Celeste Barber among guests at the Ferrari F8 Tributo Australian launch

Over 300 guests gathered at White Bay Cruise Terminal for an immersive Ferrari experience paying homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and unveiling the Ferrari F8 Tributo for the first time on Australian soil.

Ferrari hosted a variety of Australian VIP guests including:

Celeste Barber, Comedian and Author
Lindy Rama-Ellis, Designer
Jarrod Scott, Model and Ferrari Ambassador
Kate Peck, Presenter
Julie Stevanja, Founder and CEO of Style Runner
Ash Williams, Comedian
Jess Yates, Fox Sports Presenter
Kelvin Ho, Architect
Matilda Dodds, Model

The event allowed guests to delve deeper into Ferrari’s antiquity and see the progression of its most influential engine over the years. The unveiling of the F8 Tributo was dramatic and commanding, ensuring the crowds attention.

A reveal like no other, the F8 Tributo joined a prestigious line up of the past V8 models provided by local private collectors. The cars on display included the Ferrari 308 GTB 1975, Ferrari 328 GTS 1985, Ferrari 348 TB 1989, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta 1994, Ferrari 360 Modena 1999, Ferrari F430 2004, Ferrari 458 Italia 2009 and finally the Ferrari 488 GTB 2015. A line up of this stature is rare to come by, offering a once in a lifetime experience for guests.

“We are extremely proud to bring the much anticipated Ferrari F8 Tributo to Australian shores. This vehicle pays homage to our history. The F8 Tributo brings the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.” Said Herbert Appleroth, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Australasia.

With champagne and canapés flowing, guests, for the first time in Australia, could study the F8 Tributo and its lineage, experiencing the new heights achieved by Ferrari.

“We truly expect this stunning new Ferrari V8 Sports car to become THE dream car for clients and fans around the world. The Ferrari F8 Tributo truly embodies the pinnacle of Italian excellence and the V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. With maximum level of usability, outstanding design and innovative technologies, we will provide a new level of driving experience to our customers.” Said Dieter Knechtel, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Far East and Middle East Hub.

Source: Ferrari


Santa Monica Pop's Up in Sydney This Spring

This spring Sydneysiders will be able to feed their culinary souls with a taste of laid-back Santa Monica living without leaving home as LA’s beach city pops up at the luxurious Pier One Sydney Harbour.

Set to launch 22 September 2019, Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour will bring the beach city to life along the iconic waterfront with a curated menu of SoCal-style food and beverages and live cooking demonstrations from award-winning Santa Monica chefs, free wellness and fitness experiences, an organic mini- farmers market and live music sunset sessions.

“We are thrilled to bring a taste of Santa Monica soul to Pier One Sydney Harbour,” said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT). “Aussies share a similar mindset to Santa Monica residents, particularly with our focus on health and wellness, laid back lifestyle and love of fresh food, and that’s ultimately what we considered when planning the calendar of events.”

Three renowned Santa Monica chefs will travel to Australia for culinary collaborations with The Gantry Head Chef Thom Gorringe, recently awarded One Hat in the Good Food Guide. Visiting Chefs from Santa Monica include; Chef Josiah Citrin, two-star Michelin Chef and owner of California’s highly-acclaimed Mélisse, Charcoal Venice, Openaire and Dave’s Doghouse restaurants ; Chef Raphael Lunetta, ‘Top Chef’ judge, California Chef of the Year, Owner and Chef Proprietor at Santa Monica institutions Lunetta and Lunetta All Day; and Chef Govind Armstrong of ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Iron Chef’ fame, Executive Chef of Santa Monica icon The Lobster, and the chef behind 8oz Burger Bar and Post and Beam.

No doubt, visitors to Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour will be inspired to visit Los Angeles’ beach city. A trip to Santa Monica is up for grabs each week of the activation, thanks to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, United Airlines and 7Travel. For a chance to win, visitors to the activation will be encouraged to snap a pic and tag on Instagram using #santamonicasydney

Source: Santa Monica at pier One


The power of inclusion adds a new wave of speakers to its line up of game changers

The Power of Inclusionsummit has added more multi-hyphenate, courageous and inspiring speakers to its line-up, who will come together in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3rd and 4th October 2019, to focus on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in the screen, entertainment and technology landscape.

The Power of Inclusion summit will bring people together, presenting a myriad of world views and positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world; all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

Speakers include writers, directors and producers making ground breaking work; activists, founders, executives and researchers from companies and initiatives leading the way in inclusion; top tier US studio and SVOD executives; and leading practitioners from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Joining previously announced speakers that included New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern and writer and director Niki Caro is Tilane Jones Vice President of visionary grass-roots film distribution collective ARRAY (13th, Selma, When They See Us) and actor and advocate Magda Szubanski(Kath&Kim, Babe), who was a driving force in Australia achieving marriage equality.

