The Australian Ballet’s 2020 season

The Australian Ballet has announced a 2020 season that showcases ballet’s enduring power to enchant and transform. In his 20th and final year as artistic director, David McAllister has programmed Australian and world premieres alongside the works that have left an indelible mark on modern ballet. It’s a year of milestones and new beginnings that celebrates the dynamism of the company and the art form, with productions that will delight, enthral and inspire.

The 2020 season opens with The Happy Prince, a new work by Australian dance luminary Graeme Murphy. Next, two astoundingly inventive contemporary choreographers come together in the triple bill Volt, followed by the Australian debut of a stunning new ballet version of the Russian literary classic Anna Karenina. Molto brings together three landmark works from the past 50 years before a charming new incarnation of Harlequinade by the great Alexei Ratmansky brings 2020 to a dazzling conclusion.

Artistic Director David McAllister says, “It has been a pleasure and privilege to chart the artistic course of The Australian Ballet over these past 20 years, honouring the rich history and tradition of the company while also engaging with and encouraging the choreographers and artists of the moment so that ballet continues evolve as it must to meet the times and create the future. Filled with exciting new works and much-loved revivals, this 2020 season is in every sense the culmination of that process and my time with the company. I wanted it to demonstrate ballet’s continuing power to transform and enchant, and its limitless possibilities as an art form.

This is my last full season with The Australian Ballet, and I hope audiences are as excited as I am to see these wonderful works unfurl across our nation.”

The 2020 season opens with a brand-new ballet from Australia’s greatest living choreographer, Graeme Murphy, The Happy Prince. Oscar Wilde’s timeless tale tells the story of a beautiful golden statue with a compassionate heart, who sacrifices himself to relieve the suffering of the poor. Murphy’s imaginative contemporary interpretation of this classic is propelled by the deft storytelling and innovative movement that characterised his versions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, confirming his peerless standing among Australian choreographers. An all-star Australian line-up of creative collaborators includes the award-winning artist and theatre director Kim Carpenter and renowned film composer Christopher Gordon’s specially commissioned score. The Happy Prince will capture the imaginations of adults and children alike when it has its world premiere in Brisbane in February, before playing in Melbourne in August, and in Sydney in November.

The Australian Ballet’s 2020 activities will also include a range of audience engagement events, a regional tour to South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, the annual free outdoor event Ballet Under the Stars, a Storytime Ballet for children and an education program that will tour to schools across the country.

2020 Season Packages for Melbourne and Sydney performances are now available.

Source: The Australian Ballet

Meghan Markle fashion favourite: as Isabel Lucas unveils Outland Denim Collaboration

Actress, activist and environmentalist Isabel Lucas fronts Outland Denim’s Fall ‘19 Collection campaign, Alchemy.


Best known for her roles in Home and Away and Transformers, it was Lucas’ unwavering commitment to using her platform to inspire change that made Lucas, who splits her time between LA and Byron Bay, an obvious choice to represent the collection.

‘Outland Denim is a fashion brand with integrity and purpose, something that is very important to me and my beliefs for a more sustainable & ethical future’. Isabel Lucas

Outland seeks to align with others who are making a stand and a positive difference in the fashion industry, with a desire to affect positive change.

Lucas, who is driven by a deep, life-long connection to nature, has lent her support to a suite of causes close to her heart such as Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, and World Vision. She is an ambassador for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and an advocate for climate justice and fashion with a purpose.

Outland Denim’s Alchemy Collection, produced with the utmost respect for people and the planet, represents a new standard in denim production.

This urban, elevated edit is played out in the juxtaposition of gritty ‘90s grunge washes and clean, refined lines and solid, sophisticated hues.

The collection pulls from denim’s tried and true heritage while imbuing it with the sustainability credentials that Outland has become synonymous with, most recently named one of Common Objective’s Sustainable Fashion Leaders for 2019 and receiving two Global SDG Awards.

Outland Denim’s Alchemy collection is available to shop from September 2019 at David Jones, Myer, Holt Renfrew, Sporting Life, select boutiques, and online at

Source: Outland Denim

Sydney's first dedicated coffee cocktail masterclass with paired desserts

In celebration of International Coffee Day on the 1 October, Tia Maria has announced Sydney’s first ever dedicated coffee cocktail masterclass. Guests can shake and stir extravagant cocktails at Sydney’s ultimate speakeasy, Eau De Vie.

Celebrating coffee cocktail culture in Australia, guests can try their hand at making 3 different cocktails; the signature Tia Espresso Martini, Twisted Tia and Espresso Zabaione.

What goes better with coffee than dessert? As such, Eau De Vie’s chefs have created a bespoke dessert menu to accompany each cocktail.

Guests will also get to enjoy their own drinks made by the cocktail connoisseurs at Eau De Vie while enjoying the class. An array of delicious sweet treats will also be paired with the cocktails.

It’s no secret that Australians love their coffee cocktails, with Queenslanders demanding the most espresso martinis on an average night out, drinking 43% of Australia’s total consumption of the cocktail, followed by NSW (22%), SA (13%) and VIC (13%). Furthermore, 1 in 3 consumers aged 22-34 said they would like to see more coffee houses serving alcohol (Mintel).

First invented in 1980 by Dick Bradsell, Tia Maria was actually the original coffee liquor included in the Espresso Martini. Cocktail fans can book a spot in the masterclass for $30 per person via Eventbrite.

Source: Tia Maria

Aqua Expeditions: Australia's Benjamin Cross Named Aqua Blu Consulting Chef

Benjamin Cross is creating a journey of flavours for Aqua Expeditions to complement Aqua Blu’s voyages as Consulting Chef ahead of 16 November 2019 inaugural sailing of this luxury expedition yacht in East Indonesia.

