, local Aboriginal artists and art centres from across the desert region. For more information and to register as a volunteer, please call 08 8952 9630 or visit parrtjimaaustralia.com.au/festival-information/volunteers/   -END- Media contact: Sarah Shields, +61 408 283 091 | sarah@access-dgc.com.au Rachael Ryan, +61 406 484 929 | rachaelr@access-dgc.com.au Inspirational Aussies Unite For New Suicide Prevention Book – ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day’ 2017-08-07T23:08:09Z inspirational-aussies-unite-for-new-suicide-prevention-book-reasons-to-live-one-more-day-every-day Monday 7th August Brisbane, QLD In a bid to address Australia’s suicide epidemic, 10 inspirational Australians have united to share their stories of triumph over depression and suicide for a new book. Written and edited by Brisbane author Jas Rawlinson, ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day,’ includes personal memoirs from various Australian figures, including renowned hip hop artist ‘L-Fresh the Lion,’ International Inspirational speaker/best-selling author Michael Crossland, Red Rose Domestic Violence Advocate Sonia Anderson, and Australia’s youngest ever mental health commissioner, Nicole Gibson. Inspired by her own personal experiences with depression, and the loss of her father to suicide at the age of 18, Ms Rawlinson (who is also the co-founder of Brisbane's first domestic violence memorial) says she felt lead to create something that would help everyday Australians find hope during tough times. “I know I’m not alone in having suffered depression—in fact, I don’t know of many people who haven’t—but the fact that suicide is killing 2500 of our friends, family and colleagues every single year—8 Australians every single day—I thought to myself, ‘There’s got to be a way to change this’” she says. “When you’re stuck in a hole, it’s hard to believe that things could ever change, and that’s when people give up. I wanted to use the power of storytelling to show people—through real-life memoirs—that where you are in your journey right now, is not where you have to stay.” “Suicide is never the solution, but I know that it can feel that way at times—that’s why it’s so important for us to talk about mental health and share our triumphs.” Featuring mental health resources from Lifeline, along with personal memoirs from Australians who have battled everything from childhood cancer and PTSD, to debilitating disabilities, eating disorders, the death of a child, and more, Ms Rawlinson says it is her hope that every person reading can relate to at least one story. “I really wanted this book to speak to anyone and everyone, so I spent a long time searching for a diverse range of voices from both men and women around Australia; to show that no matter what you’re going through, the dark times never last so long as you keep pushing forward.” “Whether it’s L-Fresh the Lion talking about his struggles with anxiety and racism, Aboriginal mental health advocate Rene Reddingius sharing about his journey from the brink of suicide to becoming the founder of Transcend Initiatives, or Brisbane singer Miss Natalie sharing about her journey to accepting her sexuality, the message is the same—there is always a flicker of hope waiting to be discovered. Undergoing creation through the award-winning Ocean Reeve Publishing, Ms Rawlinson is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund $2800 to release the book in paperback format. “It’s easy to get the book out there in a digital format, but I’d love to also be able to do a limited edition print run of 1000 copies. I just find that there’s something beautiful in being able to feel and hold a book in your hands,” she says. “I’ve had people get in contact to tell me how much they need this book, how desperate they are for a glimmer of hope, and I’m hoping that we as a community can work together to get this book out there as soon as possible. “We are already losing so many of our friends and family to suicide every day—people need this resource now.” “If this book can help ignite a spark of light within darkness, then that’s more than I could ever hope for.” Those wishing to support the release of the book can do so via chuffed.org/project/reasonstolive Media contact Jas Rawlinson Ph. 0435 200 138 E. jrawlinson.creative@gmail.com W. www.thoughtsfromjas.com Discover Sand Song at Barangaroo this October School Holidays 2017-08-07T01:21:52Z discover-sand-song-at-barangaroo-this-october-school-holidays Sydney’s unique cultural space, the Cutaway, will host SAND SONG, an uplifting contemporary Aboriginal dance and theatre performance and workshop, during the October school holidays. Created by visual artist Walbira Murray and director Elena Vereker, and produced by Insite Arts, SAND SONG will illuminate the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve with nine shows across six days from Tuesday, 