The Rocks Aroma Festival returns to The Rocks Sydney for the month of July

Sydney’s annual celebration of coffee culture, The Rocks Aroma Festival, is set to permeate the laneways of the historic precinct with an alluring line-up of events throughout July.

Coffee connoisseurs will enjoy a fun, educational and indulgent program of activities during the biggest and brightest celebration of the bean yet, culminating in the Aroma Festival Day, held on Sunday 26 July.

The Rocks’ streets will be overflowing with everything for coffee lovers, with more than 50 coffee and gourmet food stallholders, food trucks,vintage and specialty coffee carts, “latte art” competitions and demonstrations, pop-up bars and cafes, roving performers, live coffee painting, the Aroma Shots photography exhibition and a speciality coffee lab.

No other city in the world savours coffee like Sydney does. The Rocks Aroma Festival celebrates this passion with a program of intimate, educational and fun events for the coffee curious.

A highlight of The Rocks Aroma Festival will be the extremely rare opportunity to share high-quality coffee with international guests Moata and Ansha, who will talk about their native Ethiopia’s unique coffee culture. Presented by Paramount Coffee Project and Technoserve, Moata and Ansha will share their knowledge of the people, the culture and the process of coffee-making in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

Visitors will get to unleash their inner-barista and learn about some of the mysteries and methods of coffee-making at Brew Camp, a class on brew theory, pour over coffee and different types of equipment.

Meanwhile, Breville’s Latte Art Smackdown will see professional baristas battle each other in a knockout competition, and beer meets brew with The Rocks Brewing Co.’s One Shot pop-up bar. The Australian Specialty Coffee Association presents World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic and Latte Art master Habib Maarbani in a series of talks and demonstrations for enthusiasts.

There will also be free, 15-minute coffee or tea leaf reading, as well as a free Cosmic Coffee, Solar Hot Chocolate or Black Hole Tea with every 30-minute tour ticket at Sydney Observatory! Some of the indulgent caffeine-inspired beverages featured by The Rocks’ tenants include an espresso martini, High Coffee (High Tea’s eclectic caffeinated cousin), and an al fresco macchiato.

The Rocks Aroma Festival’s resident bands will play a mix of swing jazz, gypsy, and cabaret, and visitors will also be treated to an eight-piece roaming brass band. Visitors will also be amazed as they get to watch artist James Patrick in action as he creates unique canvases from “coffee paint”.

To get a taste of what’s on during The Rocks Aroma Festival, visit http://www.therocks.com

The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge pop-up bar launches at the Cruise Bar for VIVID 2015

On the first night of VIVID 2015, Friday 22 May, media and industry were invited to see VIVID from one of the best vantage spots in Circular Quay while enjoying Tanqueray cocktails and fine food for the launch of The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge at the Cruise Bar.

Cruise Bar has turned level one of its premises into a nautical inpired bar and level two of its premises into an Asian inspired Tanqueray Botanical Lounge pop-up specifically for VIVID 2015..

Inspired by the Hong Kong-esque water front light shows, The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge will be themed with colourful parasols, and ruby red lanterns illuminating the space with their seducing warmth.

Visitors will be drawn into a botanical wonderland, starting their journey from the ground floor with dense ivy panels creating a magical staircase reminiscent of a covert entrance. Enticing them upstairs will be the alluring and seductive sounds and smells of fresh herbs and cocktails being created with the world class favourite Gin.

Guests will be able to get their taste buds tingling with Tanqueray’s exclusive selection of unique mouth-watering cocktails. Enjoy the magic, and light up for the LIVID FOR a MARTINI, which contains the perfect mix of warm herbs and spices, or discover the bitter sensation of the TRICHROMATIC. Feeling safe, go simple with the NEGRONI, or channel your inner fighter with the kick-ass KUNG PAO SIPPER. If you are feeling nautical sail the high seas with the SHIP BREAK HIGHBALL, which has a delicious blend of lychee, Tanqueray, macadamia, dill and Yuzu.

Tanqueray gin combines a rich, full flavour and bold, layered taste, crafted from a complex combination of only the best botanicals (juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica root and liquorice), which have been selected and distilled to deliver an elegant and beautifully balanced premium gin since 1830.

The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge’s exotic-cool mix of cocktails, great food and top DJ talent makes this the spot for groups to gather and soak up the VIVID atmosphere all night long.

Free to enter, and open nightly from 5pm until late. The Tanqueray Botanical pop-up is open from Saturday 23rd June till Monday 8th June.

Group packages for 20 plus available, for more information please contact events@cruisebar.com.au

For more information visit www.cruisebar.com.au or P: (02) 9251 1188

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The Australian Fashion Film Awards red carpet dazzles with amazing talent

The red carpet awards ceremony for the inaugural Australian Fashion Film Awards (AFFA) dazzled on 20 May 2015 at the spectacular Westfield Sky Lounge. The invite-only event saw amazing talent in the Fashion Film industry recognised and celebrated by an impressive line-up of celebrities from both the Fashion and Film industries.

11 Awards were presented in total with Chanel taking out three awards with the incredible Fashion Film “The One That I Want”. Baz Luhrmann was awarded Best Director and Country Road won the Best Australian Fashion Film for “Summer Wonder” (Full list of winners below)

Anastasia Fai, the Founder of AFFA, was overwhelmed by the response from the Fashion and Film industries and the support from corporates:

“Six months ago, the concept to recognise the amazing talent in the Australian Fashion Film industry was just a dream. Today it was a reality. Celebrating the achievements of everyone involved in creating Australian Fashion Films was long overdue. The support tonight’s event received is a sure sign that AFFA will be celebrating Aussie talent for many years to come.” she said.

