The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-03T22:58:13Z The TV Week Logies Most Popular TV Commercial Finalists Announced 2019-03-03T22:58:13Z the-tv-week-logies-most-popular-tv-commercial-finalists-announced THE TV WEEK LOGIES MOST POPULAR TV COMMERCIAL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 4th March 2019 Bauer Media is proud to announce the finalists in the Most Popular Television Commercial category at the 61st annual TV WEEK Logie Awards, to be held on the Gold Coast later this year. Twelve of Australia’s best advertisements are eligible for the new Logie Award. In its inaugural year, the Most Popular TV Commercial category received an overwhelming number of entries from agencies all across Australia. A panel of leading industry experts were responsible for shortlisting the numerous submissions and undertook a rigorous selection process in order to narrow down the top 12 advertisements to move forward to the public vote. 2019’s judging panel consisted of some of Australia’s most authoritative voices in media and advertising; Pippa Chambers, Editor of Ad News, James Manning, Editor of Mediaweek, Michael Lynch, CEO and Founder of Campaign Brief, David Hovenden, Editor and Publisher of B&T, Thomas Woodgate, Editor of TV WEEK and Jane Waterhouse, General Manager of Bauer Media’s Story54. Thomas Woodgate, Editor TV WEEK said: “We had an overwhelming response to this campaign in its very first year and we are thrilled to be submitting some of Australia’s finest creative for the consumer vote. It’s been really pleasing to see how the industry has embraced this award. It was our intention to showcase the creativity within the advertising industry and the level of submissions was superb. Some of the best creative is being produced right here in Australia and the commercials this year proved that. We were looking for ads that really captured the diverse nature of our country and there were plenty. Judging was an extremely tough process, so thank you to all that submitted for making our jobs so difficult! It’ll be over to the public to decide the final winner, so I wish all entrants the very best of luck.” The top 12 commercials shortlisted for 2019 include: Australia Santa Crashes Christmas by Aldi Dundee: Australia's Tourism Ad in Disguise by Tourism Australia First Dance by Apple Frank by Westpac I AM the captain of my soul by Invictus Games It's a Mystery by Budget Direct Join The Queendom by Bonds Lamb Side Story by MLA Making My Christmas by Myer Naked Wrestling by KFC Serena Project: I Touch Myself by Berlei Tastes Like Australia by Vegemite Public voting officially opens today, Monday the 4th of March on the digital home of TV WEEK, Now to Love. The 61st TV WEEK Logie Awards will be held at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland. All the action from the red-carpet arrivals and awards-show celebrations will be telecast on the Nine Network and 9Now. Kardashian TV House a Challenge 2019-01-09T04:51:25Z kardashian-tv-house-a-challenge Jessica is a successful actress, reporter and publicist of Hollywood. One of her most notable projects was getting the house publicity during the campaign in 2014 which ignited her career in lifestyle and entertainment public relations. Jessica commented “Iwas able to secure placements on many top outlets such as TMZ, Hollywood reporter, Variety etc. Many people think the Kardashians actually live in the home for. In reality, for privacy reasons, this house is not the real house, rather, it was used as the external shot due to security and privacy.   The 7843-sq. foot Studio City mansion recently sold for $5.25 million after being on and off the market for the past 11 years. Other key takeaways from Jessica’s appearance on the show included her excellent advice on how to manage a high paced schedule within Hollywood for which is vital for any entertainment professionals to thrive there.  She recommends using apps with daily planner alongside your regular diary it help keep you on track throughout the day.According to Jessica “Building a resume of verified credits on IMDB, press interviews, networking, prioritizing your schedule, consistent posting on social media to keep agents, producers, casting directors, and fans updated on what you are doing are all important to building an acting career”.    Host of Conversation Hollywood James Pratt said of the episode, Jess has the luxury of being successful with two separate fields within Hollywood so her advice across PR and Acting educates the audience with first-hand knowledge and advice, not everyone has the budget for a publicist so Jess’s advice to actors on how to get around this is extremely valuable.Another key takeaway from Jessica was her advice on when actors have a red-carpet event or film party in Hollywood, the most important thing is something you may not think about, - To factor in traffic and parking. Jess commented the most stressful thing for A list events in Hollywood is traffic, you have to plan ahead – I tell my clients to plan for the day and time at least 1 hour earlier. Jessica’s episode will be coming up on iTunes the website at www.conversationhollywood.com   Go bold or go home 2018-11-26T00:40:00Z go-bold-or-go-home By Tatiana Stutz, Guest makeup artist, The Institute of Makeup Artistry Just like any art, makeup expertise requires boundless enthusiasm and takes years of learning and practice. The Institute of Makeup Artistry, a cutting-edge, professional makeup artistry course allows you to work side by side with experts in the field, sharing their knowledge and experience to help launch your career. My top tips for summer 2018/2019 will see the transition from the extremely heavy contours to much lighter, highlighted, natural glowing skin with playful accents, metallic shadow and smudgy bold lips. Think, radiant creamy textures with minimal coverage. Fresh naturally looking dewy skin is all the go this summer. Skin is in – it’s time to put down the contour kits, brushes, sticks and wands for a more natural look. Tinted moisturiser is a great place to start. It’s about applying the right amount of makeup, so your skin looks healthy. Use natural tones and ultra-fine touches to get the perfect bare face effect. Embrace your natural glow with lighter foundations and spot concealing