Sydney’s 2016 Mardi Gras kicks off

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is back. The Festival kicks off on Friday 19 February and runs for two weeks, until Sunday 06 March, 2016; with a jam-packed program of events, performances, exhibitions and activities.

The 2016 theme is ‘MOMENTUM’, evolving from Mardi Gras history in the fight for social justice and self expression. Born from a night of political protest in 1978, Mardi Gras’ spirit lives on 38 years later, in joyous celebration. A shining light across the world, that demonstrates just how far the community has come; whilst acknowledging the journey and challenges ahead. With the theme Momentum, Mardi Gras is saying: it’s time to stand up and be counted; turn passion into purpose, and let it ripple out and resonate around the world.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Michele Bauer said, “This year absolutely represents every colour of the rainbow, to match the incredible diversity of our community. The Festival really is the most amazing two week long celebration, an opportunity for everyone to get involved and have their voices heard. From visual arts, theatre, film, the Parade, outdoor family activities; whether you’re eight or 89, there is something for you.”

Join over 80,000 people in Victoria Park for Fair Day, proudly supported by ANZ; a free, fun filled celebration of LGBTQI family and community on Sunday 21 February, 2016. From pooches and Pad Thai, to markets and music; dancing and drama, to rides, comedy, and crazy fun for the kids; Fair Day is for the whole family.

Queer Thinking gives audiences the low down on some of the meaty LGBTQI community issues for 2016, both at home in Australia and abroad. Inspiring, entertaining and provocative, Queer Thinking delves into what ‘momentum’ can mean from both inside and outside the diverse LGBTQI communities. The talk fest will take over venues across Sydney for the first time.

Gender Trailblazers returns to celebrate the courageous individuals, who take transgender rights from strength to strength on Friday 4 March, 2016. Gender counsellor and leading psychologist Dr Elizabeth Riley will host a riveting night of Trans* community conversation with speakers across the spectrum of ages and experiences. The evening at Monkey Baa will be a lively night of discussion, ideas and outlook for the community.

The Harbour is a brand spanking, shiny new, Mardi Gras event series on Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, presented in partnership with Canon. An epic series of film, talks, concerts and musical spectaculars, glittering from our favourite shore. Headlining the series is In Bed with Madonna, presented by Queer Screen to celebrate the film’s 25th Anniversary! Australian pop icon, Tina Arena will perform an intimate concert at Tina Arena at The Harbour with all the classics like: I Need Your Body, Chains, and I Want To Love You. There will be a Sing-a-long with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir to the film Mamma Mia as well.

The parade that captivates a nation and reverberates around the world; The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is back for its 38th year! Over 200,000 people will line the streets of Sydney’s traditional Gay and Lesbian district in support of the 10,000 fabulous parade entrants who have united for a glittering spectacle of sparkles and self-expression on Saturday 5 March, 2016. The event is once again supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Parade Sideshow is the ultimate way to experience the Parade in style. Hosted by acid tongued Drag diva Portia Turbo and TV host Andrew Mercado no sequined jockstrap passes without comment, or wardrobe malfunction missed. Leave the milk crates at home with some premium seating, exclusive access to bars, food stalls, live screens, and bathrooms.

The Diamond Club, for Mardi Gras members and their guests only is an exclusive ticketed viewing area in the heart of the Parade celebration, presented in partnership with ANZ.

The Official Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 5 March, 2016, has over 12,000 partygoers from all over the world. This is the largest LGBTQI party in the Southern Hemisphere held at the Entertainment Quarter. Shiny and spectacular, the Party is a piping hot line-up of local and international DJ’s, shows, and world class production that will soon be announced.

Send off Mardi Gras with a bang in a final event extravaganza between The Beresford and Flinders Hotel on Sunday 6 March, 2016. A cherished tradition of the Festival, The Laneway has evolved from a portable stereo on Hill St to a full blown street party. Expect live music, diva drop-ins, pop-up shows and world class DJs across a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces.