Jones said, “I am honoured to represent our distribution collaborative, ARRAY at The Power of Inclusion summit. ARRAY has a ten year history of amplifying filmmakers of colour and women on and off the screen, including our recent 23rd film acquisition MERATA by Māori filmmaker Hepi Mita. Joining together with artists and advocates for change in New Zealand is pivotal as we work towards a more inclusive entertainment landscape around the world.”

Source: New Zealand Film Commission


Sydney Coliseum Theatre: Keith Urban, Tina Arena, Dame Edna, Amy Shark, John Butler tickets on sale

Grammy Award-winning global star Keith Urban has announced that Australian artists Amy Shark and John Butler will join him for the official Grand Opening of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ on Saturday 21 December in a specially created show titled “Keith Urban and Friends”.

ARIA award winning Butler and Shark have both been hand selected by Urban to accompany him on what is set to be one of Australia’s biggest venue opening nights of the decade. “The announcement heralds for West HQ our vision to be the leading landmark destination for Entertainment, Fitness, Lifestyle, and Accommodation in the Western Sydney region. Our new Sydney Coliseum Theatre will be a magnificent world-class facility, fit for world-class performers, and our opening line-up is proof of that” said Richard Errington, CEO, West HQ.

The announcement follows the news that tens of thousands of fans have joined the Sydney Coliseum Theatre pre-sale waitlist to secure tickets to the highly coveted Opening Night performance at Sydney’s landmark new theatrical venue. In response to the unprecedented demand, Urban has also announced two new “Keith Urban Live in Concert” shows which will see the current CMA Entertainer of the Year perform with his band on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December.

In addition to the Grand Opening performance, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Opening Week Program includes a stellar line up of world-class, all Australian talent: International award-winning performer Tina Arena, presented in association with the Michael Cassel Group, will play two exclusive shows on Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December created especially for the Opening Week celebrations.

ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and Order of Australia recipient Tina Arena will perform songs from her remarkable career spanning more than 40 years, including hits Chains, Burn and Sorrento Moon in what will be Arena’s first Australian concert since her Innocence to Understanding Tour in late 2017.

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage will be bringing Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life to the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 December – marking the historic end of her Australian tour.

In addition to the Grand Opening performance, award winning musician John Butler will also perform an exclusive solo concert on Friday 20 December, just over twenty years since the release of the debut John Butler Trio album. Boasting a global fan base Butler is widely known as one of Australia’s most accomplished singer-songwriters.

The announcement heralds yet another huge milestone for the $100 million development, a magnificent new addition to Greater Western Sydney’s cultural landscape and Australia’s booming entertainment industry. “Our Opening Program Week is just the first step in putting the genius and creativity of the Australian entertainment industry on the global cultural map; an achievement Greater Western Sydney can call its own and be truly proud of,” Errington concluded.

Source: Sydney Coliseum


Moulin Rouge! - The Musical Australian production unveiled

Gerry Ryan and Carmen Pavlovic on behalf of Global Creatures together with the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, have announced that the critically acclaimed and lavish Australian production Moulin Rouge! The Musical, will open in Melbourne at The Regent Theatre in 2021.

Currently playing to packed houses at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway where it opened on Thursday 25 July, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is based on the 2001 20th Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann.

Gerry Ryan and Carmen Pavlovic said “It was an honour for our Australian born company to premiere a new musical on Broadway and receive such a warm reception from critics and audiences alike. We’re thrilled to bring Moulin Rouge! The Musical home to Melbourne, the heart of fashion, art and culture, in 2021.”

“The show’s artistic ethos of ‘Deluxe Maximalism’ is reflected in its opulent set, costumes, music and choreography making it a perfect match with the grandeur of the Regent Theatre.”

“We’re grateful to Premier Andrews, Minister Pakula and the Victorian Government for their support and determination to bring the show to Melbourne. Their vision for the city’s cultural experiences sits at the heart of the show’s artistic ambition and values. We feel certain that Melbourne and Moulin Rouge! the Musical will together make a memorable event for audiences and become a defining moment in the show’s international life.”

Minister Pakula said “Melbourne’s thriving cultural scene and its major events calendar are renowned around the world, and securing huge productions like this is why we are so highly regarded.”

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical is going to be a major winner for Victoria when it lands in 2021 and it’s fantastic that it will open in a rejuvenated Regent Theatre.”

As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.

Released by 20th Century Fox, “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!” premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

The Moulin Rouge of Paris is a dazzling and spectacular universe, the symbol of the Parisian way of celebrating since 1889. Starting life as a popular cabaret and dance hall, the venue became an iconic music hall in the Roaring Twenties, and then a theatre where numerous famous French and international artistes stepped out into the limelight.

Source: Moulin Rouge! The Musical