Katy Perry in Sydney

Just a reminder that fans will be able to catch Katy Perry in Sydney at Allphones Arena as part of her Prismatic World Tour on Friday, November 21, Saturday, November 22, Monday, November 24, Tuesday, November 25, Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13.

Katy PerryThe tour is in support of Katy’s smash hit album PRISM, which debuted at number one in Australia and has since been certified Triple Platinum. The album has given Katy her biggest ever single in Australia with “Roar” currently certified 9x Platinum.

In Australia alone, Katy’s single and album sales are more than 4.6 million. Paul Dainty, Chairman of Dainty Group said “We are honoured to be promoting Katy’s tour in Australia. She is the hottest star in the world, her single and album sales are staggering and Australians adore her.”

The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for this tour allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena.

The Prismatic World Tour is Katy’s first tour since 2011’s sold-out California Dreams Tour, which was the subject of 2012’s 3D feature film, Katy Perry: Part Of Me, the fifth biggest music documentary of all time.

If you have tickets to see Katy Perry at Allphones, Rydges Parramatta has a couple of specials – for $35 you can get a return shuttle plus a dinner plus a beer/wine/sparkling or soft drink OR there’s the Events Package that includes overnight accommodation in a Queen Room, breakfast for two in Stock Café plus return shuttle for the concert.

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Rowes Bay’s “Pink Week”

The recent Rowes Bay’s “Pink Week” was a huge success! Rydges Southbank was represented by Trish Lee (Rooms Division Manager) and Michelle Diehm (Reservations manager) at the ‘Swing with Bling’ day to raise funds for breast cancer.

Rowe’s Bay’s “Pink Week”

It was a day full of bubbles, sunshine and some creative decorating of the golf buggies. Mark Twain said that “golf is a good walk spoiled”… pity he didn’t sign up for our day out because with the fun we had he would have taken it back – mind you, you would have had to have worn a dress and shaved the moustache because it was a day for ladies only.

Rowe’s Bay’s “Pink Week”

The day kicked off with champagne and a light lunch, followed by a nine-hole four-team Ambrose with motorised carts with a lovely high tea after the game. There were fantastic prizes and everyone had a ball…um, pardon the pun. The best bit? Just on $3500 was raised for breast cancer research – such a fabulous result that Rowe’s Bay has it in the 2015 golf schedule already!

Rowe’s Bay’s “Pink Week”

The Rowes Bay Golf Club winds its way through natural bushland and waterways that are a haven native flora and fauna and that makes a day like ‘Swing with Bling’ even more enjoyable. Cheers!

Rowe’s Bay’s “Pink Week”

Here’s a link (pardon again) to the Rowe’s Bay Golf Club and, if you are visiting Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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John Legend in Brisbane

Fans can catch the supremely talented, #1 charting neo-soul singer John Legend in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 8.

The show is simply called An Evening with John Legend (The All of Me Tour) and you not only get all of him but he will team with his super talented band plus a guest string section. The multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter promises an intimate show with intoxicating vocals and incredible musicianship. Joining John on tour as support is last year’s X-Factor winner, Dami Im who in a short time has built her own fan base and respect as an extremely talented artist.

Following his support for the Alicia Keys’ Australian arena tour last December, John Legend has cemented his own huge following. With four studio albums to his credit, he has sold seven million albums worldwide, picked up nine Grammy awards, five Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Rydges South Bank in Brisbane can look after all your accommodation needs and is right next door to the Brisbane Convention Centre. You can book tickets to An Evening with John Legend through Ticketek.

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John Legend in Concert

Fans can catch the supremely talented, #1 charting neo-soul singer John Legend in concert at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney on December 5.

The show is simply called An Evening with John Legend and you not only get all of him but he will team with his super talented band plus a guest string section. The multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter promises an intimate show with intoxicating vocals and incredible musicianship. Joining John on tour as support is last year’s X-Factor winner, Dami Im who in a short time has built her own fan base and respect as an extremely talented artist.

