Vivid Sydney Festival

Vivid Sydney Festival

A unique annual event of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney is a multi-award winning winter festival which features an outdoor gallery of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, last but not least, the mesmerising illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Next one will be 25 May - 16 June 2018.

Every year, the festival returns to illuminate Sydney with new thrilling precincts to explore, new light art to inspire and a feast of entertainment for everyone. This event has grown into the largest of its kind in the world, attracting more than 1.7 million visitors ear year.

Part of the lighting festival also includes performances from local and international musicians and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers.

The winter event takes place in central Sydney over the course of three weeks in May and June. The centrepiece of Vivid Sydney is the light sculptures, multimedia interactive work and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in and around the Sydney CBD into an outdoor night time canvas of art.

Vivid began as a Smart light festival in 2009 for energy efficiency curated by Lighting Designer Mary-Anne Kyriakou and headlined by Brian Eno. The latter, in collaboration with lighting designer Bruce Ramus, projected Light Painting onto both sides of the Opera House.

Vivid is also a commercial success. According to New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Vivid 2012 attracted more than 500,000 visitors to the outdoor exhibition and events, generating around $10 million in income for the state. One year later, the festival attracted more than 800,000 visitors, contributing more than $20 million to the NSW economy.

In 2014, the festival involved the Sydney Opera House, Walsh bay, Circular Quay, The Rocks, North Sydney, Darling Harbour, and, joining in for the first time, Harbour Lights, The Star and Carriageworks. In 2015, Vivid Sydney attracted more than 1.7 million visitors to the city.

Vivid Sydney also includes a large range of interactive activities with the unique technology that is offered. While the large light shows are displayed on the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Birdge, there are also multiple smaller exhibits located around the harbour.

One of the interactive activities in the harbour was called Musical cubes. In this activity, a group of 6 individuals would take part in a musical experiment. There is also another activity in the harbour called the Heart of the City.

The Heart of the City resembled a large, solid beanbag chair and was located near the Sydney Opera House. Upon reaching the front of the line, participants would be asked to seat themselves in the middle of the chair. Once seated, they had to insert their fingers into a small hole in the middle of the chair. If your finger was inserted right, the chair would begin to light up red to match your heartbeat. As participants realised this, their heart rate would increase causing the chair to light up very quickly.

Another activity involved Canon Cameras. So if you attend VIVID Sydney with a Canon camera, you are able to participate in special unique activities that are meant to make use of your Canon Camera.

Learn to surf in Australia with Mojosurf

Learn to surf in Australia with Mojosurf

The idea of surfing might seem extremely slippery. For sure, your first attempt at surfing will feel like there is no way to keep your balance or ever stand on the board. But if you persevere, you'll soon be catching a wave and paddling back to give it another go.

Since it takes quite a while to master the art of surfing, the best way to learn is at a surf camp - a guesthouse with guides who take you to the beach every day and teach you in the water. It will force you to learn how to surf, instead of taking single lessons every once in a while, and you will meet people in process as well as you will find spots only the locals know. One of the best surf camps in the world is brought to you by Mojosurf.

Mojosurf caters specifically for beginners and intermediate surfers who want to learn how to surf or improve their surfing in a fun and safe surf culture environment. The surf instructors and guides will take you to the most suitable surf locations according to your progress and help you understand the surf conditions, locations, local cultures, customs and other need to know jive around. Beyond the surfing adventures, Mojosurf also offers a vibrant nightlife, adventurous road trips and stunning remote locations. You can find surf camps along the East Coast of Australia, such as Spot X in Arrawarra, Byron Bay and Brisbane.

Mojosurf was founded by two friends Nat and Dan, who were born and bred surfing on Australia's East Coast. They met in the surf and shared the same dream to give up their day jobs and enjoy a life of fun, surfing, adventure, travel and meeting new people.

In 1998 the mates turned their vision into a reality when they created the guided Mojosurf adventure cruising the Coast between Sydney and Byron Bay. This was the life: meeting new people, surfing every day, teaching surfing, travelling to the best surf spots, eating great food, having fun nonstop day and night, and living the dream.

Such a great experience could not remain a secret for too long and soon word spread that they best way to learn surfing and experience the surfer's lifestyle was to catch a ride with Mojosurf and let the good times roll.

Mojosurf's idea that everybody should experience surfing, the lifestyle and the culture in a fun and safe way has seen them expand and become one of the world's biggest surf tuition, travel and adventure groups.

Mojosurf now operates surf schools, guided surf adventure and surf camps in awesome surf locations like Australia's East Coast between Sydney and Byron Bay; Raglan in NZ and Bali and beyond.

The breaks around Byron Bay are a good place to start. Mojosurf takes you to the best beach for your ability and will get you back in time for happy hour. Accommodation includes dorm room, waterfront cabin or tipi.

