The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-04T23:05:18Z Exhibition: Shifting Surrounds - Yandell Walton - The SUBSTATION 2019-06-04T23:05:18Z exhibition-shifting-surrounds-yandell-walton-the-substation Centre for Projection Art together with The SUBSTATION present SHIFTING SURROUNDS, a major exhibition of immersive installations by Melbourne projection artist Yandell Walton. SHIFTING SURROUNDS explores human relationships with ecological and physical systems of the planet, by interrogating shifting environments caused by climate change. Incorporating digital technology in the production and presentation of the works, Walton highlights the current technological climate and raises questions around its effect on our rapidly changing world. The exhibition explores the idea of earth entering a new geological age, the Anthropocene, a term developed atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen characterised by accelerating technological advancements, population growth and excessive consumption. Crutzen writes: “the environmental impact of population growth and economic development would suggest that humanity has left behind the Holocene [the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or “ice age] and is now entering a new geological age.” This major exhibition was developed by Walton through a series of on-site and international residencies in 2017/18 and the resulting work responds to the unique architecture of the building to interrogate the shifting environments caused by climate change. Initially launched as part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019, SHIFTING SURROUNDS has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund, Besen Family Foundation and Gordon Darling Foundation. Further images and the exhibition booklet can be found here http://bit.ly/2JYPKrk which includes an essay by Emma McRae. Exhibition Details: SHIFTING SURROUNDS Continues till 20 July 2019 The SUBSTATION, 1 Market Street, Newport Free public event Climate Change Symposium: Wednesday, June 5th, 6 pm Media enquiries - contact artist direct: Yandell Walton yandellw@gmail.com 0403 843 197 National Indigenous Art Fair comes to Sydney 2019-05-27T02:50:53Z national-indigenous-art-fair-comes-to-sydney MEDIA RELEASE Monday, 20 May 2019   National Indigenous Art Fair comes to Sydney 29 & 30 June 2019 – Overseas Passenger Terminal   Indigenous artists from around Australia are set to come together in Sydney for the National Indigenous Art Fair – a two day art market and program of events in celebration of NAIDOC Week at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks on 29 & 30 June 2019. The National Indigenous Art Fair is an ethical marketplace, offering a unique opportunity to buy artwork directly from Aboriginal artists from remote community owned art centres from the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The second annual event is presented by the Blak Markets, the social enterprise arm of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, in proud partnership with Port Authority of NSW and Destination NSW, with sponsorship support from Lendlease and Gilbert + Tobin. Artists will travel to Sydney as part of First Hand Solutions’ ‘Heart in Art’ program, which provides economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities. First Hand Solutions, CEO, Peter Cooley said: “The National Indigenous Art Fair is a rare chance to meet artists from some of Australia’s most remote communities and browse a huge variety of Aboriginal art, right in the heart of Sydney. “We are dedicated to ensuring Indigenous people are the architects of their own futures and we are thrilled to offer artists the chance to travel to Sydney to promote and sell their artworks and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practices.” Visitors are invited to browse paintings, textiles and sculptures and speak to artists from art centres, including (more to be announced soon): ·        APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, APY Lands, SA) ·        Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT) ·        Arts Ceduna (Ceduna, SA) ·        Bábbarra Women’s Centre (Maningrida, NT) ·        Bula’Bula Art (Ramingining, NT) ·        Fitzroy Women's Collective (Fitzroy Crossing, WA) ·        Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts (Gapuwiyak, NT) ·        Ikuntji Artists (Haasts Bluff, NT) ·        Ku'arlu Mangga (Northampton, WA) ·        Martumili Artists (Newman, WA) ·        Munupi Arts and Crafts Association (Garden Point, Tiwi Islands, NT) ·        Tangentyere Artists (Ciccone, NT) ·        Tjanpi Desert Weavers (Amata, SA) ·        Tjarlirli Art & Kaltukatjara Art (Tjarlirli Community, NT) ·        Warakurna Artists (Warakurna Community, NT) ·        Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu, NT) ·        Warmun Art Centre (Warmun, WA) ·        Warnayaka Art & Cultural Aboriginal Corporation (Lajamanu, NT) In the spirit of the 2019 National NAIDOC Theme “Voice. Treaty. Truth”, the event will also feature a vibrant program of live music, weaving circles and Aboriginal dance performances, plus more than 30 stallholders from around New South Wales selling art, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and Indigenous food and beverages.   