THEATRE

Mega-watt stars of Australian drag Courtney Act & Trevor Ashley team up for their Gentlemen Prefer Blokes, Seven-Year-Itch reunion tour, and take on some of history’s greatest duos as a part of the Rainbow Room. For three nights only from Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 March, the Sydney Opera House will transform into a hot-bed of comedy, chaos and cabaret as a line-up of stars take to the stage to paint the sails rainbow.

Shift from 1958 to the present and back again with The Pride at the Eternity Playhouse from Friday 5 February – Sunday 6 March 2016. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s award-winning theatre piece promises to be a remarkable reflection on society’s journey towards sexual attitudes, both past and present.

With Mad Max: Fury Road and The Great Gatsby under his belt, iOTA will put on a show just as high octane and memorable as his on screen performances on Friday 4 March 2016. Combining musical talent, amazing theatrical presence, and outrageous outfits, this will be an unforgettable showcase of old favourites as well as hits from his brand new album ‘Wolf Number Nine’.

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is the uproarious, award winning theatrical show about a women’s society forced to confront the future during their ‘Annual Quiche Breakfast’. After taking America by storm this smash hit performance will have audiences at Belvoir Street Theatre coming back for second helpings from Tuesday 16 February – Saturday 20 February.

The sexy and hilariously raunchy double bill The Ultimate Lesbian Double Feature explores what Sappho and Virginia Woolf may have sexted to their lovers (had sexting been around during their time); and puts a lesbian twist on a 1950s American instructional video on how to prepare the perfect dinner party from 23 February to 05 March.

PARTIES

A festival within a festival for all things furry and cuddly, the Harbour City Bears’ Bear Festival will be returning across multiple venues. As well as the highly successful pop-up, Bear Bar at the Burdekin Hotel. There’s nine days of themed party nights, tasty beers, live performances, delicious food, great DJs, and a big ol’ bear hug awaits at Sydney’s woofiest bar, Friday 26 February – Thursday 3 March.

Get outside and make the streets of Sydney a dance floor with Silent Disco Tours, a series of one hour magical disco adventures at Sydney hot spots from Saturday 21 February to Friday 4 March 2016. Don disco gear and a set of special discoD headphones to ‘Get Physical’ with new and old favorites.

MUSIC

Australian pop icon, and newest ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Tina Arena will send shivers up the spine at Tina Arena at The Harbour, presented in partnership with Canon on Thursday 25 February, as well as the State Theatre on Friday 4 March, 2016. With a name synonymous with Australian music, Arena fans can catch all the classics like: I Need Your Body, Chains, and I Want To Love You.

Bearded beauty and 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Conchita Wurst, is teaming up with Sydney Symphony Orchestra to bring her new show From Vienna with Love to Mardi Gras. Rising like a Phoenix from the steps of the Sydney Opera House, Wurst will be joined by special guests Courtney Act, Trevor Ashley and Paul Capsis at the Concert Hall.

VISUAL ARTS

William Yang: Stories of Love and Death features several strands of Yang’s photography for which he is now well known, including his portraiture of celebrities (Patrick White, Brett Whiteley, Cate Blanchett) and historic Mardi Gras documentary work. Investigate the importance of identity through photography from Wednesday 17 February – Saturday 5 March.

Raw, sassy and proud Fierce Femme brings together professional and amateur works in an exploration and celebration of the Femme Identity, Thursday 3 March. Telling the stories of Femmes within the LGBTQI community, the exhibition analyses what ‘Fierce Femme’ looks like through the eye of a lens.

The beard obsessed (and admit it, aren’t we all!?) will revel in The Bearded Men Project; a series of oil portraits showcasing contemporary male presence and beauty at Blank_Space Gallery from Saturday 20 February to Friday 4 March. The exhibition aims to highlight there’s more to gay men than “abs, bums, sneers & pouts”.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

The most stylish run in Sydney, the Little Black Dress Run, returns to Darling Harbour on Sunday 28 February 2016. Rock your frock for the 3km run/walk around Darling Harbour in the name of charity. The event has become a “must do” for the Mardi Gras season, so frock up and stretch out those hamstrings and heels!