There are also other activities you can do at the campsite. For instance, you can play some beach volleyball/football/cricket, paddle a kayak, kick back in a hammock or beanbag, shoot some pool, amongst others.

Nightlife include drinks around the campfire or a rowdy night in Byron Bay.

Axl Rose AC/DC New Singer

Axl Rose AC/DC New Singer

AC/DC officially announced the departure of longtime frontman Brian Johnson and his - at least temporary - replace by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose. Brian Johnson was suffering of hearing issues that impeded him to carry on with the tour prompting the band to find a replacement for the vocals that could do justice to Johnson. Rose seemed to be the right replacement at the moment as AC/DC are currently touring and they have shows to perform ahead.

Here's the complete press release: "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures.

"As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment." AC/DC will continue their Rock or Bust World Tour with Rose on vocals. The band will resume their 10 postponed U.S. shows with Rose on vocals, and then tour around Europe before the end of the World Tour. Following this European concerts with AC/DC, Rose will resume the Not in This Lifetime summer stadium tour with Guns N' Roses.

In the meantime, Brian Johnson has released a heartfelt message to fans explaining why he has quit the world tour. However, he has promised he will be the voice of AC/DC on upcoming studio recordings and hopes to be able to tour again the future.

"I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness, stated Johnson. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.

Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can't deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC," he added.

"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances."

Fans were shocked when they band cancelled their Atlanta show and issued a formal statement of their website about the rest of the tour. It stated: "AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the US leg of their Rock or Bust World Tour," it said.

AC/DC's lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. Tuesday's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in April 2016."

However, the greatest shock happened when Axl Rose was spotted rehearsing in Atlanta and news broke that he might be replacing Johnson. Yes, it's true, said Ross Malcolm Young, son of AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young.

When some fans criticised the new choice of frontman arguing that Rose wasn't able to uphold the band's legacy, Ross Young responded by posting on Facebook: He can and he will.

Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" tour dates for North America later this 2017 are just announced including two nights at Madison Square Garden and two nights in Los Angeles arenas.

Chris Hemsworth leaves LA for Byron Bay

Chris Hemsworth leaves LA for Byron Bay

Movie star Chris Hemsworth - famous for his performance as Thor - has moved back home to Australia so his children can have a ‘normal existence'.

The Australian actor and his Spanish wife, also a Hollywood star, Elsa Pataky recently bought a property near Byron Bay on the NSW north coast.

'We travelled so much anyway with work that our base didn't necessarily need to be in Hollywood so much anymore and it's just sort of chaotic with the paparazzi,' said Hemsworth. Accordingly, it was the best decision they ever made for their three children.

'We can walk straight down (to) the beach, we can have a normal existence and the kids have a hell of a lot more fun there than they did back in the States,' said Hemsworth.

Hemsworth's career is currently on the rising. He recently starred in Ron Howard's new film In The Heart Of The Sea, a true maritime story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

The 32-year-old actor confessed he has lost track of the number of scripts he is sent, but said he probably reads five or six a week. You go through periods, certain seasons, when there's just a mad rush of films to get financed and set up,' he said.

A large percentage of what I get sent would be superhero-based action films but the ones you really want to do, in order to do something different, are the ones you've usually got to fight for and are a little more difficult to get made.

Although he usually has the pick of the scripts, Hemsworth is humble enough to say a couple of his contemporaries would eclipse him. 'Leo certainly is probably top of the food chain along with Brad Pitt and then you've got Tom Hardy and (Michael) Fassbender,' said Hemsworth.

Hemsworth bought a $7 million Byron Bay home. The Australian-turned-Hollywood actor has spent no less than $7 million on a luxurious Balinese-style, seaside property near popular holiday spot Byron Bay. Kooeloah on Seven Mile Beach Rd in Broken Head spreads over 4.2ha and features a multi-level main house and multiple, separate villas.

The property has a total of 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms as well as a lap pool and a lagoon. The luxurious beach-side buy has taken place less than a year after Hemsworth and his wife snapped up their Malibu home for US$4.8 million.

The house is no doubt big enough for the Hemsworth and their three children, two of which are twin boys.

The Hemsworth haven't wasted any opportunity to enjoy what Byron Bay has to offer. They were seen on all loved-up at the 27th annual Byron Bay Blues Fest, on the New South Wales northern coast. They posted a photo to Instagram ahead of the Cold War Kids performance at the four-day music event. The Spanish actor captioned the post: ‘Byron/Enjoying' and added a number of hashtags to the snap: blues fest en Byron, cold ward kids, music, love, partners night and yayyyy.

Next film we're eagerly waiting for is Thor: Ragnarok release date: November 3, 2017 (USA).