3 October to Sunday, 8 October 2017. Murray, a Gammilleroi woman from Dirranbandi, said SAND SONG is a unique and inspiring Aboriginal culture experience for children aged 5-12 and their parents or carers. “The vibrant performance tells the story of ‘Cheeky Brolga stealing Emu’s egg’, which is the Gammilleroi Dreaming story of the ‘First Sun’ – the first time the sun’s light shone on Australia. The story also represents the dawn of understanding, growing up, and gaining wisdom,” said Murray. During a 30-minute hands-on workshop, children meet the performers, learn the Emu dance and ‘paint up’ their dream on a glass ‘dream holder’ that becomes part of the SAND SONG set. Children will get to keep their dream holder after the show. The workshop is followed by a mesmerising and humorous 40-minute performance exploring the power of light, dreams and fire and featuring a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, with live singing, didgeridoo and clap sticks. Aboriginal artist and storyteller Rick Roser and four dancers perform on a large artwork of red sand, white ochre, emu feathers and five towering ancestor poles. Roser tells the captivating story using traditional Aboriginal bush craft techniques such as fire-making, ochre-spraying and net-weaving. Previously performed at Brisbane Festival and Out of the Box children’s festival in Brisbane, SAND SONG will make its much-anticipated New South Wales debut at Barangaroo. Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, Sandra Bender, said: “SAND SONG is a magnificent experience of First Nations storytelling, particularly for five to 12-year-olds and their parents or carers. We are delighted to present this contemporary work, which features the crossing of culture between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples as part of our inaugural school holiday programming at Barangaroo.” Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek via 13 28 49 or premier.ticketek.com.au for $20 per adult/child; $65 for a group of four; or $18 per person for a group of 10 or more. Barangaroo Reserve is accessible to all visitors. The Cutaway is fully wheelchair accessible with lift access from the carpark under Barangaroo Reserve (access via Towns Place). The 311, 324 and 325 bus routes stop on Hickson Road, just metres from the Cutaway. Insite Arts is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. For more information and tickets, please visit www.barangaroo.com. MEDIA QUERIES  Sarah Shields, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | sarah@access-dgc.com.au Claire McGee, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7005 | 0422 777 596 | claire@access-dgc.com.au EVENT DETAILS Event: SAND SONG at Barangaroo Date/Time: Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Friday 6 October 2017 at 10am Thursday 5 October 2017 at 10am & 1.30pm Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017 at 11am & 2.30pm Location: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW Tickets: $18-$20 per person + bf URL: www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/whats-on/sand-song/ DEVELOP YOUR PSYCHIC INTUITION WITH DEE GIBSON, AUSTRALIA’S LEADING NUMEROLOGIST 2017-08-07T00:30:19Z develop-your-psychic-intuition-with-dee-gibson-australia-s-leading-numerologist-1 As part of her newly formed Intuitive Collective—a workshop-based program aiming to teach people the necessary ability to tap into their intuition—Dee has set out to guide humanity to develop their innate psychic abilities with her Develop Your Psychic Intuition course. This workshop will help participants understand their own personality through Numerology and learn to use their natural psychic gifts of intuition. Dee seeks to create a warm, happy, and fun environment for growth with hands-on training within a small group, allowing everyone to receive personal, intimate guidance. “We are here to strengthen the outcome of spirit to raise the vibrations of the universe in which we live,” says Dee when asked about the meaning behind her courses and events. Dee’s workshops are designed to ignite a person’s natural intuition, to guide their spirit to sparkle. True to her experience, she has taught a variety of courses in psychic mediumship and numerology, as well as being an avid public speaker on the subject. Her latest workshop involved everyone from business mentors, accountants, musicians, and stay-at-home mums, proving that intuition can be harnessed for everyone, no matter the walk of life. Saturday, 26 August 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AEST South Barwon Community Centre 33 Mount Pleasant Road Belmont, VIC 3216 Australia Prices range from $148.02 to $163.77 and only a small number of spots are open to keep the group intimate. In order to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-intuitive-collective-develop-your-psychic-intuition-with-dee-gibson-in-geelong-tickets-35775042114 