Last night saw Val Morgan and Tanqueray Gin put on a splendid Gatsby inspired party at The State Theatre. 350 of Sydney’s media and agency elite sipped on Tanqueray cocktails and punch throughout the event.
Entertainment included a swing band, flapper girls and swing dancers that had the guests mesmerised. Then the DJ had people dancing the night away. And what a touch to be able to have one’s shoes shined!
It was a fabulous night on level 6 of the iconic MCA for the launch of the 11th Reportage Festival. The celebration of documentary photography was in full swing and the speeches by the founders and some of the international artists brought insight into their motivation for giving a voice to the subjects who’s images they capture. In short, it is communicating for those subjects via images what is going on in the world for them. A byproduct of that is that we further our awareness. And by being aware, we can then act on that should we choose. There are projections, exhibitions, workshops and talks at various venues around the city including Customs House. A real eye opener indeed.
There was a full moon to accentuate the opening night of the Vivid Sydney Festival. The rain was ineffectual in dampening the enthusiasm of the attendees of the launch event at the level six of the MCA and those on street and water level. Ten News presenter Sandra Sully was enjoying the party. The countdown to lighting up the waterfront Sydney landmarks by the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade Andrew Stoner gave a new year’s eve feel to what was about to visually astonish us. And it was stunning. The creativity and ingenuity in the moving light displays were captivating. Seeing the Opera House in a way I had never experienced before by artistic lights combined with the Opera House being visually flanked by a cruise ship in port and a cruise ship heading out to sea alongside the Botanic Gardens made for a never-to-be repeated moment. In a word, spectacular!
Paul Zahra and the David Jones team put on a fabulous party at Level 7 of their Elizabeth Street store, hosting about 400 VIPs to celebrate the iconic store’s 175th birthday. Megan Gale, Samantha Harris and Montana were gracing the room. And the face of David Jones, Jessica Gomes lit up the room when she entered.
The canapes served were on spoons and trays befitting the era when the store was founded. The 7th floor of the Elizabeth Street store had displays of dresses, luggage and other items David Jones stocked 175 years ago. A marble table covered with desserts including chocolates in Waterford crystal champagne glasses remeniscent of the Gatsby era and macaroons kept us going back for more.
Megan Gale and Paul Zahra greeted guests and gave a speech. And too Marie Bashir, the Governor of NSW gave a speech. Following the speeches and canapes, Delta Goodrem gave a fantastic performance singing some of her best hits and doing an improv that captivated everyone.
Following Delta’s set, the deejay kicked off playing tunes that got the VIP guests dancing including Kerri-Anne Kennerley.
The style of the film matched the hight of style of VIP guests at the premiere of this remarkable film. The film ticked all the boxes of taking you on a journey and getting into the characters and the mystery of what lay around each corner. Many celebrities were there to witness the movie and after party. It was a star studded affair including key cast of the film, Delta Goodrem, Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch and Kim Peck from MTV.
The after party was an event to remember, featuring stage shows including performances by songstrest Prinnie Stevens who even belted out a top rendintion and styling of Beyonce.
It may well be the party of the year.
Cavalia is a magnificent show for everyone. It combined dressage horse riding with stunts, dance and acrobatics, all in the one show. It was like getting three shows for the price of one. And the live band were extraordinary. Having cast members face horses hurtling towards them, risking serious injury doing acrobatics on the backs of horses and riding upside down on them were just part of the exciting action-packed performance. The falling of autumn leaves and other effects inside the theatre added such variety and perspectives to the experience.
Many celebrities were spotted attending including Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Larry Emdur, Alan Jones, Claudia Karvan, Kirk Pengilly and Layne Beachley to name a few. They could be seen also in the Rendez-Vous Lounge enjoying the food and drinks before the show, at intermission and the reception after the show. It’s a great event for adults and kids.