Queensland Music Festival returns in July

Queensland Music Festival returns in July

Queensland Music Festival returns in July

The best of local, national and international talent come together in Brisbane to perform a wide range of music from 12 to 28 July to celebrate another year of The Queensland Music Festival (QMF). The festival -a biennial state-wide celebration of music- is a major cultural and artistic success story with a reputation that crosses national boundaries and a wide geographical reach.

QMF will return this lucky year with hundreds of events programmed in more than 30 regions across Queensland. Most of the events are free, and many feature large-scale collaborations with communities.

All eyes will be on Brisbane when the World's Biggest Orchestra assemble opens the festival in 13 July 2013. The Orchestra and internationally renowned musician James Morrison will fill Queensland's skies with awe-inspiring music in an official Guinness Worlds Records performance.

The full QMF program of events will be launched in May 2013 on the QMF website. Excitement among music lovers builds up to see if this year the festival will be as successful as in 2011. In its previous celebration, QMF featured a mind-blowing 202 events in Brisbane and 34 regional remote centres throughout Queensland. Over 178,000 people attended the event in 2011, Brisbane shows were sold out and its world premiere performances enjoyed both popular and critical acclaim.

QMF claims that their vision is to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences. As the website states, the festival ignites artistic potential. In collaboration with councils and the communities, QMF inspires participation in music-making and performances that reflect local culture and tell local stories.

Also, QMF works with communities throughout Queensland to make the joy of music accessible to all and connect people with place and community while celebrating the richness and diversity of the state. One of the events of QMF is called Score IT! and it is meant to encourage young composers to create a unique and original composition to accompany a short film.

Queensland Music Festival, originally named the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, was founded back in 1990 with the support of the Queensland Government.

Sex and the City Costumes Exhibition

Sex and the City Costumes Exhibition

Sex and the City Costumes Exhibition

Get Carried away by Sex and the City's fashionable costumes. Fans will be able to see up close those iconic outfits that marked the style of those powerful women and created fashion victims/followers worldwide.

The New York City Style Exhibition -first if its kind in the world- showcases 40 outfits from the Sex and the City HBO series and movies at Chadstone Shopping Centre near the Australian city of Melbourne. The costumes will be on display from the first to the 31st of March.

The collection has been curated by the show's own Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning costume designer, Patricia Field. It was Field's brains, talent and sense of style what made the character of Carrie Bradshaw a fashion icon of the early 21st century. Field created a unique style for each character: Carrie is the uptown chic and creative urbanite with a free and fearless sense of fashion; Samantha's style is a symbiosis of sexy and elegance; Charlotte reflects with her outfits the Upper East Side with her preppy style; and Miranda -the successful lawyer- mixes corporate chic and androgynous panache.

Let yourself be seduced by New York City style and get a closer look to Carrie's voluminous Vivienne Westwood wedding dress, her beautiful Carrie necklace and even get to see her black diamond wedding ring.

Get inside the story and be mesmerised by layers and layers of the gorgeous Versace gown Carrie wore in Paris, when she was stood up by artist Aleksandr Petrovsky. And there is more... see Samantha's black CD Greene dress she wore to Carrie's rehearsal dinner, Charlotte's Oscar de la Renta Mexico maxi and Miranda's amazing Julien Macdonald frock she donned at Stratford and Anthony's wedding.

Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival

Like Erma Bombeck said: Laugh now, cry later. And you will laugh because the ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival is just around the corner. From 22 April to 11 May 2013, international and local world-class comedians will take over the event and fill Sydney's air with laughter.

The Sydney Comedy Festival Gala Night will open the event on April 22nd in Sydney Opera House with a selection of the best of the festival with a ninja first-rate host and more surprises. The prices range from $79.90 to $119.90.

As a prelude to the Festival, 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan will take to the stage on April 11th. Famous for performing alongside comedy legends Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in Saturday Night Live, the American comedian will bring his stand-up show to Australia for the first time. His performance will take place in The Enmore Theatre.

April 25th will be Chopper's Big F**kin Anzac Day. Best known for his impersonation of the infamous Australian criminal Mark Brandon Chopper, Australian performer Heath Franklin will bring crime comedy in all its glory to The Enmore Theatre.

There are no like buttons on the Enmore Theatre, so Internet sensations Superwog and Muchonny will have to rely on the big laughs of the crowd when they bring their YouTube performances to real life on April 28th.

British performer Stephen K Amos will have the opportunity to his famous coon cheese in Australia. On May 9th, Amos will supply the Festival with a dosage of witty and real life humour.

The Kransky Sisters, Mourne, Eve, and Dawn will perform their famous songs and tell their bizarre stories in the Seymour Centre on April 24th.

Some Australians thought they lost Jim Jefferies to the palm trees of Los Angeles, but he is coming back home to Australia and is bringing all of his self-righteous sense of humour with him.

And there is no real comedy festival without a contradictory band. British folk band Bad Shepherds play punk songs with traditional folk instruments... Too many adjectives come to mind. Original is for sure one of them. Indeed, it sounds like a promising performance!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Australia

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Australia

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Australia

The course of true adventure never did run smooth… A Shakespeare misquotation, passion for exploring, a taste for danger and the love of nature are the soul's fuel to set out and discover Australia's unique wildlife. The journey will take the adventurous at heart far from the comfort of developed cities and the safety of civilisation in exchange for a koala's cuddle, the sight of jolly dolphins, the bewilderment of immense humpback whales, and the spellbinding mermaids' songs… The latter might not be certain, yet the encounter of a natural world found nowhere else in the planet is guaranteed.

Pack your backpack, get ready to board a boat, camp out in the desert or trek through eucalypt forests, and let the quest begin:

1) Observe turtle nesting (Mon Repos, Queensland) The place has the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. In Mon Repos, you can take an active role and not only watch marine turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, but also you might end up carrying their eggs across a beach in the middle of the night. This is part of the conservation effort at Mon Repos, where visitors' help welcomed if a turtle has laid her eggs too low on the shoreline.

2) Camel riding (Alice Springs, Northern Territory) The camels found around Alice Springs are mostly wild, but in one farm cameleer Marcus Williams has tamed a herd and now offers camel rides through the stunning White Gums Valley. The camel tour takes the rider into the mountain ranges and unforgettable landscapes where kangaroos, wallabies, birds of prey and lizards en-route run free.

3) Quokka spotting (Rottnest Island, Western Australia) In Rottenest Island, visitors can find quokkas which are animals that look a cross between a wallaby and a giant rat, a fact that made the Dutch sailors call the new-found land Rat's Nest Island. Even though quokkas are the main attraction of the island, visitors can also spot humpback whales passing by the coast.

4) Wild dolphin swimming (Bunbury, Western Australia) At the Dolphin Discovery Centre, visitors can take the tour called Swim on the Wild Side. As part of the tour, visitors can board a boat into the waters of Kommabana Bay to join scientists monitoring wild dolphin behavior. Researchers make use of tourists' dollars to fund their research. This is part of a cetacean project affiliated to Murdoch University.

5) Forest flying (Mackay, Queensland) An innovative eco-attraction around 70 km inland of Mackay called forest flying is a treetop cableway that allows visitors to glide over pristine forests at the same height as the canopy, where they can spot birds and bats. Watch some rare creatures and ancient forests while having fun.

6) Koala spotting (Magnetic Island, Queensland) The interior of the island hosts the largest colony of wild koalas in the country. It is not recommended to try and get a hug from these particular koalas. Take a walk in the area and scan the eucalypt tree line to spot these pointless creatures that sleep 20 hours per day cuddling around a tree branch.