where you get the most shine to leave your face looking radiant. Bold is back! This is the year to experiment with bright eyeshadow palettes you never thought you’d try. Pushing the boundaries on your eyes with wild colour palettes, making a statement and taking your creativity to the next level is this season’s trend. Brightly hued, free-form eyes in pastel, metallic neon and tropic-inspired hues will sculpt your eyes and make them pop. Think cool 90’s chick, with full lids that are daring and fun. If that’s too adventurous for you, try a simple bright blue line across the lash line. Bright, defined lips are dominant again this season. Paintbox bright lips will really elevate a look. Red, orange and fuchsia are huge this summer. Try mixing liquid lipsticks with intense colour and gloss to add moisture and make them look healthy and plump. Making sure your lips are lined precisely with sharp, defined edges will also help create a fuller pout. Contour draping is the secret you need to know. Draping is essentially contouring with blush. While plums, hot pinks and peaches are nothing new, makeup artists are now taking it to a whole new level using blues, greens, oranges and yellows. Reviving the 70’s bold cheek trend, draping gives your face a sculpted glow on the cheekbones and around the temples and brow bones. The key to make draping look chic, is blending. Use the darker shade to chisel, then buff it out with the lighter colour. The result is a softer, fresher approach to definition. Interested in staying on top of the makeup trends? The Institute of Makeup Artistry was launched in May 2018, and is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses, bringing together highly experienced professionals with a strong focus on skill orientated learning, to teach you how to recreate these makeup trends. Modules range from Face, Eyebrow, Eye and Lip Shapes, Glamour Makeup for Photography to Theatre Stage and Special Effects Makeup. Food Matters TV launches ground-breaking new docu-series 2018-11-05T23:47:02Z food-matters-tv-launches-ground-breaking-new-docu-series Food Matters TV launches ground-breaking new docu-series Transcendence - Live Life Beyond the Ordinary is a new docu-series by internationally-renowned filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch that explores the current state of our physical, emotional and mental health in a captivating new way. Drawing on research and interviews by some of the world’s most recognised celebrities, doctors and thought leaders including Novak Djokovic, Jim Kwik, Mark Hyman, Libby Weaver, Bruce Lipton, Wim Hof, Gabrielle Bernstein, Joe Dispenza and Marie Forleo to name a few, this inspirational FMTV original series is set to challenge the way people view health and ultimately lead them to question how they can live a better life. Spanning over 5 fascinating episodes that individually tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time including overcoming stress, depression & anxiety, healing autoimmune conditions and chronic illness naturally, releasing fear & limiting beliefs and uncovering more purpose and fulfillment in life, Transcendence - Live Life Beyond The Ordinary, takes the viewer on a journey into the ‘self’ like no other docu-series before it. To arrange an interview/gain access to TRANSCENDENCE: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary please contact Clare Goodhew at Polkadot Communications. About the Filmmakers With millions of followers worldwide, James and Laurentine are passionate advocates for health and wellness, continuing to question the status quo with thought provoking films like Food Matters and Hungry for Change. Their films and many others can be watching via their video-on-demand streaming service FMTV, which was launched in 2014 and has grown to become one of the largest health & wellness online channels in the world. It was a family medical issue that encouraged the duo to start exploring the relationship between food and health, thrusting them onto the path of wellness. Seeing firsthand how their work healed James’ father, they went on to build a tribe of loyal followers and spread their message through online movies, recipe series, yoga & exercise classes, expert interviews & guided programs on FMTV. About FMTV Described by members as the ‘Netflix for health & wellness’, James and Laurentine founded FMTV.com in an effort to curate the world's best content on healing and mind-body transformation. The subscription-based platform offers its members hours of documentaries, recipes, guided programs, yoga and exercise and expert interviews to help deepen their spiritual practice, lose weight, overcome an illness and live a better life. The app is available on all app platforms including iPhone, iPad, apple TV, android, Roku, amazon fire and Chromecast. You can watch the trailer and join the free worldwide online premiere at https://www.fmtv.com/transcendence/partners/review ENDS Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- Provocative documentary featuring Australian medics to air on 7TWO 2018-09-25T23:18:09Z provocative-documentary-featuring-australian-medics-to-air-on-7two Wednesday 26 September 2018: The Surgery Ship, an Australian-made documentary, follows life aboard the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the MV Africa Mercy. A team of Australian volunteer doctors and nurses joins an international crew heading for the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. Currently Guinea experiences extreme poverty as it struggles to become autonomous. As a result, many Guineans suffer from extraordinary medical conditions that are rare elsewhere, and because most people live on less than $3 a day, treatment is completely out of reach. They’ve simply had to live with debilitating and disfiguring conditions... until now. The Africa Mercy’s volunteers face profound professional and emotional challenges as they attempt to treat curious diseases they’ve seldom seen outside their textbooks. These surgeries call for innovative - sometimes shocking - techniques, in order to bring about transformations from disfigurement, repair deformed limbs or congenital defects, and heal burns and post-war injuries. Before the ship must move on, the team treats as many of the neediest cases as they