Monthly Archives: May 2014

World’s Greatest Story of Adventure and Innovation Last Paradise Hosted by Local Legend, Peter McCabe

Thursday June 5 at 6.45pm – Event Tower Cinemas, Newcastle

Filmmaker Clive Neeson Available for Interview

Last Paradise reaches Newcastle on Thursday June 5 at the Event Tower Cinemas, Newcastle with local special guest, surf pioneer, Peter McCabe. It is a rare occurrence that Peter McCabe makes a public appearance. But this is an adventure film with global significance. It has received major awards from around the world with Australian film legends, Dick Hoole and Alby Falzon along with the scientific community singing its praises.

Last Paradise is the story of adrenaline and innovation – how a bunch of surfers pushed the limits to pioneer the modern concept of extreme sports and adventure travel. For physicist-film maker, Clive Neeson it has literally been a lifetime in the making and the journey has revealed major issues about our planet.

The late legend, Allan Byrne tells the story with pioneers Peter McCabe, George Greenough, Gerry Lopez, Miki Dora, AJ Hackett and Brian Conley. The 45 years of golden unseen footage was restored by Peter Jackson’s team who discovered it as the result of an accident during making of “The Lord of the Rings” and declared it as “the best footage we have seen”. Music legends including Cat Stevens came on board to provide a classic soundtrack.

For Tim Ryan Peter McCabe – WNewcastle’s Peter McCabe early 1970s, Last Paradise

The film begins and ends stalking monster waves in the Aussie outback where after decades of global exploration, the true meaning of paradise unfolds. Peter McCabe features in incredible unseen surfing footage with friend, Gerry Lopez as they discovered the paradise of Bali before tourism.

The evening will conclude with a Q&A session with physicist-come-filmmaker, Clive Neeson. Last Paradise is a big screen sensation and promises to be a great night out. All tickets purchased go in the draw to win a seven day Samoan Holiday package incl. flights.

In the remote wilderness, when necessity was the mother of invention, a maverick bunch of kids began experimenting with something that would change the world of adventure travel.

Passionately driven to innovate new ways of tapping into nature’s forces for adrenalin, Clive joined likeminded thrill seekers through the 1960’s and 1970’s in a global quest for adventure paradise. The culmination of their 45 year global search turns out to be our own Australia, the “Last Paradise”.

Through this unique original footage, a series of stories emerge with a relevance that connects to audiences, young and old. In and amongst the adrenaline and adventure, Last Paradise weaves issues of energy development, deforestation, species loss and urbanization as particular audience takeaways. But it’s all hidden under the bonnet of an exhilarating cinema experience.

“It is my life’s work. We captured on film the pioneering of extreme sports, that is, those which engage the wilderness and push the limits with the forces of nature. It began with my mother, who was raised in an orphanage and escaped it all to become a wildlife cinematographer in Africa during the 1950’s. My parents raised four boys remotely and we all became addicted to that daily brush with danger. I began filming at the age of 15 with a broken camera that I bought in a pawn shop because as a kid I was driven by the dream of what this film would be,” Clive said.

With a Master’s Degree in physics and a career in technology innovation, including the first digital movie camera and climate monitoring system, Clive skillfully incorporates scientific and educational elements into an eye-opening fun filled cinema experience for any age. He hopes “Last Paradise” will become an inspiration for the youth of today as well as a tool for education and social change.

“I wanted to use the world’s biggest adventure story to address the world’s biggest issues – in this sense the film is an open letter to a generation inheriting a world vastly different to the one I and my friends grew up in. We cannot see where we are going unless we see where we’ve been and only original footage can give us that experience” Clive said.

The winner of a string of international awards including Most Popular Film at the New Zealand Film Festival, Best of BANFF in Canada and The Ambassador of Green Award at XDance USA, Last Paradise will be screened nationally in through May and June.


The countdown is on to the Deni Ute Muster’s big artist announcement!

The wait is almost over for Deni Ute Muster fans eagerly anticipating the 2014 music line-up announcement.

