Samsung Transforms TV’s ‘role’ at home

Samsung Electronics Australia has launched its 2018 TV range, introducing new innovations that are designed to change the TV experience for Australians. Featuring an extended offering of ultra-large-screen TVs across its flagship QLED, Premium UHD, and UHD ranges, Samsung’s 2018 offering features incredible picture quality, enhanced smart capabilities and stylish design to effortlessly complement any environment.

The 2018 TV range debuts a new standard of picture quality for Samsung TVs featuring pure colour and deep blacks in a range of lighting conditions, times of day, or content on the screen. Samsung’s inorganic Quantum Dot technology means the QLED display helps ensure that colour remains pure at high brightness across both light or dark scenes. QLED display is also resistant to damage from burn-in, and Australians can enjoy added peace of mind with a 10 Year No Screen Burn Guarantee.

The range also responds to the rising demand amongst Australians for large-screen televisions with the introduction of seven models across the lineup that are 75 inches and above. In fact, you can watch a 75” screen from just 2.3 metres away, so a compact living area or bedroom can become the theatre you never knew you had.

Designed to reflect how Australians are now utilising their TVs, Samsung’s QLED TVs now seamlessly blend into their surroundings with the mere press of a dedicated Ambient Mode button on the remote. Ambient Mode enables the TV to blend into the home environment by displaying the pattern of the wall behind while displaying weather information, the time and date, family photos, and more.

The refined look of the QLED range is further enhanced by the One Clear Connection cable, which reduces cable clutter by transmitting both a data signal and power over a single thin, clear cable to the One Connect Box. This is a first for Samsung that delivers more freedom for Australians in where they place their TV.

Hass Mahdi, Head of AV, Samsung Electronics Australia said: “The way Australians watch and use their TVs is changing and we’ve responded with a lineup that reflects their lifestyle, personal style and viewing habits.”

“The 2018 range opens up new experiences that will truly change the way people think about Samsung TVs and what our home entertainment products can deliver,” added Mahdi.

“We continue to deliver on picture quality whilst recognising that Aussies want technology that works around them and their passions, whether they are watching sports, movies or gaming.

“With Ambient Mode you can instantly transform the TV into a functioning screen that matches its surroundings. With the latest in Samsung’s picture quality meaning you no longer need a big room to own one, we also know that Australians are looking for larger TVs. Aussies can now get closer to the action without distraction.”

Source: Samsung


The Australian Ballet premieres with the brilliant Murphy

The Australian Ballet opens its 2018 season with Murphy, a tribute to the country’s greatest choreographer Graeme Murphy who celebrates his milestone 50-year career in ballet. Murphy began his dance career in The Australian Ballet’s corps de ballet, made his first work for the company’s Choreographic Workshop in 1971, and went on to become artistic director of Sydney Dance Company for 31 years.

Murphy brings together a diverse selection of works by the master storyteller, showcasing the bold originality, wit and poetic movement that have earned him a peerless place in Australian dance history. His exquisite retelling of the Firebird story will be paired with highlights from his incandescent career. The Murphy program will light up the stage in Melbourne at Arts Centre Melbourne from 16 to 26 March 2018, and in Sydney at Sydney Opera House from 6 to 23 April 2018.

Commenting on Murphy, The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister said: “In 2018, we’re celebrating the power of imagination and all that is unique about our company. What better way to start the year than by honouring an Australian dancemaker of unparalleled talent whose virtuosic career began right here with The Australian Ballet 50 years ago.”

Murphy’s dazzling Firebird makes a welcome return following its first season in 2009. Based on a traditional Russian folktale, Firebird tells the story of a bird who is captured by a prince, who sets her free in exchange for one of her magical feathers. The prince wanders into the enchanted garden of the evil magician Koschei, whose immortal soul is preserved in an egg, and falls in love with one of the princesses held captive by Koschei. With the Firebird’s help the prince defeats the magician by breaking open the egg protecting his soul.