Break out the hairspray and blue eye shadow for 80s themed The Mardi Gras Disco Climb. This is Sydney’s highest disco dance party, with retro track list; climb leader guides; and the most fabulous ascent over Sydney Harbour Bridge, from Thursday 25 February – Wednesday 9 March 2016.

FILM

The ever-popular Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is on again in 2016 at Event Cinemas George Street, from Thursday 18 February – Thursday 3 March. Opening with Summertime, a lesbian love story; and the hotly anticipated documentary Remembering The Man, the real-life story behind Holding The Man.

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EverAFTER magazine celebrates its first birthday in style

EverAFTER Magazine celebrated its first birthday in style at the Fairfax and Roberts flagship store on 19 Castlereagh Street Sydney on Thursday 18 February 2016.

Guest were treated to sumptuous morsels of food prepared by ARIA catering which included freshly shucked oysters with lemon pearls and ponzu, kingfish sashimi with sweet ginger, eschallot dressing and Persian fetta, sake cured beef with wasabi mayonnaise on a crispy rice cracker, avocado with ginger and shallot on a nori and sesame wafer and truffle mushroom arancini.

Black Velvet Sydney decorated the room with their delicious vanilla and caramel cup cakes.

Guests drank Jouet Perrier champagne, red and white wine and Heineken beer. They also sampled whiskys from The Glenrothers.

Special guests of the night included fashion designer Steven Khalil, personal stylist and keynote speaker Joshua Heath, and bridal milliner Viktoria Novak,

Creative Director of EverAFTER Magazine, Nicole Snow, spoke of her passion for creating the magazine and retold her own special bridal anecdotes.

EverAFTER is a stylish bridal magazine that provides all the information on creating that perfect day. It covers styling, fashion, beauty, music and entertainment. It captures those special moments that make every wedding so memorable.

For more information about EverAFTER Magazine, go to: http://www.everaftermagazine.com.au/

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Sun Bum sunscreen launches in Australia

Sun Bum was founded in 2010 by two Aussies, Adam and Teagan Francis, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA. They created a line of premium sun care products to protect themselves, their families and their community from the harmful dangers of the sun.

Sun Bum’s premium sunscreen formulas offer Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection and are Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Oxybenzone Free, Retinyl Palmitate Free, Oil Free, Cruelty Free and Dermatologist Tested.

Their Original range of specialty formulations are available in Sunscreen Lotions and Continuous Sprays in SPF15, SPF30 and SPF50, and six deliciously addictive flavours of Moisturizing Lip Balm with SPF15. Also included in the launch was After Sun products featuring Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help heal and moisturize the skin after a long day in the sun. For the little one’s and those with sensitive skin, Sun Bum offers an All Natural sunscreen collection under their super cute Baby Bum label. Rounding out the initial offering is a sweet selection of beach lifestyle items including Beach Footballs, Frisbee Flyers, Paddle Ball sets, Beach Towels and collectible vinyl figures of their infamous and iconic logo Ape named “Sonny”.

In early 2016 Sun Bum will introduce their Signature line up of Premium High Performance mineral sunscreens and face sticks that were developed in collaboration with WSL Aussie pro surfer Julian Wilson.

The event had Sun Bum Ambassador Surfer Julian Wilson attended to launch the brand to VIPs, media and influencers, including MTV’s Krit, former Miss Australia Erin Holland, Big Brother’s Travis Lunardi, wellness blogger Caroline Groth, singer Krystie Steve and beauty editor/style influencer Eleanor Pembleton at the Bucket List in Bondi Beach.

The crowd enjoyed Coronas, Taco’s and tunes while watching the waves at Bondi Beach.

