AU ABROAD

Desert Trip Festival confirmed: The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan & more to appear

Recently, when there were reports of a 'mega festival' featuring some of rock and roll's most beloved names (think: The Stones, Paul McCartneyThe Who...) swirling, it seemed to good to be true. Well, doubters, think again: the Desert Trip Festival has been officially announced and it's coming out of the gates blazing with some MASSIVE names.

Tigerair announces Valentine's Day sale for all domestic routes

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Budget airline Tigerair will be offering a sale from now until midday on Tuesday 16th February to celebrate the month of love, pushing a "Love Your Family" deal that will see 20% off all domestic routes across their Australian network. Selling for travel during April (and the school holiday period), the sale is being offered online, with fares from $44.

Iconic Hong Kong hotel to showcase new Conrad Shawcross exhibition

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Iconic Hong Kong hotel The Peninsula has recently announced a new installment in their ‘Love Art At The Peninsular’ arts program. Working in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Arts, the program will launch an exhibition by British sculptor, Conrad Shawcross.

The Schaller Studio celebrates old Hollywood glamour with Marilyn Monroe exhibition package (Bendigo, VIC)

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The name Marilyn Monroe conjures up images of old Hollywood glamour and an enigmatic pop icon who still fascinates people to this day. The Bendigo Art Gallery will showcase some of her costumes, personal clothing and artefacts, curated and drawn from private collections worldwide, and never before seen in Australia. Those planning a visit to the exhibition can take advantage of a 'stay and see' package at nearby Art Series Hotel The Schaller Studio.

Theme Park Review: Adventure Cove Waterpark - Sentosa Island, Singapore

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Singapore is hot. It’s that tropical and humid kind of hot. Unless you are one of the lucky ones staying in a fancy hotel or condo building, finding a place to cool down can be tricky. Rather then visiting a public pool or retreating to an air conditioned shopping center, we spent a day at Adventure Cove Waterpark on Sentosa Island and can say with certainty that it is Singapore’s most entertaining venue to get take a cool dip.

Six weird things to do in New England (USA) this year

The region of New England in the North-East of North American is made up of six states; Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It shares a border with New York, yet it’s often overlooked on the tourist trail. The region is seriously rich in history, so here are 6 unusual yet culturally enriching New England events you can get involved in this year.

Arts Review: Trevor Ashley in Liza’s Back (Is Broken) - Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances To January 31)

It’s truly incredible what one man can achieve with a touch of sequin, a lot of pizazz and a set of lungs that support such badass pipes for a whole two hours. Trevor Ashley is one of, if not, the best drag queen performer this divine country has ever had. And yes Dame Edna Everage that includes you.

Arts Interview: Performer Trevor Ashley talks about his latest cabaret "Liza's Back! (Is Broken)" in Melbourne

The ever so colourful Trevor Ashley is at it again. The man seriously does not stop. Having just ended a two-year national tour with Les Miserables and directing the Hayes Theatre Co’s latest show Heathers, Ashley has now focused and channelled his energies into the leading woman in his life; Liza Minnelli.

Theatre Review: The Golden Age - Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company (Performances Until February 20th)

Two young men explore the Tasmanian wilderness in their youth. Francis, a young engineer and his friend Peter, a geologist, have bright futures ahead of them. But when they stumble upon a tribe of outcasts deep in the bush, they enjoy a moment of curious joy before despair.

Hawaiian Airlines Breaks Customer Records in 2015

Records have been broken for Hawaiian Airlines, revealing that it has welcomed a record of 10,672,667 customers in 2015, seeing a 4.7 percent increase over the previous year.

Sydney Festival Review: Opera Australia's The Rabbits - Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney (Performances to 24th January)

The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, is an extraordinary piece of work. It takes important historical events and recreates its message in a haunting picture book- reaching children and adults alike. It does not shy away from what it needs to say. The adaption of this work into this opera not only seeks to extend the book’s powerful message, but it manages to create an entirely new and equally extraordinary piece of work.

Sydney Festival Review: The Events - Granville Town Hall

In a time where our discussion is stilted, mediated and increasingly online, community engagement has formed a central aspect of contemporary theatre. The facilities to congregate and share stories are rare, particularly in outer urban areas or those where many cultures co-exist separately. While Reclaim Australia toots it’s white power horn, there’s a deeper issue at play; one where the multicultural heart of our city is fractured, and the places to bond and share new customs is fraught with politics or simple fear.

Arts Review: The Fantasticks - Hayes Theatre, Sydney (Performances to 31st January)

The Fantasticks has become the longest running production of any kind in the history of American theatre, no small feat, and yet I hadn’t heard of it. So noticing we were getting a production here in the wonderful Hayes Theatre I went to listen on Spotify. I wound up a good deal confused- what is going on, are they talking about fruit, who on earth is this fellow and what in bejeebus am I trying to remember in September? As it turns out The Fantasticks is the type of musical that you really need to actually see performed, for then it brings worth a whole wonderful story and, at least a little, more sense.

Theatre Review: The Pianist - Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances through 17th January)

Gone are the days of the silent movies set in black and white where a comical gentleman enigmatically dances around the screen engaged in a slapstick routine. We now live in a world where sound, special effects, and computer graphics are what it takes to keep us enthralled. When I heard that The Pianist was coming to town I was excited to step back in time and enjoy a style now seemingly lost. This one man contemporary theatre show is performed by Thomas Monckton a Parisian trained circus performer who specialises in both clowning and mime.