CARNIVALE DI VENEZIA [Venice Carnival] ANNUAL FESTIVAL IN ITALY IN FEBRUARY

Where: Venice – Italy
When: 11 – 28 February 2017

During the day, it’s fun to wander around the ancient streets of the city surrounded by people in 18th century costumes – you’ll feel as if you’ve jumped straight into Eyes Wide Shut. Just make sure you try and get away from the busy streets around San Marco Square – the Cannaregio and Dorsoduro areas offer great choices to party with locals, especially at night when most day trippers leave.

More to see at the web site >  HERE

RELATED: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VENICE – WHERE TO STAY, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO EAT!

Henry Sapiecha

SUNDANCE ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL UTAH USA IN JANUARY

Where: Park City, Utah – USA
When: 19 January – 29 January 2017

Sundance is North America’s most famous independent film festival, appealing to the non-conformist and rebellious film directors who do not want to play by Hollywood’s rules. Located in a relatively small town, first time attendees may be surprised by the lack of glamour of where the films are shown, but there is a certain buzz about sitting in an old theater watching a mold-bursting indie film sat besides an actor about to hit super-stardom. If you love edgy, powerful films, Sundance may be just what you are looking for

More info HERE

Henry Sapiecha

Myanmar [Burma] Jade and Gems Emporium August yearly

BELOW ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2017 AUGUST MYANMAR JADE EVENT

Photo by Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation

August 03, 2017

The 54th Myanmar Jade and Gems Emporium kicked off yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw, attracting nearly 2,000 local entrepreneurs and 200 overseas businessmen.

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At the emporium, which will be held until 11 August, 326 lots of jewellery will be sold at the floor price of 500 euros and above per lot on 5 August  through the open tender system. Included in these lots are 78 lots of jewellery by State-joint venture companies, 171 lots exhibited by private companies, 47 lots by jewellery shops, 29 lots by private entrepreneurs, and one lot by a private company.  Vice President U Henry Van Thio was among the officials who visited the emporium held at Mani Yadanar Jade Hall yesterday morning, sponsored by Myanmar Jade and Gems Emporium Central Committee, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

The 54th edition of the expo, which is organized by Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation and the Jade and Gems Emporium Central Committee, was held from August 2-11 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Present at the emporium were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung, U Ohn Win, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, U Win Khaing, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo, Union Auditor-General U Maw Than, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr Myo Aung, Hluttaw representatives, departmental heads, Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association Chairman, Vice-Chairman and members, invited guests and responsible officials.  Upon arrival at the emporium, Vice-President U Henry Van Thio was told about the background history of the Myanmar Jade and Gems Emporium, its aims and objectives, and restrictions on the exhibitions. The Vice-President was also shown a video depicting the history of the emporium by central committee personnel. He then toured the showrooms and sale depots on exhibit.

However, results from the 2017 Jade and Gems Emporium are 3 per cent lower than last year’s in terms of the amount of cash the event made, says Deal Street Asia.

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Myanmar -or Burma- has a +$31 billion jade industry, which is the source of nearly all of the world’s finest greenstone and it’s a magnet for foreign capital, with China being its number one buyer.

As for jade and minerals, there are 20 lots of fine jade works owned by the State, 20 lots of State-owned crude jade, 2,900 lots of crude jade by State-joint ventured companies, 3,545 lots of crude jade owned by the private sector, 16 lots of other mineral crude gems, 25 lots of fine jade works by the private sector, three grand cots decorated with jade, and 32 lots made of other gems, for a total of 6,561 lots on exhibit. Of them, 6,481 lots will be sold at 4,000 euros and above of the floor price, while 80 lots will be sold at 1,000 euros and above of the floor price through the open tender system, from 6 August to 11 August, it has been learnt.  The entry fee to the emporium is US$100 or its equivalent in Myanmar currency for a foreigner, Ks60,000 for a local jewellery entrepreneur, Ks60,000 for a company agent, Ks30,000 for a gem or jewellery lot keeper and Ks30,000 for a service-person.  Foreign merchants from China, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Australia as well as local merchants competed to buy gems lots through the tender system in the 53rd emporium in June last year.

