The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is Coming to Sydney - calling all tributes

THE HUNGER GAMES | THE EXHIBITION 

First Exhibition at International Convention Centre Sydney Opens December 20

SYDNEY – Based on the blockbuster movie franchise, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition opens 20 December at Sydney’s International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), with tickets on sale at www.ticketek.com.au from 13 September.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to explore the world of Panem as created in the films. More than one thousand authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactive and detailed set recreations reveal the artistry and technology behind the blockbuster films. Visitors follow Katniss Everdeen’s inspirational journey from her humble beginnings to her emergence as the Mockingjay. The exhibition features seven galleries including District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’s Journey.

“Without a doubt The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will give its Australian fans an experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen before,” says Michael Karagiannis, executive chairman of promoter iLive Entertainment.  

                                                                               

Highlights include iconic costumes from the films including: the Girl on Fire dress; the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor; key artifacts including the Mockingjay pin, Cinna’s sketchbook and Katniss’s bow; and interactive experiences including an explorable map of Panem, the Gamemaker’s control table and a stunt choreography challenge.

 

The show opens to the public on 20 December and will run through 4 February.

 

For tickets: Please visit ticketek.com.au.


Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast opens in Grand Style

Pacific Fair, Queensland’s newest and largest fashion destination, celebrated its official launch as over 600 media, celebrities and VIPs filled the centre to mark the completion of the $670 million redevelopment.

A stunning performance by Queensland National Ballet students, choreographed by internationally acclaimed choreographer Michael Boyd, kicked off official speeches by AMP Capital CEO Adam Tindall and City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, and the ribbon cutting by AMP CEO Craig Meller and Mayor Tom Tate.

Media guests, retailers, industry representatives and celebrities were treated to gourmet food stations and a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the centres super-roof, topped off by the release of glitter cannons into the centre.

AMP Capital Shopping Centres Managing Director, Bryan Hynes, said, “Pacific Fair is now the largest shopping centre in Queensland with an unparalleled mix of iconic global luxury brands, international high-street stores, Australian designers and leading leisure and lifestyle retailers.

“Pacific Fair truly does have something for everyone – for those in the market for a touch of luxury there is Bally, CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Tiffany & Co., alongside a strong stable of Australian designers including Alice McCall, AJE, CAMILLA, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart, Manning Cartell, sass & bide, Scanlan Theodore and Zimmermann.

Australian Fashion Chamber General Manager, Courtney Miller, said, “Pacific Fair has transformed the Gold Coast into a genuine destination for fashion, with some of the best brands from around the world and an outstanding collection of local Australian designers.”

Celebrities including fashion designer Alice McCall, Alison Veness, Buro 24/7 Editor Bec Caratti, Scanlan Theodore designer Garry Scanlan, Harper’s Bazaar Editor Kellie Hush,

Kerrie Hess, GQ publisher Nick Smith, Sally Pearson, The Voice’s Tash Lockhart, and Vogue Australia Editor, Edwina McCann were spotted in the crowd, sipping champagne and taking in the surroundings. The event was hosted by television presenter and Gold Coast resident Natalie Gruzlewski.

Pacific Fair is set to boast over 400 stores, including the highest concentration of luxury and global mega brands in Australia, and a vast collection of first-to-Queensland brands such as Harrolds, SNEAKERBOY and SEPHORA, to name just a few.


Moulin Rouge! The Musical - Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film in development for the stage

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures, has announced that Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film Moulin Rouge! will come to the theatrical stage as a new musical with a book by John Logan, directed by Alex Timbers.

Developmental work on the show is underway, and a production time-line and opening venue will be announced at a later date.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has earned over $179 million worldwide.  At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

On the announcement that John Logan and Alex Timbers had signed on to create the new musical, Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann, the film’s director, producer and co-writer, said,  “I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love.  I immediately recognized the young director’s creative spirit and felt we shared similar sensibilities and instincts. So I’m tremendously happy to celebrate that Moulin Rouge! will be under his direction and that the book will be the creation of the gifted Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan whose writing I also admire deeply.  It’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm.” 

Carmen Pavlovic said, “Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are so special to Global Creatures and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with them once again to bring their ground-breaking work to the stage. Moulin Rouge! is a film begging to be theatricalized. I can think of no better creative collaborators than Alex Timbers and John Logan to realise this new musical.”

“We are also delighted to be partnering with Twentieth Century Fox and Moulin Rouge in this hugely exciting venture.”

Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine using the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.  


Sydneysiders dig deep to raise over $150,000 at 9th annual World's Best BYO

Sydneysiders have raised their very best glass of wine and reached for their wallets to support vital cancer research and the brilliant early-career researchers who are leading the charge to help cure cancer.

Now in its ninth year, the Fink Group and Cure Cancer Australia welcomed 180 guests to OTTO Ristorante on Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf for the annual Cure Cancer Australia’s World’s Best BYO, hosted by much-loved media personalities, husband and wife team Chris Bath and Jim Wilson, who have both been personally touched by cancer.

180 guests from the media, fashion, food and business worlds had the rare opportunity to bring their most prized vintages of wine and champagne to match an extraordinary Italian menu prepared by Executive Chef Richard Ptacnik and at the same time, helped to raise funds to support cancer research through Cure Cancer Australia.

Commenting on the evening, Mrs Floyd Larsen – Chief Executive Officer of Cure Cancer Australia said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported Cure Cancer Australia’s World Best BYO this year. Currently, one Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer*. This is a shocking statistic. By continuing to invest in cancer research and funding early-career researchers, we hope to change this and find a cure for every cancer, for every Australian.”

Dr Alexander Sobinoff addressed guests on the night about the importance of supporting Australia’s early-career cancer researchers. “I am grateful to Cure Cancer Australia for providing essential grants to early-career researchers like myself. Currently only 20% of worthy research projects receive funding from the government. This means an enormous amount of valuable research remains unfunded. Without vital seed funding from Cure Cancer Australia, myself and other young researchers may not have had the chance to work on cancer research projects with real potential. The more dollars invested into research, the greater the chance of success.”

Cure Cancer Australia says the money raised will help fund at least one brilliant early-career researcher with vital seed funding.


Jaybird Blurs Lines Between Sport and Fashion with Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

Jaybird, the pioneer and leader in premium sport wireless headphones, has officially launched in the Australian market after being acquired by Logitech in 2016. The Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds combine sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, the buds are both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package.

Jaybird’s passion for great product doesn’t stop at great buds. Through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

“This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before,” said Judd Armstrong, founder of Jaybird.

“These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low-profile fit that resonates with everyone. The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

With Jaybird Freedom, you get micro-sized sand blasted metal accented housing in a fashionable, small package. Traditionally, in-ear Bluetooth buds use plastic materials to assist with signal performance, but Jaybird has overcome these challenges by moving all electronics to its miniaturised three button controller while still delivering an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes.

Jaybird Freedom is now available exclusively from JB Hi-Fi and Apple store for $249.95. The buds come in four fresh colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, visit JaybirdSport.com