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SYDNEY

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Kpop Summit Season 2 Part 1 - Monkey Baa, Sydney (19.09.15)

Kenny Chow takes us to Season 2 of the Kpop Summit at Sydney's Monkey Baa Theatre with this Photo Gallery:

Photo Gallery: Sleeping With Sirens - UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (20.09.15)

Gwendolyn Lee captures the majesty of Sleeping With Sirens at the UNSW Roundhouse.

Hello Asia! Theatre Review: Hong Kong Dance Company’s The Legend of Mulan - The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood (17.09.15)

The Legend of Mulan is a familiar tale, either to those who know its original origin adapted from the epic poem The Ballad of Mulan or to those a little more familiar to the Disney classic. Nonetheless it is a story that is much beloved, with its courageous figurehead an inspiration for all- courage, determination and love both filial and feminine. In this inspired dance adaption by the Hong Kong Dance Company these qualities are shown through stunning choreography and dreamlike finesse.

Hello Asia! Live Review: YouTube FanFest Sydney – Qantas Credit Union, Sydney (11.09.15)

The screams started at 4:30pm for the red carpet and didn’t stop until the end of the two and a half hour 2015 YouTube FanFest, as (mostly pre-teen) fans clamoured for their favourite YouTubers. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you translate Internet personalities, whose domain is usually the computer screen, into real life, the result is an engaging, interactive experience that is good-natured fun for everybody.

Eating with the AU: Barrafina Tapas - CBD (Sydney)

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For tapas, a cheeky sangria, and a good time, it's hard to beat Barrafina in the heart of the Sydney CBD. The eatery brings Spanish share plates to life. The vibe is casual and playful. A wall is painted with a pertinent expression in Spanish: 'una comida sin vino se llama desayuno' which translates to 'a meal without wine is called breakfast'.

Live Review: Toni Braxton - Sydney Opera House (13.09.15)

All it took was one award winning concept album (last year's Love, Marriage, and Divorce with Babyface) and R&B veteran Toni Braxton found herself back in the music spotlight after years of absence. With encouragement from Babyface, a long-time collaborator and legend in his own right, Braxton was able to channel that energy and re-focus the voice that made her one of the shining stars of 90s contemporary R&B, with about 67 million record sales to boast. It then seems like perfect timing for Braxton to finally make her way down to Australia for a debut tour, playing in some of the country's most renowned venues. Sydney's turn was, of course, in the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House, giving us around 1.5 hours with the universally adored performer who very much proved that her return to form is the real deal.

Photo Gallery: Toni Braxton - Sydney Opera House (13.09.15)

On her first ever tour to Australia, Toni Braxton performed to a sold out Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House last night and Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos. You can read our review of the event HERE!

Photo Gallery: Walk The Moon + Yukon Blonde - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (13.09.15)

Walk The Moon were joined by Canada's Yukon Blonde at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory last night. Gwendolyn Lee was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Eating with The AU: Grain Bar (Spring Menu) - Four Seasons Hotel (Sydney)

Boasting one of the best locations and largest Whisky collections in the city, Grain Bar should already be on your go-to list for drinks. However, with their new American inspired menu, it’s definitely a top spot for foodies too.

Arts Review: Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced - Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (Exhibition open until 28 August 2016)


Image Credit: Holly Blake

Collette Dinnigan is a woman’s designer. Her clothes and underwear creations are always very feminine, fun and romantic. The Powerhouse Museum is currently hosting an exhibition about this acclaimed fashion designer, who is celebrating 25 years in the industry. Ultimately, this is an accessible and dynamic look at one inspirational creator and her wares.

Ten things we learnt from YouTube FanFest 2015 in Sydney

Some of the Internet’s favourite YouTubers joined forces for the recent YouTube FanFest in Sydney and we picked up a thing or two from these larger than life personalities. Some of these might not be news to you loyal fans but you can check out the full list below!

Photo Gallery: Tkay Maidza - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (10.09.15)

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Adelaide's Tkay Maidza wowed a packed and enthusiastic crowd at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Thursday night. Jonathan Armstrong brings you these photos and you can read Jules' review of the show HERE.

Theatre Review: Ride & Fourplay - Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney (Performance until October 4)

Tom O'Sullivan, Gabrielle Scawthorn, Aaron Glenane and Emma Palmer. Photo: Rober

One-act plays can often present a blessing or a curse. When done well, they can be concise, pacey and poignant, and a one-act can present an idea in a setting that’s best for it. Ride & Fourplay are two one act plays written by Sydney playwright Jane Bodi, with both stories focusing on love – particularly ideas of new love – and they tackle the theme from different angles.

Live Review: SAFIA - Factory Theatre, Sydney (10.09.15)

“Do you guys want an album?” Safia’s loved vocalist Ben Woolner screamed out to a sold out Factory Theatre. In reverse career mode, the Canberra three-piece is now a household name in Australian music with just five official singles. They brought stadium level dynamics to a medium-sized venue (read: strobe lights and moving visuals) and turned an local weeknight gig into something really memorable.

Live Review: Tkay Maidza - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (10.09.15)

Nearly two years ago, a young, Adelaide rapper called Tkay Maidza played a much-hyped show at the Beresford Hotel in Sydney. It was a smallish gig, the crowd mostly made up of curious onlookers, industry people, and fans that had jumped on board her after the release of her first single, "Brontosaurus". What quickly become apparent as the night wore on was that Maidza was anything but a one hit wonder, her rapid fire flow searing through the beats. It was the most exciting thing to come from Australian rap in years.