 Deniliquin Play on the Plains Festival Ltd. General Manager, Kate Pitt, yesterday confirmed she was in the final stage of negotiations … and made one big promise:

“We’ll be announcing some of the best musical talent from Australia and the United States.

“I can’t say any more at this point, but it’s a very exciting time for everyone at the Deni Ute Muster.”

 Ms Pitt also reminded the thousands of Ute Muster regulars from throughout Australia that the time for purchasing discounted early bird tickets was drawing to a close.

These are still available for only $179 for a full weekend’s entertainment and patrons can also use the ‘Time to Pay’ option.

“Our loyalty tickets have been in strong demand and that’s sure to continue for the next week or so. But don’t leave it too long, because soon after we announce the artists we will set the full ticket price and update the pricing on our website,” Ms Pitt said.

She added there was already a huge entertainment program which had been organised to complement an incredible music line-up.

A feature will be the amazing JCB Dancing Diggers – whose stunning acrobatics have become a YouTube hit – coming direct from the UK for a massive Australian appearance. Alongside this you can expect to see the powerful JCB V8 GT which can do anything from shooting out flames to wheel stands and is sure to be a crowd favourite.

There will also be non-stop activity around the festival site.

Most of last year’s favourites will return, including the Bull Ride Spectacular, The Australian National Circle Work Championships, Ute Museum, Holden Grunt Off, Holden Barrel Race and Show ‘n’ Shine, plus a host of trade sites and food stalls.

Big kids and little kids also love Carnivale Corner, our helicopter rides, the mechanical bucking bull, woodchop demonstrations and Whip Cracking Championships.

Additional competitions will also be held for tradie’s utes, to encourage more of another iconic Aussie breed.

Diversifying the program and festival audience, yet never forgetting it is centred around the ute culture, has helped the Deni Ute Muster evolve into an event like no other.

The 2014 Deni Ute Muster will be held on Friday, 3 October and Saturday, 4 October at the Muster Site, Conargo Rd, Deniliquin NSW.

The 2014 Deni Ute Muster is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Tickets are on sale now and available at


Deni Ute Muster

Conargo Road, Deniliquin, NSW

Friday, 3 October, 2014

– and –

Saturday, 4 October, 2014

Twitter: #deniutemuster

Instagram: #deniutemuster

Diynamic finally reveals new Ibiza residency!

Diynamic announces its Ibiza residency 2014. The new event series goes under the name “Diynamic Outdoor” and will take place at “Cova Santa”, a so far largely unknown stunning venue tucked away in the picturesque landscape in the centre of the island. Every Tuesday from July 22nd to September 9th Diynamic presents a daytime event in the true spirit of Ibiza. Sunshine, good vibes and above all, quality electronic music presented by the very best Diynamic has to offer.

When setting up the plans for Ibiza 2014, Diynamic, the Hamburg based music and event label, felt like it was time for something new. It was the right moment to get further and make the next step. The Diynamic crew loves Ibiza and that is why they wanted to bring some innovation and diversity to the island, but keeping the original spirit of the so-called magic island: This is what “Diynamic Outdoor” is all about!

And fortune kept on smiling: An amazing location fell into Dynamic’s hands just at the right time. Cova Santa, a delightful spot a few miles from the little village San Jose, where olive trees grow and nature is at its purest. If you do understand a few words of Spanish, you might have guessed that “Cova” is the Spanish word for cave – and that is for a reason: “Cova Santa” is a venue adjacent to a real cave, which pirates used in the 15th century. It has a rich history of holy men and cultures seeking refuge within its safe walls. It was one of the islands main tourist attractions in the 1950’s. Nowadays its impressive interior houses one of the best wine cellars in the Balearic Islands. Cova Santa is a stunning venue with its beautiful outdoor terrace, an own indoor club and natural atmosphere.

Until just recently it has not really been used for parties. There were a few secret events before though, some hush-hush after parties, only DJs and their closes followers. 2014 is the official debut for “Cova Santa” as a club venue and Diynamic is glad to be part of it.