can. Unable to receive medical care any other way, the patients literally put their lives into the surgeons’ hands. In many cases, the results are dramatic, life-altering and heart-warming. On location in Guinea, director Madeleine Hetherton and her crew were embedded with the Africa Mercy team, documenting the powerful and inspirational stories of both patients and healers. Some of the stories end in triumph, others in tragedy as the doctors must explain to their patients that nothing can be done for their terminal conditions. Hetherton observes, “This is a story about the challenges of giving aid. There are brutal limits to what it can achieve. The line of patients at its door is unending. The ethics of who to choose for surgery and who is not is harrowing.” “Despite these complications, The Surgery Ship is also a story about the everyday heroism of both Africans and the volunteers, and the human drive to rise above circumstances, to survive, and give the best of ourselves - even when there seems no end in sight. At its heart, this is a positive film; in it, we see people who are seeking to make a difference. It is an outward looking-story about how we can engage with the world.” The Surgery Ship features several Australian medical volunteers including plastic surgeon Nerida Butcher from Merewether in New South Wales, ENT surgeon Neil Thomson from Gosford, NSW, Brisbane physiotherapist Nick Veltjens, and nurse Deb Louden from Toowoomba, Queensland. The documentary was made with the support of Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Produced by the energetic and adventurous team at Media Stockade, the film is an uncompromising look at the consequences of lives lived without access to modern medicine and the ethical challenges in trying to help. The Surgery Ship airs on 7TWO at 10.30pm on Sunday, 30 September and 12pm on Friday, 19 October. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/I_5Rei4jFeA END About Mercy Ships  Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, with more than 2.6 million direct beneficiaries. Each year, more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. Mercy Ships Australia, one of 16 international support offices, is based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. For more information, visit www.mercyships.org.au Notes to Editors High resolution photos of Mercy Ships are available upon request, with attribution to Mercy Ships. Alan Burrell, managing director of Mercy Ships Australia, is available for interview by contacting 0466 210 234 or alan.burrell@mercyships.org Madeleine Hetherton, procucer/director of The Surgery Ship, is available for interview by contacting 0408 622 203 or info@mediastockade.com For more information, please contact: Melissa MasonNational Office ManagerMercy Ships Australia(07) 5437 2992melissa.mason@mercyships.org Acclaimed Makeup Artists collaborate to launch innovative online training course 2018-08-16T02:00:00Z acclaimed-makeup-artists-collaborate-to-launch-innovative-online-training-course The Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) has officially launched a world-class online education platform this month for aspiring makeup artist professionals interested in learning about makeup from bridal looks through to special effects. For over two years, beauty industry heavyweights and experienced makeup professionals have collaborated to create quality content and professionally filmed HD video tutorials. Designed to be completed over a six to twelve-month period, the course gives easy access to highly acclaimed and talented industry professionals for mentoring and support, clear instructions and a variety of assessments. Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA credited the creation of the course on an increasing demand for quality education and a lack of time to physically attend. “We noticed an increase of expensive face-to-face options for Makeup courses and a limited number of quality online options for aspiring makeup artists. “Our students are wanting the very best mentors and teaching, and the flexibility to complete high quality training in their own time; our course offers both. “We have built an innovative course that is delivered 100% online, utilising video tuition and providing students an amazing experience that would rival conventional face-to-face learning and at a fraction of the cost. “The student feedback thus far has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Mr Mondello. Author of the course, acclaimed makeup artist Rachel Dal Santo, has over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry. “The world of makeup offers endless opportunities, from wedding makeup to special effects and everything in between. This is why I’ve constructed the course to include aspects of what I think are the essentials for having a successful career in the industry. “Being an all-rounder is a tremendous selling point and offers the perfect launch pad for beginners. We’ve really designed the course requirements around what would be practical and essential for those starting out,” said Ms Dal Santo. Over 140 students signed up to the launch of the course in May, each student has the ability to create a templated website, showcasing their abilities and will receive professional discounts of makeup and equipment. For more information visit: www.theinstituteofmakeupartistry.com.au -ENDS- Notes to Editors: Media contacts Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro sinead@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro jessica@zadroagency.com.au | 0400 433 182 | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA Rachel Dal Santo, Professional Makeup Artist and Author of IMUA course content IMUA course images About IMUA Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) was launched in May 2018, by Online Education. Online Education Pty. Ltd. is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses. As a global leader in this field, we have a strong focus on skill orientated learning, bringing together highly experienced professionals with inspired individuals who wish to improve personally and professionally. Pages Hire appointed Official Supplier of Overlay for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 2018-08-14T22:52:08Z