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Interview: TORUK – The First Flight

Get ready for an artistic ride with Cirque du Soleil Toruk – the First Flight this November, with a storyline inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. Be transported into the world of imagination and be amazed by the mythical tale set thousands of years before any humans ever set foot on the mesmerizing world – Pandora. We were given a chance to interview Peter Kismartoni, who began gymnastics at the age of 5 and had competed in many states, national and international competitions from age 10 till 24. Peter has been one of the acrobats for the show since 2015 and most of all the captain of many acts in TORK – The First Flight. Here is his story… 1) Can you tell us a little about your background? Growing up, I played many sports and played the violin, but always kept my main focus with gymnastics from an early age. I won a handful of state titles and an Australian championship in 2003. Once at University, while studying Myotherapy and Sports therapy, I started re-training …

Melbourne dumpling festival 2017

For Asian cuisine lovers, this will be one of your favourite events in Melbourne. Get your chance to try more than 50 varieties of dumpling this Friday 20th October on Bourke Street. There will be Melbourne’s top Chinese restaurants –  Tim Ho Wan, China Red, China Chilli and Dragon Boat. While you are there, check out dumpling and beer pairing station, Double Happiness bubble tea cocktails and the Brooklyn Brewery beer garden. Don’t forget to grab a free green tea ice-cream and fortune cookies while you enjoy the live entertainment. A lot of prizes to be won and freebies to get on the night including the limited edition of Tim Ho Wan’s Gold Dust Bun made exclusively for the night! Only the first 500 people to arrive will receive this special offer. Start your Friday “dumpling-stic”! Get there early and not miss out! When: 20 October 2017 Where: Ground lever, 206 Bourke Street More information: Check their website.

WIN: Double Passes to The British Film Festival

The British Film Festival is returning for its fifth year and we have got 10 double passes to give away! Simply have a read of our top picks of The BFF and fill out the form below to get a chance to win one of the double passes. Competition closes on 23 October 2017 at 11:59 pm EST Terms & Conditions here. When: 26 Oct – 15 Nov 2017 Where: Check the participating cinemas here. More information: Check their website.  

Lose yourself in the House of Mirrors

Lose yourself inside a mirror with a thousand faces in the House of Mirrors. How to maintain a sense of direction, while you wander through the disorienting, perception- altering and optical illusion- based labyrinth of yourselves. With 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of mirrors taking over the Arts Centre in Melbourne, it will be difficult for you to find your way out as no doorway, corridor or wall can be trusted and where the three dimensions themselves conspire to disorient and deceive. House of Mirrors is the creation of Victorian based artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, and created from steel, timber and mirrors, uses only geometry and spatial design. For the first time in Melbourne, the event brings an authentic sense of amusement, a thrilling blend of delight and fear. House of Mirrors experience could take between 5 minutes and 20 minutes, depending on how fast you solve the maze and is not recommended for people who experience anxiety when feeling lost. So, come along and take a good look at yourself… You might be surprised …

Kick up your heels and get tapping

The 6th annual Australian Tap Dance Festival shuffles into Melbourne from 30 September – 6 October with a world-class line-up of dancers arriving for Australia’s premiere celebration of tap from across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. This year’s Festival faculty features an exceptional line up of tap artists including international French headliner and choreographer Roxane Butterfly (first woman to win the prestigious Bessie Award for tap dance and founder of Jimmy Slyde Institute), Winston Morrison (founder of Melbourne Tap Dance and Australian Tap Dance Festival), Nathaniel Hancock (current touring member of ‘Tap Dogs’), Jack Egan (coach of the Australian International Dance Organization tap team), Thomas Wadelton (principal dancer Tapestry Dance Company – North America’s only professional full time dance company), Darren Disney (original member of ‘Tap Dogs’), Thomas Egan (creative/ performer ‘The Tap Pack’), Peta Anderson (touring member of ‘Riverdance’), Brianna Taylor (one of Australia’s leading professional tap dance artists), and Shane Preston (teacher, choreographer and performer – currently commissioned to create the ‘Australian Teachers of Dance’ organization). Each carefully selected faculty …

Where to watch the AFL Grand Final

Ah the Grand Final – the only game to turn the head of even the most staunchest of footy rejectors, who suddenly become a screaming, rules-knowing, stats-googling maniac. We love it. So get in amongst the excitement and emotion of the day, plus score some fantastic food and drinks offers. Carpark Pop up at The Corner Hotel A pub in Richmond? For the Grand Final? Groundbreaking. But hear us out – The Corner Hotel is going full Meryl Streep with a Car Park Pop up on both Grand Final day and eve (Thanks, Dan) with some tunes from The ReChords, LCD TVs for game watching, and a variety of food trucks and bars. A family friendly event, the Corner will also be taking a gold coin donation entry fee that goes to Reclink Australia in support of rebuilding people’s lives through sport and art. Where: 57 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121 More: www.cornerhotel.com Stomping Ground Beer Hall Inspired by the great beer halls of Europe, Stomping Ground is a tasty spot for footy viewing, especially if …

Fringe Review: “After Hours Cabaret Club”

Last night we were invited to check out the Fringe Festival edition of the After Hours Cabaret Club at the newly-relocated Wonderland Speigeltent – now located adjacent to Channel 7 Studios off Harbour Esplanade. You’d be excused for thinking you were in a twentieth-century underground cabaret club as you step into the intimate, slightly hazy confines of the Speigeltent, the jazz music cranks up, you take you seat and slip into their old-world style of classic ‘anything goes’ entertainment.  Hosted by a very talented Tash York (Desperettes, These Things Take Wine) – who also MC’s the club’s regular evenings at the Melba Speigeltent (in Collingwood) – the After Hours Cabaret Club mixes the best of old-world entertainment with a modern twist – offering a superb collection of talented, unique individuals for a top-value, highly entertaining Fringe collaboration.  The club features bite-size snippets of talent from some of the nations best burlesque, cabaret, vaudeville and old world sideshow, backed up by a fabulous five-piece band – it’s a little bit charming, a little bit naughty – …