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The Review: Ólafur Arnalds at the Sydney Opera House (GRAPHIC Festival)

A silence thick with anticipation gave way to a crescendo of cheering fit for a rockstar, as Ólafur Arnalds made his way onto the main Sydney Opera House stage last Saturday night. The award-winning Icelandic composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist  headed one of the weekend’s most anticipated concerts for the annual GRAPHIC …

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The Review: Fiesta 2015 at Darling Harbour

Fiesta-Darling Harbour 2015 was one of the sexiest events of the year, with live salsa lessons, Sumba dancers from Brazil and to my delight, lots of six-pack-owning performers. They sure know how to party (or should I say fiesta?), and there was no shortage of sangria to sip on while some serious …

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The Review: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Colourful, conceptual and delightful, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is an exhibition of the talents and ingenuity of over 45 artists participating in the event. The exhibition, held in the Woollahra Council Chambers this past Saturday, was alive with wondrous works all showcasing something unique, fresh and liberal. Each artwork was …

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The Review: Listen Out 2015

For those not already bombarded with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchats of last Saturday’s Listen Out, I hope this article helps you feel included. For some, Listen Out means getting to see some rising stars in the EDM world, for others it’s a warm summer night of partying in beautiful Centennial Park. For me it …

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The Review: foodi’s Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour

Think of foodi’s Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour as a way to indulge that mighty craving for everything sweet while telling yourself that it’s OK, the walking cancels it out. Food, light exercise, and an experience that will make me feel like a classy person–sold! foodi’s walking tours generally occur …

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The Review: The Story of the Silicon Valley Cowboy

Picture this: a six-piece country music band that tells a story with a projector and narrator. All in a bar that looks as if the 1960s music scene had a baby with a Moroccan city. Well, this is what it’s like to watch Nick Jones’ debut production The Story of …

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The Review: Rolling Stone Live Lodge Launch Party

After successfully running a pop-up bar in Melbourne last year, Rolling Stone Australia is bringing the Live Lodge to Newtown Social Club for three rockin’ weeks. I managed to score the opportunity to attend its exclusive launch party on Tuesday night, and boy what an event it was. The atmosphere …

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The Review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Quite possibly one of the most interesting stories ever told, The Diary of a Teenage girl confesses the deepest desires of fifteen-year-old Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) who has just had sex for the very first time. Set in 70s San Francisco to the sound of Heart’s Dreamboat Annie, Minnie embarks on …

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What’s On: Sydney Contemporary 2015

The biannual Sydney Contemporary is Australasia’s leading international Art Fair. Now in its second year, the fair has already managed to draw works from over 90 galleries in Australia and around the world, with close to 500 artists representing 14 countries. Blitz was invited to an exclusive media preview earlier …

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The Review: Anything Goes-The Musical

Who doesn’t love a good night out at the theatre? Currently showing at the Opera House, Anything Goes brings a Broadway favourite to Sydney. Taking place on the S.S. American as it makes the journey from New York to London, Anything Goes follows the story of Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer, played by the …

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The Review: Sydney Fringe Festival’s FRINGE IGNITE: Heat the Street Erskineville

They say heaven is a place on Earth and that’s certainly the case for music and arts lovers in Sydney. Picture a street filled with live music and togetherness. That’s what the 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival feels like. The festival officially launched this past weeekend and transformed Erskineville Road into …

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The Review: Gayby Baby

Maya Newell’s feature film debut, the crowd-funded documentary Gayby Baby (2015) follows the lives of four kids, Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham, whose parents all happen to be gay. As each child wrestles with the inevitable personal change of growing up, the world around them wrestles with the issue of …

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The Review: Death Cab for Cutie

With a career spanning almost two decades, indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie are the type of band that hold a very special connection to a certain time in their fan’s lives. Death Cab’s debut at the Sydney Opera House on August 1st was a self-confessed dream come true, and they certainly made …

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The Review: Paper Towns

There are two types of people who have read Paper Towns. The first are the literate, John-Green-loving heroes of the modern day who read it before The Fault in Our Stars became a movie. The second are the ones that didn’t even know that Paper Towns was published a full …

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The Review: Blitz Goes To mUmBRELLA 360

…And gets really good at marketing. In a whirlwind of busy, suited and arguably hard-to-impress PR, marketing and media personnel, mUmBRELLA 360 was pulled off flawlessly this year – and Blitz has the inside scoop on what was most worth the hefty price tag. After a fantastic breakfast from sponsors …

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Wild Thang

If you have ever wanted to be Tarzan, George of the Jungle or basically the protagonist in any action movie, this is what you need to do this holidays! Wild Ropes is a tree-top adventure course that will send you zooming over animals and getting probably the best view of …

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The Review: Game ON Interactive

Game ON Interactive, the first interactive games and online video showcase, was held this past weekend as part of Vivid Sydney and there was so much more than meets the eye. Set within the Australian Technology Park, it became an amazing setting for the bright lights and shiny screens.  There was …

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The Review: TedxYouth@SydneyOperaHouse

Once again, the Sydney Opera House was overtaken for the gathering of the best and brightest minds in the business, encouraging other young people to aspire and achieve in a range of fields. The session that I had the pleasure of attending included model/activist (or probably better known as a …

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Film Review: Woman in Gold

Fantastic work from Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds isn’t quite enough to save Maria Altman’s fascinating, true story from the awful screenplay. More than 50 years after the end of the Holocaust, Maria (Mirren) and her inexperienced lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds) embark upon a major battle to have the artwork …

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The Five Weirdest Acts of Eurovision 2015

What’s not to love about Eurovision, the only song competition where all white attire is almost an unspoken dress code, where people sing about cheesecake and there are more feathers than can be seen in an aviary? Every year the leather spiked heels get higher, the suits and dresses get …

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The Review: Wild Tales

Humorously unsettling. Two words are all that’s needed to describe this movie. Wild Tales, by Damián Szifron, is not a new film, however it is new to Australia and set to release today. Wild Tales was released in 2014 in Argentina, winning 10 awards and is now nominated for an Oscar. …

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The Review: Theatresports 30th Anniversary World Cup

Saturday 2nd May saw the wild collision of the world’s greatest names in Improvisation in the inaugural Theatresports World Cup. Hosted by Theatresports legend Andrew O’Keefe, it was a night that left your cheeks with the aching pain acquired only through laughter. Theatresports, for those who don’t know, is a …

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Film Review: Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth is based on Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir; it took fifteen years to write, so painful were her memories. It’s a stunning, searing look at the futility of war; an epic that explores young lives cut short and the agony of those left behind. James Kent’s first feature …

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Film Review: Partisan

From Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman comes Partisan, his directorial debut which explores the gritty and grimy reality of an Eastern European cloistered cult. The film unfolds like origami, a little at first, and then all at once. At the outset, it delivers frustratingly little in the way of plot, and is instead …

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