Monday, June 20, 2016

Australian International Music Festival Hits Sydney in July

With its upcoming 27th year, the Australian International Music Festival is one of the country’s most popular events. Each year, it attracts up to 1300 participants from New Zealand, Australia, China, Singapore, the US and Japan. Focusing on Orchestra, Choir, Jazz and Wind bands, with performances at the Opera House, City Recital Hall and Darling Harbour, it’ll be music to pretty much everyone’s ears.
Not only are you going to be entertained but there are workshops from globally renowned experts so you can talk toons with them and discuss chromatics galore.

Taking place from the 3rd to 10th July, you can buy package deals or individual festival tickets. The package includes the opening and closing parties, access to all events, merchandise and every add on you’d expect.
Then there’s the festival trophy extravaganza where an expert panel of judges award each ensemble with Gold, Silver or Bronze plaques, all performance recognition based. Alongside this is a Showcase Award category to groups that don’t compete. 

Sydney is renowned as a global magnet for musicians, with a decent, all year warm climate so expect quite a few buskers to be out and about in the city testing their musical attractions to passers. Support them by dropping a few dollars in their direction. Some of the most famous musicians started by busking…in NSW.
World Projects organise an impressive list of events around the planet including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC so music lovers, check the schedule and maybe you can follow a few festivals around Earth. It’s all about that bucket wish list, right?

Since Cremorne Point is so close to downtown Sydney and where all the rhythm action is, all you need to do is hop on a scenic ferry ride and you’ll be at our hotel in a few minutes. We’re near Taronga Zoo so you’ll hear the lions roar. We’re nestled in scenery and walking tours so you’ll also hear the birds sing. What a way to spend a week – surrounded by tunes of all pitches. So put your feet up on our balcony and get humming, tapping the toes and see if you can’t rustle up a potential concerto. It may turn into a classic.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sprint And Splat In The Color Run

On the 21st August, starting at 9.00am the annual Sydney Color Run takes place. You’ll start trotting in white and by the time you hurdle to the finishing line, you’ll be all shades of rainbow thanks to the community showering you in paint as you pound the streets of Sydney. 
An event for all ages and fitness levels, the annual spraying day is purely to promote health, cheerfulness and a series of colourful blasts. It’s the city’s happiest five KM run on the planet and is a fantastic, messy extravaganza.

The run is in Centennial Park and early bird tickets are for sale with prices ranging from $62.50 for aged 16+ individuals or $57.50 for teams of four plus. Kids under 5 participate for free and a family price (two adults with two munchkins) are $190. If you sign up to be a VIP, you’ll receive discounted ticket prices and early announcements so keep that in mind.

Due to extreme popularity, the Color Run has tripled growth, hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries since 2014 so this year’s bound to be a untidy, brilliant one. While you’re team in training or individually taking run laps in preparation of the August big day, tweet the Color Run social crew and remember to tag us in your updates. Make a note that the event isn’t timed, so focus on having a blast of a day and give your competitive edge a breather.

For anyone who’d prefer the non running involvement, you can sign up to volunteer if you’re available on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the run weekend. In return, you’ll receive a free Color Run t-shirt, 10% discount off merchandise and a volunteer certificate. Oh, and maybe you’ll make a few pen pals along the way. 

A word of warning: if you show up at the start of the run wearing anything more than 11% white, you’ll be slam dunked into the Color Run jail. Rules are rules and the pure fashion police will be on high alert. Then as you gallop the course, at every km mark, the crowd will blast you with colour from packets provided by the organizers. With the finish line begging you to cross it, the party then really starts. A huge music, dance and mass colour throwing evening with never ending supplies of neons will be your well deserved, rainbow evening soiree.

Fifteen minutes by car, splattered in every colour under the sun, you’ll be back at Cremorne Point. No wonder Tripadvisor’s awarded us a Certificate of Excellence five consecutive years – when you see the views of the Harbour from Cremorne Point Manor, it’ll be crystal clear. An array of colours that will make you happy you finally blend in to the Opera House, Bridge and downtown Sydney.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Not All Heroes Wear Capes at Supanova

If you’re in NSW between the 17th and 19th June, the Sydney Showground at Olympic Park is the place to be. Supanova Pop Culture Expo is back so get ready to stare your Supa-Star celebrities right in the eye and see who doesn’t blink first. Be one with imaginary worlds, the land of sci-fi, pulp TV & movies, toys, gaming and so much more. From fan clubs to animation, comic books and technology, the geek cartoon inner you can come to life so here’s our reminder to dress for heroic success.
The Friday event is open from 1pm – 8pm while Saturday and Sunday is a full on 10am to 6pm extravaganza. A day pass is $28 but also consider a Supafan 3 day pass from $70 or the exclusive SUPA-Q pass at $250 that includes all the VIP passes you’d imagine. Kids under 12, accompanied by an adult, get in for free. If you’re attending the Friday mayhem, acoustic musician James Marsters will be in concert that night playing for around 75 minutes from 7.30pm. If you’ve already got your Supanova ticket, you’re good to go but if you’re only attending the Park to see Mr Marsters, tickets are $32 in advance and $40 at the door. 

Now onto the Supa-Star guests which include Shannen Doherty (Charmed & BH 90210) and Arthur Adams (Superman, Spider-Man & X-Men) to stunner Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman). But the list doesn’t stop there so check the other guests attending that cover all bases from Warcraft, Torchwood, Lord of the Rings, Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road and Wolverine. 