Murphy’s recreation, faithful to the original scenario created for the Ballet Russes in 1910 by Michel Fokine, draws on the cyclical themes of life and death, youth and age, and good and evil to tell the pagan tale. Designer Leon Krasenstein has created a desolate Garden of Eden filled with giant eggshells, serpentine figures and gnarled trees; his costumes, with their unravelling stitches, evoke the disordered world presided over by Koschei. Igor Stravinsky’s luminous score combines otherworldly notes that conjure the supernatural with strains of Russian folk melodies that hark back to the tale’s origins.

Firebird will be paired with highlights from Murphy’s halcyon creative years in this tribute program, including excerpts from The Silver Rose, Air and Other Invisible Forces, Ellipse and Grand, as well as the complete Shéhérazade.

Source: The Australian Ballet

Photos by Daniel Boud


Longines Records Club Opening Ceremony Pre-Party

Swiss watchmaker, Longines, hosted VIPs and celebrities at an exclusive Opening Ceremony Pre-Party at Longines Records Club ahead of the official celebration at Carrara Stadium.

Guests were entertained by 15-year-old emerging Australian singer, Ruel. The Sydney teen who has recently been recognised by Sir Elton John then went on to perform at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Longines is proud to be the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Official Partner of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Longines is also the Presenting Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

WHERE

Longines Records Club – ‘Beachside’, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach, Gold Coast.

Between Kurrawa Surf Club and Commonwealth House.

WHO

  •  Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing
  • Gina Rinehart, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd Chairman & Director
  • Ruel, 15-year-old emerging Australian singer
  • Kerri-Anne Kennerley, TV Personality
  • Ahmed Fahour, BCG DV Chairman
  • Amy Pejkovic, Longines Friend and Australian High Jumper
  • Matt Shirvington, Longines MC and former Australian Athlete
  • Violet Grace Atkinson, model
  • Gabby Epstein, model
  • Liz Cantor, TV Presenter
  • Amanda Shadforth, Creative Director & Founder of Oracle Fox
  • Tess Alexander, Former Miss World Australia

Source: Longines 


CABARET DE PARIS coming to Sydney's State Theatre 30 June

Sydney’s magnificent State Theatre will be transported by the atmosphere and excitement of Parisian-themed revue Cabaret De Paris when a parade of exquisitely bejewelled international entertainers reveal all (nearly all) with 2 shows only on SATURDAY 30 JUNE.

Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour mixed with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial artists, pole dancers, comedy circus performers, quick change artists and of course the iconic and much-loved ‘Can Can’.

Audiences will fall under the charm of former Moulin Rouge star, Marissa Burgess, the legendary showgirl and toast of Paris who has starred in three multi-million-dollar revues earning the title of longest serving star in Moulin Rouge’s 120-year history. Marissa will be joined by the crème de la crème of showgirls who have graced the stages of Moulin Rouge, The Lido and other French
cabaret revues.

World-class illusionist Michael Boyd will perform some of the world’s greatest illusions, mindboggling disappearances and incredible magic that will keep audiences guessing and have the whole family entranced.

Cabaret De Paris is a pure spectacle that includes a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of exquisite costumes made in the traditional Paris style with feathers, sequins, rhinestones and jewels that light up the stage.

VENUE: State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney
DATE & TIME: Saturday 30 June 2pm & 7.30pm
PRICES: From $62 to $116
BOOKINGS: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 139 588
Note: The matinee performance of Cabaret De Paris will NOT feature topless dancers so is suitable
for the entire family.

Source: Cabaret De Paris


Vivid Sydney 2018 Festival Program Announced

The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns in 2018 with a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park, the return of much-loved Customs House, and a fantastical blend of everyday objects and Australian-inspired motifs on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, “Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the Festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerised by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations and a gripping Music and Ideas offering, so I encourage visitors to start planning their trip early to get the most out of this year’s exciting line-up.