Australian Fashion Film Award Winners

(in order of: Award – Individual/Brand – Film )

  • Best Independent Fashion Film – Justin Griffiths – ‘Wild West’
  • Best Hair & Makeup (Hair) – Renya Xydis (Russh Magazine) – ‘Phoenix Rising’
  • Best Hair & Makeup (Makeup)- Tamah Krinsky (Russh Magazine) – ‘Phoenix Rising’
  • Best Fashion Styling – Catherine Martin (Chanel) – ‘The One That I Want’
  • Best Sound Design or Music – Lo-Fang (Chanel) – ‘The One That I Want’
  • Best Visual Effects – The Woolmark Company – ‘Lost & Found’
  • People’s Choice – Phoenix Rising, Russh Magazine
  • Best International Fashion Film – Hogan Rebel – ‘We Are All Mad Here’
  • Best Concept – The Woolmark Company – ‘Lost & Found’
  • Best Director – Baz Luhrmann (Chanel) – ‘The One That I Want’
  • Best Australian Fashion Film – Country Road – ‘Summer Wonder’ 

MC Rebecca Caratti of Buro 24/7 opened the awards ceremony. Guests who attended the event included iconic fashion designers from We Are Handsome and Alice McCall, the multi-talented director/actress Gracie Otto, actress Emma Lung, models Didier Cohen, Sarah Ellen and the Stenmark Twins and the internet sensations SketchShe.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - May 20: Danny Clayton and Zoe Cross arrive at the Australian Fashion Film Awards 2015 Red Carpet at Sky Lobby, Westfield on May 20th, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – May 20: Danny Clayton and Zoe Cross arrive at the Australian Fashion Film Awards 2015 Red Carpet at Sky Lobby, Westfield on May 20th, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - May 20: Jordan Stenmark and Zac Stenmark arrive at the Australian Fashion Film Awards 2015 Red Carpet at Sky Lobby, Westfield on May 20th, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – May 20: Jordan Stenmark and Zac Stenmark arrive at the Australian Fashion Film Awards 2015 Red Carpet at Sky Lobby, Westfield on May 20th, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

VIVID Sydney set to shine even brighter this year with its biggest program ever

Vivid Sydney, now in its seventh year, is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas delivers its biggest program yet. For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will again transform the city and harbour.

The 2015 program includes expansion into new city precincts Chatswood and Central Park , its biggest ever music program including Australian exclusives such as The Hoodoo Gurus at the Powerhouse Museum and Daniel Johns’ international solo debut at the Sydney Opera House, and heavy-hitting speakers at Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014. It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.

Favourite locations Circular Quay , Walsh Bay , Martin Place , and Darling Harbour are back with over 60 light installations and projections with even more opportunity for visitors to get hands on, more water theatre shows – this time with lasers and fire – and new and expanded programming at Pyrmont and The Star and the University of Sydney . The sandstone canvases of Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will also return with spectacular new 3D projections.

With all eyes on the Sydney Opera House , Lighting of the Sails will once again take its place as the centrepiece of the amazing light spectacular during Vivid Sydney, with Universal Everything promising awe-inspiring projections that will reimagine the architecture as a living mural, with a diverse series of vibrant, hand-drawn sequences.

Vivid Music will introduce its most expansive program yet, featuring more shows and venues and an impressive line-up of local and international talent, The Hoodoo Gurus will perform an exclusive one-off show at the Powerhouse Museum and a new line up of cutting edge, innovative performances will be held across the city at new venues Goodgod Small Club , Oxford Art Factory and Freda’s , with the Seymour Centre , The Basement , The Argyle and Barrio Cellar part of the line-up again in 2015.

Part of the Vivid Music program, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House features a 10-night run of exclusive Sydney-only performances and for the first time will also include two large scale outdoor events, internal light projections and an event for kids and families. Features include four exclusive performances from Morrissey, Daniel Johns in his international solo debut, Sufjan Stevens in his only Australian performances and FCX – 10 Years of Future Classics featuring Flume and Flight Facilities .

With a line-up of heavy-hitting speakers, Vivid Ideas introduces The Game Changers , a new talk series this year headlined by three global influencers: multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner , series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer on The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister , whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé , founder of the world-famous magazines Wallpaper and Monocle .

Vivid Sydney welcomes the return of Intel, a world-leader in computing technology, as event partner for the fifth consecutive year. 2015 Supporters include Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, City of Sydney, Sydney Opera house, The Star, Canon, Indeed, 32 Hundred Lighting, Oracle and TDC.

For more information on Vivid Sydney visit http://www.vividsydney.com.

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THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE -  2010 - Sydney, Australia  - Photograph by: JACK ATLEY / www.jackatley.com -  for The Sydney Opera House - PLEASE NOTE: IMAGE MUST NOT BE SOLD FOR ANY COMMERCIAL PURPOSE WIHOUT EXRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF JACK ATLEY/WWW.JACKATLEY.COM
THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – 2010 – Sydney, Australia – Photograph by: JACK ATLEY / http://www.jackatley.com – for The Sydney Opera House – PLEASE NOTE: IMAGE MUST NOT BE SOLD FOR ANY COMMERCIAL PURPOSE WIHOUT EXRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF JACK ATLEY/WWW.JACKATLEY.COM