pages-hire-appointed-official-supplier-of-overlay-for-invictus-games-sydney-2018 AIMG is pleased to announce that Pages Hire has been named Official Supplier of Overlay, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover. The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service men and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends in the recovery process. Pages Hire, now in its 60th year of business, will provide marquees, furniture and equipment for competitor, official and support crew facilities, and corporate entertainment spaces. David Berry, Procurement Officer, Invictus Games Sydney 2018, said he was impressed with Pages Hire’s flexibility to meet the unique requirements of the event. “The Pages Hire team’s exceptional work, commitment, wealth of experience and passion for the Games could not be overlooked. We are excited to have Pages Hire on board as part of our supplier group to deliver a successful event,” said Mr Berry. Stephen Thatcher, Managing Director, Pages Hire, said his experienced team is looking forward to supporting the delivery of the Games and showcasing the high calibre of work the Australian event industry can offer. "We connected on the values that the Invictus Games represent, and I just knew we had to be part of this project and help make it a memorable event for all," said Mr Thatcher. Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will take place from 20-27 October with events being staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and in and around Sydney Harbour. Tickets start from just $20 at invictusgames2018.org. Media contact(s): Zadro Felicity Zadro, Managing Director | felicity@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 404 009 384 Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Images: 1. Example of Pages’ previous work: DHL Lions' Series, Eden Park, Auckland, 2017 2. Example of Pages’ work: Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018 3. Pages Hire 4. Invictus Games About Pages Hire: Pages Hire is a highly successful supplier of event infrastructure. Pages has the widest range of temporary single and multi-storied structures in the country to suit any environment or application, whether it be a hospitality enclosure, product launch, private event or exhibition. Pages has developed its own in-house design and manufacturing capability which gives it the flexibility to meet each clients individual requirement. This has led to significant contracts in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand. The presence of Pages Structures at all Australian Events of international significance over the last 20 years proves that Pages offer the perfect solution for any premium event. To find out more, visit: https://www.pages.id.au/ or contact Stephen Thatcher at stephent@pages.id.au MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au Businesses Are Investing in Technology to Improve Customer Experience, but Many Are Still Falling Short of Giving Customers What They Want 2018-06-06T22:06:57Z businesses-are-investing-in-technology-to-improve-customer-experience-but-many-are-still-falling-short-of-giving-customers-what-they-want Nearly two-thirds (60%) of respondents in Australia say more work is needed by companies to improve their online experience Customer experience (CX) ratings vary by vertical with hospitality leading the way globally More than half of all respondents think machine-to-people interactions will improve CX Australian consumers still believe they will have the better customer experience in a physical location than an online store A new Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) survey of 5,000 adults from Australia, the United States, UK, France and Germany indicates a measurable disconnect between the advancements organisations think they are making to deliver exceptional customer experience and how customers actually view their commercial interactions. Specifically, less than half of respondents believe the technology needed to deliver the perfect online buying experience is available. This stands in stark contrast to findings of a previous Mitel survey in which 90 percent of IT decision-makers optimistically reported progress in improving customer experience through the use of technology. While a clear sign of the growing pains associated with digital transformation initiatives underway globally, the new survey also uncovers an opportunity for technology to play a key role in defining and keeping pace with changing buyer behaviour and preferences. In fact, over half of those surveyed believe machine-to-people interactions will positively transform the customer experience (51% in Australia). Vertical Visionaries, Leaders and Followers As customer experience becomes increasingly critical for businesses to remain relevant and compete, Mitel’s survey shows differences in customer satisfaction across vertical industries. Growing use of cloud communications and applications, combined with emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), are creating new ways for companies to nurture and build customer relationships. Winning companies will be those that are able to differentiate their brands by delivering seamless experiences across physical and digital environments, devices and channels. Currently, some segments are doing better than others. Hospitality leads the charge: Hospitality management knows the first stop on the itinerary for today’s travellers are online review sites. Before booking a trip, consumers want to hear what others have to say. In fact, it’s a near-universal activity. Given the impact reviews can have on average daily room rates, it’s no surprise this industry takes customer satisfaction seriously, receiving top marks among those surveyed. Australians also responded with high satisfaction rates (41%) with regards to their online experience with hospitality providers. Physical retail isn’t dead, but the customer experience is: More than 60 percent of shopping done by respondents still takes place in a physical store, though that number is shifting. When asked about the challenges faced by today’s brick-and-mortar retail outlets, three out of five respondents say the fact retail stores are struggling has more to do with the customer experience they provide, not products. While Australians are currently