“Over 23 nights from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June, Vivid Sydney will paint the Harbour City in the colour and spectacle of Vivid Light, take over Sydney stages with Vivid Music’s electric performances and collaborations, and provide a global forum for thought-provoking debate and creative discussion at Vivid Ideas.”

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and in 2017, attracted a record-breaking 2.33 million attendees to Vivid Sydney, delivering an incredible $143 million of visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.

For the first time, Vivid Sydney’s dazzling Light Walk extends to new precinct Luna Park Sydney, where the iconic amusement park comes alive with large-scale projection on the façade of Coney Island. The show celebrates the history, magic, creativity, engineering, fantasy and imagination that have come together to create millions of memories on this unique and special site.This year also marks the first time Luna Park’s iconic Ferris Wheel will be lit for the festival following an LED refit, which has included a massive boost in the number of lights adorning the wheel.

Vivid Sydney’s bright lights will illuminate the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney again in 2018, where visitors will follow a pathway that weaves through an exciting nocturnal environment inspired by nature. Here, Parrot Party inspired by the New Zealand Kea Parrot and the Australian Rainbow Lorikeet, comes alive as people gather, breaking into song and radiating colourful light. Aqueous will dazzle with its interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light, which will flow and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging visitors in collaborative play. The Bloom, a giant electric, metallic flower with petals adorned with mirrors that refract and reflect light, puts you in the centre of the flower capturing the perfect photo moment, and He’e nalu gives the joyous sensation of surfing a wave.

In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, May Gibbs’ iconic and immortal characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their stalwart companions come to life on the façade of Customs House, as they journey through the Australian Bush and encounter the weird, the wonderful, and things quite unknown altogether. This whimsical piece will be narrated by renowned Australian film and television actress Noni Hazlehurst AM, Patron of the Australian Children’s Laureate, and beloved by Play School devotees far and wide.

All eyes turn to the World-Heritage listed Sydney Opera House at the centre of the Vivid Light Walk for Lighting of the Sails, created in 2018 by award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. Visitors will be captivated by Metamathemagical, a bold and dynamic display of morphing digital sculptures inspired by recognisable Australian motifs across science, nature and culture.

Sydney’s iconic buildings will once again be transformed, including the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) with Virtual Vibration, a highly-collaborative creative work produced in conjunction with MCA Collection artist Jonny Niesche and composer Mark Pritchard. Interactive lighting display Skylark will let visitors put their own colourful mark on the city, stretching from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skyscrapers of Circular Quay to the reaches of Sydney Harbour.

Network Ten and MasterChef Australia will bring a magical experience to the façade of the ASN Co. Building in The Rocks, in celebration of both Masterchef and Vivid Sydney’s 10th Birthday with Mystery Gâteau. Mini construction-worker chefs will guide you on a journey of fun and wonderment, with the famous MasterChef clock ticking down to the final extraordinary surprise.

Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Kings Cross will return in 2018.
Festival favourites from last year are back along with a whole new mob of fierce, fantastic, quirky and endearing species for Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild. Visitors will discover some new spectacular animal light sculptures, and learn how Taronga is working to help save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years.

An art-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser experience takes Darling Harbour visitors into a dream-like dive under the ocean, while the iconic rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum will be projected with BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, exploring the fascinating world beneath the waves.

A pop-up market inspired by the colourful neighbourhood street markets of Brazil, built from scaffold and recycled materials and lit by lasers will transform the Chatswood CBD. The Concourse will take visitors on an immersive, deep dive into space featuring NASA’s amazing imagery and 360-degree projection.

Barangaroo glows under layers of light and sound that evoke the surrounding waterways, with the precinct coming to life through the magnificent art of puppetry with a breathtaking, giant luminescent creature venturing along the waterfront in a theatrical display of sound and light.

