Sunset20°North - A celebration of music, food and culture at Barangaroo Reserve

Over twelve spectacular sunsets this February, Sunset20°N [sunset twenty degrees north] celebrates music, food and culture in Sydney’s spectacular Barangaroo Reserve.  Sunset20°N is Sydney’s newest location to enjoy live music, located in breathtaking Gadigal Country.

Independent and strong, Sunset20°N takes inspiration from the site’s namesake, Barangaroo, a strong woman and leader of the Cammeraygal people of Sydney.  Experience a diverse line-up of mostly female artists from around Australia.  In order of appearance, Sampa the Great, Wallace, GL, Caiti Baker, Thandi Phoenix, Pirra, Mama Kin Spender and the Inner West Voices, Tesse, Tigertown, Tia Gostelow, Thelma Plum, The Morrisons, OKENYO, Emma Davis, Saskwatch and Emily Wurramara  – and it’s all free!  When bands are taking a break, Sydney’s best DJs will provide the soundtrack, including Shantan Wantan Ichiban, FlexMami, Natalia, Levins and Ebony Boadu, along with a special DJ set by GL and Saskwatch.

Join the celebration from 4pm on Fridays and 2pm on Saturday and Sundays.

Sunset20°N is designed by Yuwaalaraay artist and designer Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay, drawing inspiration from the setting of the sun and stories of place which lie embedded in this site.  Families will love exploring the Grandmother Tree, a large-scale interactive artwork created by Lucy Simpson and Archrival, a not-for-profit architecture organisation.

The Grandmother Tree is a meeting place for visitors to Sunset20°N, inspired by Cammeraygal story and the beautiful angophora (Sydney Red Gum), creating an unforgettable experience which plays with light, colour and movement, casting a dramatic filter across the harbour to views of the iconic Sydney skyline.

Sunset20°N will offer delicious, local, seasonal food that pays tribute to the history of Barangaroo’s breathtaking headland.  Curated by Claire Van Vuuren (Bloodwood, Popla), each weekend showcases a different female guest chef with the inaugural line-up featuring Jane Strode (Fred’s, Sydney), Analiese Gregory (Franklin, Hobart) and Thi Le (Anchovy, Melbourne).

Each guest chef has designed 2 dishes which are available on the weekend of their appearance only and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  You won’t want to miss out with dishes, including pickled mussels and sapphire in potato skin, barbecued bug with wattleseed and crème fraîche, damper bread with native curry sauce and a macadamia and honey tart with crème fraîche sorbet.

In addition to the guest chef menu items, dishes designed by Bloodwood’s Claire Van Vuuren will be available across all four weekends.  Experience the taste of native ingredients featured in blackened chicken with Davidson plum and Sriracha, pork and pickled muntries taco and smoked greens plus freshly shucked Pambula rock oysters.

The drinks list features predominantly organic, biodynamic wines from female winemakers across Australia.  Cool down with beers from local Marrickville brewer Philter, founded by one of Australia’s first and most highly regarded female brewers, Sam Fuss. Each weekend will also feature a signature cocktail such as the Saltbush Margarita, Davidson Plum Cosmo and Lemon Myrtle Tom Collins.  

On the four Saturdays, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, there will be free cultural workshops hosted by Barangaroo Delivery Authority’s Aboriginal Visitor Services guides that focus on the Aboriginal heritage and living culture of the site.  Visitors can learn about traditional weaving, music, language and possum skin art.

Food lovers will be treated to cooking demonstrations by the guest chef each Sunday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Learn how to shuck oysters and cure fish with Bloodwood’sClaire Van Vuuren, discover how to blend and balance native spices and traditional curry methods with Anchovy’s Thi Le and take your pastry making skills to the next level by learning how to introduce native ingredients with Fred’s Jane Strode.  All food workshops will be hosted by Andrew Levins, the DJ, chef and writer who presents and produces the culture podcast, The Mitchen.

There will be a limit to the number of people in each workshop and cooking demonstration – 50 for some and 100 for others.  Bookings will not be possible and enrolments will be on the basis of first in.

Source: Sunset20°North

Moet & Chandon puts on a magical show for The Greatest Showman

Moët & Chandon is thrilled to announce its partnership with 20th Century Fox’s bold and original musical The Greatest Showman, which celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary man P.T. Barnum, who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

It is only natural for Moët & Chandon – the champagne House that exudes the magic of celebration and show business – to be a partner of this enchanting story of success and achievement, honoring the power of a pioneering spirit. The Greatest Showman will premiere worldwide on December 25, 2017 in the U.S., and on December 26 in Australia.

