High Country Harvest Gastronomy Festival

High Country Harvest Gastronomy Festival

High Country Harvest Gastronomy Festival

Embark on a scrumptious journey. North East's heavenly delights comprise a myriad of different tastes and they are all found in one triumphant gastronomy festival. Romeo and Juliet are not invited; only food lovers have a date with delicious flavours and the good life in High Country Harvest, a regional festivity of food, wine and beer in Victoria's spectacular High Country.

The event - which takes place from 16 - 25 May - welcomes top chefs, produces, winemakers and craft brewers from the region to celebrate the North East's invigorating autumn flavours.

Visitors will be have to opportunity to enjoy marvelous feasts surrounded by majestic autumn landscapes which include the soaring peaks of Victoria's highest mountains, the fertile valleys plus pristine rivers and lakes below.

The festivals will host a program of over 40 delicious events. In A Taste of the High Country, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the best of the region on a day tour which includes a lavish lunch starring local and seasonal produce. On Apera Adventure, visitors will be able to learn about the winery on the banks of Sunday Creek, explore the Apera Bar and sip on an Apera Cocktail.

How about riding a bike for a day through picturesque countryside surrounded by autumn produce and world-class wines? Or learning about the ins and outs of brewing, baking breakfast and beer?

And there is no real celebration of the palate without coffee. The Blynzz Coffee Roaster & Café gives you the opportunity to experience coffee from fist crack to last gulp. The Couverture and Coffee Room at Renaissance Chocolates is the place to indulge in a delightfully chocolate-y High Tea.

Spice up your life with a Sugar & Spice Dessert Plate from Cofield Wines and The Picked Sisters Café. Other events include foraging for mushrooms, beekeeping, Brewer for a Day and Wines of the North East Masterclass.

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Huh Jackman in Les Miserables

Huh Jackman in Les Miserables

Huh, Jackman in Les Miserables ?

Hugh Jackman is not only an extraordinary actor and one of the sexiest men alive... He can sing! And the Australian performer is pretty good at it! Describing his performance in 2012 musical drama film Les Misérables as magnificent is an understatement. His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy in 2013.

He played the central role of Jean Valjean and his acting was nothing short of glorious. The emotion in his voice thrilled audiences across nations and the power of his acting sent a ripple of excitement through the crowds. It is unsurprising that he received so many awards and nominations for this role.

Highly dramatic and accomplished, the musical required the Jean Valjean's part to convey a large spectrum of feelings. Hugh Jackman effectively made the audience feel identified with his character and suffer his hopelessness, fury and despair.

For playing this role, Hugh Jackman was nominated by the Academy Award for Best Actor, and received many more nominations for other awards.

Les Misérables was directed by Tom Hooper and written for the screen by William Nicholson and Alain Boubill, among others. Alongside Jackman, stars Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried also play in the film.

The plot takes place in 19th-century France and is centred in Jean Valjean, who for decades is chased by the policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks his parole. The plot thickens once he agrees to care for Cosette (Seyfried), the daughter of his factory worker Fantine (Hathaway).

Jesus Christ Superstar to tour OZ

Jesus Christ Superstar to tour OZ

Jesus Christ Superstar to tour OZ

The award-winning spectacular production of Jesus Christ Superstar will bring salvation in the new technological era to Australia. Faithful and unfaithful servants will be blessed by the 1970s rock musical's the heavenly tunes and peculiar modern version of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Celestial voices and divine talent will fill the stages across the country with blissful glory. Australian Tim Minchin will play Judas Iscariot, Sporty Spice Mel C will perform as Mary Magdalena and UK TV talent quest find Ben Forster will star as Jesus.

Jon Stevens, who played Judas in the 1992 concert tour in front of almost one million people, will perform as Pontius Pilate in the 2013 reboot. Finally, Deal or No Deal host Andrew O'Keefe starring as King Herod.

The revamped production will open in Perth (31 May and 1 June), then it will move on to Adelaide (4-5 June), Sydney (7-8 June), Brisbane (11-12 June), and finally Melbourne (14-15 June).

Jesus Christ Superstar was the first musical by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) to be produced for the professional stage. The production debuted on Broadway in 1971 and ran for two years engrossing £2.8 million at the box office. The masterpiece won Andrew Lloyd Webber the prestigious Drama Desk Award as Most Promising Composer for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972.

Nowadays, Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful producers of all time. He is famous for his work in smash-hit productions like The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Evita.

Julie Andrews brings her magic Down Under

Julie Andrews brings her magic Down Under

Julie Andrews brings her magic Down Under

Some of us treasure sweet childhood memories of Julie Andrews. While eating our porridge -some memories are sweeter than others- Julie Andrews taught us to fly with umbrellas or the musical notes by singing along. Indeed, the star is a timeless icon of stage and screen that has warmed hearts worldwide.

Now the excitement is building up Down Under as rumours have finally been confirmed. It has taken a while while, but it has finally happened: Julie Andrews will be touring Australia this year for the first time ever.

Producers John Frost and Phil Bathos have disclosed that the multi-award winning actress, director, writer and singer will come to Australian shores to perform in An Evening with Julie Andrews. The tour will take the British performer to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne in May this year.

An Evening with Julie Andrews will display the perfomer's six-decade long career. As it usually happens in showbiz, her professional life has been characterized by peaks and valleys.

Throughout 60 years, Andrews has conquered Broadway, the West End and Hollywood. The roles she created are some of the most famous ever written for stage or screen which include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Victoria Grant in Victor/Victoria, Guinevere in Camelot, Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins -her screen debut which won her a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Andrews will be accompanied by a special guest host American born Australian actor Nicholas Hammond -who played Friedrich Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. An Evening with Julie Andrews will take the audience on a journey of discovery of the icons life and career in a sincere and amusing evening of personal memories and insights.

Julie Andrews will be in Brisbane on 18 May, in Perth on 21 May, in Sydney on 24 May, in Adelaide on 28 May, and finally in Melbourne on 31 May before she says so long; farewell to Australia.