Henry Sapiecha

Music 2 day Festival in Kansas City Utah USA called Boulevardia in June

Chris Riebschlager and his team at Dimensional Innovations were recently asked to come up with something special for a two day music festival earlier this month in Kansas City called Boulevardia. Aiming to create something to engage and captivate visitors, the designers came up with a 12-foot high, 500 lb installation shaped like an electric guitar that visitors could actually play.

The guitar was made from MDF and steel, with CNC-machines layers making up the body and neck parts laminated together, and cavities created for the electronics and wiring. Inside, a Bare Conductive touch board was used to make the 16-gauge galvanized wire stretched from the head to the bridge conductive.

.When a touch was detected, some simple code sent a message to a Raspberry Pi brain and caused a WAV audio file to sound through an amp at the back of the installation. For a consistent sound, the guitar tones were exported from GarageBand.

Large buttons positioned on the guitar’s upper body were connected to the Pi’s GPIO header pins, which allowed strummers to “play” chords by choosing appropriately marked minor and major chords from A to G. The system also offered players the chance to play clean or dirty.

The Pi’s 3.5 mm audio jack was found to be less than ideal for the sonic output, so Riebschlager opted to use HDMI as an audio out via an adapter, resulting in clean audio being routed to the stage monitor. The painted and finished body was adorned with festival-themed stickers, and the installation positioned at the festival’s main entrance.

You can watch a short demo of the interactive installation in the video below. As you’ll see, the guitar can’t really be played in the traditional sense, but that’s probably just as well. Imagine the callouses after a few minutes fretting that thing! If you want to have a play, the guitar is to be installed at the offices of Dimensional Innovations in Kansas.

WEB SITE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

KANSAS MUSIC FESTIVAL VIDEO BELOW

Henry Sapiecha

COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL GYMPIE QLD AUSTRALIA IN AUGUST

From its humble beginnings in 1982, The Muster has grown from a small celebration to an iconic event that defines the region and has placed Queensland on top of the map for Country Music festivals. Muster co-founder and legendary country musician Bernard Webb of The Webb Brothers says the event has always been about ‘mates, music and making a difference.’

In 1993, Australia was suffering the worst drought on record. The Club decided to commit all funds raised to support the national drought appeal. As a result, the Rural Aid Appeal was initiated. The Appeal annually raises funds for a major charity each year through the sale of compilation CDs and a range of specially designed merchandise. Over the years, Rural Aid beneficiaries have included Diabetes Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Leukaemia Foundation, Youth Suicide Prevention, VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education), Transplant Australia and the Melanoma Foundation and recently, isolated communities suffering the long-term effects of drought.

The event has grown each year, with all profits distributed among worthy charities, both locally and nationally. An ever-growing number of community groups are also involved in the staging of the event, and for most, it is their major fund raiser for the year. There is a real sense of community ownership in the Muster with now more than 50 local community groups involved in the event’s success.

Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $14,000,000 dollars for charities Australia-wide.

JOIN US FOR 4 DAYS OF MATES, MUSIC & MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE

Henry Sapiecha

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA IN JUNE

HOT TIPS FOR THE FESTIVAL

Get the app: Download the free SFF 2017 app (Apple and Android) and browse the program to find out what’s selling fast, book and store your tickets. Plus, look up great nearby meal deals with participating restaurants.

Screening sold out? Don’t give up: Last minute tickets are often released. Check closer to the date via the website or box office.

Don’t miss your screening: All sessions start at the advertised time, and there are fewer  trailers than your average movie session.

Want cheap tickets? Get yourself down to the Hub to score $10 tickets for selected screenings each day.

Got a Seniors Card? Seniors Card holders can get $10 tickets (+bf) for selected daytime screenings at the State Theatre.

