Kate Ceberano at the Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Melbourne – Giveaway!


Every summer a beautiful mirrored hall is constructed in the Arts Centre forecourt to host local and international performers in its intimate, historic space.

This year’s program of events looks really exciting and Spiegeltent’s Melbourne 2013 season is running from now until April 21. The full program can be found here and highlight performances gracing the stage this year include ethereal vocalist  Katie Noonan in Love Song Circus,  Macaron Luau – a cooking class AND ukelele concert(!), circus acrobats Casus: Knee Deep and Australian music veteran Kate Ceberano, who is releasing a new album this year.




Giveaway! Thanks to Arts Centre Melbourne I have 1 x double pass to Kate Ceberano for Friday March 22 at 9pm plus 1 x double to a late night performance at Club Spiegel with VIP access to the Balcony Bar. To win the tickets and passes all you have to do is leave a comment below and the winner will be drawn on Monday 18 March. Good luck!

The winner is #8 Susan so check your inbox!

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Summer Season at Arts Centre Melbourne – Giveaway!

Hello summer!

Arts Centre Melbourne has a fantastic season of events lined up for the summer and I have 2 x double passes to give away for one of their highlight performances.

Blaze, an amazing street dance concert which premiered in London’s West End featuring 12 of the best streetdancers and breakers in the world, against a digital backdrop designed by Es Devlin, designer for Kanye West, Mika, Take That, Pet Shop Boys and Lady Gaga. On BLAZE performance days, the public spaces in and around Hamer Hall will also have free music, dance and street art performances as part of the Bring It! program. The 2 x double passes are for the performance on Wednesday 23 January 8pm.

To win all you have to do is leave a comment below. The two winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday 14 January. Good luck!

PS if you’re a parent and want to go into the draw for cultural school holiday events then hop onto my family/parenting blog TOT: HOT OR NOT for a series of giveaways in the the next week.

The winners are Angelique and Ashley – an email has been sent to you both!

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Giveaway: Equinox, a mystical circus adventure

What better way to start the working week than by giving away more stuff! This is a giveaway for theatre/circus-loving folk – I’d be going too except that baby is ready to pop any time now!

Equinox is a new show by Melbourne’s Retina Productions featuring National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) alumni which is running for a limited season at North Melbourne’s Meat Market from February 9 to 12.

The 65 minute show involves aerial ballet, acrobatics and contortionism and is a journey through history’s most significant times starting with Ancient Egypt and taking in Ancient China, 50s New York and inspired imaginings of a new era 2012.

Tickets are on sale online at OzTix Ph 1300 762 545 and OzTix Retail Outlets. And for one lucky reader I have two tickets for the opening night performance of Equinox on Wednesday 9 February 7:30pm! All you have to do is leave a comment below and the winner will be drawn randomly and announced tomorrow.

Update 8 February: Thanks for all your entries! The Kitchenaid of Fortune has picked not one, but THREE winners thanks to the generosity of Retina Productions – Alissa, Kate and Teeo, you each receive a pair of tickets for the opening night performance of Equinox.

HOT: Traces, Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne

The circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main are all young graduates of Montreal’s National Circus School. Their latest production to come to Melbourne is Traces, which explores the traces they, and we, want to leave behind when we’re returned to the dust.

The dynamic dance and awe-inspiring acrobatics are very similar to Montreal’s other famous circus troupe, Cirque de Soleil, but what distinguishes this production is the youthful energy of the five cast members and the personal details they share with the audience. So in various scenes you find out different aspects of their personalities, dreams, memories and motivations. This is interspersed with skateboarding, basketball and some really spectacular circus skills, especially the tricks done by one guy on a constantly spinning giant hoop and the whole troupe leaping and somersaulting from metal poles like sticky-footed monkeys.

It’s a great show which will entertain young and old – and at $65 for a top price ticket it’s one of the better value big-name shows in town at the moment.

HOT: Dralion, Grand Chapiteau, 453 – 507 Docklands Drive, Docklands

I love the arts, but for some reason I’ve never been gaga for circus (and particularly dislike burlesque). As far as circuses go though, Cirque de Soleil produces some of the best shows and this year they’ve brought their big top to Melbourne for Dralion.

Dralion takes the Chinese circus tradition and mixes it with Western dance, music and acrobatics. As such, you get your usual tiny girl contortionists and boy acrobats flipping and spinning somersaults (although they do it through tiny hoops, which is particularly impressive as they need to be very precise). It is intermingled with a spectacular trampoline act where pairs of acrobats bounce, spin and twist their way up a wall with perfect timing, an extreme juggler, an elegant aerial pas de deux and of course sprinkled with some good old-fashioned clowning around.

Boys and girls, don’t try this at home.