Cable Beach polo in Broome gearing up to be best yet

WA’s most glamorous sport and social event, Airnorth Cable Beach Polo, will celebrate a special milestone on Broome’s famous white sands this year. Each year, thousands of patrons including elite polo players, celebrities and other high-profile guests flock to Broome’s magnificent Cable Beach for a star-studded weekend of polo, fashion and entertainment.

The three-day carnival will be held from Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May 2019, with an exciting calendar of events to enjoy across Broome’s key venues. It’s now a decade since event producer Marilynne Paspaley AM introduced beach polo to Australia, citing the town’s iconic beach as the best location for beach polo in the southern hemisphere. “The huge tides that wash Cable Beach twice a day create a beach polo playing field better than any prepared by man or machine,” Ms. Paspaley said.

“The sand is compacted naturally by the tide, forming a firm but giving surface ideal for a vigorous polo game with fast-moving ponies and ball.” Attracting guests and professional players from around the world, including well-known Australian and NZ professionals like Rob & Jack Archibald, Sam Hopkinson and Tom Hunt, the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo is heralded as the birthplace of beach polo in Australia, also providing an economic boost to the Kimberley region and charity partner, Royal Flying Doctor Service.

In 2018, the event raised a total of $33,345 for the charity through the inaugural Blue Balls for RFDS challenge. The 2019 festival is full of thrilling events to delight guests, with a jam-packed itinerary featuring two brand new events to the schedule.

The carnival kicks off with the brand-new Cable Beach Polo Ladies Luncheon hosted by Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy a spectacular meal amongst a catwalk showcase of Western Australian designers curated by stylist Peta Preston, modelled by local indigenous empowerment modelling academy, Kimberley Girl.

On Friday evening, guests will gather for the official launch of Airnorth Cable Beach Polo, featuring an exclusive invitation-only cocktail party at the Paspaley Boutique followed by the official welcome reception at the historic Pinctada McAlpine House. The public open-air launch party will commence at 6:30pm at the Mangrove Hotel.

Saturday morning’s festivities begin with a special gathering at the Kimberley Bookstore featuring Nine Entertainment Co. Getaway presenter Catriona Rowntree signing her book release, which includes a chapter on her cruise through the Kimberley region. Ms. Rowntree said she is ready to ‘get the party started’ for the 2019 Airnorth Cable Beach Polo. “When I was in Broome last year, I noticed an ad for the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo and dared to dream that the stars would align and I could attend… well, I must have a guardian angel because I’m now all booked to go. Polo, pearls and perfect weather? Count me in!”

The two-day tournament will take place over Saturday and Sunday, with the VIP marquee providing the ultimate lavish experience for guests, boasting unrivalled beach views, live music, gourmet cuisine from local chef Nick Wendland of The Aarli and a selection of premium beverages including the awardwinning Bunnamagoo Estate wines and Perrier-Jouët champagne.

Sunday will mark day two of the exciting polo tournament, culminating in a nail-biting showdown on the sands as players compete for the Paspaley Australasian Beach Polo Cup. Spectators can choose a more casual approach on Sunday, with the Polo Beach Bar offering Aussie craft beers and wines and food options from vendors on site. Also brand-new for 2019 is the Havana Club Lounge, a marquee boasting a luxe cocktail bar experience perfect for enjoying all the fun and excitement of the tournament finals.

Saturday evening will see the return of the exquisite Dinner Under the Stars, a once in a lifetime experience on the stunning Cable Beach. Stepping up to the plate to host this year’s event is guest executive chef, Hamish Ingham. In a career spanning more than 25 years, chef and restaurateur Hamish has established a reputation as one of the Sydney dining scene’s strongest advocates of local ingredients, indigenous foods and sustainability. In 2019, he and his sommelier wife Rebecca opened Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro to rave reviews, this year earning the coveted Chef’s Hat in The Australian Good Food Guide Awards 2019.

Spectators keen to experience the full Airnorth Cable Beach Polo three-day VIP treatment can opt for the all-inclusive Pearl Passport which includes special invites to the exclusive cocktail parties, access to the VIP marquee on Saturday and Sunday, and an invitation to the Dinner Under the Stars. The Tournament, Silver, Gold and Platinum Packages represent a flexible way for guests to experience the carnival, while the Polo Beach Bar and Havana Club Lounge offer a single day alternative to the full VIP experience.

As always, the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo tournament is free to watch from the sand. To purchase tickets or for program information visit www.cablebeachpolo.com.au.

Source: Cable Beach Polo


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.