“Diynamic Outdoor” is about the pure experience of electronic music. A place for people to enjoy themselves out in the open. Actually, Diynamic Outdoor is what Ibiza was always about. The parties will take place on eight Tuesdays starting from July 22nd through September 9th. They will start in the afternoon, continue until midnight and then – for those who cannot get enough – move into the intimate indoor club of Cova Santa.

The line-up features simply the best of Diynamic: Solomun, H.O.S.H., Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, David August, Stimming and more DJs and live acts from the Diynamic roster.

Everyone at Diynamic is super excited. Enjoying the view of the hills of Ibiza, watching the sunset and dancing in the moonlight together with our friends and the Diynamic family. Party with taste and respect to the environment that surrounds it. Summer may come!

with Solomun, H.O.S.H., Adriatique, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, David August, Stimming and more Diynamic DJs and live acts.

Every Tuesday from July 22nd until September 9th
Cova Santa
Ctra. San José, km 7 (junction to Sa Caleta)
07817 Ibiza (Spain)

Job Vacancy Wagga Area

Part-time 14 hours per week

Maximum 24 month fixed term contract (Maternity Relief)

Remuneration:Minimum $487.98 gpw + super (based on part-time work arrangements)
Enquiries:Luke Grealy – 02 6926 9190
Closing Date:Wednesday, 4 June 2014 @ 5.00pm AEST

To view this opportunity and apply, please visit Wagga Wagga City Council’s vacancy page…




RDA Hunter’s ME Program was last night featured on ABC’s national news bulletin

Bucking the national trend of falling science enrolments, RDA Hunter’s ME program is making a difference to Hunter school students and industry. Selection of physics for example has risen 5% to above the NSW average at schools participating in the program.

David Bonzo of ME partner school St Philips Christian College said, “The Program has given students a reason to study harder subjects like maths, sciences for their HSC.”

“We have worked hard to build the ME Program into a workforce development initiative that makes a difference to students and industry and we’re seeing tangible results,” said RDA Hunter CEO Todd Williams.

As one of only three school student focused programs funded by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in Australia, RDA Hunter’s ME Program links Hunter defence and manufacturing companies and Hunter high schools to build a skilled and tailored workforce for the future.

Ashley Cox, Manager of the ME Program says “This is such a unique opportunity for our region to lead the way in terms of ensuring our young people are fully prepared for the future, a future in which technological change and skills in Science and Mathematics will be vital.”

Highlights of the program to date include,
1. Secondary school participation in the ME Program has increased from 4 schools to 26 schools (which is a majority of secondary schools in the Hunter).
2. So far, over 7,500 students have been involved in the program
3. Industry participation has increased from 4 to 32. These companies range from small to medium sized technology companies to multi-nationals.
4. The uptake by year 11 students in Physics has grown to now put the Hunter above the NSW average
5. Students attending as ME Program School are now twice as likely to undertake engineering studies are significantly more likely to complete higher education as a result.
6. One of the ME Partner schools in 2012 for the first time ever has put on an extension maths class (3 unit)

“We need more of this type of focus to increase the enrolments (in STEM subjects)” said Prof Denis Goodrum from the Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.


City Recital Hall Whats on in June

Discover Mozart’s 40th
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
3 Jun, 6.30pm

The Greek Project
Charles Lloyd & Maria Farantouri
4 Jun, 7.30pm

Sydney Youth Orchestra
Simon Tedeschi & SYO
5 Jun, 7pm

Omega Ensemble
7 Jun, 7.30pm

Mahler 4
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Various dates and times

Schubert’s Cello Quintet
A Little Lunch Music
20 Jun, 12.30pm

IQ2 Oz Debate
St James Ethics Centre
24 Jun, 6.45pm

Great American Songbook
The King’s Singers
25 Jun, 7.30pm

In Memory of a Great Artist
Selby & Friends
1 July, 7.00pm

The Chimney Sweep by Salieri
Pinchgut Opera
Various dates and times

Piano Quintets
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Various dates and times

