The Theatre of the World exhibition at Hobart’s

The Theatre of the World exhibition at Hobart’s

The Theatre of the World exhibition at Hobart's MONA

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, invites everyone who has an interest in old and new art to visit a new exhibition: the Theatre of the World.

The display spans over 4,000 years of fine and decorative arts and includes 180 works from the private collection of MONA owner David Walsh and 300 items from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). The collection ranges from historical furniture to contemporary art.

The impression the exhibition is trying to make is that seeing the object is enough, a simple interpretation of beauty and there is no need for knowledge or meaning.

The exhibition will include renowned pieces like a 30 million pounds Picasso, Weeping Woman, which the artist painted in 1937, plus trench art and video. The marvelous exhibition is an exhilarating assemblage of designs, media and objects gathered in different themes as opposed to traditional categorical grouping by period or media. For those who want to see it, Theatre of the World runs until 8 April 2013.

The coherence of the exhibition comes by the hand of French curator Jean-Hubert Martin. Each piece brilliantly develops the theme within its space while the visitors are encouraged to draw their own meaning from the incongruent objects. They label this a visual search-engine result spectacular, a parallelism with Google. Surprisingly, no author tags can be found and visitors must accept the visual search results Jean-Hubert provides to be able to draw their own conclusions about each theme.

As to MONA, the building is carved four levels deep into sandstone. The tour starts by descending into the depths of the rock. The ground-breaking gallery is becoming a cultural icon in Australia at a high speed.

Top Surf Spots in Australia

Top Surf Spots in Australia

Top Surf Spots in Australia

The sun is out; the sky is blue, it's beautiful… and so is the Austral summertime! And we all know what that means: Sand, waves and barbecue. Grab your surfing board, ignite your car and get ready to ride the swells across Australia's 37,000 km long coastline. As paradisiac beaches, reefs and epic point breaks surround the country, some of the best surf spots in the world are found Down Under. Hot, breezy, soul and blue, a rush of adrenaline, the danger factor and the freedom sensation never ends…

1) Superbanks, Gold Coast, QLD: This spot is at the very top of the world's breaks. Catch the wave and produce tubes and solid walls at this never-ending beach that extends for 2 km.

2) North Coast, Angourie to Byron Bay, NSW: When the surfing counter-culture became popular in Australia in the late 1960s, the NSW north coast became a Mecca for surfers. The point break at Angourie remained relatively unaltered for the next two decades. Today, the place is widely known as home break of Aussie surfing myth Nat Young. As the historical home of surfing, Byron Bay keeps the 70s hippie spirit alive and it is the place to let the weeks roll by, laid-back gatherings, communal drumming, live bands, relaxed cafes and, of course, reggae music fills the bars.

3) Noosa, Point Break, QLD: Remarkable for its genuine beauty, the point at Noosa has originated 200 metre rides on its proudest moments. Smaller swells can also be found, which are perfect for beginners eager to join the free-spirited world of surfers.

4) Snapper Rocks, QLD: This is a sand bottom point break considered one of the best surfing spots on the Gold Coast. Impressively so, Super Bank -the longest, most consistent and most hollow wave in the world- takes place in Snapper. Here it is not unusual for a wave to reach six to eight feet of height while one clean wave can transport the surfer for a distance of almost two kilometres.

5) Seal Rocks and Pacific Palms, NSW: When a south swell rolls in, the beaches at Seal Rocks may be home to legendary waves, curiously shaped by prominent headlands. Keep a look out for the dolphins. Soul surfers might find in this part of the NWS coast the perfect ambience for their lifestyle as it remains undeveloped and peacefully quite.

Pattinson heads to South Australia to shoot

Pattinson heads to South Australia to shoot

Pattinson heads to South Australia to shoot The Rover

Twilight actor Robert Pattinson packed his talent and took the plane Down Under to shoot new thriller The Rover. Working alongside Australian actor Guy Pearce, Pattison will play a thief in the futuristic Western.

The film will paint a dangerous and dysfunctional near future set in the Australian desert. Perspectives for the set are promising as most scenes will be shot in the stunning Flinders Ranges, while others will be filmed in Adelaide Studios.

It's set 20 years in the future, in Australia, Robert Pattinson said recently of the film. Basically, I'm an American whose brothers are in a criminal gang in Australia. Guy Pearce's character kidnaps me to try and find my brother. Other than that, it's really complicated. But it's cool. It's really fun.

The movie will be directed by David Michôd, an Australian filmmaker and director known for the highly-acclaimed film Animal Kingdom, which he directed and co-wrote. Animal Kingdom tells the story of a seventeen-year old who, after his mother's death, goes on to live at his grandmother's house.

Far from finding a home and being safe, Josh finds himself surrounded by criminal uncles and a concealing grandmother. In the midst of corruption, drugs, murder and violence, Josh tries to survive with the help of a policeman. Undeniably, Animal Kingdom is a ground-breaking drama with a high dosage of emotion and tremor-provoking scenes. Should The Rover be anything like Animal Kingdom, it will be a marvelous film, indeed.

On another note, fans of the couple Pattinson-Stewart have their eyes and ears on alert mode to keep up to date with the status of their relationship. The couple had a rough summer after Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert with Snow White and the Huntsman director. Now that their relationship faces the trial of such a long distance, curious followers are eager to know if it will survive the separation.

Lifeline Bookfest 2013

Lifeline Bookfest 2013

Lifeline Bookfest 2013

Book lovers, rejoice! The book event of the year is back in Queensland's capital this month.

The Lifeline Bookfest 2013 – the universe's largest second-hand book sale based in Brisbane- opens this Saturday 19 January in Halls 3 and 4 of the Brisbane Convention Centre. Never-ending piles of second-hand books will fill the tables at the festival until 27 January. Reading aficionados can get their hand wipes ready to clear the dust while scanning through the books.

Brisbane's Lifeline Bookfest began back in 1989 and since then it has grown bigger and stronger year on year. In its origins, books lay on bales of hay. Today, there is such a substantial quantity of books that three kilometres of tables are needed to allocate them.

With over 2 million books for sale across two giant halls, the massive sale has books on every subject between heaven and earth, ranging from science fiction to cook books, children's books, new fiction and war craft. University students can also find text books in a good condition. The endless publications are split into three sections of high quality, priced and without it.

Visitors can sip on coffee and try some awesome snacks while they immerse themselves in the magic in words that fill the halls. And there's no doubt that books and coffee sounds just right, whether you are reading for pleasure or carefully studying a text book for your university course.

All funds raised at the Bookfest help support Lifeline's 24-hour 13 11 14 Crisis Counselling Line, counselling services and support programmes for children and families throughout the Brisbane and Greater Brisbane region.

You can get there by train or bus to Southbank, and it is only a short walk from the Convention Centre. If you are getting there by car, it is recommended to arrive before the opening time to find a park in the surrounding streets or you will be have to pay ridiculous fees in the Convention Centre Parking.