A group of Aboriginal weavers and fibre artists from remote communities will work together to create a woven interpretation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which will evolve before the eyes of visitors.    The event follows the successful 2018 fair, which hosted 25 remote art centres from the Northern Territory, South Australia and West Australia, 40 Aboriginal stallholders from around New South Wales, and 15,000 visitors over two days.  The National Indigenous Art Fair will be held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks on Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 June 2019. Entry is by gold coin donation to support First Hand Solutions’ Aboriginal youth programs. The Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay. For more information and the full program (coming soon), please visit www.niaf.com.au. <END>   Event:                National Indigenous Art Fair Date:                  Saturday 29 June – Sunday 30 June 2019 Time:                  10am – 6pm (Saturday) and 10am – 4pm (Sunday) Location:            Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW Entry:                 Gold coin donation URL:                  www.niaf.com.au   IMAGES are available for download HERE.   For media interviews and images, please contact: Sarah Shields │ The Fold PR │ 0408 283 091 │sarah@thefoldpr.com.au   HOTA LAUNCHES FINAL GALLERY EXHIBITION UNTIL 2021 2019-05-07T02:37:00Z hota-launches-final-gallery-exhibition-until-2021 The last exhibition within the existing building, which will make way for the $60.5 million world-class Gallery opening in early 2021, is synonymous with coastal culture, embodying themes of place, memory and identity. Dean Cogle has worked closely with the Gallery at HOTA team over the life of the Gallery and previously featured in key exhibitions, including Fibro Coast and We Are Gold Coast, with two of his paintings a part of the Gallery collection. Reflecting upon his interests in architecture, as well as personal narratives and popular culture, Beyond Nostaligia is a retrospective capture of the Gold Coast’s iconic lifestyle and celebrates forty years of the artist’s creative output including painting, design and illustration. HOTA Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said the last official exhibition in the Foyer Gallery by Dean is the perfect embodiment of HOTA’s extensive creative collaboration with local artists. “Dean Cogle is a long-time contributor to the visual documentation of the Gold Coast. His work embraces a beachside vernacular, reminiscent of seaside holidays and first loves, all with a distinctly Gold Coast aesthetic,” she said. “This exhibition continues HOTA’s commitment to presenting the work of Gold Coast artists.” From 1950s fibro beach houses to 1970s walk-ups, breezeways and tessellated brickwork, Dean’s photo-real representations are born of astute observation and sensitivity to place. Upon his arrival to the Gold Coast almost forty years ago, Dean began airbrushing surfboards for several pro-surfers, then later moved into graphic design, art direction, illustration, print production and graphics for surf wear. Several years on, Dean nurtured local artists through his own gallery, building a supportive camaraderie amongst Gold Coast artists. Dean Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia features in the HOTA Foyer Gallery from Saturday 11 May to Sunday 30 June, 2019. The exhibition opening event is on Saturday 11 May from 2-4pm. For more information, visit https://hota.com.au/gallery/dean-cogle-beyond-nostalgia/ FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195|E: amy@m10.com.au LOOKING TO THE FUTURE - A NEW HOME FOR VISUAL ART 2019-05-01T03:13:10Z looking-to-the-future-a-new-home-for-visual-art Heralding the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Coast’s Home of the Arts, HOTA will turn its focus and energy to opening the brand new HOTA Gallery in early 2021. Once open, the $60.5 million, six level, purpose-built space will be the largest gallery outside of a major city in Australia. Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said HOTA will continue to support local artists and be a place of visual arts during the construction period. “HOTA Gallery will remain active in the arts community by continuing to offer commissions and programs focused on local, national and international artists. The recently introduced Artists Pass will encourage homegrown artists to visit HOTA and engage with art and other creatives.” There is plenty for HOTA patrons to see and do too while the new Gallery is under construction. “For visitors of all ages there are a range of programs to engage in, including ArtLab and Life Drawing, plus our foyer display presenting key works from the Gold Coast City Collection,” said Ms Cooper-Lavery. “We’ll also move towards presenting more art in the outdoors and further developing our outdoor curatorial program, where you can expect to see art pop up in unexpected places around the precinct.” Until June 30 you can enjoy the exhibition, Dean Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia, a retrospective by local artist Dean Cogle that captures the Gold Coast’s retro iconic architecture. Gold Coast City Art Gallery first opened its doors in 1986, as part of the larger Gold Coast Arts Centre development and was the first time the City collection could be