La Rêvolution
A Bastille Day concert
14 July, 7.30pm

Let’s Fall in Love
Amanda McBroom & Michele Brourman
19 July, 7.30pm

Choir of King’s College Cambridge
Musica Viva
Various dates and times

Dmitry Sinkovsky Russian Baroque Violin
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Various dates and times

Grand Prize Winner’s Concert
World Harp Congress
22 July, 4.00pm

Chamber Music Extravaganza
World Harp Congress
22 July, 7.30pm

Celebrating the Early Harp
World Harp Congress
24 July, 7.30pm

We are becoming enslaved by our technology
IQ2 Oz Debate
12 Aug, 6.45pm

Opera Prometheus Incorporated
14 Aug, 6.00pm & 8.00pm

Carnival Francais
Omega Ensemble
15 Aug, 7.30pm

Songbird Live in Concert
Marina Prior
16 Aug, 8.00pm

Imogen Cooper
Musica Viva Australia
Various dates and times

Australian String Quartet
21 Aug, 7.00pm

Mozart & Mendelssohn
A Little Lunch Music
22 Aug, 12.30pm

Intimate Letters
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Various dates and times

Vocal Fireworks
The Song Company
31 Aug, 3.00pm


Friday 6th June at 7.30pm
All tickets $35

The Sydney Comedy Festival presents a hand-picked Showcase of some of the best and brightest artists featured at the 2014 Festival. It features a killer line-up of award winning and box office smashing artists from Australia and the world.

Highlights from the Showcase will include the low-fi com-rock super-stars Smart Casual, the brooding storytelling of Michael Workman (2013 SCF Directors Choice, 2013 MICF Barry Award Nominee), the shambolically charming John Conway, and the charmingly funny Mike Goldstein.

MC for the night is the effortlessly cool David Williams, who is guaranteed to “Bring the house down!”

Artist Biographies

Mike Goldstein (USA) @MikeGStein
Having toured extensively in Australia and abroad, Mike Goldstein (USA) has established himself as a unique and refreshing young talent on the international comedy circuit. Winner of the 2009 ‘RottoFest – Best of the West’ Comedy Competition, Mike has also been a Raw Comedy finalist, and the Local Act Nominee at the 2011 Perth International Comedy Festival. His recent show, No Place Like Home, featured at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival.

“[R]idiculously funny, charming and highly inappropriate.” -Veronica Milsom (Triple J)

Michael Workman @workmancomedy
A sharp and insightful stand up who can kill in any club in the world; a creator of gentle, intricately crafted stage fables and a composer with a filmic range and intensity. All this with a bulging trophy shelf and a press folder that would make most of us blush… and he has only just begun.
Winner of the Director’s Choice Award – 2013 Sydney Comedy Festival
Winner of Best Comedy Award – 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival
Nominee Best Comedy (Barry) Award – 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Best Newcomer Award – 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

“Equal parts brilliant and bizarre; Michael is one of the most original voices on the scene in years. If Nick Cave did stand-up it would look like this.” – Wil Anderson

Nikki Britton @nikki_britton
After winning Comedy on the Rox’ “Quest for the Best” competition in 2010, Nikki Britton has since become a regular at Sydney’s Comedy Store and has toured clubs around Australia and the UK. Nikki’s debut solo show, Flaw Plan, gained stellar reviews at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, and sold out its season in the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2012. She recently performed at the Sydney Opera House in the unique physical theatre show, Circumspecto and has several TV and short film credits. She spends her days working as Captain Starlight with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, entertaining seriously ill kids and their families. Trained as an actor and dancer, Nikki also studied Clown with theatre master, Philippe Gaulier, in Paris, which is evident in her unique, physically energised style of comedy.

