Tag: Melbourne

Fashion takes over Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena

AO 2017  Day 12 Australian fashion takes centre court.

BY SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 27 JANUARY: capitaliseTennis met its match today (Friday 27th January) when fashion took to the court at Australia’s biggest annual sporting event, the Australian Open, to help launch Australia’s largest fashion event, set to run from March 1-19.

Melbourne’s standing as Australia’s home of major events was further consolidated as the Australian Open and Melbourne’s most renowned fashion event came to capitalizeAO 2017  Day 12 Australian fashion takes centre court. on the city’s global reputation as the ‘Sports and Style capital’, encouraging both domestic and international tourism.

With the world’s eyes firmly fixed on Melbourne, the iconic Rod Laver Arena played host to 16 styled models, all “runway ready” and sporting a preview of the upcoming Fashion Festival’s trends featuring Australia’s most celebrated designers including Thurley, Bianca Spender, Dion Lee, LIFEwithBIRD, Jack London and Camilla and Marc.

Visit Victoria CEO, Peter Bingeman said: “Visit Victoria has played a leading role in highlighting this state’s prolific event calendar and helping Major Events partner and cross promote to achieve greater profile and commercial results globally.”

Melbourne Fashion Festival Ltd. CEO, Graeme Lewsey, said: “Fashion defines Melbourne and our creative culture is being recognised and appreciated around the world. And so is our talent for staging Major Events in Victoria and delivering memorable experiences for everyone to enjoy. We are extremely honoured to have been invited to showcase some our incredible Australian designers to a global audience on centre court today, and this is just a teaser of what’s set to take over Australia’s fashion and design capital from 1-19 March”.

AO 2017  Day 12 Australian fashion takes centre court.

Tennis Australia Commercial Director Richard Heaselgrave said: “At the Australian Open this year we’ve combined the incredible on-court action with the best Melbourne has to offer in terms of music and food, and now we’ve added fashion to the mix, truly creating a Glam Slam experience.”

“Melbourne is known as Australia’s most stylish city and we’re delighted to help launch the fashion festival in March, effectively handing over the major events baton.”

- Text & photos supplied by Tennis Australia.

Melbourne set for New Year’s Eve spectacular

Photo: Melbourne city website

MELBOURNE, 16 December: Melbourne’s city skyline will light up in spectacular style this New Year’s Eve when the City of Melbourne rings in 2017 with its biggest ever fireworks show.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today announced details of the glittering new fireworks display that can be enjoyed from anywhere with a view of the city skyline.

“Our New Year’s Eve fireworks will be the most intense and spectacular display ever seen in Melbourne,” the Lord Mayor said. “In addition to the impressive ‘fan and barrage’ effects, ‘comets’ will arc across the sky like shooting stars and ‘mines’ will explode as the clock strikes midnight.

“The city sky will sparkle as 13.5 tonnes of fireworks, a third more than last year, are fired from 22 rooftops across the city, making it the biggest fireworks show that Melbourne has ever seen.

“Melburnians near and far who can see the city skyline will have a perfect vantage point to enjoy the midnight show.”

We encourage city visitors to attend the four official Live Sites at Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands and Kings Domain. The sites will run from 9pm to 1am and feature free entertainment, food outlets and toilet facilities, with DJs spinning their turntables well after the final countdown.

“Howard & Sons will pull out all the stops with new effects including fatter comets, broader mines, and bigger and brighter slabs of colour,” the Lord Mayor said.

“In the lead-up to the event, 65 pyrotechnicians from around the world will prepare three loads of fireworks and equipment; enough to fill two 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers.

“Council will spend $3 million on New Year’s Eve, with the fireworks display costing $532,000 and the majority covering public safety and event management costs. The economic impact to the municipality is estimated at $7.6 million.”

The Lord Mayor said New Year’s Eve was a major annual event, with large crowds expected.

“With 450,000 people expected in the city, we recommend that people use public transport, expect delays, behave responsibly and be considerate as they make their way home,” the Lord Mayor said.

The midnight fireworks will be synchronized to a specially curated soundtrack by popular Melbourne DJ and producer, DJ Ransom, which will be broadcast live on FM 99.7 and Channel 7.

The City of Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations is alcohol-free events.

Visit the City of Melbourne’s NYE website for full details and transport options on New Year’s Eve.

Source: Melbourne City media release.

Vidya Balan praises IFFM for moving beyond movies

Photo: SAT/NN.

