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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 January 2015
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Rainbow Serpent Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival has come a long way over the years, from a small gathering in a secluded clearing to an internationally recognised, multifaceted weekend of dance, colour, expression and celebration. People now travel to western Victoria from all over the world to experience what some have said is the best outdoor festival of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. For many of the 10,000 plus people that attend each year, Rainbow has become an institution, and annual reunion, a marker in the year that's looked forward to for months in advance. For others it's a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony. Perhaps the continued success of Rainbow can be accredited to the broad experiences and opportunities on offer. No longer just an electronic music festival, these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing. "While dancing their Dreamings, aborigines spiritually connect themselves to the land and to the Dreamtime. The drumming of feet during the dance draws the earth into dialogue with the dancers, allowing the ceremony to bring the power of the Dreaming to life." The name Rainbow Serpent is distinctly Australian, coming from the Dreamtime creation story told by the traditional owners of the land. Dreamtime stories often vary between aboriginal tribes, however, the story of the Rainbow Serpent is special as it is one of the few common to all. The Rainbow Serpent is protector of the land, and the source of all life. Music has always been a highlight of Rainbow. From the early trance days to the broader musical style of today, one thing Rainbow has never compromised on is the quality of its acts. With world class décor, roving artistic performances, crazy activities, you can’t imagine a more exotic sensory mix spread over four days. With well over 100 producers, bands and DJs across a number of separate stages, Rainbow showcases an eclectic mix of grooves, atmospheres and rhythms. Each year the festival’s music program grows, with a massive range of talented artists covering a multitude of genres. From techy grooves, deep progressive stylings, to the phat wobble bass of glitch-hop and unique hybrid electronic manipulations, by international and Australian talent. The music and activities officially kick off on Friday afternoon and conclude by Monday evening, with Saturday and Sunday being the festival's climax. The site is in Lexton, western Victoria, under two hours drive from Melbourne. For more information about camping facilities and directions on how to get there, visit www. rainbowserpent.net/directions Strictly Ballroom to sweep us off our feet Pick up tickets to see Greek Australian Phoebe Panaretos take on the role of Fran in Strictly Ballroom The Musical Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated Strictly Ballroom The Musical, which premiered in Australia ten days ago, will continue to mesmerise its Aussie audience for only a limited number of shows this season. Director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce joined their strengths with Greek Australian Phoebe Panaretos in the role of Fran and Thomas Lacey in the role of Scott Hastings. An Australian cast of 43 will take to the stage of Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre at 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, starring Bob Baines, Drew Forsythe, Natalie Gamsu, Robert Grubb, Fernando Mira, Heather Mitchell and Mark Owen-Taylor. Strictly Ballroom had its global premiere in April at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, where it is currently playing. The musical is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984. "A spectacular, eye popping musical, brought to life in all its sequined glory" and "a dazzling feast for the eye", as The Sunday Telegraph wrote, the musical was staged by the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film. For more information about the musical and to purchase tickets, visit www. strictlyballroomthemusical. com, www.ticketek.com.au or call 61 (0)3 8643 3300. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening tickets cost from $55 - $135. For Wednesday matinee, prices range from $55 - $120 while Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are available from $60 - $150.
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