Gregory Jewellers launches the new Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches in Australia

On Tuesday 12 April 2016, Gregory Jewellers Co-Chief Executives Helen Gregory and Edward Gregory hosted an intimate cocktail event celebrating their long partnership with Baume & Mercier, and the Australian launch of an exciting new collection, Capeland Shelby Cobra which is exclusive to Gregory Jewellers.

Guests were welcomed to Bushby under the Garage at Riley Street Woolloomooloo by Mr Jean Conrie, Brand Manager of Baume & Mercier alongside members of the Australian Cobra Club. who stood proudly next to their vintage Shelby Cobra motorcars.

Whisky and Laurent Perrier champagne flowed as guests enjoyed canapes such as: smokey soy truffle oysters; sashimi fish ‘n’ chips tartare; beef carpaccio soy vinegar, brioche croutons; chorizo corn dog, dijon mayo; crispy fried squid; spinach ricotta ravioli with burnt sage butter; crispy pork belly with soy mustard, pickled apple; shoestring fries with aioli vinegar; white chocolate and rhubarb pannacotta; and liquid lemon cheesecake.

There was also live watchmaking demonstrations and the preview of the exclusive Shelby Cobra watch collection.

For more information about the new Capeland Shleby Cobra watch collection, go to:  http://www.gregoryjewellers.com.au/baume

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QT Sydney launches new drinks menu with a luxurious soiree

On Wednesday 13 April 2016, over 100 VIP guests attended QT Sydney and Perrier-Jouët soiree at the vibrant and sultry Gilt Lounge in QT Sydney.

The night included sweet sounds from DJ Cassette, curated cocktails and Perrier Jouet champagne, paired with canapes designed by QT Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti,  that was served amidst a backdrop of gardenly delights boasting a signature QT twist.

Guests drank three champagne inspired cocktails featured on the new Gilt Lounge menu are; Royal Collins, with Perrier Jouët, Haymen’s Old Tom Whiskey, classic Yuzu and fresh lemon; Champagne-Sider with Perrier Jouët NV, Encanto Pisco, fresh mint and lime; and Gilty Bellini with Perrier Jouët NV, Early Grey infusion and fresh peach.

In addition to the champagne inspired cocktail offerings, the new cocktail menu also features old favourites and traditional recipes, reinvented with QT’s signature quirky and creative spin, such as Ghost of Mary with pancetta and jalapeno infused Tito’s Vodka, house made tomato consommé, umami bitters, pancetta salt, pickled chili asparagus, and House Made Elderflower G&T with Wild Brumby Gin, elderflower quinine syrup, fresh lime, edible borage flowers, native lime and soda.

Celebrities and influencers that attended included: Nova news reader Matt de Groot; Channel 7 stylist Donny Galella; actress Grace Huang; fitness model Camilla Akerberg; celebrity architect Joe Snell; Channel 7 TV host Candice Dixon; model, actress and TV presenter Annette Melton; model Alicia Spoljar; and celebrity make-up artist and presenter Michael Brown.

Perrier-Jouët has an artistic heritage, stemming from the floral design of the Belle Époque bottle by French artist Émile Gallé in 1902, which is recognised globally as an iconic work of art.

Gilt Lounge is located on the third floor of QT Sydney, 49 Market Street Sydney NSW 2000

Open from Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm to late.

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DC Super Hero Girls are the new students at Super Hero High

On Sunday 10 April 2016, children were the first to find out about the new super heros in town – DC Super Hero Girls – at a VIP event at Events Cinema Westfield Bondi Junction.

Children meet the DC Super Hero Girls – Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more – as these DC Comics’ icons make their unprecedented teenaged introduction during their formative high school years at Super Hero High – prior to discovering their full super power potential. Each character discovers their unique abilities, nurturing their remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a Super Hero.

Children enjoyed an afternoon of Super hero fun, games, treats, and a very special screening of the new DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts. They were provided with their very own super hero cape and enjoyed face painting, science experiments and practicing their super hero moves.

They were served hamburgers, pizza, sushi, soft drinks and lots of lollies and chocolates.

DC Super Hero Girls is a fun immersive world that gives young fans the chance to play, watch, read, and be inspired to discover their own super hero potential.

To learn more about DC Super Hero Girls, go to www.dcsuperherogirls.com

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Homebase Sundaze is back every month at the Lord Gladstone with good vibes, music and food.

The Homebase Sundaze is a once month music event held at the Lord Gladstone in Chippendale.

Following a successful launch in February 2016, Homebase Sundaze is back once a month on a Sunday, backed by carefully selected mix of DJ’s and Live Acts, playing nothing than the feel good old school RnB, Hip Hop, Funk and a touch of Neo-Soul.