Sun Bum is priced from $4.99 AUD. For more information about Sun Bum head to www.TrustTheBum.com For specialty related esquires reach out to Australia@TrustTheBum.com

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Shiny Wins Tropfest 2016

Tropfest, thanks to CGU Insurance, tonight announces Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos and Spencer Susser the winners of Tropfest Australia with Shiny, a stop motion animation that challenges the materialistic status quo.

In just under four minutes of the seven allowed for Tropfest films, Shiny was a clear winner with the judges, also having won two Tropfest Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX.

The pair will receive a Hyundai Tucson for a year, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives, an HP Spectre x2 as well as a Nikon D810 and Nikkor lenses and accessories.

Australian Hollywood legend Mel Gibson, The Mentalist star Simon Baker, Australia’s favorite TV mum Rebecca Gibney, Moulin Rouge! Cinematographer Don McAlpine and Jocelyn Moorhouse, Director of 2015’s top Aussie film The Dressmaker, and AACTA-nominated documentary filmmaker Maya Newell, announced Shiny amongst other Tropfest winners tonight.

Nick Baker and Tristan Klein from Sydney, picked up second prize for their animation Postcards to Ulay.  Third Prize went to Rick Donald from Sydney for The ATM.

A $3,000 prize generously donated by Nicole Kidman went to Best Male Actor Rick Donald for his role as Frankie in The ATM, and Best Female Actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte for her performance as Sarah in Why Would I Lie? 

Jeff Harding won the Nikon DSLR Film category, for Andrew Kennedy and Tim Chatfield, a documentary about Australia’s first World Light Heavyweight Champion. The duo will be taking home a brand new Nikon D610 and $3,000 RRP worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories.

Shiny screened to approximately 100,000 people in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands and at other live venues across Australia. SBS 2 broadcast the Festival live and online, streaming all the action into thousands more homes across the nation.

Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, said:  “I congratulate Daniel Cloud Campos and Spencer Susser on taking home the Tropfest trophy this evening.  Tonight’s turn out shows Tropfest is more alive and relevant than ever. It’s thrilling to see so many supporters of short film come out to celebrate grassroots storytelling. Tropfest’s ability to celebrate the phenomenal talent of these filmmakers with film industry heavyweights and such a huge national audience is the part of the magic that has taken many of our winners to the next level of their careers.”

“The last few months have been an incredible – at times very difficult – journey.  Just a couple of months ago, I truly believed there would never be another Tropfest because of what happened. But thanks to CGU Insurance, here we are, having screened 16 incredible finalist films to hundreds of thousands of people all over Australia and the world.  It’s hard to put into words what we owe CGU Insurance for keeping this uniquely Australian event on the tracks. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing Tropfest – and the many small businesses that rely on us every year – will continue,” he said.

For the first time since 2012, Tropfest‘s Craft Awards returned, recognising excellence in six vital fields.  The winners are: Viv Scanu Acs for cinematography; Josh Grom for editing; Andy Scott for scoring; Nick Baker for screenwriting; Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos & Spencer Susser VFX and Derek Vanderhorst for sound design.

Tropfest is a festival born of filmmakers and those who love to see a good story unfold. From humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst in 1993, an eager crowd of 200 showed up to watch a short film screening organised by Tropfest founder John Polson.

Twenty-three years on, the event attracts a live national audience of around 150,000 today, and draws in hundreds of thousands more via the exclusive SBS2 TV broadcast.  Tropfest has also grown internationally with standalone competitions in New Zealand, South East Asia, New York, the Middle East and elsewhere.

In addition to new partner CGU Insurance, Tropfest is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW and Screen NSW; as well as returning major partners Qantas, Nikon, Centennial Parklands, SBS 2, Screen Australia, and Nova 96.9.

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Tropfest Craft Awards returns again in 2016

For the first time since 2012, Tropfest‘s Craft Awards returned, recognising excellence in six vital fields. The award ceremony took place at the Australian Design Center on Friday 12 February 2016, ahead of the main Tropfest event this Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14 February.

These awards recognise finalist filmmakers that excel in the fields of cinematography, editing, scoring, screenwriting, VFX and sound design.