Then there’s Cosplay – the big competition presented by Madman. Running now for 10 years, the competition is fierce and features a multitude of categories including Best in Show, Best Cosplay, Best Craftsmanship, Best Performance, Best Group (double+ the trouble) and Judges Award. Winners will receive a share of $3,000 in Madman Entertainment vouchers. You can register to enter on the site or take your chances on the day, providing you arrive before noon. And if your mask, power gloves or fire starting boots malfunction with a rip or tear at the event, Supanova’s Cosplay Repair Station comes to the rescue. With a stitch and a dab of duct tape, you’ll be back into world saving action in no time.

Remember to tweet SupanovaExpo while you’re sprucing up at our Manor or when you get to the event so you can share the social power. Only 30 minutes drive from the Park and you can whip off that mask, strip off the laser belt and chill with a glass of vino on our patio. Cremorne Point has the best Harbour views so settle back and enjoy the scenery. Every hero needs a night off once in a while!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Team In Training for Blackmores Marathons

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney that coincides with the 18th September, and you are a runner… then you’re in luck. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will hold its annual ‘on your marks, get set, and go’ marathon. For around a quarter of a century, the marathon has increased in popularity and now attracts over 33,000 runners each year. Broadcasting live in 2013, the Sydney Marathon has headlined elite athletes from around the globe so you never know who may be your running mate, passing you by or who you’ll be galloping ahead of on the day.

Not just a city to take events by halves, the Festival features four events, each crossing the famous Harbour Bridge: two finish at the Opera House and the other two complete at the Conservatorium of Music. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a newbie with two left feet, you’re all invited to participate. Not only will you have your rear into gear, but you’ll sprint by some of the world’s most iconic attractions and scenic views that only Sydney can offer.

Registration is open so this is the time to sign your name on the dotted line and get the training underway. The main marathon is a 42k course, the half marathon is 21k, the Bridge Run is 9k and the family fun run is 3.9k. Obviously the main marathon will be the hardest feat while the half marathon course if on a flatter terrain. If you’ve always wanted to bolt across the Harbour, the Bridge Run will be one of the most iconic and fun feats you’ll undertake. And as for the family fun run, two legs of all heights and ages are welcome to participate so expect a few toddler tumbleweeds along the way.

Once you’ve signed up, start fundraising and with over $33k already raised to date for this year, every penny donated to your pot helps so share socially and gain those early bird cash donors fast. The Marathon has raised over $15m since inception and you can either choose from the partner charities on the website or hype the green influx for your own philanthropy causes. Maybe raise funds as a team or create a new team charity page on GoFundraise. The website includes guidelines of targets to meet for each of the running categories: Family race is $400, Bridge Run is $600, Half Marathon is $750 and the Blackmores full Marathon is $1200.

For all Sydney visitors participating in the race, take into account that Cremorne Point is nestled in a stunning, secluded area overlooking the Harbour skyline. What comes with Cremorne Point Manor is an abundance of nature trails, ideal for your target marathon goal training. So how about spending a week with us, lacing up those running shoes and enjoying the lay of the land while you gear up to the big race day. No wonder Tripadvisor’s awarded us a Certificate of Excellence, five years in a row. It’s not just about our stunning heritage hotel but also the unique scenery around us. When you reserve your room, email us the link to your fundraising page and we’ll promote it on our social pages. So go ahead and channel your inner Husky!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow

If your body needs a booster of Qi and those meridians are crying out to be realigned, then the Sydney Olympic Park is where you need to be between 26 - 29 May. The country’s most popular and largest energy healing event is taking place and with more than 200 exhibitors, you chakras will be revived once more.
The event is free so all you need to do is head to the MindBodySpirit Festival 2016 website and register for the Sydney expo. There will be free stage performances, meditation sessions (ommmm) and incredible, healthy foods for sampling and purchasing. Maybe you want to book a psychic reading and discover your life path foundation was set before you were born, or know more about what the future holds in health, career and cash. Possibly you’d prefer to let nature take its course and enjoy a body massage pampering instead. From 10am to 7pm each day (aside Saturday, ending 6pm), the Park is your energy boosting playground.

Mosey around the grounds to see what’s new in the spiritual guidance, health and lifestyle arena from trying out yoga leggings, to Namaste accessories or energizing crystals. Possibly herbal drink fixes featuring lemongrass, ginger and cayenne will be the booster injection your body is craving. Ever tried cucumber sunscreen? Aroma Magic at Stand E26 is a destination you may want to check out. 

If you’re feeling that lady luck is on your side, the Festival is offering freebie win draws. These include a private medium reading with Mitchell Coombes (valued $625) and $500 worth of Chakra balancing jewellery. This is the time to visualize those citrine spheres, sage smudging the home and connecting with your inner soul through meditation music.

Take into account that the Performance Stage is a first-in-line basis for seats so you can’t pre-book these. The Festival organizers suggest you arrive 10 minutes prior to each performance so you’re Anahata (heart) chakra isn’t broken from disappointment. You don’t want to miss out on Tibetian Chanting, Connecting with Angels or Sacred World Music, do you?

The Park is only 30 minutes drive from Cremorne Point so with eyes sparking, a renewal of energy in your core and surrounded by white lights, take a breather at Cremorne Point Manor. Place a small crystal in each palm, sit back on our balcony and enjoy the Harbour skyline. Blue is the most inspiring colour and with our views offering this in abundance, you’ll be aligning all 114 chakras by the time your third eye starts to open.