Following his support for the Alicia Keys’ Australian arena tour last December, John Legend has cemented his own huge following. He has sold seven million albums worldwide, picked up nine Grammy awards, five Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

If you are travelling to see John Legend in concert, Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central are a short walk away from the Qantas Credit Union Arena (was the Entertainment Centre in Darling Harbour) or, if you are flying in, Rydges Sydney Airport can look after all your accommodation needs.

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London Symphony Orchestra in Sydney

This is your chance to catch the renowned London Symphony Orchestra in Sydney. For the first time in more than 30 years, one of the world’s finest orchestras returns to Australia, led by Russia’s greatest living conductor Valery Gergiev. The LSO will perform at the Sydney Opera House for a three concert series in November.

Formed in 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra has become an icon in the world of classical music. The roll call of its conductors reads as a who’s who of the legendary maestros including Sir Simon Rattle, Andre Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Edward Elgar and the late great Claudio Abbado and Sir Colin Davis.  The places it has appeared, the works it has played, the great artists who have performed with this illustrious band almost tells a history of the twentieth-century in music. Its work in the recording studio and playing on movie soundtracks (including Harry Potter and The King’s Speech)  make it perhaps the most listened to orchestra in history.

Program One (November 24) sees old Russia meet new Russia with Prokofiev (Symphony No. 1) and Stravinsky (Petrushka) in the first half and, after interval, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Program 2 (November 25) serves up an emotional roller-coaster. First up is Rachmaninov’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 2 (featuring piano soloist, Denis Matsuev) – movie buffs will know this as the theme to Brief Encounter. After interval it is Shostakovich’s vicious portrait of Joseph Stalin in his Symphony No. 10. Program 3 offers a thrilling musical ride with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Denis Matsuev) and, after interval, Rachmaninov’s poignant and inspiring Symphony No. 3.

If you are visiting Sydney for a concert at the Opera House, Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central (both in the CBD) will make you welcome and Rydges North Sydney is just across the Harbour Bridge for all your accommodation needs.

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Love and Sorrow

Love and Sorrow is a timely and moving exhibition currently showing at the Melbourne Museum (entry included with Museum entry). It is 100 years since the start of World War One and the destructive and devastating conflicts that ensued. In this exhibition the experiences of eight people are recalled. These include a mother awaiting the return of her son… brothers from Tyers River fighting on the Western Front,,, and a Jewish German soldier on the other side.

Love and SorrowThe stories of World War I soldiers and their families remain profoundly affecting. Over 100,000 Victorians enlisted; survivors returned forever changed but many never came home at all. We still feel the war’s aftermath today, a century after it began. As one World War One veteran wrote…

The war will never let you go, you know.
It will come back at all sorts of times.
You finish up enlisting twice, once for the war and once for the nightmares.

This exhibition includes over 300 objects and photographs, each of which tells a story of love and sorrow. As you make your way through the exhibition, the story of one individual unfolds on your smartphone via an integrated app created by Art Processors, developers of the ‘O’ at MONA. It’s your choice on whose story you wish to follow. If you would like a teaser/introduction to what to expect, here is the Love and Sorrow website.

60,000 Australians died in World War One – not an Aussie household remained untouched then, and the aftermath is still felt today. Lest we forget. Here is a letter from Ruby to Frank in 1918…

My own dearest hubby,

to help to keep your precious feet warm, these are a bonny pair of sox hubby dear & have cost more than any other pair I have made, but I wanted them to be good, thick & warm, because you will get them about winter time over there so will need warm things.

But I’m still living in hope of seeing you for Xmas & having dinner together, eh darl? Lord I hope so anyway.

I get pretty miserable at times I can tell you darl without you…

If you are visiting Melbourne, Rydges Melbourne or Rydges on Swanston will make you welcome and look after all your accommodation needs.

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Wiluminati in Kalgoorlie

Wil Anderson fans will be thrilled to see Wiluminati in Kalgoorlie with Wil appearing at The Goldfields Arts Centre on Sunday, November 23 (7:30pm).

Wil Anderson is without a doubt the biggest name in Australian comedy.

Wil Anderson: WiluminatiAlmost 50,000 punters ventured out to see Wil live in 2013 – a combination of new converts and devoted fans who have followed him through his almost twenty years as a stand-up comedian.