shopping in physical stores at much higher levels (74%) they agree with their global counterparts that customer service just doesn’t exist anymore. A seamless omnichannel approach is critical for this market, where more than one-third (36%) of Australian respondents note they make purchasing decisions based on the experiences brands provide versus the products and services offered. Chatbots can be used to manage simple tasks, while IoT and team collaboration tools open up new avenues for communications across media, whether it’s voice, email, SMS, web chat, social media or a website. Speed is the game in sports and entertainment: In the fast-paced world of sports and entertainment, immediate and clear communication is a necessity. Forty-nine percent of Australian respondents point to simplicity and speed as the most important factor in a good customer service experience, slightly higher than the global average (45%). Availability vital in healthcare: Healthcare organisations receive the lowest marks from respondents in all countries when it comes to customer service. Australian respondents, in particular, say availability and 24/7 service (40%) is the most important feature they look for from healthcare services, followed by simplicity and speed (36%). Additional insights from the data indicate: Bots, AI and machines can fill the customer service gap: Consumers appear to be increasingly comfortable with machine-to-people interactions when shopping online, with over 78 percent of Australian respondents saying they are satisfied dealing with automated processes. Most do not want to interact with a person while shopping online unless the service is very complicated, or they are having trouble finding the product or service they need. Half of Australian consumers and over 60 percent of U.S. respondents say if they could shop without speaking to a person, it would be a good thing. Even so, physical retailers need to balance the use of technology. Consumers do expect people to efficiently help them when shopping in a physical storefront. Mobile reigns supreme in the United States; Australia favours in-store: Of all respondents, U.S. and Australian consumers shop most frequently during a typical week. There are also notable differences by country regarding how and where consumers shop. U.S. respondents reach for their smartphone and use apps; Britons like shopping online via their tablets; French shoppers most often use their laptops; Germans are more likely to use a desktop computer; and Australians prefer a physical store location (74%). In Australia, brands can’t be complacent about improving their online presence. While more Australians still prefer buying goods and services in physical stores, more than two in five (42%) say they want to shop even more online, and just one in ten Australians (9%) say they don’t like shopping online at all. Seven in ten Australians (71%) say overall, shopping online is more convenient than shopping in a store. To meet this growing demand for online services, and the change taking place in consumer behaviours and expectations, brands need to consider a greater level of consistency across both the online and physical experience for their customers. Mitel’s study is the latest in its Business Insights Survey Series, which builds on previous research from August 2017 where more than 75 percent of IT decision-makers said they planned to tie together devices, emerging technologies, and communications and collaboration capabilities within two years to enable machine-to-people interactions to improve customer experience. This body of work expands on the concept established by Mitel in 2016 of “Giving Machines a Voice” to enable IoT and other machine triggers to launch real-time communications workflows that can improve how companies work and collaborate. Exploring a different angle, this survey examines how consumers view customer experience in shopping for goods and services across market segments, including retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment, health care, financial services and utilities. For more results and a closer look at regional or country-specific data, download the white paper. Quotes “As physical and digital worlds begin to seamlessly intersect, how effectively a company serves its customers across both domains determines tomorrow’s winners and losers,” said Jon Brinton, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Solutions at Mitel. “By supplementing existing applications and investments with new technologies such as AI, team collaboration and IoT, companies can better communicate and collaborate internally and externally and begin to proactively deliver the level of customer experience buyers expect.” “The data shows no matter where you are in the world, customer experience matters—bottom line,” said survey administrator Regina Corso of Regina Corso Consulting. “In order to truly connect with customers on their own terms, organisations must look for new ways to balance technology investments with personalised customer service. Those that are able to navigate this balance will go on to build strong brand loyalty with their customers, helping them succeed in today’s highly competitive purchasing environment.” Additional Facts Mitel has been recognised as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications for four consecutive years. Synergy Research Group has confirmed Mitel’s position as the #2 unified communications as a service (UCaaS) vendor worldwide. Mitel hosted cloud solutions are trusted by more than one million global subscribers. Related Materials Download the “Giving Machines a Voice” white paper Download the "Customer Experience for Dummies" e-book. Read the guide on "5 Steps to Increase Revenue Through Customer Experience." Download the "Digital Transformation for Dummies" e-book. About Mitel A global market leader in business communications powering more than two billion business connections, Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) helps businesses and service providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 70 million business users in more than 100 countries. For more information, go to www.mitel.com/en-au and follow us on Twitter @Mitel_AU. Contact Information PR agency contact Martin Aungle Explore