September 27, 2014

image003A decade after its World Premiere, Dirty Dancing will make a welcome return to Sydney on 28 November 2014, playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star.

It’s the summer of 1963 and 17 year old Frances “Baby” Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, Baby shows little interest in the resort activities and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on stage and off, with breathtaking consequences.

Featuring hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the iconic (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Dirty Dancing has become one of the most popular musical productions of all time.

Sandra Tiltman    



May 5, 2014


The fourth annual Pyrmont Festival is back with over fifty restaurants, wine bars, hotels, winemakers and artists featured in this year’s packed programme.

From 16-25 May 2014, the Festival will again be showcasing exciting events and exhibitions in the Pyrmont area, in partnership with the Mudgee Wine Region, making it easy for city dwellers to experience the wines and exceptional produce of the Mudgee area, without having to leave the city. Huntington Estate, Lowe Wines and Burrundulla Vineyard are just some of the wineries participating in the many lunches, dinners and tastings to be held during the ten days of the Festival.

At the recent official launch held at Sokyo in The Darling Hotel, we were treated to a preview of upcoming events at the Festival, along with a selection of sensational food and wines from the Mudgee region.

IMG_5449Pirrama Park will host a free outdoor event over the weekend of 17-18 May, catering for the whole family, with live music and entertainment plus art exhibitions and a sculpture installation. Visitors will be able to meet the wine-makers and taste more than 120 Mudgee region fine wines and sample a range of fine foods from both Pyrmont and Mudgee, at more than fifty stalls.

Other Festival highlights include a dinner at Flying Fish matched with Bunnamagoo Estate wines, a Progressive Dining Walk showcasing hospitality options available, a ten course Taiwanese banquet at Blue Eye Dragon Dinner with Mudgee region wines including newcomer Short Sheep Wines and the Apprentice at TAFE NSW Wine Dinner, prepared and served at five star level by the rising stars of hospitality, with Elliot Rocke Estate and Bumbrae Wines.

Pyrmont, just two kilometres from the CBD, is a prominent tourist and cultural destination and along with fantastic dining options, is a hub for technology and creative industries.

Sandra Tiltman      PHOTOS: John Pond