Directed by Michael Gracey, the film stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman along with Zac Efron, Michelle Williams
and Zendaya. American businessman and showman Barnum once said, “The noblest art is that of making others happy,” a world view that perfectly aligns with Moët & Chandon’s mission to share the magic of champagne with the world.

Both embrace an avant-garde vision, a penchant for the magic of show business, and an enthusiasm for sharing savoir-fête, the Maison’s legendary savoir-faire in the art of celebration and praise the joy of life.

The French Maison has celebrated the seventh art since the early days, dazzling in some of its timeless and unforgettable moments of glamour, magic and happiness. In the same way legendary film directors make people dream presenting timeless moments on film, Moët & Chandon delights its audience with its refined bubbles and glorious grand gestures.

Moët & Chandon’s elegant savoir-fête will sparkle again in The Greatest Showman, continuing its longstanding love affair with the cinema. After its first big screen appearance in 1928, the champagne House starred in more than 100 Hollywood and international productions to date, including The Great Gatsby (2013). From the Golden Globes to the Toronto Film Festival and the Mostra Film Festival in Venice, Moët & Chandon is a symbol of cinema style and glamour, enchanting any moments with iconic celebrations.

Source: Moet

Take a peek inside Sydney's biggest parties this week

Mara and Mine launch
It was like the good days of fast and packed launches as the first Mara and Mine store opened in Paddington.

Guests spilled out to the street, from the exquisite William Street Paddington – very much like the days when retail shop openings were exciting, fun and seriously happy events.


The shoe label, Mara and Mine, created by Tamara Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough, has become a cult luxury shoe brand (based out of LA) with designs recalling the elegant, minimalistic tones of European sophistication. Each collection is timeless in style and discreet in its approach.


Handmade, utilising luxe leathers sourced from Italy and Spain the loyal list of wearers includes Cara Delevingne, Chanel Iman, Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie, Phoebe Tonkin and Jessica Alba. Existing stockists include Maxfields, Just One Eye, Curve and Ron Herman.

Guests at the Paddington store opening included actress Jessica McNamee, Phoebe Burgess, Sylvia Jeffreys and Peter Stefanovic, as well as Richard and Christian Wilkins and Robby and Sarah Ingham, who were treated to cheese platters and cocktails by Pelicano and a private viewing of the current Mara & Mine collection.

Guests were able to purchase the shoes as a Tom Petty-esque guitarist provided music for the night. Cool night all round.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red launch
Hollywood star, Luke Bracey returned home for the first time since being announced as the face of Ralph Lauren’s leading fragrance franchise, Polo Red.

The native Sydneysider who now resides in LA, appeared at the incredibly buzzy Polo Red Extreme product launch at Stanton & Co Sydney.

“I am thrilled to join Ralph Lauren Fragrances as the face of Polo Red, an exciting fragrance that embodies the endurance and adrenaline of the activities I love,” Luke told Vogue. “Ralph Lauren is an iconic brand that I’ve admired for many years, and it is an honour to represent the brand in this way.”

Bracey is best known for his leading role as Johnny Utah in Point Break. Most recently, he starred in Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge alongside Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer.

Bracey fronted the all new Polo Red campaign alongside which can be seen across print, online and television advertisements with the campaign also including a heart racing short-film.

“We are thrilled to have Luke on board as the face of an extreme new scent and the Polo Red portfolio. He is down to earth, rugged and perfectly embodies the Polo Red Extreme ethos”, L’Oréal Communications Director, Christine Burke said.

A very cool looking crowd, most dressed with a dash of ‘red’ were treated with a Bracey sighting and DJ set by SET MO.

VAMFF and AMP Retail unveils the Melbourne Fashion Festival Ideas Program
The Sydney fashion industry congregated on the rooftop of the AMP Capital Building to celebrate another prosperous year and to launch the guest speakers of the Ideas Program for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March of 2018.


Graeme Lewsey, CEO of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, presented a line up of speakers descending on Melbourne in March 2018.

Included in the programme is Big Little Lies author, Liane Moriarty and When Zhou, the CEO and Co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Joining the festivities was special guest, Joanna Gunn, Chief Brand Officer of Lane Crawford who spoke at the 2017 Festival as well as the fashion design team from Ginger & Smart and a swag of Aussie fashion gurus.