Guests joined John Polson,  the founder and director of Tropfest, and the 16 Tropfest finalists over drinks and pizza to announce the prizes and celebrate all the hard work that’s gone into creating their films.

The winners are: Viv Scanu Acs for cinematography; Josh Grom for editing; Andy Scott for scoring; Nick Baker for screenwriting; Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos & Spencer Susser VFX and Derek Vanderhorst for sound design.

Not surprisingly, the winner of Tropfest  Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos & Spencer Susser, also picked up an award for VFX on the night.

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The Ternary restaurant dazzles guests at its 1st birthday party with Sydney skyline views and great food

The Ternary at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour celebrated its first birthday on Thursday 11 February 2016. It was a dual celebration, because at the same time Accor Hotels’ celebrated 25 years in Australia with Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour being its very first hotel to open in 1991.

The Ternary is a hotel restaurant with dazzling skyline views and a menu that takes you from east to west. It features three distinct but integrated dining offerings – the Grill Kitchen, the Asian Kitchen and the Wine Bar – in a single, stylish open space offering spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of the city skyline.

The Ternary’s menu has been created by Anthony Flowers, who brings 22 years of experience to the helm as Executive Chef. His dishes celebrate fresh, top quality produce sourced locally and internationally, with an emphasis on texture and balance of flavours.

Highlights on the menu include sirloin steak from Cape Grim cooked on the grill, Atlantic salmon from the tandoori with spiced baby eggplant, Betel leafs filled with smoked flaked salmon with salmon pearls and fried shallots, and Mango creme brûlée with champagne sorbet.

From the sizzle of the grill, to the flashing flames of the wok, guests are invited to share in the spectacle and sensory experience of their food being created in the restaurant’s theatre-style kitchen – enjoying its journey from pan to plate. Chefs interact with guests as they cook in front of them, immersing patrons in the energy and colour of the kitchens in full swing.

The experienced staff are also on hand at the Wine Bar, to advise guests on food and wine pairing, with the Enomatic system enabling guests to choose from nearly 100 different wines by the glass or bottle.

The Ternary is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information and bookings visit www.theternary.com.au

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Myer unveils its anticipated Autumn 2016 fashion collection

Myer unveiled  its  much  anticipated  autumn  2016  Australian  and  international  designer  fashion  collections  in a spectacular setting at The Cutaway, within the Sydney’s new Barangaroo Reserve.

Taking  inspiration  from  international  fashion  players,  Myer  redefined  the  traditional  launch  experience  by  hosting an  exclusive,  intimate  black-tie  dinner  for  100  of  Australia’s  most  influential  fashion  identities  and  celebrities  in  an extraordinary first time setting; the first of a series of new events for the retailer this season.

 Once  seated,  guests  were  treated  to  a  delicious  menu  prepared  by  prominent  Sydney  caterer  Cook  &  Waiter  with four  courses  punctuated  by  two  high  fashion  moments.  The  menu  was  filled  with  light  and  tasty  seasonal  produce including  yabby  tail,  foie  gras  mousse,  with  plum,  crisped  rice  and  basil.  A  dessert  of  valrhona  chocolate  mousse, caramel  crème,  Pedro  Ximenez  fruit,  nuts  and  cherries  completed  the  dining  experience.  The  fashionable  crowd sipped  Mumm  Cordon  Rouge  NV  Champagne  and  a  selection  of  vintage  wines  then  capped  off  the  night  with  a refreshing Espresso Martini.

The  styling  of  the  show,  by  fashion  director  Michael  Azzollini,  delivered  a  strong  60’s  and  70’s  baroque  tone,  with luxurious  renderings  of  distinctive  ladylike  silhouettes  contrasted  with  masculine  styling.  Hip-hugging  flared  trousers, bell sleeves and fringing dominated a monochromatic palate mixed with bright prints.