At Homebase Sundaze the main focus is good vibes, good music and great food, providing the essential elements of a chilled out Sunday ‘sesh’ where people can come with their friends or make new ones.

Come over, have a beverage and try the very own signature plate (THE HOMEPLATE), which has been created by the Lord Gladstone’s well reputed chefs, comprising of Fried Chicken, Greens, Mac n Cheese, Cornbread, Jalapeno Gravy and Pickle. At previous events it has sold out in an hour, so be sure to get in early.

And while your there, don’t forget to check out the famous murals painted by Scott Marsh. The artist made international headlines when he painted Kanye Loves Kanye in Teggs Lane Chippendale and claimed he was paid $100,000 to paint over it by Kanye’s management team. He celebrated his windfall by drinking from the topshelf at the Lord Gladstone. Well, at the Lord Gladstone, he painted his famous Casino Mike mural on 17 April 2016 and a portrait of the notorious American rapper Biggie Smalls on 15 March 2016.

The next Homebase Sundaze will be on 8 May 2016.

Entry is free all day and all night.

For more information about the event, check the facebook and instagram pages: Homebasesundaze

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Myer hosts the stars at Randwick Racecourse for Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day

On Saturday 9 April 2016, Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver won the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Petra Nolan won the Longines Prize for Elegance, Stacie Kidner won Best Dressed Woman, Brock Cross won Best Bressed Man, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, presented the Longines prizes and Myer hosted Sydney’s top models and celebrities in the Myer Marquee.

Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver won one of the richest races in the world. The Swiss watch brand Longines has the honor to lend its name to this race, as well as be the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Royal Randwick racecourse and the Australian Turf Club. The winning owner, trainer and jockey were awarded an elegant Longines watch by Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Another elegant Longines watch was presented as the Longines Prize for Elegance by the Longines Ambassador to praise Petra Nolan from Sydney’s highly distinguished outfit during the raceday. Stacie Kidner was awarded Best Dressed Woman and Brock Cross won Dressed Man on Myer Fashion on the Field.

The watch prizes were from the Longines DolceVita collection, which illustrate the contemporary elegance of the Longines watchmaking brand worldwide. The watch is cased in steel, decorated with diamonds and featuring a silver-coloured “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. This timepiece is mounted on a red leather strap.

In the Myer Marquee, Myer hosted celebrities such as model Kris Smith, TV presenter Nikki Phillips, actress Jodi Gordon, The Bachelor’s Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, celebrity make-up artist and presenter Michael Brown, model Dougie Joseph, PR guru and blogger Simon Hancock, model Carlie Philby, and many others.

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Longines brings Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Sydney for the launch of the DolceVita collection

On Friday, 8 April 2016, internationally renowned actress and global beauty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan launched the Longines DolceVita collection at a star-studded cocktail party at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Rai Bachchan, a Longines Ambassador of Elegance for more than 10 years, used her first ever visit to Sydney to reveal the new timepiece to guests, at an Italian-inspired soiree last night.
One hundred and forty attendees came including Carla Zampatti, Terry Biviano, racing royalty James Cummings, Aje.duo Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson, Erin V Holland, Michael Brown, Nerida Winter and reality television personality Laurina Fleure viewed the new watches in the DolceVita collection.
Inspired by the “sweet life”, the new model introduces rose gold and steel elements to the collection, which blends geometric lines with soft curves to magnify the brand’s contemporary elegance and femininity.
Upon arrival at the event, each guest was given a coin to toss into a specially-designed three-tiered fountain, with Rai Bachchan drawing the name of Benji Condi, who won a DolceVita watch as a special souvenir of the evening.
Immersed in a glamorous environment reminiscent of a 1950s cocktail party, perfectly groomed wait staff served Peroni, Negroni cocktails, Italian varietal wines and classic Roman and Neapolitan fare. To a soundtrack of European jazz and with black and white Fellini tableaux projected onto the walls, guests enjoyed parmesan, prosciutto and figs, vitello tonnato, gnocci alla ragu and assorted Dolce, true to the Italian table.
Longines was founded in Switzerland in 1832, and has maintained since that time a devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Actress Rai Bachchan, considered one of the world’s most beautiful women, embodies the Longines slogan of ‘elegance is an attitude’.
The DolceVita collection features steel casings, a solid gold crown, quartz movement and rose gold hourglass, with some models featuring a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond setting.
For more information about Longines DolceVita watches, go to: https://www.longines.com/#!/watches/dolcevita
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Irish Film Festival launches with a full house

The 2nd annual Irish Film Festival launched in Sydney on Thursday 07 until Sunday 10 April, 2016 at Chauvel Cinema, Paddington with a full house..