Born in Australia and based in Bali since 2008, Chef Cross boasts a well-travelled culinary background having begun his career working with Australian culinary talents Neil Perry (Rockpool) and Janni Kyritsis (MG Garage) and later co-founding the award-winning Urbane restaurant in Queensland.

Chef Cross then headed for Spain, opening a restaurant and working in Santi Santamaria’s three-Michelin-starred Can Fabes before settling down in Bali where he was appointed Executive Chef of Bali’s premier dining venue, Ku De Ta in 2008.

In 2013, he created Mejeakwi, Ku De Ta’s fine dining concept in Bali, co-founded Hank’s Pizza & Liquor in Seminyak, created Fishbone Local, Mason, and The Back Room with BHG (Brett Hospitality Group) as co-owner and Executive Chef.

For Aqua Blu, Chef Cross will create and oversee more than 100 recipes that together will showcase a refined journey of flavours from Asia to the Middle East, while still reflecting Indonesia’s role as the heart of the global spice trade in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In executing his culinary vision for Aqua Blu, Chef Cross will rely on local ingredients sourced primarily from Bali and East Indonesia, including indigenous spices such as nutmeg and cloves, as well as a wealth of seafood such as giant Papuan prawns sustainably sourced from the Indonesian seas.

“Harnessing the abundant gifts from Indonesia’s land and seas, the goal of my concept is to orchestrate a refined rendition of flavours that have travelled through Indonesia’s fabled sea spice trade route – an amazing confluence of Asian, European and traditional local cooking philosophies and methods,” said Chef Cross.

Chef Cross also sees Aqua Blu as an opportunity to create a larger-than-life culinary experience that complements a five-star cruise journey. “Aqua Expeditions regards authentic cuisine as central to the itinerary, which means that the dining experience on board won’t be just a menu, but a cohesive journey of discovery,” he said.

A recognised global leader in luxury small-ship cruises, Aqua Expeditions explores the world’s most wildlife and culture-rich destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design. Aqua Expeditions offers tailored five-star itineraries, a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio with personalised service, a cuisine experience crafted by acclaimed chefs, and expert-guided activities and excursions.

Aqua Expeditions currently operates river cruise ships, Aria Amazon on the Peruvian Amazon and Aqua Mekong on the Mekong river in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Source: Aqua Expeditions


The spectacular seven-week Everest Carnival, featuring over $40 million in prizemoney, led by the world’s richest turf race, the $14 million The TAB Everest and the new $7.5 million Golden Eagle, officially launched this morning, with a stylish Champagne brunch for media and the who’s who of racing and fashion at Royal Randwick.

To mark the event, official ATC Racing Ambassador, Seven Racing Expert and former Group 1 Jockey, Katelyn Mallyon, recreated today’s Daily Telegraph shot wearing a beautiful Velani flowing dress on-top of rearing retired racehorse Mr Bean, dazzling guests.

Hosted by TAB’s, Gerard Middleton, the Everest Carnival launch was held at Pony Palms, a new Palm Springs-inspired oasis where Sydney’s first trackside pool was unveiled along with high-profile DJ acts including house duo, Yolanda Be Cool, the finest in hospitality offerings featuring custom built bars by Heineken, Chandon, all-new poolside private cabanas and the Colgate Optic White Smile Studio.

Official Everest Carnival Ambassadors and Channel Seven’s Home And Away stars, James Stewart and Sarah Roberts attended alongside racing elite including Peter Snowden, winning co-trainer of the last two Everest editions with Redzel, Godolphin Head Trainer, James Cummings, Sydney Premiership Winning Jockey, James McDonald, famed chef partner of The Estate, Guillaume Brahimi, and a plethora of style leaders including Everest Carnival stylist, Jess Pecoraro, star milliners Nerida Winter and Viktoria Novak and official ATC Beauty Expert, Michael Brown.

This morning’s Champagne brunch further showcased the abundance of new activations and precincts that Everest Carnival racegoers can look forward to such as The Estate the ultimate destination for corporate and VIP guests at the races, TAB Country Club featuring croquet, custom-built Heineken bars and a big screen; Harrolds Fashion Chute featuring a photography studio and glam beauty touch-ups by Runway Room.

On display for guests to admire was this year’s $437,000 Everest trophy, designed by renowned jeweller Nic Cerrone featuring 7777 black diamonds symbolising the increasingly high stakes of the impressive 1200m event and the exhilarating Carnival atmosphere across coming weeks.

Guests tasted treats from Guillaume Brahimi’s The Estate menu including a spanner crab sandwich with coriander mayonnaise, sausage rolls with truffle, and jamon and gruyere toasties. All of these delicacies were accompanied by Moet & Chandon served in the iconic Moet goblets.

Jamie Barkley, ATC Chief Executive Officer said the Australian Turf Club is thrilled to welcome in the 2019 Everest Carnival, which commences with Colgate Optic White Stakes Day on Saturday 21 September.

“The Australian Turf Club is incredibly excited to launch the 2019 Everest Carnival, especially with a lucrative new spring program and many new offerings for racegoers including The Estate featuring The Manor and The Conservatory, Pony Palms, TAB Country Club, and elevated Harrolds Fashion Chute.

“We are much more than just horseracing we are a destination that offers a complete entertainment experience, including world-class racing, hospitality and fashion like no other in Sydney.

“The Everest Carnival has experienced significant growth year-on-year since inception three years ago and we look forward to welcoming all guests trackside.”

The third annual Everest Carnival is shaping up to be bigger than ever this year, championed by the world’s richest race on turf, the $14 million The TAB Everest on Saturday 19 October and the inaugural Golden Eagle Day at Rosehill Gardens worth $7.5 million on Saturday 2 November.

Source: Australian Turf Club