April 28, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPreparations are well underway at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park for the Sydney season of Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, which opens on Wednesday, 15 May.

At the Entertainment Quarter’s Showring, Cavalia’s immense White Big Top, complete with fairytale spires, took only a short time to erect on Tuesday, despite being one of the world’s largest touring tents.

I watched in awe as one of the crew climbed the 35 metre tall mast to the top of the ten storeys high tent, to install the final flag, which is now fluttering atop the gleaming White Big Top.

Created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a unique and lavish orchestration of the equestrian and performing arts.  The production stars 44 horses and 36 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and riders from around the world.

Cavalia’s White Big Top seats 2,004 people theatre style and accommodates a 50 metre wide stage, which has been created to provide the horses space to gallop, at times completely free, to express their grace, strength, and beauty.

I have heard from my friends in Brisbane who have seen Cavalia where it is currently playing, that you won’t need to be a equestrian expert to appreciate this wonderful show which the whole family will enjoy.

The Sydney season which premieres on 15 May has been extended to 2 June 2013.  Sandra Tiltman  

Photos: John Pond ©


April 27, 2013
Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

The Sydney Symphony delighted the packed audience in the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House recently with its performance of Cirque de la Symphonie, one of the most exciting and entertaining concerts I have seen anywhere.

As well as hearing a varied selection of beautiful music which was, I feel sure, familiar to most in the audience, I was enthralled and entertained by the unbelievable acrobatic feats of the talented international performers of Cirque.  Aerialists, jugglers and a balancing act were just some of the performers making up this spectacular evening.

Conductor Guy Noble seamlessly brought the music and the performers together and his magnetic personality and interaction with the performers and audience, added to the enjoyment of the evening.

I certainly hope Sydney Symphony will present performances of Cirque again, as it had a very broad appeal and even those who were not typical classical music buffs would enjoy this concert.  The many children present seemed to be equally enthralled.  What a wonderful introduction to classical music for them.

Upcoming concerts with the Sydney Symphony in the Concert Hall at the Opera House will feature Thomas Adès who is conducting the orchestra at the beginning of May and Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy who returns in May to conduct two programs:


Wednesday 1 May & Thursday 2 May 6.30pm, Friday 3 May 11am


Thursday 9 May 1.30pm, Friday 10 May 8.00pm, Saturday 11 May 2pm, Monday 13 May 7pm


Wednesday 15 May, 8pm, Friday 17 May 8pm, Saturday 18 May 8pm

Sandra Tiltman



April 27, 2013
Tone Wheeler & Councillor Angela Burrill

Tone Wheeler & Councillor Angela Burrill

The 2013 Waverley Design Awards were presented by the Mayor of Waverley, Cr Sally Betts at the recent Awards Night, held in the Scenic Lounge of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Savings Club at Bondi Beach.

The Awards recognize and promote heritage conservation as well as outstanding contemporary design.

Prior to the awards presentation, guests enjoyed drinks and canapés as they admired the photos of this year’s entrants, which were on display around the room.

Guest judge and 2012 winner Chris Elliott gave an overview of the awards, followed by guest judge and speaker, Tone Wheeler, who entertained the crowd with his informative talk, giving personal insights into this year’s awards entrants.

These awards encourage the highest standards in architecture and lead to making the Waverley Municipality a more beautiful environment for residents to live in.   Sandra Tiltman  Photo: John Pond ©



April 27, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHaving a beautiful head of hair attracts many admiring and often envious glances.  No matter what outfit the person is wearing, the first thing most people notice is the hair.  Some people spend a lot of time each morning, applying various products then blow drying and styling their hair trying to achieve a special look or even just trying to make their hair look like it did the last time they visited their favourite hair salon.

Coming to the rescue is BC Bonacure, which allows consumers of hair products to choose any shampoo and conditioner they like from the huge BC range.  The premise behind every BC Bonacure product is the concept of Hairtherapy and rebuilding beauty from within.  A concept inspired by skin care, the BC Bonacure ranges offer a high performing hair care programme, which enhances hair beauty.

The ranges that fall within the BC Bonacure family include Repair Rescue for damaged and unmanageable hair.  Color Freeze which freezes colour pigments in place for longer lasting colour.  Time Restore for mature and fragile hair.  Smooth Shine which smooths and nourishes unmanageable hair.  Moisture Kick that prevents dehydration and moisture loss.  Volume Boost which boosts the volume of fine and delicate hair and Hair & Scalp Deep Cleansing which purifies the scalp and helps prevent dandruff.