About Dee Gibson Renowned psychic medium, numerologist, author, public speaker, and former truck driver, Dee Gibson is a person of many talents and roles. Her lifework has been researching and learning numbers in their historical context, their mystic relevance, and phenomena, making her an expert in her field. Dee the author of numerous books including Easy Baby Numerology, Numbers Game, Soul Numbers, and the Finding Your Beautiful Uniqueness Through Numerology online course. she is currently writing The Psychic Truck Driver, a series of stories of her mix of spirit connection and driving around Australia in her truck. She lives in Portarlington, Victoria on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsular. Her website can be found at www.deegibson.com.au World Renowned Australian Artists Go Under The Hammer, In Landmark $5M Liquidation Sale 2017-08-07T00:12:17Z world-renowned-australian-artists-go-under-the-hammer-in-landmark-5m-liquidation-sale Gold Coast, Queensland: An estimated $5M in limited edition artworks by some of Australia's most collectible artists – including Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman - are being offered for auction this month, in a sale which will liquidate the entire catalogue of premier Fine Art publisher, Berkeley Editions.  Among the collection are more than 1,000 limited edition artworks, original printing plates and paintings from notable artists such as Arthur Boyd, Margaret Olley, Charles Blackman, Garry Shead, Ray Crooke, David Boyd, Fred Cress, Kerrie Lester, Jason Benjamin and Tim Storrier.  Valued in excess of $5 million, the collection includes handmade, limited edition collagraphs, lithographs and etchings, each of which are numbered, titled and signed by the artist.  All lots will be offered for sale at the starting price of $1, representing a never to be repeated opportunity for members of the public and established collectors alike, to own one or more of these highly collectible artworks.  For 40 years, Berkeley Editions has been responsible for releasing some of the most important limited editions in Australian art. Owner Robyn Berkeley says her time working with such esteemed artists will be fondly remembered.  “It was such an honour and fun, to work with and know these fine people. We worked with the wonderful Arthur Boyd for the last twenty years of his life. He was such a gentleman,” Berkeley says.  Berkeley Editions has long been known and respected in the Australian art world for its support of Australian artists and printers, a contribution which was recognised in 2011 by the State Library of NSW, at an event opened by Edmund Capon, Director of Art Gallery of NSW. In-keeping with its respected position in the Australian art industry, Berkeley has chosen to entrust the sale of its catalogue to Lloyd's Auctioneers and Valuers, whose Fine Art division boasts a team with over 30 years collective experience.  Bidding on items within the Berkeley catalogue is open to all members of the public via www.lloydsauctions.com.au/art from Friday the 21st of July 2017.  The first UNRESERVED auction closes on Tuesday 8th August 2017.  The poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – commemorated with a global poster exhibition. 2017-08-04T04:47:10Z the-poster-boy-of-the-reformation-martin-luther-is-being-commemorated-with-a-poster-exhibition-at-st-andrew-s-cathedral-in-sydney-s-cbd Keen to discover more about “The Reformation” and Martin Luther’s involvement?  Why was the sharing of knowledge – through the written word and music – so important to so many? It is fitting that the poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD – part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany.  OFFICIAL OPENING – ALL WELCOME This thought-provoking exhibition will be officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales on Tuesday 8 August, at a free event in the Cathedral starting at 6pm.    All are welcome at Tuesday’s exhibition opening, which is also the first official event of “German Week Sydney”.  The exhibition will then continue at the Cathedral until late September 2017. With the Reformation also referred to as a “singer’s movement”, music will be central to the official opening, with the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men singing two Bach Cantatas Now thank we all our God (Cantata 79, Bach, arr. Cobb) and Erschallet, ihr lieder (Cantata 172, Bach), the second sung in the original German. “Our choir will also lead a stirring rendition of the most well-known of Luther’s hymns, “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” said the Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral. “With two of our young choristers currently preparing for their roles in the chorus of Wagner’s Parsifal with Opera Australia, also opening next week, their German language coaching will come in good stead,” he said, acknowledging that the Consul General of Germany is offical co-host of Tuesday’s opening. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION #HereIstand reflects the most important events in the lead up to the Reformation. The Dean invites anyone, especially those interested in history and Protestant Christianity, to come and discover what framed the Reformation and to take inspiration from the life of the man who did not bow to corrupt authority or prevailing opinions: Martin Luther. “We are delighted that the Cathedral is involved in this exhibition – encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors alike to be part of an ongoing global conversation.  “By considering the dynamics for reform that took hold after Luther published his 95 theses, we can better understand the far-reaching consequences of Luther’s actions in the 16th Century,” commented the Dean.  “Luther’s role in translating, printing and sharing the Word of God directly to and with the people was central to the Reformation, however there are many more outcomes from Reformation history that have continuing expression in modern society”, said the Dean. “We hope that those who visit the Cathedral take some time to view these beautiful, informative posters to discover why the Reformation happened, and reflect on its importance.” While this very modern exhibition - comprising 30 carefully researched information graphics -  is self-guided in design, Cathedral volunteers will be available to answer questions. The exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present day. Martin Luther’s biography forms the point of departure for an investigation of the environment the people of the Reformation lived in, putting the Reformation in context and highlighting its impact. The period between 1520 and 1530 was a time of upheaval, including for gender roles. Today it is often forgotten that women played a role in the Reformation. With an examination of the spread of Protestantism in the USA, the exhibition also considers what the civil rights leader Martin Luther King has in common with his namesake. A MEDIA REVOLUTION In the 16th century, Martin Luther shrewdly used the media of his time: the printing press. Movable type enabled a new kind of communication as one text could become a thousand in no time – be it scripture or a songsheet. Now 500 years on, technology is again playing a central communications role, with this entire exhibition having been downloaded and printed locally, reflecting the changing face of printing. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of images of Luther memorabilia, many of which can be viewed online or, like the posters, can be downloaded and printed on a 3D printer – in affect bringing the museum to the people! If the Reformation was happening today, would Luther prefer Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? Share your thoughts on the Reformation on your preferred social media networks using the hashtag #HereIstand. EVENT DETAILS “#HereIstand - Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Cnr of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 8 August 28-September 2017  The Cathedral is open to the public between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday and on Sundays. The poster exhibition will also be open before regular evensongs, held twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.15-6pm. Please note: St Andrew’s Cathedral School assemblies and regular weekly services may restrict access at times.  View the posters online - http://here-i-stand.com/en  Exhibition initiated by the German Foreign Office and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany with the support of Moore College, the German Lutheran Church, Johanniter Order, the Goethe Institute and the German National Tourist Board. EMILYA COLLIVER NAMED CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO MILRAY PARK 2017-07-24T04:00:38Z emilya-colliver-named-contributing-editor-to-milray-park SYDNEY, July 24, 2017 – Sally Bevan, Founder of Milray Park, today announced that Emilya Colliver has joined Milray Park Magazine as a contributing editor. Colliver is the Founder of Art Pharmacy, an online gallery that aims to make art accessible to everyone. The online gallery sells art by both emerging and established Australian-based artists. Colliver will be an ambassador for the Milray Park brand where she will consult on story ideas, provide insight on trends and design themes, and write for the magazine. “Art and interior design go hand-in-hand. Milray Park has made interior design simple and affordable, while Art Pharmacy has made art accessible to everyone. It was only a matter of time before we realised the great fit between our two initiatives. We couldn’t be more proud to have Colliver join the Milray Park team and contribute to our Magazine,” Bevan said.   Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee $299 price. The Milray Park Magazine is a playful exploration in design, culture and modern life. -- About Emilya Colliver Sydney-based, Emilya Colliver is the Founder of Art Pharmacy. Art Pharmacy is an online gallery that sells artworks by Australian-based, emerging and established artists. Emilya also runs Culture Scouts, a cultural walking tour company that gives people the chance to see Sydney differently, with carefully curated tours that blend art, food and conversation.   Emilya has an extensive background in visual arts, working for some of the top art galleries and institutions in the world and with private art collector, James Birch. This experience has given Emilya the ability to identify and nurture emerging art talents.   http://www.artpharmacy.com.au/ -- About Milray Park Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee price.  Whether looking to pull together the look for a space with just a few finishing touches, or for a full-on transformation, Milray Park provides a tailor-made interior design service that works. The personal service starts with the client’s choice of interior design professional, who they then will collaborate with to create their dream space.    It finishes with exclusive access to the Milray Park Concierge™, who will take care of any post-design related assistance required, from product ordering to coordinating the timely delivery of purchases.  The Milray Park Concierge can also negotiate retail discounts so clients are able to shop like industry insiders and save up to 20% off tag prices.  Design packages start from $299 per room for a Designer, and $599 per room for a Senior Designer.   http://milraypark.com.au/ SOUTH MELBOURNE MARKET SHINES THE SPOTLIGHT ON SUSTAINABILITY THIS SEPTEMBER 2017-07-06T02:08:54Z south-melbourne-market-shines-the-spotlight-on-sustainability-this-september Sustainable September will showcase the wide array of sustainability practices at the Market and include kids’ activities, workshops, tours, a Sustainability Circuit and a special Turning Trash to Treasure exhibition.   Try your hand at fermenting or take a class with Leftover Lovers and learn to use what you’ve got on hand to make delicious meals. The kids can learn to upcycle using old denim to make bags, or join in sustainable story time. The Sustainability Circuit will take you on a journey through the Market and show you how to shop more sustainably and discover the Market traders, such as Frankie’s Story, who are leading the way by stocking only ethically or environmentally sound fashion labels.   The Turning Trash to Treasure exhibition asks local artists to create a piece of art from Market waste, with the final pieces on display in the Market’s SO:ME Space from Wednesday 20 September – Sunday 1 October. The idea arose from artist Kim Simon, who used more than 7,000 oyster shells sourced from the Market’s Aptus Seafood to create a sculpture titled The World is Your Oyster.   “As well as highlighting our waste reduction initiatives, the exhibition will show how we can find beauty and value in what others discard – finding treasure in the trash – as well as promoting local artists and the concept of upcycling to our Market audience,” South Melbourne Market General Manager Ross Williamson said. Submissions are now open for artists (https://southmelbournemarket.com.au/turning-trash-treasure/) and will close Friday 28 July. A tour for artists seeking inspiration will be held on Saturday 22 July at 11am.   City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss said: “Sustainability is something we are very passionate about and we’re striving to reduce our environmental footprint and create a sustainable Market for the next generation.” In line with its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use, Council has several sustainability initiatives in place at the Market. Some of these include food rescue, water recycling, solar PV and a progressive landfill diversion strategy with up to 90 per cent of organic waste volume reduced.   “Our Market is really closing the loop with its waste strategies and so it’s an exciting time,” Cr Voss said. “Green waste is now converted into an organic compost (vermicompost) which is returned to the Market and sold as a garden product called Market Magic. All other food and organic waste is dehydrated onsite in a 1000L Eco Guardians GaiaRecycle machine and will soon be available as Soil Food, a fertiliser with similar properties to blood and bone.”   Market Management is supportive of #BantheBag and is currently asking the community whether it supports banning single use plastic bags at the Market via an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BANTHEBAGCOMM.   The Market is located on the corner of Coventry and Cecil streets, South Melbourne. See, www.southmelbournemarket.com.au or Twitter: @sthmelbmarket, or Facebook: @southmelbournemarket, or Instagram: @southmelbournemarket, for additional information.      