Two  stunning  fashion  moments  saw  30  models  walk  the  length  of  the  sandstone  cut-away  and  between  the  dining guests  to  showcase  100  of  the  top  new  season  looks  by  15  leading  Australian  and  International  designers  at  Myer. The  Cutaway  of Barangaroo’s newest  cultural space created  a  scene of  dramatic proportions  to inspire  as  the   choreographed  designer  moments  made  the  most  of  the  vast  scale  of  the  environment.

The  fashion  moment  finale by Maticevski saw models kissed with falling rain symbolic of the approaching autumnal months. Myer officially  welcomed  talented  womenswear  designer  Georgia  Alice  to  its  fashion  stable.  Renowned  for  creating cool,  wearable  luxurious  pieces  the  New  Zealand  designer  was  recently  crowned  ELLE  Australia’s  Emerging  Designer of  the  Year.  Collections  from  Australian  and  international  designers  including  Alex  Perry,  Aje,  WHITE  SUEDE,  Peter Pilotto,  MSGM,  Balmain,  Oscar  de  la  Renta  and  Self  Portrait  dazzled  guests,  further  cementing  Myer’s  position  as Australia’s leading department store destination for the most desirable women’s and men’s fashion brands.

The  Face  of  Myer,  Jennifer  Hawkins,  starred  on  the  red  carpet  wearing  by  johnny.  Jennifer  then  closed  the  final fashion moment wearing a stunning bright orange Maticevski creation.  Myer international  special  guest  Shinina  Shaik  looked  stunning  in  Self  Portrait  on  the  red  carpet.  Shanina  then  joined Jennifer in the fashion finale wearing a floor length Maticevski gown.

Complementing  the  fashion  was  the  flawless  beauty  look  created  by  Napoleon  Perdis  Cosmetics.  Inspired  by  the beauty  and  fluidity  of  an  autumn  storm;  Napoleon  produced  a  fresh,  dreamy  make  up  look  with  dewy  skin  contrasted with smoked out eyes in subdued matte greys and taupe.  Kevin  Murphy  created  the  hair  look  inspired  by  American  actress  and  fashion  designer  Chloe  Sevigny  and  her signature wet look with a dry ponytail pulled back at the nape that played with the hair trend of contrasting colours.

Myer  CEO  and  Managing  Director  Richard  Umbers  joined  leading  Myer  designers  on  the  red  carpet,  including  Toni Maticevski,  Alex  Perry,  Yeojin  Bae,  Edwina  Robinson  and  Adrian  Norris  of  Aje,  Jacqui  Demkiw  of  WHITE  SUEDE  and Yeojin  Bae.  New,  emerging  Myer  designers  Georgia  Alice,  Daniel  Avakian,  Chris  Kontos  (TY-LR),  Kathryn  Forth  and Julia  Ritorto  (Alcer)  were  also  in  attendance  alongside  Myer  Ambassadors  Rachael  Finch,  Jodi  Anasta  and  Lauren Phillips.

Fashion  personalities  to  attend  the  glamourous  event  included  Zac  and  Jordan  Stenmark,  Sam  Burgess  and Phoebe  Hooke,  Amanda  Shadforth,  Sara  Donaldson,  Pierre  Toussaint,  Tim  Robards  and  Anna  Heinreich,  Kate Waterhouse and Luke Ricketson,  Hoda and  Tom Waterhouse, Kyly  Clarke,  Sam  Frost  and  Sasha  Mielczarek,  Samantha Jade, Nathan Jolliffe, Didier Cohen, Tanja Gacic, Eleanore Pendleton, Emma Lung and Tom Derickx.

Customers  could  follow  all  the  action  from  home  with  unprecedented  access  through  social  media  with  the  two fashion  moments  live  streamed  via  Periscope  and  behind  the  scenes  coverage  captured  on  Snapchat.

The  designer collections are available in Myer stores from today

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March into Merivale returns in 2016 bigger and better than ever

March into Merivale 2016– a month-long food and drink festival – kicked off in style at the annual sell out Launch Party, taking over all of ivy and the surrounding laneways on Wednesday 10 February 2016..