From action packed mob chases, to weekend love affairs, and films to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish Film Festival presents audiences with the very best of contemporary Irish culture. Ireland has a rich history of struggle for social justice and the films programmed in the 2016 Festival uncover rich and rare stories that capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Festival Director, Dr Enda Murray says “The films in the festival shine a light on contemporary Ireland. The big story in Ireland this year is the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising which saw Ireland strike for its freedom from British colonial rule. It’s easy to see some parallels with Australia and the debate around the impact of a republic. Why was it such a big deal in Ireland? You’ll have to come and see the films!”

The opening night celebrations include a screening of Glassland (Thur 07 April).Glassland stars Australia’s own Toni Collette as an alcoholic mother whose addiction pushes her son into the underground world of human trafficking. The award winning film has been praised for its two leads’ bold and understated performances which saw Collete nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award and co-star Jack Reynor taking out the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance Film Festival.

The opening night gala screening will also include a pre-screening reception hosted by The Consulate of Ireland. Irish food, drink and music are guaranteed to flow, providing movie goers at the Chauvel with a taste of Ireland in Sydney.

Other films on the bill include the landmark documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion (Fri 08 April), which examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to the breakup of the British Empire. Narrated by acclaimed actor and Irishman, Liam Neeson, this is a fresh look at the events and their significance in Irish and international history.

Continuing the theme of the Easter Rising, After ’16 (Fri 08 April) presents 9 short films in a range of styles from animation to live action, drama and documentaries that capture the filmmakers’ responses to the events that took place in 1916. Older Than Ireland (Sun 10 April), is a touching documentary that looks into the lives of centenarians, people who were born in the dawn of Irish Independence and the immense social, political and technological change they encountered throughout their lives.

Something that will have the little one’s bursting with delight, the Festival has programmed their first family film with and the critically acclaimed Irish folk animation Song of the Sea (Sat 9 April). The film follows the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last seal-child, who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

For a modern turn, Pursuit (Sat 09 April), takes audiences on a high speed chase with a contemporary take on the Irish legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne. This road-movie employs all the great aspects of a truly engaging thriller – pursuit of power, class, love and the chance to start again.

Relationships are also a focus of the Festival with Lost in the Living (Sun 10 April), a complicated love story set in Berlin. The director of Lost in the Living, Robert Manson will introduce his film in person as well as attend the opening night of the Festival. Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen stars in You’re Ugly Too (Sat 09 April), which won Best Irish First Feature at the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh and is a touching take on modern family relationships.

Three stand out shorts also compliment the program. Two of the shorts explore aspects of being Irish and in Australia. @Home looks at Melbourne’s ageing Irish community using social media to close the distance between Ireland and Australia while Follow the Rainbow to Ireland follows the Sydney Queer Irish group as they prepare to march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ahead of the Irish marriage equality referendum. A third short, Ballsy, is an uplifting documentary on a cancer sufferer’s search for meaning in the world.

The Irish Film Festival provides an essential window onto contemporary Irish culture for all Australians. Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just have an affection for the Emerald Isle and its people, the Irish Film Festival is a must.

Stay up to date with the Irish Film Festival

Website: www.irishfilmfestival.com.au

Facebook: Irish Film Festival Australia

Twitter: @irishfilmfestau

Instagram: @irishfilmfestau

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Discover Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

On Wednesday 6 April 2016, the Consulate-­General of Brazil in Sydney, in collaboration with the Brazilian Tourist Board (EMBRATUR) launched a new campaign to further promote Brazil as a destination for Australians at Braza Restaurant, Darling Harbour. In a bid to attract more Australian visitors and to encourage a longer stay in Brazil to fully enjoy what the country has to offer, the campaign focuses on highlighting tourist destinations beyond Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games will be held.

“This is a huge year for Brazil in Australia, having hosted two successful events in Sydney last September: Brazil at the Harbour [a Bossa Nova evening at the Opera House] and Brazil in the City [a business event],” says Ambassador Carlos de Abreu, Consul-­General in Sydney. “We are keen to share all the information needed for those who are planning their trip to Brazil and also to help agents sell not just the obvious cities and regions, but also the stunning, lesser-­known destinations.”
The Consulate-­General has also announced a provisional tourist visa waiver for Australian citizens for visits to Brazil occurring from 1 June to 18 September 2016. These visits must be for the sole purposes of attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and tourism. Also, citizens must have valid passports with a minimum of six months’ validity and at least one blank page for arrival and departure immigration stamps.
The provisional visa waiver applies only during the above-­mentioned dates and for a stay of up to 90 days. According to official statistics, more than 53,000 tickets have already been purchased in Australia to attend the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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