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Mudgee Wine and Food Festival at Balmoral Beach

July 28th, 2014

August 10, 2014



Food and Wine Festival

Balmoral Beach will again transform into Sydney’s much-loved pop-up wine destination for the 24th annual Mudgee Wine and Food Festival. Food Fun Wine Music

  • Sunday 10th August, from 11am to 5pm.
  • Entry to the festival is free with wine tasting packages available from $20, including a souvenir tasting glass. Continue Reading »

Bondi Ice Rink at Bondi Winter Magic 2014

June 19th, 2014

June 27, 2014toJuly 13, 2014



*SYDNEY Ice Skating

Bondi Ice Rink at Bondi Winter Magic 2014 is Australia’s only beachside ice rink! Skate in the sunshine, or under the stars at night – this exhilarating experience is coming to Bondi.


Red Bull Flying Bach returns to Australia for 2014

June 10th, 2014

September 9, 2014toOctober 4, 2014



Red Bull Flying Bach – Classical meets breakdance in aniticipated ‘come-bach’  after 2013′s sell-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Red Bull Flying Bach is returning to Australia in 2014 to compete in its first national tour.

  • State Theatre, Sydney: 4 shows, 9-12 September 2014
  • Arts Centre, Melbourne: 4 shows, 1-4 October 2014
  • Also Perth Brisbane Adelaide Continue Reading »

National Gallery of Victoria Opening Night Italian Masterpieces

May 21st, 2014



Melbourne, 15th May 2014

Italian Masterpieces Opening Night at the NGV

Story: Renee Stah

Italian Masterpieces opens at the NGV. Embraced by artistic genius.

Italian Masterpieces opening night was a spectacular event at the National Gallery of Victoria on Thursday evening 15th May 2014.

Federal Minister of Arts, Honorary George Brandis, introduced Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado, as the most ambitious exhibition the NGV has ever hosted. Italian Masterpieces forms part of the Winter Masterpieces Series, which has deservingly earned Melbourne the reputation of ‘Australia’s foremost art city’.

Upon arriving to the gallery, it was evident we were about to be part of an extravagant affair. Security was in full force and the Seven News camera crew were among the first to arrive. Mazda, the exhibition’s official sponsor, showcased two new cars at the front of the gallery in Italian colours red and white. Tiepolo’s Immaculate Conception on the gallery façade was a tender preview of the works that awaited us inside.

NGV Director Tony Ellwood and Museo del Prado’s Miguel Zugaza walked the red carpet with pride for the exhibition they were about to unveil.

Pierce Brosnan’s appearance had cameras flashing in frenzy and guests chatting away in excitement. In his stylish blue suit and piercing blue eyes, Brosnan now 60, carried the same poise, sophistication and appeal he portrayed as the inamorato James Bond 007.

Penfolds wine, free flowing champagne and delicious canapés were offered in the NGV’s Great Hall, which had been styled with soft lighting to enhance digital images of selected Italian Masterpieces and the Hall’s wondrous stained glass ceiling; one of the largest in the world. VIP guests included celebrities, curators, artisans, sponsors, Honorary Consuls and Melbourne’s elite families and most influential people.

As guests walked through the prodigious exhibition, a string quartet played music that perfectly complemented the ambience created by three metre high embracing masterpieces.

Geoffrey Rush reveled the art, as did Max Walker and other celebrities of the big screen, television and radio. Vince Colossimo is the voice for the audio guide at stations throughout the gallery and for those who wanted to take the art home, a beautiful Italian Masterpieces book was available for sale at the gallery bookshop.

Italian Masterpieces is exhibited across seven rooms and includes over one hundred works from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries by Raphael, Titian, Tiepolo, Carracci, Tintoretto and Correggio.

Museo Nacional del Prado, from where Italian Masterpieces is loaned, is Spain’s most important gallery. Many of its paintings including Raphael’s Holy Family with Saint John (or Madonna of the Rose) have only travelled twice in their lifetime, once to Paris and now to Winter Masterpieces in Melbourne.

If you haven’t already seen Italian Masterpieces in Spain, or planned a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria this winter, be sure to not miss out. It really is a grand experience and a beautiful way to learn about European art. Writer: Renee Stah.

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Pyrmont Festival of Food Wine and Art 2014

May 14th, 2014

May 16, 2014toMay 25, 2014



Pyrmont Festival of Food Wine and Art 2014 will offer a range of art exhibitions, installations and projects for all tastes across 10 days.


Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court @NGV

May 14th, 2014

May 16, 2014toAugust 31, 2014




Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado exhibition of over 70 paintings and 30 drawings spanning 300 years of Italian art, from the early sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.


Anne Frank Exhibition at Sydney Jewish Museum

May 14th, 2014

May 14, 2014toJune 14, 2014



Anne Frank Exhibition in Sydney gives school children the opportunity to learn the history of the Holocaust through the moving diary of a young teenager during the Second World War.


St Kilda Film Festival 2014

April 30th, 2014

May 22, 2014toMay 31, 2014



* MELBOURNE Film Festival

St Kilda Film Festival 2014 will feature Australia’s Top 100 short films, music videos, archival screenings, youth programs, film maker development forums as well as an international showcase presented by Palm Springs International ShortFest.


Young Tycoons by CJ Johnson @Darlinghurst Theatre

April 30th, 2014

May 16, 2014toJune 15, 2014



* SYDNEY Theatre

Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents a wickedly subversive comedy that takes a scathing and satirical look at the ruthless world of Australia’s empire builders. The Young Tycoons by CJ Johnson will run from

  • Previews 16 – 18 May 2014
  • Season 16 May to 15 June 2014
  • Eternity Playhouse Continue Reading »

The Empire Strips Back – May The Fourth be with you

April 29th, 2014

May 9, 2014toMay 10, 2014



* SYDNEY Live Theatre

The Empire Strips Back – May The Fourth be with you – presented by A Star Wars Burlesque Parody Russall S. Beattie


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