It was bigger and better than before, bringing even more Merivale venues to the heart of the city, plus live entertainment and plenty of surprises.

Imagine everything you love best from Merivale venues, from dumplings and ocean fresh seafood, to burgers and cocktails, all in one place, for one super charged night. That was exactly what it was like.

The Merivale venues that were part of the event included: Uccello, Pool Club, est., Mr Wong, Bistrode CBD, sushi e, Papi Chulo, Felix, Ash St. Cellar, Palmer & Co, The Beresford, El Loco, Coogee Pavilion, The Fish Shop, The Paddington, Palings, Ms.G’s, Lorraine’s Patisserie and Coogee Rooftop.

For more information about March into Merivale, go to: http://whatson.merivale.com.au/major-events/march-into-merivale/

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Indu dining opens at 350 George Street Sydney

Indu Dining opens in Sydney’s hot spot, near Ivy, serving bold tasting Southern Indian food.

With a focus on the fragrant food of coastal India, INDU combines the region’s distinctive fresh flavours with quality seasonally sourced produce. Set to change the perception of heavy, rich Indian dishes, pedigree Head Chef Bimal Kumar’s light, modern menu will ignite the city’s passion for Indian cuisine.

With the delicate crafting of tonic and spices, the inventive cocktail list will draw inspiration from classic Indian mixology, with INDU’s signature contemporary flair.

Set in the basement of heritage listed 350 George Street, INDU’s interior transports diners to the bustling Indian villages, while also giving a gentle nod to more affluent India. With two private dining rooms and a custom made central dosa kitchen, INDU brings a theatrical dining experience, previewed through grand windows facing onto the buzz of Sydney’s CBD.

The event had no shortage of celebrities attending including Miss Universe 2004, Jennifer Hawkins, model Natalie Roser, Nova’s Matt de Groot (Fitzy and Wippa’s news reader), The Bachelors Lana Jeavons Fellows and founder of WINK Models, Taryn Williams.

INDU is located at Basement Level, 350, George Street Sydney, NSW 2000.

Website  www.indudining.com.au 

Trading hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 12 – 3pm | 5.00pm – late

Saturday: 5pm til late

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Chill out at the Seymour Centre this summer with Courtyard Sessions

The Seymour Centre in partnership with the City of Sydney is pleased to announce the program for the fifth instalment of its wildly popular Courtyard Sessions, a unique season of free outdoor music events taking place every Friday from 5th February to 18th March.

Nestled under the trees of the Seymour Centre’s courtyard in Chippendale, Courtyard Sessions is the perfect place to chill out on a summer evening with a series of eclectic showcases from a stellar line up of emerging bands, alongside a pop-up bar and gourmet barbeque.

Setting the tone on opening night with an acoustic solo set will be the incredible lyrical vocals of Louis London’s Ed Saloman. Highlights of the program will also include the smouldering soulful styles of ILUKA, and the alt-country folk sounds of Fanny Lumsden.

COURTYARD SESSIONS programmer, Larry Heath said “The Seymour Centre Courtyard Sessions has become an institution in Chippendale over the past few years. It is the perfect place to kick back and catch up with friends on a summer evening while discovering some new music. We are really excited about the artists that we will be working with this year and are thrilled to release the full line up”.

The full 2016 Courtyard Sessions program is as follows:

Friday, February 5th – Ed Saloman of Louis London

Friday, February 12th – ILUKA

Friday, February 19th – Jordan Millar

Friday, February 26th – Microwave Jenny

 

Friday, March 4th – Fanny Lumsden

Friday, March 11th – William Crighton

Friday, March 18th – HOWQUA

 

COURTYARD SESSIONS

Where: Seymour Centre courtyard – Cnr of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale

When: 5th February to 18th March 2016

Hours: Every Friday from 6pm – 9pm

Cost: Free entry

Information: http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/courtyard-sessions-2016/

or (02) 9351 7940