ACS Releases New Course- Biographical Writing 2017-07-05T05:23:56Z acs-releases-new-course-biographical-writing-1 ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new course- Biographical Writing. The Biographical Writing course is a 100-hour course that helps you understand the foundations in how you can go about writing your own biography. A biography is neither a diary nor a journal. It's more than a collection of ‘she did this’ and ‘he did that’. Although biographies are writing about life, it's more useful to think of them as a collection of writings about life events. What are the key events? How do these tie around a central theme or purpose? What's the difference between biography and memoir? What's biographical research? Who "authorizes" a biography anyway? Dig into how this popular form works with our new 100-hour course: Biographical Writing. You'll learn about different types of research, where to start gathering information, and how to apply the art of fiction to the craft of a biography. In the final lesson, you'll write a 2000 - 4000 word biography and receive individual feedback from our academic staff. This course covers the following lessons: Scope and Nature of Biographical Writing Researching a Biography Developing Context Short Biographies Comprehensive Biographies Planning a Biography Editing and Marketing a Biography Project – Writing a Biographical Story  For more information on the Biographical Writing course, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/biographical-writing-732.aspx ACPA applauds QLD Training Awards finalists 2017-06-29T23:36:59Z acpa-applauds-qld-training-awards-finalists The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) is thrilled to announce two successful nominations in the 2017 Queensland Training Awards (metropolitan region). Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) student David Biondi-Odo has been named as a regional finalist in the category of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Music Head of Department Nathaniel Andrew has been named as a regional finalist in the category of VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year. The Queensland Training Awards, run by the Department of Education and Training, celebrate the state's top training achievers. A panel of representatives from business, industry and the public sector reviewed over 800 nominations across 14 categories to select just three finalists for each category.  “We are very proud to see David and Nathaniel receive such public recognition for their personal efforts to enrich the experience and reputation of the Queensland performing arts community,” said ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis. “David’s story was featured on the ABC’s 7.30 Report last December. In August, he was selected as one of 12 Indigenous dancers from around the world for a scholarship to study at the Banff Centre in Canada, where his performance was described by The Calgary Herald as ‘shockingly mature.’ “Nathaniel’s students have benefited enormously from his international experience and very personable teaching style. He has lifted the professionalism of students considerably since joining ACPA in 2014,” Dr Kopanakis said. Regional winners will be named in July, and shortlisted for the announcement of state winners at the prestigious Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner on Friday 1 September. The state winners for each category will represent Queensland at the Australian Training Awards in November. More details about David and Nathaniel’s involvement with ACPA can be viewed on the Centre’s website: www.acpa.edu.au Further information about the Queensland Training Awards can be found here: https://training.qld.gov.au/qta/home Baby Love Music Fun Interactive Music Concerts in China 2017-06-29T11:18:53Z baby-love-music-fun-interactive-music-concerts-in-china Founder of Baby Love Music Fun and opera singer, Melanie Maslin is currently in China presenting the Magic Legend Musical in collaboration with Chinese company GymAngel. The first concert was presented on June 25 to 700 families and children in Shijiazhuang and was a great success. There are to be 2 more concerts this tour. Beijing on Sunday 2 July and Chengdu Sunday 9 July. In 2016 Ms Maslin licenced the Baby Love Music Fun to GymAngel which has begun to run the program across China. GymAngel has over 100 centers across China making this Australian founded music program very popular with families across China and expanding the Baby Love Music Fun brand further into the Asia Pacific region. Chinese families love the program for it's high culture and focus on early childhood and english language development. Songs featured in the concert come directly from the Baby Love Music Fun program are sung live by Ms Maslin