The Ideas Program in 2018 will include a series of Fashion Talks, the inaugural ‘International Women’s Day Forum’;  the usual VAMFF Business Seminar and a slew of open-to-the-public fashion shows and events.

And there’s more…
Michael Hill Jewellers – Sir Michael Hill in fact – hosted a drinks during the week to open a flagship, bespoke store on George Street in the the CBD. Meanwhile, the Spanish-created chic ‘bag’ name, Lautem, were also in launch mode. The label – which designs some beautifully structured boxy bags, hosted a party at Beta Barad Gallery to showcase what fans can find in its online world.

Just For laughs All Star Gala 2018

The 8th edition of Just For Laughs Sydney is thrilled to announce that the JUST FOR LAUGHS ALL-STAR GALA will be held on Saturday November 24, 2018 at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall – home of Just for Laughs Sydney.

Tickets will go on sale Monday December 11 at 9.00am – perhaps the perfect Christmas present for any lover of great comedy.

One of the biggest nights of comedy in Sydney, the JFL All-Star Gala will once again feature some of the best international and Australian comedians.  Be amongst the first to get great seats for the 2018 Just For Laughs All-Star Gala – this event will sell out.

Previous hosts for the JFL All-Star Gala include John Cleese, Eddie Izzard, Dave Hughes,  Drew Carey, Rove McManus, Judith Lucy and previous guests at the Gala have included Gad Elmaleh, Margaret Cho,Wil Anderson, Kevin Bridges, Rhys Darby, Tommy Tiernan, Bill Burr, Noel Fielding, Danny Bhoy, Denise Scott, Ronny Chieng and many others.

Tickets available at or 02 9250 7777 and via Ticketek 132 849

Source:  Just For Laughs

Twitter reveals the year that was: Australia in 2017

It was, without a doubt another eventful year for Australia locally and around the world, and as always we saw it all play out in a big way on Twitter in Australia.

From major social movements like #MarriageEquality and #StopAdani, to the #k-pop revolution and the arrival of #amazon, and with #esports and #gaming emerging as top sports trends, it’s certainly been a year to remember.

Buckle up and take a look at the biggest trends, the most talked about identities and brands, and the most passionate communities across politics, news, entertainment, sport.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this year’s “Golden Tweet” (the most Retweeted Tweet) in Australia was about #MarriageEquality, the most Tweeted about #auspol topic since August. This celebratory Tweet from @AMEquality has been Retweeted almost 20,000 times:

Discussion around political topics is always huge in Australia, and 2017 was no different. #auspol retained its position as the most-Tweeted hashtag of the year by Aussies on Twitter. The conversation on #auspol is as varied as Australian politics itself (and regularly overlaps with what’s getting Aussies talking on top-five ranking hashtag #QandA). Twitter is about informing and uniting people and this year we saw a lot of Tweeting about social movements such as #MarriageEquality, #Manus and #StopAdani.

But it wasn’t just politics and movements that got us Tweeting. The phenomenal rise of esports in Australia has pushed #gaming into the top ten hashtags for the year, ahead of even the #ausopen.

Australian Twitter hasn’t been immune to the K-pop sensation sweeping the world, and Korean favourites @BTS_twt (the most-mentioned Twitter account in the world in 2017) had the ninth most Tweeted hashtag by Australian Twitter users with #BTS.

Here’s the ten biggest hashtags in Australia for 2017:


There’s more! The Year on Twitter Resources folder includes the following “Most Tweeted about” lists:
Entertainment hashtags
Sporting hashtags
Social movement hashtags
The folder also includes notable Tweets associated with the top 5 hashtags of the year.

When it comes to Twitter’s most-followed Australians, our many world famous entertainment superstars – especially music stars – dominate, each of them offering their massive global fan bases inside access you can’t get anywhere else.

The big news in 2017 is that Australia has a new king of Twitter, with Wolverine star @RealHughJackman overtaking @5SOS frontman @Luke5SOS as the most followed Aussie. Both these stars also cracked through the 10 million follower barrier this year, an extraordinary achievement for the Aussies legends. Other big movers in 2017 were @iggyazelea and @troyesivan, both gaining over a million new followers.

Here are the most followed Aussies on Twitter in 2017:


Here are the most Tweeted about politicians on Twitter in 2017:

There’s more! Check out the Year on Twitter Resources to see more “Most Tweeted about” lists for:
Sporting teams
Sporting organisations
Music artists
Media outlets

Source: Twitter