displayed in a proper gallery setting for the public to view. The City Collection has grown from a modest 270 works to more than 5,000 works of art worth more than $30 million. It also includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. The new HOTA Gallery signifies the city’s commitment to the Arts – a striking beacon of design that will form the centrepiece of the 17-hectare HOTA precinct. “The Gold Coast community has craved an international standard art museum for many decades and now we finally have the opportunity to make that happen,” said Ms Cooper-Lavery. “We’ll be able to attract ambitious international exhibitions, while also having enough exhibition space to present highlights from the City Collection and showcase local artists like never before. This will put us on the map.” The Gallery team have an enormous task ahead as they plan the move into the new space and for the next 20 months will be working on preparing the 5,000 strong collection for the move, while developing signature international and national exhibitions. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the HOTA team had been travelling Australia and the world talking to galleries and private collectors as well as engaging with local artists. “I’m looking forward to having the kind of Gallery that the Gold Coast deserves. The plans we have are going to blow you away. This is going to be a gallery that’s right at home here,” she said. For more information on HOTA, visit their website: www.hota.com.au Key facts and figures: Over the last 33 years, the Gallery at HOTA has welcomed: 1,240,352 visitors 700 exhibitions 16,000 exhibited artists 2,000 workshops and events While also supporting artists and contributing to the visual arts scene through: 100 art awards with over $724,000 in prizes and acquisitions 17 years of Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award - awarding 948 finalists, 19 winners and the involvement of 17 judges 48 Gold Coast Art Prizes, resulting in more than 250 acquisitions for the collection 30 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Awards, with more than 1,500 ceramic works displayed FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. WICKED LEAD CAST UNMASKED FOR HOTA SEASON 2019-03-30T22:00:00Z wicked-lead-cast-unmasked-for-hota-season The team of seasoned performers will take to the stage this June, telling the beloved tale of the extraordinary adventures in Oz and the profound friendship between Glinda, The Good Witch and Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West. Cast as ‘Fiyero’ is YouTube personality and actor, Trent Owers, whose love of theatre has seen him work with the likes of Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg in London, followed by his casting as ‘Angel’ in QPAC’s sold out season of RENT last year. Local Gold Coaster, James Shaw, returns home to star as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ after a successful career overseas playing ‘Harry’ in Mamma Mia the musical, ‘Amos’ in Chicago, ‘Collins’ in RENT and several other performances across musical theatre, opera and in concert. Stepping into the enchanted red ruby slippers is Antonia Marr as ‘Nessarose’, who is no stranger to the spotlight. Antonia has performed her way around the world as ‘Elphaba’ in WICKED at Universal Studios Japan and looks forward to heading back to the Land of Oz after featuring in QPAC’s RENT and most recently as the lead vocalist in Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant & Theatre show on the Gold Coast. Tim Carroll is the versatile performer and graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music cast as ‘Boq’, who returns home to the Gold Coast following an Australian tour in the stage adaption of The 78-Storey Treehouse. Previously, Tim has performed as ‘Roger’ in Grease: The Arena Experience, ‘Hanschen’ in Spring Awakening and ‘The Witch’ in Hansel & Gretel for Opera Queensland. Announced as ‘Dr Dillamond’ is Shannon Foley whose very successful opera career has seen him debut with Opera Australia as ‘Marchese’ in La Traviata, ‘Papageno’ in The Magic Flute and Britten’s Billy Budd, to name a few, followed by a 10-year hiatus to focus on other opportunities before returning to the stage in WICKED. Over 20 additional performers have been cast in various ensemble and dance roles for the iconic production, following an extensive nationwide audition process, conducted last month. Producer Matt Ward said the calibre and talent of the principal leads will make for an exciting rendition of the iconic production. “After a lengthy audition process to secure the right calibre of talent, we’ve been delivered an incredible medley of musical theatre talent and star power and I’m thrilled for the lead cast to provide a season of showcase performances like the Gold Coast has never seen before,” he said. “This telling production of WICKED will inspire wonder and delight on any fan or soon-to-be lover of this beloved story, as our leading cast captivates audiences with their magical on-stage personas and magnificent songs.” Presented by Matt Ward Entertainment, WICKED the musical will take to the stage at HOTA, Home of the Arts from June 25 to July 6. WICKED tells the untold story about the unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students and take very different paths to