Longines Golden Slipper ambassadors, Sam Margin & Rosie Tupper

Swiss watchmaker Longines has welcomed Longines Golden Slipper ambassadors, The Rubens frontman, Sam Margin and his international model wife, Rosie Tupper.

The couple will attend Sydney’s pinnacle racing event, Longines Golden Slipper Day on Saturday 23 March at Rosehill Gardens, where the finest two-year-old thoroughbreds will vie for the coveted title. The Swiss watch brand is proud to mark its six years as the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival.

Godolphin filly, Tenley, is the favourite to win the coveted Group 1 accolade and the 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, Winx, is expected to take centre stage in the Group 1 The Agency George Ryder Stakes. Off the track, Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline a live concert after the last race.

“We are delighted to have celebrities like Rosie Tupper and Sam Margin embodying Longines’ long-standing motto “Elegance is an attitude”, as we will celebrate later this year the 20-year milestone of the brand campaign,” said Mr. Walter von Känel, Longines President.

The pair will lead the style stakes by judging the Longines Prize for Elegance, where they will select the most elegant female racegoers of the day, with the winner announced at a special presentation on course. The lucky lady will be awarded a timepiece from the Longines DolceVita Collection. Since its inception, this line has illustrated contemporary elegance of the Longines brand worldwide and is inspired by the “Dolce Vita,” paying homage to the sweetness of life.

“Working in the modelling and fashion industry, I’ve always had a keen eye for style and elegance. I’m looking forward to seeing the ladies expressing themselves in bright colours, whilst also bringing the glamour that Longines Golden Slipper is famous for,” said Longines Golden Slipper Ambassador, Rosie Tupper.

“When Rosie and I started dating, I bought her a vintage Longines watch as a gift – we both have a special connection to Longines,” said Longines Golden Slipper Ambassador and The Rubens lead singer, Sam Margin.

Longines supports horse racing globally and has been associated with equestrian events for a century and a half. These partnerships reflect Longines’ intrinsic values of Tradition, Elegance and Performance.

Source: Longines


Vivid Sydney 2019 Program Launch

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.

“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.

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 through KA3323, 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.

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 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.

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.

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’s Carriageworks 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.

Source: Vivid Sydney


Inside St Hugo's Grand Prix Launch Event

Australian fine wine brand, St Hugo has celebrated its newly announced partnership with Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, hosting an exclusive launch event held at The Blackman Hotel penthouse in Melbourne. 

The star-studded event included Australian actresses Rachel Griffiths and Jodi Anasta, who joined father and son Australian Formula 1® racing duo David Brabham and Sam Brabham – members of the of the Brabham family racing dynasty, for an evening of trackside entertainment to kick of the Grand Prix weekend. Other guests included Thurley designer Helen O’Connor, actor Ben Mingay, Michael Falzon, Takaya Honda and Shaun Birley.

Presented in The Blackman Garden Room Penthouse, with unrivalled panoramic views over the Grand Prix circuit as a backdrop, guests were treated to a luxurious evening of wine, art and racing history in the lead up to this year’s Formula 1® racing events. The evening included an exclusive wine tasting experience with St Hugo’s Chief Winemaker Peter Munro, who took guests through a tasting of St Hugo’s flagship Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon to showcase Australian winemaking at its finest.

Accompanying the fine wine and food, an immersive live art display took place, entertaining guests by using red wine for paint to create a stunning work inspired by vintage Formula 1® posters.

St Hugo is the official wine supplier of the race in Australia; a partnership which combines an iconic Australian fine wine with one of the most prestigious sporting events in Australia. During the race, the Formula 1® Paddock Club will welcome selected VIPs for the ultimate world-class hospitality, including a bespoke wine lounge reflective of the world-class home of St Hugo which has been created for guests of the Formula 1® Paddock Club.

Source: St Hugo


Ian Schrager premieres The Times Square Edition

Ian Schrager premiered The Times Square EDITION to an A-List crowd proving that sophistication has returned to Times Square.

A candlelit dinner was served at The Terrace Restaurant at EDITION by John Fraser followed by a surprise performance by Diana Ross and Nile Rodgers and Chic in the Paradise Club.

A start studded guest list included:

Cara Delevingne, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Suki Waterhouse, Ellen Von Unwerth, Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers, Suki Waterhouse, Ian Schrager, Andy Cohen, Alanna Arrington, Alexandra Richards, Theodora Richards, Graham Norton, Derek Blasberg, Dylan Mcdermott, Elsa Hosk, Joan Smalls, Norma Kamali, Princess Olympia Of Greece, Mia Moretti, Rocky Barnes, Maxwell, Daniel Arsham, Jeffrey Deitch, Bill Powers, Cynthia Rowley, Alex Assouline, Carolina Alvarez-mathies, Marc Spiegler, Chelsea Leyland, Chloe Wise, David Maupin, Graham Norton, Stefano Tonchi, Harry Brant, Hilary Rhoda, Jean Pigozzi, Jenne Lombardo, John Pawson, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Juliet Angus, Laurent Claquin, Maxwell, Mia Moretti, Ian Mellencamp, Norma Kamali, Nur Khan, Peter Brant Jr, Princess Olympia Of Greece, Rocky Barnes, Roselee Goldberg, Shantell Martin, Telfar Clemens, Zoe Buckman, Venus X, Eric Rutherford, Waris, Magnus Berger, Kristina O’neill, Alex Brown, Jiajia Fei, Antwaun Sargeant and Jenny Cipolatti.


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL announces KURIOS to tour Australia

Cirque du Soleil will return to Australia from October this year with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™. KURIOS will premiere under their Signature Big Top on 2 October 2019 in Sydney at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.

Tickets for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are available for purchase to the general public beginning Monday 18 March at 9am by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or by calling 1800 036 685.  KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities had its world premiere in Montréal April 2014 and since its debut, the critics have been raving across North America: “It is not to be missed on any account,” said Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await.

A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

“Ever since my first visit to Australia nearly 15 years ago it has been one of my favourite places on earth. I am thrilled that I can return through the spirit of KURIOS and I hope it will inspire and bring joy to everyone who enters into our special realm of reality under our big top.” Michel Laprise, Director, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.

Source: Cirque Du Soleil