and performed by families and teachers of GymAngel. The concert has been produced with the high production values of GymAngel together with CCTV10, China's TV station for education and creativity to create this colourful, lively interactive family music concert. For more details please contact Baby Love Music Fun directly via info@babylovemusicfun.com.au Images and video can be viewed directly on the Baby Love Music Fun website SMASH! welcomes cosplay duo Baozi and Hana to SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:11:26Z smash-welcomes-cosplay-duo-baozi-and-hana-to-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, April 18th, 2017 — For fans of geek and costuming, cosplay fever is returning to SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show to a whole new level. Introducing not one - but two guests - SMASH! is delighted to announce that the international cosplay duo, BAOZI and HANA, will be attending SMASH! 2017 as official guests.  BAOZI and HANA is China’s most active cosplay duo who are renowned for their portrayal of male and female characters from a variety of Japanese manga and anime series. Since their formation in 2011, both Baozi and Hana are widely recognised for their talent in costuming and makeup skills. Some of their most popular cosplays include Katsuki Yuuri and Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice), Rin Okumura and Yukiko Okumura (Ao No Exorcist), and Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami (Kuroko no Basket). With more than 232,000 followers on Facebook and 148,000 followers on Instagram, the cosplay duo has an international fanbase that spans from Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil. Over the last ten years, SMASH! has had a notable reputation of bringing high profile cosplayers to Australia, including Reika, Kaname and Yuegene. Baozi and Hana’s appearance at SMASH! 2017 is expected to attract hundreds of fans to Q&As, signings, and cosplay tutorials. SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says SMASH! “strives to deliver fans’ expectations” by bringing international talent to the convention every year.  “We are absolutely delighted to have Baozi and Hana as our first guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Baozi and Hana are some of the world’s best cosplayers in the cosplay community. This is a great chance for fans to meet them in person and learn valuable cosplay skills.” SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS*** STUDENTS SHOWCASE HEAVEN-SENT TALENT 2017-06-19T03:54:37Z students-showcase-heaven-sent-talent Australia’s next generation of stage and screen stars will be shining at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) mid-year showcase from 21-23 June 2017, at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. Over three nights, ACPA students will perform various works under the banner of ‘Heaven & Earth’, exploring what happens when the earth moves us to passion and makes promises of heavenly rewards - who will hold our hand and what will hold us back? ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said the showcase will allow students to experience performing for an audience in a professional venue. “We provide an excellent vocational education that is industry-relevant, with a strong emphasis on public performances to build confidence,” Dr Kopanakis said. "Our mid-year showcase is not only an opportunity for students’ families to watch their progress, but also for ACPA’s corporate and community supporters to see how they’re helping our students to shine. “The showcase is open to the general public too, and we hope Brisbane theatre goers will come to all three shows and enjoy a unique performance experience,” he said. ACPA is Australia’s only training centre offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion. Each night a different genre will be featured. Wednesday 21 June – Melodies from Heaven II Australia’s most talented First Nations performers will sing acapella, solo and ensemble interpretations of African American gospel music. Thursday 22 June – Lovers Anonymous A hilarious and poignant portrayal of young lovers as they break up, make up, and give up on the L word.  Friday 23 June – The Clutch and Fur & Feathers Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’, The Clutch explores the fragile struggle between independent identity and group power. Fur and Feathers is a journey back through time, dancing with the energies of the land through the spirits of the Kangaroo and the Emu. All performances commence at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Qtix - $15 for adults and $10 concession.   Event details What:   Heaven & Earth mid-year student showcase When:  Wed-Fri 21-23 June 2017, 7.30 pm Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Tickets: $15 adults; $10 concession. http://judithwrightcentre.com/event/heaven_earth