fulfil their destinies. MATT WARD ENTERTAINMENT presents WICKED WHEN: Tuesday 25 June – Saturday 6 July 2019 WHERE: HOTA, Home of the Arts WICKED PLAYS: Tuesday 25 June, 7.30pm – Preview Wednesday 26 June, 7.30pm – Preview Thursday 27 June, 7.30pm – Opening Friday 28 June, 7.30pm Saturday 29 June, 1.00pm & 7.30pm Tuesday 2 July, 7.30pm Wednesday 3 July, 7.30pm Friday 5 July, 7.30pm Saturday 6 July, 1.00pm & 7.30pm – TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOX OFFICE: hota.com.au | 55 88 4000 *IMAGES can be downloaded from this LINK. For more information go to: www.wickedinoz.com.au Follow the WICKED journey on Instagram: www.instagram.com/wickedinoz.com.au ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: amy@m10.com.au BUS FUND HELPS MORE THAN 10,000 SCHOOL KIDS SEE THE ARTS AT HOTA 2019-03-20T23:30:00Z bus-fund-helps-more-than-10-000-school-kids-see-the-arts-at-hota An initiative that aims to assist and reduce the cost of bus travel for schools, the Bus Fund provides a one-off subsidy towards transporting children to see an exhibition, performance or participate in workshops run by artists at HOTA. Jock and Beverly McIlwain’s mission was to share their love of the arts with the next generation and provide a positive impact on the local community’s arts and culture scene. “Subsidising the bus for these children is just one step towards helping young people attend the theatre or a workshop,” Beverly said. “The buses were so expensive, so we agreed we would finance them for the children. It then became known as the Bus Fund.” “In those four years since it started, the Bus Fund has assisted in transporting over 10,000 children to HOTA which is incredible and very rewarding.” The main barrier preventing schools from bringing their children to see the arts has previously been the cost of travel. This successful initiative has broken the mould and allowed school children to take advantage of the learning opportunities presented by attending the arts. Children experiencing art and culture has been highlighted as a priority for HOTA, as it allows them to become more empowered to express themselves, have stronger language, motor and decision-making skills, all while they are more likely to do well in other school subjects and future careers. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the McIlwain’s have been long-time generous supporters of HOTA and their commitment to the arts is extremely valued. “Jock and Beverly McIlwain have been part of the HOTA family for a long time. So many Gold Coast kids have had memorable experiences due to the passion, energy and dedication of this remarkable couple,” she said. “Their generosity is truly inspiring, and their legacy will be felt for many generations to come.” For more information, visit their website: https://hota.com.au/bus-fund/ FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR LOCAL ARTISTS BRINGING THEIR IDEAS HOME TO HOTA 2019-03-12T05:17:04Z funding-announced-for-local-artists-bringing-their-ideas-home-to-hota Recipients of both funding and support, the selected artists are a mix of both emerging and established practitioners whose proposals were collaborative, cross-arts, multi-platform and involved works that shifted from or expanded on the artist’s current practice. The Creative Development Program, in collaboration with City of Gold Coast, offered $200,000 and in-kind resources for local artists who needed a quick injection of cash, resources or space to support and enable their ideas. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the callout to local artists received a great response that will further the scope and breadth of the city’s arts and culture landscape. “As the home of the arts, we are absolutely committed to local artists and creatives making and presenting work at HOTA. We want artists to have the time and space to explore new ideas, experiment and collaborate,” she said. “From the response we had to this first callout, it is obvious that the Gold Coast arts sector is ambitious and ready to take risks – it’s part of the city’s DNA and our local artists have a growing reputation for being the ones to watch nationally.” “Hold on tight, I can’t wait to see what is going to come out of this program.” The successful applicants announced today, were Grayson Millwood – The Farm, Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now, Rebecca Ross – The Walls, Corrina Bonshek, Thomas Kelly, Michael Candy, Fletcher Babb, Kayah Guenther, Lowana-Skye Davies – Umwelt Collective, Jay Jermyn, Pearly Black and Adrienne Kenafake. “The projects that have been supported range from big to intimate in scale and represent a diversity of artforms and practice. What they share is an ability to push creative boundaries and have artists at the very centre of the project,” said Criena. From the 254 applications, 52 were shortlisted, 12 of which are the successful projects to be funded, 8 of these will have public outcomes in 2019, as well as 10 with future presentation possibilities for HOTA. The program was split across two key streams, including Little Bites - small projects in their early stages of development with up to $5,000 cash and in-kind support; and Big Bites for large and complex projects, with up to $40,000 cash and in-kind support. City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said: “One of the reasons we established HOTA was to ensure our local arts and cultural community could thrive. HOTA is a home for all artists and creatives and the Creative Development Fund provides the right platform.” As the arts and culture hub of the Gold Coast, HOTA will continue to work with local artists, from employment to commissioning new work as well as funding and programs like the Creative Development Program that help transform ideas into outcomes. HOTA is in a stage of growth and transition over the next few years, as the precinct prepares itself for major development including a new Green Bridge this year, and in early 2021, the highly anticipated HOTA Gallery will open its doors. For more information on HOTA or their Creative Development Program, visit the website: www.hota.com.au/creativedevelopmentprogram/ *Imagery available to download from this LINK. FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au HOTA Creative Development Program Highlights: Number of applications 254 Number of shortlisted artists 52 Number of projects funded 12 Number of projects diverted to Programming 1 Number of funded projects with public outcomes for 2019 8 Number of funded projects with future presentation possibilities for HOTA 10 Selected Recipient Artists: Artist Name Artist overview Project Grayson Millwood Company: The Farm Dance and Physical theatre company with residency for youth project ‘Greenhouse’ at HOTA. Winner of Helpmann award for Tide presented at Bleach 2018. Funding to create ‘The Sanctuary’ in collaboration with Men’s Shed Australia.; a ‘shed in the forest’. An immersive art installation that will serve as the testing ground and starting point for a new work by The Farm. Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now Established Gold Coast singer and performer collaborating with Everybody Now (EN) as a producing support. EN is a local company that specialises in community engaged, participatory projects. R.I.N.K: a celebration of roller-skating culture. Development to bring project to stage ready to pitch to State and Federal funding sources. Keen to talk to HOTA about potential presentation opportunities in the future. Rebecca Ross Company: The Walls Artist Run Initiative - contemporary visual arts gallery. Rebecca Ross is an established curator and artist leading The Walls. AIR, EARTH, FIRE, WATER: development and presentation of four emerging artists in HOTA’s outdoor spaces, curated by The Walls. Corrina Bonshek Composer and cross art form collaborator whose work has been performed internationally. PhD in Contemporary Arts. Second stage of development of ‘Laniakea’; an immersive music/lighting experience bringing together collaborators from Australia, NZ and Taiwan. Thomas E.S. Kelly Emerging Indigenous dancer and performing artist has just returned from interstate to establish Karul Projects; an Indigenous Performing Arts Company on the Gold Coast. Creative development of SILENCE; a new dance and percussion work. Support and commission from Blakdance. Michael Candy Emerging kinetic and new media artist. Internationally awarded and exhibited. Programming and development of driverless car installation (to be directed by live public online voting) with intentions of presenting at GC600. * note: $5000 of this will be towards HOTA hard costs. Fletcher Babb Emerging Gold Coast musician, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Graduate from Honours at Griffith University Contemporary Music program. Development of Gold Coast storytelling and original music performances based on The Moth program. Kayah Guenther Young dancer experiencing disability. Mentored by Gavin Webber from The Farm and has toured and performed nationally and internationally. First stage of development for text and dance project for siblings experiencing disability. Support from The Farm and Suzie Miller (writer) Lowana-Skye Davies Company: Umwelt Collective Emerging Gold Coast performing artist sisters who have moved through several City of Gold Coast development streams. Technical development of new work: Re:membering. Physical theatre, dance and music. Jay Jermyn Interdisciplinary emerging Gold Coast artist composing music and realising design and visual arts projects. Presentation and recording of sound composition to then experiment with gallery installation of recording. Pearly Black Singer currently studying at the Qld Conservatorium. Salt Water City: dance and singing creative development. Adrienne Kenafeke Emerging visual artist collaborating with fellow artist, Tessa Bergan under the collective title of ‘Agents of Confusion’. Ten-day residency to gain choreography training and development new performance art work. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AFICIONADO JOINS HOTA 2019-03-07T23:00:00Z international-music-aficionado-joins-hota Working in the music industry for over 25 years for independent and major record labels, Asho’s stellar career has seen him work with hundreds of artists including, Mumford & Sons, Amy Shark, Robbie Williams, Powderfinger, The Living End, Paul Kelly and the Go-Betweeners, to name a few. Asho now heads back to his home town, to become HOTA’s contemporary music booker and elevate its prominence as a leading music venue with its world-class outdoor stage and theatre. “HOTA has the opportunity to make the Gold Coast the heart of live music in Australia. Working with a world-class venue in my home town is an incredible and exciting challenge,” said Asho. Footstomp Music was established in 2010, managing big-name artists like Busby Marou and has facilitated bookings for Brisbane’s number one venue, The Triffid, since it opened in 2014. HOTA’s Executive Producer Moira Hay said that Asho will be a great addition to the Home of the Arts team. “Bringing someone so connected to the music scene into the team is a real coup for us,” she said. “The success of our live music program to date has shown us that the Gold Coast has a huge appetite for live music.” In 2018, HOTA presented sell out concerts in their new purpose-built $37.5 million open-air venue by superstar Tim Minchin and music icon, Neil Finn; a residency by legendary avantgarde artist, Laurie Anderson; a night with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; a pop opera by superstars, Il Divo; and an unforgettable dance party with Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated. HOTA will continue to make its mark on the Gold Coast’s arts and culture scene with their live music programming for 2019 and beyond. For more information, visit their website: www.hota.com.au - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au The TV Week Logies Most Popular TV Commercial Finalists Announced 2019-03-03T23:58:13Z 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. NEW STAR-STUDDED EXHIBITION ARRIVES AT HOTA 2019-02-19T06:26:32Z new-star-studded-exhibition-arrives-at-hota Starstuck tells the story of Australian cinema through the faces of its film actors – both famous and forgotten – from the early 20th century through to today and will be complemented by a program of events, including behind-the-scenes tours, industry insights, films and art making. Made possible through an unprecedented partnership between the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra, the touring exhibition will bring Australia’s filmmaking history to life. NFSA curator, Jennifer Coombes, said she was thrilled at the collaboration between the two institutions in developing an exhibition looking at Australia’s movie history. “While all eyes are on the moving image that emerges from a film set, stills photographers create a range of both formal and candid shots, capturing both the actors at work and the characters they are playing.” “Drawn predominantly from the NFSA’s superb collection, the show will feature imagery of beloved Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry,” she said. “Audiences will be able to see rare film posters, stunning 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic titles such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Moulin Rouge! and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you love movies, you'll love Starstruck.” Gallery at HOTA Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said HOTA will be the first and only venue in Queensland to host the touring exhibition. “With HOTA positioned as the Gold Coast’s arts and culture hub, it’s great to be able to bring together our audience with the NFSA’s vast collection of untold stories from Australian stills photography,” she said. “The exhibition includes many images from films with scenes shot locally on the Gold Coast, including Muriel’s Wedding, Coolangatta Gold and the legendary film, Sons of Matthew.” To celebrate the exhibition opening, HOTA will host a whole day and evening of free activities and events on March 2. During the day, families can enjoy hands-on activities at the Startruck drop-in space and draw themselves into a film strip, then take a self-guided tour of the exhibition. There’s also the sold out ArtLab – Little Faces providing fun for under fives with playful activities focused on music and movement. A Highlights Tour of the exhibition will be led by staff from the National Portrait Gallery, and during the late afternoon, adults will explore the exhibition on the sold out Tawdry Tales tour; an over eighteens tour with a twist where guests will hear of salacious stories behind the portraits and uncover what the stars didn’t want you to know. Following on is the official opening event – with live music and entertainment, guest speakers and up-late access to the exhibition. Special guest speakers include Ms Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery and Mr Jan Müller, National Film and Sound Archive CEO. On March 13, the Gold Coast Film Festival will present a special 70th anniversary screening of Charles Chauvel’s Sons of Matthew at HOTA – a legendary film in the history of Australian cinema that pays tribute to the pioneering farmers of northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland. The film was shot in Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland and the story was based on books by Bernard O’Reilly – of the Gold Coast hinterland’s well-known O’Reilly family. Images from the film are included in the Starstruck exhibition and NFSA Chief Curator, Gayle Lake, and Charles Chauvel’s grandson, Ric Chauvel Carlsson, will attend the special anniversary screening for an insightful Q&A at the conclusion of the film. Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits will be on display at HOTA, Home of the Arts from March 2 until April 28. For more information on HOTA or Starstruck, visit their website: https://hota.com.au/gallery/starstruck-australian-movie-portraits/ *Imagery and image credits can be downloaded via this LINK. - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 E: amy@m10.com.au AUSTRALIA’S FAMOUS KIDS CIRCUS SWINGS INTO HOTA 2019-02-18T01:28:05Z australias-famous-kids-circus-swings-into-hota Stepping back in time, this thrilling circus adventure is set in a rural junkyard in a time when playing in the street with the kids on the block was the greatest fun of all. JUNK is an inventive exploration of the changing world of childhood, set in a time before kids were glued to screens, and used their imagination to transform everyday items into a magical landscape of thrilling circus adventures. Australia’s world-famous national youth circus tells this heartfelt story through a wonderful production featuring seventeen young artists who will take audience’s breath away with jaw-dropping acrobatics, magical shadow puppetry and world-class circus skills. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said she is delighted to welcome the newest production from the acclaimed Flying Fruit Fly Circus. “The Flying Fruit Fly Circus are Australia’s leading physical theatre company and have always been an incubator of incredible talent,” she said. “There’s no doubt that modern circus shows have become popular, but the Flying Fruit Fly’s really take things to the next level. This is an energetic, incredibly imaginative acrobatic performance with an emphasis on storytelling and theatre. “I’m delighted that we have been able to bring a show of this quality to the Gold Coast,” she said. Evoked from conversations with elderly residents in regional nursing homes across the country about the games they played as children, this intergenerational work is led by Artistic Director, Jodie Farrugia, who incorporates games of the past including noughts and crosses, tricycle-riding, elastics and hopscotch. The spectacular showcase also includes voices of these elders as sound sources, along with rhythmic changes and verses from skipping and hopscotch that bring to life the energy and skills of the extraordinary young circus artists. Founded in 1979 as a holiday project for local youth in Albury-Wodonga, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus is recognised as one of the world’s leading youth arts companies. With many landmark projects to its name, and an ever-increasing alumni working in leading companies around the world, it is perhaps Australia’s most successful cultural community development project continuing to enrich the lives of many young Australians. JUNK swings into HOTA on Friday 29th March at 10.30am and Saturday 30th March at 10.30am and 3pm. All tickets: $22.50 Family ticket (4 tickets): $69 Student Group (6+): $12.50 each For more information, visit their website: www.hota.com.au/theatre/junk/ *Images available to download via this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au THE SAPPHIRES SET TO SPARKLE AT HOTA 2019-02-15T05:45:19Z the-sapphires-set-to-sparkle-at-hota Written and directed by Tony Briggs, this intimate and heart-warming tale is inspired by the true story of Tony Briggs’ mother and affirms life and the realisation of dreams during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights in 1968. In its first major Australia tour, The Sapphires comes to the Home of the Arts to share the incredible journey undertaken by a singing group of four Yorta Yorta women, who sing Motown soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. Headlining the show is Lorinda Merrypor as ‘Julie’ (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Mindy Kwanten playing ‘Cynthia’ (FAME The Musical & Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matilda Brown as ‘Kay’ (Stolen & The Cherry Orchard) and ‘Gail’ played by Ngaire Pigram (Cut the Sky & The Sapphires). Supporting the production is a talented young ensemble of first nation performers in all the Indigenous Australian roles, as well as a cast of other multicultural performers. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said this uplifting production will leave audiences smiling. “I love the fact that this performance explores complex issues in such an entertaining way. “It’s an incredible story where fact and fiction are intertwined to tell a story full of raw emotion but also joy,” she said. The Sapphires is described as a fun, energetic production that engages the audience through a deep sense of emotion and is headed by a highly credentialed Indigenous Australian directing and design team. This joyous performance will take to HOTA’s stage on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th March at 1.30pm. “A gem of a play. Briggs mixes fact and fiction to lay bare and flesh out his celebratory tale, which though political in patches, is focused on the personal. The Sapphires is heartfelt and joyous. Superb.” – Sydney Morning Herald “The Sapphires is a play about fulfilling dreams and challenging stereotypes. It is a play about hope.” – The Herald Sun Adult: $48 Pensioner/Senior/Groups (6+): $42 each Student/Child (3-15 yrs): $26 Student Groups (6+): $21 each For more information, visit their website: www.hota.com.au/theatre/the-sapphires/ *Images available to download from this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au