“A stream of hearty laughs… something for almost everyone.” Sunday Mail
“Mighty Funny”- Herald Sun

John Conway @conwaynow
Comedian and humourist John Conway entertains audiences and critics alike with his delightfully honed shambolic style. Nominated for the Best Comedy (Barry) award at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Conway is set to take the comedy world by storm.
Nominee Best Comedy (Barry) Award – 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

‘Demented, in a wonderful way’ – The Age
‘…a new talent doing something different’ – Chortle
‘Balancing the well-crafted with the pleasingly bewildering, he generates enough bonhomie to bring hilarity to the masses’ – The List

Smart Casual
Best known for their hit song, The Hawk, about the imagined love story of supermodel Jennifer Hawkins and scientist Stephen Hawkings, Smart Casual is Roger David (on guitar) and Fletcher Jones (on beard), arguably Australia’s smartest, most casual musical comedy duo.
Regular headliners across the country, their witty ditties and beautiful harmonised low-fi com-rock classics have seen Smart Casual become one of the most in demand comedy acts in Australia.

“Immediately likeable. Aussie laconic humour is alive and well.” – The Age
“Exceptionally clever and well executed… destined for big things.” – Buzzcuts

John Cruckshank @johncruckshank
A brilliant young comedian finding an original stride, John is making huge waves on the national comedy circuit with his clever sharp and well paced jokes. His laid back approach sucks you in followed up by repeated roundhouse kicks banging out the laughs.

“His unassuming presence and brutal honesty make for continuous laughs” – Herald Sun

David Williams
David Williams is the James Bond of comedy. Sharp, witty and charismatic – Dave has been working in comedy for over 15 years throughout Australia and the U.K and winning awards ever since he started.
Known for his theatrical physicality and tendency to improvise, David’s constant high standard means he will continue to work alongside the world’s best.

“Brings the house down…” – USA Today


17-28 June

Under Richard Tognetti’s direction, the ACO’s Beethoven 9 concerts won Limelight’s Best Orchestral Concert in 2012 and in June the Australian Chamber Orchestra tackle the biggest symphonic configuration in their history and two ACO premieres in one concert, with Mahler 4 & Sibelius 6.

Tognetti explores how astounding and diverse the symphonic experience can be, pairing the shortest and sweetest of all Mahler’s symphonies, the ‘Heavenly’ Symphony No.4, with Sibelius’ serenely beautiful 6th Symphony, which the composer said always reminded him ‘of the scent of the first snow.’


12-16 July

In July, ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä performs firecracker showpiece Subito on the ACO’s Stradivarius violin, launching into a chamber music concert of Slavic melancholy and joy – Piano Quintets.

Written just prior to the Nazi invasion of the USSR, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet is a dramatic and harrowing premonition of the coming terror.

Melting away the turbulence of Shostakovich is the bright, melodious joy of Dvořák’s piano quintet, one of the greatest pieces of chamber music in the canon, performed by Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen, internationally regarded for performances of “immense power and an extraordinary range of colours” (New York Times).

purchase tickets
online Mahler 4 & Sibelius 6, Piano Quintets
by phone (02) 8256 2222
in person at City Recital Hall Angel Place
tickets $47- $129
(additional fees may apply)

Mahler 4 & Sibelius 6
Tues 17 June 8pm
Wed 18 June 7pm
Fri 27 June 1.30pm
Sat 28 June 7pm

Piano Quintets
Fri 11 July 1.30pm
Sat 12 July 7pm
Tues 15 July 8pm
Wed 16 July 7pm



Senior citizens are being given the opportunity to enjoy a priority preview of many of the wonderful exhibits which will form part of the inaugural 3 Village Art Festival to be held across next weekend.

Probus Clubs and other senior citizen groups are being invited to attend a special preview, with morning tea being prepared by the local CWA, at Tocal Agriculture College this Friday, May 23rd. Bookings are essential for catering purposes with the CWA charging a nominal fee of $5.50 for guests.

Bookings can be made by contacting 0406 996 475.

The 3 Village Art Festival, the first of its kind, will be held next Saturday & Sunday, May 24th & 25th. The event will be a celebration of the arts, with a wide range of works from some of the region’s most talented artists and photographers displayed across a number of locations in the historic and beautiful villages of Paterson, Vacy and Gresford.

At each Village (about 6km apart) art, photography, sculpture, woodwork and numerous other examples of visual arts will be displayed. There will also be market stalls, vintage car and bike displays, as well as children’s activities and entertainment to keep the whole family entertained.

