Quirky circus performer Thomas Monckton talks about his new solo show "The Pianist" in Melbourne

Quirky circus performer Thomas Monckton is in Melbourne right now in partnership with Circo Aereo performing his solo show ‘The Pianist’. This contemporary physical theatre piece is set to wow audiences with its hysterical mime style of comedy, and physical feats. I recently chatted to the talented Mr Monckton about his attraction to clowning, working as a solo artist, and how the circus scene compares in Paris. Read on to get a lovely insight into the inner workings of a contemporary mime.

Tigerair Australia kick off their 'half price' flights to Bali sale today


With Tigerair Australia now adding a route to Bali, it's only right that they start 2016 off with a good ol' fashioned sale, slashing the price on their one way fares for a few days. From today (12pm AEDT) until Saturday 16th January (or until seats sell out), fares to Denpasar from Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth will all be on sale from a very reasonable $79.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to host major exhibition for renowned Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima


The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will be hosting an exclusive Sydney exhibition as part of the 2016-2017 Sydney International Art Series, presenting the public with a major showcase of renowned Japanese contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima, a man known for his immersive, technology-driven sculptures and installations. This will be Miyajima's first major solo exhibition in Australia.

Theatre Review: Opera Australia's La Boheme - Sydney Opera House (Performances through 23rd March)

When a story is told and retold and adapted in so many different ways you know there’s something special about it. This is of course the case with Puccini’s La Bohème, which has been adapted into popular modern musical RENT and used as inspiration for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge just to name a few. In these instances there is something particularly special about finally being able to see the original work in its truest form.

Theatre Review: Opera Australia's The Magic Flute - Sydney Opera House (Performances to 16th January)

I have wanted to see Mozart’s The Magic Flute for so long. The “happy” opera, full of playfulness, colour and magic, a welcome change from my more recent (brilliant) but tragic La Bohemes and Don Carlos’. And boy was everyone correct! The Magic Flute is absolutely the happy opera.

Theatre Review: Heathers: The Musical - Brisbane QPAC (Performances through 17th January)


Whether your faith is a God, the community or a Seers shopping catalogue sometimes we don’t ask the higher powers for something but he gives it to us anyway. Was there a riot demanding the 1988 cult classic Heathers be revamped into a musical? Probably not. But Off-Broadway is one of those whimsical places that bring you not what you ask for but what you’d never think of, and now in Brisbane Heathers: The Musical is waiting for you.

Streets will bring an Ice Cream Jumping Castle to Sydney this month


Propped up at Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, from 20th Jan to 22nd Jan, an unmistakable ice-cream inspired 14mx14m jumping castle will be giving Sydneysiders and visitors the chance to bounce their way to a free treat from Streets legendary range. Titled the Streets Ice Cream Jumping Castle, the three-day pop up will be encouraging people to take a break and have a little bounce on what is perhaps the most gleefully summer-appropriate jumping castle to ever hit Sydney.

Mikala Dwyer's 'Square Cloud Compound' added to the MCA Collection at Museum of Contemporary Art


The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) have recently introduced another impressive Australian work to the MCA Collection, acquiring Square Cloud Compound (2010) by Sydney artist Mikala Dwyer, who also has gifted the museum with Spell for a Corner, a new multi-coloured wall painting.

Sydney gets a new, innovative wharf hotel with Ovolo Woolloomooloo


Woolloomooloo’s iconic 100 year old wharf has been given a new lease on life with the arrival of the Ovolo Woolloomooloo hotel, “Ovolo-ising” the building at 6 Cowper Wharf Road with energy and glamour, very much in keeping with what visitors and locals have come to expect from the quintessential Sydney precinct. Opened in December, the building’s original façade has remained, but, with the Ovolo team collaborating with international design practice Hassell, the 100-room hotel has also be filled with art and design elements, including an 86kg clock by Swedish design studio, Humans Since 1982, in the hotel lobby.

Converse announce Chuck Taylor All Star Sex Pistols Collection


Fans of UK legends Sex Pistols can now jump all over the new Converse collection, which features colours, materials, and graphics inspired by the iconic band and their many albums. The classic Chuck Taylor All-Stars in the collection set a high standard for footwear collaborations this year, featuring some of the most instantly recognisable references to Six Pistols along with highly detailed stitching and graphic overlays.

On the Shelf: Bombay Sapphire "Star of Bombay" London Dry Gin


After a very successful preview at recent Sydney pop-up Project Botanicals, Bombay Sapphire's new super-premium Star of Bombay has been released to the public, showcasing a new evolution for the brand as they attempt to "redefine" high-end Gin and elevate what is already considered to be the world's fastest growing premium Gin and number one premium Gin by value.

Spotlight on Meriton Festival Village 2016 - Hyde Park (Sydney)


Sydney Festival is back for their huge 40th year anniversary, once again propping up their central hub in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, this year presenting a re-brand of sorts as what was once known as Sydney Festival Village now becomes Meriton Festival Village. Not much has changed aside from the name though, and thankfully last year's spacious layout is recreating almost exactly, with a few changes here and there, and an even bigger focus on providing families with a tempting all-day pop-up bursting with entertainment and hospitality.

Theatre Review: Fiddler on the Roof - Princess Theatre, Melbourne (Performances through 27th February 2016)

Bright flashes beckoned us towards Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on Tuesday night as a myriad of celebrities sashayed along the red carpet. It was the opening night of Fiddler on the Roof and it seemed the entire city had come out to enjoy this long awaited spectacle. Long gowns brushed the floor, and champagne glasses clinked together as air kisses were received in greeting. The bell sounded and we made our way into the dimly lit theatre.

MasterChef Dessert King finds new kingdom in Chippendale with Koi Dessert Bar (Sydney)


MasterChef fan favourite Reynold Poernomo has achieved what many of his fellow contestants have yet to do, and opened up his own restaurant within a year of appearing on the popular reality TV show. His venue, Koi Dessert Bar, in the Kensington Street, Chippendale quarter of Sydney, is a two-level dessert-focused restaurant, with a ground floor café and an upstairs lounge and bar area, also offering savoury Indonesian dishes.

Bake Bar expands to include third store at Double Bay's Kiaora Place (Sydney)


Last month, Bake Bar opened its third artisan bakery in the Kiaora Place redevelopment in Double Bay, making it the second Bake Bar shop to open in 2015, with the other being in Alexandria. Bake Bar now joins 20 specialty retail shops spread throughout the development, standing as the space's only bakery.