Festival Guests: Stacks of filmmakers and actors are available presenting their films, and many are giving free talks. Check out all presentations (and parties!) over here.

Cannes Film Festival in France MAY

The Cannes Film Festival is an industry-only event, meaning credentials are required for entry. With a little luck and a lot of patience, students and other cinephiles gather around the edges of the red carpet, hoping to score seats to premieres. Using persistence and winning smiles, many gain access to screenings and experience all the excitement that goes with them.

Attendees are photographed outside the Hotel Barrire Le Majestic Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2017. For 70 years, the Croisette Boulevard has always been the place to watch the rich, dandy and all others promenade.

Attendees are photographed outside the Hotel Barrire Le Majestic Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2017. For 70 years, the Croisette Boulevard has always been the place to watch the rich, dandy and all others promenade.

Other Side of Cannes

For those who are interested in the lives of film stars. Their day of glory.

MORE ON THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL HERE

Henry Sapiecha

TRUCK SHOW BRISBANE QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA IN MAY

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Venue: 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead
Opening Hours:
Saturday 29th 8am – 4pm;
Sunday 30th 8am – 1pm
Admission: $8 Adults, Children U14yrs FREE

For further information on Fair call 0427 465 407 or email alej1@iprimus.com.au

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Henry Sapiecha

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RAINBOW BEACH SPRING FESTIVAL QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA IN SEPTEMBER-BE AMAZED

COME HERE FOR THE BEACHES & COLOURED SAND CLIFFS, THE REST IS A BONUS IN THIS MAGIC WONDERLAND OF THE QLD AUSTRALIAN COASTLINE

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SPRING has sprung which means it’s time for the annual Spring Festival.

Come along to the Community Centre in beautiful Rainbow Beach tomorrow to enjoy this family fun day.

To keep children of all ages entertained, there will be horse rides, laser battles, amusement rides, face painting and an animal petting farm.

For those a bit more daring, book in for a fire twirling workshop or, for those a little less daring, one of the fire-free twirling workshops.

Join a drumming workshop or jam in the percussion circle – you can even bring your own instrument – and stick around for the live fire performance as the sun sets.

If you enjoy live music, AICM Rock’Skool will be performing in the afternoon with some wonderful young artists.

Buskers will be on-site from 9am to add to the atmosphere and, if you play an instrument or sing, you should consider signing up on the festival website for the busking competition. You could win the $500 first prize.

Need a bit of retail therapy? There will be a big range of markets and some delicious food stalls including a barbecue, hot doughnuts, loaded potatoes, pancakes, nachos and ice-cream.

Perhaps you prefer liquid refreshment?

Just head to the licensed bar, coffee cart, Devonshire tea or juice van.

Don’t forget to buy a ticket or two in the monster raffle – you have a chance to win some fantastic prizes including accommodation and meal vouchers, tandem flight experiences, fishing charters and more!

Rainbow Beach Spring Festival is proudly organised by Rainbow Beach Progress Association Inc.

Be here for the beaches-The rest is a bonus.View some of the fantastic rainbow beaches.

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A perfect day looking across Rainbow Beach from Carlo Sandblow to Double Island Point.

A perfect day looking across Rainbow Beach from Carlo Sandblow to Double Island Point.

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BE IMPRESSED & AMAZED-YOU WILL NOT WANT TO GO HOME

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For more information, go to website http://www.rainbowbeachlive.com/spring-festival.html or phone Kaye 0448 889 781 or Sandy 0427 863 007.

VNFY

Henry Sapiecha-Editor & owner of this & 85 other sites says below of Rainbow Beach

I live at Torbanlea in the Fraser Coast near Rainbow beach. Spent several weeks camping on the beach at Rainbow until the rangers threw me off for overstaying above the max time allowed.I could not help it. Was one of the best places on earth. Have travelled the world & can say that without reservation. Come and enjoy this magic part of the world.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. SOMETHING YOU WILL NEVER FORGET

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