Each year Wil only gets better, sharpened by constant global touring, a sparkling intellect and an eagle eye for the hypocrisies, absurdities and the plain truths of modern life.

Wil was voted the People’s Choice Award WINNER at the Melbourne Comedy Festival three years in a row and again this year. His TV show, the many incarnations of Gruen, is the ABC’s most successful – topping ratings and scooping up awards.

Don’t miss the chance to see Wiluminati in Kalgoorlie and if you are travelling to to catch the show, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort & Spa can look after all your accommodation needs.

“a masterclass in comedy…he may be one of our biggest comedy exports, with a national profile on radio and television, but flying solo on stage is where Anderson truly shines…the man is on fire” ★★★★★ Herald Sun, 2013

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Hospitality Excellence

A bit of news on some hospitality excellence…

Hospitality ExcellenceOver the past few months, ten employees at Rydges South Bank Hotel in Brisbane have taken on a new challenge – to gain their Certificate 3 in Hospitality.

To achieve the qualification, the “students” had to study hard, completing a series of self-paced workbooks and assignments, and work tirelessly to demonstrate the skills they have learnt on the job. Not an easy task when most were working full time!

All their efforts paid off, as the staff were recently honoured at a formal graduation ceremony held at Rydges South Bank, where they were dressed in gowns and presented with their well-deserved certificates in front of the Rydges Management team.

Next year, the staff may go on to complete their Certificate 4, or even a Diploma.

Congratulations Rydges Graduates!

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Graduates pictured L-R:  Dylan Wilsher (Banquets), Unice James (Housekeeping), Blake Finlay (Banquets), Jason Tompkins (Housekeeping), Phillips Vergis (Maintenance), Joanne Platt (Reservations), Heather Davie (Reservations), John Hoeben (Maintenance)

Not pictured: Max Wilton (Concierge), Tony Huang (Bacchus)

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White Ribbon Day 2014

White Ribbon Day 2014 falls on Tuesday, November 25. White Ribbon Day is about putting a stop to violence against women. This male-led campaign has struck a chord with men and women around Australia, indeed, around the world – it has become a huge event and a unified statement that makes the people take notice. Violence against women is ugly. Cowardly. Unnecessary. This year the aim is to create and send the biggest social media in history.

White Ribbon Day 2014You can be part of this event by joining the movement. Everyone can participate in this social media message. All you have to do is allow a trusted website (Thunderclap) to post to your Facebook or Twitter account, just once, on November 25. That’s it – your account information will not be stored or shared and it will be just one post that will go out to the thousands of people who have signed up on Thunderclap to unite, shout and change the fact that women all over Australia are experiencing violence every day. One voice on message – you can sign up here.

As well as sending this message, you can donate to the cause by buying a White Ribbon pin or wristband from suzannegrae stores, Telstra outlets or from White Ribbon. Pins and wristbands are also available from Salvation Army stores in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. Click here to find your nearest Salvation Army Shop.

Most men are good men. The violence perpetrated by men against women must stop and it is up to the good men to stop it. The victims are not merely statistics; they are wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Good men cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while those they love are at risk of harm. If you want to just show solidarity, you can swear the online oath here with tens of thousands of others – “I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. This is my oath.”

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Hello Koalas

If you are heading up (or down) the New South Wales northern coast you can catch Hello Koalas in Port Macquarie until December 2015. The ‘Hello Koalas’ sculpture project consists of 50 large scale fiberglass sculptures dotting the landscape from the mountains in the area to the sea and there is a ‘sculpture trail’ you can do to see them all. Each koala has been individually painted by celebrity artists, professional artists and community groups.

While the artistic creativity is sensational, the koala image links with the region’s high profile connection to koala habitation and conservation, including the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie and the NSW Koala Conservation Society. You can get more info on Hello Koalas at www.hellokoalas.com.

All the sculptures are one metre in height, approximately 57cm wide and 87cm long. The Koala moulds have been manufactured from fibreglass. The fabrication of the sculptures is designed to cope with weathering and handling by the public so they are hardy little critters.

And, of course, if you want to get up close and personal with a real koala (or even adopt one in the wild) visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie – open 8:00am to 4:30pm and there are guided tours.

If you are visiting the region, Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs.

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