Commencing at 10.00am at Tocal Agriculture College at 10.10am each day, visitors will “hit the road” as they collect their event maps, programmes, brochures and Children’s Art Rally forms and head off to explore the art trail. An exciting, fun and no doubt educational experience for all the family.


Festival Enquiries:            Graham Murphy 0416116009



Fans can also look forward to a curated variety of technology exhibitors, food trucks, expanded beer offerings and more, including a free smartphone app

3-Day Weekend Passes & 3-Day VIP Weekend Passes Now on Sale at

DETROIT, MAY 20, 2013–The Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, May 24-26, will once again offer a variety of top-notch amenities designed to enhance the festival experience even more for the thousands expected to descend upon Hart Plaza this weekend, including some tantalizing new food and beverage options.

Paxahau, producers of the festival, have again partnered up with several of the leading innovators in the hardware and software production and performance realm of electronic dance music, including several exciting new additions like Roland USA, Keith McMillen Instruments, SynthArk and Detroit Modular. They join other noteworthy brands like Allen & Heath, SubPac (presenters of the new “Listening Station” that is part of the new Silent Disco Stage, powered by Ford and Sennheiser), Novation, Reloop, IK Multimedia, Focusrite, Serato Video, Beyerdynamic and more.
Sennheiser, renowned German manufacturer of industry-leading DJ and consumer headphones, will also be showcasing their latest designs in the 2,500 square foot Technology Area, located near Movement’s Underground Stage. The area will be open each day of the festival, and is free to all festival attendees. Several Technology Area partners are also making generous donations of gear and expert instruction to help support the Music Technology program at Youthville Detroit.

Movement is also excited to announce that, for the first time, several crowd-pleasing food trucks will be onsite to serve up a host of tasty food options to festival fans. El Guapo takes fresh Mexican to the streets and turns it upside down, fusing it with all varieties of international food cuisine; Tuk Tuk serves up big Southeastern Asian flavors, including pho, pad Thai, porkball soup, curries and more; Mac Shack crafts mac n’ cheese creations and French fries with personality, while GrindHouse invites fans to try their artisanal sausages and Hungarian fried pizzas. The food trucks will join other long-time festival favorites, like internationally acclaimed Slow’s-to-Go.

The Movement Biergarten area, located along the Detroit Riverfront, adjacent to the Beatport Stage will serve up a wide selection of quality local, regional, national and international beers. The Biegarten area is a great place for attendees to hang out in-between performances and enjoy some brews from noted marques like Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Spaten, Right Brain Brewing, Goose Island, Frankenmuth Brewing, Millking It Productions, New Belgium, Strongbow, Rochester Mills Brewing and more. All bar locations will now be accepting cash and credit card payments.
Movement fans can learn more about these amenities and more by downloading the free Movement 2014 smartphone app at The innovative app allows fans to customize their own schedule, capture the moment with the postcard feature, share their meet-up spot with friends with the “Friend Finder” option and explore all of the expansive official afterparty options.

Tickets for Movement are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting . The cost for a three-day weekend pass is currently $130 and grants fans general admission access to the festival grounds with in-and-out privileges. The cost for a three-day VIP pass is currently $260 and includes many extras that can be found on the website. Check out the official Movement 2014 trailer online,

The Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend inside Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. The festival features: six technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Over 107,000 people from around the globe attended the 2013 festival.

Awards and accolades received by the festival and producer include:
#8 on Rolling Stone list of “Summer 2014’s Must-See Music Festivals”
#5 on inthemix list of “12 Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss in 2014”
Resident Advisor’s “Festival of the Month” for May 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007
#2 on Details “Hottest Summer Music Festivals of 2013”
#18 on inthemix list of “25 Festivals to Discover Before You Die” 2013
“Best Niche Festival” 2011 Rolling Stone
#1 on the 2010 New York Post list of “10 Outstanding Music Fests”
“Best Annual Event” by the Real Detroit Weekly reader’s survey in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
“Best Festival” by Metrotimes reader’s survey in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009.