Precinct contributor Coca-Cola returns to light up the streets of Sydney’s iconic Kings Cross and to support another KX program in 2018. The colourful strip along Darlinghurst Road will be transformed with a spectacular display of light and life. The famous Coca-Cola sign comes alive again in 2018 with an array of flair and a creative colour show. Other Vivid KX transformations include the historic Victorian Terrace; World Bar, which will unfurl a multi-story house party, and the renowned Kings Cross Hotel, which will host cutting-edge artists curated by legendary party-crews.

Vivid Music ups the ante in 2018 with an electric line-up, from noise to jazz, sonic experimentation to soul. Highlights include a one-night-only performance by Grammy award-winning rock-goddess St. Vincent, and the return of Curve Ball headlined by Alison Wonderland – a large-scale live music and art event created by the team behind Field Day, Harbourlife and Listen Out – both at Carriageworks.

The City Recital Hall returns to the program, tracking the extraordinary rise in jazz with the Innovators In Jazz series featuring the undisputed king, triple Grammy award-winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis.The world’s finest jazz vocalists including Kurt Elling and chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, will line up alongside Orange is the New Black star Lea Delaria in her musical comedy, jazz interpretation show.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House hosts a stellar line-up of Australian exclusives as part of Vivid Sydney, including several Opera House debuts. Highlights this year include American dream-pop icons Mazzy Star, the godfather of West Coast rap Ice Cube, acclaimed 90s indie rock singer/songwriter Cat Power, Grammy award-winning artist Solange, and the long-awaited collaboration between iconic Australian artists Daniel Johns and Luke Steele.

Now in its 4th year as part of Vivid Sydney, Heaps Gay struts uptown to Sydney Town Hall for an unmissable experience, the inaugural Qween’s Ball. Other not-to-be missed events include Young Hearts Run Free and one of Australia’s most exciting breakthrough artists performing at the Enmore Theatre, Vera Blue.

As architects of the future, it’s time to join the masterminds and creative catalysts at Vivid Ideas for inspiration. Vivid Ideas provides a forum to workshop, collaborate and cultivate fresh thinking to drive the creative agenda across tech, design, entertainment and culture. Vivid Ideas returns in 2018 with some of the world’s greatest minds as we explore the future-shaping scenarios that will define our lives.

Vivid Ideas 2018 showcases those who are leading the way in technology, creativity and science. Game Changers and Creative Catalysts this year include film-maker, marine explorer and conservationist James Cameron. In a Vivid Sydney exclusive, James will explore his passion for science and technology, and how it has influenced his work as a film director and environmentalist. James will be joined in conversation by Adam Spencer, while in Sydney to open the James Cameron – Challenging the Deep exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Australian global success story Dare Jennings – founder of Mambo Clothing, Phantom Records and Deus ex Machina – joins his good friend James Valentine to discuss creating cult brands that cut across age and lifestyles as well the joys of throwing out the rule book.

Futurist and game developer, Jane McGonigal can prove games have the power transform our real world lives. She and Artificial Intelligence expert Kriti Sharma join Vivid Ideas to explore the latest in AI, VR and gaming to ask what kind of society we can create with technology.

Visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-founder of the Museum of Awe, Dan Goods joins the Vivid Ideas Creative Catalysts line-up to explore how creativity and science interplay and why NASA has a virtual strategist.

The New Horizons series explores the mega-trends and micro-developments in technology and innovation, and shines a light on experts tackling the biggest issues with creativity in a bid to make our future brighter. Topics include Future Fashion, Algae is the New Black, Blockchain Decoded and Evolving Democracy.

Over three successive Wednesdays, Vivid Sydney will take over the Art Gallery of NSW to create an intimate portrait of our better selves. Our special guests dare to ask if we can improve dying, how we can find common ground when and where there’s conflict, and why we should nudge perceptions around female sexuality. These events will be accompanied by curated music from Goldheist, Air Land Sea and Haiku Hands.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art returns, boasting a diverse line-up of talks presented by creative experts covering topics including the future of work, the ethics of humanising technology and how to become agents for change.

Source: VIVID Sydney