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 19 August: IFFM-2016 Brand Ambassador Vidya Balan is impressed with the iconic festival taking up issues beyond films. Speaking today at a function at the Victorian Parliament she said, “I am grateful and honoured to be at the Parliament of Victoria promoting the film festival’s core values of the diversity and inclusiveness.”

Praising the festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange’s initiative of moving beyond films, Vidya Balan said, “breaking down walls and boundaries with the La Trobe University’s project of students taking part in a new effort to help children with special needs in India and the good work being done by the Royal Children’s Hospital is basically breaking barriers in the minds of the people.”

“People do not know how to handle children with special needs and the need of the hour was to treat people as people,” she said.

“The La Trobe University’s initiative was an icing on the cake,” she commented.


About her being the Brand Ambassador of the film festival, Vidya Balan says, “The journey of the past five years has been so wonderful. I come back here year after year and go back with memories cherished for ever.”

“When Mitu first asked me to be the Brand Ambassador of the festival, I thought it will be a one off, but next year again she came to me and then continued to ask me to remain in the position year after year and that kicked off my love affair with Melbourne,” she nostalgically says.


The Bollywood legend was honoured by Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and Ports, the IFFM Gold Medal for her contributions to cinema and interest in social issues.

A large number of festival organisers, parliament MPs and officials, Indian Consul in Melbourne Manika Jain, Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick and others were present at the function.

- SAT News Service.

Rishi Kapoor among top film biggies to grace IFFM-2016

Hirthik Roshan in Dir. Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ to be premiered at the IFFM-2016

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 20 June: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne – 2016 (IFFM-2016) is all set to rock the most livable city in the world. A line-up of top Bollywood, subcontinent and local film biggies including Chief Guest Rishi Kapoor are expected to spice up Melbourne with their presence. The August 11 – 21, 2016 festival’s theme this year is – Woman’s Empowerment.

The Opening Night movie will be Director Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched’, a contemporary melodrama, presents a portrait of gender inequality, and a stirring portrait of liberation in an isolated North-Indian village. The Closing Night film ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ directed by Pan Nalin is a celebration of girl power at a weekend of merrymaking involving bride-to-be Freida and her gang in Goa.

Addressing the media at the festival launch, Festival CEO, Mitu Bhowmick said, one highlight of the festival will be a retrospective of Rishi Kapoor movies with his hits Bobby, Rafu Chakkar and Karz hitting the silver screen.”

“Under Masterstrokes there will be three films from Pakistan – Journey of Thousand Miles: Peacemakers, Saving Face and the Oscar winning A Girl in The River, she said.

“Further program highlights include the world premiere of Ashutosh Gowariker’s epic adventure-romance Mohenjo Daro starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hedge in the lead roles, set in the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation; and the Australian premiere of Anu Menon’s comedy drama Waiting, about the relationship between two people from very different walks of life who befriend one another in hospital,” says the festival media release.

Celebrity guests in attendance will be Rishi Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Riruparna Sengupta, Leena Yadav, Radhika Apte, Rajeev Masand, Sarah Haider, Shalmali Kholgade, Srjit Mukherjee, Malika Arora Khan, Rich Chadda and Amrinder Gill among others.

Over 50 films in 17 different languages from India and the subcontinent will be there for Melbourne audiences. Two locally made movies The Hidden Truth and The Colour of Darkness will rub shoulders with box office hits and festival favourites.

Key events of the festival will be Opening Night, Westpac IFFM Awards Night, Indian flag hoisting (by Rishi Kapoor at Fed Sq. on Aug 13 at 11 am), Bollywood Dance Competition, Rajeev Masand round table, Richa Chadda on Bollywood & Body Positivity, Panel discussion on cinema for social change, In conversation with Rishi Kapoor, Charity Initiave Launch, Q&A with Vidya Balan and Closing Night.

The IFFM was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Government and has been an iconic status here and the world over.

For all info : www.iffm.com.au

- SAT News Service.

Pallavi Sharda in ‘Big Bollywood Bash’ on 23 Dec. at Etihad Stadium


NEWSBREAK : Melbourne’s own Bollywood starlet #PallaviSharda will be at ‘THE BIG BOLLYWOOD BASH’ interactive dance on 23 DEC, 2015 at the Etihad Stadium during the Melbourne Renegades V Sydney6ers match. It’s going to be great fun with many events.There’s a great competition for the Indian Community: Flights for 2 from Melbourne to Mumbai with 7 nights accommodation thanks to Air India and the #MelbourneRenegades.

Enter here — http://www.melbournerenegades.com.au/win

SAT will be present at the event to cover it!