Communications +61 (0)415 917 381 maungle@explorecomms.com.au Media – EMEA & APAC Sandrine Quinton +33 (0)130-964-301 sandrine.quinton@mitel.com North Burnett’s Blue Gum Farm TV Wins National Award For Services To Children 2018-05-07T21:47:20Z north-burnett-s-blue-gum-farm-tv-wins-national-award-for-services-to-children Ban Ban Springs business Blue Gum Farm TV is a winner on the national stage after taking out the Children Service’s category at Oscar’s of small business awards in Sydney in April. The creative mind behind Blue Gum Farm TV, Cilla Slack was blown away by her win. “Being named an Australian Small Business Champion is recognition of the work I have done to provide an educational entertainment resource to share the adventures of life on a real farm,” she said. “I’m extremely proud to have won this award. “Over 75% of Australian children currently don’t have the opportunity to visit a farm and learn how our food and fibres are produced. It is my goal for Blue Gum Farm TV to provide an authentic and educational program about life in the bush, for kids who otherwise can’t experience it” As a girl from the bush, the content Cilla creates for Blue Gum Farm TV is highly engaging and steeped in educational value and unique cultural heritage. “As a fourth-generation farmer, I want to be able to help foster an understanding of where food comes from, for our next generation of Australian children.” she said. “Being rurally based does have an impressive range of challenges, but this achievement gives me further reassurance that there is a very real need for this program.” With the acknowledgment gained from this award, Cilla and the Blue Gum Farm TV program are one step closer to achieving a goal of sustainability and food awareness for the next generation of Aussie children. “That is the ultimate prize of all,” she said. Blue Gum Farm TV shares with children in an entertaining and engaging way how fresh fruit and vegetables are grown as they join in the gardening activities and help tend the plants in the Blue Gum Farm TV garden. Each episode also features easy children’s recipes, so you can join in at home. Learning is a combination of fun and outcomes, incorporating music, song and storytelling, this is an authenticity (and educational) journey through rural Australia that children (and adults) love. From their creation in 1999, the Australian Small Business Champion Awards has become the most prestigious and comprehensive program that recognises small businesses throughout the nation. Steve Loe, awards founder, said the awards seek to acknowledge the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy. “The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is the pinnacle of business success. They recognise the values associated with successful small businesses. These values include service, commitment, leadership, endurance, courage, innovation, performance, persuasion and generosity,” he said. The award gives well-deserved recognition for the hard work and dedication required to produce the levels of business success needed in the small business space. http://www.bluegumfarmtv.com.au/   Wordstorm PR is delighted to be representing Carrol Boyes 2017-11-29T23:44:45Z wordstorm-pr-is-delighted-to-be-representing-carrol-boyes-1 The Carrol Boyes range encompasses the perfect balance between art and function and is inspired by the human form and the beauty of nature. The company designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of over 1,000 hand-crafted metal homeware, giftware, flatware and tabletop products . The Carrol Boyes brand has set up an Australian company to respond to the needs of the local market and are launching in David Jones in February 2018. Monica Rosenfeld, Managing Director of WordStorm PR, said “We are thrilled to be working with Carrol Boyes. We are passionate about magnifying the voice of entrepreneurs who are improving the lifestyle of their customers and clients. Carrol Boyes is a perfect example of this. Carrol’s talent and passion for design has flourished into an extremely successful international business. Each of her products are exquisite. With Christmas just around the corner, the range makes ideal gifts for anyone who values beauty and quality and wants to experience these every day through beautiful and practical homewares products.” For more information contact: Grace: grace@wordstormpr.com.au IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGING – AND SOMETIMES WINNING 2017-11-23T00:03:16Z its-a-good-night-for-singing-and-sometimes-winning 2017 CONDA AWARDS 39TH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE DRAMA AWARDS WESTS NEW LAMBTON DECEMBER 2 2017 IT’S A GOOD NIGHT FOR SINGING – AND SOMETIMES WINNING THE annual City of Newcastle Drama Awards night is not just an occasion for honouring the quality of the theatre works staged in the preceding year. It also gives company members and theatregoers the chance to see and enjoy the ever-expanding skills of performers and backstage workers in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter. The 2017 CONDA Awards ceremony, which will be held at the Wests New Lambton Starlight Room on Saturday, December 2, starting at 7pm, will include six very different musical numbers, featuring a total of 55 performers with a wide range of ages. There will be a youth musical number, featuring singers and dancers, aged 9 to 13, established musical participants in a bright and lively work, a classical, long-established song, and a big rock musical piece. The awards staging team are keeping the song titles and performers’ names a secret to surprise and delight the watchers on the night. The Awards ceremony hosts are actors Drew Holmes and Elise Martin with Newcastle-raised musical star Tom Handley as a guest presenter. Handley auditioned for and won a place in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) music theatre three-year degree course just before doing the HSC examination at Hunter School of the Performing Arts in 2008. Six months before his graduation in 2011, he auditioned for a role in a touring production of the hit musical Wicked and was the only student in his WAAPA year to be selected. He performed in the show for more than two years, with the tour including Australian state capital cities and