The Oil Miracle shimmer treatment that comes with each pack is part of the Oil Miracle range.  The Gold Shimmer Treatment is the perfect weekly pampering to deeply recharge hair from within.  The treatment gives a lasting feeling of luxury, with the precious oils leaving hair with an instant, opulent shine.  The BC Oil Miracle range has been designed to distribute precious oils evenly so as to not overburden even the finest of hair.  Rounding off each pack is the Youngblood mighty shiny lip gel.  What a great gift for Mothers Day!     Sandra Tiltman,   PHOTO: John Pond©



April 17, 2013
Auctioning Parched March Artwork

Auctioning Parched March Artwork

Sydney’s month long bar odyssey, Parched March, has come to an end for 2013. What better way to celebrate than having a huge event at The Lawn on the second level of The Ivy where guests enjoyed delicious cocktails, wines and canapés.

Amy Cooper, founder of Parched March, gave a speech thanking everyone involved before Simon Mercier, owner of a participating Parched March venue, Name This Bar, jumped on stage to auction off artworks created as part of Parched March. These included the Mambo Surfboard, Nacho Pop’s ‘Elephant’ artwork and Wade Osborne’s ‘Doggie Style’ artwork.  All money raised was donated to Animal Welfare League NSW.

“Parched March helps raise money for Animal Welfare League NSW by encouraging people to enjoy our city’s bars responsibly.  It proves that doing good doesn’t always mean depriving yourself.  It’s now become a much anticipated event on the Sydney social calendar, bringing friends and colleagues together as well as showcasing this city’s brilliant bar culture”, said Amy Cooper.

DSC_0635More than 60 Sydney bars mixed up special cocktails throughout March.  The annual “Good Times for a Good Cause” has been the biggest year yet with over $40,000 raised in total over the month, a new record and double of what Parched March raised last year.

Animal Welfare League protects animals through regulatory work with various Government bodies and helps to enforce legislation with a team of Inspectors who are on the ground every day. For pets in need, the Animal Welfare League provides customized care through a foster care and branch network, three shelters and veterinary hospital, working to find loving forever homes for animals in their care.

What a great series of events and I’m really looking forward for next year’s Parched March.  It makes March the most exciting month of the year.  Sandra Tiltman   Photos:  John  Pond


April 13, 2013
Simon Mercer, Co-Director of Name This Bar with Heat Winner

Simon Mercer, Co-Director of Name This Bar with Heat Winner

Darlinghurst’s Name This Bar on Oxford Street at Taylors Square, is the venue again for the return of Art Battles Australia, which commenced at the end of March, with the launch of The Quay Series.

DSC_0746Art Battles Australia provides an innovative series of events for artists to showcase their talents to the general public and patrons of the bar, along with live entertainment, DJs, and celebrity MCs and judges.

An all new artist line up, selected from a pool of both established Sydney visual artists and up and coming artists, takes part in six heats, held weekly each Thursday at Name This Bar.

Each week, up to four artists per heat will battle it out on canvases in a 100 minute showdown.  Artists create their works using a number of different styles and techniques on canvas from street art to fine art, using tools such as brush, marker pens and for the first time spray paint provided by Art Battles partner Liquitex.  Each heat will see artists judged on artistic ability, creativity and crowd response.

The six heats will culminate in the Grand Final, which will take place on 4 & 5 May at Sydney’s Circular Quay.  With the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, this two day finale will run in conjunction with Tiger Beer’s Translate initiative, a collaboration of music and art. The winner of the Art Battles Quay Series grand final will be flown to Vietnam to represent Australia at Tiger Translate Vietnam as a guest of Tiger Beer Australia.  Sandra Tiltman     Photos:  John Pond



April 13, 2013

Cameo_head_of_Alexander_in_helmet_thumbTime is running out to see the largest exhibition of treasures ever to come to Australia from the world famous State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.  Exclusive to Sydney, Alexander the Great: 2000 Years of Treasures, is now on display at The Australian Museum in College Street, Sydney.  The exhibition has over 400 objects including fine gold earrings, necklaces, rings, coins, cameos, metal helmets and shields, urns, marble statues and much more.

If your name is Alex, either as first or last name, or you happen to live in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria, from 22 to 26 April you will be able to purchase discounted tickets to view the Exhibition, proof of identity is required.

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia who founded the State Hermitage was fascinated by Alexander the Great, which led to a collection at the State Hermitage, which holds one of the finest antiquities collections in the world.

There is still time to attend some of the special lectures and presentations.  Be quick as this fabulous exhibition closes on 28 April 2013.  I saw the exhibition last week and was fascinated by many of the artifacts.  Sandra Tiltman