July 9, 2016

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Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Australia next month to present Kooza, a death defying, colourful homage to the traditions of circus. The national tour will begin in Sydney on 25 August 2016, where Kooza will be performed under the famous blue and yellow Big Top at The Showring in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Since its premiere in Montreal in 2007, Kooza has been seen by over 7 million people around the world and is currently delighting audiences in Santiago, Chile, where the season will wrap up on 31 July. The tonnes of equipment and over 1,000 costume pieces will then be loaded onto two 747s to make their way to Australia.

Cirque du Soleil_KOOZA_Photos Matt Beard Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt 2012 Cirque du Soleil_TeeterBoard_068_LRIn this eighth Big Top show to tour Australia, Cirque du Soleil rediscovers its origins with a return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus, combining thrilling acrobatic performances with the art of clowning. We follow “The Innocent” as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out of the box surprises. Presented in a colorful mélange, Kooza springs open like a bejeweled toy box to capture the audience’s imagination.

The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors will present heart stopping feats and laugh out loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

Kooza’s cast and crew represent twenty nationalities: Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United States of America and United Kingdom.

From its beginnings in 1984 with a group of 20 street performers, Cirque du Soleil has grown into a major organisation based in Québec that provides high quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Kooza is a show the whole family will enjoy.

Sandra Tiltman

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July 9, 2016
Sandra Tillman enjoying Ovolo hospitality

Sandra Tiltman enjoying Ovolo hospitality

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel at 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, just a short distance from Sydney’s CBD, recently launched their event space with signature cocktails and showcased delicious items from their unique food menu, along with a fantastic dessert buffet.

DSC09351Taking inspiration from the surrounding suburbs, the versatile event spaces had names such as “Darlo”, “Paddo” and “The Cross”. Some of the smaller spaces around the hotel that offered plenty of character were named “Glam-A-Rama”, “AC/DC” and “INXS”.

A large double bed, complete with two occupants, greeted guests as they arrived for the launch, which was just the start of the fun filled evening ahead that included a ‘high rollers’ room and a few extra surprises

Founded in 2002, Ovolo Hotels has become one of Hong Kong’s largest independent owner, operator hospitality firms, providing guests with award winning interior designs, all inclusive service and cutting edge technology. The family owned business now runs five hotels in Hong Kong and three hotels across Sydney and Melbourne.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond



July 9, 2016


An exhibition that brings together artists from Australia and Korea is now on display at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, located at 140 George Street, The Rocks.

DSC09305“New Romance: art and the posthuman” is a partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea that brings together 18 artists from Australia and Korea.

Drawing inspiration from science fiction, consumer technologies, robotics, biology and social media, the works in this exhibition encourage us to ask what it means to be human today, and what it might mean in the future.

Artists include Rebecca Baumann, Ian Burns, Hayden Fowler, Siyon Jin, Airan Kang, Sanghyun Lee, Soyo Lee, Wade Marynowsky, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Patricia Piccinini & Peter Hennessey, Kibong Rhee, Justin Shoulder, Giselle Stanborough, Stelarc & Nina Sellars, and Wonbin Yang.

“New Romance: art and the posthuman” runs until 4 Sep 2016 and entry is free.

Words & Photos: Sandra Tiltman




July 9, 2016
Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins and Jesse Polock from Bondi Rescue with Winner Issaac Martin

Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins and Jesse Polock from Bondi Rescue with Winner Issac Martin

Two of the Bondi Rescue Lifeguards were at the recent opening of Baste’d, a new burger & bowl pop-up shop in the heart of Darlinghurst, at the corner of Crown & Oxford Streets, launched by the founder of Oporto.

Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins and Jesse Polock from Bondi Rescue were there to make a splash and join in the excitement by taking part in a burger eating contest, chowing down on the legendary “Chilli Lifeguard” and the delicious 12 hour slow cooked and sauce grilled wagyu beef “Jo’Burger”.

Before the contest started, Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins, Bondi Rescue’s head lifeguard said “Being a life guard means facing tough challenges every day, thankfully this burger eating competition will not just be tough, but also delicious.”

DSC09437 (2)Both Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins and Jesse Polock were no match for Issac Eats-A-Lot (Issac Martin) who won the competition by eating 5 burgers in 5 minutes and was awarded the trophy.

My two favourite burgers were “The Chilli Lifeguard”, a marinated chicken tenderloin, crumbed, with mayo, cheddar cheese, cos lettuce and tomato on a semi-brioche sesame seed bun drizzled with Baste’d’s famous chilli sauce and “The Jo’Burger”, a beef brisket burger, made from 12 hour slow cooked wagyu beef brisket with slaw, shallots, caremelised onion, dill pickles and cheddar cheese on a semi-brioche bun.

Vegetarians are also catered for with “The Fun Guy”, a burger of oven roasted field mushrooms basted in homemade pesto mayo with shredded cheddar and house slaw, drizzled in balsamic reduction on a toasted semi-brioche bun.

For desert, the “Little Bombers” ice cream sliders round off the meal. A mini toasted semi-brioche bun filled with melted chocolate, ice cream and crushed Oreos.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond

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