seasons in Asian and New Zealand cities. He has recently been an ensemble member in an Opera Australia production of My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, that has had repeat seasons in state capitals. The attractions between the award announcements will also include video interview celebrations of the theatre work of retiring entertainers Lesly Stevenson and Val and Bill Hitchcock. Lesly Stevenson founded the Dance and Performing Arts Academy (DAPA) in 1988, the first training entity in Newcastle to cover all the performing arts. In 2001, she bought the Roxy Theatre in Hamilton, a venue she had hired on occasions for theatre, dance and singing performances, and renamed it the DAPA Theatre. The theatre’s backstage rooms were used for classes. She was President of CONDA Inc, the organisation which manages the CONDA Awards, for several years, and won two CONDAS – for Best Female Performer in a Musical in 2008, for her role in The Full Monty, and the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award for her overall theatre involvement. The DAPA Theatre has been bought by WEA Hunter, which plans to rename it as The Creative Arts Space. It will continue to be used for training people and for performances. Val and Bill Hitchcock managed Newcastle’s first and longest running show-and-meal company, Club 71 Dinner Theatre, since 1980, and as they are now in their 80s, decided to close it as virtually all the other people who had assisted in the preparation and serving of meals have retired from their involvement. Club 71 was established in 1971, with the Hitchcocks joining as performers in 1974. They stepped into the roles of running the company when its founders, Ken Mantle and Madge Ormerod, stood down. Bill mainly focused on offstage activities during the Club 71 shows, while Val shared her cooking role with appearing in more than 80 plays for the club and other theatre companies. The awards night will also have a video sequence showing the celebrations of several theatre companies which reached significant milestones in the 2017 theatre year. The videos were put together by CONDA Inc’s major awards night partner, Out of the Square Media. CONDA Awards will be presented in 22 categories, plus an Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award, with no nominations for that award. The winner will be announced on the night. The strength of the theatre work of Newcastle and Lower Hunter companies is shown by the nominations that were announced on November 9. Thirty-nine shows received a total of 126 nominations, with 25 staging groups represented. The Awards night staging team is drawn from people and organisations involved in Newcastle and Lower Hunter theatre. The production managers are Martin Adnum, the founder and Managing Director of Out of the Square Media, and Rachelle Schmidt Adnum, the founder and Principal of The Voice Studio Newcastle, which trains people in singing and vocal technicalities. She has won three CONDA Awards for her performances. Rachelle is also the Artistic Director of the Awards night. Musical Director Daniel Wilson conducts a 13-member band and put together the musical arrangements for the song-and-dance numbers. James Tolhurst is the Supervising Choreographer. Lifelike Atmospheres is a CONDA event partner, doing the sound and lighting as a sponsorship. Contact Ken Longworth, 4942 2410, for more information SCG and Allianz Stadium to be transformed into post-apocalyptic Nerf battleground this December for Zedtown: Last Haven 2017-10-06T00:58:44Z scg-and-allianz-stadium-to-be-transformed-into-post-apocalyptic-nerf-battleground-this-december-for-zedtown-last-haven Sydney, Australia – October 6, 2017 – Zedtown, in partnership with TEG Life Like Touring, have today announced that Australia’s largest zombie survival game will see the undead walk again on 9 December in Sydney’s iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium – both stadiums! Zedtown: Last Haven is the latest installment of the immersive gaming experience, which will see thousands of players battling it out as they imagine what they would do if they were the last living people on Earth. The story of Zedtown: Last Haven is a brand new one. 19 years have passed since a State Of Emergency was declared. In a despairing post-apocalyptic world where the undead roam, rumours of a Last Haven have spread like wildfire: On a distant island paradise, the world's most powerful and privileged live in splendour, free from infection and the merciless zombie horde. Their enigmatic leader, Magnus, has invited all remaining survivors to participate in the first inaugural Blood Games. Survivors will battle it out against each other (and the undead) across two colossal stadiums, for their chance to join Magnus in his fabled island city. Is this our last hope? Is this the Last Haven? Will you join them? Previous Zedtown players will be the first to access tickets, as they once again try and survive Australia’s largest real-world zombie apocalypse. Tickets for past participants will go on Pre-Sale Thursday 12 October at 2pm, and to the wider public at 2pm Friday 13 October – an ominous date of warning for the Zedtown challenge that lies ahead. This is the 9th time Zedtown will be held in Sydney since its commencement in 2012, but is the first time such a significant event will be held in one of Australia’s most incredible areas: all the tunnels, the grandstands, the backstage secret areas. The grass on which Sir Donald Bradman and many of Australia’s most iconic sportsmen and women made their name, will instead be filled with a new generation of players, this time striving to escape the zombie horde, and avoid joining the legion of the living dead. Zedtown: Last Haven is a perfect example of the immersive experiences our awesome fans are craving, and this is going to be the most ambitious version of our event yet. Zedtown is a chance for players to become a hero in their own story, fully immersing themselves in an adventure-driven experience as well as, frankly, just shooting their friends in the face with Nerf blasters” said Andrew Garrick, Managing Director of Zedtown. The innovation and planning that goes into hosting many thousands of players in a fully immersive, engaging experience makes this one of the most advanced events ever seen in Australia, and continues to grow with each instalment. Each player is provided with dog tags, access to a call-in radio station, and even zombie make-up for the unfortunate Survivors who ‘turn’. All this while they use the Zedtown smartphone App to guide and track their progress in real-time as game directors send missions and updates from start to finish. Zedtown has seen thousands of humans turned into zombies since 2012. In mid-2017, Zedtown successfully saw over 2000 people battle to fight against the walking dead at Sydney Showgrounds in Homebush. With two three-hour sessions planned on Saturday 9 December, players will have the unique opportunity to battle it out against other Survivors and ‘zombie-fied’ players. Bringing their own Nerf blaster, or purchasing one on the day, each participant will be guided and inspired by Zedtown actors, marshals and thousands of fellow players to try and escape the touch of the dead. TICKETING INFORMATION Pre-sale tickets for past Zedtown participants will be available from 2pm Thursday 12 October. General public on sale commences from 2pm Friday 13 October. For all ticket information, please head to www.ticketek.com.au. Zedtown players must be 18 years or older to participate in the event. For more information about Zedtown please visit www.zedtown.com. ABOUT TEG LIFE LIKE TOURING Life Like Touring (LLT), a production company within the TEG family, writes, produces and delivers live theatre shows and interactive experiences to audiences worldwide for many of the biggest brands in entertainment. Based in Melbourne, the company has grown from a small domestic touring business to a global player in the live entertainment market. TEG is Australia and New Zealand's only integrated live entertainment organisation connecting Ticketing, Live Content Touring, Research and Data Analytics. TEG includes Ticketek, TEG Live, Life Like Touring, The Entertainment Store, TEG Dainty, TEG Analytics, TEG Rewards, Qudos Bank Arena, Softix and Eventopia. ABOUT ZEDTOWN Zedtown is the largest real-world zombie Nerf War in the world. Born from the brains of avid gamers and creators, Zedtown is passionate about bringing incredible adventures to life in unique and enthralling ways. Their games and software have been extensively covered across the world and they have designed events for thousands of players from all walks of life across incredible venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. For all media enquiries and interview opportunities, please contact: Tayla Davis Closer Communication M: +61 (0) 405 303 025 E: tayla@closer.com.au Acronis and Renault e.dams Announce Team Partnership 2017-09-27T05:43:01Z acronis-and-renault-e-dams-announce-team-partnership Sydney, Australia, 27 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud IT data protection and Renault Sport Racing today announced an innovative technology partnership in which Acronis will provide cloud storage, backup, and active ransomware protection based on artificial intelligence for the Renault Sport Racing IT infrastructure. The announcement was made in conjunction with the team manager and four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost, at a gala event in Paris, where the Renault e.dams team celebrated its third consecutive Formula E championship title. “We are happy to have Acronis as a partner, as they share our values and passion for innovation. Every team needs data to improve performance and technology. Acronis makes sure every bit of our data is protected and accessible to us when we need it”, - said Alain Prost, Four-time F1 world champion and co-owner of Renault e.dams Formula E Team. The new partnership expands the presence of Acronis in automotive and manufacturing environments that require high reliability and performance. Today, Acronis’ products are extensively used by racing teams, and automotive industry with 30% of new enterprise customers originate from the automotive field. Renault Sport Racing will begin deploying Acronis technology starting with Acronis Storage, an innovative software-defined storage (SDS) solution, to achieve scalability and streamline the management of rapidly growing amounts of data. High definition video feeds, race simulation models, designs, wind tunnel tests, and telemetry data must be stored, protected and shared among multiple teams to ensure performance improvements, as well as compliance with FIA regulations regarding the access to historical data. Data is extremely important for winning the races - data lost in the datacenter leads to defeat on the racetrack. Acronis Storage and Acronis Backup Cloud solutions will help Renault Sport Racing and Renault-e.dams Team avoid downtime and any disruptions caused by data loss. Renault Sport Racing chose Acronis because of reliability is proven by many manufacturing and automotive companies, innovative capabilities of the software-defined storage. Acronis Storage offers universal access over multiple protocols iSCSI, S3, Acronis Backup Gateway, NFS, and SMB/CIFS and VTL coming soon in 2018. Acronis CloudRAID technology provides seamless scalability for redundancy, Blockchain-based Acronis Notary allows data certification and validation. With new capabilities available to customers every quarter, Acronis ensures that the constantly evolving customer needs are covered. “We’re pleased to welcome Acronis as our innovative technology partner and as Team Partner of our Formula E Team Renault-e.dams. We operate in a highly competitive environment where losing data is not an option. As a global leader in data protection with a proven track record in the automotive industry, Acronis is perfectly positioned to protect our systems from downtime caused by data loss,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director. “Automotive is an innovative industry. Connected devices, self-driving cars rely on data availability. All this data needs to be protected. Acronis brings artificial intelligence and machine learning to make our data protection and storage technology even more competitive. Winning is not just about winning, it’s also about cost-effectiveness and efficiency, and Acronis will deliver.” said CEO of Acronis Serguei Beloussov. About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com.